lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. The label on mine says "Northwestern Ale". Pours a murky amber with a big British khaki head. Well-balanced aroma that features plenty of caramel to offset the grapefruit and pine. Medium-bodied and fairly smooth. Caramel is upfront taste-wise. A biscuity maltiness follows. Grapefruits and pine at the end. A touch of pepper in there too. The drying finish lingers.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Scrizz. Thanks, Clint! As I neared the last string of crabpots, I decided that a celebration was in order. After all, my boat, busting at the seems with just under 150,000 pounds of crab, was gonna provide a pretty nice pay day. So, I grabbed this beer, this Captain Sigs Deadliest Ale. I poured it into the pint glass and marveled at the quickly ascending foam head of light beige rising like a rogue wave over the bow. An aroma of strawberry syrup and sweet bread overpowered the stench of salt water, dead fish, and stinky fisherman. A vitrual crabtrap of lacing around the glass was more artwork than beer residue; remnants of the thick, lively body of redwood brown. The first sip gave my tongue a rosy hops lasing and a subtle finish of bready grapefruit. Notes of sourdough and caramel were just noticeable enough. Nice, steady mouthfeel that leaves a thin film on the tongue. Great beer named for a great fishing man and family.
Earlier Rating: 10/24/2008 Total Score: 3.1
Bottle from KAggie, shared at the Houston tasting. I want to bear your children, KAggie!
Pours a thick amber with a heavy malt nose. Flavor is bitter rose with floral highlights (duh) and a biting hops in the background. Average mouthfeel. A pretty beer.
GarrettB (1026) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s pretty hard to criticize a beer attached to a charity. What would happen if my negative review kept someone from buying a bottle? What if their money instead went to a brewery NOT running a charity promotion? “But”, you might say, “Is not buying craft ale itself a form of charity?” to which I would warily nod my head, before realizing that charity to victims of a hazardous but necessary occupation might earn more karma points than “charity” to a small but dedicated brewery. So I’m taking the negative out of this one. Straight forward - light brown beer, thin head, with a Coca-cola colored body. Aroma is hoppy in that European way, accompanied by chocolate, a good dose of floral notes and a strong rusty component. The flavor begins sweet, but quicky shifts into a hops profile with a long, hops tail in the aftertaste. The whole spectrum of hoppy qualities is nicely exhibited in this brew - and would you look at that! No need for scathing words of any kind. Maybe as a hoppy beer it doesn’t impress, but the gamut of hoppy flavors is interesting enough to be worth a try. Also, charities are good. Just check out the bottle art. That’s a big crab these guys are dealing with. Even bigger than a boat, apparently. If that’s doesn’t evoke sympathy, I don’t know what will. But with all seriousness, good causes paired with beer are always a good way to invest.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with scrizzz - Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is floral and fruity hops with a light amount of toasted malt in there. Flavor is a nice balance of floral hops and toasted malt. No lingering aftertaste. Medium body. A very good beer. Thanks Clint.
TheEpeeist (3335) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Clear orange brown with a slim ivory head. Nose is orange candy and dough. Medium body with moderate carb. Bitter, hoppy, lemon oil and quinine. With warming some toffee and apple emerge.
BREWMUSKCLES (2228) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a pleasant malty and caramel flavored brew that is ripe with citrus hops and flowery. a dark brown tinted amber it is refreshing and a bit more than a bit sweet with a somewhat bitter finish. layered in its flavor appeal i found it to be a nicely functional amber.
Earlier Rating: 9/7/2008 Total Score: 3
from the keg and a most beautiful aroma of full pine and hops needles cone and berry......aaahhh beautiful. taste a dissapointment brew was rank stanky unbalanced and simply unenjoyable.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ TFD - Pours cloudy amber with a small off-white head...aroma is bright and citrusy, bit of grain...flavour is similarly hoppy, bitter on the front end, with a good hop profile, but very little malt balance, and the flavour is fleeting...comes accross a bit disjointed, dark malt presence that never really shows itself...
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours a dark golden/amber, with a LOT of cream head and a bit cloudy. Great citrus aroma and good hops. Very little bitterness and a clean finish. Great amber!
brendanos (7) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2009 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just landed in Australia, 650ml bomber.
Deep amber/copper, quite hazy/muddy with short but fine beige head. Huge caramel, toffee, hop (vibrant juicy fruit, cumquat, fanta orange) and alcohol aromas. Very smooth, silky body which seems almost a little flabby towards the finish, which is modest but lingering. Moderate to strong bitterness, which seems in balance with the overall feel of the beer.
Obviously quite fresh, and very enjoyable.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice and big citrus nose. Nice cloudy red color with a real nice, frothy head. Rich and caramelly, lots of doughiness from the pacman, some sugar and a touch of chocolate roast mixes terrifically with the citric nature of the cascades and amarillos. Mild spice in the swallow. This is a top-flight red and probably my favorite rogue. More please!