omhper (21894) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Deep orange red. Massive lychee aroma. Sweet and supermalty with soft, rounded mouthfeel. Megahoppy with some burning alcohol coming through and an extremely bitter finish . What amazes me is the softness of the malt here, in the midst of the hop and alcohol onslaught - thatís what makes this beer so good.
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangey-amber colour. Brash hop aroma is very heady. You really sit up and take notice when presented with this one. Massive bitterness, off which some really neat spicy hop flavours play. Canít really say itís balanced because itís not even close. Itís what I imagine drinking hop extract would be like. Still, it tastes great and that aroma is killer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Jolly Rodger
Source: Tasting, Strong Ale fest, 2005
clear light amber, scant white head, wonderful sweet citrus piney aroma, rich malt flavor, lots of hops to balance, only a hint of sweetness,
Aroma: 10/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
DSG (9343) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(10/29/08) Bottle at Valley Brew brewery in Stockton (thanks a lot Mike!). Aroma of resinous hops and malt. Sweetish flavor with malt, alcohol, fruit notes and a bitter finish with some hops.
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado. There were actually two versions of Jolly Rodger brewed in 2005, one of which (the Old Ale version) was also aged in a brandy barrell. The Imperial/Double IPA brew is ruby-colored and is very hoppy (80 IBUs) - too much so for my enjoyment, since I prefer a more balanced IPA. However, the hops did serve to somewhat mask the very high alcohol content (11.5 ABV). The Old Ale brew was much more to my taste, and was made according to the original 1990 Jolly Rodger recipe.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Slightly hazy ruby amber beer with a thin off-white head. Huge citrus aroma. Huge citrus flavor. Very clean. Some malt backing with a bit of caramel. Pine/citrus at end. Rich mouthfeel. Very slight alcohol presence.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled: Deep caramel, slight reddish hue, large frothy sand colored head, fairly decent lacing.   Muted citrusy nose, hops, pale
malts.   Does seem to have a hefty malt presense.   Slight alcohol is also noticeable.   Big semi-sweet citrusy start, subtle
hop bitterness, moderate malt backing.   I am guessing that is if this is from 2005, it has mellowed out quite a bit.   Not
alcoholic, but it is very warming.   Citrusy presense is pretty heavy, malts are hefty.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.
I guess this is a IIIPA, but comes across as a IIPA to me.   I spoze at some point it becomes meaningless as to how many Iís you
have.   I treated this as Double IPA, and as an IIPA it is quite tasty.   Certainly smoothed out over the past two years.   You
can tell this was quite big when it was first released back then.   Very clean, warming, with a good balance between hop/citrus
bitterness and malts.   Not has heavy as say a 90 Minute IPA or a Dicks Bottleworks IPA, but still for a 12% IIIPA I would say this one
is quite good.   I am very happy to have tried it, thanks to Jah Noth!
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap at the 2005 Pizza Port Strong Ale festival. Orange gold color. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, piney and floral. Full bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, caramel and toffee. Hops are piney and floral. Big hop flavors, citrus, floral and piney. Heavy but not syrupy. Extremely clean finish. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a hop finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: Clear amber color with a reddish hue. Huge piney aroma with some citrus mixed in. Aroma was fresh and huge but pleasant not over powering. Tons of hop flavor running all the way through but doesnít over power. Mouth bitterness is well balanced with the caramel sweetness.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 Pours a brilliantly clear, rich ruby red color. It only forms a wispy, pale, tan colored head that just forms a ring around the glass. The aroma is definitely on the hoppy side of things; sharp with lots of pine-like notes, but ultimately it is dominated by citrus notes such as grapefruit and sweet orange as well as fruit notes of apricot, and lychee. Surprisingly enough I donít get any notes of alcohol; this is just a smooth, hopaliciously aromatic brew.
The taste is sweetish, and definitely viscous as it lays across my tongue. Reminds me a bit of an orange creamcicle; it is sweet and has an intense candied citrus character that reminds me of a mix of vanilla and orange. The finish is lightly bitter, actually it is fairly bitter, but the ample malt and citrus hop character drowns out a lot of the bitterness. The finish does have a linger bitterness to it that just balances out the sweetness found up front. Somehow this beer is not all that heavy, it somehow maintains a deceiving drinkability despite the beerís strength.