DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 5, 2009
(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. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Man was this stuff good. Poured dark ruddy brown with a three finger head from the tap. Even 3 years old, the pour was rich with floral, pine and pineapple in the nose. Slightly creamy on the palate with a flavor extremely well balanced with pine and caramel malt. When it was fresh I’m sure the hops overwhelmed. In its old age, the malt shined through a bit balancing it out. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
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 I’s 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! kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Jolly RodgerBeerDaveC007 (14) - Stockton, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
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
Pours with a nice head. A great nose of hops and sweet malt. A great tast of fresh hops with a great balance of malt and I love the alcohol.
jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Tap @ Toronado in Jan 2006. Mahognay brown color with a white head. A hop filled aroma with a nod to a barleywine. Is there a green, fresh cut lawn in here? Wonderful finish. marcus (10584) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2006
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. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
On tap @ the Toronado. One of my favorite beers of all time. Dark golden color. Sweet, somewhat thick body. Very nice balance, with a strong hop end. Good good stuff. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2006
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 don’t get any notes of alcohol; this is just a smooth, hopaliciously aromatic brew.BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - APR 18, 2006
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 beer’s strength.
This was good. Surprisingly mellow for the hoppy aroma and high ABV. Nice grapefruit flavors, but nice and smooth, not harsh.