Drake's Jolly Rodger 2010 Imperial Red Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Jolly Rodger 2010 Imperial Red AleDrake's Jolly Rodger 2010 Imperial Red Ale

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 12-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Beer Week experimental pick. This was the ’10 vintage of the Jolly Roger, aged in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels.

Pours a ruddy brown in color with thin lacing. Some sour hints on the aroma. Tart flavor reminiscent of bitters and orange peel, and a dry finish. For being barrel-aged I don’t pick up any booziness or oaky finish. (And unlike the 09 no coconut bourbon sweetness either.)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This is another one courtesy of Bubba83 in our most recent trade. Thanks Kevin! I forgot that I had mentioned this one to you!

Pours a clear deep coppery ruby, with 2 fingers stiff off-white foamy head. This retains with a ½ finger of rich froth that throws up some sticky swathes of lacing onto the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral, piney, and spicy smelling, with a deep burnt stickiness in the nose of caramel, chocolate, fruit, and roasted malts. There's a bit of stiff warmth here as well. It's not necessarily stinging but definitely adds some power to this.

Those Chinook and Cascade hops are right up front and are aggressive with notes of pine, spice, and bitter grapefruit. A thick sticky wall of caramel malts and sweet tropical fruits moves in to balance out a lot of that assertive bitterness from the hops. The backend of this is the weirdest part of the profile, with flavors of roast and cocoa powder giving this an all around burnt feel that then lingers with some leftover sugars and dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big sharpness to the carbonation that prickles the mouth. There is some slickness on the edges of the feel but this is pretty crisp overall. Alcohol is mostly well hid here but its presence does amplify a lot of those intense flavors and it does start to come out to play a bit after it's sitting for a while.

Big hoppy Imperial Reds are one of my favorite styles but the roasted finish on this was a bit jarring at first and really took me by surprise. Even though it eventually started to tone down at this sat for a bit, those last few gulps of burnt sticky warmth from the bottle got to be a bit too much. This was an interesting take on the style but I don't think that I would pursue another bottle.

Photo of MrHirschybar
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up after previously having the DeNogginizer from Drake's upon recommendation early on into the craft journey.
They note every year the recipe and/or style for the seasonal Christmas beer - Jolly Rodger - is different. This is the 2010 version.
A- Dark Red/Brown, a deep blend of the two - holding it up to the light merits the ability to see through to my fingers gripping the other side of the glass, otherwise quite dark but clear. Nice head that left lacing and never fully dissipated from my New Belgium glass.
S- Definitely malty, and initially I thought I picked up a spice note - cinammon or light nutmeg - but mostly the malts and then the citrus/pine of the hops, a little floral or grassy - I actually like the nose to this
T- Malty, nutty, a little bit of spice, and a light but lingering bitter hop finish that's smoothed out by a bit of malty resurgence after letting it sit on the tongue a bit. It's quite nice with the nutty malts warming while having the hop bite linger and even it out. Little bit of some spice still coming through for me that I like helps give it a warmth.
M - It's not too heavy or too light, the carbonation is not too little or over the top. Seems almost just right for the style.
D- I could see it getting a little heavy on the whole bomber - but I typically share all these, otherwise I'd save it or definitely get the winter warmer effect from it. Mouth-feel wouldn't end this for me before the brews 8% ABV made me forget about that.
Very nice go at a red by Drake's. Definitely recommend having a go at the evaluation for yourself.

Photo of claspada
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are fairly muted but still decent amount of citrus, grapefruit and pine. A substantial but mellowed toffee and burnt sugar.
The taste is initially caramel sweet maltiness but immediately shifts to the traditional Pacific Coast hop bitterness. Pine/grapefruit/citrus; the usual suspects. Hop flavors ans bitterness win the eventual battle for control of your palate. Smooth, yet creamy. Great carbonation with a slick/sweet balanced mouthfeel. Overall this is the best example of a West Cost Red/Amber ale I have had to date. Great maltiness to counteract the abrasive big 3C hops, which I usually despise because of their overuse/abuse. Mildly dark malt additions really help to balance this out, yum, wish I had more.

Photo of colforbin73
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a nice big Red from drakes. i think i prefer this to the Denogginizer (dipa) which is awesome but almost too much.

pours a rich yummy red and foams up a little. it dissipates quickly but drinks with a nice fizz and buzz on the tongue. the aroma is outstanding, very rich, hoppy and full of toasty-roasty goodness. again, the taste is really rich and satisfying, deep and almost oakey, the beer coats the tongue and goes down with a pleasant burn. THE HOPS bring it all together, with a perfect 68 ibus balancing against the imperial malt base. is there rye in this ale?

with the denogginizer and this jolly roger brew, drakes has come up with two aggressive, in-your-face intense beers in the last year. i would say they have thrown the gauntlet down for NorCal breweries -- they are pumping out lots of quality IPA in San Diego, but Drake's is offering up another take with these specialty ales, dark and rich with tons of personality and attitude. well done!

Photo of charlzm
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed March 12th, 2011 at 50 degrees F in a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, burnt umber hue. A fine off-white head less than a finger thick appears and stick around for a surprisingly long time. Sticky sheeting on the glass sides. Carbonation bubbles rise modestly but continuously through consumption.

Aromatic beer: I could smell it two feet away! Sweet caramel with resiny hop overtones. Has a character that reminds me of snickerdoodle cookies.

Bold flavors: this is a very sweet beer with a strong, bitter grapefruit and piney finish. Alcohol, both as heat and flavor, is a component as well. Same bready/cookie character and some toffee to the midtaste as in the nose. Dangerously close to a barleywine flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry but otherwise unremarkable.

The pronounced alcohol content and overwhelming sweetness make this a challenge to drink. I wish I had let this sit in my "aging fridge" for a year or so.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger or so of khaki colored head.

S: Sweet citrus and fruity hops, maybe some pineapple. Brown sugar and toffee are prominent players and there's a definite breadiness of it.

T: Fairly hoppy on the palate as well. Slightly bitter, but a nice orange peel and grapefruit hop flavor as well as some other sweet fruit notes. A sweet malt profile consisting primarily of toffee with a little bit of brown sugar and caramel.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation, fairly lively.

O: Although this won't blow you away, it's a solid, beefed up amber/red ale. Good flavors and easy to drink.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a lovely dark-coppper color, with a miniscule ring of head. The smells are of alcohol and hops, and I am thoroughly excited! Extremely hop forward taste on the middle of the tongue, with a tang and bitterness on the finish that is similar to many fresh-hopped IPAs. Impressive pull with a red. The more you drink, the hops continue to overpower, but there is a subtle malty flavor that sneaks in under the major flavors of hops. The finish is, once again, typical of a strong IPA. It is smooth, and at the same time has a sour/bitter finish. Easy to drink for a strong beer drinker, but may scare off a newbie just dipping their toes into the craft beer waters. As far as drinkability, I am on my way to the store to buy more bombers...

Photo of beagle75
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a tulip glass at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, dark amber color featuring ruby highlights, with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toast and caramel candy fight for attention amongst piney and earthy hops in this beer's smell. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with toffee and some roasted malt that complement big, dark citrus and pine, aromatic hop flavors without being overshadowed. There is also a fleeting umami thread detected early, along with mild astringency that lingers beyond the beginning. Sweetness intensifies in the middle, but otherwise flavors remain consistent. The finish arrives soon after, featuring bracing bitterness and diminishing astringency. No flavor of alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, the noteworthy stickiness matches the flavors well; with moderate carbonation.

D: Flavor intensity is this beer's strong suit, but unfortunately not all of the flavors present are equally desirable. It looks good in the glass, and it generally tastes like it looks and feels it should taste, so it is deserving of an intermediate position of merit. It frequently reminds of Oscar Blues' Gordon, from the caramelly stickiness down to the occasional earthy whiff.

Photo of imagese
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into perfect pint

A- hazy golden amber with a slight head that faded fast and left minimal lacing

S- sweet bread with a mild pine and citrus hop back end. Has a very dry nose from the dry hopping

T- nice hop front with more citrus to it. Pretty earthy with a nice toasted malt ending

M- great body and carbonation

D- very smooth and enjoyable. As this beer warms up, it really comes to life. I get into hoppy red kicks, and if this was a year round release, I'd buy it by the case!

Photo of brotherloco
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Imperial Red Ale

Smelled a ton of hops when I popped the cap. After it was in my 22oz glass, the hops were still present in the smell, but also a good bit of caramel malt.

Taste has a bit of initial sting, almost immediate very sweet malt. Hops come along in the middle and finish. Alcohol sneaks out a bit at the end. Mouthfeel is a tad bit syrupy.

Overall a beer with great ingredients, but rough around the edges. As a one-off winter ale, that doesn't bother me so much.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours brown with amber. It has a nice white creamy head that leaves lots of residual lacing.

S. Pine, citrus, and oak with rich malty sweetness

T. Malt sweetness is bright upfront with citrus and grapefruit. Nicely balanced.

M. Medium mouthfeel with lots of creamy carbonation.

D. Great. Very drinkable.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Beerdy!!!

A- Poured a rich mahogany red with a two finger creamy white head. Leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S- Even though this is a 2010... it still has a ton of grapefruit/citrus hop bite. A touch of bready sweetness and pine linger.

T- I really wish I could have tried this fresh! Reminds me a bit of Nugget Nectar... but not fresh like I've had the Nectar. Still has a great citrus bite, but a nice caramel malt flavor finish before the citrus and pine circle the wagons. Really Nice!

M- Really wraps around the tongue... still a great bitter citrus flavor! Who says you have to drink a hoppy beer the day it comes out! LOL!!! This is fantastic! Thank goodness it's a bomber!

O- This is a fantastic Imperial Red! Right up there with N.N. Damn I wish I could get some more of this!

Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear dark copper color with a solid off-white head and lots of lace. The nose detects a pleasant pine hop with sweet fruit nougat malt. Very tasty and promising! The first mouthful discovers more pine hop with a bit of a citrus bite and more of the fruit nougat sweetness. Very bready and easy drinking for the style. Grainy with a very silky feel and delicate carbonation in a solidly medium body brew. Very nice stuff that I can easily recommend.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

A: Pours a dark brown body, clear in the glass. Some sticky beige lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Toast, caramel, nuts. This is strongly on the malty side. Pine hops are noted. Can't detect any other varieties of hops. Pretty decent for the style, though nothing remarkable.

T: Also on the malty end here. Toast, toffee, and caramel almost make it feel like a barleywine. Pine hops contribute some flavor contrast, and they come with a mild bitterness that pulls into the finish. Definitely on the sweeter side of the imperial red spectrum. Not bad, but I generally don't care for sweet beers.

M: Medium viscosity. The flavor lingers well on the palate. Bitterness pulls into the finish. Medium carbonation.

D: Imperial reds are one of my favorite styles. The combination of citrus, caramel, (sometimes) chocolate does something great to my palate. But this one fell short of being worthwhile. I poured out a good portion of the bottle; it wasn't bad, but I wasn't getting much out of it and didn't care to finish it.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown in color with pale yellow highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some nice piney grassy hops pop out first on the aroma with earthy, woody, citrusy, and malt presence.

T: the taste also had big piney grassy hop flavors alongside citrusy earthy accents but with a nice sweet malty backbone. The citrus grapefruit notes did help out on the bitterness factor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a grassy, piney, earthy, hoppy, citrusy, and mild bitter finish that lingered on the palate.

D: it drank really good and was very tasty. I really liked the hop profile and would like to find out the hop variety used on this elixer.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown. Fairly clear. Lots of good white head that hangs around. Smells very hoppy. Lots of citrus and grapefruit. Solid malt backbone. Vry malty n the tongue. The hops are fairly faint probably due to the age but very tasty. Solid mouthfeel and very drinkable but overall doesn't do that much for me. Probably wouldn't drink again

Photo of soze47
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft and on bottle. This review will reflect the bottle, but I should note that the draft version was a bit hoppier.

Appearance: More brown than red, but sticky. The glass is coated in lacy goodness.

Aroma: Very malty smelling. Caramel is biggest smell, but there is also an underlying piney hop pressence too. It is not very balanced and I'd like more hops to be here.

Taste: An almost turtle candy like combo of milk chocolate, nutty roastiness, and caramel mixes well, oddly enough, with the hops. The hops are very piney and slightly grassy. The smell lacks hops, but the taste doesn't.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a thick beer, but it is medium bodied. I think the with a little more carbonation, this one would be much easier to drink.

Overall: This one is very close to being an amazing, unique beer, but its body is a little too heavy and nose throws the balance out of whack.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drake's states that they do a new beer style every year and the one BA had listed as Wee-Heavy (which this was NOT) so here we go.
Poured from a 22oz. into a pint. Solid red/amber in color with visible carbonation and an inch of thick, off-white head.
The smell is very powerful. Caramel and citrus with a bit of pine backing. Alcohol spice is also pretty up-front.
Caramel and citrus dominate the taste. Pine and chocolate and a bit of earth. Balanced and nice. The only thing holding it back is the alcohol burn. At 8% they should be able to hide it better. A little syrupy as well in the mouth. I'm down to grab a few more. A very good, decently complex Imperial Red.

Photo of brew3crew
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-translucent amber with white lacing around the edges
S-pleasantly hoppy with a little bit of malt
T-tastes more like an ipa than anything else. Citrusy hops with a great malt backbone.
M-medium bodied and very smooth
D-done with taste in no time. Very solid brew

Photo of peacebone116
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my tap into tulip glass.

I had a bottle of this over Thanksgiving, loved it, and decided to get myself a keg of it directly from Drake's.... so, thanks again to the people at Drakes. I got the beer a day after it had been kegged. This review, however, was written after I had it for over a month, so it was really interesting to see how the beer's flavor profile had developed. (Initially, the beer tasted identical to how I remembered the bottled version tasting.)

A: Deep coppery amber/auburn body. Excellent retention of the thick, off-white creamy head.

N: Hoppy pine and orange flowers backed by candied walnut and brandy notes.

T/M: Maple candied nuts with a hint of resiny pine and hemp. Alcohol follows up and warms the mouth slightly. The body is thick but with a creamy touch to the texture. With the booziness in mind, this beer is an excellent sipper by a warm fire on a dreary Bay Area winter day.

Photo of maximum12
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to beerisheaven for this bonus baby, which arrived in a box surrounded by 11 good friends from all around the country. The 'heaven man is legendary in this house! Busted up & poured into two of our stylin' Dogfish Head glasses.

Lovely clear, filtered red with no sediment or haze whatsoever. Look in the dictionary next to "American Amber: Smell" & you'll likely find a scratch 'n' sniff that closely resembles this brew. Bready malts, muted citrus hops, bits of caramel & toast.

What the hell? Jolly Rodger don't taste like no standard red. Tastes very weird, or maybe it's just the extreme silkiness that seems out of place. Ah, that's it. Oxidation? Yup. Distorts & subsumes other things running across the palate: the caramel, very grassy hops, earthy accents that almost stray into dankness, big boom of sweetness for the finale. Except that the oxidation lingers even further.

Man, I was excited when I stuck my nose into this one, but the off-flavor really limited the upside on this one. I'll sip it while I play some Xbox for the next bit, but already looking forward to a different beer.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix sweet toasted caramel malts with some pine, grapefruit, and citrus hops, with a bit of bread and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet toasted caramel and a bit of breadiness with some grapefruit and orange hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and floral hosp come through with some more bitterness and some more sweet bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some grapefruit and resiny pine hop and bitterness, with a touch of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with sweet, dry, bitter, and lightly warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy Imperial Red Ale with a good hop profile and a nice hop and malt balance.

Photo of rka758
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into tulip glass.
Recieved as birthday present.

A: Pours a deep reed with a quickly fading head.
S: Hop forward with a bit of sweetness and alcohol.
T: The hops come through first followed by booze and bitterness.
M: Well carbonated and a little syrupy.
D: Happy to have gotten the opportunity to have this, but it's not necessarily my thing.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic.

Dark clear amber body with a finger of off white head. Leaves plenty of lacing behind and very good retention.

Smells of caramel and toast. A touch of pine. Sweet and malty smelling the hops take a decided back seat.

The taste is caramel at first then resinous hops, orange rind, the caramel and toffee are always there and come back on the back end. Caramel, resin, and toast lingers.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth carbonation. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but there's still some heat going down.

The resin hop flavors become overwhelming and too strong after awhile.

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Drake's Jolly Rodger 2010 Imperial Red Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
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