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Williams Joker - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 02-06-2006

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard good things about this. Thought someone was having a laugh. Surprisingly it isn't easy as to find here as you'd expect.

Initially unspectacular in the glass. Golden and clear to the eye with some reasonable frothy head but no beading.

Taste was a real surprise. Patience revealed it to be not at all angry but having a focused, spiky and peppery bitterness with an intensity of its own which seemed longer and stronger than the 5% alc on the label. Lovely marmalade and gingerish quality on the tongue. Subtle yet also demanding. A real grower.

Really really enjoyed this. One of the better British bottled IPAs out there. Laugh it up.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a dull light to medium golden with a thin really quick to fade white head,UK yeasty aromas like that of green apple,and biscuit malt dominate,a little leafy hop shows thru as well.For the style its pretty nice,this would never cut as an American IPA,but an English one yes,leafy with some of the slight green apple-like tartness,a firm sweetish malt base holds thru the finish.An easy going beer,quaffable and not in your face.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle, has best before dating on the rear label. Purchased at Yorktown Beer and Soda, Yorktown, NY. Pours hazed and dull golden, near white head, ample blobs and squiggles of lacing left on the glass.

Soft and mild grassy and resiny hop nose.

Easy drinking British Ale, Scotland truly is not know for its hops nor hoppy beer and this one doesn't go against the conventional. Malty yes, hoppy not really. IPA? Barely...tastes more like Brit style pale to me.

Fruity, balanced and quite drinkable stuff, worth a try if you see it in your local, surprised to find it in one of mine.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear gold color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of hops with some citrus and grass notes. The flavor is grassy hops with some lighter malts. The beer is fairly bitter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a missing BB date. I picked this up about two months ago from a reputable supermarket, so hopefully it should be well in date. Described as 'Wickedly Hoppy', with some cool label art.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that hangs around for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma of floral hop notes with hints of grass and citrus, underpinned by subtle caramel malt.

Tastes of mild aromatic hops with a dry finish. Notes of grass, faint citrus and a hint of caramel malt. Slightly acidic, with a weak bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but the body is a tad thin. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of faint stewed hop notes.

Meh - not a brilliant IPA. The hop aromas/flavours are quite subtle and seem curtailed, while the bitterness that you would expect from an IPA is virtually absent. The malt presence is also a bit weak. The 'drinkability' of this ale is good - it slides down easily enough - but it's much more like a pale ale or blonde ale in character. Falls short of the mark, and certainly isn't 'Wickedly Hoppy'. No need to put this on your must-try list.

Photo of WSB
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden straw color, with a thin white head and lots of bubbles.

Smell is mildly yeasty, sweet, with a faint hint of hops that becomes more profound as you drink down the glass and give the aroma more room to collect in the bell of the glass.

Mouthfeel is bubbly- there is lots of carbonation, with a light body.

Taste is yeast and malt, with barely perceptible hops aftertaste and bitterness.

Overall a very mild flavor, more a lighter larger than what we would normally consider an IPA. Noticeably different from American IPA's due to its balance of malt and hops. Very refreshing.

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle marked Dec 2012. Sampled on March 24, 2012. It pours golden yellow with slowly moving carbonation leading to a sizable cream colored head and good clarity. For an IPA the aroma is subtle and mellow with malts and cantaloupe marking the aroma and the hop base is more behind the scenes. The body is light to medium. Scottish malts lead the taste with a slight citrus feel and a less notable hop finish. One would think that an IPA would be hoppier than this but in my opinion, traditional hops and more balanced and subtle because the brewer would have wanted to ensure the quality of the beer as it went abroad. A pleasant beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, best before July 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is bready malt, and some citrusy hops and butterscotch. Taste is citrusy hops, grainy malt, and a bit of grassy hops and spice. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. It's not a bad overall brew, I'll have to try this one again in the future.

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down a bit, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast and pale malts are present in the nose along with some notes of floral hops and hints of citrus.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has some additional hints of grassy hops. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It finishes with a slight amount of dryness.
O: This beer seems more like an English Pale Ale and less like an English IPA. Nevertheless, it is very easy to drink and perfectly sessionable.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green labelled (unlike the picture on BA), 500ml bottle, best before Feb 2011, drank and reviewed in Jan 2011. Poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard.

Pale amber, tangerine orange in colour, good white head on top, which left behind some good lacing.

Floral hoppy aroma, some semi-sour citrusy notes as well (pink grapefruit and lemons?).

The taste is citrus fruit bitter, with a drying hop aftertaste. No malt content found in the flavour or smell.

Almost too well carbonated, slightly fizzy if a large mouthful is taken, less so in smaller sips.

Easy to drink and a fine example of a British IPA.

Photo of jneiswender
2.19/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out of a large bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-light, gold body, white head.

S-smoky with a slightly corn smell. No perceived hop smell.

T-strong peat flavor throughout and floral.

M-light.

D-No. I would avoid this. Too many off putting flavors.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask 5/27/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, some hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then good hops bitterness comes in but it’s a bit week for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer worth drinking for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of Reidrover
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. light amber/orange colour to this beer with a good sized thick off white head. Malty aromas at first then a "tingle" of hops . To me this had a surprisingly creamy malt flavour, some hops and fruits detected in the end however, perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel was on the thin side but not too bad. An east drinking ale,

Photo of mdagnew
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a straw yellow colour with light golden tinge. Creamy head poured big, foamy and meringue like then faded slowly to light coating. Faint carbonation drifts to the surface... some light lacing...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, juicy spicy fruits (pineapples, apricots, some apples), light butterscotch sweetness, some honey notes, vanilla, peppery hops, some grassiness, herbal...

Taste – Light fruitiness (lemons, apples, apricots), sea saltiness, perfumey, herbal, grassy, spicy hops, marzipan/almond notes, some graininess...

Feel - Sharp and dry... light bodied... very very refreshing and drinkable... a decent session beer...

Overall - A good clean crisp pale ale... recommended...

Photo of Thorpe429
2.09/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a SAVOR snifter. Consumed at a recent tasting.

Pours a light to medium golden copper color with a light white head. Very mild lacing. The nose brings forward quite a bit cat urine along with a bit of dank hops. Pretty gross. Did not make me pleased. Against my better judgment, I sipped this one and found the same characteristics. It was really oddly bitter and dry and killed my desire to drink anything else for a bit. Hops were a really strange combination that ended up really strange. Not a huge fan and this was way off the mark.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy gold yellow with two fingers of creamy white head.

Sweet aroma of lemon and grass with some yeast, light malt and biscuit notes.

The taste is grassy along with lemon and a medicinal tang I tend to notice in some English IPAs and actually like. The hoppy notes are balanced by yeast, biscuit and sweet caramel malts. Finishes clean.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this Scottish IPA from Williams Brothers and will definitely have again.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, starts off orange citrus to a pine like ending of hops. In the taste, a mix of mellow pine and orange citrus hops, yet still a bit watery. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. Big nose, and decent hops, but a bit thin and watery.

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight alcohol, and dark citrus. Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight yeast, slight citrus, sweet malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Photo of jgasparine
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a FRESH cask at Max's on Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland on 3/30/2010. I highly recommend that this beer is consumed AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE!

A- Poured from the beer engine with a thick mousse-like white head, which was well-retained, and produced some very fine-textured lacing that blanketed the entire inner surface of the glass. The body was a completely opaque hazy yellow color, which showed no visible signs of carbonation.

S- Smelled of crackerlike pale malt, kissed with some zesty mild-citrus hops... high-alpha, but probably a European variety of high-alpha hop... not one of the Big American C-hops. Overall, the nose was simple, but elegant; and surprisingly rich for the low alcohol content.

T- The flavor replicated the nose quite nicely with a clean presentation of crackerlike pale malts and a moderate level of high-alpha hop flavor/bitterness. No substantial yeast ester here. Again, simple but elegant; and fairly rich on the palate given the low ABV.

M- A surprisingly firm body, given the 5% ABV. I would say that it's medium in body overall, with a nice texture to it from unattenuated sugar and suspended yeast. The carbonation was soft and delicate, as expected from a cask.

D- Very, very drinkable. Definitely sessionable. Had it on a cold March night, but I can see this being a fabulous thirst quencher on a hot day as well...

Photo of NATOuk
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Golden/Amber in colour, pours a light head receding to a white rim around the glass. Light carbonation bubbles.

Smell
Light malts and zesty, citrus aromas along with some light fruit as well as light grassy hop notes. Not a strong aroma but pleasant.

Taste
The initial taste is a little weak, that of sweet light malts, however in the middle an earthy taste develops as well as the start of a medium hop bitterness building to the finish.

Mouthfeel
Light/Medium carbonation, medium body.

Overall
A pleasant session beer, not particularly strong in any one area but overall well balanced.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy and fellow BA 46and2 scored me a couple of Williams Brothers brews that arent normally available here since he works for the importer. Thanks again Dan!

Consumed 9/12/09- from notes.

Brown 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Poured kind of a washed out orange/gold with about a two finger creamy off white head that quickly faded to a thin skim. Faint carbination and lacing.

S- Light sweet fruits, caramel and some spices I cant identify.

T- Very much like the smell with the caramel and spices being more eveident, just a touch dry at the finish. A little grassy flavor that becomes more pronounced as it warms.

M- Light to medium, not too much carbination tingle. Smoother than I expected but still crisp.

D- Very easy drinker, could blow through a few of these sitting on the deck talking with friends. Too bad its not available local.

Photo of BeerShirts
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Light Amber in color, light-Medium Carbonation, Thick white head that drops fast to a thin layer that lasted through the rest of the beer

S- A light citrus from the hops

T- Light citrus taste with a hint of Carmel and other spices. after taste is a little bit lemony with a lingering bitterness.

M-Not many bubbles from carbonation, very smooth and light

D- would be a good fishing beer, light and refreshing on a nice summers day on the lake.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, someone needs to update that picture. It looks like it's from 1982.

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin sheets of lace.

S - It smelled floral and grassy with some citrus hints. A touch of caramel, too.

T - Surprised by the taste. Lots of citrus. More than I expect from an English IPA. Sweet caramel with a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied with a clean, dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good English IPA. Very citrusy.

Photo of haz77
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear light copper with an inch of tight white head. This drops to form a thin layer. Looks to have low-medium carbonation.

S - Citrus, caramel, bread, spice.

T - Bready malts kick off with a perfumed fruity note. Citrus hops take over all the way into the aftertaste with a bit of caramel.

M - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - Above average, but nothing special. Worth a look.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours burnished gold with uneven white froth with a bit of froth that trails. Light citrus and grain on the nose.
Unripe honeydew and gooseberry malts with lightly toasted pan and citrus and wood oil hops that get spicier as it warms. Lychee finish and tingly linger. Light to medium, crisp, some cling.

Labeled "Joker IPA", with a green jester cartoon.

Lots of fruit and lots of spice. Not quite enough hops to be an IPA like Jaipur, but more than the average English blonde. Malts are in the background, for sure. Love to know the hop bill, as there's English wood but some citrus, too.

Summery, and a good entry for Williams.

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Williams Joker from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.