Williams Joker - Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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4.58/5 rDev +27.2%
Poured from 500mL bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance: Golden color with a slight orange hue and a medium-sized white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a fairly thick ring of lace.
Smell: Intense earthy and woody hops, backed up by some buttery aromas.
Taste: Begins with a piney, citrusy hoppy flavor, finishing with buttery sweetness rounding out to a balanced bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
Drinkability: On BA, this is listed as an English Pale Ale- probably a misnomer as the label on my beer says "Joker I.P.A." and the back label explains what an IPA is. Also, the flavor of this is much more indicitive of an IPA than an English Pale Ale. Overall, though, this is a very good beer and one I would love to have again- and a very good beer in its style- whatever that may be. This brew is hoppy enough to satisfy hop cravings, but balanced enough and low enough in ABV to be good for either sessioning or for beginners uninitiated in hop flavors. A very balanced, yet tasty, IPA.
08-21-2010 20:44:35 | More by Mosstrooper
4.55/5 rDev +26.4%
Picked up from Indy's Parti-Pak store.
Poured a wonderful mid-deep copper color with great head and very nice lacing. Excellent deep malty aroma with excellent Earthy and jerky hop aromas. Very nice flavor, a simple and deep malt backing with a wonderful Earthy and floral hop finish that lasts on the tongue. It went down wonderfully smooth. An excellent English IPA.
01-11-2011 16:33:52 | More by JamesS
4.13/5 rDev +14.7%
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...
03-31-2010 11:40:30 | More by jgasparine
4.1/5 rDev +13.9%
Nowadays available green-labelled.
Slightly orange golden in color, not crystal, but turbid a bit, with good off-white head. Fine considerable laces.
Hop, somewhat grassy, aroma with tones of raisins & citrus, rather spicy. Good stimulus for salivation.
Taste - classical British IPA - crisp, reasonably bitter, decent resiny.
Very drinkable and well-balanced.
I was fully delighted
10-20-2010 11:49:43 | More by Dentist666
4.05/5 rDev +12.5%
This definitely has an old world feel. As you pour it is obviously a unique yellow. the thin head quickly dissipates. The aroma is mild but nice. A little floral in the aroma. The taste is light and only slightly hoppy, not wickedly like the label says, especially when compared to AIPA's.
The aftertaste is especially good. Light and crisp and clean. Overall, this is a very drinkable ale. If fact, it would be easy to put down several of these, but the cost of importing is apparently what brings this into the too expensive range.
A nice treat from Scotland, for sure.
12-23-2012 22:40:34 | More by schoolboy
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.04/5 rDev +12.2%
500ml Bottle (Sainsbury's, £1.51): Bright amber colour with a large, two fingers tall head that is a foamy white and has excellent retention.
Hoppy to begin with but a subdued, unmistakably English IPA aroma that is fruity with some orange and citrus notes along with some pine and light grapefruit notes. A very nice smell that has some floral touches and an earthy hop aroma too.
Very hop filled with some pine and lighter grapefruit that mirrors the nose. There is some orange and sweet fruits in the mix along with a touch of earthy bitterness.
A little bitter and quite well balanced with a nice, medium body and moderate carbonation along with a nice, crisp citrus finish that is slightly dry too.
I've tried this one a few times before on nights out and not fully appreciated how good it actually is. A very nice IPA that was very enjoyable. Definitely one to look out for and try if you get the chance.
02-13-2013 10:03:28 | More by flyingpig
4/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
09-19-2011 19:15:16 | More by Monkeyknife
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +11.1%
500ml bottle with a best by date of Sep 2012.
A- A light gold color with a foamy, two finger head that offered somewhat lackluster retention and relatively weak lacing. The color was a bit too light for the style in my opinion, and the head wasn't very impressive.
S- The smell more than made up for the unimpressive appearance. There is a lot of fresh citrus (lots of grapefruit, some orange, and maybe a little something sweeter like mango). Really good aroma. Smell is almost perfect for the style.
T- Opens up with a little sweetness. There are notes of honey, orange and a touch of apricot. There is a lightly earthy taste (maybe even some hints of oak?) with a very slightly floral taste, followed up by the hop bitterness, which packs a decent punch. Although the flavor isn't a world-beater, it is better than many of the English IPAs I have had.
M- A little watery, but not bad overall.
O- The mouthfeel and appearance are the only poor aspects fo this beer. Had they been a little better, i would have called this a 4.5/5, but if I am judging the beer as a whole, it is a bit weak in those areas. Definitely worth a try though!
12-30-2011 20:15:02 | More by IPA4LIFE
United Kingdom (Wales)
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass and drank with a chicken madras curry.
Pours a fairly clear amber colour with a slight haze and a decent head that stays all the way through and pretty awesme lacing as you drink down.
Smells is of hops mostly with a slight malty hint to it.
Tastes classically hoppy and fruity, with a slight hint of malts to balance it ensuring the hops aren't too overpowerd.
Overall a lovely drink, refreshing and worked well with my very spicy curry.
03-09-2012 20:02:51 | More by CwrwAmByth
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
My sister picked me up a bottle of this from the Cave in Glasgow.
The beer poured a light amber colour with a white head that settled to a thin 1mm film. The beer produced a very pleasant aroma, nothing particularly special about the notes individually but they really work well together: hops, citrus fruits, wheat that produces a very fresh fragrence.
The taste is initially dominated by hops with a citrus aftertnote that leaves a crisp, dry taste finish. This also proved it was a beer with a surprisingly medium body, obvious enough that this was not lager.
Overall I was very surprized with this beer, when I saw a light amber, almost golden colour being poured I feared the worst, but this is amongst the best of the light beers I have tried.
09-04-2008 21:08:01 | More by kmacphail
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
09-17-2010 14:08:34 | More by Tone
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
01-09-2011 21:20:55 | More by oberon
Williams Joker from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.