Williams Joker - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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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
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 02-06-2006

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 47
Photo of JamesS
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 Dentist666
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of flyingpig
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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 kmacphail
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

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

Nice light honey color, and the aroma is fruity and mildly spicy. Thin head (cask) and soft carbonation. Flavors are light cracker-like malt and little citrus notes amidst a honey character. Mild hop bitterness, and a smooth creamy mouthfeel glide back down the throat. This is what I would regard as a brilliant English summer beer if our summers were in the low 60's and damp! Great thirst quencher with extra body.

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.

Photo of Minkybut
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this nice beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured one of the prettiest heads I ever did see. The beer was a little bit cloudy but that was okay with me. The beer also had a little bit of a hop hit to it but then I guess it was suppose to since it was an IPA. I liked the beer and will buy again.

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 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 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.

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 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 OlRasputin989
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: bottle is quite a bit different from the pic. pours a straw gold color with good clarity and a white 1 finger head.

S: lightly toasted bread and a spicy, lemon/lime citrus peel aroma.

T: again, bready, citrusy right up front with a honeyed maltiness. quickly becomes spicy and herbal. finish is of light fruits: white grapes and green apples, lemon, and again, very spicy and herbal.

M: medium-full bodied, almost too heavy, a zesty carbonation, and a crisp, dry finish.

Overall, a very good english ipa in all aspects. I could definitely go for a six pack of this beer. Worth a try if English IPAs are "Your bag baby, yeaa!"

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 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 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...

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