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Williams Joker - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Williams JokerWilliams Joker

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BA SCORE
82
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 02-06-2006)
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spunionring


1.35/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

While maybe I was expecting for more of an american IPA, one way or another, I found this IPA barely worth drinking. There was only the faintest hint of the typical hoppiness you might expect from an IPA, which was found in the frontend of the taste. Overall it tasted more like a regular beer, especially as it goes down and in the aftertaste. In general I found this beer a terrible letdown trying to compete in the world of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 22:07:40 | More by spunionring
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:14:55 | More by Thorpe429
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 02:43:14 | More by jneiswender
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 500ml bottle into a magners glass

the beer pours a golden wheat color, with a nice white head. the appearance is almost perfect for the style

the smell has very little hops in it, and actually has a lot of yeast smell to it.

the taste is similar to the smell, there is a light malt backbone along with some yeasty flavor and a little bitterness from the hops that wew not present in the nose.

the mouthfeel on this beer is light with good carbonation and its fairly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 21:55:36 | More by rowingbrewer
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Ratman197

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle from Half Time Beverage poured a clear gold with a small lasting creamy white head. Aromas of biscuit, light citrus and a hint of earthiness. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of biscuit and light citrus with a crisp lightly dry lightly biter finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 14:27:51 | More by Ratman197
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I noticed a lot of floaties in the bottle before I poured. I dumped the first pour down the drain to get rid of all the floaties I saw in the neck. From there, I poured extremely slowly to keep the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. That resulted in very little head. Very light yellow color for an IPA. There was definitely some hops in the aroma; tropical fruit notes were detected. Taste overall was pretty mediocre. Not much in terms of hop profile or mat base. Really thin mouthfeel too. The bottle said good before Dec 2012, but I didn't find much to enjoy with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 23:11:30 | More by morebeergood
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WSB

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 16:55:47 | More by WSB
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 17:49:33 | More by OWSLEY069
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the London branch of Royal Mile Whiskies shop, nr. Tottenham Court Road. Coming in a slim, 500ml brown (German) lager bottle, BB APR 07. Served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: orangey golden, a bit like deeply-infused ooh-long tea; the thick white beer head settles soon into the beer; very gently carbonated.
S: caramellic/lightly toffee-ish creamy malts prevail, backed by richly sweet fruitiness mixed of sweet cherries and orange-flavoured gums... Overall, quite aromatic, but a touch too sweet and off-balance.
T: orange-tea-ish flavour of hops dominate the palate, backed by plenty of lively, bitter-sweet flowery esters and a firm malty backbone; gradually bringing out a faintly grainy, wheatish flavour and a mildly dryish-bitter, citrus-hoppy aftertaste; an orange-candyish touch stays at the back of the palate.
M&D: vis-a-vis its apparently soft body, it's quite lively and fizzy on the palate--actually a bit too fizzy for an English ale; a medium-flavoured and light-bodied blond ale this is. Pretty easy to drink yet not as special as the other beers in the new range of Williams Brothers' products.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 18:43:59 | More by wl0307
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a very pale yellow color with a soapy white head on top. The retention is minimal and there is basically no lacing. The smell of the beer has some English malts with a mild earthy hop aroma. The taste of the beer continues with the nose, it's got some mild dry malt with a subtle bitter finish. Te mouthfeel is drinkable and smooth. Overall it's a decent brew. Nothing too exciting but it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:08:11 | More by Knapp85
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 22:42:22 | More by jazzyjeff13
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AgentMunky

California

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half-lire bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before July 2012. I'm assuming this is the same beer listed, though it reads "Scottish Joker I.P.A." and has a much more modern, green label.

A: Very clear and pale; golden-copper with sparse head. Some bubbles inside.

S: Slightly buttery hops, some citrus, a hint of something nigh-metallic.

T: Not bad, but not particularly great either. Thin malts, pleasant citrus, a bitter edge on the finish. Good flavour, but I wish there were more of it.

M: Unexpectedly robust with carbonation contributing to my enjoyment.

D: I wouldn't recommend it, but I might drink it again (with a meal, for instance). A thoroughly average English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 18:35:28 | More by AgentMunky
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DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the opportunity to try this beer at Fireworks Pizza in Arlington, VA during the second week of november. This is from my notes. The beer was served with the Williams Brothers of Scotland for a Cask night.

A: the beer was golden in color with the standard cask ale bubbles on the surface.

S: The only real taste i recalled was mild citrus and hops

T: The beer had mild hops taste and a nice malt taste on the back.

M: This was a smooth beer.

This was not one of my most favorite of beer tasting experiences but appreciated the opportunity.

Serving type: cask

02-07-2012 03:40:40 | More by DapperGrowler
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 01:34:00 | More by bluejacket74
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NATOuk

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 20:02:58 | More by NATOuk
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haz77

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 21:28:49 | More by haz77
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 16:47:00 | More by BlackHaddock
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Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, consumed May 2011, BBE Sep 2012.

A - Amber body with rapidly dissipating head that leaves a little lacing and touch of covering.

S - Mild grassy citrusy aromas with some gentle malt balance.

T - Malty and a little sweet on the front, giving way to a more bitter touch on the back-end, with a lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium body, light but punchy carbonation.

O - A pleasant beer to enjoy in a session, though possibly a little average by itself.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 19:58:48 | More by Wattsox
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Eramen

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Burnished orange and light gold. A pretty minuscule head which thins and dissipates quite quickly.

S - Light biscuit malts, leaves/grass, blood orange, some hops but not that much, it's overall lighter than I expected on the nose.

T - The same malts, apple tartness, yeast, mixed fruit. It remains earthy and leafy/grassy throughout.

MF - A decent amount of carbonation renders this beer more satisfying considering the light mouthfeel.

O - A fairly standard English IPA, it's enjoyable though it doesn't leave me feeling I need to have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 21:23:17 | More by Eramen
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know that this is an English IPA, but I feel like it is still missing just a little something. Just a little more punch from hops, perhaps. What's there is decent, but not anything interesting. It's funny that I never thought I'd see anything else from this brewery, but here it is. Unfortunately, I think I appreciate their gruits more than this.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 03:03:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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,

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 16:50:14 | More by Reidrover
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:38:35 | More by metter98
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 14:36:56 | More by mdagnew
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tatoodkelt

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 14:32:49 | More by tatoodkelt
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BeerShirts

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 12:50:33 | More by BeerShirts
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