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Williams Joker - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 02-06-2006)
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Photo of 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.

spunionring, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of jneiswender
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.

jneiswender, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of mfgreene
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

mfgreene, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Bill235
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Bill235, May 17, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

ygtbsm94, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of TequilaTom
3/5  rDev -16.7%

TequilaTom, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
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

rowingbrewer, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Ratman197
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.

Ratman197, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of morebeergood
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.

morebeergood, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of WSB
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.

WSB, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

OWSLEY069, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of kaneel
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

kaneel, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of baklo
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

baklo, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Proclarush
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Proclarush, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of wl0307
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.

wl0307, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

jazzyjeff13, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
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.

AgentMunky, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of DapperGrowler
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.

DapperGrowler, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Dec 24, 2010
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.

NATOuk, May 23, 2011
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.

BlackHaddock, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of haz77
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.

haz77, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of DaKur
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DaKur, Jul 07, 2013
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Williams Joker from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.