Williams Joker - Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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3.25/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
01-29-2013 02:08:11 | More by Knapp85
3.2/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
12-31-2012 17:49:33 | More by OWSLEY069
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
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
12-16-2012 22:38:35 | More by metter98
United Kingdom (England)
3.28/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
08-29-2012 22:42:22 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
06-09-2012 02:34:49 | More by zeff80
3.08/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
06-06-2012 23:11:30 | More by morebeergood
1.35/5 rDev -62.5%
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.
04-04-2012 22:07:40 | More by spunionring
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-24-2012 22:19:00 | More by puboflyons
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
3.08/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
02-12-2012 14:27:51 | More by Ratman197
District of Columbia
3.33/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
02-07-2012 03:40:40 | More by DapperGrowler
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
Williams Joker from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.