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Williams Joker - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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85 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-02-2011 15:07:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jgasparine

Maryland

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...

Serving type: cask

03-31-2010 11:40:30 | More by jgasparine
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-06-2007 01:39:54 | More by dedrinker
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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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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 10:03:28 | More by flyingpig
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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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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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schoolboy

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:40:34 | More by schoolboy
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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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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 02:34:49 | More by zeff80
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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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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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 22:19:00 | More by puboflyons
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 20:02:51 | More by CwrwAmByth
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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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IPA4LIFE

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 20:15:02 | More by IPA4LIFE
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 22:54:57 | More by Minkybut
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 19:15:16 | More by Monkeyknife
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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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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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StJamesGate

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 10:46:44 | More by StJamesGate
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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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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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Williams Joker from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.