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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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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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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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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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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 21:20:55 | More by oberon
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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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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 02:46:54 | More by Mora2000
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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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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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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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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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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 22:15:19 | More by Billolick
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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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Tone

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 14:08:34 | More by Tone
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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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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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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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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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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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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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JamesS

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 16:33:52 | More by JamesS
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Williams Joker from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.