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Williams Joker - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 88
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
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

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 02-06-2006

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 88
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
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 (491 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nowadays available green-labelled.
Slightly orange golden in color, not crystal, but turbid a bit, with good off-white head. Fine considerable laces.
Hop, somewhat grassy, aroma with tones of raisins & citrus, rather spicy. Good stimulus for salivation.
Taste - classical British IPA - crisp, reasonably bitter, decent resiny.
Very drinkable and well-balanced.
I was fully delighted (383 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a slight orange hue and a medium-sized white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a fairly thick ring of lace.

Smell: Intense earthy and woody hops, backed up by some buttery aromas.

Taste: Begins with a piney, citrusy hoppy flavor, finishing with buttery sweetness rounding out to a balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: On BA, this is listed as an English Pale Ale- probably a misnomer as the label on my beer says "Joker I.P.A." and the back label explains what an IPA is. Also, the flavor of this is much more indicitive of an IPA than an English Pale Ale. Overall, though, this is a very good beer and one I would love to have again- and a very good beer in its style- whatever that may be. This brew is hoppy enough to satisfy hop cravings, but balanced enough and low enough in ABV to be good for either sessioning or for beginners uninitiated in hop flavors. A very balanced, yet tasty, IPA. (1,081 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
2.19/5  rDev -38.3%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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... (1,366 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard good things about this. Thought someone was having a laugh. Surprisingly it isn't easy as to find here as you'd expect.

Initially unspectacular in the glass. Golden and clear to the eye with some reasonable frothy head but no beading.

Taste was a real surprise. Patience revealed it to be not at all angry but having a focused, spiky and peppery bitterness with an intensity of its own which seemed longer and stronger than the 5% alc on the label. Lovely marmalade and gingerish quality on the tongue. Subtle yet also demanding. A real grower.

Really really enjoyed this. One of the better British bottled IPAs out there. Laugh it up. (652 characters)

Photo of haz77
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: bottle is quite a bit different from the pic. pours a straw gold color with good clarity and a white 1 finger head.

S: lightly toasted bread and a spicy, lemon/lime citrus peel aroma.

T: again, bready, citrusy right up front with a honeyed maltiness. quickly becomes spicy and herbal. finish is of light fruits: white grapes and green apples, lemon, and again, very spicy and herbal.

M: medium-full bodied, almost too heavy, a zesty carbonation, and a crisp, dry finish.

Overall, a very good english ipa in all aspects. I could definitely go for a six pack of this beer. Worth a try if English IPAs are "Your bag baby, yeaa!" (659 characters)

Photo of kmacphail
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My sister picked me up a bottle of this from the Cave in Glasgow.

The beer poured a light amber colour with a white head that settled to a thin 1mm film. The beer produced a very pleasant aroma, nothing particularly special about the notes individually but they really work well together: hops, citrus fruits, wheat that produces a very fresh fragrence.

The taste is initially dominated by hops with a citrus aftertnote that leaves a crisp, dry taste finish. This also proved it was a beer with a surprisingly medium body, obvious enough that this was not lager.

Overall I was very surprized with this beer, when I saw a light amber, almost golden colour being poured I feared the worst, but this is amongst the best of the light beers I have tried. (752 characters)

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.01/5  rDev +13%
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! (1,147 characters)

Photo of Wattsox
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Eramen
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of BeerShirts
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of NATOuk
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of WSB
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of DapperGrowler
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of spunionring
1.4/5  rDev -60.6%
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. (438 characters)

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Williams Joker from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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