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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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.1%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +11.1%

jonb5, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
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.

Minkybut, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Monkeyknife
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.

Monkeyknife, Sep 19, 2011
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 Eramen
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.

Eramen, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
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.

StJamesGate, May 25, 2011
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 Wattsox
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.

Wattsox, May 23, 2011
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 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 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 JamesS
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.

JamesS, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Jan 09, 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 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 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 Dentist666
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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

Dentist666, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Zimbo
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Zimbo, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Tone
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.

Tone, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Billolick
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.

Billolick, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Mosstrooper, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Jul 03, 2010
Williams Joker from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.