Williams Joker - Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
10-04-2011 22:54:57 | More by Minkybut
4/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
09-19-2011 19:15:16 | More by Monkeyknife
3.1/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
08-08-2011 16:55:47 | More by WSB
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-11-2011 21:23:17 | More by Eramen
3.78/5 rDev +5%
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.
06-02-2011 15:07:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
05-25-2011 10:46:44 | More by StJamesGate
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.45/5 rDev -4.2%
Golden/Amber in colour, pours a light head receding to a white rim around the glass. Light carbonation bubbles.
Light malts and zesty, citrus aromas along with some light fruit as well as light grassy hop notes. Not a strong aroma but pleasant.
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.
Light/Medium carbonation, medium body.
A pleasant session beer, not particularly strong in any one area but overall well balanced.
05-23-2011 20:02:58 | More by NATOuk
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
05-23-2011 19:58:48 | More by Wattsox
2.08/5 rDev -42.2%
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.
03-28-2011 00:14:55 | More by Thorpe429
3.3/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
03-22-2011 18:35:28 | More by AgentMunky
3.05/5 rDev -15.3%
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
01-17-2011 21:55:36 | More by rowingbrewer
4.55/5 rDev +26.4%
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.
01-11-2011 16:33:52 | More by JamesS
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
01-09-2011 21:20:55 | More by oberon
United Kingdom (England)
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
01-04-2011 16:47:00 | More by BlackHaddock
3.4/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
12-24-2010 01:34:00 | More by bluejacket74
2.17/5 rDev -39.7%
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.
D-No. I would avoid this. Too many off putting flavors.
11-23-2010 02:43:14 | More by jneiswender
4.1/5 rDev +13.9%
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
10-20-2010 11:49:43 | More by Dentist666
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
10-07-2010 17:17:03 | More by Zimbo
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
09-17-2010 14:08:34 | More by Tone
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
09-09-2010 22:15:19 | More by Billolick
4.58/5 rDev +27.2%
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.
08-21-2010 20:44:35 | More by Mosstrooper
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
07-03-2010 02:46:54 | More by Mora2000
Williams Joker from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.