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Williams Joker - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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85 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: wl0307 on 02-06-2006)
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Photo of JamesS


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
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

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...

01-23-2007 14:36:56 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Monkeyknife


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
Photo of morebeergood


3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

06-06-2012 23:11:30 | More by morebeergood
Photo of schoolboy


4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

12-23-2012 22:40:34 | More by schoolboy
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.04/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

02-13-2013 10:03:28 | More by flyingpig
Photo of Lawnboy33


4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-15-2011 14:14:58 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-01-2013 16:39:09 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

03-09-2012 20:02:51 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-09-2012 08:25:17 | More by mick303
Photo of rowingbrewer


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
Photo of Proclarush


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

11-30-2012 17:26:30 | More by Proclarush
Photo of Mosstrooper


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
Photo of Minkybut


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
Photo of baklo

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

04-22-2013 02:03:28 | More by baklo
Photo of jneiswender


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
Photo of dedrinker


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

05-06-2007 01:39:54 | More by dedrinker
Photo of brentblack1

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

09-07-2012 01:45:46 | More by brentblack1
Photo of Bill235


2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

05-17-2013 01:20:16 | More by Bill235
Photo of jharris0624


4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

05-07-2013 20:36:47 | More by jharris0624
Photo of JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-03-2012 08:14:49 | More by JeffreyJDavis
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-23-2011 16:13:31 | More by jonb5
Photo of jgasparine


4.13/5  rDev +14.7%

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...

03-31-2010 11:40:30 | More by jgasparine
Photo of nosavingsaccount


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-08-2013 02:12:31 | More by nosavingsaccount
Photo of abeeronthebeach


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-03-2013 08:01:05 | More by abeeronthebeach
Williams Joker from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.