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Williams IPAWilliams IPA

Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 08-22-2009

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by StJamesGate:
Photo of StJamesGate
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with fast-fading white head that leaves a few trailers of lace. Nose is lemon barley and corn stalks. Sour wheat malts, a chalky bitterness in the middle, and harsh nettle hops to end. Lingering dryness, light to medium body.

Label says "lager malt" which seems a strange choice for an ale, and seems to throw it out of balance. IBUs over hop flavor, too.

Just not nice.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 500ml bottle, best before Dec 2010, drank and reviewed 21 Nov 2010.

Poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard. Pale by name pale by nature, a good golden amber body, slight haze. Huge white head, large bubbles more than a foam blanket type, although as it subsided the bubbles began to get smaller and foam like.

Piney hop aroma, with a citrus undertone.

The taste is fresh, hoppy (again piney/citrusy) and sharp in the mouthfeel.

A fine example of an IPA, British style (not as overly hopped as the US ones).

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foam head.
Smell : yeasty and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : citrus and caramel notes, bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English India Pale Ale.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the four Williams' beer in the 2009 Sainsburys beer festival, so obviously I picked it up from Sainsburys.

Poured from a slightly chilled 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden colour, with a large fluffy head. There appears to be alot of carbonation.

Aroma: Sharp and hoppy on the nose, much like an American style IPA. There are definite hints of citrus, as well as some caramel from the malts.

Taste: The hops are very earthy up front, almost soily, and there is a sweetish butter taste behind it; very strange indeed. The middle is carried by a slightly fruity taste, mainly citrus, possible oranges before finishing up with more bitter earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated, and light in the palete.

Drinkability: Quite an odd taste, at first I wasn't really a big fan but as I got down the pint it started to warm to the taste. An interesting beer, which has the hoppy bitterness of something with a much higher ABV.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of fullsweep
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass. BB date of Dec. 2010.

Pours a deep amber, 1-finger head that dissipates quickly, only minimal lacing.

Smells of a bit of spicy hops and some mild hints of caramel malts.

Pronounced hops in the brew, but not overkill either. I'm not a huge hop-head (yet anyway) so it's a bit too bitter for my tastes, nonetheless you can tell it's a quality beer.

Moderately carbonated, yet smooth in the mouthfeel. Goes down relatively easy and feels substantial with a moderate to heavy body.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket, this ale seems to be a new product by the Williams Bros. Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, filtered and likely pasteurised - judging from the BB date: NOV 2010; served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: the ingredients include lager malts, malted wheat, Bramling X and Amarillo hops. The hop varieties are totally different from the contract brew for Tesco, "Finest India Pale Ale", so I don't think this is a re-branded cheat.

A: dark straw to pale golden in colour, coming with great clarity, lively streams of fine bubbles, and a white pillowy frothy head with pretty good retention.
S: lightly citric, breezy flowery, resinous, and clean yet semi-sweet malty comes the aroma; a good swirl reveals a fine apple-ly and spicy note to mingle with the clean light-coloured malts, in a way reminiscent of some Belgian pale ales I've tasted. Pleasantly hoppy, understated, not very complex though.
T: the foretaste is truly floral and spicy hoppy, immediately chewy-bitter as well, backed by a moderate body of clean maltiness that at times rings a bell of wheat malts; the slightly salty-spicy bitter aftertaste lingers well and retains a pleasantly chewy palate, as well as a residual aroma of apples, melons, and flower blossoms.
M&D: the carbonation is softly effervescent and not fizzy, the body is light for 5%abv., and the overall flavour profile gears towards a light-weight but well-hopped Blond Bitter. Straightforwardly pleasant and really quaffable~~

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Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up on a visit back home and enjoyed with fish and chips while sat in an old folks' home. I notice that this beer contains amarillo (which I love) and Bramling X (which I've never heard about) as its hopping. Seemingly a bit of a departure for a British brewer.

Pours a radiant gold with two fingers of white head, which exhibits great retention and puts down some fine lace. Full on sweet malt aroma with great tangerine, pine resin and brown sugar notes. As the previous reviewer noted, this is quite a spicy beer upfront with a slightly stinging feel. This soon gives away to big sweet malts and flavours of tangerine and mango, before reasserting itself in the finish. The body is medium with medium carbonation, though it does feel bigger than its is, and the spiciness provides a nice warming effect that could help it pass for a higher ABV brew. Two good English IPAs in on trip... who would have thought it?

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Williams IPA from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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