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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle - Pasteurised.
Joker Premium Pale is created from a complex blend of malt & hops with the sole purpose of bringing a smile to your face. Joker has a fresh citrusy aroma and bittersweet, full flavour.


1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
andsled (24) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2011
Too malty and not hoppy enough to be an IPA. Peaty flavours and a lingering bitterness but not especially pleasant. Not much of a joker - more like a joke in a christmas cracker - failed to put a smile on this face. More thoughts at http://hophead.tumblr.com

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10345) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Bottle as Scottish Joker from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours a very light amber with a coarsely foamy white head. Aroma of light caramel with some citric notes. Med body. Flavor is light caramel backbone with a good dose of citric hop. Kind of like a vitamin C tablet. Certainly makes a strong statement. No mistaking this for an ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
authenticmead (58) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Source: mainbrew.com - 500ml bottle. Visual: Creamy white head, fairly long lasting. Apricot gold amber. Clear bright. Aroma: Nice bready malt and spicy citrusy hop aroma with a touch of orange blossom honey fragrance. Palate: Spicy hops, toast, bread, honey, minerals, touch of astringency and Diacetyl. Full bodied and dry finish. Conclusion: This is a damn good British IPA. Very drinkable. I expected it to be a bit oxidized from the long journey however it seemed to be pretty fresh. I would call this a hop forward English pale ale, however it is Scottish, and anything as hoppy as a pale ale the Scotts will call an ipa. So if you’re looking for a great all around British pale ale, I highly recommend you give this one a go. Cheers! ~dr

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle. Creamy chalk-white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Light malty and heavy hoppy aroma. herbs, flowers, perfume eveyrything. Heavy bitter flavor. Average heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2487) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours golden with a medium head. Aroma is piney hops, not strong, more of a session style. Some pale malt too. Piney hop start and a bitter, grapefruit finish.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle bought from Oddbins, Queensferry Rd, Edinburgh. Light citrus nose. Dark Golden colour. Nice sharp bitterness initially but it doesn’t last very long. Not a bad IPA but nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle from Aakjærs. Medium head with medium duration. Color is Golden. Aroma and taste are fresh hops, flowers, malt and citrus. Nice bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3626) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 Bottle from Global Wines, Bearwood. Really enjoyed this one. I supped this on Christmas Day and even though it was unrefrigerated and I was heavily hungover, I still liked it - that’s gotta be good right? Good hope flavour - dusty, with some sour juice. Light on the tongue etc. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (4867) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy golden with a huge rocky white head. Strong fruity hoppy aroma, citrus and grassy notes. Taste is initially moderate sweet fruity, with more hop presence towards the end, which is fruity bitter all the way to the aftertaste. Nice british ipa.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2010
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.


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