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


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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2113) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 26, 2014
Bottled 0,50L. Clear orange hazy color with nice bubbly aspect, good creamy head of long duration. Fresh hoppy and woody aroma, orange peel notes with flavour of cortex. Pleasant bitter mouth, wood, hop. Great summer bitter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1246) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 23, 2014
I poured a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. It had a best before date of 10/14 and cost $4.49 ($0.27 per ounce).

Appearance: Clear bright golden color, not unlike that of a lager. Plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to a small, bright white, foamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Initially a skunky smell (though the bottle is brown). Could possibly be due to the hops used. Faint citrus scent as well.

Taste: India Pale Ale, though originally English is origin, is usually considered to be an American style. Therefore, when a brewery from the UK brews an American-style IPA, it’s often a curious drink. Williams Brothers Scottish Joker IPA doesn’t seem to be overly American or English in style, but rather drinks like a pale ale. It’s possible this bottle is old and the hops have faded, or maybe it’s just not meant to be a huge brew (it is only 5% ABV after all).

A bit of a tangy flavor up front (possibly due to lightstrike or some other handling flaw), but quickly subsides and gives way to a lightly sweet lemony candy taste. A minor taste of citrusy hops through the middle, though not an especially bitter beer I’d say. It’s actually reminiscent of Sprite soda with a lemon and lime character. A touch of dry peppery spiciness on the finish, but it fades away cleanly. Overall, a decent palette whose only major crime is being underwhelming.

Drinkability: With a thin mouthfeel and light body, Williams Brothers Scottish Joker IPA is highly drinkable. It’s lightly crisp and refreshing and leaves a fairly clean aftertaste. At only 5% ABV it’s probably too light to truly be an IPA, but as a pale ale it works very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2014
Clean, clear orange/gold, pours a good thick white head that lasts well and leaves some lovely lacework after each satisfying mouthful. Loads of citrus hops on both the nose and palate, some light sweetish malt lurking in the background, ends with a long lingering finish, lovely brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
idletim (3) - - APR 21, 2014 does not count
Hoppy IPA with a bitter yet refreshing taste. Not quite at the level of the double joker IPA by Williams but a lovely beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benfi (566) - DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
Yellow pour with creamy white head and lacings. Aroma is citrus hops. Malty sweet flavor with a nice finishing citrus bitter with a little floral.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6332) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 13, 2014
Bottle sample at a Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Dagan. Hazy golden with a small white head. Hoppy aroma, a bit stale, somewhat citric and floral, with a bit of honey and malt. Flavor has a bit of sweet maltiness, slightly stale hops, citric and floral, and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied. A bit old but still decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (4919) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
light fruit aroma, amber, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, light bitter and light watery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6878) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Dark golden coloured and clear. Has a white head. Hoppy aroma, citrus, herbs, sweet sugars. Flavor starts sweet too, moderate to heavy hoppy flavor, finish moderate bitter. Dry, creamy texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elbernays (621) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 29, 2014
Orange clear pour with white head. Citrus spice note. Thickish biscuit sweet flavour with a bitter finish. Okay session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Digzis (91) - Nancy, FRANCE - MAR 16, 2014
Petite IPA bien agréable, pas très lourde, assez verte dans le goût, presque herbacée. Pas une très grande longueur en bouche mais une attaque assez vive.

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