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