Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Williams Brothers Scottish Joker IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1086) - 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. 
 Grade: 6/10

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