Thursday, November 11, 2010

Williams Bros Joker IPA - A Seriously Good Beer


...And it is. I've always had a soft spot for Williams Bros's beers - from my first taste of Red to personal favourite 7 Giraffes. Well, personal favourite until Joker came along.

What a beer. Despite IPA's popularity these days, I still count it as a tricky style to get right. Many IPA's simply don't live up to promise, and as a style, there are fans on both sides of the spectrum. Some people want massive hopping for a real puckering bitterness. Some favour aroma over that, and some (and I have to say I'm firmly in this camp) want a little of everything - balance, I guess. It doesn't have to be a hop bomb to be a good IPA.

Joker (5%abv) hits the mark - Gold in colour, a creamy, slightly biscuity body, and that wonderful, pithy juicyness running throughout. There's lemon, lime, grapefruit and pine on the nose, and there's enough carbonation to ensure a lively, prickly sip. Eye-opening, refreshing, bitter and sweet with a wonderful aroma, this is almost my perfect IPA. Wonderful.

8 comments:

Mark said...

Sounds bloody lovely! Those brothers sure know how to make beer.

Velky Al said...

Had this a couple of times, apparently on cask (can never be entirely sure over here) and was simply gorgeous.

Baron Orm said...

Agreed Joker IPA get a [baron rating 5/5] - I really enjoyed it for NOT being a complete hop monster.

Williams Bros are a great brewery.

Will said...

This sounds superb. Does it come in casks?

Leigh said...

Will, see the above answer! They do pop up occasionally. Baron - I loved it due to the restraint on hops, strangely! Don't get me wrong, it's hoppy - but masterfully balanced. Mark- get some bought, you'll love it!

Ghost Drinker said...

We sell Joker, and i've just revisited it recently. It's a great beer, and to be honest all the beers will bros produce are. I'm particularly fond of there alba, grozet and fraoch.

TerryFen said...

I always sample WB beers when I visit the in-laws in Scotland. Have you tried Rooster it's awesome?

Leigh said...

Terry - no, I have'nt, but I'll be making a point to try as many as possible WB Beers from now on!!