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Paradigm Shift

Rating: 3.65

This one was one of two new Williams Brothers beers that I picked up in Good Spirits Co. in Glasgow the other week there after learning that the shop had a few new bottles in. The other was their Double Joker IPA that is now available in bottles, actually this is one of three if I count the Williams Brothers and Brooklyn Brewery collaboration ‘A Wee Bit’ that I also purchased from Good Spirits a couple of weeks previous to that. This one is a hopped-up amber ale that is a rarity for Williams Brothers beers in that it comes in 330ml bottles as opposed to the usual 500ml, the only other like that I can remember is their Impale IPA that I’ve tried a few times now. This beer was one that I wasn’t even aware existed until I noticed it for sale in a couple of bottle shops so I can’t claim it’s one I’ve been looking forward to in the same way I have been with their Double Joker but hopefully this one is a pleasant surprise and slightly more American in style than most Williams Brothers beers usually are.

Paradigm Shift

Appearance (4/5): Dark amber to caramel brown in colour and very clear, with a thumb-sized head on top that had reasonable retention. It held well, slowly reducing to about half its original size and leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma (6/10): Initially quite a hoppy beer with some light fruits and a hint of tropical fruits on top. There is a little spice in there and some citrus as well as some sweet malts and toffee. Further hops come through and there is a touch of biscuit too. A nice smelling beer but it just seems to missing that cutting edge and could have been a touch stronger as well.
Taste (7/10): A bitter beer, more so than I had been expecting and infused with some nice citrus and tropical fruit flavours that mirror the nose well. I could detect some biscuit and caramel malts as well as some toffee too. Touches of sweetness come through alongside some orange. A definite improvement on the nose and quite a nice taste.
Palate (4/5): Fairly smooth and quite a bitter beer with some alcohol coming through and a slight citrus tang on the tongue with moderate carbonation and a light medium body.

Overall (15/20): A nice new beer from Williams Brothers, it’s been a bit since I last tried a new one of their beers. This one is good with a pleasant hoppy and bitter taste , although as I mentioned it seems to be missing that something special that would set it apart from the crowd. Definitely a worthwhile purchase but I’m not overly sure it would be one that I’d pick up again if truth be told.

Brewed In: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Brewery: Williams Brothers Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Amber/Red Ale
Abv: 6.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.60

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  1. January 20, 2016 at 08:26

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