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Chieftain Pale Ale

Rating: 3.35

As always I’m a sucker for any new Williams Brothers beers that I come across despite the fact that very few seem to really impress me, Joker IPA being a notable exception but regardless I pick them up religiously when I spot a new bottle. This is one that I stumbled upon in Aldi’s last week and quickly picked up, helped in no small part but the reasonably cheap price of the bottle. The beer falls somewhere between an English pale ale and a golden or blond ale and will be my 22nd beer from the Alloa based brewery, hopefully this one will be one of their better offerings.

Chieftain Pale Ale

Appearance (4/5): Sits a light, pale amber colour in the glass with a few gold tinges and a centimetre tall, foamy white head on top of the liquid. The head holds better than I expected it to and there is some lacing on the sides of the glass as well.
Aroma (6/10): There is some initial bitterness to this one with a some fruit notes and hops coming through as well and a few grassy hops after that. There was some faint citrus and earthy type malts on the nose as well but the smell was fairly basic on the whole.
Taste (6/10): Bitter tasting with some malts and grassy, subdued hops that follow through from the nose. There is some citrus flavours that seem more pronounced than they did with the smell but still fall well short of being strong. Some background fruits also make an appearance here but again they are hard to easily identify.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter with a pleasant citrus tang to proceedings and what appears to be medium carbonation. The beer was relatively smooth and quite bitter, particularly towards the end with a crisp and dry finish that seems to linger.

Overall (11/20): As the twenty-one beers already reviewed here will testify to, I am a big fan of Williams Brothers beers but sadly this one failed to deliver and can be considered nothing better than a disappointment from the brewery. The beer stopped short of proving undrinkable but I wouldn’t really class it as enjoyable down to the fact it was so basic and uninteresting with little more than a mildly hoppy, bitter taste that could have been any other golden ale I’ve tried in the past; I’d sooner go back to countless others from the brewery before picking this one up again I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Brewery: Williams Brothers Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Wishaw)
Price: £1.50

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