For my birthday earlier this year my Black Country residing friend, Hollie, got me a selection of classic real ales from the region to try. Having visited her previously I can already say that they certainly know how to make proper ales in the midlands! My usual go to brewery while I’m up there is Black Country Ales, which today’s beer from. A pub owning brewing company, Black Country Ales started making their own beer when they stumbled upon some old brewing equipment in a newly bought pub in 1999. Chain Ale is one of their core range. It is a ‘light golden session beer’ and comes in at 4.2% ABV.
As to be expected, the beer pours a lovely clear golden colour with a nice white head. Typical malty English ale nose with a touch of sweetness to it. The front of the body has a sweet caramel flavour to it, coming from the malts. However, there is a really great fruitiness to the beer as well. Nice, hoppy, citrus flavours on the back end help provide a very good flavour balance. A very drinkable real ale.
A quick note on the bottle art: All Black Country Ale beers have the oval badge with the name of the brewery and beer. The is one features the flag of the Black Country, referencing the manufacturing and glass cone history of the area.
In my personal opinion I think Chain Ale is one of my favourite real ales out there. In the bottle the added carbonation really helps push the flavours around and make the most of the ingredients. However, nothing compares to a fresh pint out of the hand-pull. The beer is nothing fancy or over the top, just a great example of real ale done really well. Goes to show that craft beer hasn’t quite usurped it just yet!
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Style: Golden Ale
Hops: Not Available
Malt: Not Available
IBU: Not Available
Gluten Free: No