Enough of all those stupidly strong beers. Time to return to a nice watery Mild. The rather inappropriately-named Whitbread Best Ale from 1950.
The main difference between Best Ale and Whitbread's pre-war Mild (apart from the lower gravity) was the amount of crystal malt. In 1939 X Ale, over 13% of the grist was crystal malt. In 1950, it was just about half that. As is typical for mass-produced Milds of the period, the colour comes from dark No.3 invert sugar.
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