Now here's the odd thing. There was a stronger Younger's Bitter called IPA (you can see it in the table below). But, back in the 19th century, Younger had two Pale Ales: XP and XXP. According to a price list, the weaker XP was marketed as IPA, XXP as Export Pale Ale. So which should be stronger - Pale Ale or IPA? Answers should be sent directly to the BJCP.
You're probably wondering about the "S", aren't you? I believe that stands for "Scots". Or the domestic version of the beer. In some of the older logs they just draw a little Scottish flag in the left margin. Very sweet.
Getting back to the beer in question, you'll note the exremely simple grist. Wondering where the crystal malt is? Crystal malt in British Pale Ales is a fairly recent phenomenon. Virtually unknown before WW I, not that common until after WW II.
The colour of the finish beer would have been higher than indicated below. That's because they would have adjusted the colour with some sort of caramel at the end of the process. You'll see below that the analyses from the 1960's have EBC vlaues between 24 and 31. Though, if they were anything like other Scottish brewers, they would have made several different coloured versions for different markets. Same beer, just different amounts of colouring material added.
Just a table, then I'm done:
|William Younger XXPS 1906 - 1989|
|1906||XXP Sc||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1056.7||12.5|
|1967||Best Scotch||Pale Ale||21d||pint||draught||0.11||1007.6||1036.7||31||3.78||79.29%|
|1977||XXPS or Scotch Bitter||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1036.2|
|1979||XXPS or Scotch Bitter||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1036.2|
|1981||XXPS or Scotch Bitter||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1036.2|
|1982||XXPS (Scotch Bitter)||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1036.2|
|1983||XXPS or Scotch Bitter||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1036.5|
|1986||Scotch Bitter||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1036.5|
|1989||Scotch Bitter||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1037|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002|
|Documents WY/6/1/2/21 and WY/6/1/1/14 of the William Younger archive held at the Scottish Brewing Archive.|
|Daily Mirror July 10th 1972, page 15|
|Good Beer Guides: 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990|
Time to pass you over to Kristen . . . .
There is really nothing to say about this beer. It’s so very simple choose what you really like for the malt and hops. Be sure to use the Flaked Barley as it adds a lot to the mouthfeel. I used Willamette and they worked wonderfully. If I made this again I’d definitely up the hops but this is what it is…still pretty damn drinkable.