A word of explanation first about Cape Ale. I've called it a Light Ale, but don't read too much into that. These were entries that I transcribed from the Whitbread Gravity Book early on. By the time I'd got further through, I'd given up trying to classify beers as Light Ale unless they had Light Ale in the name.
As you can see, there are also some examples of Family Ale, classed as Pale Ale. Basically because of the colour. So a bit arbitrary, really.
All Bright Ale is an intriguing one. It seems to have lost almost not gravity across WW II, which is unusual. 1044º in 1932, it was almost unchanged on 1042º in 1951. It was one opf many bottled Pale Ale type beers M & B brewed.
In the 1950's there was Cape Ale at about 1033º, All Bright Ale at 1042º and Export Pale Ale at 1047º. It's a surprisingly large number, especially when you throw in the confusing Family Ale at 1032º.
Moving onto beers I have personal experince of, there are the two draught Bitters from the 1970's and 1980's: Brew XI 1039º and DPA, also known as Dunkirk Pale Ale or Darby Pale Ale, at 1032º. As I said in my earlyier post, I wasn't a fan of Brew XI. At the time, it was sometimes compared to a Light Mild, due to its iunderlying sweetness.
DPA was a much better beer, but, frustratingly, much harder to find. It was discontinued sometime in the 1980's, which was a real shame. How often has that happened top me? Where a brewery drops the good beer and continues to brew a crapper alternative. To give it its due, Brew XI was a decent gravity for a Big Six Ordinary Bitter. Just not much cop.
I'm sure that you're all as excited by this series as I am. You'll be delighted to hear that there's another installment still to come. Or maybe two. Not quite decided yet.
|Mitchell & Butler Light Ale and Pale Ale 1929 - 1993|
|1951||All Bright Ale||Light Ale||1/4.5d||pint||bottled||0.04||1010.1||1041.9||21 B||4.1||75.89%|
|1951||Cape Ale||Light Ale||7.5d||half||bottled||0.04||1008.3||1034||31 B||3.3||75.59%|
|1951||Cape Ale||Light Ale||7.5d||half||bottled||0.06||1007.3||1034.8||19||3.6||79.02%|
|1953||Cape Ale||Light Ale||8.5d||half||bottled||0.06||1007.3||1033.8||33 B||3.4||78.40%|
|1954||Cape Ale||Light Ale||9d||half||bottled||0.05||1007.7||1033.5||28||3.3||77.01%|
|1956||Cape Ale||Light Ale||1/3d||half||bottled||0.04||1008.5||1032.7||31||3.1||74.01%|
|1929||All Bright Ale||Pale Ale||7.5d||pint||bottled||0.07||1009.1||1046.9||4.9||80.60%|
|1931||Family Ale||Pale Ale||7d||pint||bottled||1007.2||1039.4||4.2||81.73%|
|1932||Family Ale||Pale Ale||7d||pint||bottled||0.05||1006.5||1037||4.0||82.43%|
|1932||All Bright Ale||Pale Ale||8.5d||pint||bottled||0.05||1007.5||1044||4.8||82.95%|
|1932||Export Ale||Pale Ale||6d||half||bottled||0.06||1006.6||1049||5.5||86.53%|
|1935||Export Pale Ale||Pale Ale||5.5d||half||bottled||0.05||1008.4||1053||5.8||84.15%|
|1935||All Bright Ale||Pale Ale||7.5d||pint||bottled||0.05||1008.6||1046||24||4.9||81.30%|
|1935||Cape Ale||Pale Ale||3.5d||half||bottled||0.04||1008.3||1040||4.1||79.25%|
|1949||PA||Pale Ale||1/10d||pint||draught||0.05||1006.5||1042.6||17 Brown||4.7||84.74%|
|1950||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||21d||pint||draught||1045.4||30|
|1951||Export Pale Ale||Pale Ale||10.5d||half||bottled||0.05||1010.3||1047.5||19 B||4.8||78.32%|
|1953||Allbright Ale||Pale Ale||1/7.5d||pint||bottled||0.05||1009.5||1040.9||21 B||4.1||76.77%|
|1955||Export Pale Ale||Pale Ale||1/1d||half||bottled||0.04||1011.8||1045.7||20||4.4||74.18%|
|1955||Allbright Ale||Pale Ale||1/8.5d||pint||bottled||0.05||1011.5||1041.2||25||3.8||72.09%|
|1955||Cape Ale||Pale Ale||9.5d||half||bottled||0.04||1008.7||1033.1||28||3.2||73.72%|
|1959||Export Pale Ale||Pale Ale||13d||half||bottled||0.03||1012.4||1046.6||19||4.3||73.39%|
|1966||Family Ale||Pale Ale||19.5d||pint||bottled||0.04||1005.8||1031.6||25||3.2||81.65%|
|1966||Export Pale Ale||Pale Ale||17d||half||bottled||0.04||1009.1||1044.9||19||4.5||79.73%|
|1977||Brew XI||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1038.8|
|1979||Brew XI||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1038.8|
|1981||Brew XI||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1038.8|
|1982||Brew XI||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1040|
|1983||Brew XI||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1040|
|1986||Brew XI||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1040|
|1989||Brew XI||Pale Ale||pint||draught||1008.45||1040||4.1||78.87%|
|1993||Brew XI||Pale Ale||draught||1008||1038||18||3.9||78.95%|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002|
|1993 Real Ale Drinker's Almanac|
|Truman Gravity Book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/252|
|Good Beer Guide 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990.|