So you shouldn’t be surprised to discover that Golden Ale dates back much further than the 1980’s. And not just as far back as the 1950’s. A quick search in the newspaper archive popped up a beer called Golden Ale from almost a century earlier than that.
Bristol Times and Mirror - Thursday 07 May 1868, page 4.
A quick look at the colour confirms that it wasn’t just a fancy name for a bottled Pale Ale, but a significantly paler beer. It’s about the same colour as Pilsner Urquell. Though my guess is that if you’d asked for a Light Ale in a Strong’s pub, this is what you would have been served.
It’s another very simple recipe: pale malt and sugar. That’s it. Oh, and a tiny dash of malt extract. I’ve picked Goldings as the hops because it contained Kent and Farnham hops, according to the brewing record. And it’s pretty hop-accented, so you’d expect good quality hops to have been used. For its gravity, it has the heaviest hopping of any of Strong’s beers.
What else can I tell you? How much it cost down the pub. That’s always handy to know. This was Strong’s range of bottled beers:
|Strong bottled beer prices 1955|
|beer||style||OG||price per half pint||price per pint|
|Golden Ale||Light Ale||1033.5||10d||19d|
|Brown Ale||Brown Ale||1033.5||10d||19d|
|Black Bess Stout||Stout||1036.6||10d||19d|
|Strong brewing record, document number 79A01-A3-3-27|
|A Strong & Co, price list dated 4th July 1955.|
As you can see, they kept the pricing structure simple.
Not sure I’ve much else to tell you. I think I’ll leave it there.
Over to me for the recipe . . . .
|1952 Strong Golden Ale|
|PA malt||5.50 lb||78.57%|
|no. 1 sugar||0.75 lb||10.71%|
|candy sugar||0.125 lb||1.79%|
|malt extract||0.25 lb||3.57%|
|Goldings 90 min||0.75 oz|
|Goldings 60 min||0.75 oz|
|Goldings 30 min||0.75 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||1.00 oz|
|Mash at||153º F|
|Sparge at||160º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||WLP007 Dry English Ale|