The Which? report didn’t have a category of IPA. That’s my interpretation. But there’s no way I’m going to leave two classic IPAs, White Shield and Red Triangle, lumped with the Pale Ales. Greene King’s IPA they classified as a Light Ale. I can see the sense in that, but have still moved it in with the other IPAs. For no real reason, other than to make a slightly bigger table.
One thing really surprised me about the Which? analysis. That there’s such a difference in bitterness levels between White Shield and Red Triangle. You can see that the gravities are very similar. I know that ten years later, they were exactly the same beer, just differently packaged. If that bitterness number is to be believed that couldn’t have been true in 1960.
It’s a pity the Whitbread Gravity Book has no White Shield entry for 1960. There is one for 1961, and it’s almost identical to the Which? beer.
Not the very high rate of attenuation of the Bass/Worthington beers. So high that they have a lower FG than the far weaker Greene King beer. Except for Blue Triangle. There’s a good reason for that. White Shield and Red Triangle were bottle conditioned while Blue Triangle was brewery conditioned. I assume the bottle conditioned beers had a longer period of maturation. The high attenuation makes Bass Red Triangle the cheapest per in terms of price per 1% ABV. In fact, it’s as cheap as some draught Bitters in those terms.
Courage Alton IPA looks to be along similar lines to the Bass examples, with a decent enough gravity of 1050º. Brickwoods Sunshine IPA is a little weaker, and looks closer to a bottled Pale Ale. The draught IPAs are a good bit weaker, though, unsurprisingly, are better value for money.
Here are the tables in all their glory:
|Bottled IPA in 1960|
|Brewer||Beer||Price per pint d||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||Index of Hop Bitter||price per % ABV|
|Bass||Bass Red Triangle||32||1054.4||1004.1||6.60||92.46%||55||4.85|
|Greene King||India Pale Ale||20||1033.2||1008.5||3.20||74.40%||24||6.25|
|Which Beer Report, 1960, pages 171 - 173.|
|Bottled IPA in 1960|
|Brewer||Beer||Price per pint d||Acidity||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour||price per % ABV|
|Courage, Barclay||Alton IPA||32||0.05||1050||1011.6||4.99||76.80%||21||6.41|
|Greene King||India Pale Ale||20||0.02||1033||1007.7||3.16||76.67%||25||6.32|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|
It really will be Light Ale next. I promise.