Instead it’s a full-strength, top-of-the-range Pale Ale. Obviously, though, it being Scotland, Drybrough used the same recipe for all their beers.
You know how the standard line is that Scottish Ales get all their colour from either being boiled to gloop or roast barley? I’ve found fuck all evidence of this. Dark grains of any variety are rare in any Scottish beer other than Stout. So I was slightly surprised to discover Drybrough adding a touch of black malt to their beers in the 1930’s. I assume it’s there purely to add a little colour. Strange that they didn’t use caramel like everyone else.
Other than the pale and black malt, there’s also flaked maize, malt extract (very popular in the 1930’s) and a proprietary sugar called Avona. As I haven’t the foggiest what that is, I’ve substituted No. 1 invert. Though I could just as easily plumped for No. 2 invert.
As usual, there’s a good bit of guessing in the hops. All I know for sure is that they were all English. Making Fuggles and Golding a safe choice.
|English Pale Ales in 1933|
|Brewer||Beer||Price per pint d||package||OG||FG||ABV||App. Attenuation|
|Barclay Perkins||Pale Ale||7||draught||1049.1|
|Hoare & Co||Pale Ale||7||draught||1044.9|
|Ind Coope||Draught Ale||8||draught||1056||1009||6.14||83.93%|
|Taylor Walker||Pale Ale||7||draught||1044||1008.8||4.58||80.00%|
|Truman Gravity Book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/252.|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.|
|Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11|
|Lees brewing records|
Going into compare and contrast mode, P80/- looks very much like and English 7d Pale Ale, or Best Bitter. Though most of the English examples have a much higher degree of attenuation, mostly over 80%. Though you can that Bass was stronger and not that far off the classic 1065º pre-WW I OG.
|1933 Drybrough P80/-|
|pale malt||7.50 lb||70.62%|
|black malt||0.06 lb||0.56%|
|flaked maize||1.75 lb||16.48%|
|No. 1 invert sugar||1.25 lb||11.77%|
|malt extract||0.06 lb||0.56%|
|Fuggles 120 min||1.00 oz|
|Fuggles 60 min||0.75 oz|
|Goldings 30 min||0.75 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.25 oz|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||167º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||59º F|
|Yeast||WLP028 Edinburgh Ale|