I suspect that a few of the post-WW II austerity beers fall into that category. Including this one. Because it’s one of those perennially dull styles, Ordinary Bitter.
Though, in PA’s defence, it is basically all-malt. I’m not going to count the tiny amount of malt extract as adjuncting it up. Which makes it more unusual than you might suspect. British brewers didn't really do all-malt in the 20th century. Almost everything, with the exception of Guinness, contained sugar.
It’s such a simple recipe that it’s scarcely worth writing down. Pale malt and classic English hops. The hop varieties are I guess. All I know is that they came from Shepherd Neame’s own hop farms in Kent.
Looking at analyses from the Whitbread Gravity Book, it looks as if the colour was corrected to a slightly darker shade of around 6 SRM. Probably not worth bothering with on a homebrew level.
Er, and that’s. The recipe is so simple, it’s left me lost for words.
|1956 Shepherd Neame PA|
|pale malt||9.00 lb||99.01%|
|malt extract||0.09 lb||0.99%|
|Fuggles 120 mins||0.75 oz|
|Goldings 60 mins||0.50 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||0.50 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.25 oz|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||62º F|
|Yeast||a Southern English Ale yeast|