When I first started drinking in the 1970'a, Boddington's Bitter was very highly regarded and noted to be particularly bitter. Then there was a recipe change that supposedly made it much blander.
Yet when I look at the hopping rate in 1914, it's susprisingly low. Whitbread's IPA, which was a little bit weaker, was hopped at about treble the rate per quarter, a massive 12 lbs. And when I run the 1914 Boddington IP recipe through BeerSmith, it calculates just 43 IBUs.
Obviously, the strength of IP fell during the war. but even at its low point in 1918, it was still 1037º. That's actually quite a decent gravity for that period. And it bounced back quite well post-war, at a level only 13% below that of 1914. The average fall in gravity was 19%.
|Boddington IP 1914 - 1921|
|Date||Year||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl|
|Boddington brewing records held at Manchester Central Library, document numbers M693/405/126 and M693/405/126.|
Before the war, Boddington brewed two other Pale Ales, AK and PA. Both were dropped in the latter war years.