An English Ordinary Bitter could be anywherre from 1029º to 1038º. While Scottish 70/- always hovered around 1037º
I was slightly gobsmacked to realise that I drank thre of the beers in the table below: Maclay, Lorimer and William Younger. The last was reasonably common all over the UK. Maclay was only really available in Scotland. While Lorimer, owned by Vaux, was quite common in Cumbria and the Northeast, where Vaux owned pubs. In fact BEst Scotch was often the only cask beer in Vaux pubs.
I can't say that any of the three stood out as being particularly different from English Bitter. Though, now I've looked at brewing records, I know that they were more lightly hopped than most English beers.
Though the examples below are in the normal colour range for Bitter, I know that most Scottish brewers coloured up their Pale Ales, depending on where they were to be sold. As brewed, they were fairly pale, but a good dose of caramel at racking time could see to that.
|Draught Scottish 70/- Pale Ale 1947 - 1965|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint (d)||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
|1953||Steel Coulson||PXA P. 70/-||19||1034|
|1965||Vaux Lorimer||Best Scotch||18||1036.4||1006.3||3.76||82.69%||26|
|1950||Wm. Younger||Pale Ale||16||1039.8||27|
|1951||Wm. Younger||Pale Ale||16||1036.9||27|
|Thomas Usher Gravity Book held at the Scottish Brewing Archive, document number TU/6/11.|
|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/02/002.|
|T & J Bernard's brewing records held at the Scottish Brewing Archive.|
|Maclay brewing record held at the Scottish Brewing Archive, document number M/6/1/1/28|
|document from the Steel Coulson archive held at the Scottish Brewing Archives|
|Which Beer Report, 1960, pages 171 - 173.|