Just a few months before WW II kicked off, in June 1939, this Barclay’s IPA rolled out of the Park Street Brewery. Well, probably not roll, more clink out. It was an exclusively bottled beer.
IPA (bottling) as it appear on the records, was apparently quite a new beer, only appearing in the early 1930s. A revved up version of the older XLK (bottling), which had an OG of 1039º. The two, obviously, were parti-gyled together.
The recipe for Barclay’s Perkins Pale Ales hadn’t changed much since the mid-1920s. Pale malt, PA malt, flaked maize and invert sugar. Originally No. 2, but sometime after 1936 that changed to No. 3. Along with the caramel, it makes for quite a dark beer. Darker than it should be. The log gives the colour as 10.
The hopping is reasonable, with mostly hops from the most recent season. The third from the 1937 season had been kept in a cold store, so wouldn’t have deteriorated much. Barclay Perkins usually dry-hopped their Pale Ales, except those intended for bottling.
Sad to think this is the precursor to watery post-war Light Ale.
|1939 Barclay Perkins IPA|
|pale malt||7.00 lb||72.77%|
|flaked maize||1.00 lb||10.40%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||1.50 lb||15.59%|
|caramel 1000 SRM||0.12 lb||1.25%|
|Fuggles 150 mins||0.75 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||0.75 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||0.75 oz|
|Mash at||150º F|
|After underlet||154º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||150º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread ale|