Compared to a London brewer, Boddington’s beers are rather modest in gravity. IP, for example, is around the same strength as a London Ordinary Bitter. While XX is between a London 4d Ale (1030-32º) and a 5d Ordinary Mild (1037-38º). The Stout is around 10º weaker than a London draught Stout, though I assume Boddington’s was only sold in bottled form.
All the beers are reasonably well hopped, but especially the Mild, with almost 8lbs per quarter (336 lbs) of malt. 4 to 5 lbs per quarter was more typical for a Mild brewed outside London. Combined with the relatively high degree of attenuation, this must have left the Bitter and Mild quite dry, bitter beers.
In terms of strength, there had been minimal changes to Boddington’s beers since 1920, when these were their gravities:
Only the Stout had seen any real change in its strength. Which sort of sums the interwar period, which was one of great stability in terms of gravities and price.
|Boddington beers in 1939|
|Date||Beer||Style||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl||calcu-lated IBU|
|3rd Jan||IP||Pale Ale||1045||1010||4.63||77.78%||6.92||1.39||48|
|4th Jan||CC||Strong Ale||1056||1015.5||5.36||72.32%||8.10||2.17||67|
|Boddington brewing record held at Manchester Central Library, document number M693/405/129.|