Which begs the question: who was it brewed for? It seems to be a one-off and there were only 9.75 barrels of it, in a total parti-gyle of over 500 barrels. Was it brewed for a special event? For a specific customer? Who knows? It is intriguing.
It is about when Fullers dropped all their pre-war Pale Ales – PA, XK and AK – and replaced them with a new low-gravity beer called PA No. 2. Perhaps this was brewed to mourn the passing of full-strength Pale Ale.
There are some other odd features to this brew. Like the lack of any adjunct – it’s just malt and sugar. Which definitely how Fullers brewed. Their beers always contained some sort of adjunct. Pre-war it was flaked maize, during the war mostly flaked barley. The modest amount of sugar employed means that the grist is over 95% malt. Very odd in a wartime beer.
The hops were, of course, all English, most from the 1940 harvest, but also with 20% from 1938. 1940 English hops are a bit of a rarity, a third of the crop having been destroyed in a single air raid in September of that year.
|1941 Fullers PA (Special)|
|pale malt||12.25 lb||96.88%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||0.25 lb||1.98%|
|caramel 1000 SRM||0.02 lb||0.16%|
|Fuggles 90 min||1.50 oz|
|Goldings 30 min||1.50 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.75 oz|
|Mash at||147º F|
|After underlet||150º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||61º F|
|Yeast||WLP002 English Ale|