The stronger examples in the table, those with an OG around 1055º could also be classed as IPA.
Though just as elsewhere, Burton-brewed Pale Ales came in a variety of strengths. Ones in the Burton classic style were typical 8d per pint beers, with gravities around 1055º. The bottled versions were the same strength and were some of the most widely available beers. As with Guinness, they were often sold in other breweries’ tied houses. Which might explain the high price. Beers of that strength wouldn’t usually cost more than 10d per pint.
At the Burton plant of London brewer Truman, three Pale Ales were brewed. Or maybe just two, really. Because Pale 1 and Pale 1 B (the B standing for “Bottling”) look identical.
Pale 1 is clearly an 8d per pint beer and Pale 2 a 7d per pint beer. To confuse matters, Truman also brewed a 6d Pale Ale, XLK, in their Brick Lane brewery.
Pale 2 was brewed in a slightly weird way. It was parti-gyled with Pale 1 at a gravity 1044.9º. It was then blended post-fermentation with some Pale 1 to raise the effective gravity to 1047.4º. Truman started doing weird stuff like this towards the end of WW I. Blending their parti-gyles both pre- and post-fermentation.
The hopping is surprisingly modest for Burton. At under 7 lbs per quarter (336 lbs) of malt, the rate is lower than Barclay Perkins X Ale (7 lbs per quarter) and Whitbread X Ale (7.75 lbs).
|Burton Pale Ale 1932 - 1937|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint (d)||package||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.|
|Truman Gravity Book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/252.|
|Truman Burton Pale Ales in 1939|
|Date||Beer||Style||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl|
|28th Apr||Pale2||Pale Ale||1047.4||1009.7||4.98||79.53%||6.75||1.22|
|1st May||Pale1||Pale Ale||1053.5||1013.3||5.31||75.13%||6.75||1.37|
|28th Apr||Pale1 B||Pale Ale||1053.5||1013.6||5.28||74.61%||6.75||1.37|
|Truman brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/339.|