The stronger type of Scottish IPA looks very much like those from Burton, with a gravity of around 1055º.
The William Younger beer is an odd one. They brewed a couple of different versions of their No. 3 Scotch Ale. One of these, No. 3 Pale, they also called IPA. It’s all a bit odd. The hopping was heavier than in the other versions. But, being Scottish, it still wasn’t exactly overflowing with bitterness.
Though the McEwan’s beer has “export” in its name, I don’t believe it was principally sent overseas. It’s just being used as a strength indicator. Also, the analysis comes from a rival Edinburgh brewer, who presumably bought it locally.
|Scottish Strong IPA before WW II|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.|
|Younger, Wm. & Co Gravity Book document WY/6/1/1/19 held at the Scottish Brewing Archive|
|Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11 held at the Scottish Brewing Archive.|