As with 60/- and 70/-, the gravity range is quite narrow, a degree or two either side of 1044º. It's very convenient if, like me, you trying to categorise beers. English beers are all over the place and I have to resort to artificial categorisations.
I'm pleased to see one example that has clearly been coloured darker: the Younger's keg Bitter. That was probably only 25, as brewed. To give you an idea of how dark 55 is, Bitter was 20-25, Dark Mild around 80, on that scale.
The Younger's beer came under different names. In Scotland, it was 80/- or Export, in England it was usually sold as IPA. Which is a bit odd as the IPA they brewed in the 19th century was called XXP, which by 1945 was the name of their 60/-, at least in the brewery.
Does anyone still brew a classic 80/-? I guess Belhaven must. And Caledonian.
|Draught Scottish 80/- Pale Ale 1947 - 1960|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint (d)||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
|1959||Wm. Younger||Keg Bitter||19||1043.7||1007.8||4.68||82.15%||55|
|1960||Wm. Younger||Younger's Bitter||18||1043.9||1010.8||4.30||75.40%|
|1947||Gordon & Blair||Pale Ale||20||1045.5||1004.5||5.36||90.11%|
|1958||Bernard||Special No. 1||1046||1013||4.28||71.74%|
|Thomas Usher Gravity Book held at the Scottish Brewing Archive, document number TU/6/11.|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|
|T & J Bernard's brewing records held at the Scottish Brewing Archive.|
|Maclay brewing record held at the Scottish Brewing Archive, document number M/6/1/1/28|
|Which Beer Report, 1960, pages 171 - 173.|