At least very different to the single-gyle X Ale. There was also an X Ale parti-gyled with this XX which obviously had the same recipe. But let’s not overcomplicate things.
This is a real oddball of a beer, with only a single base malt. And that base malt, most unusually, is amber. Which could make this a bit of a bugger to reproduce as I’m not sure if an amber malt with sufficient diastatic power is commercially available. I don’t think I’ve seen another Mild with a grist like this.
The result of using all amber malt is a far darker beer than was usual for Mild of the period. This is about at the start of when Mild, at least in some parts of the UK, began to darken. Usually, the colour was no more than a dark amber. Dark enough to be distinguished from Pale Ale, but not brown. Whereas this beer is a proper dark brown.
“Bright and of good colour and flavour” a note says in the brewing record. That’s good to know.
A lot of the hops were pretty old, East Kent from the 1883 harvest, with a rather smaller quantity of Worcester from 1886. The latter were also used as dry hops.
|1887 Fullers XX|
|amber malt||11.00 lb||78.57%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||3.00 lb||21.43%|
|Fuggles 90 mins||1.25 oz|
|Goldings 60 mins||1.25 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||1.25 oz|
|Fuggles dry hops||0.50 oz|
|Mash at||154º F|
|Sparge at||170º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||57º F|
|Yeast||WLP002 English Ale|