Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Ind Coope beers in the 1950's

Here, as promised, are the Ind Coope beers I'd missed. I'd forgotten that I'd never quite made it all the way through the Whitbread Gravity Book. And that's after already transcribing several thousand entries. It really is an amazing document.

Here's a pretty little table with all the details:


Ind Coope beers in the 1950's
Year
Beer
Style
Price
size
package
FG
OG
Colour
ABV
attenuation
1948
Double Diamond Pale Ale
Pale Ale
13d
half pint
bottled
1009.4
1045.2
18 B
4.48
79.20%
1950
Sparkling Ale
Pale Ale

pint
bottled
1007
1029.7
24 B
2.84
76.43%
1950
Special Stout
Stout

pint
bottled
1011.7
1035.9
1 + 14
3.03
67.41%
1950
Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
1009.5
1029
40 + 9
2.44
67.24%
1950
Burton Pale Ale (Double Diamond)
Pale Ale

pint
bottled
1011.2
1045.2
21 B
4.25
75.22%
1950
Arctic Ale No. 1
Barley Wine

pint
bottled
1020.8
1079.9
40 + 16
7.39
73.97%
1950
John Bull Ale
Pale Ale

pint
bottled
1012.2
1042.5
40 + 13
3.79
71.29%
1950
Allsopp Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale
15d
pint
bottled
1007.7
1029.9
7.5 + 40
2.78
74.25%
1950
Sparkling Ale
Pale Ale
15d
pint
bottled
1007.4
1029.7
25 B
2.79
75.08%
1950
Allsopp Special Stout
Stout
18d
pint
bottled
1010.4
1034.4
1 + 40
3.00
69.77%
1950
Double Diamond
Pale Ale

half pint
bottled
1012.3
1047.9
19.5 B
4.45
74.32%
1950
Sparkling Ale
Pale Ale
9d
half pint
bottled
1007.7
1033.3
22 B
3.20
76.88%
1950
Double Diamond
Pale Ale
14.5d
pint
bottled
1010.9
1048.3
21 B
4.68
77.43%
1950
Special Stout
Stout
12d
pint
bottled
1014.9
1038.2
1 + 14
2.91
60.99%
1950
Arctic Ale
Barley Wine
18d
nip
bottled
1020.1
1079.8
18 + 40
7.46
74.81%
1950
Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale
9d
half pint
bottled
1008.6
1032.3
40 + 9
2.96
73.37%
1951
Special Stout
Stout
12d
half pint
bottled
1013.4
1038.3
1 + 14
3.11
65.01%
1951
Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale
9d
half pint
bottled
1007.7
1032.6
40 + 8
3.11
76.38%
1951
Double Diamond
Pale Ale
14.5d
half pint
bottled
1010
1047.7
25
4.71
79.04%
1951
Sparkling Ale
Pale Ale
9d
pint
bottled
1008
1032.1
25.5
3.01
75.08%
1951
Allsopp Special Stout
Stout
12d
half pint
bottled
1011.9
1037.8

3.24
68.52%
1951
Arctic Ale
Barley Wine
17.5d
nip
bottled
1019.1
1078.1

7.37
75.54%
1951
Special Stout
Stout
14.5d
half pint
bottled
1015.3
1037.1
1 + 16
2.72
58.76%
1951
Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale
9.5d
half pint
bottled
1008.3
1031.9
17 + 40
2.95
73.98%
1951
Sparkling Ale
Pale Ale
9d
half pint
bottled
1007.6
1032.6
21
3.12
76.69%
1952
Arctic Ale
Barley Wine
18d
nip
bottled
1020.2
1080.3
21 + 40
7.51
74.84%
1952
Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale
9.5d
half pint
bottled
1011.7
1030.9
11 + 40
2.40
62.14%
1952
Special Stout
Stout
23d
pint
bottled
1011.5
1037.9
1 + 11.5
3.30
69.66%
1952
Coronet Pale Ale
Pale Ale
11d
half pint
bottled
1008.6
1035.6
22  B
3.37
75.84%
1953
Arctic Ale
Barley Wine
18d
nip
bottled
1018
1079
18 + 40
7.63
77.22%
1953
Double Diamond
Pale Ale
11d
nip
bottled
1009.7
1048.7
23.5
4.88
80.08%
1953
Allsopp Special Stout
Stout
10d
nip
bottled
1013.4
1038.1
1 + 11
3.09
64.83%
1954
Sparkling Ale
Pale Ale
12d
half pint
bottled
1008.5
1030.5
26
2.75
72.13%
1954
Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale
9.5d
half pint
bottled
1009.7
1030.7
11 + 40
2.63
68.40%
1954
John Bull Ale
Pale Ale
15d
half pint
bottled
1014.8
1048.1
115
4.16
69.23%
1955
Double Brown Ale
Brown Ale
12.5d
half pint
bottled
1012.6
1047.8
45
4.40
73.64%
1955
Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale
11d
half pint
bottled
1011.2
1033.6
105
2.80
66.67%
1955
Double Diamond
Pale Ale
16d
half pint
bottled
1012.7
1048.5
19
4.47
73.81%
1956
Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale
10d
half pint
bottled
1012.3
1032.2
90
2.49
61.80%
1956
Light Ale
Pale Ale
10d
half pint
bottled
1010.5
1031
22
2.56
66.13%
1956
Special Stout
Stout
13d
half pint
bottled
1014.9
1038.1
250
2.90
60.89%
1956
Sweet Stout (lactose present)
Stout
14d
half pint
bottled
1016.5
1038.5
250
2.75
57.14%
1956
Double Diamond
Pale Ale
17d
half pint
bottled
1012.7
1048.3
20
4.45
73.71%
1956
Double Diamond
Pale Ale
17d
half pint
bottled
1014.1
1047.9
19
4.23
70.56%
1956
Arctic Barley Wine
Barley Wine
18d
nip
bottled
1019.7
1077.1
105
7.17
74.45%
1959
Double Diamond
Pale Ale
16d
half pint
bottled
1011.9
1047.5
20
4.45
74.95%
1959
"Dry Club" Stout
Stout
13d
half pint
bottled
1013.2
1038.7
240
3.19
65.89%
1959
Allsopp's Sweet Stout
Stout
14d
half pint
bottled
1015.4
1037.8
275
2.80
59.26%
1959
Light Ale
Pale Ale
10d
half pint
bottled
1009.8
1031.5
20
2.71
68.89%
1959
Benskins Colne Spring Ale
Barley Wine
23.5d
half pint
bottled
1009.3
1092.8
80
10.44
89.98%
Source:
Whitbread Gravity Book

As you can see, bottled Double Diamond was around 1048 (good guess, Zythophile).

I was pleased to find Coronet, another beer mentioned by Campbell. It has a fairly puny OG of just 1035.6. Arctic Ale was another I'd hoped to discover. I wasn't disappointed. There are several entries for it. The OG was a very respectable 1080 or so and, because it was quite highly attenuated for a strong beer, it had a very respectable ABV of about 7.5%.

Right at the end you'll see the legendary Benskins Colne Spring Ale, which is also mentioned by Campbell. It has an apparent degree of attenuation of nearly 90%. Very impressive for such a big beer, leaving it over 10% ABV.

My apologies for missing these beers first time through.

2 comments:

ealusceop said...

Is it not this beer that was inoculated with a pure culture of brettanomyces? It should help to explain the attenuation.

zythophile said...

Yes, although that was before Benskin's was taken over by Ind Coope in 1957: whether it still was after that, I don't know. I had a bottle of the Ind Coope version a couple of years ago: still drinkable after nearly 50 years, and still showing signs of what a fine beer it must once have been.

The Arctic Ale was in fact a "rebadged" Ind Coope No 1 Burton barley wine, rather than the Allsopp's original.