X Ale, 22nd November 1838 | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States | website
Style: English Strong Ale
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%
Availability: Limited (brewed once)
Notes / Commercial Description:
So, these are our new historical beer releases: two beers from the same brewery, brewed under the same brand name, 107 years apart. X Ale, 22nd November 1838, and X Ale, 22nd February 1945. These beers were from Barclay Perkins brewery in London (now long closed). They were brewed & sold as the same beer over these 107 years, but the recipe and process changed dramatically. The beer changed from a golden, 7.4%, extremely hopped ale in 1838 into a 2.8% dark grainy beer in 1945. Probably a lot of factors came into play: wars, hop shortages, grain pricing, rationing, taxation, patriotism, the motorcar, the industrial revolution… I’m guessing these all played a role in the weakening and darkening of this beer. Interestingly, since 1945, Mild ale in Britain hasn’t changed so much: it’s still dark, and one of the weakest beers produced.
Added by UncleJimbo on 03-17-2012
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 83
X Ale, 22nd November 1838 from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.