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17-05-2011, 20:13
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That image of Family Ale I used to illustrate today's post. I didn't pay attention to the colour of the beer at first. Now I realise what a great chance it is to glimpse the colour Pale Ale once had.

What's great about the picture, is that it has other objects of identifiable colour in it. The tomatoes. The cheese. The lettuce.

Here's the image I started with:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V9KkV1gfjDM/TdK71YsN47I/AAAAAAAAH7U/b4gslB2S9S0/s1600/Whitbread_Family_Ale_original.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V9KkV1gfjDM/TdK71YsN47I/AAAAAAAAH7U/b4gslB2S9S0/s1600/Whitbread_Family_Ale_original.jpg)

A bit washed out the colour, don't you think?

Is this more realistic?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UuB9JVXAobI/TdK8JmkKTcI/AAAAAAAAH7Y/yOh4ngOqUsM/s1600/Whitbread_Family_Ale_improved.jpg (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UuB9JVXAobI/TdK8JmkKTcI/AAAAAAAAH7Y/yOh4ngOqUsM/s1600/Whitbread_Family_Ale_improved.jpg)

What do you reckon? How dark is that beer? The glass is remarkably similar to the Chimay glass I'm sipping a St. Bernardus Abt from right now. Quite wide.

I suspect Pale Ale really was once pretty pale, but there's little evidence. Brewing logs only record colour values after WW I. Before that, colour analyses are rare.

Fell free to fiddle with the image to make it look more natural. It should be possible to match against the label colour, too.https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5445569787371915337-1868079831610074283?l=barclayperkins.blogspot.com

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