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Brown Ale. I won't stoop to mention the invented catgorisation of Northern and Southern Brown Ale. Let's try using a more useful split: Brown Ale and Double Brown Ale.

Why split that way? because it just seems to make so much more sense. Especially as some brewers produced more than one Brown Ale. And they usually called the Stronger one Double Brown.

Barclay Perkins and both brewed what I would call Double Brown. Even though, it Barclay Perkins case DBA stood for Doctor Brown Ale (after Doctor Johnson, their mascot) it fits the bill for a Double Brown. I suspect that they retrofitted the name Doctor.

There's a fair variety of strengths amongst the beers below. With Fremlin's Brown Ale at the bottom (1028.7º) and Newcastle Brown at the top (1060.1º). I suspect there was a similar variation in colour and character, but unfortunately I have no hard data.

Where to put the dividing line between Brown and Double Brown? I'd say somewhere around 1042º. But, like the difference between Bitter and Best Bitter, it's a hard one to pin down definitively. Any tipping point will necessarily be arbitrary.

Here's the table for you to contemplate and enjoy.




Brown Ale 1924 - 1938


Year
Brewer
country
Beer
Style
Price
size
package
Acidity
FG
OG
Colour
ABV
atten-uation


1931
Aitchison and Co
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
8d
pint
bottled
0.06
1015.9
1047.9

4.14
66.81%


1929
Barclay Perkins
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
8d
pint
bottled

1012.4
1047

4.49
73.62%


1930
Barclay Perkins
UK
Doctor Brown
Brown Ale
8d
pint
bottled

1016
1046

3.88
65.22%


1931
Barclay Perkins
UK
Doctor Brown
Brown Ale
8d
pint
bottled

1014.8
1046.5

4.10
68.17%


1931
Barclay Perkins
UK
Doctor Brown
Brown Ale
8d
pint
bottled
0.06
1014.6
1046.8

4.17
68.80%


1931
Barclay Perkins
UK
Doctor Brown
Brown Ale
9d
pint
bottled
0.07
1015.2
1046

3.99
66.96%


1932
Barclay Perkins
UK
Doctor Brown
Brown Ale
9d
pint
bottled
0.05
1015.4
1046

3.96
66.52%


1935
Barclay Perkins
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.07
1018.5
1049

3.94
62.24%


1936
Barclay Perkins
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.07
1017.2
1046

3.72
62.61%


1936
Barclay Perkins
UK
Doctor Brown Ale
Brown Ale
8d
pint
bottled
0.06
1018
1048

3.87
62.50%


1938
Barclay Perkins
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
8d
pint
bottled
0.05
1018.9
1046.8

3.60
59.62%


1931
Beard
UK
Double Brown
Brown Ale
7d
half pint
bottled
0.05
1009.2
1043.4

4.45
78.80%


1929
Campbell Praed
UK
Double Brown Ale
Brown Ale
9d
pint
bottled
0.07
1019.9
1053.4

4.33
62.73%


1929
Campbell Praed
UK
Double Brown Ale
Brown Ale
9d
pint
bottled
0.07
1017.5
1046.7

3.77
62.53%


1930
City of Winchester
UK
Double Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled

1008.2
1049

5.32
83.27%


1931
Davenport
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
6.5d
pint
bottled
0.07
1014.2
1044.8

3.96
68.30%


1929
Fremlin
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled

1007
1028.7

2.81
75.61%


1930
Fremlin
UK
Double Elephant Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled

1009
1043

4.42
79.07%


1931
Fremlin
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled
0.05
1007.2
1041.2

4.43
82.52%


1931
Fremlin
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
8d
pint
bottled

1005.4
1035

3.85
84.57%


1931
Fremlin
UK
Double Elephant Brown Ale
Brown Ale
8d
pint
bottled

1004.6
1040.7

4.71
88.70%


1931
Fremlin
UK
Double Elephant Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled
0.05
1010.6
1041.1

3.96
74.21%


1934
Fremlin
UK
Double Elephant Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.05
1012.2
1043

3.99
71.63%


1935
Fremlin
UK
Double Elephant Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled
0.05
1010.3
1042

4.12
75.48%


1936
Fremlin
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled

1013.8
1041

3.52
66.34%


1936
Fremlin
UK
Double Elephant Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled
0.06
1012.2
1043

3.99
71.63%


1936
Fremlin
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
6d
pint
bottled
0.05
1007.6
1036.8

3.79
79.35%


1938
Fremlin
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled
0.04
1012.8
1041.8

3.76
69.38%


1929
Friary
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.06
1012.2
1045

4.25
72.89%


1928
Gilmour
UK
Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled

1008.8
1043.8

4.55
79.91%


1932
Gilmour
UK
Nut Brown
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.08
1008.8
1033

3.14
73.33%


1929
Hodgson
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.06
1009
1040

4.03
77.50%


1932
Hoskins
UK
City Brown Ale
Brown Ale
6d
pint
bottled

1009.7
1036.6

3.49
73.50%


1929
Jenners
UK
Double Nut Brown
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.05
1011.8
1040.4

3.71
70.79%


1930
John Smith
UK
Double Brown Ale
Brown Ale
9d
pint
bottled

1014.8
1055

5.22
73.09%


1930
Kemp Town
UK
No. 1 Brown
Brown Ale
5.5d
half pint
bottled
0.07
1014.3
1057.4

5.61
75.09%


1930
Mew Langton
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled

1018.8
1047

3.64
60.00%


1928
Newcastle Breweries
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
9d
pint
bottled
0.08
1012.5
1060.1

6.21
79.20%


1932
Northampton Brewery
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.05
1009.8
1038

3.66
74.21%


1929
Page and Overton
UK
Double Brown Ale
Brown Ale
5d
half pint
bottled
0.06
1011.7
1044.9

4.31
73.94%


1931
Pompey
UK
Double Brown
Brown Ale
6d
half pint
bottled
0.07
1009.3
1048.3

5.08
80.75%


1930
Portsmouth and Brighton Breweries
UK
Pompey Double Brown
Brown Ale
9d
pint
bottled
0.08
1008.3
1052

5.71
84.04%


1931
Shipstone
UK
Nut Brown Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled

1010.9
1037.6

3.46
71.01%


1929
Steward and Patteson
UK
Norfolk Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled
0.08
1009.4
1035

3.32
73.14%


1930
Steward and Patteson
UK
Norfolk Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled
0.06
1011.8
1036.6

3.21
67.76%


1932
Stone, Wm.
UK
Nut Brown
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.05
1008.8
1036

3.53
75.56%


1931
Strong
UK
Treble Brown
Brown Ale
6d
half pint
bottled
0.05
1014.9
1057.2

5.50
73.95%


1932
Tennant Bros.
UK
Nut Brown
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.08
1008.9
1032

2.99
72.19%


1924
Vaux
UK
Maxim Ale
Brown Ale

pint
bottled


1043.6





1925
Vaux
UK
Maxim Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled

1011.1
1039.4

3.67
71.83%


1930
Vaux
UK
Dark Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled

1012.7
1058.7
40 + 6
6.00
78.36%


1932
Ward
UK
Nut Brown
Brown Ale

pint
bottled
0.06
1007.6
1035

3.56
78.29%


1928
West's
UK
Brown Ale
Brown Ale
7d
pint
bottled

1006.1
1040.2

4.44
84.83%



Average






0.06
1011.9
1043.84

4.1402
72.93%


Source:


Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001


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