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Brewed by Coors UK (MolsonCoors)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Burton-upon-Trent, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
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on tap
available

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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned; occasionally on cask.
Production moved from White Shield brewery to William Worthington’s brewery in December 2010. Prodiuction moved to the main Coors brewery in Burton in 2012 to keep up with increasing demand.
Ingredients: Halcyon barley, from the northern part of Norfolk; Sugar; Northdown and Challenger hops - including a hop extract; and a two-strain yeast supplied by Bass.
"It has a clean, fresh flavour and full bodied, balanced bitterness." Michael Jackson.
An iconic India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed to the same recipe as 1830. Aromatic hops, toasted cereal notes and hints of smoke and spice kindle White Shield’s embracing nose, enhanced by fragrant fruity characters and an intricate top-note of freshly baked bread. With time to condition, William Worthington’s unique dual yeast works up a sharp sparkle, crafting a full luxurious mouth-feel that combines with warming hints of alcoholic liqueur and White Shield’s ever so subtle peppery character, to create an exquisite bittersweet finish.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2143) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a fairly clear orange/amber with good-sized, slightly off-white head. Aroma is toast, light caramel and minerals. Flavour is fairly minerally, definite caramel and toasted grain presence with a little fruity character. Solid, but doesn’t really come across as an IPA hop-wise even in a British way.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
More of an English pale ale. Bottle from LCBO. A bit cheese in aroma, and gummy in taste. Still, smooth and a hoppy finish.Thicker mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
NWAF 25 Jan 13. Gyldenbrun. 0 skum. God aroma av mørk frukt. Smaken er syrlig frukt. Litt pepper. Behagelig. Blir litt søt - så syrlig igjen. Avslutter tørt. Innholdsrikt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1728) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
500 mL bottle. Definitely a solid, well constructed beer, but not what I expected from the iconic British IPA. I had imagined that it would be stronger, hoppier (in a British way), a little rougher around the edges. What this is is a well balanced, moderately hopped, very drinkable beer. Nothing wrong with it at all.

3.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Namlig (7) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014 does not count
This is a classic, the last tangible connection to 1800’s IPA in the sense that it has been made continually since then. Good, natural English flavours, with the mineral note many English pale ales have especially connected to Burton (although Wells IPA, say, shows a similar trait). I must say too it is consistent, reminding me a lot of the one I first tasted in the 1980’s (except then it seemed to have a more pronounced banana note, almost Belgian). I like and respect it but I wish the hop rate was higher and somehow I’d guess it was a lot higher in the 1820’s. But we should be glad it is still here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StuffWine (117) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2014
Poured copper-amber, clear with carbonation, and good slightly yellow head that lasted very well. Aroma sought me before I sampled directly; malty and almost balanced by spicy hops, inviting. Taste a wall of malts blending to robust hopps bitterness, the right amount for a classic/true IPA. Finish is very long and clean, medium bodied, mouthfeel reminds me of english bitter. Very nice and honest beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (5636) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orange bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Citrus, Blumen. Geschmack sehr malzig, fruchtig herb, leicht nach Kräutern.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkseduction (573) - Zweibrücken, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2014
Pint-Flasche von Bierzwerg.de. Rötlich-blondes Bier mit schmaler aber dauerhafter Schaumkrone. Harzig-zitronige Hopfen in der Nase. Leicht säuerliche Anklänge, Caramellmalz, Toffee, Pfeffer, Nüsse. Überraschend komplex, vermisse aber etwas die Hopfenkeule.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
s_hartshorne (644) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle Morrisons. Hazy orange amber colour foamy white head slight lacing. Aroma is weak hops. Taste is well balanced some malts with spicy hop bitter finish. Medium body quite strong carbonation. Ok but no where near enough hops for me in an IPA and too much carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stout4stout (6) - neath, WALES - JAN 31, 2014 does not count
Very good IPA, a little more malt and a little les hop than my personal preference.


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