Brewed by Molson Coors UK (MolsonCoors)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (9019) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2011
On tap at the GBBF 2011. Cloudy amber pour (start of a new keg). White head. Not very bitter for an IPA (which is what it called it in the CAMRA guide), more of an ESB as described on Ratebeer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
500 ml bottle, bought at Sainsbury’s, Boston, LINCS. Bottle conditioned. Poured a slightly hazy deep golden with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is bountiful with English hops, very citrusy with hints of oak and leather. Flavour has a distinct resin-like bitterness with notes of grapefruit on a subdued background of dusty, malty sweetness. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blackbock (118) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2011
(bottle) Poured a deep tan with solid head. Beautiful malt backbone with just barely enough hops for this, although what there is works beautifully. There are some interesting tangy fruit flavours working away in the background, I’m getting apricot and prune with bitter orange. Very clean and easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skinnyviking (8694) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2011
Cask. Low fluffy white and quickly disappearing head. Slightly hazy yellow body. Mild fruity aroma and flavor with low carbonation and a short aftertaste. Too anonymous for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11932) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2011
cask at charlies clear orange,small orange head. Mild aroma. Slightly hoppy. Flavor is exotic fruity, hoppy fruity, crisp almost spicy, sweet malty balance, good hoppy dryness, ends bitter hoopy and slightly spicy. Excellent bitter, very tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9138) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours copper with a thick beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a rich caramel malt flavor with smooth hop bitterness. This is what you would like to get in a country pub. Pleasantly drinkable and very balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (5241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 6, 2011
50cl bottle. Pours a cloudy amber ale with gentle bubbles and a big head. The nose has honey, hay and nettles. More honey and nettles on the taste. The palate is rich in structure, quite creamy in texture and it cleans sufficiently on the end to make you want the next drink. Overall, nice ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (17308) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 1, 2011
Milder Beginn mit angenehmen Hopfentönen, die Bitterkeit ist dem angemessen. Der Hopfen verstärkt sich etwas und steht nun deutlich im Vordergrund, die Bitterkeit steigert sich ebenfalls, wirkt aber ziemlich trocken. Ausgewogen grasig und holzig, zuletzt auch dezent fruchtig. Süffiges IPA, insgesamt aber zu trocken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2011
I’m bored of English bitter so how nice it was to find one I’ve passed over many times thinking it’d be the usual shite and find out it’s pretty decent. One of the best I’ve had for a while in a style that bores me to tears. I might take my shirt off and chant ingerlund. If I rated to style (which maybe I should but who cares?) this would get pretty high marks. Hazy amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is more malty than hoppy with oats and biscuit. Flavour is smooth citrus and hops especially evident in the finish. Yeah, England. Go on son.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2011
0.5L bottle@The White Horse at Parsons Green, London. A firm yellow-blond top, over a clear deep amber colored body. A fresh smell of jammy oranges. A whiff of flowers and spices too, and tones of honeyed malts. Nicly balanced fruity/malty flavor. Ripe citrus and gently sweet, toasted malts. Mild bitterness in the backbone. Smooth, almost creamy in the mouth. Medium body strenght. Balanced bitterish fruity and malty ending. Great stuff!

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