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: 547   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2016 Had this several times quite a while ago before the Coors or Museum take over. It really liked it back then. Would be interested to see if it was the same. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2010
500 ml bottle. Copper coloured and crystal clear. Tall creamy off-white head that clings to the glass. Earthy hoppy aroma with a nutty character. Hints of red berries, like red currants and raspberry. Plums and grass. Leathery malty flavours balanced by a dry and bitter finish. Nicely balanced beer with interesting flavours. Not particularly similar to contemporary IPAs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
olsvammel (6207) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. It looks ok and tasted ok, but the taste was horrible. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but there was definitely something off. A wierd kind of stingy bitterness that didn’t match with the rest of the flavours. Very unbalanced with a harsh mouthfeel. Not very enjoyable and I ended up leaving most of the beer at the pub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2810) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2010
Pours dark amber approaching copper with an amazing large lasting head. Nose is light and refreshing at first with soft earthy, resinous and spicy hops. Not a huge amount of malt but whats there shows cookie-dough and almost bready characters. Flavours close follow the aromas but with more malt noticeable and a powerful hoppy bitterness, quite lengthy. Carbonation is too high, a distraction from the malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (629) - Tuscany, ITALY - JUL 9, 2010
Off white foamy head. Dark amber colour. Aroma is malty with fruity (prunes), light caramel and hoppy notes. Flavor is moderately malty with light fruity tones, ending in a moderately bitter, gently wooden finis. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2010
A great traditional IPA. Golden orange in texture but a bit too cloudy for my liking in the appearance. A nice fruity; maybe mango and strawberries amognst the carmael body and the surprisingly notable alcohol. Drinkability is moderate but the beer is very solid. I am enjoying this. It can also be aged too. This was supermarket bought so suspect the ratings would be improved on cask.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of wildflowers, grassy, some caramel. Tastes lightly spicy and semi sweet with a hint of sweet citrus, some spicy notes, earthy, some tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (5522) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle 50cl. A yellow-amber beer lightly cloud with medium head. Smell on hops and caramel like. Aroma is on sweet malt, caramel, and nice hop character. Bitterness is present but without the heavy citrus aroma from US IPAs. Well balanced with a grassy and metallic finish, this IPA is nice and well drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - MAY 9, 2010
Excellent IPA. White persistent head for a red ale. Aroma: malt, herbs, toast, fruits, and a bit caramel. Taste: medium sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel: Low to medium astringency and carbonation. Medium body. Good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
delnoche (505) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - APR 30, 2010
50cl bottle poured into a shaker. Cloudy copper with ample, lasting, creamy white head. Aroma is sublte and incredibly complex; floral hops, maple, caramel, cereal, brown sugar, biscuit, honey, strawberry, slight metal, ever so slight musty basement. Flavor is nearly as complex; floral hops, biscuit, caramel, sweet fruits, slight metal. Medium to high carbonation. Thin body. Lasting bitter finish. A very interesting, enjoyable beer. Not quite a session brew but I think I would enjoy two or maybe even three of these at once.

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