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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
danielst (349) - AUSTRIA - APR 8, 2010
50cl bottle: Orange golden in colour. The aroma is quite estery, just a touch of floral hops and an odd medicinal smell as well. Last time I noticed a slightly similar smell was in one of my earlier homebrews, when I left a residue of iodophor in a few bottles. I don’t like it, although I think it comes from the hops here. Earthy, resinous and minerally flavour, quite a bit better than the aroma. Subdued maltiness. Could use a lot more bitterness to make this more than a generously hopped ESB. To be fair, I don’t know hold the bottle I had was, so the hops may have faded already (BB date was 07/2011).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - APR 2, 2010
Michael Jackon nailed it above. Beside the metallic start (which dissapeared after a while), it is a lovely full bodied, fruity moderately bitter beer. Lots of body for the ABV and goes down really easily. The quintessential english IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3509) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2016 Bottle, 14C. Best before 6/11. Bright clear copper. Four fingers of cream head. High bead. Dry hoppy aroma of grass, resin and flowers with a little caramel. Very rich and complex caramel and toffee malts with modest but lingering bitterness. Very heavy mouthfeel for the ABV. Alive and fortifying, but maybe a bit tiring too. [3.8]

Bottle. Took a long time to pour, but completely clear copper with a towering head. Aroma has alcohol, toffee, figs, resin, flowers, grass, sweet-shop spices. Very substantial malt is a little chewy and has layers of caramel and toffee. Seething bitterness with resinous , floral and spicy hop notes in a bitter and somewhat boozy finish. A huge beer for 5.6%. [3.9]

BB 9/17. Something is wrong here. Has no depth or guts. Boiled sweets sweetness. No spices, just a hint of nagging bitterness. This has always been a tricky beer to pour, but this kept pouring clear all the way and there’s no visible sediment. This bottle is maybe a 3, and I hope it’s just this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a large off white foamy head over a clear light nut brown body. Nutty, toasty aroma with herbs. Short toasty nutty sweetness with floral-herbal hints that is overwhelmed by an increasingly bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1947) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2010
Cask - White Cliffs Festival, Dover. Poured a dark amber with a slight haze and a fine, short and foamy off-white head. Dark fruit aromas, some zesty acidity, some earthy and a bit of yeastiness. Dark and earthy on the tongue with a touch of yeast and orange, citric acidity. Smooth on the palate with light carbonation and dry, lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours deep amber. Rocky large white head that disappears fairly slowly. Heaps of lacing that seem to hang around forever. Solid, though not overpowering resiny hop bitterness nicely balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Flavours show plenty of malt, caramel and resiny hops. Quite bitter on the finish though no where near as aggresive as a US IPA. The balance seems to be pretty spot on in my opinion. Could easily have a couple of these. Great balance.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Alphadelic (2165) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Bright orange with a clinging foam. Dainty swirrls of bubbles wind up the glass. Aromas of wet animal, pear drops and foundation (as in make-up) with big overtones of trash juice. Nasty. In the mouth it is bland but powerful cereal is there, very dusty. Really rather horrid. Rancid in fact.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2009
This one is a copper color (which I feel is a little dark for an IPA) with a lingering, soft, white head. Hops and light fruit like apple and pear domionate the nose with a hint of sulfur. The taste leads with bitter fruitiness followed by sweet malt and finishing bitter with lingering hops. Despite the complex flavors in this one, I find it to not be very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours clear amber/copper with a nice foamy white head. Nose is typically English, marmalade & caramel/toffee malt with floral/grassy hops. Palate is rather creamy with a decent amount of carb. Caramel malt gives way to big grassy/earthy hop bitterness & maybe a touch sulphery. Pretty robust finish & easy to see why this is a classic English ipa. Though am surprised by the high carb & could maybe do with a touch more on the midpalate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a lasting, foamy off-white head. Aroma is malty, with notes of caramel, citrus and nuts. Flavour is quite similar, the emphasis on the malty, nutty, woody notes as well as some more subtle fruity hops. Medium bodied, with a fair bit of carbonation and a long, bitter finish. Very nice English IPA, was expecting something more aggressive but this is just about right.

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