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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (8009) - ITALY - JUN 16, 2009
ambrata buona schiuma piuttosto grossolana buona persistenza in bocca note tostate luppolo buon amaro discreta secchezza leggero legno

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUN 1, 2009
This historic ale was bought in the town of Cheddar, Southern England. Dark amber colour, high and dense head, fresh grape fruity and peachy aroma, soft yeasty palate with all necessary components - malt, fruits, spices and hooooops... Great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle from 2007. Sampled on May 17, 2009. Thanks goes to Mikael. Pale copper colour with pale white head. The hoparoma is not lost - here are notes of summery meadow, but on low levels.. Taste is of flowers and light caramel. Body is lively with surprisingly high Co2, with mushy mouthfeel and a medium maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle, Sainsbos, Upton. Attractive dark reddy gold with a decent off white head. Aroma exuded an appealing grassy hop, that promised good things. Well balanced flavour that had nice hoppage with citrus and berry notes. Dry bitter finish. Would probably stick this in the trolly again. A good english example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
greenmanalishi (519) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2009
Pours copper with a porridgy, off-white head. slight rusty, metallic aroma dry, crisp hops, grassy, grainy balance. interesting beer, well balanced...but slightly let down by a metallic edge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - APR 6, 2009
Bona questa, una ottima IPA che però qui risulta premium bitter forse manca una manata di luppolo più convinta, però a me è piaciuta decisamente anche se l’aroma promette qualcosina di più.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nordcore (1309) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2009
Apperance; light brown a bitt hazy and foamy head. Aroma and flavor is fruits and som yeast, some bitter taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2009
This is a quite delicious beer. An India Pale Ale, which this site does not directly acknowledge (premium bitter, fine, fine). I would imagine that many Americans would not like this because there are no American hops in it. Thick, creamy, bitter and sweet. It’s good to be spared the American hops, though I do like them. I do feel, however, that it will not be appreciated by our American cousins because it is not an unsubtle interpretation of an old British style of beer. American beer can be rather delightful, but its drinkers can be ignorant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 Bottle. What a strange old/young beer this is. Pours deep murky orange misting with sediment, however hard you try. Collared, slick and lacy all the way. Pretty outrageous yeast, hop and solvent aroma, chucking fresh cut green apples, sultanas, nutmeg, pine needles, burning plastic and nail polish remover into the blender. A dramatic entrance immediately reminiscent of the cask P2. Mouth wades in with apple strudel spiciness, pine, sneaking gooseberry, nuthusk, custard, dry roasted and too much phenolic alcohol harshness. For now. I’ve got a feeling that some time under the stairs could mellow this into a more integrated beer, with an Orval-like pungency of flavours. Nothing like an IPA in the contemporary, US-influenced, sledgehammer of citrus kind of way, but still some pretty concentrated, resinous hop flavours on show. Not to mention that apple custard yeastiness. Never drank a beer like this before.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Dark amber colour with tight white head. Superb fruity aroma - a complex mixture of mandarin, plum, peach and more. Beautifully balanced mixture of hop, malt and spice on the tongue with an excellent dry/hop/bitter finish. Exactly the right amount of carbonation gives this a top-notch palate. Compared to the ghastly, asthma-inducing, sulphur dioxide laden monstrosity of the 80’s this re-make wins hands down and is a wonderful beer.

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