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


on tap

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RATINGS: 535   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle 500ml. Ordered through Waitrose/Ocardo. I allowed it to settle in the cooler for 12 hours. It was very lively on opening and could not wait to be poured, but we are talking about a fine bottle conditioned ale here! In the glass, it was a coppery/amber with a large white head. It has a lovely pale malt aroma to it and a hint of fruitiness. The flavour was fantastic; a lovely balance of hops and malts. A good body and smooth with it. The pale malt lingers, finishing with a wicked dry bitterness. It left me wanting more.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JayNW (12) - Crewe, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2007
This beer is awesome. There’s nothing flashy about it but this is what IPA is all about for me. It’s spot on. Some of this beer would definately be in my desert island suitcase. A classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 10, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 500ml bottle. Bought autumn 2006, drunk June 2007. Pours a lovely copper colour with a medium head that is retained. Some hoppy scent to it and a straight forward classic bitter taste, with a good long finish. Very refreshing and very well-balanced, this is not a fancy beer, just a great example of the style. You can do a lot worse! Cask version sampled at the White Horse, for "Still here Mr. Selle?" session, at their Winter Beer Festival, 28th Nov 08. Very similar - probably a bit better 7/3/8/4/16.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle the The Horse. Nice hoppy and grassy nose with just a lick of alcohol. Great dark blonde looks with a copper hue and a very good well behaved head. Flavour is standard but good. Reasonable balance. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4728) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2007
A classic botlled beer from the days when it was often the only real beer in a keg only landscape. Nutty, sllightly tea like taste. Slightly explosive onopening which was a bit off putting. Poured with a big head. A very good beer that made me feel quite nostalgic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe19612 (2432) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2007
Bottle conditioned. Lovely hazy amber colour with a thick white head. Malty, with caramel aroma with a hoppy fruity note. Hoppy fruity flavor with a dry and bitter finish. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (11862) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle conditioned. Always wanted to try this beer, and after more than 25 years of serious beer tasting, now the time has come. Light gusher, amber color. Vinous aroma with raisin, apple and a hint of hops. Sweetish hopbitter flavor with hints of laurel and apple. Butterscotch. Long nutty bitter aftertaste. An OK experience, but not a dream come true.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7610) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2007
(Bottle, White horse, Parson’s Green, London 26 Apr 2007) Amber colour with firm off-white head, sparkling and lively. Fruity nose with dark fruit and underlying malt. Fruity taste with a firm malty background. Notes of dried fruit, raspberries and earthy hops in the finish. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (19732) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Ruby coloured ale, with a sharp citric nose and a citrusy cremola foam, touch of real lemonade real juicy malt. 3.6

bottle at home 15-11-11 Online Mass tasting (http://www.ratebeer.com/forums/worthington-wh ... copper ... little gush ... big off white foam head ... light spicy sweet toffee malt nose...quite fizzy ... creamy caramel malts ... little blackcurrant ... little figgy plum ... soft yeastyness ... i like the soft yeasty character ... its really quite mellow ...little chalky herbalness ... and a little spicy peperyness... all round im enjoying if not loving this beer 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2007
Bottle conditioned, and lively enough to attempt to pour itself. Luckily I got there first. pours a good bronze, well carbonated with big creamy head which clings to the glass - if I hadn’t poured it myself I’d swear this was on cask. Very classy - aroma brisk and hoppy with a hint of spiciness. Palate smooth and full, lingering bitterness and malty notes. Great balance of richness and prominent hoppy freshness - great for a hot day, I can see this going down well as an early IPA. Great beer.

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