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

bottled
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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


gwoodin's rating

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gwoodin (43) - Birmingham, - DEC 27, 2004
Disappointing. Low on flavour, with a slight sulphur taint. This beer has had several changes of brewer in recent years. It may be nostalgia, but "it dont taste like it used to".


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalchopz (2119) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
An English IPA from the LCBO. Yeah, right. Pours a clean amber colour, but slightly unfiltered (becomes hazy by the last pour). Fruity aromas of malt found in an amber beer with a little hop. Weird, as the first pour smells like a Coors malt (bad swill), and so on as I pour some more. The head is frothy, slightly off-white, had decent retention and some good lace. Again, the taste reminds me of an amber beer with some mild hop creating some light bitterness in the finish. Caramel malt notes are felt. Not much of an IPA, with too much of the macro brewery malts and adjuncts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle, Embrun LCBO. Toasted malts, fruity (apple), caramel in classic English IPA aroma. Pours a very clear copper with a frothy white head. Taste - malts are forward here - quite toasty and sweet, while aggressive earthy and fruity English hops follow. There is the addition of some brief aggressive bitterness toward the middle/end. Full mouthfeel - almost creamy. Pretty decent, but nothing to make it really stand out either, at least in this format.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
josebullied (5) - - APR 6, 2014 does not count
This ale has a beautiful copper colour. Very drinkable. Nothing really stands out about this ale. The only downside it's lingering bitter aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommyhannon (3) - dunmore. county galway, IRELAND - APR 4, 2014 does not count
Lovely rich amber ale with a strong lasting frothy head. Satisfying malts on immediate taste leading to a richer fuller depth of toffee and caramel. Finishes off nicely with a hint of citrus. An excellent accompaniment to steak and kidney pie or similar hearty dishes.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
felsenpils (95) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours with a massive head and great foam retention. It says "bottle conditioned" on the label and there is indeed some yeast on the bottom of the bottle. A very clean ale aroma. The color is dark amber. Rather intense bitterness with a nice malt balance. This IPA does not have the ester quality of a Samuel Smith´s, but is nonetheless a very nice English ale. I really like the lack of floral hop oil that is so exaggerated in every American IPA. Great traditional beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
minutemat (880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2014
Cask was pretty tasteless and bland. Bottle was a bit more positive, clean and fresh but still lacking a little something. Inoffensive session-y beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (450) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 3, 2014
Bue en bouteille. Arômes de malts, houblon plus faible. Beaucoup de fraîcheur au palais, IPA très correcte. Finale sèche et amère.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
terrybail (506) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2014
500 ml bottle from the LCBO Does not taste much like an IPA even an English one more like an ESB

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
HipHopOpotamus (210) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Very drinkable in large numbers, its ok, but not that much hops or taste that jumps out at you.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (2737) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear copper with a large orange-light tan head. Aroma: Citrus and floral hops, somewhat earthy and woodsy, British caramel/toffee malts, alright. Palate: Medium body and carbonation. Flav.: Similar to the nose with a slightly fruitier character, decidedly British; dry with fair bitterness and a dry caramel/toffee and citrusy hop finish.

Not too exciting, but drinkable.


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