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: 554   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (3616) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a large frothy head. Aroma is a metallic, bready orange. Taste is bready to start. Bready malt finish with some orange on the aftertaste. Very lively.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1844) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Bottle conditioned. Thick tight white head which lasts. Fizzy amber body. Tangerine, marmalade, a little yeast, spicy hops, fruits. Astringent. Strong carbonation, dry finish, Soft mouthfeel. A quality beer. 8 4 8 4 14. Bottled conditioned. Medium white head, which dissipates to a uneven thinnish head. Crystal clear amber body. Christmas, flowery aromatic hops, fruity, alcohol, green apples, chalk, calcium carbonate. Bittersweet. Dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Really refreshing. 8 4 7 4 14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle 500ml. Great beer. Aromas of caramel and pine. Taste starts sweet, with light bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is silky, and medium bodied. Brown, with a head that disappears.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grima (2394) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2010
500ml, bought at Auchan Market in Luxembourg City. The beer in glass is dark-orange with a flat crown. The smell is bitter-hoppy, grapefruit-like, subtle, pleasantly spicy. Thebeer starts bitter-hoppy, subtly cooked vegetables, cabbage-like. This flavor fades but quite fast, and the spicy-malty bitter taste takes the upper hand. Towards the middle it gets a little roasty-malty. The aftertaste reverberates long bitter, but everything has its limits, so it still remains a fairly mild IPA. The finish will be even slightly sweet. Well balanced, mild IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
25197047 (1) - Barnstaple, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2010 does not count
I’ve tried several newer bottles of this beer and was pleasently impressed, and a few years ago a friend found a bottle from 1982 - this is certainly a beer that improves with age, and if the new bottles are brewed in the same way as back in the 80’s i’d certainly like to stash a few bottles in the cellar and wait 20 years!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle at the Dockyard in Newcastle. Pours a clear copper with a medium white head. Slight grassy hop aroma, and nice floral notes. Some spice, some citrus and a nice even malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (20531) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle at Euston Tap, London. Pours cloudy amber with a fine film head. Light malt aroma with vegetal and spicy hops. Flavor has mild sweetness, yeast and slight, earthy bitters, along with faint metallic notes. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter with faint caramel malts. Overall uninspiring. One of the guys I shared this bottle with (a highly respected London beer blogger) said the beer needed more time. As it was, I found it average at best. I even felt like it had a macro-produced character to it, and this was before I knew it was a brewed by a subsidiary of a giant. I just need to try an older bottle, I suppose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (2481) - 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 (6843) - 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.

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