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: 553   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (648) - Tuscany, ITALY - JUL 9, 2010
Off white foamy head. Dark amber colour. Aroma is malty with fruity (prunes), light caramel and hoppy notes. Flavor is moderately malty with light fruity tones, ending in a moderately bitter, gently wooden finis. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2010
A great traditional IPA. Golden orange in texture but a bit too cloudy for my liking in the appearance. A nice fruity; maybe mango and strawberries amognst the carmael body and the surprisingly notable alcohol. Drinkability is moderate but the beer is very solid. I am enjoying this. It can also be aged too. This was supermarket bought so suspect the ratings would be improved on cask.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of wildflowers, grassy, some caramel. Tastes lightly spicy and semi sweet with a hint of sweet citrus, some spicy notes, earthy, some tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (5814) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle 50cl. A yellow-amber beer lightly cloud with medium head. Smell on hops and caramel like. Aroma is on sweet malt, caramel, and nice hop character. Bitterness is present but without the heavy citrus aroma from US IPAs. Well balanced with a grassy and metallic finish, this IPA is nice and well drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - MAY 9, 2010
Excellent IPA. White persistent head for a red ale. Aroma: malt, herbs, toast, fruits, and a bit caramel. Taste: medium sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel: Low to medium astringency and carbonation. Medium body. Good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
delnoche (512) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - APR 30, 2010
50cl bottle poured into a shaker. Cloudy copper with ample, lasting, creamy white head. Aroma is sublte and incredibly complex; floral hops, maple, caramel, cereal, brown sugar, biscuit, honey, strawberry, slight metal, ever so slight musty basement. Flavor is nearly as complex; floral hops, biscuit, caramel, sweet fruits, slight metal. Medium to high carbonation. Thin body. Lasting bitter finish. A very interesting, enjoyable beer. Not quite a session brew but I think I would enjoy two or maybe even three of these at once.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmeup (668) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2010
500ml Bottle. Pours amber/orange with puffy cream head. Floral hoppy aroma. Sweet malt & light bitterness. Medium body. Well ballanced IPA and very English.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
danielst (383) - 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 (2638) - 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 (3748) - 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.

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