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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a large off white foamy head over a clear light nut brown body. Nutty, toasty aroma with herbs. Short toasty nutty sweetness with floral-herbal hints that is overwhelmed by an increasingly bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (2043) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2010
Cask - White Cliffs Festival, Dover. Poured a dark amber with a slight haze and a fine, short and foamy off-white head. Dark fruit aromas, some zesty acidity, some earthy and a bit of yeastiness. Dark and earthy on the tongue with a touch of yeast and orange, citric acidity. Smooth on the palate with light carbonation and dry, lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours deep amber. Rocky large white head that disappears fairly slowly. Heaps of lacing that seem to hang around forever. Solid, though not overpowering resiny hop bitterness nicely balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Flavours show plenty of malt, caramel and resiny hops. Quite bitter on the finish though no where near as aggresive as a US IPA. The balance seems to be pretty spot on in my opinion. Could easily have a couple of these. Great balance.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Alphadelic (2209) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Bright orange with a clinging foam. Dainty swirrls of bubbles wind up the glass. Aromas of wet animal, pear drops and foundation (as in make-up) with big overtones of trash juice. Nasty. In the mouth it is bland but powerful cereal is there, very dusty. Really rather horrid. Rancid in fact.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2009
This one is a copper color (which I feel is a little dark for an IPA) with a lingering, soft, white head. Hops and light fruit like apple and pear domionate the nose with a hint of sulfur. The taste leads with bitter fruitiness followed by sweet malt and finishing bitter with lingering hops. Despite the complex flavors in this one, I find it to not be very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours clear amber/copper with a nice foamy white head. Nose is typically English, marmalade & caramel/toffee malt with floral/grassy hops. Palate is rather creamy with a decent amount of carb. Caramel malt gives way to big grassy/earthy hop bitterness & maybe a touch sulphery. Pretty robust finish & easy to see why this is a classic English ipa. Though am surprised by the high carb & could maybe do with a touch more on the midpalate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a lasting, foamy off-white head. Aroma is malty, with notes of caramel, citrus and nuts. Flavour is quite similar, the emphasis on the malty, nutty, woody notes as well as some more subtle fruity hops. Medium bodied, with a fair bit of carbonation and a long, bitter finish. Very nice English IPA, was expecting something more aggressive but this is just about right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (23973) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
6th August 2008. Pineapple and mango sweetness. Dry finish but no real bitterness. Unusually sweet for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2009
Bottled 50cl. It pours a hazy, surprisingly dark beer with a huge foamy head. Very nice malt profile. Fruity with hints of lemon peel and papaya. Good bitterness. Nice balance. A lot of honey and Christmas pudding showing up on the swallow leading to a dry finish which is reminiscent of papaya, honey and malt. Very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcdav2154 (449) - GERMANY - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle says IPA therefore I thought I was getting an IPA. This is as floral as an IPA should be but it’s a good non offensive smell. Taste was o.k. I got some biscuit which isn’t horrible but not my favorite. Just not as expected. Still a decent beer.

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