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: 557   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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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.

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.

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.

madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
6th August 2008. Pineapple and mango sweetness. Dry finish but no real bitterness. Unusually sweet for the style.

Embrouille (2853) - 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.

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.

sound67 (731) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 50cl bottle. Hazy copper colour (biottle-conditioned "real ale"), big, foamy white head that sticks to the glass. Aroma of oranges and raisins. Citrus fruit, hops and malt are well-balanced to create a rounded, medium-bitter flavour, with a lasting but not excessive bitter aftertaste. Add the low carbonation and what you get is an excellent ale that is drinking very nicely. It actually says "IPA" on the label, but the hops aren’t dominant enough for it to qualify as such. Still, as a bitter it’s highly satisfactory!

mkel07 (5965) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2009
500ml bottle. Rich coppery colour with a deep head of off white, pillowy foam. Looks comnplex and robuts with aromas of citrus, raisins and spiced fruit. Well balanced with little bitterness. Smooth in the mouth with little afttertaste.

Gary (1999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 (Bottled) Big foamy head , nice stuff here ; its got substantial hoppiness , pretty grassy and bitter ; balanced with caramel sweetness
Very easy to swill.

oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2009
Bottled (BBE 11/2007)@The White Horse, Parsons Green. Amber colour, big fluffy beige head. Aroma is wood, parfume, some earth and quite strong cardboardy and rubbery notes. Flavour is raisins, sweet malts, some grass and mild wooden notes. Flavour ruined about being too old, but the flavour had turned out quite interesting.

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