Beer No. 81 Worthington’s White Shield

Beer Type:  Pale Ale

ABV:   5.6%

Brewer:  Heritage Brewing Co

Bottle conditioned: Yes

Bottle size:   500 ml

Country of origin: England

What the label says:

William Worthington first started brewing in 1744, becoming a pioneering figure in the industry.  The secret to Worthington’s success was the purity of Burton’s water helping to create a superior beers desired by many.  To this day the William Worthington Brewery continues to brew exceptional quality ales at the heart of brewing – The National Brewing Centre, Burton -upon-Trent.  White Shield is the longest surviving India Pale Ale and one of the UK’s most heavily decorated ales, having won numerous Campaign for Real Ale awards (CAMRA).

What the Beerdrinker says:

The beer was slightly cloudy, as a consequence of the bottle conditioning and Beerdrinker’s shaky pouring.  It has a good frothy real ale head, which lasted well.  This is defintiely a traditional Burton beer.  The nose is yeasty with a strong Carbon Dioxide aroma.  The beer is bland to begin with but with a good bitter after taste followed by a caramel wash at the end.  Don’t hold the beer on your tongue for too long, or you’ll get the “Burton burn”.  This beer is very bitter, but if left to flatten becomes much more mellow with melon and apple flavours.

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