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Worthington's White Shield - Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery

Worthington's White ShieldWorthington's White Shield

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BA SCORE
85
very good

175 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 175
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%


Brewed by:
Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2004)
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Reviews by Phocion:
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Phocion

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle with a BB date of 07 March, 2014 poured into my Surly nonic. Huge, frothy/rocky light beige head with amazing retention and eventually thick, chunky lacing when it finally starts to dissipate. Mildly hazy orange-brown body hiding somewhere underneath that behemoth head. Minimal amount of sediment still at the bottom of the bottle, but I was careful to avoid getting much into the glass.

It's amazing that I can actually smell anything through this head, but there is a healthy amount of spicy/floral hoppiness combining with caramel and bready malt notes. Spices, mildly nutty, toffee, and doughy yeast with a slight indistinguishable fruity aroma.

Wow. This thing tastes completely phenomenal. Perfect balance of sweet caramel and toffee along with a dry, earthy hoppiness. The Burton salts are definitely noticeable as well, which in my opinion is a good thing.

Medium bodied and low-medium carbonation that is actually a little higher than I was expecting for this beer. Very soft and velvety mouthfeel.

Overall... holy hell, this is a wonderful beer. Keep in mind I have an extreme Anglo bias, but nonetheless this is probably the best bottled English beer I've tried. This is exactly what it's style should be and immensely drinkable. Is it big and bold like most of the higher-ranking beers on this site? No, but it is just as, if not more complex and arguably tastes even better. I'll be buying more of these without hesitation. The only downsides are its fairly limited availability and that it's a little high in ABV to be considered a session ale. But it's still an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:12:17 | More by Phocion
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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04-20-2014 04:55:59 | More by kwjd
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright copper with a lot of tiny, meandering streams of micro bubbles. The rocky ivory head is gigantic and has decent retention, draping the glass in foam on the way down. A very tiny amount of sediment clings to the bottom of the bottle. Lemony, woody English hops take the lead in the aroma, mixed with toffee and fresh baked bread. The taste is well balanced with a herbal hoppiness mixing with bready, cookie dough and an earthy, fruity English yeast character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation – very smooth and cask like. The finish is lightly bitter with lots of herbal hop flavor.

This is an excellent English IPA. Very restrained by American (or modern English) standards, but an extremely quaffable benchmark and classic of the style. Must try in my books.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-28-2014 03:26:34 | More by WeissBoy
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, best before April 27 2015.

Pours an attractive, hazy orange-amber colour, topped with two fingers of frothy, soapy, off-white head. It sticks around for at least a few minutes, leaving behind some messy lace and, eventually, a thin, creamy cap and collar. The aroma is clean and appropriate for the style, with some leafy English hops, floral notes, citrusy elements and a mild, pale grain malt backbone - or maybe meek is the more appropriate term.

Right off the bat, this beer's flavour reminds me of a few other imported English IPAs, dominated by those unmistakable English hop tropes - floral, grassy, almost tea-leafy. The malt backbone still doesn't have enough kick for me, offering only some light grainy sweetness which fails to provide much of a counterpoint to the (to its credit) tasty hop bill. It finishes with some orange peel and herbal bitterness that lingers into a dry aftertaste. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation, and a satisfying feel in the mouth. This is not an especially remarkable beer, but I can understand why it has been consumed in such large quantities for so long.

Final Grade: 3.61, a B. I don't think I'd count Worthington's White Shield amongst my favourite English IPAs, but it's still a respectable, traditional example of the style that I can easily enjoy for what it is. The price and overall ho-hummed-ness of this prevents it from being something that would enter my UK ale rotation, but it's not every day a new CAMRA-approved ale gets imported by our benevolent government liquor monolith, so I appreciate the option anyway.

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03-26-2014 06:39:35 | More by thehyperduck
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White Shield is a deep copper beer that, despite a virtually impenetrable haze, hasn't lost all of its resplendence; to the light it becomes ablaze in a warm kumquat orange colour. The "white shield" part of it must be the surface, which is protected by a compact guard of chalky foam.

The aroma has both the sweet and citric qualities of a tangerine but isn't exactly what I'd call fruity, especially not for an IPA. It also lacks the typical earthy and floral qualities of the style. What I do get is spice and toasted cereal grain but these are almost entirely eclipsed by the stiff minerals of that famously hard Burton-Upon-Trent water.

For most North American consumers, you'd need a pretty smart team of lawyers to convince them that White Shield is an IPA. This lacks the in-your-face hoppiness of American-style examples but also fails to delivery the intensely herbal, grassy qualities characteristic of English varieties. Heck, it doesn't even the recognizable caramel and toffee maltiness of the style.

It takes awhile before I can get a firm grasp on any solid malt or hop derived flavour, and even then the notions of grapefruit or buttery biscuit are nothing more than momentary; the beer drinks like a muddled mess of half-flavours. I don't know in what world the contents of this bottle would be good for another 400 something days - the brewery must be crazy.

Worthington's White Shield is indeed, as it's advertised, "for true IPA connoisseurs" - aside from its history, there's very little about it that stands out and no other reason to seek it out. This may be the "longest surviving India Pale Ale" but it's nowhere near the best, or even very good. *This* is one of the UK's most heavily decorated ales? I guess you have to be there to get it.

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A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some sweet flavors of citrus, honey and caramel. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is on the weak side for the style but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
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