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

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Worthington's White ShieldWorthington's White Shield

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 19
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 SmashPants:
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3.74/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle: a solid dark brown 500mL bottle with a quality old-school label.

Appearance: pours a very strong golden-copper colour with a beige head that bursts to three fingers, and settles to a creamy one-finger with great staying power. Limited lacing.

Aroma: some caramel notes with some floral hops. Not as intense as I was expecting from an IPA, but most I have had recently were AIPAs, so that makes sense.

Taste: a decent amount of caramel again with some hops over the top. Fruit esters also. Not mind-blowing, but full-flavoured and plenty tasty.

Aftertaste: a touch of hop bitterness comes through at the finish. Quite dry also. Nice.

Mouth feel: moderate to heavy in body with enough carbonation to carry the flavour through nicely.

Overall: a very drinkable English IPA. Mostly dominated by caramel with some floral hops. The only problem with this being so easy to put down is that one 500mL bottle is AU$9 (2014). Ouch.

01-02-2014 08:38:11 | More by SmashPants
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-14-2014 22:10:11 | More by ChaseBacon
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10-03-2012 22:11:34 | More by fionn13
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

10-14-2012 01:35:34 | More by Moosebaby
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United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. The label features a stylised white shield with a red sword in the centre. Described as bottle conditioned, and the winner of CAMRA's Champion Bottled Beer of Britain 2006.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A deep coppery-amber hue with good carbonation and fine visible sediment. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam with good retention; this subsides after a while. Aroma of sweet malt with yeast esters, stewed hops, a whiff of alcohol and the faintest hint of citrus.

Tastes of sweet malt with a dry, yeasty character and a bitter finish. Notes of yeast esters, stewed hops, subtle burnt grain, a hint of alcohol and a whisper of aromatic citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, leaving the palate dry. Aftertaste of bitter malt.

A decent brew, but no champion in my books. It looks great and has a good body, but the aroma is lack-lustre and the flavour just isn't as hoppy or aromatic as I expected. This IPA's reputation preceeds it, and I was hoping for more. Oh well. Worth sampling, but not world-class.

10-25-2011 23:55:00 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%

Appearance: fizzy like a soft drink on the pour, big suds the colour of almond flesh; hazy, date coloured body

Aroma: butterscotch, toffee, banana, all malty sweetness; going back to have a sniff after a few minutes drinking, it seems like the aroma is almost gone - what happened? feels flat

Taste & Mouthfeel: immediately feels like a letdown - where has all the warm, rich malt aromas gone? this taste of bread, grain, and is faintly metallic, leading to a not great dry and tinny finish; it is clean, nicely carbonated, and the sharp finish could make it a sessionable beer; it's just lacking depth which may have been magnified after getting excited about the initial scent; it does get better after warming up closer to room temp, bringing forth some sweet malt flavour, but not enough to make it great

Overall: definitely needs to be served at a less cool temperature to have a chance, but it's really not that interesting - not bad, and better than your mass produced beers

05-22-2014 01:59:55 | More by BGDrock
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Had this at the National Brewery Centre in historic Burton-on-Trent on cask.

Appearance: light amber with golden hues, creamy white head, good clarity

Aroma: earthy and a hint of floral hops, phenolic bandaid/plastic whiffs

Taste: nice earthy, floral English ale taste, firm bitter finish, borders between bready and biscuity malt character, long finish

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, smooth creamy texture

Overall Impression: Definitely the ale to drink in Burton. A nice depth of malt flavor that tiptoes between bready and biscuity with firm hop bitterness that lasts into the finish. A fine ale to enjoy on a sunny afternoon or a rainy, cold night.

06-24-2013 19:38:57 | More by dwren89
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-19-2013 03:04:57 | More by weonfire
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-02-2014 22:37:02 | More by Sammy
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4.16/5  rDev +11.8%

Worthington's White Shield
16.9 oz. brown bottle, dated "Best Before End 06 MAR 14 066"; sampled on 15 JULY 2014
$3.99 @ Wine Legend, Cherry Hill, NJ (and past BEST BY date)

Appearance: Hazy deep amber body beneath a very full, big-bubbled head of frothy off-white. Streams of average-sized bubbles can be seen racing towards the surface. It's unfiltered, or at least partially-unfiltered, and sediment can be seen in the bottom of the bottle. The head retention is quite good and small mountains and hills of lace rise up along the side of the glass beneath a sky of tiny spots and craggy streaks of clouds.

Aroma: Grassy, leafy, floral, and spicy hops. Tangerine and apple. Mineralish and darkly caramelish malt lies beneath.

Taste: Solidly bitter. Darkish-caramel malt that's perhaps more like burnt sugar than caramel. Grassy, and spicy. These flavors pass very quickly, and don't fade, but lead into fruitiness. The tangerine found in the nose comes through, but where is it coming from, hops or yeast? Apple remains as well, and there's also a bit of papaya, and maybe some melon. The hop flavors and bitterness return at the swallow, accompanied by residual malt notes, and it all comes back together. This is one of those beers where the lingering finish is where you really taste the beer. Dry, spicy, grassy, floral, malty, fruity, mineralish, and even a touch woody and leafy.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Quite crisp at first until it's gassed-off a bit.

Overall: Agressive, full-flavored English IPA. Rich and satisfying. It's just 5.6% abv but there's so much character here that it seems like it could be from a beer that's much stronger. Impressive. For fans of English ales this one has to be in the top ten or so to try.

07-15-2014 21:11:41 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Overly heady on first pour, topping up the glass it settled out into a good firm head. Amber, clear with a little haze. Definitely acceptable.

Aroma, intriguing. Difficult to describe. Mine smells fractionally past it but there's a lot of strength beyond that. It's backed up by the taste, if I was pushed I'd say there's some subtle citrus and vanilla on the palate but there's some much more complex backing to it. Beery hoppy backing. Malt is there but limited, as I I retaste I am picking up sherry characters indicating oxidation.

Despite tasting like it's a little old it's holding up very well. Definitely worth a sample depending on the bottle you get.

03-31-2006 07:26:12 | More by goodbyesoberday
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

bold brassy hue with a towering craggy and sticky eggshell head. malty fruity aroma with a very herbal hop presence, but a pretty subdued nose otherwise.

Very clean thin, almost watery on the finish. Sweet malts, some fig jam on toast like flavors rolls into a faint butteryness. Finishes dry with a leafy hop character. Flavors are subdued and the body, while being a little thin, is almost too big to allow these soft flavors show. It does a good job of having that cask ale mouthfeel out of a bottle but its just a little dull. Bitterness is nice though. Could be my new world palate trying to review a true old world style. Not my cup of tea though.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-22-2012 16:05:21 | More by Kunstman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.11/5  rDev -16.4%

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well pours nice white heady goodness. Head stays for a while. Dark golden almost amber color.

S- Score is going down here. Not much there at all. What is there is sickly sweet

T- Score to drop further.... It's a pale ale yes but not a very good one though. Bit bland and empty

M- Ok at best

O- Not so good. Will not buy again. Nothing special and where there is so much out there to enjoy, pass this one by. On tap I bet it is much better buy I only have access to a bottle

Food Pairing

This ok pale ale goes well with anything you would typically eat with a pale ale like... Chicken wings.


06-07-2014 18:48:17 | More by DaveBar
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New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%

500ml bottle. Pours a nice copper amber hue with a nice long lasting off white fluffy head..Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus, grass, some biscuit malt, sweet fruity, notes, grains and some yeast. Taste is sweet biscuit malt, grass and grains with some citrus flavor and mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, smooth, mild carbonation with sweet mild bitterness. Finishes with sweet biscuit malt, grass and grains, citrus fruity notes, yeast with a mild bitter ending for balance. Has a nice full flavor for an EIPA. Overall makes a good session brew, good balance and flavor.

07-11-2013 20:29:37 | More by Samp01
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New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle stamped 06 Mar 14-06. Sampled on November 19, 2012.

The pour is a cloudy, murky looking copper-amber with a moderate head.

The aroma has a pleasant malt beginning with a more laid back hop tone. Some IPA's can be so floral or so piney but this one is more mellow.

The body is about medium with a nice creaminess.

The taste starts sweet and ends a little more hoppy than the aroma might lead one to believe. The hop bitterness is moderate and lingers for a moment.

Their description says they are using the same recipe since 1830 when IPA's were transported to the Far East. To me, this is the way a British IPA should be. The hops do not cause me to pucker up but they keep the overall sweet malty flavor alive. I bet the British Colonies in Burma loved this one.

11-18-2012 21:07:17 | More by puboflyons
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours dark amber approaching copper with an amazing large lasting head.
Nose is light and refreshing at first with soft earthy, resinous and spicy hops. Not a huge amount of malt but whats there shows cookie-dough and almost bready characters.
Flavours close follow the aromas but with more malt noticeable and a powerful hoppy bitterness, quite lengthy.
Carbonation is too high, a distraction from the malt.

08-16-2010 05:13:52 | More by CrazyDavros
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3.79/5  rDev +1.9%

500 ml bottle, label says best before end 07 MAR 14. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like toasted malt, fruit, spicy hops and some bready malt/grain. It tastes like earthy hops, fruit, toffee, tea, toasted and bready malt, and a bit of peppery spice. There's a nice bitter finish, too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and has nice, soft carbonation. I think this is a good English IPA. At $3.99 a bottle, it's worth trying.

01-21-2013 00:11:38 | More by bluejacket74
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Quebec (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry English style hops is dominant with some dry caramel malt notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by some dry English style hops with light floral undertones some white pepper notes and some dry caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Quite enjoyable and nice to enjoy a non-American style IPA once in a while.

06-19-2014 18:31:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
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