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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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BA SCORE
84
good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 18
Gots: 5 | 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 thehyperduck:
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 06:39:35 | More by thehyperduck
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4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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

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Enjoy

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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

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Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grains

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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.