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

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 242
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 22
Gots: 9 | 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

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2004

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Photo of gutbucket2
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

564ml bottle (1 imperial pint) I think. ap: rapidly subsiding head, light amber/deep gold, clear. Little smell. Taste: some crystal malt, medium bitterness and sweetness. mo: medium body, oily. Overall: There are many more flavoursome IPA's than this.

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Photo of phiberoptik
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with ruby hues. A big, frothy white head that sticks around for several minutes followed by some nice lacing.

I had some preconceived notions of what I expected to smell and I didnt get any of them. I get spent grain, faint whiffs of macro beer, hints of grassy hops.

Taste is bitter, grapefruit pith, lacking any fresh hop flavor. finish is metallic bitter.

Light to medium bodied with fair carbonation.

Maybe I am an ignorant American, or maybe the Molson Coors Brewing Company ruined this beer but when I drink an IPA I want it to take and smell like hops and malt. This doesn't.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: cloudy bronze color with lots of carbonation around edges, medium head becomes thin veil that leaves little lacing
s: sweet malts and hints of yeast
t: malty taste quickly taken over by bitter hops and a dry finish
m: lots of carbonation early on but the dry finish makes for a smooth finish, medium body
d: nice packaging, but carbonation overpowers whatever else is going on in this beer & i won't be looking for this one again

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Photo of ludachris
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

There's a slight haze to its copper amber hued body. A low level of carbonation is visible when the glass is held to the light. Two fingers of rocky cream coloured head leaves sheets of lace as it recedes.

Underwhelming at first. Quite malt forward with sweet apple, tart apple skin and some caramel sweetness coming through most prominently. A touch of lemon plays off its subtle tartness. A little leafy and a little earthy.

Its level of bitterness takes me by surprise. It comes across as more of a raw grainy, metallic bitterness as opposed to a hop driven one. The more I think metallic the more pronounced it becomes. As it nears the finish it turns more leafy with a bit of pine.

The body sits between light and medium. Its low level of carbonation and streak of creaminess makes it more palatable. The finish is quick and dry.

As much as I do enjoy English IPA's, this wasn't for me. I found its hop character underwhelming and almost off putting. With the best before date April 16th, I don't think freshness is an issue. Perhaps I set the bar in my mind too high with the CAMRA award on the label. I wouldn't pick this up again but to each their own.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Photo of Charmaine
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I expected more from this beer with the accolades/approval of CAMRA on the bottle but still found it enjoyable. Tasted better the next day. May not have been completely settled on the first pour.

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Photo of bmwats
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 50 cl bottle into a DH IPA glass.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a giant, cascading, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly. Continually rising effervescence. Spider web lacing

S: Hops, lemon citrus.

T: Hops, dish soap.

M: Bitter, light, soapy finish lingers on the palate.

D: Bitter sipper.

Atmosphere is okay. Deep hue, giant head, persistent lacing. Nose is hops and lemon citrus. Hoppy and soapy, not much else. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this about 4 years ago in London and remember it being quite nice. Bottles now available at the LCBO. This one is best before 8 days from now.

A - Copper pour and bright with good carbonation. Nice thick and creamy two finger off white head. Great lace rings and a full finger retention.

S - Earthy, floral, bready.

T - Some diacetyl, bready, earthy, floral, honey, metallic.

M - Good carbonation, nice medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - What a shame. This should be much fresher to be good. It's just malt really. There is barely any English hop profile to speak of, and what's there is too light and not assertive or balanced. Too bad.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a mid orange amber color supporting a nice lasting head leaving small lace. Smell is clean with light cereal notes and english hops. Taste of the cereal grain, english yeast with fruit notes and a balance of hops throughout. Mouthfeel is medium with a higher carbonation associated with this English style.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of DaveBar
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.


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Photo of Trizzle
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The very cloudy amber body isn't much to look at but the very anisotropic and full head with red-hot lace is very inviting.

Warm prickly nose of roasted malt, alcohol and heavy handed English hops. Like a winter warmer rather than an IPA.

Sweet dark maple syrup malts kick off, more prickling alcohol through the middle with hints of bubble gum esters. The finish is dry, roasted dark malts.

A touch acidic and astringent, and a thin mouth feel.

Could have 2. Not 3.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

From Vintage Cellars. BB Apr 14.

A somewhat unremarkable India pale ale overall. True to style with English style malts, moderate hops.

Notable is this instance is the godalmighty fizz that comes out of the bottle when poured. A good two finger head a la Hefe takes a while to subside, and the mouthfeel is too fizzy and spritzy.

Apart from that, solid.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but the hops in this one are definitely overpowered by earth and malt qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 December 2005, Best Before Apr 06

Mostly clear dark orange colour with a large dense whipped cream white head. Looks impressive in the glass, the head rises well above the rim and holds its form remarkably well. Large clumps of foam adorn the glass. Aroma is a little fruity (peach, orange?) with hints of honey and pine. But I also get some vanilla and icecream aromas. Flavour doesn't seem to be quite as strong as the aroma, but is fairly bitter, hoppy and tastes of vanilla and cream. The head is creamy over the lips but the mouthfeel is fairly light.

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Photo of Ego
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I hope I feel like sacking jerusalem after having this...

golden brown with a furious torrent of bubble action, the head is massive to start, cuts itself in half in a minute but then maintains, a beautiful cascade of perfectly cloned microbubbles on the sides with a mushroom of marshmellow in the middle floating like some sort of quasi-island, clear on this pour throughout in terms of clarity, pretty nice lookin' lot

musty green hops, some tangy yeast, slight bits of lemon, an almost sea breeze quality to it, pretty straight forward and such

taste etc...
musty dry brit hops, almost has a dusty stale taste (but not unpleasant), when taking a nice swig with the fresh head this is much more appealing, it gives it more mouthfeel that way, the hops are not very bitter, the malts are the right sweetness... but nothing really is satisfying me here to any great length. this is not crap or anything, it is just pretty standard fare, the carbonation is very good though, it seems to really fit the bill for a nice pint at the bar.

no wonder the french killed the order... this beer is OK, nothing special, nothing bad, I wouldn't turn it down on tap but I certainly will not be launching 3 journeys into enemy lands for it...

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle pours a mostly clear copper color with a large cap of off-white head. Really nice retention and lacing...a fantastic looking brew. Best by date of 06 Mar 14.

Nose is mineraly, leaning a tad salty and light fruit. Not a whole lot of hops are discernable from the aroma, maybe some faint grass. Malts are somewhere in between toffee and biscuity.

Taste is fruity and malty with a mild floral hop bitterness on the finish. The flavors overall are quite light and gives the beer a muted flavor, even at 50 degrees or so. The taste of carbonation and alcohol seem to be the biggest players here. This surprises me as the label claims "Closer to Cask for a fuller flavor"...I expected something low on carbonation and richly malted. It also boasts "Our finest IPA for true IPA connoisseurs" and I surely didn’t find that to be the case. Upon even further inspection, this particular bottle was brewed by Tenth and Blake Beer Co. (Molson-Coors), so I guess I am not too surprised by this lackluster offering. Perhaps the original English Ale (if there ever was one) is a better brew than this.

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Photo of utfiero
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Color- cloudy honey. Full head.

Aroma- malty, fresh bread, and gentle hops.

Taste- Not an IPA for a hophead. This is a very malty English brew. This is a gentle giant! Starts malt forward with rich bread and butter notes fading into a mild hoppy finish with a slight lingering dryness. We estimate about 40 IBUs, and at least one homebrewing site claims 41 IBUs.

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Purchased locally in Austin, Texas.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a massive all head with good lifespan. The body is a pretty bright clear golden yellow. It smells like a nice IPA with piney and citrusy hops. The taste although good and reflective of the smell is far milder than I expected and in fact were it not labelled an IPA I'd have guessed it wasn't and was just a pale ale. It has a medium long finish and was a little soapy in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Brabander
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from my beerbuddy Craig (Zimbo) in Scotland. Thanks for this one Craig!

Poured in my Syruise glass this beer looks very nice, fluid like tea with a very nice head of white foam.

The smell is rather neutral, nothing really to smell. The taste has some bitterness in it in the aftertaste. Not bad!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Strange that the label indicates that the license for this brew in Canada is held by the Six Pints Specialty Brew Company, of Toronto, Ontario, which is in all actuality the so-called craft brewing arm of MolsonCoors.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and slightly creamy ecru head, which leaves some chunky and sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt, edgy apple and pear skin fruitiness, a mild hard water flintiness, and tame earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is gritty, somewhat sour grainy and bready malt, overripe drupe fruit, a touch of tart lemon and orange citrus, more flinty, stoney notes, and weak leafy, weedy, and dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is rather pervasive in its tightly rendered frothiness, with the odd fizzy flareup, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight, and so-so in the ways of the smoothness, as either the hard water or the not so hard hops takes an unshowered dip in this pool. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the waning bready malt flailing, while those recent interlopers from the mouthfeel start to run rampant (but in a respectful English manner, right?)

While this may lay claim to original IPA sin, which very well could be true, it matters little, when so many others have passed them on by in the time since. Yeah, the hoppiness here is more acrid and disjointed, instead of integrated and tantalizingly bitter, so I'm hardly emboldened to seek this out on cask, or any other format, really.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an orange amber, slight haze and only a few bubbles wafting to the top. The head is tan, orange tinted, thick and creamy. meringue like and does not want to fall. Nose is subdued and very very shy. Some citrus but very faint. Nose favors the malt with a light caramel and a bit of bread. Grassy herbal and some spice from hops. It has a small dank quality that I would also call pungent. The taste follows the nose all the way except it has an almost nutty taste that I find strangely out of place. It has no pine or resin but it does leave a bit of stickiness in a pungent and dry finish with plenty of spice and only a hint of the caramel sweetness. The bitter is moderate but it accumulates in the drink. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

Different. But the floral grows on the nose as it warms.

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Photo of danieelol
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a light copper colour, orangey marmalade when held up to the light. Amazing lacing, loads of patterns all over the glass. Decent head too. 4.5

S: no hops at all. What there is is a funky malty smell, sort of like a biere de gardes or something. There is another strong pleasant smell, something like milk, but I can't really put my finger on what it is, plus some barely detectable roast. Later on I can kind of pull out some citric hops in the taste. 3.5

T: In the mouth I get more of that milky, yeasty taste. The hops are present only really as a bittering agent; maybe they provide a vague amount of barely detectable citrus and pine. 3.5

M: Decently thick with well moderated carbonation, I would like to think it has the body to stand up to their aging recommendations of 3 years. 4.5

O: Gotta admit, not a big fan of this one as it really disappointed me with the IPA moniker (even though it is English). I just didn't like the dominant malt profile (or that funky malt smell in the nose). Apart from that, it's a decent beer (objectively speaking) but not one I'd probably ever buy again. I will say I prefer it to something like Coopers Vintage, which for me it tastes similar to. 2.5

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Photo of spinrsx
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $4

Appearance - Brown/copper colour with an averagel size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also a pear/fruity like sweetness and a rusty graininess.

Overall - Didn't taste as good as I thought it would based on the high review score. It's an okay beer, but with fuller's products on the shelf close by, no reason to get this one again. It's very drinkable but unremarkable.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light copper, faintly hazy, nice head of off-white foam, good head retention

Aroma: chocolate cake, canned pears, malt, almond

Flavor: fairly dry malt backbone with a raspy, quick-hitting hop bitterness; tree bark and a vegetal hop flavor; finishes dry with a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, minerally, slight astringency

Other comments: Finally trying the legendary White Shield. It's a nice, hearty, bitter, crisp IPA. Definitely would like to try maturing one for "up to 3 years" as the label suggests.

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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.