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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
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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | 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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3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better choices in the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer. Definitely hits on the English IPA character, and rather well at that. Nice hop spiciness in a subtle way with malts added in and balancing things out. Nice earthy and woody tone that is about at the max; any more and it would be too much. There is an inky thing going on.

So rare to see a true English IPA available. This one is pretty good. And I'm sure it would be nice on cask.

Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%

I enjoyed this pale in a snifter chilled

The color is deep amber with almost copper hue w/ 3 fingers of ecru head w/ very fine bead. Thick lace clings with very good retention -nice beer to appreciate appearance-wise. There is a spicy scent with slight pine and peppery hop scent with plum-like fruity and earthy yeast aroma with slight floral ester and subtle caramel odor from the malt. The texture is excellent with nice hop in the mouthfeel with spicy effect and moderate carbonation level with mild sweet middle with mild alcohol and semi-dry finish.

The taste is very fruity with spicy and almost cinnamon-like taste like mulled cider with woody and fruity flavor in the hops with mild toasted grain and light caramel tinge from the malt with yeast providing a deep stone fruit essence and almost black cherry taste. All the ingredients are cohesive as a unit with deep complexity into a warming and mostly dry spicy finish. Ovearall this is one of the best English IPA's I have tasted -it has an authentic English yeast taste with great complexity and very drinkable strength-wise with 5.6%. There is not a ton of hop flavor yet it is still flavorful iwth balance of bitterness and malt iwth nice fruitiness from the yeast.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large and lumpy head. It leaves plenty of chunky lace on the glass. The color is dirty gold with a mild chill haze.

Lots of caramel aroma, but not much hop. Mild alcohol in the background.

Classic English IPA flavors--lots of caramel from an ample helping of crystal malt. The hop presence is muted. The body is very good: full with decent carbonation. The aftertaste has a bit of hop bite, like a small dose of white pepper.

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New style label on my brown 500ml bottle, best before 28th May 2009, drank Feb 2008.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass, I tried to get as much beer in out the bottle without having any sediment, I failed and some got in.

The beer is a lovelly deep terracotta orange with a good formed white head. The aforementioned sediment sank to the glass base and the body of the beer was almost crystal clear.

Weak aroma for me, hops and malt some fruitiness, but not much else.

Dry and full of hops flavours, this is a true English IPA. It is both crisp and tart in the mouth and the 5.6% alcohol sits well, this is a fine beer.

I really enjoyed this, one of the better English bottled beers I've had. White Shield has been an English institution well before Coors took over its care, I am pleased to report it is still as good as I remember it being back in the 70's and 80's which is when I last had any.

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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 3/7/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger foamy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. A fair amount of foamy lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, pine, citrus peel, herbal, floral, grass, nuttiness, pepper, and earth. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, herbal, pine, floral, grass, bread, pepper, orange, and earth. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, herbal, grass, pepper, bread, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; minimal cloying flavors on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present on the finish. Overall this is a very good English IPA! Nice balance and flavor complexity; very smooth to drink. Very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting this legendary beer that perhaps will no longer be produced, since now the Bass Museum has been closed by the owner Coors... BB 31/03/10, served cool in a large tulip wine glass.

A: pours a very clear, dark reddish amber to light copper hue (almost all yeast sediments are left in sound sleep at the bottom of the bottle), topped with a thick beige soufflé from with decent retention, on top of abundant but fine carbonation.
S: orange cream, vanilla/coconut, marmalade, ripe fragrant apples, a touch of overripe bananas and guavas, and plenty of barley candy... almost like a barley wine, given that sticky-ish maltiness and yeast esters... A swirl brings out an earthy as well as grassy edge of hops, but Fuggles-like hop fragrance continues to dominate, added with a touch of plum jam. The body must be thick, judging by the nose only.
T: the foretaste is slightly banana-oil like, guava, apples, fragrant hops and caramely malts... then biscuity flavour of pale malt makes its most remarkable performance in complementing the hop depth just brilliantly. Consistently a mildly sour fruity/citric edge is manifest, as is a mineral-like salty edge as of yeasts, constituting two crucial elements in the overall balance. The finish has lingering and pervasive aroma of pale malts as well as lovely nuttiness, while the bitter level stays moderate throughout the drink.
M&D: overall, a very fragrant, hoppy and deliciously malty IPA this is, or one can even argue this is like a fulsome Premium Bitter or even English Strong Ale due to the colour, the overall balance, and the pronounced estery fragrance. The mouthfeel is soft given the right level of carbonation, the body is medium-plus, and the overall flavour is inviting one's palate for more! I would really hate to see this ale gone with the closing of Bass Museum. If this is how Coors treats a historical site and a two-centuries-heritage (this beer), then what can stop it from doing anything much worse to more fragile breweries and customers??

Tasting Date: 30/09/2005
My first bottle of this beer with a new bottle-design and label. I remember the last bottle I had two years ago still looked the same as the photo we have here on the BA website, but the new package is, if anything, more modern and inviting in a sense of re-inventing itself for wider and younger audience. At least I like it.
BB date: 26/02/06.

4.5 A: slightly hazy orangey-copperish colour, coming with a rocky but fluffy, off-white foamy head, only slo...wly settling to a tight, thin neck and leaving very tight lace along the way... nice, gentle carbonation detected.
4.5 S: a flow of semi-sweetish pale-malts upfront... with slightly sweet walnutty, a sweetish zesty note between orange and lemon; after swirling, an underlying peachy, fruit perfumy and estery scent is forced out, with rounded, explicit citrusy-floral hoppy aroma sustaining well in the background. Extremely enticing~~
4.5 T: a mouthful of smooth, biscuity pale-malts upfront, against a fat, oily, floral hoppy backdrop underlined by slightly sweet dried-citrus peel (tangerine?) flavour and an intensifying floral bitterness... As the bitterness tunes up, a rounded, warmish alcoholic mouthfeel gradually develops on the palate. Finished not particularly bitter as I'd expect from an IPA, but it goes deep and leaves a dryish and slightly stimulating mouthfeel deep down the sides of the tongue... Satisfying indeed.
4.5 M&4 D: overall, very rounded and smooth, and the body is well-balanced but thick enough on texture to buttress the med.-full flavour. A moderate IPA it is, but a rich one by English standards. Very enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

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3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear golden color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever. The aroma is quite fruity with a touch of caramel malt backbone. Fruity yeast esters with a hint of sulfur and a touch of toffee round out the nose. Mild sulfur mineral water flavor with a solid shot of hop bitterness. Sweet juicy fruits mixed with toffee, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of butterscotch. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mineral mouthfeel. Nice beer, but its a bit of a stretch to call it an IPA, or maybe its just my American hop fried palette.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a healthy three finger very light tan head and pillowy lacing. Light aroma of biscuit malt and grassy, spicy hops. Flavor of biscuit and bready malt with light earthy and grassy hops. Nicely balanced and a great combination of malt and light hops. Finishes with very faint hops and malt. Medium bodied. A quite pleasant English style IPA. I suspect the long shipping time has muted the hops somewhat, and this is nice enough that I hope I can drink a fresh version some day with a bit more hops.

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug. Best before March 6, 2014.

Appearance: orange hue with a moderate haze and a rather strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy light-tan foam. Attractive.

Smell: mild aroma of dryish malt and earthy hops; it smells of the country. Not bad, but a little bit on the light side.

Taste: semi-sweet, semi-dry malt with a moderate earthy hop character and a mostly balanced bitterness (the bitterness increases toward the very end). Actually a pretty decent English-style IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice overall texture. I like it.

Overall: drinkable and tasty. It took a few sips, but this beer has grown on me. I would have this again.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Worthington's White Shield Fine Burton Ale, best before Jan 10, 1986, 275ml bottle.

Holding up the bottle to the light, I see some sediment on the bottom of the bottle but..

It pours, after a pretty big hiss, a deep red brown, 2+ finger head of foam, (wow!) waiting for the head to calm down so I can check on any lacing. Very very slowly, the foam is shrinking. Looks like lots of sticky lacing. In appearance alone, I reckon this garners a perfect 5.

The smell is the usual suspect for these old, long seen since fresh, UK brews. All malt, tons of caramel and an overall nose of a fine Port. It has me entranced and I reckon a score of 4.5 is not out of order.

First sip of this +25 year old brew....the caramel dominates and reminds me of chewing on a Milky Way bar. The Port smell didn't take a hold in the taste at all; the caramel seems to be the one and only at this stage and though nice, I fear this one has seen much better days; I'd bet a decade ago, this would have left me in awe. Oh well, I wouldn't rate it less than a 3.0

Mouth feel was just fine and drinkability was amazing, considering. A worthy experiment in its own right so I have no regrets.

Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep amber. The beer is bottle conditioned, but the liquid stays clear. The large white head is firm, it leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is mildly bitter with some notes of margarine and yeast. There are some sweet notes too.

The taste is bitter, as an IPA is supposed to be. There are some mildly sour roasted flavours too. Peaces, misc fruits and roses(!). The aftertaste is medium strong/long with a mild fruityness. The beer is full bodied with lots of fine flavours. The aftertaste is a bit short with a genuine bitterness.

The carbonation is rather strong; the liquid is on the light side.

A very pleasant example of the English IPA style.

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