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

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
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:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

pin, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before sate of March 7, 2014.

A: Golden-brown in color with a very slight haze. A huge, rocky off-white head roars to life even after a pour of only modest strength. Retention is otherworldly, and lots of patchy, dirty-looking lacing is left behind.

S: Caramel, toffee, broth, hints of bread. Hops are strongly herbal on the nose with scents of garden herbs and tobacco. A touch perfumey and floral too. Whiffs of butterscotch and yeast.

T: Crusty and bready malt, caramel, toffee, lightly roasted coffee beans, slight hint of cocoa. Nutty yeast. Herbal and earthy hop tastes grow toward the mid-palate until they dominate on the back end. Buttery tastes sneak in briefly. Finishes with retreating malt flavors of toffee, bread, and coffee and an assertive tobacco/herbal hop taste.

M: Medium bodied. Staunch and full in the mouth with an assertive malt body. Low carbonation makes for a very cask-like mouthfeel. Very well-rounded.

O: A classic English IPA. If you're a fan of the style, there's a lot to love here. The cask-like mouthfeel in particular is quite nice.

ryan1788a5, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of doktorhops
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

English IPA's: tea-hop tasting original style that helped spawn the American craft beer scene (albeit with a hard-hitting hop-slam approach). Also one of my personal favourite styles behind the mouth-watering Belgian tripels, quadrupels and American Pale Ales... oh and a decent Porter too. White Shield stood out to me with it's CAMRA logo (big fan of CAMRA brews), so fingers crossed said logo and its legacy isn't taken lightly.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Slight cloudy copper body with an creamy white 0.5cm head.

S: Aroma is mild and has a distinct barnyard/stable smell. Along with that the only other thing detected was caramel malts. Not overly impressed here, but the flavour is where it really counts.

T: The taste was certainly unexpected! It's much bolder and has various notes; hits with grapefruit citrus, sweet caramel malt middle, a bit of coriander, pepper, finishes with acidic tea-like tannins. There is medium hop bitterness front (grapefruit) and back (tea-like tannins). Flavour is reasonably complex.

M: Creamy carbonation, mid to light body.

D: One could easily dismiss this ale with a whiff, but that would be a mistake because it is truly an interesting take on the style. Gets better as it gets warmer, like most English ales. If it wasn't brazenly expensive I would keep a supply of it in my fridge.

Food match: This is one ale that would suit a decent Thai curry, like a Massaman or Penang curry with the obligatory side of coconut rice.

doktorhops, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

puboflyons, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

kew, Nov 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

kjkinsey, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

cdwil, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

CooleyA-UDIGA, Nov 09, 2012
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.

johnnnniee, Nov 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Moosebaby, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

fionn13, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Sep 26, 2012
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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.

flagmantho, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

RiggerStyle, Sep 18, 2012
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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.

smcolw, Sep 15, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

MoreThanWine, Sep 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

dacarr, Sep 06, 2012
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 29, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a puffy, thick white head. Little chunks of yeast gather at the bottom of the glass.

S: Aromas of tea, cedar, black pepper, lemon rind, leather, minerals, and heather fill the nose.

T: Notes of lemon rind, black pepper, heather, leather, moist earth, cedar, tea, minerals, caramel, biscuit, and tobacco fill the mouth. Slight yeasty notes are present on the backtaste. The finish is breadier than expected with robust yeast, caramel, and biscuit flavors underscored by tea, pepper, lemon, and leather.

M: Medium in body and dry. Carbonation is gentler than expected.

O: A fine English IPA, and one of the more authentic examples of the style on the market.

mrfrancis, Aug 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Lee45102, Aug 17, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -66.3%

DeadGuyRyan, Aug 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

snowboard101, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of phiberoptik
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

phiberoptik, Aug 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White Shield after sampling Red Shield last night. This English IPA pours a very, very light bodied polished bronze in color with a two finger off white head and loads of carbonation. The nose is decently balanced. There are English hops with slight caramel malt character and a defined, somewhat different bitterness. The flavors present what the nose initially offered. It features light English hops and a good amount of caramel malt with slight minerality. It's ok. This beer won't wow you by any means but it is true to the style and well made for what it is.

aasher, Aug 02, 2012
Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.