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

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 20
Gots: 8 | 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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4.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle with a BB date of 07 March, 2014 poured into my Surly nonic. Huge, frothy/rocky light beige head with amazing retention and eventually thick, chunky lacing when it finally starts to dissipate. Mildly hazy orange-brown body hiding somewhere underneath that behemoth head. Minimal amount of sediment still at the bottom of the bottle, but I was careful to avoid getting much into the glass.

It's amazing that I can actually smell anything through this head, but there is a healthy amount of spicy/floral hoppiness combining with caramel and bready malt notes. Spices, mildly nutty, toffee, and doughy yeast with a slight indistinguishable fruity aroma.

Wow. This thing tastes completely phenomenal. Perfect balance of sweet caramel and toffee along with a dry, earthy hoppiness. The Burton salts are definitely noticeable as well, which in my opinion is a good thing.

Medium bodied and low-medium carbonation that is actually a little higher than I was expecting for this beer. Very soft and velvety mouthfeel.

Overall... holy hell, this is a wonderful beer. Keep in mind I have an extreme Anglo bias, but nonetheless this is probably the best bottled English beer I've tried. This is exactly what it's style should be and immensely drinkable. Is it big and bold like most of the higher-ranking beers on this site? No, but it is just as, if not more complex and arguably tastes even better. I'll be buying more of these without hesitation. The only downsides are its fairly limited availability and that it's a little high in ABV to be considered a session ale. But it's still an amazing beer.

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3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colour with a gigantic, foamy head that is white and stays for a very long time. Had it not been such a large head the beer would have scored higher.

Earthy hops and a mix of malts to start, along with some caramel and a bit of toffee. There is a few floral notes and a bit of biscuit as well but nothing overly strong or appealing.

Hops and malts from the nose with some floral hops shinning through along with a biscuit malt taste and a bit of an earthy taste as well. Pretty level throughout with nothing stealing the show as it were and as expected there is a bit of bitter at the end.

Light medium and with low carbonation, there is some bitterness towards the end and a dry, sort of moreish feel to the end.

One of the darker IPA's out there with straying too far from the norm. It was pretty ordinary although not boring throughout and had just about enough to keep me interested without warranting a second tasting.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle w/ 07 Mar 14 067 makred on label.

The beer is excessively frothy. It seems to lose all its carbonation at once, leaving a thick white foam at the top of my glass and an clear amber liquid at the bottom.

If something can smell a little minerally, this is it. There is in the aroma that reminds me a bit of metal and unscented soap. Surprisingly, neither of these are unwelcome aromas is unwelcome. There is also a slight caramel note.

It tastes lightly sweet with a balanced unobstrusive bitterness. In the finish, that soap and metal are noticeable, again not in a bad way.

The mouthfeel reminds me of cask experiences. Very lightly carbonated, making the beer a little less prickly, and a little less filling. The finish is dry, which, when coupled with the lightly sweet opening, makes this an easier beer to drink.

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3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
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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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.

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3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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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.

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