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

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230 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 230 | Reviews: 104
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 RiggerStyle
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of smcolw
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of dacarr
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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 mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of Lee45102
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of DeadGuyRyan
1.25/5  rDev -66.3%

Photo of snowboard101
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of phiberoptik
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of aasher
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.

Photo of agleas1
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can you say about the original IPA. This is what all brewers should be striving for...a hop bomb can be fun for a minute but over time, balance will take the day! Thank goodness this classic beer has survived. So great to see it over here in the States!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Barley sugar brown candied body with a few white bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose of treacle and yeasty treats.

As always welcome on the tongue starting with malted wheat straying very quickly and fleetingly with a sweet note before being driven into bitterness with yeasty tangs and hoppy bites .

Easy drinking pale ale with nice flowing mouthfeel ever so slightly over carbonated and still a good port in a storm and benchmark beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a nonic.
5.6% ABV, "for best results, allow to settle for 12 hours and serve at 11-13°C. Best before 27 SEPT 13 printed on label.

A - Gorgeous crystal clear amber in color, bubbles float lazily to the well-formed ivory head that lowers slowly to a loose, frothy pile while dotting the pint in lace.

S - Persistent earthy hop tones emerge softly with floral aspects following closely. Nutty and toffee-like malt balances with some amber notes as White Shield finishes out with just a little touch of sulfur.

T - Malted barley provides flavors of toast with just a thin pattern of melted caramel and a lightly floral hop finish with a touch of faint fruity esters.

M - Robust and incredibly smooth, this delicious English IPA has an exceptional body that features malt with a prominent but more mild hop bitterness along the back end.

O - This beer transports me to England; sitting in a pub drinking pint after pint of this well-balanced IPA and chatting it up. A perfect session IPA if ever there was one, the moderate hops carefully balance the malt side for a beer that's one hell of an easy drinker.

Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jakesingleton
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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

Deep amber-tangerine with loose but steady eggshell froth that sheets in spots. Flinty grain with just a hint of orange oil, cedar and, as Roger Protz points out, sulphur- muted and underwhelming.
Big orange marmalade and mango upfront, a bit of biscuity pale malt smoothness, some salty (Burton water) caramel leading to orange Swedish fish, resin and mostly peppery hops.
Cinnamon hard candy (is there such a thing?) finish and tingly orange peel bitter linger. Medium, sticky, oily, fizzy, creamy.

Been after this one for a long time, and it's also not cheap, so I'm a little disappointed that this probably doesn't rank in the top 3 English IPAs. Doesn't quite compare to Meantime or Bengal Lancer - just a bit too thin and underhopped. Having said that, lots of fruit and hops build up - 40 IBUs, and Northdown for spice aroma, which is a choice I haven't experienced before.

I wonder if this has suffered at the hands of Molson Coors.

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of tbeckett
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of Brabander
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. The label features a stylised white shield with a red sword in the centre. Described as bottle conditioned, and the winner of CAMRA's Champion Bottled Beer of Britain 2006.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A deep coppery-amber hue with good carbonation and fine visible sediment. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam with good retention; this subsides after a while. Aroma of sweet malt with yeast esters, stewed hops, a whiff of alcohol and the faintest hint of citrus.

Tastes of sweet malt with a dry, yeasty character and a bitter finish. Notes of yeast esters, stewed hops, subtle burnt grain, a hint of alcohol and a whisper of aromatic citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, leaving the palate dry. Aftertaste of bitter malt.

A decent brew, but no champion in my books. It looks great and has a good body, but the aroma is lack-lustre and the flavour just isn't as hoppy or aromatic as I expected. This IPA's reputation preceeds it, and I was hoping for more. Oh well. Worth sampling, but not world-class.

Photo of danieelol
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.