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

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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 20
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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Photo of kwjd
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright copper with a lot of tiny, meandering streams of micro bubbles. The rocky ivory head is gigantic and has decent retention, draping the glass in foam on the way down. A very tiny amount of sediment clings to the bottom of the bottle. Lemony, woody English hops take the lead in the aroma, mixed with toffee and fresh baked bread. The taste is well balanced with a herbal hoppiness mixing with bready, cookie dough and an earthy, fruity English yeast character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation – very smooth and cask like. The finish is lightly bitter with lots of herbal hop flavor.

This is an excellent English IPA. Very restrained by American (or modern English) standards, but an extremely quaffable benchmark and classic of the style. Must try in my books.

Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, best before April 27 2015.

Pours an attractive, hazy orange-amber colour, topped with two fingers of frothy, soapy, off-white head. It sticks around for at least a few minutes, leaving behind some messy lace and, eventually, a thin, creamy cap and collar. The aroma is clean and appropriate for the style, with some leafy English hops, floral notes, citrusy elements and a mild, pale grain malt backbone - or maybe meek is the more appropriate term.

Right off the bat, this beer's flavour reminds me of a few other imported English IPAs, dominated by those unmistakable English hop tropes - floral, grassy, almost tea-leafy. The malt backbone still doesn't have enough kick for me, offering only some light grainy sweetness which fails to provide much of a counterpoint to the (to its credit) tasty hop bill. It finishes with some orange peel and herbal bitterness that lingers into a dry aftertaste. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation, and a satisfying feel in the mouth. This is not an especially remarkable beer, but I can understand why it has been consumed in such large quantities for so long.

Final Grade: 3.61, a B. I don't think I'd count Worthington's White Shield amongst my favourite English IPAs, but it's still a respectable, traditional example of the style that I can easily enjoy for what it is. The price and overall ho-hummed-ness of this prevents it from being something that would enter my UK ale rotation, but it's not every day a new CAMRA-approved ale gets imported by our benevolent government liquor monolith, so I appreciate the option anyway.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for something under $5 CDN. Served fairly cool into glassware. This was something new brought into stores for the spring season, son I had some interest in trying it.

Appearance - Fairly clear, copper colored beer, with a sticky looking white head that leaves copious amounts of lacing around the glass as the head dissolves. Few bubbles rise to the surface of this beer.

Smell - Some faint floral notes with a sticky smelling malt backbone. I get something else akin to sticky bread pudding. The nose retains the character as it warms, just becoming even more pungent. All in all, a bit different from other EIPA's.

Taste - Slightly bitter with a smooth ale taste. Mild levels of malt throughout. Well blended and drinkable. To me there was a mellowness that sometimes occurs from being aged (obviously not the case in this instance but still...) Alcohol is noticeable, but well blended. There's also a certain earthy dankness here.

Mouthfeel - Well rounded and very smooth, medium body and low-medium carbonation.

Overall - Very fine and well executed EIPA, with good hops and malts balance and clean finish. If the price was a bit better, a definite repeat purchase.

Photo of bunta
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of T-34-85
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber gold in color with a fluffy white three finger head that has good retention. As the beer is consumed, there is good lacing and rings that appear. There is little on the nose but malts and caramel. Faint hops on the tail end. The taste is very similar to English session ales. There is a bit more hops bitterness, but the malts are all there. The feel is sticky with full carbonation. Bitter finish.

Not bad, but not something I would revisit. If I am looking for an English session ale, I think there are better choices.

Photo of dipso123
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of aklude
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Offa
4.89/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a wonderful English IPA, bottle conditioned, bright and complex.

Pale copper, it has a huge pale tan head slowly shrinking to a thin rocky top, rich frothy lace.

Aroma is spicy herbs, caramelised barely, mineral, dough, wood (cedary).

Taste is light and lively but slightly oily feel, strong hop character - woody (cedar, eucalyptus), herbal, mightly medicinal and almost minty, all with gently dominant and engaging zesty bitterness balanced with light sweetness of caremlised bread crust underneath, light mineral and sulphur. The character and feel are complex, engaging, bright.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.