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

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108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 245
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 22
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with an off white/beige head. Nice and rocky, impressive sticky gobs of foam a the pint drains.

Toasted malt, a little spicy note in the nose. That's it.

Typical English IPA. Nice transition in flavors. Toasted malt is like brown bread crust. No fruit. Bitterness is pure and not fruity/piney. Finish is clean and bitter.

Medium body, a bit soft with the carbonation.

Good beer. Nice change from the in-your-face American IPAs. Malt is as important as the bitterness, and it works.

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Photo of Ascender
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought this at my local liquor store completely unaware of its roots. Used my Oxford Encyclopedia of Beer to do the research.

Appearance is delightful, a gemlike orange with a nice foamy white head and decent lacing.

The nose is underwhelming, a bit of hops, but nothing otherwise striking.

The taste is great, a mild, very smooth taste without the overwhelming hoppiness of American IPA's.

The mouthfeel is where it goes over the top. Wonderful velvet notes, great retention, this is a great feeling beer.

I loved this beer. If I were a civil servant in Calcutta in 1799 and had this delivered on the last boat from Burton-Upon-Trent, I'd be overjoyed.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bold brassy hue with a towering craggy and sticky eggshell head. malty fruity aroma with a very herbal hop presence, but a pretty subdued nose otherwise.

Very clean thin, almost watery on the finish. Sweet malts, some fig jam on toast like flavors rolls into a faint butteryness. Finishes dry with a leafy hop character. Flavors are subdued and the body, while being a little thin, is almost too big to allow these soft flavors show. It does a good job of having that cask ale mouthfeel out of a bottle but its just a little dull. Bitterness is nice though. Could be my new world palate trying to review a true old world style. Not my cup of tea though.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- explosively foamy but I ain't bitchin. Slightly hazed orange amber body with golden highlights. Amazing looking head. There's just a big ecru doughnut of foam floating up top and the surface becomes hoppily wrinkly as it sets. Lace is everywhere all sticky and drippy. One of the most beautiful IPAs I've ever seen.

S- bright English hops shine through the caramel and toffee malts but this one stays perfectly balanced. Nice mineral water aromas as well. Fresh grains, cookie sweetness with a hint of spice.

T- slightly heavier with hops than other real English IPAs but that's not a bad thing. A somewhat lighter set of malts contribute to this and give it a nice crispness. Hops are earthy and pungent and fresh with alpha acids. Earthy mushroomy almost Brie rind yeast flavor with tea, tobacco, aromatic wood and leather. Finishes hoppy and balanced with a twist of lemon and some spice.

MF- nice grain husk feel and a beautiful dryness. Medium bodied with perfectly smooth 'real ale' type carbonation.

D- hoopier than other English IPAs I've had and drier to boot. Not terribly complex but flavorful and tasty enough to win me over. I could session the hell out of this one.

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Photo of Phocion
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
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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Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of pweis909
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of doktorhops
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of phiberoptik
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of agleas1
4.8/5  rDev +27%
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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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of tbeckett
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.