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

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Worthington's White ShieldWorthington's White Shield

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 18
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2004)
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New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Pours a nice copper amber hue with a nice long lasting off white fluffy head..Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus, grass, some biscuit malt, sweet fruity, notes, grains and some yeast. Taste is sweet biscuit malt, grass and grains with some citrus flavor and mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, smooth, mild carbonation with sweet mild bitterness. Finishes with sweet biscuit malt, grass and grains, citrus fruity notes, yeast with a mild bitter ending for balance. Has a nice full flavor for an EIPA. Overall makes a good session brew, good balance and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 20:29:37 | More by Samp01
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4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a light copper color into a tulip with a 4F head.
A beautiful classic-looking beer.

The aroma was malty, and floral. Perhaps a hint of fruit.

The mouth feel was slightly carbonated.

The taste was malty, doughy, bready: classic English IPA. Very easy drinking,
well-balanced in character. From color to finish, the beer showed balance .

This is a excellent classic. Suggested serving temp: 45-50F. At 50F there is slight fruit in the taste;
the pungent briskness fades in favor of a mild, fruitier taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 01:11:58 | More by brureview
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-05-2013 17:19:39 | More by Beerforestman
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-26-2013 12:59:45 | More by dansmcd
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the National Brewery Centre in historic Burton-on-Trent on cask.

Appearance: light amber with golden hues, creamy white head, good clarity

Aroma: earthy and a hint of floral hops, phenolic bandaid/plastic whiffs

Taste: nice earthy, floral English ale taste, firm bitter finish, borders between bready and biscuity malt character, long finish

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, smooth creamy texture

Overall Impression: Definitely the ale to drink in Burton. A nice depth of malt flavor that tiptoes between bready and biscuity with firm hop bitterness that lasts into the finish. A fine ale to enjoy on a sunny afternoon or a rainy, cold night.

Serving type: cask

06-24-2013 19:38:57 | More by dwren89
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North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best by March 6th, 2014

Pours a darker copper color with a 2 inch thick lingering white head. Malty, bready, bitter aroma. Not like an american IPA. Smooth taste. Slightly bitter, nothing like west coast hop bombs. Balanced. Though a bit more bitter than other english IPAs ive had in the past (good thing.) Malts are distinct and bready, with a slight caramel and toffee aftertaste. Drinkability is this beers friend. Incredibly easy to drink because of the balance and flavor. Goes down so fast. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a very good representation of the class British IPA with an insanely high level of drinkability. These are on sale for $1.99 / 500ml bottle and i think i might pick up an entire case. I prefer the american style, but this is one is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 00:08:33 | More by Axnjxn
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-15-2013 20:44:05 | More by vinicole
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4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours deep, hazy copper with a thick, creamy off-white head that retreats very slowly and retains well throughout consumption. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles rising in this beer. Some lacing is left behind on the glass during consumption. There are aromas of brown bread and toffee. I also detect some floral and citrus notes along with the English yeast. The first sip brings that brown bread and toffee, but the toffee notes aren't too sweet. I get the citrus and some nice back end hop bitterness that isn't too bitter and the English yeast comes through pretty well. It has that unmistakable Burton ale flavor with a good mineral quality. The long lasting head actually adds a bit of creaminess that I'm just not used to when I take a sip of this beer. The flavors are wonderfully well-balanced. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and smooth. This is a highly drinkable beer. This is an excellent beer that I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 18:34:38 | More by acevenom
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-27-2013 02:51:57 | More by HoistinBrews
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-19-2013 23:15:46 | More by Oldkentman
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-18-2013 20:49:17 | More by nickfl
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-18-2013 00:32:00 | More by beepill
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-18-2013 00:11:52 | More by kylehay2004
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-17-2013 23:45:46 | More by WhitmansNiece
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-14-2013 18:09:25 | More by Liquoric3
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I hope I feel like sacking jerusalem after having this...

golden brown with a furious torrent of bubble action, the head is massive to start, cuts itself in half in a minute but then maintains, a beautiful cascade of perfectly cloned microbubbles on the sides with a mushroom of marshmellow in the middle floating like some sort of quasi-island, clear on this pour throughout in terms of clarity, pretty nice lookin' lot

musty green hops, some tangy yeast, slight bits of lemon, an almost sea breeze quality to it, pretty straight forward and such

taste etc...
musty dry brit hops, almost has a dusty stale taste (but not unpleasant), when taking a nice swig with the fresh head this is much more appealing, it gives it more mouthfeel that way, the hops are not very bitter, the malts are the right sweetness... but nothing really is satisfying me here to any great length. this is not crap or anything, it is just pretty standard fare, the carbonation is very good though, it seems to really fit the bill for a nice pint at the bar.

no wonder the french killed the order... this beer is OK, nothing special, nothing bad, I wouldn't turn it down on tap but I certainly will not be launching 3 journeys into enemy lands for it...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 04:19:36 | More by Ego
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, light copper color, poured with a rocky, creamy, big head, tan-off-white colored head
S: mild nose, light biscuity malt with good earthy hop finish
T: a classic British IPA, well-rounded, full-bodied, and well-balanced with surprisingly bitter hop finish for a British IPA
M: well-balanced and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:12:22 | More by wisrarebeer
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-26-2013 09:06:34 | More by mick303
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

04-22-2013 00:44:36 | More by MacStinson
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-16-2013 00:17:59 | More by CoryR
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-13-2013 02:58:30 | More by gritz147
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4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As always, I review (mostly) to style (ala BJCP), modified (a bit, not too much) by personal taste (contra BJCP), or else certain beers, which are excellent exemplars of styles I do not prefer (like this IPA), would receive consistently lower marks than beers which are poor exemplars of my favourite styles.

As always, I review live, and not from notes.

This is a re-review of Worthington's White Shield from a new bottle. My current impressions are largely consistent with my first - an excellent, stand-out IPA, one of the best of its style.

Presentation: 22 fl oz bomber, $3.99 certified "real ale" by CAMRA. Poured in to a Stone Brewing pint glass at 40ºF and warming as I write. Brewed by Coors.

A: Crystal-clear amber colour. "Amber" was invented to describe the shade of this beer. Lively carbonation, three-finger head, excellent retention and lacing.

S: Excellent for a "Coors" beer. Subdued tropical and citrus fruits, with a little bit of funkiness/wet rag reminiscent of a Belgian - still a defect for the style, maybe due to the long Atlantic voyage.

T: This is my kind of IPA. Some citrus fruits, a strong, toasty breadiness, a strong malt backbone tempered by some good, but very well-balanced, hopping, with a long, dry, astringent finish. Notes of cereal, pine needles, juniper berries, and an odd kind of hops, which I take to be an English variety I am unaccustomed to. This is how an IPA should be. If you like IPA, but find the American styles too reminiscent of marijuana in the flavour, and of bitter-ass denatured alcohol in the hop bite, this is the beer for you. Far more taste than the low ABV (5.6%) foretells.

M: Light and spritzy, full and bitter, smooth and mellow. Higher carbonation than American IPAs, and, frankly, better.

D: High.

O: Try this beer. The quintessential "session beer". The best IPA I've ever had. Second best is Commodore Perry, an English-style American IPA. The Brits know how to brew their India Pale Ales - they should, they ruled the subcontinent for a century. Try this beer.

If you like American IPA, the hops may be underwhelming - the hop characteristic is more in-line with an American Pale Ale.

To style (English IPA): 95/100
To style (IPA): 82/100
To taste: 88/100

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 21:25:57 | More by Chrysostom
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

04-01-2013 23:58:15 | More by MCain04
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

04-01-2013 14:26:24 | More by bostonryan
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3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

From Vintage Cellars. BB Apr 14.

A somewhat unremarkable India pale ale overall. True to style with English style malts, moderate hops.

Notable is this instance is the godalmighty fizz that comes out of the bottle when poured. A good two finger head a la Hefe takes a while to subside, and the mouthfeel is too fizzy and spritzy.

Apart from that, solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 09:57:56 | More by heygeebee
Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
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