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

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Worthington's White ShieldWorthington's White Shield

Brewed by:
Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Chrysostom
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of heygeebee
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a mid orange amber color supporting a nice lasting head leaving small lace. Smell is clean with light cereal notes and english hops. Taste of the cereal grain, english yeast with fruit notes and a balance of hops throughout. Mouthfeel is medium with a higher carbonation associated with this English style.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of FLima
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber copper color with tons of thick head and leaving laces.
Aroma of earthy and piney hops. Mild when compared to the American counterparties.
Perfect balanced beer, optimum level of slightly toasted malt sweetness (meaning not sweet) and a decent amount of earthy hops. Notes of pine, orange peel, caramel, guaraná and licorice.
Dry and bitter aftertaste. Light body with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles with an effervescent sensation.
What a pleasant beer to drink, this must be the reason to be almost 300 years old in business. Glad to see that still to be now owned by a global major company they are truly faithful to the style, actually it is claimed to be the oldest surviving IPA. Very hoppy for English beers, but not overwhelming as some American IPAs can be (ps. anyway not to a hop head like this one).

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Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber-copper color. Some haze. Big white head that expands quickly with a hard pour. Solid chunks of lace sticking to the walls of the glass. Very pretty beer. Lots of English hops in the aroma; I'm not good at this, but my guess would be Goldings. It has a sweet citrus aroma shot through with a peppery spice. I'm not enjoying the malt contribution as much. The caramel sweetness is a bit limp and doesn't quite have that luxurious quality of that I love in other English beers. Perhaps, a touch of diacetyl, not that it's a problem, just a little English twist. The taste adds an interesting mineral note but loses some hop brightness. The malt is still a bit underwhelming. The bitterness seems to have that lasting dry flavor that I think of coming from Burton's hard water. Still, the beer either needs a richer malt sweetness or a drier profile. The malt bill kinda plays the middle and doesn't do a great job of it. Good yeasty, mildly bitter finish, though. It's an easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is relatively gentle. The attempt to mimic cask ale doesn't work all that well, but it's a good thought - I recommend a relatively hard pour and patience. The drying finish helps a lot. Drinks easily. It's always fun to try a good English beer. Too few make it across the Atlantic.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish copper with a thick three finger head. Slowly dissipates to a very nice cap remains with a sticky lacing. Probably the best looking IPA I have seen from a bottle.

S - Aromas of orange, sweet bread, and a bit of moss or forest mix together.

T - Sweet oranges initially, turning to a dark bread, yeast in the background. Mild piney bitterness in the swallow, lingering in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light carbonation.

O - A good IPA, nice flavor profile, just the right ratio of malt to hops. Could use a little more depth in the aroma. Would definitely have again.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a healthy three finger very light tan head and pillowy lacing. Light aroma of biscuit malt and grassy, spicy hops. Flavor of biscuit and bready malt with light earthy and grassy hops. Nicely balanced and a great combination of malt and light hops. Finishes with very faint hops and malt. Medium bodied. A quite pleasant English style IPA. I suspect the long shipping time has muted the hops somewhat, and this is nice enough that I hope I can drink a fresh version some day with a bit more hops.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pale-ish amber, mostly clear with the slightest haze (dry-hop?) - voluminous, frothy head...excellent structure, settles mousse-y...open-area bubble stand, good retention - cap all the way down, splotches of lace

S: some hops on the nose (EKG?), a bit floral but more so leafy - sweetish malt...dried-out caramel chews - fairly typical English ale aromas, aside from the added hop character

T: interesting mellow-peppery, bay-leaf herbal flavor to the hops (yeast-derived flavors mixed in here as well?) - incredibly hoppy by English (export, bottle) standards - bitter orange peel and an almost tonic water note - there's some toasted pale malt flavor underneath, but it's surprisingly overwhelmed by the fairly aggressive, long-lasting hop bitterness and some of the carbonation

M: clean, vaguely thinnish body...not quite enough roundness - frothy-soft and more delicate as it warms - drops off clean, not heavy, but certainly not weak

O: by the last few sips, I was convinced that this is easily the best English IPA (from the home country) that I've tried - quite possibly the most hop-bitter British ale I've had (and I hesitate saying that with Old Engine Oil coming to mind...) - it could use a little more malt (grain) biscuit/sweetness, or less hops (dare I say!) - but this was a fantastic experience - can't wait to revisit this one!

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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 pint, 9 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours slightly hazy amber with orange hues. A slightly off-white head forms and slowly recedes over the course of a few minutes to a thin veil, which is still completely covering the top of the beer. Extra fine carbonation with excellent lacing.

S: The sweet smell of raisins and toffee fills the nose, with some notes of caramel and toasted grain. A slight earthiness is present, but other than that hops do not appear to be much of a factor in the aroma.

T: Starts with sweet caramel and toffee but quickly transitions to a very pleasant, earthy hop flavor of cedar and spice. A clean, bready yeast note hides just beneath the surface, with no trace of diacetyl. The finish is a bit dry and quite long, as an assertive earthy, woody hop bitterness clings to the back of the palate for some time.

M&D: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated (perhaps just a touch more than expected for the style), the well-struck balance of flavors and modest ABV keep this one sessionable. The complex and lingering finish are the star here, drawing me back for more but never too soon, as I like to give each sip a minute or two to develop as the flavors evolve.

A fantastic representation of the style! Perfectly balanced - if you've been drinking west coast IPA's for a while, try this out for a nice change of pace to find out just how versatile the style truly is.

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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, label says best before end 07 MAR 14. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like toasted malt, fruit, spicy hops and some bready malt/grain. It tastes like earthy hops, fruit, toffee, tea, toasted and bready malt, and a bit of peppery spice. There's a nice bitter finish, too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and has nice, soft carbonation. I think this is a good English IPA. At $3.99 a bottle, it's worth trying.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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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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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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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