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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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2004

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Ascender
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -19.6%
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 +12.9%
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 shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Phocion
4.88/5  rDev +30.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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 bushwack
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MelissaMonosoff
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of pweis909
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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 twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Richie71
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
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 +9.4%
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 -2.4%
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 +16.1%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 260 ratings