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Worthington's White ShieldWorthington's White Shield

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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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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 bylerteck
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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Photo of Brabander
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from my beerbuddy Craig (Zimbo) in Scotland. Thanks for this one Craig!

Poured in my Syruise glass this beer looks very nice, fluid like tea with a very nice head of white foam.

The smell is rather neutral, nothing really to smell. The taste has some bitterness in it in the aftertaste. Not bad!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. The label features a stylised white shield with a red sword in the centre. Described as bottle conditioned, and the winner of CAMRA's Champion Bottled Beer of Britain 2006.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A deep coppery-amber hue with good carbonation and fine visible sediment. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam with good retention; this subsides after a while. Aroma of sweet malt with yeast esters, stewed hops, a whiff of alcohol and the faintest hint of citrus.

Tastes of sweet malt with a dry, yeasty character and a bitter finish. Notes of yeast esters, stewed hops, subtle burnt grain, a hint of alcohol and a whisper of aromatic citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, leaving the palate dry. Aftertaste of bitter malt.

A decent brew, but no champion in my books. It looks great and has a good body, but the aroma is lack-lustre and the flavour just isn't as hoppy or aromatic as I expected. This IPA's reputation preceeds it, and I was hoping for more. Oh well. Worth sampling, but not world-class.

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Photo of danieelol
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a light copper colour, orangey marmalade when held up to the light. Amazing lacing, loads of patterns all over the glass. Decent head too. 4.5

S: no hops at all. What there is is a funky malty smell, sort of like a biere de gardes or something. There is another strong pleasant smell, something like milk, but I can't really put my finger on what it is, plus some barely detectable roast. Later on I can kind of pull out some citric hops in the taste. 3.5

T: In the mouth I get more of that milky, yeasty taste. The hops are present only really as a bittering agent; maybe they provide a vague amount of barely detectable citrus and pine. 3.5

M: Decently thick with well moderated carbonation, I would like to think it has the body to stand up to their aging recommendations of 3 years. 4.5

O: Gotta admit, not a big fan of this one as it really disappointed me with the IPA moniker (even though it is English). I just didn't like the dominant malt profile (or that funky malt smell in the nose). Apart from that, it's a decent beer (objectively speaking) but not one I'd probably ever buy again. I will say I prefer it to something like Coopers Vintage, which for me it tastes similar to. 2.5

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Worthington's White Shield Fine Burton Ale, best before Jan 10, 1986, 275ml bottle.

Holding up the bottle to the light, I see some sediment on the bottom of the bottle but..

It pours, after a pretty big hiss, a deep red brown, 2+ finger head of foam, (wow!) waiting for the head to calm down so I can check on any lacing. Very very slowly, the foam is shrinking. Looks like lots of sticky lacing. In appearance alone, I reckon this garners a perfect 5.

The smell is the usual suspect for these old, long seen since fresh, UK brews. All malt, tons of caramel and an overall nose of a fine Port. It has me entranced and I reckon a score of 4.5 is not out of order.

First sip of this +25 year old brew....the caramel dominates and reminds me of chewing on a Milky Way bar. The Port smell didn't take a hold in the taste at all; the caramel seems to be the one and only at this stage and though nice, I fear this one has seen much better days; I'd bet a decade ago, this would have left me in awe. Oh well, I wouldn't rate it less than a 3.0

Mouth feel was just fine and drinkability was amazing, considering. A worthy experiment in its own right so I have no regrets.

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Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at the Prince Albert near Notting Hill station,London.

A- Pours a nice amber color, with a nice white head.

S- Nice and malty, just a bit of wood and dried fruit.

T- malty sweet, with a nice dry hop finish.

M- Smooth, almost creamy, medium body.

D- Very nice, one of my favorites from a bottle.

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Photo of Trizzle
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The very cloudy amber body isn't much to look at but the very anisotropic and full head with red-hot lace is very inviting.

Warm prickly nose of roasted malt, alcohol and heavy handed English hops. Like a winter warmer rather than an IPA.

Sweet dark maple syrup malts kick off, more prickling alcohol through the middle with hints of bubble gum esters. The finish is dry, roasted dark malts.

A touch acidic and astringent, and a thin mouth feel.

Could have 2. Not 3.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always liked this beer but that's as far as it goes. Sure, I've always appreciated it, it comes from an incredible pedigree and it is iconic for what it represents (ie as one of the very last sole surviving bottle conditioned British beers before CAMRA took off) but in the end it is as exciting as Paul McCartney and Wings.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber approaching copper with an amazing large lasting head.
Nose is light and refreshing at first with soft earthy, resinous and spicy hops. Not a huge amount of malt but whats there shows cookie-dough and almost bready characters.
Flavours close follow the aromas but with more malt noticeable and a powerful hoppy bitterness, quite lengthy.
Carbonation is too high, a distraction from the malt.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.5
Pours an inch of dense cream coloured head over a slightly hazy copper-orange body. Excellent head retention, but very little lace.

Smell - 4.0
My nose is slightly blocked, so I am making comment on what little I can smell. Biscuity malt, marmalade, spicy hops with a suggestion of aniseed.

Taste - 4.0
Biscuity malt base is overrun by, substantial hoppy bitterness and earthy, spicy, metallic and fruity (marmalade) hop flavour. Alcohol is very noticeable in the peppery, aniseed finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability - 3.5
Big alcohol character lessens drinkability.

A very good English IPA that has fallen somewhat short of my high expectations. It seems bigger and more alcoholic than the 5.6% suggests.

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Photo of Hanger
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a schooner glass

A - highly carbonated, bottle bubbled over.
pored a gold - light orange colour with 30 mm of cream coloured head which dropped away to fine lacing. some sediment in head, lots in beer

S - not strong but some hops and slightly sweet

T - bitter hops with malty undertones

M - starts bitter but becomes smoother

D - good - enjoyable tastes and easy to drink, will definately drink again

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Photo of juju7
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something refined about a real EIPA compared to some of the in your face AIPA's that are turning up lately. This is a great example of the style, obviously not as hop dominant as an AIPA but that's the point some seem to miss. The balance is excellent, soft piney hop notes are in line with the solid caramel malt hints. Alcohol is not particularly evident, carbonation is spot on. Grippy bitterness finishes it off brilliantly. This is how it's done.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled 500ml bottle into a traditional pint glass.

A - Clear bronze in colour. Pours with a massive head but this has poor retention. Mild carbonation.

S - Strong hops, with an earthy quality. There is also a sweeter element from the malts lingering behind the hops.

T - Very clear hoppy bitterness that lasts throughout. Grainy. Also, subtle sweet malts slipping past the hops.

M - Medium bodied, lively and carbonic. Clinging bitterness at the back of the palete.

D - A good example of an English IPA. Very hoppy in the taste but not overpowering, which is common in IPA. Probably the best beer in the Worthington range.

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Photo of Cs1987
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark amber, 2 fingers of head with good retention.

Smell - Strong, with a great mix of chocolate and grassy hops.

Taste - Lots of malt and hops, almost like an Imperial Stout (just a little weaker). Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Texture and carbonation both pretty much average.

Drinkability - About what I'd expect for an IPA.

Overall - A great example of a very enjoyable beer style.

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Photo of deanhead
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before 6/25/2009

Grainy, Paprikish peppery, aroma.

Taste is earthy, and astringent. Distinctive edge to this beer. Umami like, Slight sherry like taste, with papery notes. slightly oxidized.
Hints of starchy plantain.

Medium bodied with a clean dry finish. Leaves a lingering bitterness with essence of Guava.
Warming on the palate. The alcohol does seem to shine through despite it being under 6%.

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting this legendary beer that perhaps will no longer be produced, since now the Bass Museum has been closed by the owner Coors... BB 31/03/10, served cool in a large tulip wine glass.

A: pours a very clear, dark reddish amber to light copper hue (almost all yeast sediments are left in sound sleep at the bottom of the bottle), topped with a thick beige soufflé from with decent retention, on top of abundant but fine carbonation.
S: orange cream, vanilla/coconut, marmalade, ripe fragrant apples, a touch of overripe bananas and guavas, and plenty of barley candy... almost like a barley wine, given that sticky-ish maltiness and yeast esters... A swirl brings out an earthy as well as grassy edge of hops, but Fuggles-like hop fragrance continues to dominate, added with a touch of plum jam. The body must be thick, judging by the nose only.
T: the foretaste is slightly banana-oil like, guava, apples, fragrant hops and caramely malts... then biscuity flavour of pale malt makes its most remarkable performance in complementing the hop depth just brilliantly. Consistently a mildly sour fruity/citric edge is manifest, as is a mineral-like salty edge as of yeasts, constituting two crucial elements in the overall balance. The finish has lingering and pervasive aroma of pale malts as well as lovely nuttiness, while the bitter level stays moderate throughout the drink.
M&D: overall, a very fragrant, hoppy and deliciously malty IPA this is, or one can even argue this is like a fulsome Premium Bitter or even English Strong Ale due to the colour, the overall balance, and the pronounced estery fragrance. The mouthfeel is soft given the right level of carbonation, the body is medium-plus, and the overall flavour is inviting one's palate for more! I would really hate to see this ale gone with the closing of Bass Museum. If this is how Coors treats a historical site and a two-centuries-heritage (this beer), then what can stop it from doing anything much worse to more fragile breweries and customers??

Tasting Date: 30/09/2005
My first bottle of this beer with a new bottle-design and label. I remember the last bottle I had two years ago still looked the same as the photo we have here on the BA website, but the new package is, if anything, more modern and inviting in a sense of re-inventing itself for wider and younger audience. At least I like it.
BB date: 26/02/06.

4.5 A: slightly hazy orangey-copperish colour, coming with a rocky but fluffy, off-white foamy head, only slo...wly settling to a tight, thin neck and leaving very tight lace along the way... nice, gentle carbonation detected.
4.5 S: a flow of semi-sweetish pale-malts upfront... with slightly sweet walnutty, a sweetish zesty note between orange and lemon; after swirling, an underlying peachy, fruit perfumy and estery scent is forced out, with rounded, explicit citrusy-floral hoppy aroma sustaining well in the background. Extremely enticing~~
4.5 T: a mouthful of smooth, biscuity pale-malts upfront, against a fat, oily, floral hoppy backdrop underlined by slightly sweet dried-citrus peel (tangerine?) flavour and an intensifying floral bitterness... As the bitterness tunes up, a rounded, warmish alcoholic mouthfeel gradually develops on the palate. Finished not particularly bitter as I'd expect from an IPA, but it goes deep and leaves a dryish and slightly stimulating mouthfeel deep down the sides of the tongue... Satisfying indeed.
4.5 M&4 D: overall, very rounded and smooth, and the body is well-balanced but thick enough on texture to buttress the med.-full flavour. A moderate IPA it is, but a rich one by English standards. Very enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Lukie
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep musty orange with a firm head that dissipitated to a nice layer on top. Appealing to say the least.

Smells of orange, citrus lemon, mandarin, typical hoppy fruit aromas.

Taste is fantastic. A perfect taste of English IPA as you can get. Full fruity hop characters, nice and juicy, with a nice malt backing, honey flavours, almost tarty finish. Superb.

It is well carbonated, and not too heavy. I could drink this all night with ease, with a beautiful balance of hop and malt.

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

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2008 (V&B shop Nantes).
Appearance : deep amber color, with a wonderfull white head ( lacing), funy little bubbles.
Smell : yeast ?
Taste ans mouthfeel : malty palate, bitter, roasted
Drinkability : a good beer in the style India Pale Ale

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New style label on my brown 500ml bottle, best before 28th May 2009, drank Feb 2008.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass, I tried to get as much beer in out the bottle without having any sediment, I failed and some got in.

The beer is a lovelly deep terracotta orange with a good formed white head. The aforementioned sediment sank to the glass base and the body of the beer was almost crystal clear.

Weak aroma for me, hops and malt some fruitiness, but not much else.

Dry and full of hops flavours, this is a true English IPA. It is both crisp and tart in the mouth and the 5.6% alcohol sits well, this is a fine beer.

I really enjoyed this, one of the better English bottled beers I've had. White Shield has been an English institution well before Coors took over its care, I am pleased to report it is still as good as I remember it being back in the 70's and 80's which is when I last had any.

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Photo of bark
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep amber. The beer is bottle conditioned, but the liquid stays clear. The large white head is firm, it leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is mildly bitter with some notes of margarine and yeast. There are some sweet notes too.

The taste is bitter, as an IPA is supposed to be. There are some mildly sour roasted flavours too. Peaces, misc fruits and roses(!). The aftertaste is medium strong/long with a mild fruityness. The beer is full bodied with lots of fine flavours. The aftertaste is a bit short with a genuine bitterness.

The carbonation is rather strong; the liquid is on the light side.

A very pleasant example of the English IPA style.

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Photo of marquis
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a cask ale drinker it takes a mighty fine bottle to please me.
Initial experience was not good;there was simply too much head and that meant that I couldn't pour the whole bottle into a pint glass in one go.Fortunately the second pour didn't disturb much sediment much so it wasn't spoiled.
A pleasant aroma came from the glass; not very pronounced but more than I'm used to with my cask ales.The taste was quite complex and rounded; there was more hop bitterness than hop flavour.But a nicely balanced brew nevertheless.
Mouthfeel was everything it should have been.Keeping some of the beer in my mouth for a few seconds led to a flavour explosion.
Drinkability is always a problem with beer of this strength;it's vastly too strong to be a session beer (I'm afraid our American friends just don't understand this expression) but it does slip down nicely.
A rare example of an original IPA and well worth drinking, even if it was from a bottle and only 500ml instead of a pint!

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Photo of Cresant
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 500 mL brown bottle into a Samuel Adams shaped pint glass. Best by 18-4-09. Bottle and label were different than the one pictured.Created a giant puffy beige head. Sporadic lacing blots the sides of the glass. Clumps of dark yeast settle on the bottom. The clear, light honey/copper colored body is minimally hazy.

Smell is citrus and sweet maltiness. Honey aroma and a tangy nasal bite. Sour grain.

Taste was mineral-like. Flinty and resinous. Spicy with citrus pith bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium in body. Medium to light carbonation.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: cloudy bronze color with lots of carbonation around edges, medium head becomes thin veil that leaves little lacing
s: sweet malts and hints of yeast
t: malty taste quickly taken over by bitter hops and a dry finish
m: lots of carbonation early on but the dry finish makes for a smooth finish, medium body
d: nice packaging, but carbonation overpowers whatever else is going on in this beer & i won't be looking for this one again

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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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