Tuesday, 24 January 2012

REVIEW #6: Worthington's White Shield (Museum Brewing Co.)

Going off on a tangent here, away from the dark beers... Worthington's White Shield, an IPA, pours a pure amber and forms a large, steadfastly rocky head. A vigorous level of carbonation causes a minute tornado to occur inside the glass. Perfumy orange flavours and a toffee sweetness constitute the aroma. Mango, pineapple and orange fruits upfront make way for a long bittersweet finish; an interplay between the bittering and aroma hops. Underlying this ale's tropical fruitiness is a bready, yeasty background. This bready flavour is no doubt enhanced by the escape of a small quantity of yeast from the bottom of the bottle. The beer has a nice firm body. Note that this English IPA is not as tropical-tasting as some American IPAs, or APAs and certainly not as mouth-puckeringly bitter as an 'overhopped' version.

Currently owned by Molson-Coors. Brewed within the White Shield Brewery in the British beer capital, Burton-Upon-Trent, by the Museum Brewing Company. For most however it will be forever thought of and talked of as William Worthington's. This is an IPA of immense pedigree, dating way back to the 1820s. Today the beer stands up well to the very best of Britain's IPAs. The beer is distinguished in having won a whopping 7 CAMRA 'champion bottled beer of Britain' awards (winning joint-silver in 2011), more than any other beer.
  • MALTS: pale, crystal
  • HOPS: CHALLENGER (bitterness), FUGGLES (bitterness), NORTHDOWN (aroma)
  • IBU: 40
  • abv: 5.6%


  1. I did not like it. Apparently it improves with age, I would recommend that the brewery do this for us so we do not have to wait to drink it, or have to drink the inferior young version.

  2. That sounds like an interesting idea. I personally enjoyed the beer as it was, but I can see how further maturation (perhaps a year?) and fermentation in the bottle could develop the flavours.


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