Worthington White Shield
Review Date 10/12/2000 Last Updated 7/25/2013
Update 7/25/2013: White Shield is only slightly more expensive today at $3.99 a bottle, though it is now brewed by the Molson-Coors conglomerate. Still tasty though with a slightly buttery, flinty nose and a firm chewy maltiness in the palate. I do like the hints of butter and toffee, but the fruitiness is lacking for sure. The beer reminds me of Bass Ale with more hops I think, and while tasty with a pleasing hop aroma and grassy bitterness at the last, I am missing the old fruitiness. That said, the hops seem more pronounced, surprisingly bitter on the tongue at the last with a pleasant herbal grassy aroma. This is said to be an IPA after all, though at 5.6% a rather light one.
My bottle has a best by date of March 6th, 2014, but as this is real ale and bottle-conditioned, it might last longer if properly stored. My sample was certainly very fresh tasting. From the label:
William Worthington first started brewing in 1744, becoming a pioneering figure in the industry. The secret to Worthington's success was the purity of Burton's water helping to create superior beers desired by many. To this day the William Worthington's brewery continues to brew exceptional, quality ales at the heart of British Brewing-the National Brewery Centre, Burton-Upon-Trent. White Shield is the longest surviving India Pale Ale and one of the UK's most heavily decorated ales, having won numerous Campaign for Real Ale awards (CAMRA).
The famed water of Burton-Upon-Trent does make a difference here. It's a major claim to fame for Bass Ale and was a key component in the original India Pale Ales. White Shield is a treat that should not be missed, and at the price, won't cost you a lot to enjoy.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.