TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Worthington White Shield pours to a beautiful, bright golden, pale color, with a nice white head, and a good carbonation. One caveat, be very careful when you pour this beer, you do not want to roust the yeast in the bottle. If you do, your beer will become cloudy and this will effect the flavor profile as well. Spent yeast is not what you want to taste in this beer, so give it a slow and gentle pour, and leave a slight bit of beer in the bottle if you have to. The nose is wonderful, really nice hop aromatic flood the nose, and this is coupled with a nice bit of pale malt aroma as well. The palate is very firm. Good pale and crystal malt flavors, slightly sweet, biscuit like, and grainy. Nice fruity estery flavors are present as well. This beer has good body and is slick on the tongue. This beer finishes with more great pale malt character up front, then dries out with a nice, bitter, hop bite. This is an outstanding bottled pale ale. This beer is the perfect foil to good,(yes good!) British fare such as beef Wellington, or Toad in the hole. I would also pair this with a boiled dinner of ham, potato, and cabbage, or fish and chips.
JorisPPattyn (8280) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2007 Very old bottle - meaning the original, real thing...
Foxy-chestnut beer, clear (!); small, just off-white head, very dense. Quite nutty, walnut oil, but not much else. Beautifully aged, delicate brandy taste, with winelike madeirisation; a woody, oak-like finish. Very well bodied, oily MF. More nutty, not over-oxydised aftertaste. Nice, malty, chewy beer, just a little too light to my taste - but the real thing.
And than now, the cask version, as per Mark Dorber
Amberish-orange beer with a better than usual B.C."H.". 4/5 Cookie malts, very fresh hops, but dosed, hint at caramel, whiff of ureum. 7/10 Very "beery" ale: combination of malts, caramel- and cookie- , fresh noble UK-hops, bit citrussy, and most important, in top-shape, complex. Grapey retronasal ending quite dry. 8/10 Light to medium bodied, slight slickness, sticky aftermath 4/5 Exceptionally good-tasting White Shield, better than I’ve ever had it. 15/20
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 1. Bottle 07/03/2005
Golden amber coloured and hoppy with a slightly creamy lasting pleasant malt finish.
2. Cask Handpump at the Fat Cat, Sheffield 15/03/2008
Floral hop aroma. Golden amber coloured hoppy and floral with hints of bitterness and dryness in a crisp and creamy malt finish.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Cloudy orange-amber with a large and fluffly, but short lasting head. In the glass the aroma is strong on piney hops and stone-fruit, but it’s relatively restrained on tasting, and with some woody notes in the aftertaste. The flavour is quite bitter, as you’d expect and hope, and is well spread throughout to provide taste sensations all over the tongue. Medium bodied, and with a great carbonation level that is refreshing and not overly gassy. A good solid beer this one, easy to consume and enjoyable
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a pleasing stong bitter hoppy flavor strait away. I dont remember it being such a good IPA. Its still one of the best around.
ohitsbrad (8) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2 December 2005, Bottled Best Before Apr 06:
Mostly clear dark orange colour with a large dense whipped cream white head. Looks impressive in the glass, the head rises well above the rim and holds its form remarkably well. Large clumps of foam adorn the glass. Aroma is a little fruity (peach, orange?) with hints of honey and pine. But I also get some vanilla, icecream, off-cream and soapy aromas. Flavour doesn’t seem to be quite as strong as the aroma, but is fairly bitter, hoppy and tastes of vanilla, cream and soap. The head is creamy over the lips but the mouthfeel is fairly light.
I’m not quite sure why I’m getting the sour milk/off cream and soapy flavours. I was a little suspect.
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber color; compact head, lively bottle. Basic but quite nice hoppy aroma. Some malt, pretty strong hopping, strong flavor, some resins. Good example.
JonMoore (1972) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Effervescent amber with a huge rocky head. Aroma is hoppy with some fruit and restrained malt. Taste - I was expecting a lot, and I’ve not been disappointed - is great; very well balanced malts and hops, with some lovely fruit and spices. This is a great IPA.
jerohen (2061) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled (BB 09-06-2006). Clear copper/bronze coloured, big head. Hoppy aroma, bitter flavour. Typical ESB, not really my thing.
scotty (1078) - SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely pale bronze colour, good steady bead, resulting in a long lasting typical bottle conditioned fluffy head. Fresh malt on the nose, along with zesty fruity hops. Palate is packed with well balanced malt and spicy hops, this mix delights the taste buds well after the final gulp. A very well balanced brew, good strength. Nice to see it again. Vic Wines Kelso, 4 for £5.99.