First review of boutique and exotic beers that I can link to RPG themes. I’ll aim for a weekly review.


William Worthington’s White Shield is an India Pale Ale. It is labelled as a “Defiant survivor of 1820’s IPA traditions…”

IMG_0802It is a defiant beer. IPA have become quite hop driven but this IPA is not really so flowery or sweet. It has a slight bitterness but that mostly comes from the in-bottle conditioning and the head. It was a tight foam with a feisty scent. I had to scoop the head off the ale as its odour was too much for me. Once done I found the White Shield a very fine drop and heartily recommend it. This IPA can be shelved and will continue to improve for up to three years.


White Shield is a 500ml bottle, just under a pint, and has a strength of 5.6%. It’s a decently strong brew and I used it to accompany a roasted capsicum tortellini with leek, zucchini, chicken in a white sauce of condensed milk & parmesan. My food was a little bland and the White Shield overpowered it until I added salt. Then the complimentary factors were there. White Shield highlighted the chicken, pepper, and capsicum very nicely. I think it’d also go well with fish & chips, Caesar salad, quiche lorraine, and most Asian wok dishes.

Remember: don’t tip the last drops into your glass – this is bottle conditioned.

Runjikol’s Score: good & recommended.

Runjikol’s Similar Brews: Montheith’s Celtic Red, WIlliam Bull Red Angus Pilsener

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