Brewery: White Shield Brewery, Burton-on-Trent, UK, England
Beer: Worthington’s Red Shield
Serving: 500 ml bottle
Information: 4.2% ABV, Best Before End: 15 MAR 14 on back label.
Style: English Pale Ale
Price: $4.99 / bottle
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
Pairings: Sharp cheddar, blue cheese, Monterrey Jack, Pepper jack cheese.
Highly carbonated, a moderate pour produced a huge frothy off-white head, which could be visibly watched descending. Thin, delicate lace webs are left above the clear pale goldenrod beer.
Worthington’s Red Shield has a very dusty, dry, earthy nose which gives off an old wood paneling-like scent followed by some English hops. A touch of light bitterness and squeeze of tiny citrus crosses the simple pale malt base as a bit of mineral hardness closes the aroma out.
Light caramel notes cross the smooth pale malt’s path while subtle English hop earthy notes and a very faint fruity yeast ester emerges. Simple and understated but nice and drinkable.
Hard mineral water and high carbonation bite the tongue but the beer remains smooth, softly drying out with a moderate lingering bitterness that begs for another sip.
Worthington’s Red Shield pale ale states, “closer to cask” on the neck label, as well as an endorsement by CAMRA. I certainly wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I’m pretty sure that cask ale is much, much less carbonated than this for starters. Don’t get me wrong though, this beer is quite drinkable and smoothly tasty with just a bit of bite for a very sessionable pint I could continue drinking. I just don’t find it remarkable.
Score: 79 / 100 - Very Good