Worthington's Red Shield | Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery

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Worthington's Red ShieldWorthington's Red Shield

Brewed by:
Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by aasher on 08-01-2012

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 3/15/14.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, grass, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with notes if fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the fruity yeast is a little stronger and there is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You can definitely taste the Burton-upon-Trent water profile in this beer; it definitely tastes like a Bass Pale Ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Worthington's Red Shield
16.9 oz. brown bottle, dated "Best Before End 15 MAR 14 075"; sampled on 15 JULY 2014
$3.99 @ Wine Legend, Cherry Hill, NJ (and past BEST BY date)

Appearance: Hazy deep gold / amber body beneath a very full, big-bubbled head of frothy "antique" white. Average-sized bubbles can be seen racing towards the surface. The head retention is quite good but the lacing leaves a bit to be desired.

Aroma: Malt, as might be expected. Yeasty fruitiness, mainly apple. Sweetish.

Taste: Malty, grassy, and fruity. There's more fruit to it than the apple but I can't place it. It's almost a tropical fruit flavor... melon/pineapple perhaps. It's not particularly bitter, and the malt seems to be stretching to get away, although the malt will broaden as it ages and oxidizes so I assume that it would be a little bit more in focus if I had a fresh sample. Some mineral character and a drop of honey appear in the finish along with more grassy hops. It lingers nicely, giving you more time to enjoy it.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body. Gently crisp.

Overall: An obviously well-made bitter that's readily accessible and yet rich in character. Remarkably drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle served in a lager glass. Best by date is stamped on the back label - consumed about 1 week past this.

Pours with a tall, durable bone-colored head over a highly carbonated amber body.

The aroma is poor and suggests a bad bottle. No other signs of this excepting a less objectionable carryover of the off-notes to the flavor. The flavor is, nonetheless, OK. It's mild, as expected, with light biscuity malts, subtle fruity notes, and a touch of spicy hops.

O: even projecting a prime version, there's no compelling reason to seek this out.

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3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, honey, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, citrus and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there a better choices within the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts off with a very large head, but the bubbles subside completely leaving no lace on the glass. The color is dirty gold and the liquid is clear.

This smells oaky with a semi-sweet caramel malt. Mild alcohol nose.

Fairly mild English Bitter flavor. Good, soft malt start, a bit fruity. Hop bitterness shows up quickly but stays in the background. The aftertaste is balanced well with a touch of lemon rind. The body is thin and the carbonation is high. This might be the weakest aspect of this brew.

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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The front label of this beer describes it as their blond but the back describes that this s their English Pale Ale. This beer pours a very light bodied dull, slightly tarnished gold in color with a one finger, bright white head. The nose features good balance. There is just a touch of hop character with plenty of malt to round it out. The flavors are pretty mild. There is almost a presence of minerality. The malt, despite the style and country of origin, slightly reminds me of Munich. Of course hop character is minimal. It drinks very light in body with more aggressive carbonation than I expected. Overall this is a pretty standard beer for the style. If English pales are your thing this beer will be up your alley.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, earthy with a hint of citrus. Flavor is very attenuated biscuit malt with light grassy hops and light wheat. Flavors are nice, but quite bland. Light bodied, but pleasant carbonation. A bit of a disappointment after the White Shield, which was flavorful.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam. Not bad at all.

Smell: light golden malt aroma with a fair bit of sweetness. There's also a yeasty, doughy character that is kind of interesting. Hops are kept to a minimum. Not bad, although it's a bit sweet and yeasty for me.

Taste: noble, earthy hops right up front, with a bit of citrus to them as well. Body is much less on the sweet side and has a bit of tartness and graininess as well as a good bitterness. Much different than you'd expect from the aroma; this is what I expect from an English pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is actually a pretty good beer. The aroma threw me off a little bit, but in general this is a nice pale quaffer. I would love to have a few pints of this on cask down the pub.

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3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle conditioned 500ml: BBD of 19 Apr 2014. Poured slowly into a UK pint sleeve on 8 Jan 2013 @ home.

No sediment left the bottle so I had a clear, bright, light amber bodied beer sat in front of me with a full and deep foaming head of large white bubbles.

Both the nose and taste are semi-sweet with a citrusy twist. Pleasant enough and easy to drink with the malt content just about winning in the taste stakes: lemon biscuity feel to the flavours.

Fairly well carbonated and fresh tasting: I enjoyed it.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brilliant, hazy gold with a creamy white head that leaves only a minimal amount of lace as it recedes.

S: Gentle aromas of tea, leather, herbs, lemon, minerals, moist earth, caramel, and biscuit take a little while to express themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, leather, crackers, biscuits, caramel, honey, lemon, lime zest, white pepper, tea, moist earth, and brown butter fill the mouth. The finish is fleeting, presenting muted notes of butter, biscuits, crackers, tea, and lemon.

M: Very light in body and relatively dry. Carbonation is very crisp and intense.

O: While this is not a bad English pale ale, I am not exactly taken with it. Decent enough, but there are better out there.

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Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a nonic.
4.2% ABV, Best Before End: 15 MAR 14 on back label.

A - Highly carbonated, a moderate pour produced a huge frothy off-white head which could be visibly watched decending. Thin, delicate lace webs are left above the clear pale goldenrod beer.

S - 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.

T - 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.

M - 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.

O - 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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worthington’s Red Shield has a very thick, foamy, creamy, off-white head, a hazy, golden appearance, some bubble streams, and heavy lacing rings left on the side of the glass. The aroma is pungent, sweet, full, and bready, and the taste is of those elements, with a mellow bitterness and a light toffee note. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Worthington’s Red Shield finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and delicious. Overall, this is wonderful, and I recommend it!


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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ML bottle into a pint glass. Aroma - Has a solid British brew aroma, earthy but not offending Appearance- A clear somewhat pale yellow color with a giant white head. Taste - Strong malt and yeast flavor, I found it very enjoyable. Palate - Heavy carbonation with a light bodied beer made this an interesting feel. I liked it. Overall - A good beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2014. Picked up recently from a B&M store. A classic ale from Burton-on-Trent.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber colour with good carbonation and visible sediment. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before dissipating. Aroma of light malt with hints of earthy, fruity yeast esters, mild caramel, grass and stewed hops. A faint whiff of apples in the background.

Tastes of grainy malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, a subtle fruitiness, faint caramel, grass/hay and stewed hops. Not much in the way of hop aroma. Pretty dry, with a mild, musty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy yeast and a hint of stewed hops.

Exceptionally average - a well-balanced pale ale but it lacks character. The yeast gives it some depth, but the malt and stewed hop flavour combo is bland. Where are the aromatic hops to give it an edge? I suppose this is traditional in the sense of being unchallenging. Oh well; drinkable enough but instantly forgettable. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Home Bargains (£1.00 for 500ml):
Mild amber with a thick & foamy white head that holds very well.

Biscuit malts & sweetness with a fruity aroma & some citrus and a few light, grassy hops as well. Lively but not all that pronounced.

Biscuit malts again feature, as do some of the fruits from the nose and a lot of citrus and grassy hops again, much like the smell really with no one flavour more noticeable than the rest really. There is some light caramel and a few sweet malts to round things off.

Very lively carbonation although not gassy, and with a medium body and a crisp taste with plenty of bite to it and a dry finish.

A fairly average beer on the whole with strong carbonation and a nice, crisp taste but it was lacking any strong flavours and it was a bit one dimensional. An easy enough beer to drink but certainly not one that is worth seeking out on its own.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

This is a good,solid English pale ale but not nearly in the same class as the White Shield IPA.

Dark gold, it has a big off-white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is herbal, hint of spruce, light grain,a bit musty but fairly simple.

Taste is soft, light sweet grain, bread, light herbal-woody bitterness,zesty, engaging,juicy with hint of spruce. Bitterness is restrained but firm and zesty. It's very tasty and enjoyable,balanced, well-rounded, but a bit light in character.

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