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Tetley's English Ale - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Tetley's English AleTetley's English Ale

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 12-20-2000)
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Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -19.1%

#12 at Fort York Beer Fest 2004. Nothing special here. Creamy head on dark tea-like body. Rather still and watery-thin mouthfeel. Faint citrus. Not much carbonation, but i am not tempted to try the nitro-can. Smooth, no aftertaste to speak of, boring.

08-08-2004 22:39:37 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

11-15-2012 02:40:04 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.35/5  rDev -4.3%

Best by 9/2/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy light tan head that settles to a dense cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and a some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat but creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that looks great in the glass but is quite mild aroma and flavor wise.

03-08-2013 04:42:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-14-2011 04:43:06 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger-high creamy white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger-high head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast and pale malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some hints of bready malts and tea leaves. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable; I would have no problem drinking a few of these in one sitting due to its light body and low alcohol content.

04-22-2012 01:42:27 | More by metter98
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

Bright orange-copper, clearing from the bottom up as the lower edge of the cascading head ascends. There's absolutely no carbonation rising off the bottom of the glass; an odd look. The light beige cap is a solid one finger in height and looks as if it'll last a while. A short, feather-edged collar of lace is the extent of the glass coverage.

The nose is subdued, but is pleasant all the same. Mostly malt with an overlay of earthy hops. Thank goodness the beer is bolder on the palate. It's caramel malty and spicy-herbal hoppy and reminds me of a mixture of strong English Breakfast tea and apple cider. The finish is medium in length and is increasingly, although still gently, bitter and dry. The mouthfeel benefits from the nitro; it's smooth and creamy with an understated carbonation.

I find myself without much to say about Tetley's English Ale since it's so simple and straightforward. That's not a knock though, because I do like the bold flavor and the easy drinkability. Unchallenging, but oh so enjoyable. That just about sums it up.

07-03-2004 19:03:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

I am convinced, If you put Coors Light on nitro, I'd probably like it! This one pours a standard yellow with a white haze from the nitro. Smells slight on all categories: malt, hop, yeast, vegetable. Tastes creamy malty sweet, albeit very light. Mild hops give a plesant souring effect. Body is creamy and a wee bit grainy. Finishes clean, crisp, and a little watery after the nitro disipates. Slight tones of diacety are present in the finish. Again, a good session beer that is easily drinkable.

07-22-2005 13:23:33 | More by BEERchitect
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Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Can: Poured a light clear brown ale with just above average head with medium retention. Aroma is light bitter with some malt in the back. Taste is quite weak with some bitterness but also a watery feeling that was quite a letdown. Probably below your average English bitter.

11-19-2004 20:14:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

03-10-2013 20:34:33 | More by spycow
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3.2/5  rDev -8.6%

($1.79 14.9oz. widget-can @ Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a dense, lush off-white head.

Smell: Nice biscuity malt aroma with an addition of sweet-smelling caramel.

Taste: Oh, what a tease! The aroma and flavor seem to be from two vastly different beers. Extremely muted malt flavor with just a bit of sweetness and only the faintest hint of English-type hops and bitterness. Geez Louise.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. It's creamy, sure, but also pretty watery. After all the widget razzledazzle is done you're left with no carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and it sure does smell nice, but it's weakest area is, unfortunately, in the taste department.

11-10-2007 02:41:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-20-2013 22:55:58 | More by kylehay2004
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3.03/5  rDev -13.4%

This poured out as a clear golden color with a verything white head on top that vanishes quickly. The smell of the beer has some lager like aromas mixedwith some sweet malts and grains. The taste of the beer is light but had some bread like flavors and a dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, some light carobation and has an easy going drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew in my opinion, Not too much else to say really.

09-24-2011 16:23:06 | More by Knapp85
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Not sure why I had to have this one at Armanetti's...I just did. Good for me, right? It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of stoic lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, light lemon zest, light-ish biscuit, and balsa. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some very light orange peel, white bread, and a moderate touch of dark greens. The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a decidedly smooth feel. Overall, an enjoyable, easy-to-drink brew. Not bad at all.

07-17-2011 06:23:54 | More by TMoney2591
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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with light golden highlights. It had a thick, creamy, off-white head of soapy foam. It left sheets of lace down the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and grasses. Not much else. Maybe some floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel with a touch of bitter grassy hops.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a clean finish. A light bodied ale that is very sessionable.

D - It was worth a try on tap at a British themed pub. It is a classic English Ale.

12-21-2009 22:08:21 | More by zeff80
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4.08/5  rDev +16.6%

The off-white nitro head settles fairly quickly atop a very nice (and clear) amber body. It holds exceptionally well and leaves sheets of lace with rims that indicate the level of each sip. An excellent appearance! The aroma is bold with lots of ripe fruit and a richly nutty & caramel maltiness as well as a light touch of butter. The body is medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation that leaves it quite creamy and silky smooth in the mouth. The flavor is surprisingly full starting with light buttery toffee/ caramel / nutty maltiness, revealing some fruit towards the swallow, and finishing with a powdery dryness that lingers. Very well balanced. This is an excellent ale to enjoy at the pub as it is, but I'd really love to try this without the nitrogenation as I suspect it may be softening the overall impression of the beer, and particuarily the bitterness.

11-18-2002 13:50:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from a 16oz nitro-can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a dense foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, honey, tea and some hops.

T: The taste is malty but not too heavy with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, honey and tea. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, med body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice session beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

09-05-2008 19:53:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-17-2012 06:59:31 | More by nickfl
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4.03/5  rDev +15.1%

Big time head on this one, looks like a pancake floating on top of the brew. Touch of buttery diacetyl with a subdued fruitiness and some floral hop in the aroma.

Very smooth and holds the nitro together for a very well texture feeling for a canned nitro beer. Sturdy moderate body, hops and malt battle it out between a steely crystal malt flavour and a big floral, slightly bitter and leafy finishing hop profile. Faint buttery diacetyl adds a slickness, nice long and slowly drying finish.

Bit more malt flavour than I expected, hops are quite impressive also. This ale is really starting to grow on me, odd because I am not too fond of the canned nitro type.

03-14-2002 22:44:01 | More by Jason
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

14.9 oz nitro-can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a solid finger of unbelievably creamy eggshell colored head from the nitro-widget. This naturally doesn't budge for anything and leaves a huge wall of lacing down the sides of the glass as you sip it. The aroma reminds me of lightly toasted and buttered bread. There is also a touch of underlying sweetness and earthy hops.

Wouldn't you know it, it also tastes like lightly toasted and buttered bread as well. Toasted malts mixing with some light notes of diacetyl. There is also a light but effective hop profile in the backend that gives off a nice dry lingering bitterness on the palette. It's all not too hugely assertive but still fairly flavorfull. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied that posesses, as you can imagine, an incredibly smooth and easygoing feel.

This guy suprised me a bit. It posesses just enough character to keep you interested while that nitro blast gives this a wonderufl look and feel in the mouth. Oh and did I mention that this is sub 4%? I'm ready to pop another!

07-24-2008 16:52:08 | More by Kegatron
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4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

A rush of cascading carbonation, the nitro flushes through the brew, until revealed pale amber at the bottom, while the top remains cloudy. A slim, but stalmart 1/2" ring of creamy foam resides on top.

Aroma is dominated by crisp green apples. tidy hops, light fruit, dry malt, and...apples. Nice.

Taste: thin in the body a bit, but smooth, crisp and easy-drinking. Tasty, toasty malt takes the stage, with minor hops in the wings. Smooth and creamy are the key words here. A neat snap of bitterness comes at the end, but never becomes more than a tingle on the tongue. Expertly balanced.

Terribly downable and awfully likable. A pub ale to keep a smile on your face even when you're losing at darts.

08-18-2006 09:11:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

05-16-2013 22:43:12 | More by Slatetank
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%

The beer pours an amber color with a thick creamy white head; very nice. The aroma is good. It has a nice light malt scent to it. It boasts mainly of pale malts, but there are also some light crystal malts present. It has a slight bitter aroma. The taste is good. It has a thick creamy malty flavor. It goes down with ease and finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It usually don't care for these pub ales, but this one is exceptional.

04-30-2004 01:50:31 | More by WesWes
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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a beautiful nitro cascading head. It is amber (almost a light tea-like complexion). It has a foamy, creamy, thick head that lingers throughout the drink.
The smell is light, but pleasant. It has a bready, tea-like aroma. Not complex but inviting.
The taste is buttery and creamy with hints of a floral tea-like flavor. While nothing exceptional, very good for the style.
The mouthfeel is a bit bitter, but balanced by creaminess and some refreshing water qualities. Normally, wateriness detracts somewhat. But, with this style it works well, to make a smooth, refreshing taste.
Because of its simple taste, refreshing qualities and low abv makes this quite drinkable!

04-27-2006 22:17:18 | More by jwc215
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-27-2011 15:18:10 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.28/5  rDev -6.3%

3.8%ABV; September 2008 Can Date; Sampled May 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, almost creamy consistency, light tan colored head that settles out to be about three-fingers in height. The beer is a brilliantly clear, red-hued copper color, that shows a rich copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells characteristic of a widget can (almost tinny in its light beeriness). Slight butterscotch, a hint of toffee and a dusty, almost stale malt note that is very faint as well.

Very smooth tasting as the beer is practically dead of all carbonation. Definitely creamy in consistency and very light and quaffable, this beer just slides down my throat, almost without me noticing it at all. This finishes with a slightly metallic, light hop note. Faint sweet maltiness is noticeable after a couple sips at the fore of each sip; slight toffee, and a touch of caramel is what comes through the most. There is some soft, herbal hop notes to this brew as well.

At first this beer was really bland in both flavor and aroma, but the flavor picked up a bit after a short bit. This does seem to have a low level of diacetyl, but it is very mild and actually seems to add a bit of welcome complexity to the beer, even for me who is so sensitive to it. This is certainly not objectionable, though I am not sure I would ever consciously choose to drink another one of these.

<p>Purchased: Plaza Liquors; Tucson AZ

05-31-2008 00:04:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
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