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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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467 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 8
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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Photo of ybnorml
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright clean dark golden beer. Has a rich spoonable creamy off white head that leaves anice lace. I always have a hard time getting any aroma out of any nitro beer, the head is so thick it hard to pick up much through it. I did manage to get a light sweetness in the aroma. The taste starts out with a good bitterness followed by a light applely sweetness. The finish is a nicely balanced hop finish that has an almost tea like character.

ybnorml, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of travolta
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Amber hue. The head on this brew is creamy, like whipped cream. The lacing is great, pretty muc turns the glass white.

Nose: Honey, hops, wheat. pleasent nose, but not much to smell.

Taste: Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, watery a the end. Slightly bitter with some honey. the bitterness stays until the end and sticks around just for a bit.

travolta, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was an amber, clear ale with a very short head (under 1 finger).

The aroma was of medium bodied malts, light hops, and a hint of apples.

The beer was poorly carbonated... hell, it was practically flat. The taste was very mild, slightly fruity and a little bitter. Not impressive.

The mouthfeel was pretty lousy due to its lack of carbonation, and overall I just had no desire to even finish the half a can I had poured. Didn't pour it into the sink, don't know why, but I managed to get through it. But I didn't like it.

Fortunately, it was a gift.

connecticutpoet, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from the 16oz nitro-can with widget. Poured just as I expected. Full head with decent lace. A beautiful butterscotch color. Didn't have much nose to it. A bit of a bitter smell. Tasted a bit bland, with a bitter aftertaste. Pretty easy to drink and went down very smooth. A decent beer, but would like to try it on tap to compare.

GClarkage, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
1.7/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The colour's kind of a light gold and brown. Sort of looks like it could be tea. Nice head which lasted. Lace? This beer doesn't lace, it coats the glass like paint. Sadly, this is where the positive attributes end. The smells bland. Bit sweet and weak. Taste is boring. A pathetic malt presence followed by a nutrasweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. I have three cans left, and I think I'll be giving them away. Swill.

slitherySOB, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of zjungleist
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells a bit like wet tobacco, but not horribly. Pours nice, pretty stadard nitro can look. Color is a dark orange/brown. Head is creamy and lasting, but thats were every bit of carbonation went. Mouth feel is flat and syrupy, get really thin at the end, kinda like old keg beer. Taste is pretty bitter, and a little sour. Slighly sweet and malty, but mostly just bitter. Doens't go down very easy. Finnish before it gets warm. Wouldn't be bad with a dry pot roast I guess, but I doubt I'll ever go here again. Looks much better than it really is.

zjungleist, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can,with no freshness dating. Pours w/ a widget supplying a great creamy,bubbly show in the glass. What results is a very smooth,soft,creamy light British style ale. Light chestnut in color. White, well developed head, some sticky lacing. Not much nose. malty, medium bodied. long malty finish, lightly hopped. Very pleasant and clean session brew.

Billolick, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#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.

Sammy, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after its emancipation from the nitro can pours a somewhat hazy yellow with a creamy bright white head and a thick sheet of lace to obfuscate the glass. Nose is sweet malt and has a hint of yeast, earthy I guess is a good term, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet and the top a bit thin. Light carbonation with a delicate hop presence, quite dry aftertaste, a drinkable brew, but I prefer these beers from cask or tap, something just seems lost in the translation.

Gusler, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of joecast
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

light amber color with a super fine white foamy head.
good hoppy, floral aroma. full on the nose.
tatste is a bit on the sour side (yeasty?), followed by a candy like sweetness and finished off by some hop bitterness.
mouthfeel is on the light, watery side.
overall this beer looks and smells really good, but the taste just doesnt work so well for me.
the can is easily within the "best before" date, but who knows how it has been handled as far as heat?
on the lid of the can it says "serve cold", maybe that would help to cut the sourness.

joecast, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of koolk
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking white creamy head sits on top of a dark amber still liquid.

Nose is mainly malt, in particular toffee and caramel, albeit on the quiet side. Some green hop notes are present that add a touch of fruit to the aroma.

Creamy base with some mid palate bitterness. Good malty flavour which suffers to the lack of length. Love the creaminess of nitro cans, but the length really does let it down. Not overly strong, but not underdone either, this is very easy to drink.

koolk, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light caramel with golden color with a big tan airy laced head that depsoits some on the glass.
Aroma of very light toffee with a perfumy and flowery aromatic hops.
Flavor of malt, wheat bread, salt, gypsum and a floral hop hit.
Mouthfeel is very astringent with some lingering malt sweetness. Somewhat bland in retrospect.
Drinkability is decent but certainly nothing spectacular.

CRJMellor, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is halfway between gold and amber. Very clear. Awesome chaulky white head (one finger thick) leaving a fine sticky lace.

The aroma is malty with strong milky maltose notes. The smell reminds me of warm out-of-the-oven caramels. Nearly no hop spice. The taste mimics the aroma: rich and creamy malt except the aftertaste draws out distinctly British hops that couldn't be detected in the nose. Even though this is highly carbonated, the bubbles are extremely fine making for an excellent texture.

smcolw, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of cbl2
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a slightly cloudy brown-straw. A nice cascading effect is present due to the nitro (served in widget can). Retains 1 inch of creamy head.


Slightly floral aspect due to hop presence.


Extremely smooth due to nitro, with an excellent herbal/floral flavor imparted by the hops. There are some malt characteristics, but the hops prevail in this one, but in a muted, pleasant sort of way. Would make an excellent session beer.

cbl2, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at British Beer Company, Hyannis location.

Presentation is an imperial pint glass, with an excellent 3/4" super-dense nitro head over the amber-hued brew. Laced excellently with foam coated the glass sides from top to bottom at the end of the drinking experience. Aroma is minimal, just some slight malts apparent. Taste was balanced well, but somewhat low in intensity. Mouthfeel and drinkability enhanced by the smoothness of the nitro presentation.

ppoitras, May 03, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

WesWes, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of palma
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish amber. Nitro can creates a great looking smooth head which lasts and sticks to the sides of the glass very well. Smell is sweet like candy. Also a little fruity with a nice english hop aroma. Taste is light overall with a good malt base. Noticeable diacetyl flavor right away. A complex fruitiness to this brew with a solid hop bitterness that comes through in the end. Dark roasted malt aftertaste. Grassy and leafy notes pull through as well. Silky smooth mouthfeel but a little on the thin side.

palma, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of Foxman
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a coppery amber with ruby glinting in the light, and an explosive thick, creamy head that sticks to the top lip for a long way into the glass. The cascading is a fine eyeful. Strata of lacing work their way down the inside.

The aroma kicks off with a rounded maltiness and a little bit of biscuit, along with a mellow floral hops presence. A light fruity note swirls at the edges.

The flavor is a tad thin, but true malt and butterscotch are present, along with a gentle honey sweetness and a mild citrus fruit character. A mellow hops bitterness fleshes out the finish. It's actually quite basic, but it's a smooth and pleasant balance.

Light bodied and soothingly creamy, it caresses the palate like whipped cream, then melts away, leaving a nice little dry hops glow.

I have to say, there's nothing here not to like, but it falls short slightly in the crucial aroma and flavor arenas. It's so smooth and creamy that you want to give it higher marks for those benchmarks, but objectivity prevents me from doing so. It goes down like a dream, and I could and would drink more in a sitting, but it's not going to be the first beer I reach for at the end of my day. It's simple and tasty, and for what it's worth, it's alright with me. It's just not more than that.

Foxman, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful red-amber color, very nice head. Cool cascading effect like Guinness Draught. Very tight, bubbly head.

Slight sweet and citrusy smell, very mellow but pleasant.

Wow, very creamy. Medium body with a full mouthfeel. A slight sweetness with good hops balance with a touch of dryness in the finish.

Definitely a beer I coul drink several of.

Southernbrew, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of nomad
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed plenty of Boddington's, never had this one...

A clear copper colored beer with that patented nitro pour - so its gonna have that huge and even head, with tons of stain down the glass. Fake but enticing - eh, it happens.

Smells of not much besides filtered-to-death roasted malt and tiny nips of what might have been traditional English hops. Taste is thin as all heck, but that's to be expected. Roasty but without body, its slight hoppy turn is eerie. Easy to drink though the mouthfeel is eerie as well, thanks to the nitro.

A good session ale but there are better ones in a can.

nomad, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No need to getting into how a nitro can is poured... creamy beige colored foam atop an amber to copper colored brew. Aromas of floral hops, hard water, and faint crystal malt. Smooth transition on the palate from diluted malt to organic mellowed hop astringency. Minerally tasting, in it's weakness. Rather quaffable (with a sidenote that I typically don't enjoy N2 beers as much as their CO2 counterparts). This beer has a good English feel to it, but leaves the overall experience rather lacking. I didn't actually know that it was contracted to Carlsberg.

crookedhalo, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very impressed by this beer. I believe I had it once before when I conquered England (part of a 100 beer club experience). At any rate, the beer pours a smooth golden brown color. It has a thick, rich head. The smell was weak, but unoffensive. A slight scent of the malts invovled in this beer, but otherwise scentless. It was delicious and smooth to drink too. It fills the mouth with a creamy, malty wonderment (oh yeh, I said wonderment) and leaves with just a tinge of balancing bitter. I could drink this beer over and over...assuming I could afford to do so.

GuinnessSmurf, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served out of the nitro-can, into a nonic pint glass. The color was amber, with the creamy nitro head. The smell was a very faint maltiness. The taste was fairly subdued by the nitrogen, with a very slight maltiness noticable with an even slighter hop bitterness to give this "balance". Mouthfeel was creamy, as one would expect from a nitro can. Drinkability, that's the only thing that stands out about this beer; with no offensive tastes, it's got sessionability going for it.

This beer is the definition of "average". Though featuring no particular off tastes, the nitro also wipes out much of any other tastes, so it's neither good nor bad, but simply average. I'd definitely love to give a non-nitro a try.

beergeek279, Dec 20, 2003
Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.