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Tetley's English Ale - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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BA SCORE
80
good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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 Beastdog75
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Can says "Brewed in Leeds, England by Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd.)

Tetley's is usually clumped in with the nitrogenated Irish stouts and other nitro English ales at the liquor store. For me the name always invokes memories of tea leaves, but this turned out to be quite a decent English pale ale, and it would probably be even better if it weren't for the flavor reducing nitro-can. What's here though is a pretty good all-around ale that would lend itself quite well for a session.

The nitro-can opened with with quite a loud noise (phsoom-CRACK!) and it bubbled up slightly out of the can. A milky almond colored liquid poured forth into my pint-glass. The cascading presentation took effect, and the beer effectivley settled within a few moments, leaving a nutty amber/golden brew topped with a cream colored, 1 finger foam head. The head would last all through the glass and left a sticky/splotchy lacing on the glass. The smell was of butterscotch and a light fruitiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and very creamy. The taste was a bit watery, but what was there was quite pleasing. Some amounts of butterscotch and malt were here, but a fruity flavor was mostly abound in this brew. There is a hearty amount of hop bitterness in the finish. This bitterness continues into the finish, leaving a drying effect. A low presence of alcohol taste is there, but just barely. There is some light amounts of "typical pale ale" tastes here too (which is hard to describe). This finishes off with some alcoholic warmth.

This is a pretty nice beer, but there is always room for improvment. I'd like to try this on tap, and I can imagine paring this with some NY strip steaks or fried seafood. The bitterness was a bit surprising, but the beer ends up being a pretty drinkable offering.

Beastdog75, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of ecoboy
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Limey's Pub, St. Pete, FL.

Ok, it's a pretty pour, that's for sure: tough to argue with a well-poured-with-patience nitro head, unless you're a CAMRA member. 'Course all that insulation of unpoppable bubbles kinda keeps the aroma locked in.

A nutty brown attack which fades a bit to a clean finish. There's a thin hop-tea mouthfeel that is not bold enough for the style, and the hop-tea quality of the bittering is also less than stellar. But the mildness makes it overall very drinkable when you might want something British-mild in character. Recommended for warm days and football games, but only when on the couch. Tetley's would not survive the frozen tundra....

ecoboy, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tetley's english ale is an odd beer- a floating widget!?!

Anyway, I think I know how to pour a beer but when I poured this Ale, man, 99% head 1% beer. It took a minute to become a very nice looking beer. caramel brown with a creamy smooth white head that coats the glass your lip your nose just about anything it touches.
The taste wasn't very impressive. No carbonation, very watery, & flat. Light caramel and tea flavored malt.

Hey, Tetley's what's up?! Where's the taste?! Very disappointed but at least I have a floating widget!?

NJpadreFan, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of diablo14
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer is only 3.8 ABV in australia, so for a midstregnth beer this is as good a import as youll get. deceptive in the sense that for the flavor, you get the full effect. youre not going to get as smashed as you would drinking a stronger beer of course, but does manage to keep the flavor in the brew.

lovely dark golden color with the type of head i love to see on any beer. pouring it out of the can it builds in those huge ebbing waves that culminate in a thick creamy head which stays long past finishing time. not a lot in the aromas. a grainy smell with a hint of citrus and hops. good malty flavor for the strength, with some citrus zest and a little honey. very smooth going down even tho its quite creamy in texture. it belies the overall potency of the alcohol in the beer. not complex at all, but geez its still fairly tasty and satisfying. one of the easiest drinking beers to pass my lips.

there are plenty better tasting and more complex english ales than this, but if youre looking for a beer than can sustain you adequately till the early hours, especially when youre up for a biggun, this is a top beer for the occasion. it wont pop your cork, but itll hang tough when the going gets ruff.

diablo14, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of SilentSabre
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a most wonderful brew! The mere appearance of this stuff is fantastic, pouring at first with about the clarity and colour of brown gravy. The immensly thick "tight" head (almost no bubbles, just cream) was nearly as good as the ale itself. The smell was about typical for this style which is unparalelled by any other style of brew in my personal opinion. As you drink this truly exeptional liquid, the thick, creamy head leaves a most lovely lace, which is so thick, one would hesitate to call it a lacing at all. Coating, perhaps, more closley describes it. The taste is quite strong of malt, with a faint hint of banana on the finish. The mouthfeel is near heavanly, aswell. It's quite lightweight and goes down smooth and easy. I don't know why I even bother with so many other styles of brew. This style, and this one in particular, are truly marvelous.

SilentSabre, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of ToneControl
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good English bitter. Not a complicated one, but wholesome - a very balanced flavour - just the quintessential bitter. In some parts of England unblessed with good large local breweries (i.e. Liverpool), I have seen this cherished by good pub landlords, and always excellently presented. However, in other towns, it has to play second fiddle to the likes of Marstons Pedigree, Samuel Smiths, etc.

ToneControl, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
1.65/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Widget can - Medium brown color, medium head. A medium bodied brown ale. Light malts and hops. Slightly sweet malts and slightly hoppy. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. There is an off flavor to this beer that makes it undrinkable.

beerguy101, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of rastaman
1.9/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Really bad, especially for a cask bitter. I'd been avoiding this for a while, but finally decided to give it a go the other night. Citrus, caramel and grain, rank bitterness, thin, can't say too much more about it. Thank god i had it on cask, i don't think i could have sat through a 500ml can of this.

rastaman, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 440 ml nitro can, 4.4% abv. This is a very appealing looking ale, a very clear light amber/butterscotch colour, massive creamy head which lasts the ride down the glass, leaving some impressive lacing. Nose is full of sweet malt, slight toffee, ripe starchy fruit, and a hint of floral hops. Flavour is quite balanced, the sweet malt blends right into a mild hop finish, with some weird alchemical event occuring between them that I can't seem to peg. It's spicy but it isn't, and it's fruity, but it isn't. There and gone before you know it. Mouthfeel is more watery than I had anticipated from such an intense head, but it goes down very easy all the same.

IronDjinn, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at a British-style pub in Moscow. It came in the appropriate pint glass with a Tetley's logo. It was a deep reddish amber under an off-white head that stood the test of time well and left some very nice lace patterns down the side. The nose was a bit on the sweet side, while the mouth was flat, smooth and sweet - as it should be, but not awesomely good. The taste was smooth and creamy, with sweet malts and a nice bitter finish. For someone starved of ales in this lager drenched land, it was a refreshing change.

Globetrotter, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge, MA, nitro tap. Pours a very nice amber color with a very creamy head. Smells hoppy and light. Taste is extremely smooth and creamy somewhat watery with a sharp hop bite but tempered by some malts which make this quite drinkable. Head clings and coats the entire side of the glass all the way to the finish. Very nice. More hop presence as the beer warms.

chaduvel, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lustrous bronze with an upward rain of beige creambubble.
Smelling these nitro brews is all about plotting which nut on the spectrum of roasted nuts it is most like. This is darn close to pecan, one of my favorites.
Nuts, cream, caramel and butterscotch are the flavors. No bubblegum or metal or banana...well, maybe butter-fried bananas with brown sugar and burning brandy...spanish coffee...not sweet though. Boiled hops must be helping to keep this dry, but they are distant. Quite roasty on the finish. Mmmm.

putnam, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of 86MonteSS
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I'm a total sucker for amber-colored beers and Tetley's is simply beautiful.

The taste is definitely faint, but the beer is very drinkable. Only question is, why should I buy it at $8/4 pack when it doesn't rock my socks off? Probably shouldn't, and probably won't.

86MonteSS, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the second nitro-canned English ale I've had recently (along with Boddington's). I have to admit, although it's clearly a gimmick (and the beer is extraordinarily watery), I kind of like this stuff. It gives you the refreshing feel of drinking beer from a keg or tap (as is intended), but you get some taste and bitterness that you don't find in a lager. I would love to try the real thing, like Fuller's, on tap in England. These are not beers I will drink that often, but in Florida in August, I find it quite refreshing. I would much rather have this than one of the macros.

JohnnyDuvel, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pouring of this beer is worth the price of admission alone. Starts with a tan foam hitting the side of the glass and exploding into a cascade of very thin bubbles. As the body takes over from the bottom up...it happens in waves, a joy to watch.
As the body appears, the crown quickly turns very white and two fingers in width.
The body has the colour of deep brewed tea and aroma is limited.
The taste has a short malty start and finishes to the hops but seems a little flat despite all the glass actions.

Shiloh, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I kind of liked this beer. Nice caramelly malt supports a nice little bite of hops that makes this quite quaffable. There's a bit of melon-like fruitiness that keeps things interesting. I'm not big on nitro dispensed beers, but you do have to admit that they make for gorgeous beers. The big soapy head on top of the copper body was quite the sight.

aracauna, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice to see this on tap in Boston, it isn't available everwhere.

Nice thick head that lasted throughout the pint, decorated my glass all the way down.

Medium copper in color, with a clean slightly soapy smell.

I found the taste to be of sweat malt, slightly bready. Hops, well, they may have been there, but I couldn't really detect them.

Not a bad brew, but certainely nothing to get excited about. Actually a bit blah. A beer I would get once a year only. pat

PatandDavid, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of canadianbarman
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

--Tried this one from the can, with the 'floating widget'.
--Poured out with a great thick, white head that did not really disappear.
--The color was a golden amber color. The smell had a hint of fruits (banana?).

Overall this beer type is one of my favorites. I obviuosley would prefer to drink these straight from the tap in an English pub, but will settle for the nitro can. I liked this one but I felt there are better examples out there, like Double Diamond. But because I like Pale Ale/Bitters, I will for sure drink this one again, and again.
Thx

canadianbarman, May 27, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a honey amber with a thick creamy head that you could float a quarter on. Well, I didn't try to actually float a quarter on it, but I'm pretty sure you could if you tried. The smell was malty with a hint of hops at the end. The taste is caramel smooth at the beginning, but the hops comes up and kicks that out of the way like a hounddog off the front porch. Far from overpowering, just lightly assertive and demanding of your attention. The battle for the tip of your tongue is over very quickly. Quite drinkable, this beer disappear from my glass very quickly.

jlervine, May 20, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Monstrously large creamy, cascading head tops a clear copper body. Quite lovely looking. Aroma is weak malt. Body is luxuriously creamy -- almost too much so. Flavor is dominated by a mildly toasty malt, a bit nutty in flavor, with a very restrained bitterness. Struck me as more of a cream ale than a bitter -- too creamy and not enough bite. But this lack of complexity doesn't really affect the drinkability. A pint of this was gone before I knew it!

mzwolinski, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of PSUDREW
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For being so unremarkable, it was a really good rink. Very creamy, very light, yet oddly toasty. Smooth, not much of a finish. It is enjoyable, but I will admitt for no appearant reason. Enjoy, is it s a fun drink. The pub can is a good run, howevere I have never seen it on tap, so maybe if you get that it might be a wee bit different, enjoy

PSUDREW, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like a french vanilla milkshake when first poured. Then as the cascading settles, you're left with a darker shade of amber and the expected nitro head. There's not much of an aroma, nitro and some toastiness. It's very smooth and creamy on the palate, highly drinkable. Sweetness hits first with touched of nuttiness and toastiness. Then some hops kick in for a dry finish. Not a bad beer and not a great beer either. The hop kick in the end if what makes it a little interesting.

AudioGilz, Mar 21, 2003
Photo of vitesse
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

an exceptional beer for my 20th review. whoo-hoo!
had this on nitro draught at the plough and stars in cambridge, mass.
absolutely the most beautful draft beer i've ever seen. the head is just so thick and creamy. and the color of the beer below is just a gorgeous rich brown. smell is nicely balanced. taste is the quintessential english bitter taste with subdued malts that aren't too sweet and nice moderate hoppiness. just such a refined, smooth taste. mouthfeel is nearly perfect as well. drinkability is high because of such a good balance of flavors.
i would recommend this to anyone, anytime. it's one of the best english bitter ales i've ever tasted.

vitesse, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a nice creamy white head. Gotta love that nitro! This is leaps and bounds better than Boddington's in my opinion. Oh so very smoooooth. Toasty malt and a touch of fruity balanced by a touch of hops. Goes down very easy. I could drink this all night long.

scottum, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at Mac's Cafe in Columbus. Darker amber color with a medium thin and creamy white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is lightly malty with a faint roasted quality. Flavor is very smooth, consisting mostly of malt, but there is a little caramel hanging in there as well. Finish is lightly bitter hops. Decent, but nothing great.

Dogbrick, Feb 21, 2003
Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.