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Tetley's English Ale - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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461 Ratings
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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 342
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)

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

my first impression was that it was surprisingly bitter for a beer that advertises "creamy and smooth". After I got over that I found a decent beer, however not quite on par with Boddington's or Kilkenny. The colour is auburn (tetley's tea, anyone?), with a creamy head. The taste, as I mentioned, begins bitter then smooths towards the finish. A good brew, but it would probably lose out to the aforementioned favourites when I pulled out my wallet.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2002 18:27:34 | More by the42ndtourist
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4.55/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my local brit pubs here in Oregon has this on draught. It takes a while to pour, and comes out with a beautiful creamy head. While it initially looks a bit daunting, particularly with mood lighting, it is a very smooth ride. This was the perfect companion to enjoy with the World Cup, as it goes down effortlessly (nothing to detract from the action). The malty flavor is quite mild. Very drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-19-2002 22:34:28 | More by Lightweight
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3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll try to be as objective as possible. Homebrewing's given me an irrational disposition against nitro-can beers in general.

Tetley's has a Copper-Golden Color with a thick, dense tan head. Sweeter than I expected, and much less hoppy. I perceived butterscotch and nuts, but the flavors seemed right at home, and not flaws. It was better than I expected.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-19-2002 16:42:33 | More by Suds
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You really can't go wrong with this one- that is if you like creamy English ales. The nitro can produced a nice creamy head, cascading down the glass. Somewhat sweet, yet with a bit of bitterness that keeps the ale honest. The flavor was tempered, but this is the style. Some nut flavor also present , but after a few sips, you just focus on the smoothness. One could drink many of these.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-18-2002 18:53:53 | More by AaronRed
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4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tetley’s English Pub Ale: From the tap. Beautiful bronze color, a rich dense head, very cloudy. The aroma reminded me of a Belgian dubbel, with bananas, and yeast. The taste was initially very similar to a Belgian like Duvel, but as it warmed up it became much more like a rich sweet cider. Had a sweet aftertaste, very nice.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-17-2002 11:02:34 | More by jackndan
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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and rich. Clear amber in color with thick meranguie like head. Trace of toasted malt in aroma. Tastes smooth and rich almost like a milkshake. Slighlty sweet with fruit like quality. Finishes clean with a toasted nut like aftertaste.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-17-2002 10:16:49 | More by psugrad98
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4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-14-2002 22:44:01 | More by Jason
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Like Guinness in the can, when poured has the cascade effect as it "builds". Thick, and I mean thick, creamy head at close to an inch thick. Smells sweet rich and ripe, similar to fruit left in a brown bag to ripen.

Has a pronounced creaminess in taste and mouthfeel. Very low hops. Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Satisfying. Its like a beer-milkshake

I really enjoy these widget beers, a real nice change of pace in terms of the drinkability of regular bottled beers, although I wouldn't always want beer in this cream-style, quite nice when I am in the mood. Gotta bang down at least 2 of these at a sitting.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-14-2002 13:02:53 | More by bmills1608
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New York

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Classic ordinary bitter, smooth and easy to drink. Not bad, but you're likely to want something more substantial after a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2002 11:27:02 | More by John
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2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't care for it. I think that the hop and malt pairing was just a little weird. I know this is suppose to be English style draft (read low carbonation) but these wigets leave a great head and too little carbonation in the beer. Tried it, didn't like it, now I can move on.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2001 21:36:36 | More by mattmaples
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3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 14.9 fl. oz. draught "Smoothflow" can. No freshness date, lot # on the bottom of the can. The famous "huntsman" logo adorns the can, first appearing on their product in the 1920's.

Appearance: When poured, an amazing cascading effect occurs due to the nitro widget inside. Settles out to a clear amber colour with a creamy, sticky, 1/2 inch white head. It's so thick and fine that it looks like whipped eggs whites.

Smell: Very unique aroma. Distinct Yorkshire yeast, very mild banana sweetness and raw hop aromas. Fruity nose, overall.

Taste: Smooth, silky and creamy upfront. Light bodied. Thin malt sweetness, wrapped in toasted malt, grain notes and hop leaf flavours. Smooth, watery, complex fruity sweetness in the back (some banana notes?). A nudge of hop bitterness follows with a balanced twang. Finishes rather clean with light residual toasted malt flavours, and some grain dryness.

Notes: A nice brew. Real drinkable, complex, enjoyable and it goes down very quickly. You can't have just one. That's why I am about to have 3.

This is Tetley's export only product. They also produce an export only nitro keg version.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-20-2000 20:09:22 | More by Todd
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Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
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