Tetley's English Ale - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
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(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 12-20-2000)
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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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice creamy color then cascades to reveal a dark brown beer with a half inch head..very nice.
I liked the smell of this beer..quite malty
The taste is very hoppy..nice :)

I liked this beer a lot..will drink this more often will go down well with a nice dinner..not to heavy and not too light.

Photo of Running4beer
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definetly not your typical english style brew. I was not very impressed by this beer 1st time I tried it. It did go down rather smooth and I didn't only have one, you never can. The taste was slightly bland. I thought it left a bad after taste in my mouth that I could've done without but it was prbably because of the can. It pours rather nicely into a pint and leaves a nice head, clears up to a smooth amber color. Very nice appearance. I won't turn this beer down if its offered to me but I won't go out of my way to buy it again.

Photo of JohnW
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another "pretend" English real ale that gives British real ale a bad name !

Very thin, little taste and bland no character that you could call memorable.

Avoid at all costs unless the bar only serves pretend Lagers in an English bar !!!

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

Medium amber color, huge white head, toasted malt aroma. Toasted malt flavor up front, then the hops takes over, finishing with a sharp bitter hops aftertaste with the malt hanging in the background.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zerk
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a bit of a mixed bag for me. I love the way it looks... copper with a majestic foam on top. The nitro definately makes this beer look great. Otherwise, it's a pretty average ale. Slight notes of butterscotch and floral esters, with a bit of a bitter hops finish. This is one very smooth beer, but maybe slightly thin. I don't mind putting a few of these back though. Very easy to drink when I'm not wanting something to challenge me.

Photo of the42ndtourist
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.

Photo of Lightweight
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.

Photo of Suds
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.

Photo of AaronRed
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.

Photo of jackndan
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.

Photo of psugrad98
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.

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of bmills1608
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.

Photo of John
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.

Photo of mattmaples
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.

Photo of Todd
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.

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Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
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