Tetley's English Ale | Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Tetley's English AleTetley's English Ale

Brewed by:
Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by canadianbarman on 12-20-2000

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Reviews: 343 | Ratings: 504
Photo of JimCanning
4.6/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm here in the USA, I had this beer once many years ago when I was in England with the US Marines. A few years ago, while living in South Florida, I was able to buy this again, however I moved to Pennsylvania, and I can not find it anywhere. I was searching and found this site tonight, can someone PLEASE send me some info on where I can order this and have it shipped to me? Thank you very much if you can. Jim at [email protected]

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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.

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Photo of dionisio
4.51/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah man, what a great beer. I dunno what else to say. It's just really good. Has that great creamy English ale taste that I love. Extremely thirst quenching. You can drink this stuff like it's water, but it's nothing like water. This isn't an especially unique beer, but it's pretty much top-notch.

It has a really creamy head like Boddington's. Maybe slightly less creamy. But it's a better beer overall (not that I don't like Boddington's).

My can says 3.6% ABV.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from a nitro can poured into a British pub glass and it is surprisingly yummy. L: It is hazy orange amber under a 1” white foam collar that provides thick lace. S: Bready malt, slight fruit and nut aromas. T: Creamy and drinkable, slight sweetness in the background, malt prominent, lingering hop aftertastes backed by pleasant, biscuit malt – the nitro can sweeps out all of the bitter hop flavors. F: Fairly light but super creamy. O: This is so soothing – this is what you might drink when you have an owie.

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Photo of jdmorgan
4.48/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pub draught ale poured a dark gold into a pint glass and had a 1 1/2 finger white head which was larger than I would have thought.

The smell was soft with aromas of crystal malt and a bit of hops. There was a hint of butter aroma there too, but very slight. Smooth. That's how I'd describe the taste. It had a full and creamy malt flavor that was very infused with the nitro. The hops were represented well too, and in good concert with the malt profile. They definately weren't as strong as some pale ales, but their low presence makes this an ideal popular pub draught style. Consistency was thick and nitrogenation was low/medium.

I'm not a huge fan of nitros, but this one was so smooth that I found myself quaffing it down quite easilly. This is a very drinkable ale, and I was very happy with it. I didn't get the "watered down" taste that I have had with others like it. Its low ABC of 3.6% makes this beer ideal for sessions, and it's going to become one of my new favorites. Highly recommended.

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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.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light roasted malt, not a lot of hop presence. The scent is understated and mild but there, maybe poured a bit cold so may increase.

Light creamy presence on the palette. Mid range of carbonation, this had the nitro widget inside also which likely adds to some of the mouthfeel.

Light copperish in color, with nitro it results in a nice rather creamy stark white head which is lacing nicely.

Light bready malt flavor, bit of nutty flavor much lighter than a nut brown. Some residual bitterness but minimal, goldings possibly?

Rather, I would love to see how many I could go through. 3.6% abv, it is meant to be a sessionable beer and it definitely is.

There's something that really does it for me with this beer. I like the nuance of the aroma and bitterness along with very high drinkability. Might be a bit dull for some, but one of my favorites.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Real nice creamy head. I had to wait some time for it go down. Gold color and nice lace.

smell - Nice sweet malt.

taste - Malt, caramel, and some hops, nice balance here.

mouthfeel - Nice and creamy.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, enjoyed it alot.

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Photo of mempath
4.36/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yes, it pours exceptionally no matter what the engine is...deep creamy nano-bubbles cascade up and down like the Guinniess turbulence i am used to witnessing. just a beautiful sight. blond creamy head that stays solidly at a heft 1/4 inch or more revealing a nice clear amber ale to view the world thru

floral bready nose. doesn't shout out. or whisper.

it's got that purebred english pub ale taste, very smooth, the heavy foamy head sticking on the way back down to sea level. slight bitterness joins in with the silkiness (nice mouthfeel that doesn't showcase much carbonation on the tongue). nothing too plain or too outlandish. just a great english breakfast! as it warms, it reveals more. pour two. the second one will be even better. like a hot biscuit out of the oven.

very drinkable. i'd session this with fish and chips. of course.

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Photo of kcr357
4.36/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro can, it is a beautiful sight. A thick, fine head eventually settles, revealing a clear copper/light mahogany color.
The scent is faint, but definite hop aromas are present.
The taste is surprisingly light-it is a bit bitter per the style and has an earthy/wood undertone.
very smooth and creamy feel.
I could drink a lot of this beer.
The best example of an english ale I have encountered.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.36/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured beautifully from a very english looking 14.9oz nitro can. came out creamy and cappuccino colored and cascaded rapidly with pulsating waves that blow guiness and boddingtons out of the water. the stouts seem to take longer to settle which makes for a longer show, but this ale had sweet special effects and after cascading completed, ended with about 15 seconds of transparent fading from the bottom up to translucent to opaque to the foam which finally formed a 1in hard layer of dense creamy pancake batter above the transparent brown copper amber body that settled to 1/2 and stayed there the whole time.

S- banana bread, yeast, malt, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, sour apple, sour grapes, alcohol

T- sticky mild bitter up front followed by caramel, toasted banana bread, cereal, granola, butter, water, and a mild floral fruitiness that creates a pleasant mild aftertaste.

MF- creamy and smooth like drinking velvet. feels light but seems heavy due to the nitro creaminess. great balance of mild sweetness and mild bitter hops. though there were lots of little bubbles stickin to the glass, i feel the beer itself was a bit undercarbonated for a pale ale.

D- a light and tasty brew i could easily drink all 4 pints, i would just like a lil more carbonation and a some stronger flavor

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of GrizzlyBehr
4.34/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a widget can into a pint glass.

A- upon pouring the beer into the glass you notice a rich caramel body and a thick creamy head. Once the head has risen you have a nice inch or so thick head.

S- smell is pretty bland very light almost none existing.

T- taste is good also very light and very drinkable. Very smooth.

M- mouthfeel is the most important part of this beer. The thick creamy head and smooth draft like feel make it so delightful. A beer that has a pleasent feel from start to finish

Overall = A-

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Photo of funkengruven
4.31/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one brew I haven't visited in quite some time, and thought it would be worth looking at again, and see if it is still as good as I remember it.

This poured from the nitro packed can into the pint glass with a very pretty waterfall effect (something I really do admire about nitro beers) leaving a half inch creamy head resembling sea foam. Smell is hoppy, with a slight hint of caramel. This is a pretty easy-going brew with some slight hoppiness, a subtle bitterness and sweetness on the finish. This is one delightfuly smooth brew that is so exceptionally drinkable.

This is a brew I used to drink a lot before my BA days. And it is as wonderful as I remember it being. I look forward to drinking more of this in the future.

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Photo of Dapuma
4.31/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This ale is strangly addictive, and a great session beer

I would call it a cross between a Scotch Ale and a Cream Ale, with a thinner body and a Guiness like head on the beer

The top is frothy / creamy / smooth like a Guinesss, and the body is reminicent of a thinner version of a Smithwicks, and it goes down very smoothly

It is slightly sweet with malt and carmel and inoffensive - almost no aftertaste other than a slight bitterness to cut the sweetness which disappates almost immediatly

It tastes just about the same on draft as it does out of the can, great session ale and I would recommend giving it a try, it can be had in singles or 4 packs at Total Wine so it is easy to ge a hold of

Very happy I recently ran into this

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Photo of Mitchster
4.31/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out to a clear copper, forming a cascading effect with a paint-like thick creamy off-white head. Retention is very good and lacing is good as well. Carbonation is mild, as expected for the style and serving type. The aroma is English of course...fruity with a typical Elnglish Ale yeast strain...has a slight touch of cloves and bananas which is very interesting, and is quite mild on the diacetyl. Yeasty and bready. I like it so far. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium-light body. Very easy to drink. The taste is very mild with suggestions of caramel, mild English hops and mild bitterness.

This is a nice, easy to drink mild English ale which is well-balanced and without imposing off-flavors that I tend to dislike in most English ales. Thank god, an English beer that doesn't taste like wet cardboard or butter! I like this one. Pleasantly surprised. I would drink this again. Would be great ice cold on a hot summer day in a lawn chair with a cool breeze. A plain and simple brew for plain and simple times.

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Photo of 108Dragons
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from nitrocan. Great agitation and firm head - fruity smell. Taste - subtle sweetness with smooth finish. Very drinkable. Session beer extraordinaire - only bought one but need about four. I will buy some more. I see why this is pub popular. Now all I need is a fireplace, a beautiful redheaded girl, and some celtic music.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.29/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy orange amber into an American pint glass, with a thin white head, very little carbonation (if any), and very good lacing. The smell consisted of caramel, toffee, biscuit, pear, and apple, and the taste revealed a beautiful blend of all of these individual flavors. Very smooth, light-bodied mouthfeel, more than likely the result of the nitro. Excellent sessionability.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a good old English nonic pint glass. This shall do indeed.

A creamy typical nitro looking head, off white in appearance. Body color is a good crystal amber orange, but has some real strange straffing bubbles on the side. Classic lacing while drinking.

Real nice nose. Bread malts, and sweet orange cream, really digging that. Fruity esters, and fun things to be had, almost tapioca smelling. Creamy malts!

Real nice light bodied creamy palate, matching a biscuity dense sweet graham cracker palate. Milk sweet slight, finish with mild orange citrus.

Great tasting, nice looking. Real filling and light bodied, super sessionable. Great beer.

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Photo of baos
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint widget can into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Amber colored with beautiful tan head that looks like wet sand on a white sandy beach.

S: Very faint floral honey clover smell. Along with a a nice fresh smell like the smell of rain through a window on a summer morning.

T: Very soothing, Very silky, light caramel hoppy taste. Very mellow and refreshing with a nice bitter aftertaste.

M: Creamy awesomeness

D: Low alcohol content so have three or four they just keep getting better. I give her an A!

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dear Lord I thought this was a good tasting brew! The appearance is medium brown with a one inch white head. Leaves a consistent lacing on the glass. The taste is excellent -- smooth, a little bitter, and you can really taste the malts. High drinkability. I could have drank this all night. If you haven't tried it, give it a shot!

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Huge cascading nitro-effect builds up a thick and creamy one finger head that appears to have the solid creamy consistency of cream cheese. After the beautiful cascade finishes it's performance, the brew is orange gold and slightly hazy. Really heavy cream lace is left on the glass.

S - Big malty, sweet, and nutty aromas that I didn't expect (but totally enjoy), along with some autumnal changing leaf hop notes.

T - Again, big solid malt flavors. Lots of toffee, caramel, and some roasted grains. Hops are bittering and almost perfectly balanced, but this is really a malty brew! (I guess I'm used to "knock-you-over-the-head-with-hops APAs) Autumnal, rusty, woody,...I really get a mild fall evening vibe from this. I like this more than I thougt I would.

M - Creamy, but thin much like many other nitro canned brews....including Guinness. A bitter but not excessively dry finish cleans the palate, and a mild reminder of what you just swallowed sits on you tongue and begs you to take another sip! Mild and thirst quenching.

D - An extremely easy drinking brew! Mild mannered but refined and intriguing...very British. Would go well with a burger for sure.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass a crystal clear pale golden color with a one finger creamy head.

The smell is very malt-centric. Very little else but sweet maltyness.

Very creamy and thick tasting due to the nitrogen. The brew is deliciously malty sweet, with just the slightest inclination of roasted barley. The light hops may not hit you in the face, but you can taste the bitterness. It does well at balancing all of the sweetness of the grains. Finishes clean and fairly dry as well.

Medium-bodied with very little "carbonation". Easily drinkable and an excellent candidate for a session beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The can kick takes on an all-new dimension with this one.

As soon as I cracked the top, it began making hissing noises as though something were angry inside and looking to escape. I was happy to help and as I poured, I got a lovely cascading action as the pour eventually settled into a finger's worth of solid, eggshell-white head. The beer was a beautiful deep amber color with NE-quality clarity. The nose was slightly caramel-like, perhaps buttery, but not in a diacetyl way. Let's stick with caramel. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a mild hoppiness on the tongue. Finish was very smooth with a faint, lingering hoppiness after the swallow. Its low ABV makes it a session candidate, plus given its inexpensive cost and portability in a nitro-can, I would say that this is a winner!

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Photo of gabe23
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear, deep honey color with a typical nitro head.

S - As with most nitro brews, the smell is quite muted. I pick up a gentle breadiness and a bit of fruity sweetness, but not much else.

T - Mild yeasty flavor that has a touch of sweetness similar to...apple juice? Nice floral hops presence but no real bitterness to speak of.

M - Watery mouthfeel but with the creaminess of the nitro effect. But still crisp enough & the finish is very clean.

D - This is truly a session beer that I could drink all night. I enjoy the occasional nitro brew, and this is a good one. Obviously it's not a good choice if you're looking for bold flavor. But if you want a mild, clean tasting ale, give Tetley's a try.

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Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
3.5 out of 5 based on 504 ratings.
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