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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Photo of Sammy
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 9/2/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy light tan head that settles to a dense cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and a some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat but creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that looks great in the glass but is quite mild aroma and flavor wise.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear golden color with a verything white head on top that vanishes quickly. The smell of the beer has some lager like aromas mixedwith some sweet malts and grains. The taste of the beer is light but had some bread like flavors and a dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, some light carobation and has an easy going drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew in my opinion, Not too much else to say really.

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger-high creamy white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger-high head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast and pale malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some hints of bready malts and tea leaves. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable; I would have no problem drinking a few of these in one sitting due to its light body and low alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am convinced, If you put Coors Light on nitro, I'd probably like it! This one pours a standard yellow with a white haze from the nitro. Smells slight on all categories: malt, hop, yeast, vegetable. Tastes creamy malty sweet, albeit very light. Mild hops give a plesant souring effect. Body is creamy and a wee bit grainy. Finishes clean, crisp, and a little watery after the nitro disipates. Slight tones of diacety are present in the finish. Again, a good session beer that is easily drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with light golden highlights. It had a thick, creamy, off-white head of soapy foam. It left sheets of lace down the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and grasses. Not much else. Maybe some floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel with a touch of bitter grassy hops.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a clean finish. A light bodied ale that is very sessionable.

D - It was worth a try on tap at a British themed pub. It is a classic English Ale.

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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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14.9 oz nitro-can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a solid finger of unbelievably creamy eggshell colored head from the nitro-widget. This naturally doesn't budge for anything and leaves a huge wall of lacing down the sides of the glass as you sip it. The aroma reminds me of lightly toasted and buttered bread. There is also a touch of underlying sweetness and earthy hops.

Wouldn't you know it, it also tastes like lightly toasted and buttered bread as well. Toasted malts mixing with some light notes of diacetyl. There is also a light but effective hop profile in the backend that gives off a nice dry lingering bitterness on the palette. It's all not too hugely assertive but still fairly flavorfull. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied that posesses, as you can imagine, an incredibly smooth and easygoing feel.

This guy suprised me a bit. It posesses just enough character to keep you interested while that nitro blast gives this a wonderufl look and feel in the mouth. Oh and did I mention that this is sub 4%? I'm ready to pop another!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz nitro-can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a dense foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, honey, tea and some hops.

T: The taste is malty but not too heavy with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, honey and tea. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, med body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice session beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation, after the creamy cascade from pouring the nitro-can. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that has great retention properties (less than 10% reduction of the head over the entire drinking of the beer). Significant lacing is observed.

S: A very faint aroma overall to this beer, there is some subtle hints of roasted caramel malts.

T: This beer has a pretty mild flavor but it is very well balanced. There is a nice roasted malt presence with just a subtle bit of caramel sweetness and a grassy hop finish with light bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth and extremely creamy.

O: Very refreshing, very light, and very easy to drink. This beer is extremely sessionable and definitely one that I could have many of in a single session. I really enjoy the creaminess and it is just as good as I remember it from nitro-tap when I was in the UK.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

($1.79 14.9oz. widget-can @ Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a dense, lush off-white head.

Smell: Nice biscuity malt aroma with an addition of sweet-smelling caramel.

Taste: Oh, what a tease! The aroma and flavor seem to be from two vastly different beers. Extremely muted malt flavor with just a bit of sweetness and only the faintest hint of English-type hops and bitterness. Geez Louise.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. It's creamy, sure, but also pretty watery. After all the widget razzledazzle is done you're left with no carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and it sure does smell nice, but it's weakest area is, unfortunately, in the taste department.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tetley's is dark copper in color with the typical slick, creamy head produced by a nitro can. As expected, retention is very high. Aroma is a combination of sweet grainy malts, mild herbal English hop, and nitro can smell. Taste is smooth, yet very flavorful. This is easily the best nitro can expirience I can remember having. Sweet english malts are paired with a very full leafy hop. Drinkability is very good, I wish we had this in Texas, this would probably be my EPA of choice.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Not sure why I had to have this one at Armanetti's...I just did. Good for me, right? It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of stoic lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, light lemon zest, light-ish biscuit, and balsa. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some very light orange peel, white bread, and a moderate touch of dark greens. The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a decidedly smooth feel. Overall, an enjoyable, easy-to-drink brew. Not bad at all.

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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 johnnnniee
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a widget can a large crack and hiss then in one fluid motion I pour into an awaiting glass. Foam filled glass slowly turns brilliant copper with a good two finger white head that has great retention and lace. Faint lack luster aroma is malty, earthy, with a bit of wet dog. Taste is subtle with light fruit and dark sugars. Malty and earthy taste. Medium to thin body, light level of carbonation with a creamy watery mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but not especially complex or overly flavorful. At 3.6 abv I could probably pound these all night, but the real question is would I want to?

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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 Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful nitro cascading head. It is amber (almost a light tea-like complexion). It has a foamy, creamy, thick head that lingers throughout the drink.
The smell is light, but pleasant. It has a bready, tea-like aroma. Not complex but inviting.
The taste is buttery and creamy with hints of a floral tea-like flavor. While nothing exceptional, very good for the style.
The mouthfeel is a bit bitter, but balanced by creaminess and some refreshing water qualities. Normally, wateriness detracts somewhat. But, with this style it works well, to make a smooth, refreshing taste.
Because of its simple taste, refreshing qualities and low abv makes this quite drinkable!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rush of cascading carbonation, the nitro flushes through the brew, until revealed pale amber at the bottom, while the top remains cloudy. A slim, but stalmart 1/2" ring of creamy foam resides on top.

Aroma is dominated by crisp green apples. tidy hops, light fruit, dry malt, and...apples. Nice.

Taste: thin in the body a bit, but smooth, crisp and easy-drinking. Tasty, toasty malt takes the stage, with minor hops in the wings. Smooth and creamy are the key words here. A neat snap of bitterness comes at the end, but never becomes more than a tingle on the tongue. Expertly balanced.

Terribly downable and awfully likable. A pub ale to keep a smile on your face even when you're losing at darts.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer took a little time to grow on me, so it's probably a good thing the can is nearly 15 oz. One friend has likened this beer to bath water, and with the soft nitro feel and light flavor, I can understand that, but disagree. It had a pleasant mellow caramel malt matched by a long-lasting grassy hop bitter. Super smooth and I can imagine this being quite nice from a cask and fresh.

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