Tetley's English Ale | Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

Tetley's English AleTetley's English Ale
505 Ratings
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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Photo of Portertime
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had my first Tetley's at bar I frequent with a bunch of friends of mine called McGregor Food and Spirits. This turned out to be an decent brew. Not as flavorful as I hoped but smooth as silk. I poured the beer into a glass and watched the huge head quickly disappear. Nitrogen bubbles were tiny and a buddy of mine explained that this quick "deheading" is called cascading as the bubble force the beer to the surface. It has a mildly sweet taste but I'd use this beer in some sort of drinking game so it can be imbibed swiftly.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strong flavor english ale. It pours with a thick head, and the nitro can makes the entire beer look white for a few minites, it's quite interesting. It has a strong almost coffee like taste. Reminds me in a way of newcastle brown ale. This is a pretty good english pub ale, i perfer ti to boodingtons.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly lighter copper than I'd anticipated, very clear, and with a bright white head that builds to nearly three fingers before dissipating, leaving some lacing. Smell is underwhelming, just a touch of bitterness and caramel present. Taste is fuller, English hops providing a substantial bite, and the malts are caramel a bit fruity, with some berries and apple present. A grainy note and some diacetyl impair the flavour a bit. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, crisp, and full, and drinkability is good. Not a great bitter, but entirely acceptable. I might have it again if I found it somewhere, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of belias
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish golden colour with a slight off white head which dissipated rather quickly and left a little lacing. The smell was slight, but i picked up on a fruity character and a very sweet malt aroma. The taste is pretty enjoyable, sweet honey/caramel malt character mixed with some spicy & nut flavors and some mild bittering hops in the finish. Overall i found the taste to be well balanced but i was expecting a little more bitterness due to the style. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry and i think i would have enjoyed a little more body on this as it comes across a little thin. Overall i did enjoy this beer enough to drink it again, but not the best bitter i've had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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 headlessparrot
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went to the Beer Store for the second time in three days, after polishing off a six-pack of lager in under two day in an attempt to beat the brutal heat. In addition to my concerns about the spectacularly brutal heat, however, I was also in need of something relatively low in ABV to drink while studying for final exams (you know, can't be drinking heavily while going over notes and such). Tetley's English Ale - at 3.8% ABV - fit the bill tremendously, and I picked up a four-pack of nitro cans.

Nitro beers tend to have similar flavour profiles on account of the nitrogen pours - they're usually exceptionally creamy and smooth, but with little else going for them (and in fact, much like Boddingtons, Tetley's proclaims itself "smooth & creamy" right on the can). Let's see how it stacks up.

Whether the nitrogen can constitutes as cheating or not, Tetley's pours beautifully - the trademark cascade bubbles fade in a few moments to reveal a beautiful copper-ruby brew capped by two fingers of dense, perfectly white foam that lasts for the entire drink. Lacing is absolutely spectacular as well; the foam just cakes itself onto the walls of my pint glass.

Smell, as you might expect from a nitro ale, is rather subdued. Creamy and smooth, for sure, but there's little discernable otherwise. I suppose there's a touch of citrus hops present, with an even more subtle touch of caramal malt. But that's... basically it. Initially, had a faint skunk character that receded after the finish of the cascading head.

Taste is good, though hardly groundbreaking (again, as per most nitro beers). Though not quite as watery, Tetley's appears to share some similarity with Boddingtons Pub Ale. Quite smooth (obviously) and very creamy (duh), but with a bit more hop (citrus? leaves?) presence than Boddingtons as well as a bit of malty (caramal?) sweetness. Faint hints of tea, a touch of bitterness on the palate, and a fairly dry finish with a touch of residual sweetness. Better than Boddingtons, but I can't decide by how much.

Mouthfeel is alright - carbonation levels are perhaps even a touch too low, as this beer feels just a little flat, and while the taste is watery smooth, there's a certain amount of body still present in the beer. Drinkability, as with Boddingtons, is pretty good. Smooth and creamy, it goes down like water, especially when paired with any kind of pub fare.

All in all, Tetley's English Ale isn't a bad little beer. Like Boddingtons, its mild, creamy and smooth, but with a touch more flavour that BAs might be looking for. I'm not sure if I'll ever buy more, but it's still certainly worth a try.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.31/5  rDev +22.8%
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 Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Phocion
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw this stuff on sale for $4.99 for a 4-pack (14.9 oz cans) at a local liquor store. Pours out of the can a dark golden color with a huge foamy head, quickly shrinking down to about a half-finger that doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Nice frothy lacing sticking to the edge of my pint glass..

Smells biscuity and somewhat malty. Subtle hops round out the scent. Pleasant but weak.

Earthy, buttery malt taste. Very light hops. Not too complex and not too strong. Overall, basically the same as the smell - pleasant but rather weak.

The palate on this one is decent. Very creamy and smooth, though it is somewhat light-bodied.

I could see this one as a great session beer. It goes down smooth and is quite refreshing. My review may be a bit low, but this is not a bad beer, though it is not a great one either. It's just a bit too bland.

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Photo of clickpush
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour: 44cl nitro can into imperial pint glass. An amber beer with tiny random bubbles along the glass. Raises a one finger fluffy white head and the cloudiness of the carbonation clears very quickly but the head itself lasts forever.

Nose: Faint cinnamon aroma. Light malts and a touch of apple. Not very interesting and way too difficult to detect.

Mouth: Not much mouthfeel at all - in fact, it's pretty horrible, like it's completely flat. There's a nice, light bitterness and a touch of sweetness to the front but the terrible mouthfeel and the addition of a metallic flavor make this beer a real loser.

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Photo of ADR
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typical nitro pour, after settling, a flat creamy 1/2 inch head stays on top of a chill-hazed amber beer. Thick sheets of lace on the glass. Some hops to the aroma, slightly tart and sulfurous. Mouthfeel is on the thin side with well-spaced fine carbonation. Musky caramel malt backdrop, a little bit of cocoanut. Not a bad leafy hop balance to start, nothing distinctive however. Slides into a somewhat watery finish while hanging on to some residual sweetness. This one has more flavor than Boddington's Pub Ale, at least.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro tap into a pint glass.

Appearance is quite impressive. A beautiful 3/4" very creamy lbrown ight head [as one would expect from the nitro]. Head lasts forever. Beer is a light copper/brown [like tea] without visible carbonation.

Aromas is light with some hops and some sweetness.

Taste has some nicely bitter hops with a light caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel has a light/medium body which feels somewhat lifeless on the tongue.

Overall, not a bad session beer to sit around and watch football. Nothing too exciting.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
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 hanco005
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

14.9 oz nitro-can indicates 3.8% abv and dated 26 Nov 06, poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours thick and foamy as bubbles give way to a clear copper liquid, 1 inch thick, creamy marshmallow color head is produced and remains constant, moderate lacing also occurs

S—sweet sugary malts, a little sour, a little buttery, the overall aroma is very light

T—bitterness is present throughout, but finishes with a little sweetness, getting some “tin” taste as well, overall flavor is a bit bland

M—a touch thin, medium bodied, carbonation is right on for a nitro-can

D—just ok. Would I have another? Sure, but would pick something else if I had a choice.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Can opens with a loud whoosh, and the contents are poured from the can into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear, dark gold. A thick, white, creamy head sits atop the liquid and lasts till the finish of the beer. Lots of clinging lace. Much like the Boddington's that I have recently had this is a fine looking beer.

Smell: Weak aromas. Slight, sweet, malt, little noticeable hops. I am perhaps too use to American Pale Ales with their strong malt aromas backed by a solid hop scent (floral, citrus, pine, something). This is perhaps too sublte for me, irregardless, I want a little more.

Taste: Opens with some smooth light malt, finishes with a little hop bitterness. Overall, the taste is much like the scent, it's there, but understated. I would almost venture to call this an English macro; the scent and taste is kept low so as to keep this beer inoffensive.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy (almost oily), with a lower than expected carbonations rate, evident by the few small bubbles seen floating in the beer.

Drinkability: This beer is easy drinking, low in standout taste and very low in alcohol. This a very sessionable beer. However, I would not likely seek out more of this anytime soon.

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Photo of jwc215
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
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 maccroz
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a sucker for the nitrogen-infused cans. Not only are they a novelty, but they are actually really good at what they do - producing a pub-style draught ale at home.

I poured my Tetley's rather quickly into a frosted pint glass. It settled faster than the Guinness & Boddington's nitro-cans and it resulted a tiny 1cm frothy head with the illusion of dark little bubbles (almost as if someone spilled coffee grinds on it)

The frothy head acts as a layer of insulation between my nose and the aroma of the beer but after taking a sip I am able to distinguish a malty, grainy smell. The taste is ever so slightly hoppy with a warm loaf of bread taste to it. The smooth mouthfeel and the cozy taste make this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Loud opening, smooth pour resulted in a yellowish creamy looking brew that settles in moments to a gorgeous tarnished bronze with a stubborn tightly tiny-bubbled head. Smell is mildly ashy, almost the scent of peanut skins or shells sans nuts. Taste is mild malt with a dash of English hoppiness. The mouthfeel undermines the experience. This beer looks so delicious. Easy to quaff. An alternative at parties and not unreasonably priced at $1.59 for the single 500ml can.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.54/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Gorgeous, swirling currents of ultrafine bubbles that coalesce into a thick, creamy, egg nog-colored head atop a clear, rusty, bengal orange-colored body.

Smell: Rather weak, but appetizing. Caramel malts and diacetyl dominate; a sweet and creamy aroma, almost like vanilla ice cream.

Taste: Everything in the aroma is here, and it is still, unfortunately, pretty weak and watery. Very light hops add a iceberg lettuce-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth enough, but quite flat. Smiliar to whole milk.

Drinkability: One, I think, is enough. I want something a bit more substantial in taste and in mouthfeel.

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Photo of JMD71
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper, caramel color with nice thick creamy head when poured out of can. 1 finger head lasts throughout the pint with good lacing all along. Very little carbonation visible. Looks delicious...

Smell: Slightly malty aroma with just a hint of background hop bitterness. Traces of caramel.

Taste: Very mild flavor with little of the hop character found in American pale ales. I know English pale ales are not as hoppy, but this almost tasted bland. Malty flavor dominates along with hint of caramel from malts. Slightly roasted, toasty flavor persists throughout. Finished clean & crisp.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth which is heightened by the creamy head. Little carbonation detected as it common for this style.

Drinkability: This is a smooth ale that goes down easily. Not very flavorful, but can see it being a good session beer for its low ABV.

Comments: I think this is a good occasional English pale ale, but would not choose it when given a range of choices. The flavor is a bit on the bland side & I personally prefer more carbonated ales. Again, good for when looking for something mild, but don't anticipate a flavor burst when ordering.

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Photo of Naes
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very nice looking amber colored ale that has a tall and thick white frothy head that is derived from its widget. As to be expected with a nitrous can, the head retains and laces wonderfully
The aroma is of mild English style hops.
The flavor has a toasty malt base but finishes slightly bitter with hops. Not bad for an English pale ale.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit light on the carbonation.

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Photo of scooter231
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprising and nice find in my local Key Food store. It's really quite gorgeous- watching it change from a muddled brown to a coppery red was quite aweing. And the head goes on for days- it's smooth and creamy looking, and never disappears, and leaves some nice lacing around the glass. It has the consistency of whipped cream, almost- freshly whipped, at that. Just very appealing looking.

The nose is not very impressive- malty and sweet, but the odor is very mild. Nothing offensive in it, just not very deep. Taste is so-so- more maltyness, a bit of a coffee flavor, but nothing extremely interesting. Still, not offensive at all.

Mouthfeel is just as creamy as the appearance would suggest- soooo creamy and smooth, very nice. Quite drinkable- I'd enjoy a few of these at one sitting. A wonderful find that I'll be sure to keep a few spare of in the back of the fridge.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the days when I drank a lot of Coors Light this beer was a tasty treat indeed. Nowadays this doesn't strike me in quite the same way but still has positive, redeeming features.
From the nitro can this pours rather beautifully. It is a very inviting looking beer. The cascading effect, the creamyness of the head... very pretty.
The smell isn't nearly as impressive. It isn't impressive at all. Very, very mild odor, but what's there is pleasant. Not a pro, not a con.
Tastes better than it smells, but still falls on the mild side of the spectrum. Nothing to offend the palate and the creamyness that lives in the appearance carries over to the texture making for an enjoyable experience.
Very sessionable. A four pack doesn't usally stand a chance.
Tasty enough and very very smooth.

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Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer straight from the nitro can at a party. Taste is fairly bland, but inoffensive. Bit of caramel in the taste, mild hop flavor. Overall this is a decent but unexciting beer. I wouldn't go looking for it, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

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Photo of Naerhu
1.95/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Very nice reddish amber with a finger of pure white dense, dense, dense head.
S - They must have made this beer in a deodorant factory, cause this beer has no odor.
T - Stripped out malt, no sweetness, mild and long lasting bitter, extremely one dimensional.
M - As with all nitrogen beers, this beer is flat and lacking the carbonic acid to give it verve.
D - This might be an excellent beer to wash down bangers and mash in some quaint village in England, but anywhere in the world this is just forgettable swill.

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Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 505 ratings
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