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:
No notes at this time.

Added by canadianbarman on 12-20-2000

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Photo of cubedbee
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on a nitro tap, after it settles this is a nice bright clear copper with a finger of creamy smooth off-white head, curtains of lace left behind. Nose is muted--slight haylike grassiness, slight hint of a malt, not much to smell. Taste is that of a simple pale ale, nice pale malts, slightly caramel, gentle touch of grassy hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and somewhat flat tasting, just like any nitro, but with this simple ale it works well. I love nitro beers--they don't give me gas like regular ones--and I could literally drink this nice little pale ale all day long.

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Photo of Higravity
2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well I don't like this at all on the nitro and I think it would be worse just in a bottle. Tall tan and a thick white nitro head that laces the whole fucking glass. I don't really smell anything except the memory of a beer. Taste is a pale ale of BMC quality. So bland and at the bottom edge of style that I might as well have got a water. This is too thick for its own good and not something I really care for and I won't drink again anytime soon.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$5 for a pint at my local pub, and you get to keep the logo glass.

I suppose this would be a "nitro tap" serving type, since the pint I got definitely had nitro in it. Looks like you would expect - the recognizeable Guinness-style creamy head, and a pale body.

Smoky pub - smelled nothing. I get the impression that this beer would not have too strong of a scent in a different situation, either, though.

The taste is extremely mild. I may even describe it as bland. But I imagine mild is what the brewers were aiming for, so I guess they succeeded. I really pick up no hop profile at all.

The mouthfeel is like Guinness draught. Creamy and full-bodied.

I think possibly the only reason I enjoyed this beer was because I just got off work and I was tired and thirsty and a beer - any beer - really hit the spot. Its basically like a lighter colored Guinness. If that is your thing, by all means give Tetley's a try. Its not my thing, and I wont be having this beer again. To me - average, straight down the line.

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Photo of kmcnair
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Oh man, I love watching a good nitro beer cascading in my glass. This one turns from a flurry of cascading cream colored bubbles into a light coppery hue and makes a really thick and fluffy, dense, cream colored head. Leaves a really thick dense lacing on my glass too. This brew presents itself quite well.

S - Smells like breakfast cereal, very malted, corny aromas. Some bread and light yeasty bits poke through, but this one is dominated by the sweet corn.

T - Very thin in the flavor department, mild hop bitterness and lots of sweet cream corn. Not terribly impressed here, wish I could find more descriptors to add, but its just very watery and thin.

M - Creamy, but very light on the palate, carbonation is smooth and finishes with a water-like wetness.

D - I'm going to go ahead and assume that Tetley's is probably better from the cask, cause this nitro can is really bland. At 3.8%, this is definitely intended for a session, but there's way better stuff out there. I don't think I'll be buying any more of this.

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Photo of bark
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The colour is amber with hints of copper. The pale beige foam forms a slowly sinking finger thick head with some fine lacing.

The smell is sour/sourish with fruity flavours of apricots and citric fruits.

The taste is fruity with medium sweetness, an OK body, some spicy notes and a passing bitterness. The aftertaste is malty with notes of sweet bread.

The carbonation is a bit too strong with lots of very small bubbles.

A cheap and simple bitter from the Carlsberg group.

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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review.
14.9 OZ Widget Can
Poured into Samuel Smith Pint Glass.

A. Changes color and puts on a show.
S. Fresh with a fruity finish.
T. Smooth with a slightly bitter finish.
M. Creamy
D. Could drink this all night long.

I enjoyed Tetley's English Ale because it has a creamy taste without feeling like you drank a glass of milk.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typically of a nitro can it produces an impressive and sustained head The prominent laving is noticable.Its colour is on the darker side of mid golden.
There is not a great deal of smell but is vaguelyclovish
The taste is subdued but has some cloves and nut characters.
It does not have a lot of carbonation and is not particularly bitter so it is a staid mouthfeel.
The ale lacks complexity and any fruit character so it is not a beer to excite me. I suppose its boring , without being offensive.

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Photo of Winter
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cascading nitro pour renders a golden amber ale with a nitrogen-induced creamy head. Thick creamy lacing throughout consumption. Aroma has a fruity ale scent to it with juicy hops. Sort of reminds me of fruit cocktail. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and silky smooth. Predominantly fruity ale. Soft in so many ways, some of which not that appealing. I'd contribute a lot of this to the nitrogen widget. Mouthfeel is airy, taste seems diluted as a result. Bitterness expands across the palate until is leaves a slight dryness.

At first I liked this but the more I tried it the less I was a fan. Typically, I don't mind nitrogen widget canned beers, but this just seemed to take away from the ale itself. I think it works for stouts, but here it just seemed to come up short.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pint on-tap at Bushwakker's.

Red-brown-amber and clear. Light beige head is a thin cap as served and produces lots of lacing.

Mild scent is earthy-herbal.

Flavour is earthy-herbal with an unpleasant finish.

Mouhfeel is light-medium bodied with light carbonation.

Nothing special, but your typical english ale.

Review done from notes.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tetley's English Ale
14.9 oz nitro can
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a bronze orange color with a massive, fluffy, creamy white head. Superb frothy trails of sticky lacings cling to the side of the pint glass.

Grainy sweet aroma.

Very smooth, creamy and easy to drink. Sugary sweet with a touch of butter and caramel. Toasted grains with a mini hop snap on the finish. As with any nitro can I've ever had, this has a good drinkability level that deserves to be noted.

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Photo of grindcore666
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber crowned with a slim, yet everlasting, frosty off-white head... simply stunning. Smells sugary and malty. Tastes like sweet malts. Its a very smooth beer, but not so much creamy as you might expect. It's mouthfeel is like thick water, light on carbonation and easy to swallow. Aftertaste is bittersweet and malty.

Overall, a solid offering for this style. It's very drinkable, but go for a Boddington's for a richer, more satisfying EPA.

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Photo of Troyone
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear apple juice color, a slight copper hue, an off white creamy head with lacing, and no carb action.

Has a sweet caramel malt smell with some resin and a lemon hops aroma.

Has a moderately acidic, lightly sweet/bitter, and burnt caramel malt taste with ironically a tea and orange/grapefruit hops flavor.

Light to medium bodied, slightly creamy/syrupy texture, no carbonation, and a slightly metallic almost chalky finish.

A very drinkable product, unbalanced acidic and burnt taste, and the almost chalky finish lingers a slightly burnt grapefruit flavor.

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Photo of BeerNutta
1.86/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer started out so well then went downhill so fast. You would think it was an asteroid hurtling towards earth.

Got this from my local Dan Murphys thought it would be tea tasting beer. (We have tetley's tea in australia)

When poured out of the can.. It looked damn promising. Deep brown ale with a thick tan foam head. Beautiful.

You could smell a sugar and tea aroma from the beer. (Well I thought so.)

Well bottoms up... Guh... AWFUL.

Maybe I got a crap can but this stuff was crap. No carbonation what so ever. Tasted like lightly hopped tea with a sickenly sweet aftertaste. Terrible. Avoid.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured an explosive medium copper color with a slightly off-white blustery head that lasted throughout, Smell is hoppy with a touch of caramel. Taste is nice with toasted grains and a nice finishing dryness. Nice and easy to drink, but one is enough. Nothing special.

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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 palliko
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

– Appearance is amber with a nice foam that has some lace. Hops give a flowery and light aroma. Initial taste has both malt and hops, the hops predominate to the finish which is a little bitter. There is some diacetyl that coats the tongue and leaves a lingering impression of margarine. Interesting sensation.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While I generally think of stouts (read: Guinness) being in nitro-charged cans, more and more I'm seeing English and Irish ales getting a nitro boost.

The can pours an attractive amber with the a creamy off-white head, full of the expected bubble cascade on the glass. The head stays with the beer throughout the drink but leaves little lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smell is pretty standard for an English Ale - caramelized malty notes and a bit of fruit. Not much in the way of hopping in the nose.

Taste is quite good - fruit notes of peach and berry, plenty of sweet malt notes and just a wee bit of noble hops at the end. No diacetyl to be found though plenty of that "English Ale" taste.

Mouthfeel was quite disappointing. The nitrogen gas didn't really help at all except to put a cosmetic creamy head on the beer. Low carbonation, slightly oily aftertaste, no real 'creamy' mouthfeel and not enough hopping to dry up the palate. Not bad but not worth the widget either.

All in all a pretty run of the mill English Pale Ale. I'd like to think the nitrogen would have made this a more interesting brew but that's not to be the case this time.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated nitro can poured into an imperial pint

Creamy, off white head cascades down into clear copper. Settles to about a finger with good retention and sheeted fine lace as it goes down.

The nose is floral hops with diacetyl, sweet malts and a little clove and green aplle underneath.

Good amount of malt for the style. Pairs well with the english hop bitterness. Clean hops in the finish. Nice light mouthfeel, good session beer.

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Photo of cokes
2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There is some sort of guilty pleasure induced by the nitro pour--even from a can---sort of like watching your neighbor undressing (depending of course, on how good looking your neighbor is).
After all the milkyerotic cascading, the beer settles to a relatively suburban golden amber with a craggy beige head and nary a bubble rising through it.

Well, I hope you enjoyed it, 'cause the proverbial wad is shot here.
Scented of candied apples, wrought iron, and scalded butter.
Begins with a vapid, caramel-traced english muffin, then turns past lemondrops and apple cores, as a fruity stickiness mixes with a floury dryness, candle wax, and stale soft cheese. The result is something like Elmer's Paste. And this sticks through the finish, overriding an otherwise appropriate and decent herbal hop note.
The standard issue nitro-pour body - with it's veneer of creaminess masking an otherwise thin structure- is not the problem here. Rather, it is what the texture contains.

Thoroughly unimpressive.

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Photo of Truh
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rubbed shoulder with Pepys with this one on 6/13/2005. 16-oz. pint at the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse.

Beautiful cascade of head that takes a good long while to settle down to ½-inch bed of foam. Deep orange hue with a touch of rose to the affair; no action noted. Deep malt, walnuts, caramel, and even some grapefruit all play on the nose. Very balanced malt on mouth with just a hint of roasted nut, burnt caramel, and a sweetness imparted by brown sugar.

Truly a smooth ride that sticks just a bit; could session this all day long with no problem.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my regular pulls at the local English-type pub. This one pulls a solid twinkie yellow with a cascade of bubbles that rise to the surface to make a thick, creamy head. After the bubbles thin out, the beer is a clear golden color. Not much smell besides a light malt.

After working your way through the cream on top, you have a smooth feeling liquid and light malty flavor in your mouth. This is a good, solid beer but it doesn't give you much flair. Very filling and great over conversation at the bar but if you want more than one, it seems like you want a lot of time to work on them.

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

This is no amazing brew but it's quite readily available in Cambridge.

The pour is quite nice- i quite like the english styles' pour, because the head is generally quite creamy once this dense sinking carbonation starts to settle. color-wise it's very caramelly red, no signs of carbonation and perfectly translucid.

The smell is weak and deserves not too much attention, considering the beer's drank cold...some caramel again showing up, the malt is soft but seems sweet and fresh, not too elaborate though.

The taste was ok....i think here they undermine carbonation a bit. the taste is quite sweet although watery and seems to lack something despite it all. bitter? well just at the end but i'll take plenty IPAs or APAs if i actually want the bitter. this is just a decent, mild beer you could just find in any pub here.

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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 MuddyFeet
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fun to watch Pours thick and milky. Eventually clears to a copper with a thick foamy head. Taste is slightly sweet, but quickly becomes sour. Not sure if it is the hops or not. Slightly appley. Mouthfeel is nice and full, creamy finish. Nose is all malt. Easy enough to drink, but not sure I would get this one again.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pop the nitro can and hear the rush of the widget breaking. Pours a nice golden hue topped by a one-inch creamy white head that stays around for a while. Nice cascading. Slightly sweet aroma at first, but upon closer inspection there's a hint of sour, cheap adjunct malt. Not a whole lot of flavor, but what's there is a nice balance of mild hops and light malt. Body is a bit thin, with almost no carbonation. Decent, especially for the price.

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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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