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

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Added by canadianbarman on 12-20-2000

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
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 -14.8%
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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Photo of beerluvr
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the glass as a opaque milky colored liquid which transforms into clear russet/amber liquid topped with a compact creamy ivory head. The nose is lighty fruity/candy-like sweet. The taste is bittersweet and somewhat fruity with a smooth creamy mouthfeel and good hop bitterness with a somewhat tea-like astringency which complements the fruitiness quite nicely. Finishes bittersweet and very easy to drink.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i've been wanting to try this one for some time. this sample is from a nitro-can. color is a gold and copper. a nice creamy head. smell is a very nice balance of hops and malt. taste like so many other english pale ales, is very well balanced but the smooth malt flavor does linger over the hops. drinkability is awsome. when i first started digging into this 4-pack I was wondering if the ABV was around 4% because it was so easy to drink. but they say it's 5% and that makes me happy.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascading bubbles seeming to flow to the bottom of the glass when I pour the contents of the can. Barely any beer visible at the bottom but as the bubbles subside it forms a tan head about a half inch thick on an amber coloured brew. The head is very creamy, the aroma is mild maltiness.

Taste isnt offensive, just bland. Hard to detect anything but the malt. A pretty boring taste but it is smooth and goes down nice. A good quaffing beer.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14.9 FL. OZ nitro can, purchased at Gordon's Wine on Main Street in Waltham.

"This can contains a WIDGET" Thank you Tetley for that warning up front.

Probably the most perfect head I've yet to see upon any brew I've yet tried. White, thick and perfectly symetrical. It's something worth seeing.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. Not much on the nose. A nice malty flavor that goes down very easily. Some buttery, lip smacking aftertaste. A nice sessionable brew, but not one I'd likely buy again. Well worth a try if you see it, but not my cup of tea...pardon the pun.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Can contains a Widget in big red letters at the top of the rim, right below the top of the can.

I have to say, I bought this beer many times before I knew there was such a thing, such a community as BeerAdvocate- I was trying new and different things haphazardly for years before finding this community.

And now I am going back and trying some that I experienced before with a more practiced eye (maybe not a better palate, but at least I know a few more things). So what does this have to do with Tetley's in a can with a widget? Well, I'll tell you, as I told many others, I thought that Tetley's, when first poured into a glass, was one of the most beautiful, almost cosmically deep visual experiences ever, watching the amber liquid turn creamy like a root beer float, gently settling from the bottom up a distinct white-merangue head covering the creamy turbulence below, as the layers separated themselves oout, ever so slowly. I thought that Tetley's did this ever so better than the similar Guinness widget.

And you know what? It is still f'ing amazing to watch. Not as pretty as I remember it, but it is gorgeous. I know some have bashed the whole nitro in a can concept, and it may not be as good as having it cask conditioned, but I haven't had much of that experience yet. And until I do, this is gorgeous.

But what about the rest of the beer experience? The aroma is a pleasant malty, slightly hoppy sharp (very slight, but well proportioned to the rest of the aroma). Aroma isn't strong or complex enough, but nice.

Flavor is hoppier than expected. That's not a bad thing, just surprising. There is definitely a smooth creaminess to this that is advertised on the can, but the tartness of the hops is the dominant note to me.

Mouthfeel is thin, surprisingly thin. Drinkability is ok, nothing special.

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Photo of avylover
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a nitro can from the corner store. I found this to be pretty good for a cheap beer. The beer poured wigolden with a rich & creamy head, which made the mouthfeel wonderful. Very creamy in character. The aroma was only slightly malty, with some hops barely showing up in the taste. The mouthfeel makes up for it. One complaint is the chemical taste in the aftertaste - just not quite right there. Still, for a cheap session beer, I would take this any day, all day long.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

14.9 ounce widget-induced can. A swirling murky off-brown settles into a solid copper in hue, with a huge off-white capped head. Sweety aroma, some malts and fruit can be detected. A slick and thin mouthfeel with a quick shot of malts and some caramel backing; mild bitter hops in the back. Not much going on in the flavor department, bordering on average for the style. More than 1 of these in the can is probably too many for a setting.

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Photo of Brent
2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pint nitro widget can. Poured an unusual but interesting tan - like coffee with loads of milk. Aroma was a bit sour. Flavor was, well, pretty much MIA. Just some vague, watery slightly sweet malt. I went through the entire glass trying to get enough flavor to make an indentification, but in the end my reaction was just "blah." This may be great stuff on tap, but it was certainly bland from the nitro can.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this cracked open with a loud "whoosh" and after all the nitro cascading stuff it settled to a lovely deep copper with a huge thick biscuit like head. aroma is subdued, malty if anything. very creamy in the mouth, milkshake like. smooth as hell. flavorwise it is somewhat weak, caramel malts thumbwrestling with light bits of hops with a noticable metallic taste always present. not bad, but not impressive either. a "small" beer that is more than drinkable, mainly due to its awesome texture.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice tap bitter. It pours a bright bronze with a rocky eggshell head and large swathes of lace. The aroma is full of caramel with some bread malts and hop bitterness. The taste is a very malty caramelly mix with lots of diacetyl butterscotch in the finish. Hops are moderate and earthy, very english. The mouthfeel is very carbonated, but in a delicate way.

This is a very tastey bitter, if a little comercial and lacking in hops. Id recommend it.

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Photo of soper2000
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite surprised to find this at a local hole in the wall type bar. Appearance was typical of other nitro injected "pub ales". Cascading aggressively to form a creamy head. Hue was a pleasant copper. Smell is one of the weaker aspects of this beer. Everything was really muted but there a little bit of malt does linger. Taste had nice notes of pine and hay followed by a sweet caramel finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both obviously high. I actually enjoyed this quite a bit more than I do Boddington's. Unquestionably this was a great find in a pretty beer deprived city.

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Photo of EPseja
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big pop and whoosh from the nitro-widget upon cracking open the can. Poured out of the can like foamy milk into my pint glass, settled over 1.5 minutes as a Guinness would, and finished to a slightly rose-hued honey amber color with 1/2" of super dense white-bread colored head.

Smell has a distinct malt fruitiness with a sharp hop note.

Taste starts off with a pleasant blend of malt and minor hops. Honey is a dominant flavor in the mouth. Hops makes a bigger appearance in the finish, but still remains in the background. Bitterness is very low all around.

Creamy mouthfeel... rolls around the tongue and palette smoothly. Carbonation is almost non-evident except for a tinge in the back of the throat upon swallowing.

This beer isn't particularly stunning in any category, but decently balanced overall, making it easy to drink as a session beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright clean dark golden beer. Has a rich spoonable creamy off white head that leaves anice lace. I always have a hard time getting any aroma out of any nitro beer, the head is so thick it hard to pick up much through it. I did manage to get a light sweetness in the aroma. The taste starts out with a good bitterness followed by a light applely sweetness. The finish is a nicely balanced hop finish that has an almost tea like character.

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Photo of travolta
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Amber hue. The head on this brew is creamy, like whipped cream. The lacing is great, pretty muc turns the glass white.

Nose: Honey, hops, wheat. pleasent nose, but not much to smell.

Taste: Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, watery a the end. Slightly bitter with some honey. the bitterness stays until the end and sticks around just for a bit.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was an amber, clear ale with a very short head (under 1 finger).

The aroma was of medium bodied malts, light hops, and a hint of apples.

The beer was poorly carbonated... hell, it was practically flat. The taste was very mild, slightly fruity and a little bitter. Not impressive.

The mouthfeel was pretty lousy due to its lack of carbonation, and overall I just had no desire to even finish the half a can I had poured. Didn't pour it into the sink, don't know why, but I managed to get through it. But I didn't like it.

Fortunately, it was a gift.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
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 GClarkage
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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 slitherySOB
1.75/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The colour's kind of a light gold and brown. Sort of looks like it could be tea. Nice head which lasted. Lace? This beer doesn't lace, it coats the glass like paint. Sadly, this is where the positive attributes end. The smells bland. Bit sweet and weak. Taste is boring. A pathetic malt presence followed by a nutrasweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. I have three cans left, and I think I'll be giving them away. Swill.

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Photo of zjungleist
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells a bit like wet tobacco, but not horribly. Pours nice, pretty stadard nitro can look. Color is a dark orange/brown. Head is creamy and lasting, but thats were every bit of carbonation went. Mouth feel is flat and syrupy, get really thin at the end, kinda like old keg beer. Taste is pretty bitter, and a little sour. Slighly sweet and malty, but mostly just bitter. Doens't go down very easy. Finnish before it gets warm. Wouldn't be bad with a dry pot roast I guess, but I doubt I'll ever go here again. Looks much better than it really is.

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Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Sammy
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Gusler
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after its emancipation from the nitro can pours a somewhat hazy yellow with a creamy bright white head and a thick sheet of lace to obfuscate the glass. Nose is sweet malt and has a hint of yeast, earthy I guess is a good term, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet and the top a bit thin. Light carbonation with a delicate hop presence, quite dry aftertaste, a drinkable brew, but I prefer these beers from cask or tap, something just seems lost in the translation.

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Photo of joecast
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

light amber color with a super fine white foamy head.
good hoppy, floral aroma. full on the nose.
tatste is a bit on the sour side (yeasty?), followed by a candy like sweetness and finished off by some hop bitterness.
mouthfeel is on the light, watery side.
overall this beer looks and smells really good, but the taste just doesnt work so well for me.
the can is easily within the "best before" date, but who knows how it has been handled as far as heat?
on the lid of the can it says "serve cold", maybe that would help to cut the sourness.

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Tetley's English Ale from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
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