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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 koolk
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking white creamy head sits on top of a dark amber still liquid.

Nose is mainly malt, in particular toffee and caramel, albeit on the quiet side. Some green hop notes are present that add a touch of fruit to the aroma.

Creamy base with some mid palate bitterness. Good malty flavour which suffers to the lack of length. Love the creaminess of nitro cans, but the length really does let it down. Not overly strong, but not underdone either, this is very easy to drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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 CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light caramel with golden color with a big tan airy laced head that depsoits some on the glass.
Aroma of very light toffee with a perfumy and flowery aromatic hops.
Flavor of malt, wheat bread, salt, gypsum and a floral hop hit.
Mouthfeel is very astringent with some lingering malt sweetness. Somewhat bland in retrospect.
Drinkability is decent but certainly nothing spectacular.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 cbl2
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a slightly cloudy brown-straw. A nice cascading effect is present due to the nitro (served in widget can). Retains 1 inch of creamy head.


Slightly floral aspect due to hop presence.


Extremely smooth due to nitro, with an excellent herbal/floral flavor imparted by the hops. There are some malt characteristics, but the hops prevail in this one, but in a muted, pleasant sort of way. Would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at British Beer Company, Hyannis location.

Presentation is an imperial pint glass, with an excellent 3/4" super-dense nitro head over the amber-hued brew. Laced excellently with foam coated the glass sides from top to bottom at the end of the drinking experience. Aroma is minimal, just some slight malts apparent. Taste was balanced well, but somewhat low in intensity. Mouthfeel and drinkability enhanced by the smoothness of the nitro presentation.

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Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick creamy white head; very nice. The aroma is good. It has a nice light malt scent to it. It boasts mainly of pale malts, but there are also some light crystal malts present. It has a slight bitter aroma. The taste is good. It has a thick creamy malty flavor. It goes down with ease and finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It usually don't care for these pub ales, but this one is exceptional.

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Photo of palma
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish amber. Nitro can creates a great looking smooth head which lasts and sticks to the sides of the glass very well. Smell is sweet like candy. Also a little fruity with a nice english hop aroma. Taste is light overall with a good malt base. Noticeable diacetyl flavor right away. A complex fruitiness to this brew with a solid hop bitterness that comes through in the end. Dark roasted malt aftertaste. Grassy and leafy notes pull through as well. Silky smooth mouthfeel but a little on the thin side.

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Photo of Foxman
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a coppery amber with ruby glinting in the light, and an explosive thick, creamy head that sticks to the top lip for a long way into the glass. The cascading is a fine eyeful. Strata of lacing work their way down the inside.

The aroma kicks off with a rounded maltiness and a little bit of biscuit, along with a mellow floral hops presence. A light fruity note swirls at the edges.

The flavor is a tad thin, but true malt and butterscotch are present, along with a gentle honey sweetness and a mild citrus fruit character. A mellow hops bitterness fleshes out the finish. It's actually quite basic, but it's a smooth and pleasant balance.

Light bodied and soothingly creamy, it caresses the palate like whipped cream, then melts away, leaving a nice little dry hops glow.

I have to say, there's nothing here not to like, but it falls short slightly in the crucial aroma and flavor arenas. It's so smooth and creamy that you want to give it higher marks for those benchmarks, but objectivity prevents me from doing so. It goes down like a dream, and I could and would drink more in a sitting, but it's not going to be the first beer I reach for at the end of my day. It's simple and tasty, and for what it's worth, it's alright with me. It's just not more than that.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful red-amber color, very nice head. Cool cascading effect like Guinness Draught. Very tight, bubbly head.

Slight sweet and citrusy smell, very mellow but pleasant.

Wow, very creamy. Medium body with a full mouthfeel. A slight sweetness with good hops balance with a touch of dryness in the finish.

Definitely a beer I coul drink several of.

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Photo of nomad
2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed plenty of Boddington's, never had this one...

A clear copper colored beer with that patented nitro pour - so its gonna have that huge and even head, with tons of stain down the glass. Fake but enticing - eh, it happens.

Smells of not much besides filtered-to-death roasted malt and tiny nips of what might have been traditional English hops. Taste is thin as all heck, but that's to be expected. Roasty but without body, its slight hoppy turn is eerie. Easy to drink though the mouthfeel is eerie as well, thanks to the nitro.

A good session ale but there are better ones in a can.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No need to getting into how a nitro can is poured... creamy beige colored foam atop an amber to copper colored brew. Aromas of floral hops, hard water, and faint crystal malt. Smooth transition on the palate from diluted malt to organic mellowed hop astringency. Minerally tasting, in it's weakness. Rather quaffable (with a sidenote that I typically don't enjoy N2 beers as much as their CO2 counterparts). This beer has a good English feel to it, but leaves the overall experience rather lacking. I didn't actually know that it was contracted to Carlsberg.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very impressed by this beer. I believe I had it once before when I conquered England (part of a 100 beer club experience). At any rate, the beer pours a smooth golden brown color. It has a thick, rich head. The smell was weak, but unoffensive. A slight scent of the malts invovled in this beer, but otherwise scentless. It was delicious and smooth to drink too. It fills the mouth with a creamy, malty wonderment (oh yeh, I said wonderment) and leaves with just a tinge of balancing bitter. I could drink this beer over and over...assuming I could afford to do so.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served out of the nitro-can, into a nonic pint glass. The color was amber, with the creamy nitro head. The smell was a very faint maltiness. The taste was fairly subdued by the nitrogen, with a very slight maltiness noticable with an even slighter hop bitterness to give this "balance". Mouthfeel was creamy, as one would expect from a nitro can. Drinkability, that's the only thing that stands out about this beer; with no offensive tastes, it's got sessionability going for it.

This beer is the definition of "average". Though featuring no particular off tastes, the nitro also wipes out much of any other tastes, so it's neither good nor bad, but simply average. I'd definitely love to give a non-nitro a try.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Can says "Brewed in Leeds, England by Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd.)

Tetley's is usually clumped in with the nitrogenated Irish stouts and other nitro English ales at the liquor store. For me the name always invokes memories of tea leaves, but this turned out to be quite a decent English pale ale, and it would probably be even better if it weren't for the flavor reducing nitro-can. What's here though is a pretty good all-around ale that would lend itself quite well for a session.

The nitro-can opened with with quite a loud noise (phsoom-CRACK!) and it bubbled up slightly out of the can. A milky almond colored liquid poured forth into my pint-glass. The cascading presentation took effect, and the beer effectivley settled within a few moments, leaving a nutty amber/golden brew topped with a cream colored, 1 finger foam head. The head would last all through the glass and left a sticky/splotchy lacing on the glass. The smell was of butterscotch and a light fruitiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and very creamy. The taste was a bit watery, but what was there was quite pleasing. Some amounts of butterscotch and malt were here, but a fruity flavor was mostly abound in this brew. There is a hearty amount of hop bitterness in the finish. This bitterness continues into the finish, leaving a drying effect. A low presence of alcohol taste is there, but just barely. There is some light amounts of "typical pale ale" tastes here too (which is hard to describe). This finishes off with some alcoholic warmth.

This is a pretty nice beer, but there is always room for improvment. I'd like to try this on tap, and I can imagine paring this with some NY strip steaks or fried seafood. The bitterness was a bit surprising, but the beer ends up being a pretty drinkable offering.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Limey's Pub, St. Pete, FL.

Ok, it's a pretty pour, that's for sure: tough to argue with a well-poured-with-patience nitro head, unless you're a CAMRA member. 'Course all that insulation of unpoppable bubbles kinda keeps the aroma locked in.

A nutty brown attack which fades a bit to a clean finish. There's a thin hop-tea mouthfeel that is not bold enough for the style, and the hop-tea quality of the bittering is also less than stellar. But the mildness makes it overall very drinkable when you might want something British-mild in character. Recommended for warm days and football games, but only when on the couch. Tetley's would not survive the frozen tundra....

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tetley's english ale is an odd beer- a floating widget!?!

Anyway, I think I know how to pour a beer but when I poured this Ale, man, 99% head 1% beer. It took a minute to become a very nice looking beer. caramel brown with a creamy smooth white head that coats the glass your lip your nose just about anything it touches.
The taste wasn't very impressive. No carbonation, very watery, & flat. Light caramel and tea flavored malt.

Hey, Tetley's what's up?! Where's the taste?! Very disappointed but at least I have a floating widget!?

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Photo of diablo14
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer is only 3.8 ABV in australia, so for a midstregnth beer this is as good a import as youll get. deceptive in the sense that for the flavor, you get the full effect. youre not going to get as smashed as you would drinking a stronger beer of course, but does manage to keep the flavor in the brew.

lovely dark golden color with the type of head i love to see on any beer. pouring it out of the can it builds in those huge ebbing waves that culminate in a thick creamy head which stays long past finishing time. not a lot in the aromas. a grainy smell with a hint of citrus and hops. good malty flavor for the strength, with some citrus zest and a little honey. very smooth going down even tho its quite creamy in texture. it belies the overall potency of the alcohol in the beer. not complex at all, but geez its still fairly tasty and satisfying. one of the easiest drinking beers to pass my lips.

there are plenty better tasting and more complex english ales than this, but if youre looking for a beer than can sustain you adequately till the early hours, especially when youre up for a biggun, this is a top beer for the occasion. it wont pop your cork, but itll hang tough when the going gets ruff.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
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 ToneControl
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good English bitter. Not a complicated one, but wholesome - a very balanced flavour - just the quintessential bitter. In some parts of England unblessed with good large local breweries (i.e. Liverpool), I have seen this cherished by good pub landlords, and always excellently presented. However, in other towns, it has to play second fiddle to the likes of Marstons Pedigree, Samuel Smiths, etc.

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Photo of beerguy101
1.72/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Widget can - Medium brown color, medium head. A medium bodied brown ale. Light malts and hops. Slightly sweet malts and slightly hoppy. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. There is an off flavor to this beer that makes it undrinkable.

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Photo of rastaman
1.9/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Really bad, especially for a cask bitter. I'd been avoiding this for a while, but finally decided to give it a go the other night. Citrus, caramel and grain, rank bitterness, thin, can't say too much more about it. Thank god i had it on cask, i don't think i could have sat through a 500ml can of this.

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

Poured from a 440 ml nitro can, 4.4% abv. This is a very appealing looking ale, a very clear light amber/butterscotch colour, massive creamy head which lasts the ride down the glass, leaving some impressive lacing. Nose is full of sweet malt, slight toffee, ripe starchy fruit, and a hint of floral hops. Flavour is quite balanced, the sweet malt blends right into a mild hop finish, with some weird alchemical event occuring between them that I can't seem to peg. It's spicy but it isn't, and it's fruity, but it isn't. There and gone before you know it. Mouthfeel is more watery than I had anticipated from such an intense head, but it goes down very easy all the same.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at a British-style pub in Moscow. It came in the appropriate pint glass with a Tetley's logo. It was a deep reddish amber under an off-white head that stood the test of time well and left some very nice lace patterns down the side. The nose was a bit on the sweet side, while the mouth was flat, smooth and sweet - as it should be, but not awesomely good. The taste was smooth and creamy, with sweet malts and a nice bitter finish. For someone starved of ales in this lager drenched land, it was a refreshing change.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge, MA, nitro tap. Pours a very nice amber color with a very creamy head. Smells hoppy and light. Taste is extremely smooth and creamy somewhat watery with a sharp hop bite but tempered by some malts which make this quite drinkable. Head clings and coats the entire side of the glass all the way to the finish. Very nice. More hop presence as the beer warms.

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