St. Austell Tribute Premium Cornish Ale - St. Austell Brewery

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-29-2003

The South West's favourite beer. Tribute is a huge supporter of sport in the region. It is the official beer of South West Rugby Union, sponsor of both Somerset & Gloucestershire County Cricket Clubs, the Cornish Pilot Gig Association as well as a keen supporter of Plymouth Argyle & Exeter City football clubs. Customers and publicans love Tribute as it's light, hoppy, zesty, easy to drink and consistently delicious.
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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by KarlosT:
Photo of KarlosT
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Ye Olde Fighting Cocke in St. Albans England. This is the (or one of the) oldest Public (Pub) places in England. Very neat old octagonal structure, with several beers on tap.

On my recent trip to Europe (Germany & England), this was by far the best beer that I had. With all of the micro-brews in the US, it seems to me that most of the US brews are more interesting and have more character than any beer that I tried in these 2 countries. Perhaps I know where to look in the US, since most of my European brews weren't significantly different from Budweiser.

Not sure how to translate English to American, but this "Cornish Ale" sure tasted like an IPA to me. And surprisingly, like a West-Coast IPA ... it definitely had strong citrus flavors. Be curious as to where they get their hops. Sure seemed like Citra and Cascade.

The flavor was smooth, with a medium hoppiness for an IPA. There were definitely the citrus (grapefruit) flavors as noted early. The appearance and mouthfeel were consistent with a high quality IPA. I tend to find that several IPA's have a metal after-taste ... that was pleasently absent from this beer (good).

For me ... I could not detect an aroma with this beer. It almost seemed odorless. All I could conclude was that they do not dry-hop their beer.

Nevertheless, I found this to be a very enjoyable IPA, and look forward to having it again in the future. And this was my favorite beer out of 10+ that were tried on this European adventure.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JMD71
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks fo my UK friends for this one. Sampled & revewed 2/25/07.

Ap: Vigourous pour raises solid 1 1/2 fingers of rocky, creamy head. Extremely clear. Light copper almost whiskey color. Carbonation low. Nice lacing as the glass empties.

Ar: Solid malt profile prevalent. Bready & malty (buttered toast?)with some yeasty esters in the background. Slight hop profile noted.

Ta: Nice malt entry which persists through the middle with a slight hop bite in the finish. Slight metallic overtones. Could be a bit oxidized, but 'Best Before' date of Oct 07 so should be fairly fresh.

Mo: Light bodied. Very smooth & creamy. Nice crisp finish leaves your tastebuds looking for more....

Dr: Highly drinkable! The smooth, creamy mouthfeel & light body would make this an excellent session beer.

Comments: A gift from some friends in the UK who came to visit us in MA, this was a very welcome surprise. Very easy drinking & well balanced bitter. Could definitely see this as my session beer if I was in England.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014. Picked up a little while back from a supermarket. A classic pale ale that shares both modern and traditional influences.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A golden-amber hue with faint haze and plentiful carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before settling as a patchy surface layer. Aroma of floral hops with hints of grass/hay, faint fruitiness, ale yeast, biscuity malt and a touch of earthiness. Relatively subtle but pleasant.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a floral hop character and a crisp, dry finish. Notes of flowery hops, grass/hay, subtle white pepper, biscuity grain, fruity ale yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of grassy hops, earthy yeast and faint malt.

A nicely-balanced pale ale with a light, hoppy character. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are a satisfying blend of grassy hops, fruity ale yeast and malt. Body is OK; a tad thin but it suits the style. Quenches a thirst, particularly on a hot day. I can also attest that this is very nice on cask. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask)Tastes like an English bitter. caramelly, with a juicy citric finish, some acidity, everything about it is pretty light and simple. Medium bitterness on the finish. Some floral notes. This is what i'd call a session bitter, very easy, and pleasnat enough to drink.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before April 2013.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of broadly foamy off-white head, which leaves a low-slung ring of webbed lace around the glass as it sinks away.

It smells of crisp biscuity malt, muddled citrus peel, and earthy, floral, grassy hops. The taste is bready, restrained biscuit malt, a slight buttery character, which lends a slight toffee note, amongst some plucky herbal, earthy, and leafy hops.

The bubbles are quite restrained, the body a simmering medium weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes fairly hoppy, the aforementioned noble bitter essences blending nicely with the latent toffee and biscuit malt tendencies.

A pretty enjoyable English bitter - bitter - natch, as well as grainy, and biscuity, all in proper proportion, the amp tuned just right. And, with the forgiving ABV, one could sensibly session the hell right out of this one.

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this beer in bottles, on tap and fresh from the brewery. It is a great beer every way. Originally brewed as a special, this is now St. Austell's flagship beer. Brewed using their own special malt, Cornish Gold, and Maris Otter. I get an pint of Tribute every time I get a chance.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed light amber hue, tall rocky white head that retains to a thick cap.

Spicy herbal hops in the aroma, some toasty and sweet toffee notes linger in the background.

Toasty and sweet bready malt up front in the flavour, some toffee sweetness, rounded out with earthy, spicy, herbal hops, with bitter leafy herbal hops lingering on in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied mouthfeel, smooth slippery texture, with moderate carbonation.

Clean offering of an English Bitter, hits all the right notes, well done.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank in the 'Mad Bishop and Bear' on the top level at Paddington Station, London. It was the guest beer at this well known Fullers Pub.

Poured into the correct pint sleeve glass with the Tribute logo on both sides.

Good solid amber colour, clear and bright, the white head stuck to the glass as I drank my way down the pint.

The aroma was purely of hops, as was the overall taste and mouthfeel, a very nice beer indeed. I had forgotten how much I liked this beer, glad I found it again.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Guiness Pint glass. Brass color, clear appearance. White crown shows fairly good retention. Pale malt, subtle toasted, orange & citric aromas. Slight toasted flavor, hints of tropical fruit & floral bitterness at first sip. Light to medium body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Notes of orange pulp, citric zest, grapefruit & raspberry in the middle. Sweet dry finish. Fruity aftertaste. Easy drinkable & suggested for a nice beer session.

Photo of patre_tim
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light copper, tea colour with a fair amount of fine bubbled carbonation, and 3 fingers of light beige head.


S: Caramel, biscuit, bread, cracker. Light fruitiness.


T: Pears, peaches, hard water, a hit of iron near the end, little bitterness.


M: Medium body, medium low peppery carbonation.


O: Well crafted brew, got at Villa Market, Bangkok. Great taste. Still fresh after the long voyage from Cornwall.

Photo of DirkNachbar
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good on draft. In can quite bad

Photo of markbatonrouge
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh.... a summer of drinking English bitters/brown ales. I love that there's such a nice resurgence of cask ales in the UK since I last spent a summer there.

But my favorite of the summer was Tribute. It's clearly typical of style as a brown-ish English ale, but it also very nicely moves beyond style. The nose and the taste are key. There's a floral-ness to it, almost moving in the direction of an American-style pale ale. Indeed, this brewery clearly knows how to use hops for both flavoring (late in the boil) and for some aroma (dry hopped?).

There are definitely better styles of beer in the world today. But I still love those English cask ales, and they're tough to beat as session beers. This is one of the best. I'm back in the states now, and I'll definitely miss hitting my local for a pint of Tribute.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barley sugar coloured body with thin but big bubbled white head.

Hops and syrup on the nose with some wheat cracker in there too.

Clean tasting and yes it does make you think of Cornwall nice mix of crisp malts and biting hop finish with an unusual effect of bringing a good quality to a mineral taste to a beer.

Easy drinking goes through the mouthfeel and makes a highly enjoyable ale.

Photo of Nermal
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into an curved pint glass.

Pours a clear amber colour with a nice 1inch white fluffy head. Some lacing throughout. Smell is malty and fresh - slightly bready. Taste is well rounded and malty with hints of caramel transitioning smoothly to a dry hoppy bite halfway through the mouthful. Finish is dry, reasonably bitter and with slight grassy notes. Nicely balanced.
Mouthfeel is not bad - a little thin for my liking but the carbonation is about right. Reasonably quaffable - lowish abv makes this a nice session beer.
Had on tap in cornwall and remember it being a little more full bodied than this, but if you can't get it on cask, a bottle is almost as good.

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the popular cask ales that we sampled on our vacation to England.
Amber color with bronze hilghts around the edge of the glass. Short, tight foam that lasted nicely. Rich aroma of biscuity malt and citrus fruitiness. Smell almost resembled the orange zest in a wheat beer. Fresh flavor that combined malt and hops. Grapefruit tang from the hops leave a slightly oiliness, but it is erased by the crisp, dry finish.
Great enjoyed in the sunny beer garden.

Photo of rarbring
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear brass with copper colored beer, an off-white head leaving lacing.

A weak malty smell, dried grass, some lemon acidity.

The taste is an odd mixture of grape, licorice and a dry bitter finish.

Medium carbonation, a very distinct dry finish.

Hard to judge this beer is, another day I might enjoy it more.

On-tap at The White Horse, Soho.

Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...

Poured a nice coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy and faded to very thin layer... little or no lacing...

Aroma - Light toffee malts, fruity (oranges, raisins, grapefruits), nutty sweetness, grassy, spicy hops, biscuity / bready notes...

Taste – Juicy fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruits), light toffee malts, some honey sweetness, nutty... everything mabe just lacking a little depth...

Feel - Pretty smooth. Light bodied. Very drinkable - would make a good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good beer... Definitely worth a try...

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large porter glass.

A: Pours a clear copper hue with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a decent trail down the glass.

S: Slightly tart and floral citrus notes in the aroma.

T: Floral and citrus flavors with hints of toffee and biscuits with a dry bitter finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent English Bitter – Easily drinkable but not the best I’ve ever had.

Photo of HurrahBeer
2.39/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours like a nice golden ale, but seriously lacking aroma and a nice finish. Would be a great lawnmower beer, but past that it's not for me.

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a cask into an imperial pint glass in London, England. Cost was 3.60 GBP. Reviewed from notes.

A: Colour is a hazy shiny bright copper. The head is one finger of nice slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention.

Sm: Lovely bright fruit esters, light pleasant malt, and full barley. Quite appealing. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Light cream undertones throughout. Full but unobtrusive barley forms the foundation. The pleasant esters from the nose don't come through as much as I'd like. It's balanced but muted. No boldness or inspiration here.

Mf: Far too wet and smooth, making it difficult for the flavours to really come out.

Dr: Easy to drink, but priced highly. ABV is on the low side of average. I wouldn't have it again. Would be better on-draught.

Photo of mikeal1917
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

My first trip to the UK and this brew caught my eye in the White Horse, my first Pub, located in Oxford.

Appearance- Nice golden brown color with a quickly dissolving head, leaving small wisps of foam around the glass.

Smell- has a sweet, aromatic smell, not pungent at all. Naturally, gives you warm feelings all over

Taste- low bitterness level, APV was I believe 4.3%(I was amazed that the pubs give the APV right on the menus!). Didn't leave a drawn out aftertaste, and went well with my chicken baguette.

Mouthfeel- Considering the difference between American and English styles of storage, English generally having their beers cool not ice cold, I was apprehensive about how I would like it. I feel that I would have actually enjoyed the beer less if it was ice cold. Felt thicker then American Ales, and went down easy.

Drinkability- exceptional as the rating states. A nice blend of strength and taste. Makes a great first beer in England.

Photo of Doiv
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel brown colour with a big off-white head with beady lacing left.

Aroma is of biscuity malts, slightly bitter, and a red berry fruity tone that dominates.

Taste is malty, with fruity esters, apricots, redcurrants and a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good, drinks well.

Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle. Clear amber colour, decent head, but doesn´t hold for a minute. Smell of hops, resine, pine and some citrus. Medium body, not much carbonation, taste is mild, herbal, citrus and I think I fell some cask. Sure I'll have another one if a have a chance, but there's really nothing special in it.

Photo of weiht
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a typical english ale kinda guy, and when I was travelling around england couple of months ago I tried as many as I can. Till this day, every cell in my body still cries out for another pint of tribute as my country in asia doesnt have this.

Beer wasn't as clear in appearance, had a nice mild inviting smell to it. Taste is pale ale at its best, not too overly bitter. Some beers greet you with an immediate big taste but goes flat after that. This one is the opposite, it grows on you and you just want another pint. The aftertaste is very pleasant and still taste wonderful even after it has lost some temperature.

it goes down smoothly, and im not sure if its anything to do with the cornish waters

Photo of Kevichella
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought in a bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Warm, gold with a touch of red. Hardly any bubbles rising, fair bit of a head from my lack of pouring prowess.

Smell: Smells okay, similar to lager but a bit nicer.

Taste: The starting point is similar to lager, but it is a deeper perhaps nuttier taste.

Feel: Feels wet. Nothing wrong with this one.

Very nice and it goes down very easily.

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St. Austell Tribute Premium Cornish Ale from St. Austell Brewery
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