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

St. Austell Tribute Premium Cornish AleSt. Austell Tribute Premium Cornish Ale

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%


Brewed by:
St. Austell Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-29-2003)
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kojevergas

Texas

2.63/5  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.

Serving type: cask

12-26-2011 22:01:27 | More by kojevergas
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janubio

Spain

3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 20:10:16 | More by janubio
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

09-29-2003 00:53:31 | More by rastaman
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jarmby1711

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very slightly hazy deep bronze to red and virtually no head.
The English Fuggle hops were apparent tosmell adding a tropical fruitiness.
The flavour was rather dull ,one dimensional and bland.Just a little og the hoppy fruitiness came through butotherwise not much at all.
It was watery and bitter in the mouth and not at all appealing.
A pretty disappointing selection from an independent brewer.
This claims to be the ale of Cornwall.
I will make a point of finding another Cornish Ale to if the County has something better to offer .

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 23:36:26 | More by jarmby1711
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 11:13:10 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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rarbring

Sweden

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 15:03:30 | More by rarbring
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Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Superb head when poured but fizzled out in no time leaving thin white remnant. Pale amber colour.

S - Some hops detectable but behind a sweetish toffee/butter.

T - Quite subtle for a bitter, hops not prominent. To be honest felt a bit watery.

M - Thin, with acceptably low level of carbonation.

D - Could not really see me having more than one, at least for the bottled version.

Have not seen this in cask locally (hardly surprising) I'd imagine this is a much different beast from this bottled version. Like most bitters a non bottle conditioned beer probably bears little resemblance to the cask. Next time I am in Cornwall then.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 21:22:58 | More by Stephen63
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I think this is my first ever beer from the only county in England I have not set foot in. The amber coloured beer has a relatively lacklustre head.

It has a very sweet white grape juice nose. There are hints of raisin and honey. Despite the sweetness it smells very fresh.

It certainly doesn't taste as sweet as it smells as the sweetness is very much secondary behind a rather lemony hop bite. It feels rather insubstantial and its attraction is rather simple but the flipside is that I could certainly knock a couple back comfortably. Maybe one day I'll finally make it to one of my country's most beautiful counties....

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 21:22:55 | More by charlatan
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Pencible

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear dark amber with thick white head. It had a weak scent of hops, but it was hard to smell much through all the head. It tasted like sweet peaches balanced by bitter citrus hops. It had some yeast flavor, but not really any malt. It had an oily texture, fairly thick for an ale, with a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a pretty good beer with a nice unique flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 22:09:12 | More by Pencible
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ckollias

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 01:11:10 | More by ckollias
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mrandolph

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold and somewhat frothy for a cask ale. The nose is dominated by diacetyl backed by biscuit malt flavors. There is a floral and earthy hop aroma. The flavor is malt-forward with a decent does of biscuit. Med-light body and smooth finish.

Serving type: cask

07-05-2009 09:47:06 | More by mrandolph
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:31:04 | More by IronDjinn
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle from Asda (£1.99):
Bright, amber brown to copper colour with a thick looking lacing for a head that looks like a layer of foam on top of the clear beer.

Solid bitter aroma to start with strong earthy notes and a lot of bitterness along with some caramel and earthy notes. There is an earthy hop aroma to but this is followed by an unexpected citrus aroma and some sweeter fruits along with a few floral notes.

Earthy malts and subdued hops from the nose there is the citrus taste as well but this is more up front than it was on the nose. There is a trace of biscuit and some caramel too along with lemon zest and a touch of spice.

Medium and smooth body with medium to moderate bitterness and the slightest of citrus tangs on top of this. Well balanced and easy to drink with a crisp, well carbonated finish.

A basic bitter but has the nice addition of some citrus fruits added on top that gives it a new dimension and helps it go down pretty easily. Whilst not one that I'd go back to all that often, this one is a nice beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 19:23:04 | More by flyingpig
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Doiv

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2004 12:01:35 | More by Doiv
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stcules

Italy

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer with a slightly coppery orange color, with a compact and creamy foam (on average).
The smell is very fresh, with tempting notes of mandarin and citrus fruits well in evidence.
Even in the mouth you can find the same notes, with well present mandarin, citrus and orange peel, all on a sweet malt anything but cloying.
Even in the aftertaste you pick the same feeling, with a final freshness that allows to drink with great ease.
Beer well-balanced, easy to drink but difficult to brew. It’s very moreish.

Serving type: cask

10-14-2011 19:23:47 | More by stcules
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle my parents brought back from London. From notes.

A - Poured coppery in colour with a one finger white head. Bright with good carbonation. A little spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Mild grassy hop, citrus, fruity aroma.

T - Citrus, caramelly, earthy.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, fruity sorta ale yeast finish.

O/D - Decent enough. Could use a bit of tinkering but it's alright. Couldn't have as much of it as other examples of the style. Probably would get boring, but OK for a pint.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 20:22:12 | More by tbeckett
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Kevichella

United Kingdom (England)

3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 17:24:55 | More by Kevichella
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 00:12:48 | More by JMD71
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handpump halfpint goblet at the Prince Regent.

A: Clear light amber body with a lovely finger of soft, delicate white foam. Great retention and lacing. Beautiful.

S: Hops dominate, with floral, herbal, and piney aromas giving it great character. Maybe even some lemony citrus. Very hoppy for what it is. I'm a fan.

T: Hops start things off with a floral kick, and are soon joined by lightly sweet, biscuity malt. Cleanly bitter, fruity finish. Tasty, but not as well-integrated as it could be: the hops while not terribly strong by any standards, are a bit harsh in context.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Standard cask feel.

O: Not bad at all. I won't be looking to have this one again, but it's certainly worth trying if you're looking for a real ale that delivers solid hoppiness despite a nigh-session ABV.

Cheers!

Serving type: cask

06-15-2011 01:31:58 | More by woosterbill
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

* Review Date: 08/07/08
BB 28/04/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: bright and dark tawny in colour, coming with a well-sustained frothy white foamy head and really elegant, moderate fine fizziness at play.
S: juicy citrus and floral scent sandwich in the middle a milder aroma of biscuity & creamy malts, while a touch of sourness of nectar or honey seems to tread through the overall aroma... As with my first encounter, the smell is a bit sweet overall.
T: sweet floral taste and lubricating malts like melted caramel + sultanas prevail from the start albeit in an understated manner, carrying with them an increasingly chewy bitter hops, a slightly woody & prune-y undertone of a sherry... the pale malt flavour lingers well as much as the fruity compartments until the end, although it goes slightly thin-ish fruity in the very end.
M&D: light-bodied, with healthy effervescence, this is a juicy pale bitter with more hops to enjoy than their bitter units, but all way through the malts provide a bedrock. This bottle is still good but slightly less impressive than my first encounter 2.5 yrs ago.

* Review Date: 09/12/05
BB 29/07/2006, served in a straight imperial pint glass.
4 A: pours a light amber hue, with a thick layer of off-white foam which only very slowly dissipates; gentle carbonation of medium-sized bubbles.
4 S: wow... strongly-scented honeyish, dried-berries, caramel and creamy toffeeish maltiness upfront, backed by lighter presence of elderflowery hops. Overall VERY pronounced malty but a little too sweet for my taste, not like the much-attenuated cask-conditioned version.
4 T: biscuity and raisiny malts make a big entrance on the palate upfront, with colourful fruitiness (pear drops and apricots) to follow and a flat-textured but firm, floral hoppyness which expands on the palate and introduces more flavour than bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty clean and dryish finish with a malty overtone. Nice touch in the end!
4 M&4 D: the mouthfeel is softly-refreshing and pretty smooth, and a bit tannic-like due to the hops I reckon. Overall, it's a medium-bodied, well-balanced and delicious pale ale, although I'd like its body to be rounder as in the cask-conditioned version.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 18:53:46 | More by wl0307
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask cond. at the NI CAMRA festival

Pours with a medium amber body, golden shimmer, slight head forms but poor retention

Smell, quite fruit, some hint of berries, perhaps elderflower

Taste, quite dry, some hint of fruit again, slight hop bitterness, some malt profile

A pretty nice ale

Serving type: cask

11-20-2004 20:34:03 | More by cypressbob
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear reddy amber colour with a decent.

Smells fresh and hoppy.

Tastes rather hoppy too, definitely balanced nicely but more hoppy than malty. Accompanying citrus, and slightly herbal taste you get with yankee hops.

Overall quite a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 22:10:35 | More by CwrwAmByth
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bitter poured a clear, amber color with white foam that settled. The smell was mild malt and mild hops with a hint of bitterness. The taste was buttery diacetyl upfront with good maltiness and modest hoppiness and a touch of breadiness. The mouthfeel was smooth with a slight sharpness initially upfront. The body was medium with low carbonation. The butterscotch and hop flavors lingered. This was not a bad bitter overall, and was thirst quenching.

Serving type: cask

12-07-2004 04:20:51 | More by UncleJimbo
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Nermal

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 21:05:37 | More by Nermal
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KarlosT

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2012 10:57:04 | More by KarlosT
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St. Austell Tribute Premium Cornish Ale from St. Austell Brewery
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