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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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BA SCORE
84
good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial pint served on cask at the Oysterhead in Polzeath, Cornwall.

A: Deep, golden amber beer, minimal head and lacing from the cask.

S: Summery, ripe banana and some delicate florals.

T: Very mellow with flavours of ripe banana and golden syrup--much sweeter than the bottled version, but yet not overpowering.

M: Very little carbonation--very smooth, goes down easy.

D: Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: cask

06-14-2010 21:11:35 | More by fullsweep
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mdbeerlover11

Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a wonderful surprise. I am here in London studying abroad when I stumbled upon a pub with my friends in which we discovered this hidden gem. I asked the barkeep for a recommendation. They followed by asking what I liked and I said surprise me! This is a wonderful beer with a sweet taste but by no means overpowering. It has a great poor and looks great with the golden yellow color. It may seem weak and inferior to other dark beers of Europe but I promise you, Tribute will make your trip wonderful.

Not too frothy, good color, great taste, sweet not bitter, pours well, and drinks veryyy smooth. Please try it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 01:28:09 | More by mdbeerlover11
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weiht

Singapore

4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
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

Serving type: cask

10-29-2009 05:54:13 | More by weiht
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DerBayer

Germany

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a real nice Bitter and confirms my growing appreciation of the style. In fact other than Butcombe this is pretty much my favourite.

It has a nice fruity mildly bitter smell. It is also slightly spicey - is it coriander I taste? Hmm very nice composition in all and does not have an overly dry aftertaste

Another round please!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 20:11:16 | More by DerBayer
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mikeal1917

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 08:56:32 | More by mikeal1917
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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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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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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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Daredevil

Switzerland

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another cornish ale (the other one being 'Doom Bar') I could sample during my recent trip to Somerset ... pale amber color ... smell of tangerines and orange zest ... taste of pink grapefruit, starfruit over smoked barley ... another example of a rather unique interesting cornish ale ...

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2008 22:52:22 | More by Daredevil
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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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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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gpcollen1

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 12 July 2007 at the Red Bull (I think) across the street from Manchester Piccadilly. Described as a Cornish Ale on the Tap Handle.

This was poured from the hand pull into the appropriate Pint with logo. Pour was a clear golden amber yielding a half inch head with a bit of staying power. Aromas were light a sweet with a hint of fruit.

The gents I was with helped me to appreciate the slightly chewy biscuity malts in this one while I initially was quite enjoying the slightly citrusy hops with the subtly dry and bitter finish. The balance was very nice between the two.

This was one very nice Pint. Too bad that everywhere I go I try and work my way across the taps and try everything available because I could have drank a few more of these. Very impressed.

Serving type: cask

07-18-2007 20:51:42 | More by gpcollen1
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-13-2007 16:51:32 | More by BlackHaddock
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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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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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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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GallowsOak

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On a hot sunny afternoon in a Devonshire pub garden Tribute seemed the logical choice.

Very light in colour and lively and sharp in taste.
Quite a hoppy presence both in aroma and taste, but not overbearing. For me this is definately an afternoon pint and probably sunny one at that. Of it's type this is one of the best i've tasted, beaten only by Saxon from Cheltenham's Battledown Brewery.

Serving type: cask

07-25-2006 08:05:55 | More by GallowsOak
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 10:30:11 | More by mdagnew
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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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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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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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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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St. Austell Tribute Premium Cornish Ale from St. Austell Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.