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

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

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 119
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass at Dirty Dick's, London
It pours a brassy golden color with a medium-sized bubbly white head along with some patchy and trailing lacing.
Smells of dried hay, resinous hops, dry wild flowers, green apple and limes are noticed throughout in varying degrees.
A taste of green tea flows forward, dry biscuity malt and a slightly metallic hop bitterness inches through. A hint of limes and a lingering minty herbal flavor inches in as it warms.
Really a delightful, easy drinker!

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Photo of stcules
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Trizzle
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faultless pour. Thick dense white head with great retention. Settles to a crystal clear just pale Amber body.

Very little in the nose. Muesli malt and some subtle peppery grassy hop hints.

A medium thin body with low cask carb, dry malt with some lactose like sugars are a solid backbone. Lemon zest and peppery hops give nice bittering and some extra zing. Finishes dry and moreish.

Great summer time ale.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.


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Photo of markbatonrouge
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of fullsweep
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of mdbeerlover11
4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

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Photo of weiht
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
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

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Photo of DerBayer
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of mikeal1917
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of mrandolph
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of charlatan
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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....

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Photo of wl0307
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ...

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Photo of Pencible
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of JMD71
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Nermal
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
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 .

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Photo of GallowsOak
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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...

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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St. Austell Tribute Premium Cornish Ale from St. Austell Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.