Tribute
St. Austell Brewery

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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #27
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #31,450
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 11.5%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
163
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St. Austell Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  36
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: 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 josanguapo
2.77/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

De Hipercor. En vaso de pinta de Ikea. Jugando a Lara Croft Go. Algo aburrida. Ligera, con suave sabor maltoso, algo de amargor y poco mas. Anodina. No dice mucho

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden amber coloration with a medium, frothy head and slightly visible carbonation. Smell is rather hoppy, with a fresh citrus aroma and certain grassy note, but also lighter, bready, bicuity malt. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by hoppy, almost zesty citrus notes and somewhat lighter grainy, biscuity malt, as well as mild notes of toffee and honeydew melon. Finishes with a light bitterness and some grainy, citrus notes lingering in the aftertaste. Soft mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation. A very pleasant English Pale Ale dominated by grassy, citrus hops, but balanced nicely by grainy, biscuity malt and with a very nice, soft mouthfeel and carbonation. (reviewed from bottle)

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Photo of Dentist666
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear light copper beer with thin off-white head, low retention.
Smell - grain, herbal hops.
Taste - grain, slightly biscuity.
Light-body, soft carbination.
Mediocre.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold in color with half inch head. Taste is pale malt, honey, and tea. Medium bodied and carbonation, slightly bitter. Makes for a slightly above average English ale. Would get again but I prefer others.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pale yellow color with a thin white lacing on top

s: caramel malt, grass, and earthy hops

t: dark caramel, grassy hops, and grains

m: medium/light mouthfeel. no carbonation (cask)

o: easy to drink beer here. smooth and light; nothing offensive

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very enjoyable example of the style. It pours brown with a relatively small foam head that lasts a few seconds. The aroma is fresh and sweet but the flavor is bitter with fruity and toffee like sweetness in the overall mix too. Medium body. 

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Photo of eddingsaur
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Malthouse, Singapore for the price of any imported ale at any Singaporean pub.

L: Crystal clear. It's like looking through a cat's eye gem - or is that just the yellowish bulbs they have in here? Head dissipates quickly into nothingness without any lacing; I can barely even remember there even being a head now. No carbonation whatsoever. This is going to be a really flat beer, isn't it?

S: My sinuses are acting up now - I've had a few drinks - so I'm recalibrating any smells I detect with that in mind. The beer's been sitting around a while to warm up. The beer is definitely sweet; it's malty, like a faceful of spiced Maltesers, sweet-savory almost.

T: Down the hatch it goes. Clarity at first - there's good water in this. It's light and sharp like good heavy water, is that a slight floral-grassiness in there? Maybe a sharp fruity, metallic almost, twang? It's definitely sweet, that's for sure. Then there comes the biscuit, the toast, the glorious malt. And it lingers like an effervescent malt-truffle. And it stays, boy does it stay. You could bite on this flavor. It's ending a bit savory. Maybe another sip or two will help figure that out. Give me a mo's while I drink up a bit more...

M: Slick, but not overly slick. It's like drinking a very, VERY light olive oil. There's barely any carbonation in here. Is it really supposed to be this flat,? It's sharp, though. I personally don't mind the lack of intense carbonation - it brings out the flavors a lot more. It's so drinkable it's borderline scary.

Probably the best british-style pale ale I've had here. Malty, tasty, and perfect with pizza and jerky, which, by some random chance, is what I'm having right now!

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Photo of Spike
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.
L: Crystal clear, honey/amber colour, with moderate carbonation and a thin, loose head. Great colour.
S: Some caramel but pretty light.
T: Sweet, biscuity malt plus floral hops and a touch of citrus. The finish is short and moderately bitter.
F: Light to medium body with some chewiness. The bitter finish is soft on the tongue.
O: A smooth, easy-drinking, traditional, English pale ale. On the sweet end of the spectrum. Not ground-breaking but very pleasant.

In bottle format it has the attributes of a golden ale. On cask, it’s a little darker but still sweet and the mouthfeel is very smooth with zero carbonation.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale gold w creamy head that lasts and clings to the glass. Nose is mild with light malt and hops and the flavour follows. Good but dull. Mouthfeel overall

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thin mouth feel but bristling with hops. Lots of citrus with a bit of a metallic after taste. Very drinkable. A session beer. More of an ale for a long summer's day which needs to be wasted. Enjoyable.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served cold into pint glass from 500ml bottle.

A) Pours a lightish amber colour with a thin white head that dissipates quickly to a film.

S) Served cold so not getting the full nose. The wheat in the brew is evident, unfortunately (in my opinion). As it warms up a bit, the fragrant hops come more to the fore.

T) Good. Lightish biscuity malts come first. Then a fair hit of fragrant hops; I am surprised that this beer is so popular, as this kind of fragrant hop-forward taste is actually fairly rare in popular cask ales in England. Then a moderately lingering slightly dull bitter after taste, which makes you want to take another mouthful.

M) Fine. Carbonation and consistency are right for the style.

O) A great beer from the bottle; had it on cask recently (Tunnels Beach bar, Ilfracombe) and that adds a lovely slightly sour aftertaste due to the conditioning to an already distinctive beer. Get some.

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Photo of DrJay
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tawny color, faint haze, thin cap of fine bubbles that really lasted. Solid sheds of lace on the glass. Balanced and mild aroma, a bit of earthiness and English malt character. Same in the flavor, along with mild bitterness and slight dryness. Medium bodied, low carbonation, decent texture. Overall, an enjoyable pint.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of Kevichella
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Tobiasmjh
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Good 4.2% pale amber zesty ale. Long lasting white head, fruity on the nose, biscuity flavour with juicy fruit flavours from the hops. Pint served from hand pump at "The Old Custom House Padstow" after a free sample and detailed comparisons to other ales on offer (also offered free samples for these) courtesy of Duncan. May take his recommendation of the slightly stronger and hoppier "Proper Job". Have both a bottle of Tribute and Proper Job and also "Trelawny" to take home, nicely boxed for fathers day, I am a father after all.

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Photo of vinicole
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear burnished gold. Thin head.
English hops. Light malt aroma.
Well balanced. Floral hop and brown bread malt.
Over carbonated for me.
Good standard English Pale Bitter.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on hand-pump at Heathrow this morning with my breakfast. Had two, just to make sure I was drinking the right one :-)

Surprised this is listed as an English Bitter, cause it has far more aroma and flavor than the traditional bitter.

Poured with a soft, off-white head over a cloudy, amber golden hued body. Looks stronger than most bitters. Great lacing.

Aromas have a good malty, bready, spicy quality. Great hop profile of apricot and tropical tree fruit.

Flavor profile features a big cardamom, ginger, and slight cinnamon spice. Dark bread quality there, too - somewhere between pumpernickel and whole wheat.

Mouthfeel is on the crisp and bright side for a typical cask ale with this much flavor, but still pretty creamy and smooth. Pretty darn drinkable, IMHO. Tons of flavor, and low ABV... the ultimate combination!

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Photo of bylerteck
3.59/5  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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color. Made a two finger head that dissipated quickly.
Sweet aroma of caramels, tropical fruits and herbal hops. Hints of plums and citrus.
Delicious taste, malty and sweet. Touches of oranges, tropical fruits, Brazilian guaraná, biscuits, toffee and malts that are hard to find elsewhere. Pleasant bitterness that slowly fades away making you beg for another sip.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation with small bubbles.
Very well balanced being able to match a myriad of flavors, from nice malts and hops and still being very refreshing and with high drinkability. Top notch beer for all occasions.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
App---amber colour with a white head (1,5 finger) not lasting
Aroma--- malt, citron and wet herbs
Taste--- starts with a mix of light citrus and bitterness, bitterness lasting for a good while in a dry finish (for an English ale)
Mouthfeel--- medium body & carbonation, great balance in mouth with a nice dry finish
Overall--- balanced and classical but the dry touch at the end adds a little innovation for an English ale

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Photo of KarlosT
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Tribute from St. Austell Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 163 ratings