St. Austell Brewery

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #29
Ranked #34,800
3.75 | pDev: 12%
St. Austell Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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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Hanglow from Scotland

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Pours clear, orangey-gold, clear, decent head and retention.

Bit of orange, fresh hop aroma, Taste brings some malt, more light hops. Low minerals, light-mid bitterness. Slightly drying.

A solid beer in bottle (it's better as well kept cask)

Mar 03, 2021
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James94 from England

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden amber colour, one finger initial head, some lacing
S: Citrus, bread, celery
T: Lemon, grass, bready malts
F: Slightly low bodied, but nicely balanced

O: 4.25

Feb 15, 2021
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Nozzz from England

4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. It’s on draught at my local pub but I prefer it from the bottle. It has great balance: hoppy, citrus bitterness balanced with a sweet biscuity malt. Refreshing and clean but with a creamy mouthfeel to finish. Just a touch of carbonation to liven it up. Just what I want out of a pale ale.
I find it a welcome change from the strongly hopped American styles.

Feb 07, 2021
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lmaduells from Spain

1.62/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Per explicar alguna cosa sobre aquesta cervesa només em faria falta una paraula: pobre. Un producte totalmet prescindible i que no tornaré acomprar; a no ser per algú que digui que li agradi la cervesa però que no en tingui ni idea

Jun 12, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Deep amber, clear, pours with 3mm just off-white head.
S- Very mild, just a little malt.
T- Some malts, some reasonably punchy hops that lead to a moderately bitter-dry finish.
F- Extremely well carbonated in the mouth, it has a very mild malty richness that balances against the above hopping.
O- It's pretty old school and trad to me. The kind of beer that would be hard not to enjoy having, and that many would be happy drinking for years.
It's also the kind of beer that has been sold by Waitrose for years and yet I've walked past the beer aisle 200 times, assumed I've 'tried it years ago' so never bought it. This time I happened to x-check the Waitrose range *on-line* and see which I'd yet to review here. This beer was one, plus another I assumed I reviewed years ago also came to my attention.
500ml bottle BBE: 03/2021 £1.50 from a Waitrose in London.

May 18, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
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

Feb 26, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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)

Jan 04, 2019
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Jul 27, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Jul 20, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Sep 19, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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. 

May 01, 2017
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eddingsaur from Singapore

4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Apr 28, 2017
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Spike from England

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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: Leafy plus some caramel.
T: Sweet, biscuity malt plus floral hops and a touch of honeysuckle. The finish is moderately bitter.
F: Medium/light body with some chewiness and gentle carbonation. 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 enjoyable and refreshing.

In bottle format, it has many of 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.

Sep 18, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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

Sep 06, 2016
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DypsoBubble from England

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Sep 17, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Mar 02, 2015
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Malt_Man from England

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Aug 02, 2014
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DrJay from Texas

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Jul 16, 2014
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

May 15, 2014

3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Mar 09, 2014
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Kevichella from England

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Oct 26, 2013
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Mountainmanbrewing from Ireland

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Sep 01, 2013
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Tobiasmjh from Scotland

4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Jun 15, 2013
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vinicole from England

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle and cask. Clear burnished gold. Thin head. Lacing apparent.
English hops. Light malt aroma.
Well balanced. Floral hop and brown bread malt.
Over carbonated from a bottle and gentle when from the cask.
Good standard English Pale Bitter.

Jun 14, 2013
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

May 25, 2013
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 178 ratings