Updated: Jun 27, 2020
This is not the greatest review in the world, this is just a tribute.
After spending some time back in Cornwall and almost drinking myself into an alcohol-infused coma, it would only seem appropriate to write about some ales from across the pond. Now where to start? There are so many to choose from, especially within Cornwall, it would only be fair to start with what would be considered the most popular within every Cornish pub and further; Tribute.
Brewed by St Austell Brewery based in (wait for it) St Austell, the ale boasts a refreshing taste of grapefruit and orange. Tribute consists of Fuggles, Styrian, Willamette hops and uses Cornish Gold, Maris Otter malt. For all you vegans and vegetarians out there, this ale is suitable for you. Let’s talk about the design, 3 main colors are used on the bottle; gold, white, and a lot of purple. It works, it stands out, and in some ways appeals to all audiences from the fresh-faced 18-year old to the local 80-year old boozer.
Taking a sip of this beverage expect immediate grapefruit and orange as described earlier, it is not overpowering nor is it too sweet unlike some of the other contenders. There is a sweetness to this ale but it is easily balanced out with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Make note, there is a slight watery aftertaste that comes from this ale, not enough to be turned off just something you may or may not even notice. As with most ales, Tribute is pale amber in color which blooms while sitting in a pint glass.
Sitting at 4.2% this is not the strongest ale out there; making it perfect for a session ale without leaving you worse for wear the following day. While drinking this as a session beer it is easy to get bloated off this beer or a feeling of being overloaded with fluid. On more than one occasion after sinking a few it certainly feels like the ale was just sitting at the bottom of my throat, still sober with no desire to drink another through the fear of being sick.
Cornwall knows how to make ale, traditional ale. Tribute without a doubt is highly praised with the brewery community in Cornwall and beyond. Although the taste and smell were not as good as those experienced in Canada, it can still hold its own and continues to do so in almost every Cornish pub. Perfect as a session beer, as long as you don’t overdo it. Looking for something stronger? Then perhaps this isn’t for you and should opt for something stronger like Proper Job or Big Job. Keep up the good work St Austell Brewery, you certainly know how to make a drink or two.
Overall rating 8/10
Great balance of bitter and sweet
Not too hoppy
Perfect session ale
Tastes like home
Watery after taste