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St. Austell Tribute (171 of 1001)

Rating: 3.7

This one is a beer that I really should have tried before now but for one reason or another I’ve never picked a bottle up. It’s a beer that Asda have been selling for a while now but considering their beer selection is so poor for the most part it’s a supermarket that I rarely visit. This beer was originally named Daylight Robbery and was brewed to celebrate the first total eclipse visible in the UK for seventy-two years, although totality was only achieved in Cornwall where local brewery St. Austell brewed this beer after the 11th of August 1999 eclipse. The beer has since become their best selling and a name change followed soon after the event. This one is also the 171st beer from the 1001 list I will have tried, after a few months of relatively low activity I’m picking things up again with my fourth or fifth in the last couple of weeks.  Still a very long way to go but I do have another couple sitting in the cellar waiting to be opened as well.
St. Austell's Tribute

Appearance (4/5): Settles to a 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.
Aroma (7/10): A very 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.
Taste (7/10): Beginning with the 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.
Palate (4/5): A 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.

Overall (14/20): A pretty nice drink that starts as a basic bitter but has the nice and surprising 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 definitely worth a try; plus it is another one I can mark of the 1001 list.

Brewed In: St. Austell, England
Brewery:  St. Austell Brewery
Full Name: St. Austell Tribute Premium Cornish Ale
First Brewed: 1999
Type: English Bitter
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Waitrose
Price: £1.99

  1. arn
    April 16, 2013 at 21:37

    got to agree with you about ASDA, terrible unchanging choice of beers, wherever you go

  1. December 23, 2014 at 00:35

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