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Tribute - 14th Star Brewing Co.

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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 378
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 18.99%
Wants: 25
Gots: 105 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
14th Star Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: hophead0808 on 03-14-2014

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Reviews: 72 | Hads: 378
Photo of TheDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Service: Can
Canned on: Nov-9-2015 (Consumed Nov-28)

Pours a slightly hazy honey-tan with a fat little scummy beige cap of a finger+ that drops to soda-like froth. OK retention; a little lacing. (3.75)

Citrus pith, candi sugar, 'green', some biscuit. (3.75)

Sticky, resinous, sweetness with a little herbal tea and toasted bread lurking below the surface. (4)

Light carbonation, bordering on sticky, medium body, ligering lightly bitter finish/aftertaste. (3.75)

Tasty beer in general.
The hop flavors used are pretty interesting. On the sweeter side. It pours pretty nice, but nothing beautiful. The smell is good but didn't really grab me. Sticky bitter, little booze, sticky resin. Almost cirusy, almost piney, almost cloying.
Might have again; worth a shot if you see it. (3.75)

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can with a date of 11/04/2015.

The pour is a lightly hazy, deep amber color with a soft white head. The head is gone rather quickly but leaves some beautiful cobweb lacing around the top of the glass.

The aroma is fairly light on this one. I get some subtle notes of pine, grapefruit, and orange peel, and just the slightest hint of sweet, bready malt.

The taste starts off very citrusy with a bit of bitterness from the grapefruit and pine notes. Then gets sweet from the orange and pineapple flavors. It finishes with a solid, bready malt character to balance out the flavor. Extremely well-balanced beer.

Mouth is medium-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, yet light and refreshing. Goes down like an APA with all the flavor of a DIPA.

Overall, a very impressive DIPA from 14th Tribute. It doesn't really do anything to set it apart from other Vermont IPA's, but it's extremely well done and extremely well-balanced. Definitely an underrated gem in the vast world of hoppy New England brews.

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Photo of Whimpers
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very piney nose...smells like an East coast style IPA. Appearance is slighty cloudy...but less so than other vermont hop bombs. Mouth feel is full bodied but not creamy like Heady Topper. Piney taste with citrus. Very nice DIPA but not in the same class as the top Vermont DIPAS.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. Canned November 3rd.
The appearance was a bronzed amber color with a subtle transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a two finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was semi-speckled and clingy, eventually it slides into the beer.
The smell takes some grapefruit rind and pulp to pummel some bitter pine against some sweet citrus juice.
The taste was purely bittersweet riding on the sweet citrus juices to the bitter grapefruit rind. A light malt does enter ever so slightly as it warms. The aftertaste is balanced between the grapefruit and the pine and leads into a wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice almost oily feel pronouncing some piney bitterness to hit my tongue adequately. Carbonation rides fairly light.
Overall, 14th Star's best beer and not just that but great as it just is. Always enjoyable and willing to have again.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned Nov 3rd 2015, opened Nov 21st 2015

A - Bright light gold body with a beautiful neon-white head that pours 2 fingers high with great lace and nice retention.

S - Herbal thyme, saw dust, snow, and pine.

T - Meh. A mild off-vegetable note throws this off a bit. Cilantro, celery, wet leaves, wet pine, honey and bread crust.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - Not great imho. It wasn't ultra fresh, but still within reasonable bounds.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite Heady Topper or Sip of Sunshine, but a brew that holds its own. Excellent hops nose. Pick it up on your next forray into Vermont! Found this at the Newfane Market, which is a welcome stop, in this area.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into pint glass. 11/4/15

Hazy yellow, orange in color. Nice 2 finger head with sticky lacing.
Lots of grapefruit and pine.
Lots of hops and citrus up front, but a great deal of malt on the finish. Nice and sweet, but well balanced.
Medium body with good mouthfeel.
Overall a very drinkable beer, enjoyed a lot.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on 11/10 from a 16 oz can dated 11/4, fresh! Thanks to my buddy Todd for picking this up during a trip to VT. Pours a lovely golden amber color, slight haze, medium sized head leaves great lacing. Smell is explosive, big juicy hop notes erupt from the can. Tastes great, sweet with herbal and juicy hops, very similar in composition to Sip of Sunshine, but a hair lighter. Surprisingly lighter body given the style and ABV. Overall very drinkable and a great example of a VT DIPA.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/5/2015. Typical IPA honey yellow body, clear, with a slightly off-white head. I don't get hit with a big aroma unfortunately. This one seems a bit dialed down but the smells I do get are apricot, peaches, pale malt sweetness, and grapefruit. The mouth feel was crisp and clean, you're left with a pleasantly light citrus, peppery spiced aftertaste. The flavor was juicy tangerine zest, honey, apricots, candied orange, some tropical notes, pineapple, caramel, and floral hops. Not bad, but I was a little underwhelmed.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - A golden orange color, fairly clear......maybe just a slight haze.
Smell - Dank, grapefruit, herbaceous, some citrus
Taste - Pithy grapefruit, citrus rind, dankness, some floral notes

Overall - A good, all around, easy drinking DIPA. Not Vermont's finest though....

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Photo of captainsdaughter
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright orange with some cloudy haze, classic Vermont style double.
S: Smells super good loads of pineapple and grapefruit all fruit on the nose.
T: tastes exactly like it smells, pineapple and grapefruit but with some surprising malts that come out of nowhere on the end. Can't figure out the hop's but good bitterness on this beer and really sticky. This DIPA has it all, Dankness, Bitterness, Citrus and some sweet and salty malts.
O: Very crushable DIPA top 5 for sure, no surprise the locals in Vermont drink this right along side their fresh heady and focal banger!

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Photo of hardysf
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper color with white head. Head status throughout leaving nice lacing. Smell is a bit subdued for a three week old dipa. But after tasting I can see why. This is a malt forward beer that has nice hop characteristics at the end. Sweet malts, I'm guessing munich and some honey malt are quickly highlighted by some grapefruit and citrus flavor, with some pine residue. This is not nearly as good to me as other north east ipas, but is a very good change of pace because it's so different.

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Photo of tconlon69
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have been on the VT craze of IPA. Heady and Sunshine are absolutely amazing. I will say I was very impressed with this beer, color and head are similar to the other 2. Even the first hit of sweet aroma and hoppiness from can. The ending on this for me is where it does not hold up. A bit too bitter and not as clean. Having said that, not a deal breaker. This is a very very good beer and I would highly recomend .

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From can into snifter, appears golden orange and slightly hazy with a thick head. Nose is gushing with tropical scents - im getting aromas of mango, orange peel, grapefruit, as well as some hoppy bitterness. Taste is so on point, the malt is very subdued, allowing the hops to take center stage. This ones goes down almost too easy, and there isnt even a slight hint of booze. Super easy drinking and very nice dry finish - so tasty and refreshing, I love this brew!! one of the better DIPAs ive had.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked this one. Not a memorable double ipa but it has a nice mixture of sweet malts and citrusy American hops. Just enough bitterness. Love the pounder cans as well.

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Photo of dar482
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in an orange amber color.

The beer offer lots of grapefruit, hints of tropical, a sweet bready malt in the middle, but with a piney and resinous bitterness on the back end. A well done West Cost 2.0 DIPA. An underrated new and upcoming brew from VT.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with orange and peach colors. Thin ring like lace that nevertheless retains well.
Big complex aroma. Citrus fruits, grapefruit, orange pith, tropical fruits, mango, papaya and passion fruit. There is also a whiff of alcohol in the nose. There is even a hint of cracker like malt.
The taste is very hops forward. Strong citric hops, grapefruit and bitter fruit. As the drink warms, some of the sweetness from the fruit comes out, nevertheless, the predominant taste is bitter. Some malt backbone, mainly bread crusts. Grapefruit like finish, dry, piney and lingering herbal and peppery aftertaste.
Full mouthfeel, medium body, soft carbonation but piercing on the tongue when cold. Creamy and smooth.
I liked this a lot.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden color; completely transparent. Pours with rich, thick off-white head that dies down leaving a scant trace of foam on the surface of the beer and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice citrusy-hoppy aroma. Inviting.

Taste: Acidic start, citrus middle (think lemon and grapefruit combo) with a mild delicious hoppy finish.

Feel: Medium body; mild fizzy sensation from the smooth carbonation with a slightly dry end. Refreshing.

Overall: Overall an excellent DIPA. Great flavor and smooth; no nasty dry finish. Refreshing. I would love to drink this again.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can dated July 21 poured into Belgian ale glass

Nice deep amber color, a bit cloudy.
Great smell of hops, grapefruit, orange, mango
A bit more malt-forward than I expected from the nose. Some citrus. Not a lot of pine.
Great balance, no sense of the alcohol at all. Wish there were more hops.

Appears to be an effort to copy Heady Topper (why not?), but decidedly less hop forward.
It's quite good, though. I'd drink it anytime.

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Photo of lic217
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: almost clear, light orange, not much head
Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, pine
Taste: sweet, but finishes bitter, mostly pine, with some citrus, and a little tropical fruit
Feel: decent feel, but head would help
Overall: a solid brew

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Photo of cavedave
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for bringing this back with you for me, Ray!

Pours a beautiful almost clear gold, topped by a persistent finger of off white foam. Nice wall hanging lace remains as the head recedes to a cap.

Lemon, orange peel, citrus pith, hints of pine, neutral sweet, and a touch of caramel make this medium strength aroma very delectable.

Medium strength taste with the flavors of the aroma represented nicely. Pine a bit more forward than in nose, a bit sweeter than expected, with less caramel than foretold by bouquet. Clean flavors and the sip ends with herbal bitter joining the pith and pine, quite dry.

Low carb., nicely viscous, clean linger making a cranking finish. Nice.

Another excellent IPA from IPA heaven also known as Vermont. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kculrich
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Review added 11/30/15).
From a pint can, dated 11/04/15.
L: Pours a hazy honey-color with a short-lived one-finger head. Leaves thick sticky lacing and a thin film of fine-bubbled suds.
S: Grapefruit, lime, pear and spruce.
T: Sweet biscuit and grapefruit peel, green grapes, dried straw and fresh pine resin. Starts bitter, ends balanced, edging toward sweet.
F: Sticky, oily, with lively, fine-bubbled carbonation.
O: A well-made beer. I picked up a four-pack along with my Heady and Sip and, for sure, it doesn't measure up to those. Still, if we could make an IIPA this good in NH, they'd be clawing down the brewery gates to get at it.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pint lass from 16 ounce can
L - gold with white lacing
S - floral hops
T - citrus and light malt
F - clean, minimal bitterness, good carbonation

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned August 4th 2015, Down A long…

Deep orange amber, slightly cloudy with some nice pinhead slow moving carbonation. Head is big and in control, with a solid fluffy three fingers of light white head, small swiss cheese like bubbles, and a soft top.

Nice hop aroma, soft and sweet minty notes, with a hint of juiced citrus like quality. A bit of candy like sweetness on the malt side, just a touch rounds out the beer nicely.

Palate makes for simple IPA quality, but with a little bit of boost. Mild citrus orange, even a bit of grapefruit sneaking in the mid palate, with a good juiced quality. Finishes just a touch light and wet, which is nice for a double, and a bit of white flour and dry malt powder finish. Sweet citrus and balanced light hop bitterness on the palate nicely, making for a nice contrast and balance.

A good solid balanced DIPA, one that isn't in your face or explosive either.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into nonic pint canned on 7/1

A: murky dirty amber color nice soapy looking head body looks like high carbonation laces the glass like crazy

S: piney almost like a forest floor some resin

T: very piney but a little fruity too like harsh pineapple a little bit of a medicinal quality to it getting a lot more of that pineapple grapefruit as it warms. If I am a betting man I'd say mosaic hops

M: surprisingly light and clean belies the ABV

O: Beer really opens up as it warms lots of nice fruit still slightly harsh like flinestone vitamins but very nice. Very light smooth mouthfeel makes this beer very easy to drink. I could drink a lot of this beer such a clean feel on the tongue I think it would take a long time to get palate fatigue.

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Tribute from 14th Star Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.