Tribute - 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 238
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 19
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of M_chav
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark orange pour, small foamy head dissolves quickly, smells of danky-juice. Tastes rich of juice and grass. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and almost chewy, must be loaded with malt, but to a good balance. Overall a really great balance of hops and malts, a big brew for sure but hardly bitter on the finish, lots of loaded flavors and malts that create a good backbone to enjoy here (386 characters)

Photo of DonBoucher79
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intense hoppy smell when I popped this in a can. Very upfront hoppy taste with hints of floral & tons of citrus, great finish which leaves you wanting more. Seems to be readily available in 4 pack cans around the Waterbury VT area and an excellent 2nd choice if your not in the mood to chase beer trucks or wait in lines at 7am! (328 characters)

Photo of 2ellas
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look is a see through copper with a white head
Smell is very hoppy, not overpowering but fairly intense
Taste follows the nose. Very hoppy with minimal bitterness
feel is light on the tongue, I wouldn't mind it being a bit thicker
overall a good beer that I'd drink again (272 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nicely hazed and even cloudy burnt orange body. Thin creamy off white head leaves sparse beads of lace. The aroma is fantastic. A melange of juicy melon, guava, canteloupe plus some nectarine and peach and pineapple...the epitome of a juicy tropical nose. The nose translates nicely to the palate, but there is also an underlying sweet maltiness that somehow ACCENTUATES the hoppiness in this beer. I'm not all that hip on "sweet maltiness" in DIPAs, but in this beer, it actually creates a final overall effect that is better. I'm not sure how this is achieved, but that is exactly how I'd describe it. The juicy tropical hop tones are present in spades. What is absent you may ask? Untoward and obtrusive bitterness. That is what is absent. I don't shy away from raw bitterness, but sometimes it can be overpowering in DIPAs. Not true in this case. This is just an unbelievably balanced and drinkable hop centric DIPA. I believe this is my 100th DIPA that I've reviewed. It is easily Top 10. (1,011 characters)

Photo of clake
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 6/30/15 poured into a tulip glass. Appearance is a hazy dark orange to almost copper with about a finger of head. Smells very juicy with a hint of grass. Taste follows the nose with a nice sweet malty backbone. Moderately carbonated with a dry finish. Another very solid VT DIPA that hides its ABV quite well. Certainly worth picking up. (359 characters)

Photo of akrz47
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge darkness and a nice fruity sweetness that gets cuts through by just a little bit too much hop bitterness. Similar to those "Maine" IPAs in that sense, except it has more flavor than all of them. Standards are just a little higher in VT. Overall, it's good and I enjoy it. I can see this being my Tree House Sap substitute (my favorite by them) in these long spells when they forget to make it or something. (415 characters)

Photo of JOENO123
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a 4 pack in a small store near Strattan Mt. 16oz green cans caught my eye. Light haze orange pour into a tulip glass. Smells like HT to me, hoppy citrus. Thick mouth feel. Nice hoppy flavor with tons of citrus. Good malt flavor, just enough. Surprisingly delicious, surprised, happy. (296 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 5/28/15

L-Deep oak colored....cloudy, hazy look...minimal head

S-Very fruity....peaches, mandarin oranges, mango, pineapple...even some dark berries...very nice.

T-Sweet fruitiness....tropical qualities along with peaches and a hint of a fruit cocktail syrup but not that sweet.

F-Low carbonation which perhaps leads to just a medium body. Very easy drinking. No real bitterness on the long finish...

O-Loaded with hop flavor...great hops burps....definitely not a super bitter DIPA hop wise. Malt does not seem immense but the sweeter hop flavors that come through give this a sweeter flavor. I really like it. I'd take it over a lot of DIPA's....Body just strikes me as a little light but that is probably the low carbonation. (790 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack of this beer from a general store in Woodstock, VT.
A: Somewhat clear, golden amber in color with a thin, foamy white head that dissipates into a white lacing.
S: You really have to sniff this one to decipher what you are smelling (a first for me!!) I get faint notes of pine, tropical citrus, perhaps some sticky hop resin like dankness. Yeah theres definitely a slight dankness to it.
T: I immediately pick up on the dankness. Fairly balanced between the malty backbone combined with the jaw tingling hops. The more I sip, I detect some tropical notes to it as well. Slight dryness to the finish.
M: There's a stickiness to it, hops are extremely prickly to the tongue/mouth. A high amount of carbonation. Well-balanced body (malts to the hops), not a lot of bitterness going on despite the fact that it is very hoppy. Intriguing.
O: At first sip it reminded me of a West Coast Imperial (very well balanced with the malty backbone and the abundance of hops). Similar to Knee Deep's "Lupulin River". Edit: The more I have it the more juiciness I can detect in the taste. The dankness factor seems to disappear quite substantially three to four weeks after it is canned. I'll have to give it a bump up in its overall score due to this factor. (1,261 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Spiegelau ipa glass from 16oz. can. Dated 5.27.15 consumed 6.27.15

A: Bready textured pearl white head, strong hold with a hazy, dull orange coloring shows a good rush of macro-effervesce. Soapy lacing around the glass with a good coverage.

S: Fresh, wet tropical nose, wet pineapple, peach juice, and fresh citrus juice upfront. Some apple juice with a very good awareness and persistance.

T: Flavor had a citrusy bite of dried orange-pine hops, medium bitterness, drying, with some dried citrus hopping on the finish. A quick flash of underlying peach, perhaps from the yeast with a toasty grain flair. Warmth of dried orange and grassy-pine alcohol.

M: Light to medium body, slippery feel, no carbonation edge, malty orange-pine alcohol off the tongue.

O: Overall nicely bitter, dry hopped flavor with a fresh wet tropical nose. Nice presentation, great opening nose that was fresh and wet, only wished the flavor followed a bit closer. Nicely hopped with an alcohol warmth and toasted malt depth. Bittering strong levels of grassy-citrus. It's hard not to draw comparison with fellow neighbors such as Alchemist and Lawson's in the great state of Vermont when it comes to Ipas. This has more of a west coast hopping with an east coast (tropical) nose, that while very good, doesn't pronounce itself as well or stand out from the crowd. Good distinguishable nose and flavor, 4 pack worthy. Solid very good effort. (1,428 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is golden amber with a good bit of fairly tight white head. Nose has a hint of pale malt, resinous hops, light citrus. Flavor is more citrus, strong hop punch, moderate resin, fair bit of orange citrus. Fuller body, a touch syrupy and heavy, decent carb. (262 characters)

Photo of gcasher
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was waiting at Hunger Mountain Co-op for my Heady Topper and was intrigued by this one in their cooler, so I picked up a four pack in cans (pounders). This beer is a solid DIPA with a dark amber appearance and nice malt flavor. The hops are not over powering, but definitely present and the alcohol is masked well. (316 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange color and a thick fluffy white head leaving thin lacing on the glass. I get aromas of peach, mango, grapefruit, orange, some wet grass and a touch of dankness. Taste follows the nose with the bitter grapefruit note most prominent. Light peach and mango and bitter dankness underneath. Touch of pine and sweetness from the malt laced throughout. Sharp carbonation bite, medium body and a slightly dry finish. Overall a very good DIPA, it doesn't break new ground but what it does it does well. (510 characters)

Photo of tom10101
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Big can from czar, shared @ Hotel Room Tasting.

Appearance: Clear golden with a small white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Quitey leafy with moderate spiciness, caramel and a bit of citrusy and resinous hops. Not exactly stellar aromatics here.

Taste: Slightly to moderate sweet, quite leafy, caramel and ligth bitterness.

Palate: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Moderately dry. Sticky leafy aftertaste.

Overall: Subpar DIPA. Not super heavy, but way too leafy and lack of depth. More aromatics hops would help too. (528 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big 16oz can. Didn't pour into a glass but into a plastic outdoor cup. Couldn't see the body. Did get a finger or two of fluffy head. Smelled of citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon. Subtle. Taste was big but mellow. Strong double ipa or imperial ipa with little to no wet hop bitterness. Little fruity like a west coast style ipa. Tasty and drinkable. No burn but definitely up there in anv. Complex. Hops citrus and clean. Great effort. (452 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz silver can, with black lettering. Wow, with the name, could this brewery be any more slavish in their ode to Heady Topper? Thanks again to doktorzee for procuring this for me from the Green Mountain state.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some layered craggy rock bridge lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells quite strongly of orange, red grapefruit, and lemon flesh, somewhat dank pine resin, gritty, grainy caramel malt, a further herbal and grassy bitterness, and some softly probing estery booze. The taste is more or less in line - mixed fruit bowl juicy citrus rind, a zingy pine needle and wet forest floor green acridity, kind of musty herbals, heady (sorry!) suggestions of a flinty chalkiness, bready caramel malt, and a still gentle alcohol warming.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, providing just enough supportive frothiness to not get yelled at, the body a dense middleweight, and well smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the base malt trudging along in its manner, while the various puffed-up hops carry on trashing the hotel room, as it were.

Yup, big, brash, and certainly hopped to the nuts, this one is, with that NE-specific IPA character - one broadly defined by robust hops, low-key malt, and a surprisingly affable white chalk character. Easy to drink for its well-elevated ABV, and tasty all around. If you're gonna go and ape another brew, and do it right, I guess I can't blame them for their choice here. (1,601 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Canned 5/12/15. A week old. Wow. Just purchased Sunday in Vermont.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House snifter.

a: Hazy orange with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Moderate citrus.

t; Intense citrus and pine resin up front over a bready malt base, followed by a strong hop bite which moderates later. Bitterness lingers on the tongue at first in an otherwise dry finish. Dankness evident as it warms. High ABV is incredibly well hidden.

m: Medium with great body and carbonation

o: A truly outstanding DIPA, one of the best I have had, no doubt benefitting more from the freshness of this fourpack as well as the fact that I self-served it at 38 degrees. Now I wish I'd bought more, although age may diminish its outstanding juicy hoppy goodness. (820 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

There's just a slight haze to its amber orange body. A full cap of light, tightly knit paper white head gradually falls to a ring, leaving a thin sheet of lace behind.

I'm drooling. Handfuls of candied sweet and tart peaches and juicy mango bursts from the glass. It's a bit sweaty and danky too. Slightly grassy with a thinly sweet biscuit note. Plump, fruity, and juicy; just how I like them.

The taste mirrors the nose with an almost equal level of intensity. Ripe, chewy peach candy places itself firmly on the middle of the tongue and stays there from beginning to end. Leafy on the edges with green mango skins. That dank, oniony, sweaty character comes near the end giving the body some additional weight and lingering well past the finish.

Where it's 8.9% alcohol content hides itself, I can't tell you. There's no indication of it in the taste. Coupled with its clean, rounded, and concise feel, its drinkability is unparalleled.

I would place this in the same category as Heady. It's a DIPA that sits in the very rare echelon of the style where its elevated levels of alcohol and IBUs are masterfully disguised, never taking away from its juicy, ripe, fruity characteristics that are made most prominent in the nose and taste. An absolute treat. (1,262 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 5/4/15

A: Lightly hazy but mostly clear golden orange with some light amber hues - pours with a medium sized, off-white head - retains a wispy cap and leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Nice array of hops - big citrus, with some orange and grapefruit juice, zest - lots of floral citrus - some tropical aromas, fruit juice, and some pine as well - not particularly complex, but nice - some pale malts at the base and maybe a slight hint of booze

T: Good, but far from mind-blowing - citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit, with some juice, flesh, and rind - floral and vaguely spicy - lightly tropical - moderate bitterness - pale, clean malts at the base - lightly earthy - minimal sweetness and remarkably dry, dangerously easy to drink for something that is supposedly almost 9%ABV

M: Medium body, lightly oily and lightly earthy, very dry finish

O: This is not the greatest beer in the world (this is just a tribute)

I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I bought a four-pack of this simply because it was a Vermont DIPA ... in a 16oz can... with a purchase limit. I assumed excellence. I bought this about a week ago, and I assume it is still fresh, but it does not taste particularly potent. The first can was similarly unexciting. It's good, but not stupid good like some other DIPAs that have come out of Vermont. (1,334 characters)

Photo of Piwkotas
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is by far great double IPA and stands back to back with Heady Topper, I think I would prefer it. Fruity hop-pines and no alcohol feel and also price for 4, 1 pint canes 10 bucks, what a treat at co-op in Bratleboro VT! Have not seen it in MA on Cape. Drinking from can is so overrated heady topper, stop doing it! Tribute is better. (335 characters)

Photo of greenengineer
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared a 16 oz can brought back from VT. Poured into a stemless goblet.
L - deep amber, decent head settles into some nice lacings
S - Hops, and more
T - deliciously bitter, not boozy. A little citus, a little soapy perhaps. Well balanced if by balanced you mean very hoppy.
F - chewy - enough malt backbone to stand up to the hops
O - Another excellent DIPA pour from Vermont. Would like a blind taste test against Heady Topper. Doesn't seem to be quite there, but its pretty good, and I may just be getting used to power of these really nice beers. (551 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

16oz can canned 04/15/2015. Pours a translucent golden color with an inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon and mango. The taste is more of the tropical fruits. Mostly mango and guava but with some pineapple, grapefruit, banana and bready malts. Tropical fruit finish with some floral notes and toasted malts. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking. Dry but thin. Overall, damn good Imperial IPA. (450 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint

A. Pours a golden color, mostly transparent with a white 1" head. Spotty lacing.

S. Sweet malts and mango at first whiff.

T. Nice. Tropical fruits and nice pine. Kinda like Jai Alai but more piney. Sweet malts followed by some nice bitterness. Grassy aftertaste.

M. Body is a 4 out of 10. Nice carbonation on the tounge and palate slightly chasing the swallow. Dry finish.

O. A nice DIPA that I have never heard of before. Got it as an extra in a trade and worth pursuing. (522 characters)

Photo of maine-e-ack
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been lurking on Beer Advocate for many years. Joined just to review this beer. A-medium amber, not cloudy, head made up of ultrafine bubbles that leave a persistent ring at every sip. S-Hop bomb, pine trees, rich yet light. T-Oh.My.God. Somebody found the recipe for the best summer day you've ever had in your life and stuffed it into a one pint silver can. F-light, lively, the carbonation really carries the taste right up into your brain. O-My new favorite double IPA. Let me be the first blasphemer to say that this Is just a hair (RCH) better than that other Vt. Double IPA, also in a silver one pint can, for which it is a tribute to. (643 characters)

Photo of mhs413
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like to keep this beer in my fridge for myself or company. Not as special as some of the other VT double IPAs, but it is strong...and plentiful. Photo threw me off. I have only had it from the nondescript, silver, 16-oz can, which I generally prefer to bottles, anyway. (271 characters)

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Tribute from 14th Star Brewing Co.
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