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Tribute | 14th Star Brewing Co.

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14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hophead0808 on 03-14-2014

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 511
Photo of VTBrewHound
2.81/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hmm, have had this brew three times. First was two weeks in the can, citrus, pine, citrus. Very good to excellent. Have now had two more within two to three weeks canned. dank, cat pee, bitter. Different hops used? Bad batch of Simcoe? I don't know. Disappointed after our first very good to excellent experience.

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Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is pine, orange, pineapple, and a touch of dark apple. Bitter, but not aggressively so. Above average tasty ipa, but I prefer others in the style.

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Photo of Gambit23
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up while questing for Heady and holy crap, what a pleasant surprise. I scored some other prominent VT ipa's on this trip but I'm quite pleased that I grabbed multiple 4's of this one!

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden, clear in color. Fluffy tight white bubbled head with nice lacing.

Pretty pine foward nose, mixed with a slight citrus twang and subtle maltiness. Has this interesting musky scent.

Taste follows the nose well, pine and very subtle citrus. The pine follows all the way to the back end, and hop bitterness coats the palate well. Biscuit-like malt.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Crisp and clean.

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Photo of Rizkybusiness
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you are into the citrusy IPAs, this one has you covered. Light and crisp, slightly sweet - perfect for a beer drinker's version of a lemonade stand.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the can, it pours amber with a nice fluffy head that lasts. The fruity, piney scent of hops lovingly caresses the nose. The mouth is enticed by the well balanced hops and malt. YUM!!

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Photo of StringsAreWings
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful bright golden color with a decent pure white head. You get a nice and long term display of tiny bubbles making their way up to the surface. Head dissipates in a few minutes to a nice halo with minimal surface foam. The smell is fantastic. Very fresh fruity hops with a note of grapefruit. The taste matches the smell and your mouth comes alive with hoppy citrus goodness. Finish is a touch bitter but pleasantly so with more of that grapefruit edge at the very end. The feel couldn't be much better with the perfect amount of carbonation. The effervescent bubbles are tiny and not noticeable when you drink but then fizz on the tongue. Yes this one is a real winner. While not quite as good as some of it's local competition it is right on the door step. Being more available than it's local quality competitors is a serious plus for this one. Well done 14th Star!

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Photo of Reginald_Dunlop
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The fact that you north country folk can pick this up at any gas station makes me very jealous. This is a truly top notch DIPA on par with any of the other VT offerings. Juicy ripe citrus with just enough malt to keep it balanced. Not super complex but freakishly delicious and drinkable. Alcohol is undetectable. I could drink a million of these. Can't wait to pick up more of this.

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Photo of SSS
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Yellow-orange color that is unfiltered looking. Slightly off white head dissipates quickly
S-Aroma is on the dank herbal side of the spectrum with notes of pine
M-Medium to light mouthfeel and carbonation is medium
T-Sweet pine and hoplined flavour upfront with a clean malt backbone. Bitterness is on the lower end and balances the beer upon the first sip. The aftertaste lingers a little but not too much. There is also a chewiness that I enjoy from these types of east coast IPAs.
O-This is a very nice IIPA, well balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of Butznutz
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into tulip glass from 16oz can. Have had it many times but never sat to review it. Appearance is a solid amber but a little less so than other DIPAs from this region. Smell has some hops and earth/grass/onion/pine to it but nothing strong and no sweet notes to speak of. Taste is piney and while the hops are there it feels watery with a slight burn to the finish. it is a solid beer which I have enjoyed more so than on this occasion, especially from tap in VT. good beer but many better from New England and Vt in particular

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thought I was going to really love this, but it did not excite me. I think of this as a cross between a pilsner and an IPA.

There was a sparkling water feel to this beer with not any real bold taste.

Which is surprising because I could not taste the alcohol.

Anyways, this is very good beer, but I just wish it were a bit more bold. I'll drink it to get wasted.

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Photo of ThorSigurdsson
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now this is what Im talking about! A very nice brew to start off New Years Eve. Bought a can, chilled it to perfection, about 45-50 degrees. Poured into a standard pint glass. Nice nose, initial sip was def tropical fruity. Finished with a nice citrus amd piney note. Enjoyed very much overall. Even the GF thought it was nice, and she is more picky than I am.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle/can share. Nice to see some of the East Coast brewers getting it right with the hops. This brew brings them out in spades. Nice copper body, delicious piney aroma, all around well crafted beer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; burnished gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: floral and tropical fruit; pine in the background;

T: earthy, pine, and tropical fruit from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: flavor wasn't my style;

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Photo of Billolick
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, 11/30/15 on the bottom

Pours lightly hazed medium amber, with a slightly warm orangy hue. Moderate khaki cap, leaves a coating film, low sheeting and scattered blobs of lace.

Biting cirtic nose...dank is the word

Hop juicy, Vermont style/West Coast style DIPA....fresh, tasty, citric and highly enjoyable...well worth seeking out

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Photo of Simont
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can dated 11/4, consumed 12/2. Golden amber color, moderate haze, low off white head faded quickly. Aroma is strongly herbal/ spicy/ dank hop aromas, with a little tropical hops in background. A spicy/ sweet malt jumps out and I think sets this beer apart from other similar VT DIPAs . It adds a fantastic dimension and blends extremely well with spicy hops. Flavor matches aroma with mostly spicy/dank/berry hops playing well with a fantastic honey-like malt character. I would guess there's a good amount of Amarillo or a little Nelson or something that can throw those dank hop flavors. Overall clean ferment with a tiny hint of residual sweetness, but dry enough and well in line with 8.something percent. A very nice VT DIPA.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +3.4%
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 -2.7%
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 -1.9%
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%
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 +9.9%
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 +4.1%
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 +3.9%
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 -1.9%
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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