Tribute - 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 328
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 21
Gots: 94 | 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 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 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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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the o\ne pint can dated 8/3/2015. Sampled on Aug. 14, 2015. About 10 days old

Yellow amber pour with a big white head.

The aroma balances off the toasted pale malts and the floral and resin hops that I pick up.

Medium body. Smooth.

The taste is like so many other beers in this category with toasted malt sweetness at first and then a floral hop finish that lingers.

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Photo of pfamiano
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has become my go to beer. Pours a hazy orange, with a substantial rocky white head. Aromas are heavy on the zest of citrus and even a little sappy pine resin in the nose. That taste is Textbook Vermont DIPA. Big, juicy, bitter and balanced. The intense hoppiness is perfect balanced by a huge malt backbone. So drinkable the inflated abv is an afterthought, at least until the buzz settles in.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy of indeterminate age served in a snifter glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, otherwise clear dark copper-amber body, two finger white head with good retention and not much lacing. Smells of sweet toffee, pine, grapefruit skin, resin. Not complicated, but solid and straightforward aroma. Flavour is similarly straightforward with pine, grapefruit rind, toffee, caramel. Moderately bitter rind, slightly astringent finish. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, moderate pine bitterness on the finish. Overall, a fairly decent IPA with a good pine bitterness but certainly not the best made in the state.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big time hoppy beer from the great state of Vermont. This was a very good DIPA with a lot of hops and bite. Would definitely recommend trying to get your hands on this. I wouldn't go out of my way for it like I would other Vermont/ma hop bombs but would definitely grab it up if I saw it on shelves..

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Photo of MacQ32
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a glowing hazed golden yellow with about a finger of dense light tan/white head. Retention and lacing are both very strong.

S - Huge grapefruit rind, (minimal medicinal) sweet malt, hint of juicier/sweeter citrus fruits (orange/pineapple), maybe a touch of boozyness.

T - Initially bright grapefruit, orange and lemony citrus hops - fairly bitter. Transitions relatively quickly to a malty sweet/slightly boozy finish, finish is dry and very bitter/resinous. Bitter resin, light medicine and light booze aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, a bit thick on the tongue but seemingly light-ish going down, moderate/appropriate carbonation.

O - Pretty drank DIPA, walks the line of big flavor and drink ability quite well. Definitely an unsung Vermont DIPA

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Photo of aleigator
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber color, with a spongy small head, accentuating the cloudy beer well.

Unleashes an intense hop defined nose, with dank grass, citrus and white orange peel being easily recognizable above sweeter malts. While the maltiness is profound, it does nothing more than balancing the immense amount of fresh hops. Has a fantastic, fruit topped hop freshness, with a skuny whiff accent among the intense, nose defining dankness.

Offers a medium carbonation, holding the sweeter malts at bay, guiding the tastes focus completely to the multi layered hops, while revealing a refreshing, fuller mouthfeel.

Tastes of a soft, dank grassiness from the very beginning, while dough malts immediately turn more pronounced, by evolving a toffeish sweetness. This development is associated with an intense citrus hop note, bringing a new level of bitterness and depth to the hops. Citrus blends outstandingly well into biscuit malts, while remaining the prevalence, by adding a note of ice-bonbons and an intense, lime defined dryness, which does not swallow the maltiness, but works well with it. Creates a long lasting finish, defined by a clean hop dryness, still pushed by wet grass.

A real treat, offers all desirable iipa qualities, starting with a fantastic, citrus infused dankness, together with a soothing biscuit maltiness. The beer remains a great finishing dry- and bitterness though, while showcasing an aqueous note at the same time.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the can. Resinous piney hop oil aroma. Upfront pop of dank hop flavor that develops into grapefruit plith and citrus oils. Lighter mouthfeel than many DIPAs, but still leaves a slick coating of oil on your tongue. Overall, very nice representation of the style.

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Photo of M_chav
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of DonBoucher79
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of 2ellas
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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

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Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of clake
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Tribute from 14th Star Brewing Co.
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