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Tribute - 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 293
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 20
Gots: 80 | 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 sprat1960
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of lic217
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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 (238 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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 (157 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.39/5  rDev +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. (767 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of pfamiano
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.. (308 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (764 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,452 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +5.7%
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 -11.5%
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 +14.8%
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 -0.5%
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 -1%
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 RichD
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: A medium orange yellow color with a small white head is what I see after I pour this into my glass. The head disappears and some lacing is left on the glass as I drink this.

S: Even at a month and a half old this smells very hoppy. When I had this fresh, the hops were extremely potent. Floral notes with some citrus flood my nose. Fresh, the smell is out of this world. As this particular can is older, the smell is still great.

T: A medley of citrus and floral notes immediately invade my taste buds. A moderate level of bitterness is present and it's very enjoyable. There is a good malt balance which is always welcome for a double IPA. I dig it.

F: A medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinks like every other DIPA that I've had which is obviously a good thing.

Overall: I wish I rated this 2-3 weeks ago as my review would have definitely been different. Either way, 14th Star has a real nice beer here. If this were brewed in any other state this might get the recognition it deserves. However, I'll take this as a consolation prize in VT whenever I head up there. Great hoppy character and I'd gladly take more of this in my fridge. (1,172 characters)

Photo of JOENO123
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +3.3%
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 pear....melons...blueberries....like 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%
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 -8.4%
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)

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Tribute from 14th Star Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.