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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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Photo of ludachris
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of captainsdaughter
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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 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 smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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 tconlon69
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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 greenengineer
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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 SpasmWaiter
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Far too malty for my tastes. Hop profile is muddy on the palate, cant define anything beyond basic bitterness. The shocking amount of sweetness leads me to believe it is under attenuated. Maybe with some tightening up this could become a good recipe but for now...

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Photo of AshlandNacho
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Pooles26
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 WeymouthMike
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alycrocker
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rack0flamb
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of acurtis
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guess2814
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmmmm hmmmmmmmm!! So yuh say!!!! Smooth baby SMOOTH.. One of the smoothest Double IPAs I've tasted.. Not The Heady as hoppy but DAMN people need to give credit to this beer.. Top of the line.. again not the Heady but a damn good one

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mmart802
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly refreshing DIPA. Great citrus smells and hops that aren't too overwhelming; a very crisp and easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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