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Tribute - 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 21
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Photo of Guess2814
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | 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

Photo of brother_rebus
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

outstanding IPA. fruity tropical citrus aroma. Cedary pine taste. washes over the tongue and lingers a delicious hop.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with some earthy hops notes is pleasant enough. Taste is not as sharp on hops as I would have expected with some citrus notes and a lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not as much floral hoppy notes as I had expected form a Vermont IIPA. May be due to fact that brewery is only starting.

Photo of beddie23
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this in a 4 pack cans. Marketing is oh so similar to Heady Topper. Silver 16 ounce cans.

It's excellent Double IPA with very similar taste to above mentioned beer. Definitely worth getting again

Photo of papat444
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/15/14.

Frosted orange body, not completely hazy as i can still see shapes through. Thick bubbling foam with a permanent bond all around the glass. Aroma is mostly oranges and that follows in the flavor. Creamy with a pronounced bitterness. My gripe with this one is it's very clean, likely filtered and as such loses a bit of personality. Wished it had more of an edge as i find that is more fitting with DIPAs.

Photo of mhs413
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of maine-e-ack
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of meefmoff
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really tasty DIPA but don't approach it expecting something in the vein of Heady Topper, Lawson's, Fiddlehead or HF. As others have mentioned, this is much more of a mid/west coast style DIPA - heavier on the pine and back end bitterness and lighter on the citrusy, floral nose.

Impressively non boozy for a 9% beer too.

Photo of STBbrewing
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the can. Great double!

Photo of FFreak
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 16 oz can into tall tulip glass. An almost clear golden-yellow with a finger and a half of tight, white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is somewhat dank and piney, with a bit of floral and citrus. Taste is really nice...dank, piney, floral and resinous with adequate but not overblown bitterness, and just the right amount of malt sweetness. Opens up more as it warms. Mouth is good, refreshing, perfect carbonation and weight. Overall, a surprisingly good DIPA. This is not a typical Vermont style IPA, but more reminiscent of a west coast style. Well done!

Photo of LagersAles
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just poured from a 16oz can purchased as a 4pk in Montpellier VT. Weeks old at most.
Not a fan of the marketing ploy to copy heady topper. Can is black on chrome with the black plastic 4pk carrier. Respectful to heady, I poured this dipa into a pint glass, no can sipping and sniffing here. A pretty looking filtered ale, clear as glass in a crystal 40 orangish gold colour. Light fragrance of tropical fruit, some pine and other orange fruits. This is not a fruit bowl explosion. definitely a solid bitterness with almost a lingering alloy flavour. Im missing the "dank" weedyness that everyone loves to describe this potent, hopped up style. Easy to drink and no alcohol presence, as if it weren't a dipa. My can had no abv that I could see. A decent ale, but not something I'd purchase again. So many other options if in Vermont. Likely an unfortunate time to review this after a weekend of swilling fiddlehead second fiddle, hill farmstead ales and other local top tier products...

Photo of Brad007
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a darker gold with a huge frothy head into my glass. That is one hell of a lovely head.

Mango and grapefruit in the nose. Hints at something much hoppier underneath.

A wallop of citrus hits the taste buds, disseminating into grapefruit, mango and buttery malt.

Burns the mouth with bitterness as it goes down. Wow. Very crisp. Finish is actually a little dry.

I give 14th Star mad props on their take of the Vermont Double IPA, which should actually be a style here on BA. Tribute stands tall among legends such as Heady Topper, Hyzer Flip, Mastermind, Second Fiddle and Double Sunshine.

Photo of yarnbomb
4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer makes me feel good. 5 stars for feel! Found this all around the area in bars and had many cans, some slightly aged. All were great experiences, so this beer is awesome in my book. Have it with a pizza, you'll be happy!

Photo of Red34
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great IIPA. Given the ABV, it drinks incredibly well. Very fragrant, almost a tropical fruit smell. This is my first bet I've tried from these guys, I'll have to find more.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at the Vermont Brewfest.

A-Pours a hazed medium orange color.

S-After a long day of sniffing and sipping, this one stood out. I picked up aromas of tropical fruit, lots of citrus and all that good stuff.

T-I enjoyed the sweetness level here. It was clearly hop forward but the hops had a sweet, juicy, fruit flavor. Candied oranges, peaches, tangerines. Finishes bitter with some green hop notes.

M-Has good body to it. Light resins. Bitter.

O-One of the more memorable beers I tried at the Fest. An Imperial IPA that stood its ground with the other, better known VT hop bombs.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 16 oz can into a willi becher.
Pours very clearm light amber with a little less than one finger of tiny bubble head.
Smells of decent hops, not overly aromatic, but what is there is nice.
Taste has good bitterness especially on the finish. Not overly hopy, nor is it too sweet. More of a west coast style IPA with malts in check. Not overly complex.
Mouthfeel is a touch dry which I enjoyed.
Overall, a solid beer.

Photo of djnickelb
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice DIPA, a bit on the west coast tip with piney flavors...medium carbonation. Quite delicious.

Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up three 22oz bottles at the Brewery last weekend ($6.00 ea) and am now diving into the last one, out in the 'Zebo....

Using a Sammy perfect pint glass, the color is a deep golden, much like apricot jam, with a bit of haziness. Carbo is scattered but steady, and the head is white, quite thin and fine, clinging to the edges. Wasn't too much lace to speak of, though. The aroma is of enticing, sweet fruit, like peach, orange and apricot. Tribute is a fairly smooth bier, and the body is a bit more than medium.

Taste is sweet as well, though not as much as the aroma might intimate. There's a touch of toasty malt, followed by the fruit noted in the nose: apricot, orange and peach. This is like a breakfast bier - nice fruity jams spread on whole-grain toast! It also has a smidge of pithy, piney action, and all of these fruity notes linger well in the finish. All in all, I rather like this bier; it's a well-made offering. I am also happy to be able to support our Vets as they pursue their dream. Prosit!!

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Photo of Scotty_J
1.68/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Another mediocre vt double ipa.

Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
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...

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Tribute from 14th Star Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.