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Tribute - 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 11
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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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 greenengineer
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
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 Guess2814
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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 biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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 NW-specific IPA character - one broadly defined by robust hops, low-key malt, and a surprisingly affable white chalk character. Easy to drink for it's 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.

Photo of brother_rebus
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -18.5%
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 +17.3%
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 angrybabboon
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 5/4/15

A: Lightly hazy but mostly clear golden orange with some light amber hues - pours with a medium sized, off-white head - retains a wispy cap and leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Nice array of hops - big citrus, with some orange and grapefruit juice, zest - lots of floral citrus - some tropical aromas, fruit juice, and some pine as well - not particularly complex, but nice - some pale malts at the base and maybe a slight hint of booze

T: Good, but far from mind-blowing - citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit, with some juice, flesh, and rind - floral and vaguely spicy - lightly tropical - moderate bitterness - pale, clean malts at the base - lightly earthy - minimal sweetness and remarkably dry, dangerously easy to drink for something that is supposedly almost 9%ABV

M: Medium body, lightly oily and lightly earthy, very dry finish

O: This is not the greatest beer in the world (this is just a tribute)

I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I bought a four-pack of this simply because it was a Vermont DIPA ... in a 16oz can... with a purchase limit. I assumed excellence. I bought this about a week ago, and I assume it is still fresh, but it does not taste particularly potent. The first can was similarly unexciting. It's good, but not stupid good like some other DIPAs that have come out of Vermont.

Photo of papat444
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +0.7%
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 ludachris
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of maine-e-ack
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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 -10.9%
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 PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

16oz can canned 04/15/2015. Pours a translucent golden color with an inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon and mango. The taste is more of the tropical fruits. Mostly mango and guava but with some pineapple, grapefruit, banana and bready malts. Tropical fruit finish with some floral notes and toasted malts. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking. Dry but thin. Overall, damn good Imperial IPA.

Photo of uvachief
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big 16oz can. Didn't pour into a glass but into a plastic outdoor cup. Couldn't see the body. Did get a finger or two of fluffy head. Smelled of citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon. Subtle. Taste was big but mellow. Strong double ipa or imperial ipa with little to no wet hop bitterness. Little fruity like a west coast style ipa. Tasty and drinkable. No burn but definitely up there in anv. Complex. Hops citrus and clean. Great effort.

Photo of STBbrewing
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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 +2.4%
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 -15%
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 +7.4%
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 +18.5%
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 +1.4%
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 -2.1%
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 -7.8%
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 scotorum
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Canned 5/12/15. A week old. Wow. Just purchased Sunday in Vermont.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House snifter.

a: Hazy orange with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Moderate citrus.

t; Intense citrus and pine resin up front over a bready malt base, followed by a strong hop bite which nmoderates later. Bitterness lingers on the tongue at first in an otherwise dry finish. Dankness evident as it warms. High ABV is incredibly well hidden.

m: Medium with great body and carbonation tingle.

o: A truly outstanding DIPA, one of the best I have had, no doubt benefitting more from the freshness of this fourpack as well as the fact that I self-served it at 38 degrees. Now I wish I'd bought more, although age may diminish its outstanding juicy hoppy goodness.

Photo of djnickelb
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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