Tribute | 14th Star Brewing Co.

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14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Tribute Double IPA is a celebration of hops, pure and simple. A simple and smooth malt base serves as the stage for the hops to perform. Tribute has a beautiful golden color, an aroma brimming with citrusy hops, and a deliciously smooth hop flavor and dry finish.

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Photo of Rugg315
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reidel stem less glass from a sixteen ounce can. The look is fairly light given the Vermont IIPA moniker. Big time mango on the nose. Good taste not blowing me away but enjoyable. Feel is like drinking a mango infused beer. Which is not a bad thing. Good beer won't go great lengths to find it but, would definitely put on the acceptance list.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Fort Point Market in Boston, MA.

This one pours a very slightly hazy dark orange color, with a small head and a good amount of lacing.

I guess by the name, this might be meant as a tribute to Heady Topper- it certainly is reminiscent of it, while not quite hitting that mark. It smells pretty dank and bitter, slight booze on the nose, with lots of fruity hops.

This is a pretty bitter beast of a DIPA- a bit of booze, but it's not too distracting. There's lots of grapefruit rind, orange peel, some pineapple, and a fairly prominent malt backbone. If the booziness wasn't as present, this would be much better.

This is medium bodied, with a pretty crisp mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation.

This is another great Vermont IPA- it's something about that state that just allows so many good IPAs to come from there.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to pint glass. Cloudy orange color. Head thinned out very quickly compared to other big DIPAs. Not much lace on the side (glass was clean). Piney bitter, some sweet citrus flavoring, but nothing striking. Warm alcohol at 8%+. Decent DIPA, not great. Not quite as tasty as I hoped.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The guys at Manchester Discount Beverage recommended this to me. Thanks, they really care about Vermont beer and carry the ones they believe in. This is a keeper as I appreciate the cleanness of this IIPA. Sweet bitterness and as the beer warms up in the glass there is a pleasant malty surprise. Surely a go to when in southern Vermont. Nice job 14th Star!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold. Quickly dissipating head with no lacing. Aroma is a straightforward bitter citrus...Some fresh grassy, dewy notes as well. Taste is similar with piney and floral flavors and some caramelly malts. Feel is average for the style. Overall, very good.

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Photo of JonnyJuicebox
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque and murky gold. Nice head on pour from 16oz can.
S: A bit boozy, some bitter orange rind. Not overpowering by any means. Really gotta dive in to pick out the aromas. Pine, booze, orange rind in that order.
T: Big big flavor. Very familiar taste if you've had your share of Vermont hops. The malt is more apparent than most hop forward NE ipas. Akin to Edward but not as smooth and crushable...the balance is not there. Strong boozy aftertaste. Typical hop candy up front that finishes quite malty and strong. I enjoy the taste of booze in my beers as long as it doesn't taste like rubbing alcohol. This beer does not.
F: Very thick and full mouthfeel. IMO where this beer shines.
O: This would be the best beer in 40 out of the 50 united states. But, being in VT, it falls under the radar. Delicious, and easy to obtain even in Massachusetts. Would easily purchase over pretty much any package store beer.

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Photo of BigGold
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from pint can, gift from friend, into tulip. More traditional than the IPAs typically produced inside the boundaries of Vermont, but still citrusy atop the substantial malt base. Not complicated, but a classic, big DIPA.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper/golden body with a big white head. Smell is muted. Some hints of pine. Taste is distinctly malty. Some hints of pine and citrus pith. Thick malty body.

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Photo of SFSinga
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color and foamy
Rich, creamy, dry finish, smooth
Mild aroma
Malt on first taste, citrus after
stays in its lane
low carbonation

after rind,

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a barely hazed golden orange with visible head mnd decent lacing

S: aromas of deep pine and citrus rind mixed with a slightly sweet malt base.

T: orange rind, pine tree and crystal malt sweetness. Well rounded , just slightly more buttered than I like my doubles

M: thick and medium level of carbonation

O: very good IPA and one that I will surely try to get any time I am in the areas where this is sold.

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Photo of FBarber
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange - opaque to the eye - with a soapy white head. Head dissipates leaving behind lots of white lacing and a thin layer of foam. Beer looks quite nice to the eye.

Smell has notes of orange, orange zest, grapefruit, with a nice malt backbone in the nose.

Taste follows the nose with lots of orange, orange zest and grapefruit up front. Nice malty backbone is present.

Feel is spot on for an IPA. Smooth with medium carbonation. Easy drinking beer.

Overall a really nice IPA - well crafted with a great flavor profile.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Adam for the can!
Canned October 5th 2016. Doth Shine.

Pours a hazy straw gold slash orange. 1 finger of foam, nice lacing ensues.

The nose is full of grapefruit, orange zest, hints of pineapple and some biscuit malt.

Tastes like it smells. Grapefruit and orange zest, even lemon gets into the flavour profile. Solid malt backbone with the biscuit. Long lasting bitter notes in the finish.

Medium body with lightish carbonation.


Edit: 2nd pour and Tribute is in cloud formation. The flavours also get more intense. Goes all tropical on my ass. Getting some mango and papaya and I am starting to get really blown away. Scores adjusted. Wow.

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Photo of LoveBeer1380
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting smooth double IPA. Much easier to get a hold of than some of the other better known IPA's in VT. Definitely a nice strong aftertaste, worth picking up.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 16oz can purchased at a liquor store in Burlington.
Look of sligthly hazy light copper orange.
Smell of ripe fruit with hops and malt.
Taste: a nicely balanced, juicy, flavourful New England double IPA. One of the better ones, up there with my favourites, Epiphany and Swish.

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Photo of mschrei
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Cloudy dark orange juice looking color with healthy lacing. Citrusy hop nose that follows on the taste. Slight bitterness as well. Very well-balanced beer.

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Photo of Y2kWasAnInsideJob
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from Muelemans' Craft Draughts in Rawsonville, VT. Canned on 10/14, drank on 10/27.

I went into this one with very high expectations, and while I wouldn't say I was disappointed, it was different than I thought.

Aroma was much milder than I was expecting- lots of banana, papaya and general herbaceous-ness. On the palate, bursting with fruit, dripping sweet but balanced, very very pleasant. Would classify this one as crushable. Papaya, grapefruit, resin and a grassyness on the finish.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can!

A - Pours slightly hazy and bright orange gold in color with a generously thick, white ring of lacing at the top.

S - Papaya, mango, tangerine, guava, sweet red grapefruit, some peppery spiciness to it, slight herbal presence, juicy pine resin.

T - Oranges, red grapefruit, papaya, mango, and juicy pine resin. There's some herbal character but very little. Some peppery fruit rind also shows up on the back end. Lingering sticky pine resin bitterness with some tropical sweetness over the top and is long and lingering.

M - Low carbonation which feels slippery on the tongue, full bodied and thick for the style.

O - This is a really good D-IPA and definitely worth trying. Recommended.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can

Pours cloudy hazy golden amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like overripe melons, fresh papaya, sweet cantaloupe, honeydew, orange, grapefruit, berries, musty mango, damp guava, bready caramel malt, with dank woodsy earthy herbal grass and spicy resinous pine. Tastes like wild berries, sweet melons, papaya, grapefruit, orange citrus, musty mango, damp guava, sweet bready caramel malt, with dank woodsy earthy herbal grass and spicy resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really nice juicy hazy DIPA.

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Photo of Sorcerer
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Overall, most satisfying drinking beer! Very light feeling despite being a double.

Okay, being 6 days into a vacation in Vermont, the tastebuds are serious, and this is the pale ale of double IPA.

Consider this...unfiltered brew is apparently part of the NE ouvre for a good reason. With this beer as I observe the sun downing through it from Village sport shop on Darlington road all I see is a golden haze...looks pure...the lookie is goodie...Many of the beers I have been sampling have deep unfiltered-mess meaning bigger particles...which looks like dandruff floating in the beer, and that could be a bad thing, but if you trust the brewer you will know it's dead yeast right? So smooth haze is good, and flaky haze is hmmmm. (But I am a trusting the flakes are yeast)...Tribute looks good.

Scents are piney mango and banana, a bit of beautiful fresh bread yet subtle on the front. Still, this is not a hop forward scent, which was underwhelming. Still, this beer is on point with the style. I have to say not alcohol smelling like many brews of this strength.

Mouthfeel is most excellent. This strong point makes this beer fantastic. Open up the glottis!

Here comes beer for you.

Finishes dry. Ready for more.

Enjoy the green flavour of Vermont my friend!

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden, hazy with a medium head that fades quickly but never disappears.

Smell: Herbal dankness up front, gives way to citrus peel and pine, then the dankness comes back.

Taste: A big hit of pine first, then grapefruit and tangerine. Mango lurks in the background and becomes more obvious as the beer warms. Some sweet malt and a pretty good dose of alcohol at the end, with herbs lingering on the tongue.

Feel: Body is pretty light but this still comes across as a big beer. More of a sipper than most DIPA's. Drink it slowly and your tongue will be happy.

Overall: Really good. Not your typical VT IPA but definitely fit to run with the big dogs.

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Photo of jdsburgerco
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Spent a few days in VT ending up in Waterbury...close to the Alchemist figuring I would score a few cases if I was in line early. The bartender at the Bistro said you have to try a really good beer so go downtown and pick up a 4 pack. I'm glad I did. The beer is very good tasting and smelling and has a solid pine needle citrusy flavor...but not over the top. A solid IPA from the NE.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Salesman at a Craft Beer store near Prohibition Pig in Waterbury talked me into buying this. Wish he had talked me into buying 2 as it is excellent! Smells good, tastes good, fresh, worth it!

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Photo of SteelPenguin
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange. Nothing special aroma wise. The taste starts sweet citrus and quickly turns to pine. Finishes dry. A balanced beer that is just a little too malt forward for my taste.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Up in Vermont yesterday, scored some tall boys dated 8/25/16, so just a week old. Appreciate the freshness and the date stamps. Pours a fairly hazy orange with a finger of foam that leaves spotty lacing. Smell is a burst of grapefruit and orange, followed by resiny pine with some herbal spicey notes, then a bit of malt. Also a bit of peach and mango. Taste is the same. Feel is a solid medium--it's got substance but is still quite drinkable. Overall, a pretty great IIPA, so good to have it fresh like this.

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Photo of VTR
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was impressed by this IPA. Smell was of grapefruit, hops, and slight orange. I could tell from the smell that this would be a balanced beer. Taste was huge grapefruit, but in the sweet side followed by some piney taste with orange mixed in. The malt really holds this together and doesn't just let it become a hop mess. The carbonation was great. I'm not a huge IPA fan but a friend back home in VT brought some when he came to visit and I'm sure glad he did.

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