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.

Suggest storing and serving 34-42°.

Added by hophead0808 on 03-14-2014

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

How does one segue seamlessly from The Eradication/Reduction of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody back into what really matters, namely, The CANQuest (tm)? Well, first, you have to jump into Mr. Peabody & Sherman's W.A.B.A.C. Machine, going back to the early-to-mid-1970's. There, a youthful Bro. Woody spent a LOT of time on his maternal grandparents' property, abutting a working farm. A young neighbor girl traded comic books & played tetherball with me. She grew up, married a fellow local beer aficionado & during a recent road trip, they knew to bring me CANs! Viva The CANQuest (tm)! It pays to advertise.

From the CAN: "Craft Brewed In Vermont"; "Our Tribute Double IPA is a celebration of hops. A complex yet smooth malt base serves as a stage for the hops to perform. Tribute has a beautiful golden color with a flavor and aroma brimming with citrusy hops. Deliciously smooth with a crisp and dry finish. Enjoy! [undersigned -] Xxxx".

Man, I am just so stoked to be back on The CANQuest (tm), even if it just temporarily, that I CANducted a Crack! & inverted Glug to celebrate. I got two fingers of foamy, soapy, tawny head with modest retention for my efforts. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose was very piney, kind of dank & very fresh. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium, a little on the light side for the style. The taste was a pleasant admixture of all of the current usual suspects - pine, grapefruit, tangerine, tropical fruits (mango, papaya, guava), but it lacked the intensity that I like my DIPAs to bring to me. Finish was dry and it was satisfactory, but I was not blown away by this one.

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Photo of Kris_Cullen
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jpd026
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a nice transparency about it. Soft carbonation rises at a slow pace. A one finger white foamy head dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving some concave lacing. The smell starts off with a sharp resinous to bitter pine with an underscoreof citrus. The taste was mainly bittersweet involving the pine and resinous behavior to combine with the citrus. The aftertaste was bitter hop oils leading into a semi-wet piney finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionable sticky resinous feel surrounding it. Carbonation runs fairly light, smooth and oily slick. Overall, this was a wonderful DIPA that I would love to have again.

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Photo of LonusArden
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of festizio
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7 weeks ago.

Pours like a tripel: slightly hazy golden orange body, big off-white head produced with gentle pour, and good retention and lacing. Interesting combination of juicy tropical fruits, dank pine resin, and caramel malts on the nose. This New England/west coast IPA combo continues in the flavor profile. Starts with a bitter kick of grapefruit rind, followed by notes of orange, passionfruit, papaya, caramel malts, and flowers. Mouthfeel is refreshing yet robust, with a nice alcohol warmth. While not quite Sip of Sunshine level, Tribute is definitely worth a try, and is priced fairly at ~$13/4-pack of 16oz cans


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Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big creamy fluffy head, 2 finger head great lacing, clear honey yellow color

Nose big grassy spicy hops, dank musty, dank tropical fruit, musty passion fruit and citrus rind

Taste sweet candy malt, smooth malt, earthy rind grassy herbal hops, little dank, citrus, fruity, stone fruit, candy citrus hops, smooth esp for 8%

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, fluffy carb, very little booze

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Photo of Paoloboston
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a freekin' nice IPA. Traveling through Vt.a Ned at a store that there was this beer. Thought I'd try it and glad I did. Wonderful brew and I wish I had access to it in my home state of Maine. I would buy this again and again. And NEVER share it with friends. Ha. Ha.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can 2/27/17, poured into a tulip glass.

A cloudy dark orange with brown highlights, visible chunks of sediment, and a one finger head that dissapates slowly. Aroma of caramel malts and resin. Citrus and mango, some resin, and a slight malt undertone make up the taste. The mouthfeel is somewhat smooth and light, it has a slightly sharp twang and bitterness on the finish. A good IIPA, one I was glad to try (ty Rick) and would recommend. I may need to try again after a palate reset and some allergy season reduction.

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Photo of WasupBeerQueen
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dipaslife4me
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stealth862
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love this brew.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: April 17, 2017... OCCASION: first practice with the 3/4 graders, and now watching the Cavs work the Pacers in Game Two... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... pours a half-glass of tremendously dense, light amber (almost apricot) body with an intricate webbing of lace, snow-white head that halves the glass handsomely... huge grapefruit and mango, secondary lemon, thick resin, bright pine--with a crisp malty base, sporting doughy freshness... big, bold mouth feel, with sharp bitterness on the teeth and resounding mouth is still tingling long after sipping... definitely a slow sipper masquerading as a harmlessly pleasant pale ale... as advertised, the fruitiness caresses the tastebuds, with a pounding bitterness that is commensurate with the ABV.... this is smooth like Kyrie and strong like LeBron--a winning combination... the later the drink goes, the boozier it becomes... a gift from Tom Claeys, and one I am glad to have saved for a spring break evening.... one of the better double IPAs I have had....

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Photo of brureview
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an orange copper color with a 4F head in a Spiegelau glass.

Earthy, sweet, nutty, light tropical fruit aroma.

Great taste: earthy, nutty, sweet, honey, tropical fruit.

Resinous MF with a light spicy finish.

The brewery recommends storing and serving 32-42°. Lower than the usual suggested temp.
But I would agree. Serving temps aren't set in stone. I received an email from a well known brewer who drinks his DIPAs at 42°

Excellent DIPA. This can was fresh-3/27. First beer from this brewery I've tasted.
I will look for more.

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Photo of Beardie
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my new go-to. It is becoming more readily available. I think it gets better with every batch. It is consistently great. It hits all the marks I'm looking for. Maybe a little boozy, but in a good way. It's not a crazy, turbid, orange juice bomb, but it has plenty of that citra hop taste. It is very well balanced. The last sip of a pour that you're trying to savor still has a little of that carbonation that tingles and brings out the flavor. Makes you want to double check the can and make sure there isn't a drop left. Highly recommended. I still don't really find myself wanting to go to St. Albans though.

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Photo of Jlang2012
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phishagonia
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this out of luck by way of recommendations from several fellow customers at a bottle shop in Vermont. Poured from can into tulip glass. Look is a really nice orange/faint amber transparent hue. Medium head leaves a nice amount of sticky lacing. Smell contains floral hops, followed by intense pine notes...and backed up by a malty backbone. The tastes mimics the nose, and I get a lot of hops, pine, a bit of citrus, and the malt backbone. However, there is a lingering warmth and booziness that doesn't hide behind the flavors. That's my only complaint..if you could even call it that. This was a great Vermont-style DIPA, and a nice departure from the NE-style IPAs I have been enjoying lately. Pretty sure I'd get this one again.

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Photo of jeffmck09
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of j_d_b
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into tulip. Roused the can about, but it poured translucent until the latter bit.

Wow, there is like a beehive of bubbles stacking around the rim of the head. Really foamy, off-white, great. Bubbles just streaming up the side. Very soft looking; great lacing.

Pours a faded golden golden and opaque, but not pulp-like opacity; a little clarity on the edges, when drinking.

Aroma is dominated by citrus, definitely. Since it’s a DIPA, there’s always some hops fragrance, but they’re not rich or dark, and if there’s malt there, which there might be in a little bit of something sweeter, I’m not good enough to put a finger on the specific scent.

Feel is a sort of watery and juicy, but not negatively. Definitely soft, and not aggressive carbonation, but apparent against the tongue. Can get a little foamy on the swallow, which is fun, but never harsh.

Really strong citrus. Some tropical fruit too; it’s actually a good combination. Not much malt—definitely not strong in the overall flavor—but what’s there softens the beer. It’s not bitter, not extreme, but a fruity citrus blast, for sure. I enjoyed it.

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