Tribute Double India Pale Ale
14th Star Brewing Co.

Tribute Double India Pale AleTribute Double India Pale Ale
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #400
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,178
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 7.91%
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
839
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14th Star Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Tribute Double India Pale AleTribute Double India Pale Ale
Notes: 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°.
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Photo of tekstr1der
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hmm, might need to try this one again. Had on tap and it wasn't great. Pours golden with small white cap. Aroma is citrus, but also a mile off-putting dankness. Same with the flavor - perhaps influenced by other brews on the palate. Finish was kind of biting with bitter.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution in Morristown. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Ardent aroma replete with notes of citrus and honeysuckle. Recommended.

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Photo of BigJayK
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good solid performer. Saw one in a glass at Mt Snow and then picked some up at a liquor store near Okemo. Didn't disappoint. I keep going back. Has a smooth taste and good finish.

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Photo of npolachek
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with moderate lacing. Good balance between the maltiness and the dank hops. Strong tastes of citrus and good carbonation making this a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Gatch
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth with my Dad! He had a Mainer Weisse from Night Shift. This is on the darker side of DIPA. A bit sweeter and more malt forward with a dank hop profile. Still quite fruity with some decent bitterness. More balanced than most trendy hoppy beers and a bit of a return to the original take on the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate burnt orange + golden orange + golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, earthy, spicy, herbal, citrus/passionfruit, and dank/resinous hops over the top of just shy of moderate aromas of caramel + biscuit malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel + biscuit malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, earthy, spicy, herbal, citrus/passionfruit, and dank/resinous hops which contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp initially with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable more classic DIPA - nice dank hop presence.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a thin off white head covering the surface and a collar consisting of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops—grapefruit seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with hints of pine.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of orange and grapefruit hops with a touch a piney hops and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of bitterness.
O: This Imperial IPA really showcases the aromas and flavors of the hops, as the malts aren't that prominent. It also isn't as heavy on the mouthfeel compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Dakin
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Thick and syrupy. Nice opaque raw honey look to it.

Smell: Pine, mint, pineapple.

Taste: Piney and fresh, almost tastes like it was brewed with mint or spruce tips. Bit of fruit.

Feel: Smooth

Overall: This is a very good IPA. I think I prefer the B-72 to this though. There's a minty-ness that isn't really my cups of tea.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 16oz can

A - Semi translucent golden copper, one finger frothy white head and lots of sugary lacing and legs

S - The sweet pineapple and pine are very up front, with really sweet yeast, musty malt/grain, super sweet hops, earthy flowers and awesome booze.

T - Wow, sweet boozey hoppy goodness, right off the bat! Lots of sugar with a slight dry bite, island fruit/flower hops, funky yeast, peaches, and all around just a radical DIPA.

M - Full body, awesome balance, awesome complexity, medium plus acidity and medium carbonation.

D/O - I can't believe I have never had this nor heard of it. One of the best IPA/DIPAs I have had, maybe ever. The taste, the look and the taste again. It is one of those IPA's you have had a million times, while still being one in a million. North Carolina BBQ chicken is really awesome with this one and pairs well with Rocky Road as well. Damn good beer.

Final thoughts - I want the price on this so I can give someone money to get me more. The ABV is perfect at around 8% and if I ever find this on tap, I may have died and gone to heaven.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can that was canned on 5/14/18 opened on 5/20/18

A very light haze to the golden-orange coloration of the liquid. The head is totally white, clumpy, smooth and bubbly top hangs on for a long time before receding with nice lacing leftover's.

The aroma is clump of smelly hops, citrus, earthy, peppery, sweet tropicals like, pineapple, kiwi andva hint of mandarin orange. A light malty scent rides underneath with, dry wheat and grainy golden barley.

Although there is a juicy-hoppy element there is also a very west coast like bitter, leafy, high alpha acids effect that bring in a certain intense dry bitterness that you don't normally find in New England these days. In fact, there is some added peppery tones and a dry leafy bite in the finish as well. The juicy hop flavor comes in the form of tangy citrus and grapefruit, acidity is strong in this one. The malt gives an amber sweetness but mostly, grainy, pilsner-like malt kick. The dry-earthy bitterness really takes over eventually making this one seem large with ibu's. The 8.1 % abv is well hidden thanks to some medium level complexity in the hop and malty taste layers.

A snappy, then juicy first sip feels light, then medium as the malty effects kick in, a long, dry, earthy finish and aftertaste.

I would imagine there is a big hop "mash-up" for this Tribute. Peppery citrus and high toned alpha acids reign supreme here. Mid level complexity with a long, bitter hop effect keeps you sippin'.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty beer, dark orange transparency, with lots of white lacing. The nose is quiet, the flavor strong hops over malty sweetness. Not a lot of nuance in the hops, but pleasant. Tasty.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Random grab, 2/22/18 canning from this veteran-owned brewery in Vermont... Kinda medium orange-gold and hazy under a fat white foam top... Aromas mildly fruity with bold pine aromas sorting through... Similarly, on the palate, mild fruits, stone and citrus fruits suggested, but with a clean pine breeze and hints of mint... Caramel malts add a nice body and feel; smooth and soft, nice hint of resin stick to the roof of the mouth... Sweetness is mild-moderate, but so is the bitterness, creating a nice balance... Finishes with a nice aftertaste, bit of bitterness lingers behind, but rather clean and fresh... This was a real winner for me...

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

L - This was a bit strange. 16 oz. can poured into pint glass. Poured most of the can in, and first look was clear amber with one finger white head. When I poured the remainder of the beer, it appeared more Hazy in appearance. Not sure why. Decent lacing throughout.
S - Nice Citrusy smell with a mix of orange and grapefruit.
T - Bitter hops with moderate maltiness.
F - Medium body, fairly smooth with semi-dry finish.
O - A really nice beer. Liked how the smell retained all the way through.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a super hazy golden orange color with a massive, dense, foamy white head. Retention is excellent and there are tons of sticky chunks of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is very subdued. Orange, citrus pith, pine and some sweet and bready malts are there, but they certainly don't jump out of the glass at you.

Taste is very similar. The flavors are a bit more pronounced, but for just over a month old I was expecting more. The citrus and pine are supported nicely by the malts and the finish is moderately bitter.

Feel is light side of medium, smooth and slightly resinous. Moderate carbonation as well.

Overall this beer is pretty good. I'd certainly not turn it down if I was offered, but it is very middle if the road and not something that I would seek out.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 10/09/17

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice hazy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, very nice citrus complex (tangerine, orange, grapefruit, pineapple), with some pretty nice pineyness. The taste is very nice hoppy, malty, very nice citrus complex (tangerine, orange, pineapple, grapefruit), pretty nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a very nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Thanks Bill!

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

Excellent lattice on the glass for lace. Modest to moderate head, but it lasts throughout the tasting. The color is gold with a mild haze.

The smell is mild. The strongest aroma is from the alcohol. There's a bit of pepper from the hop as well.

The flavor is similar to the smell except that the strongest element is an earthiness up front. The hop and the alcohol are more muted than the smell suggests. The body leans rich but the carbonation is also elevated. The aftertaste is mostly alcohol.

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Photo of LeRose
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours pretty much pumpkin colored with a fairly thin white cap, halfway decent cling after the head falls to a few rafts.

There is the typical citrus punch in the aroma, mostly grapefruit but a little orange sneaks in. Sweet malts, and a little resin, a little floral, a little earthy. More or less checks all the DIPA boxes.

The beer drinks smoothly. Surprisingly not overly bitter, definitely citrus heavy, but adequate malt to keep things in check. Gets a bit more floral as it warms up.

Sticky, but dry finish. Seems a tiny bit watery to me for the style.

Overall, it is a good beer, but not really in the upper echelon in the style to my palate. Worthwhile to give it a try.

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Photo of Tony210
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep yellow with minimal head.
Bright citrus on the nose, some pine in the background. Dank with a fair amount of bitterness, some citrus shines through in the form of grapefruit, lemon, and some mango. Good amount of carbonation.
Solid DIPA, very flavorful.
10/24/17
16 oz can
4 rating
8/22/17 canning date

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Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9/27/17 canning date

A: Pours a dark reddish-orange. Good sized tan head. Head retention is okay with thin tendrils of lacing.

S: Lots of sweet citrus in the nose. Definitely got a strong malt base, plenty of caramel sweetness in there too.

T: Oh yeah, citrusy for sure. Sharp grapefruit mostly I would say. Lots of heavy bready malt afterwards with a touch of caramel sweetness. More grapefruit in the aftertaste with some herbal hops.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat sticky.

O: Not bad, a stout DIPA for sure. A bit one note with tons of citrus and bread and not much else. Well balanced and tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a snifter

One finger creamy white foam cap , settles to a dense rich layer . Some lacings

Hazy golden orange

Aroma of citrus , pine , resin and whiff of dank

Taste of citrus hops

Very smooth

Good beer

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Photo of eppie82
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can into teku glass.

Piney and resin taste with very mild sweet backbone. Works well. Not a typical NE style IPA (juicy/tropical) but more in line with west coast style IPA but appearance of an NE style.

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

A surprise beer bought by my dad.
Slightly hazy light golden color. Earthy pine and light citrus and tropical fuits on the nose and in the flavor. Pretty damn tasty beer.

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Photo of kboutelle
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a lucky find on a recent trip to VT. A beer aisle worker at a small store suggested it and I couldn't be happier. I will definitely seek this out in the future.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Brewers Fork in Waltham. Dark pour...looks like a tripel, but definitely not the hoppy blast it was built to be or what I'm getting used to. If anything this hit me as more Pliny-ish....more of a west coast IPA. It grew on me as I had it. Nice job

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Tribute Double India Pale Ale from 14th Star Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 839 ratings