Tribute | 14th Star Brewing Co.

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14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 610
Photo of skivtjerry
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +0.2%
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 +3.1%
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 -8.2%
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 +7.2%
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 -8.7%
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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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden orange in appearance. This beer is dank as hell. Really solid. Balanced bitterness. Creamy. Citrus, pineapple and pine. Outstanding. Nice level of sweetness. Solid malt backbone. Delicious.

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Photo of dd43
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer, the first I've had from this brewery. Hazy but not "orange juice" cloudy/turbid in the glass. Massive aromas of mango and peach and grapefruit, with a malt backbone that is on the lean side as opposed to rich. Fairly juicy in terms of hops, not all that bitter. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, easy to drink despite being over 8% ABV which makes it kinda dangerous. Would love to get some more of this.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 7/22.

Pours gold with a chill haze and a half inch of white head. Aromatics are floral and fruity but not overly pungent. Peach, mango, grapefruit and mild pine.

Medium bodied and a bit slick.

Tropical fruit and a firm bitterness on the palate. Juicy and a bit pithy.

Finishes with lingering fruit and light malt.

Tasty beer but not in the realm with the best IIPA's.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a decent white head. Aroma is tropical fruits and a slight earthy smell. Not a huge nose for a IIPA. Taste is solid. The tropical fruits come through. A bit of the earthiness from the nose comes through in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. It's a solid beer, but underwhelms when compared to other IIPA's in the region.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Orange, mango some peach on the nose. Wonderful tropical aroma. I would rate this as something between an old school and new school (juicy\tropical) India Pale Ale.

Terrific DIPA. Rivalling the heavy hitters from VT like Lawsons Sip of Sunshine and Heady.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - bursting orange ball of glowing burnt embers. Oh wait, that's just the color of my table. I sure have a nice table. Held up to the light, it's a little more golden. Clear for the most part.

S - a deep, robust and ripe orange right off the bat. Ripe fruits galore with some caramel sweetness. Has a sticky boozey syrupy buttery vinous type quality. Curious about the flavor now!

T - definitely alcohol-forward hops, if that's even a thing. Malty and crackery. Mosaic? Nelson? Rich and decadent hop oil flavors of hot, sweaty, tropical earth. Little bit of ripe pineapple here and there. Underlying bitterness to finish it out, tied up nicely with a pointed dryness.

F - syrupy and creamy. Feels like it's got more ABV than it does.

O - pleasantly surprised by this. I've had 14th Star stuff before and it's mostly okay, above average as far as VT is concerned, but nothing special. This beer is special. Overripe is probably the best worst to describe this and it's great.

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Photo of hasher
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow easy to drink. Doesn't smell like much, but the taste makes up for it. Bit of grapefruit, light bitter finish that fades. Good cabonation. Was surprised, overall very good.

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Photo of mickyge
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty clear amber/yellow with a creamy head and slight lacing. Not a strong smelling beer but the pineapple is noticeable. Smooth to slightly bitter mouth feel and a slight bite at the finish, pineapple and resin taste hide the almost 9% avb. I liked it a lot and would buy it again. I found it really easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an almost clear amber color with a nice white head. Not much in the way of lacing. The smell is not bad. A bit of pineapple with some maltiness mixed in. The flavor is a bit tropical with a hint of pineapple and some malty sweetness. A slight bit of bitterness on the back end. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side but an overall good beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

14th Star Brewing Co. "Tribute"
ONE PINT can, "5/26/26" on 6/15/16
$3.95 @ Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT

Appearance: Hazy deep golden body with golden highlights beneath a rocky head of white. Average head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Not particularly bold overall for a double IPA - at least a north eastern double IPA! Citrusy with some 'chalky' citrus pith, minor pine, and earthy with a raspy vegetal component. Very little malt appears.

Flavor: Sweetish but also grassy and herbal. The malt is basic and lightly biscuity. It doesn't seem particularly bitter, although clearly in IPA range. Overall it seems like a lighter version of a double IPA, or a stronger version of a standard IPA. At 8.1% the alcohol is well cloaked and only shows slightly in the finish where, perhaps, it's warranted and desired. It finishes dry, leafy/grassy, herbal/earthy and "dank".

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fine-bubbled, gently crisp standard-level carbonation.

Overall: Don't look for anything bold here, but think of it as more of an easy-drinking but bumped-up IPA.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: so much tropical fruit pineapple mango peach orange grapefruit banana.
Taste: pretty much follows the nose pineapple peaches mango orange bannana grapefruit. Bready malt sweetness. A slight floral hop dankness slight pine biterness.
Feel: medium body super dry finish so drinkable.
Overall: this blew me away I can't believe this isn't rated higher! I had a sip of sunshine last night and this blows that away. So awesome!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer from a can. The beer pours with a pale, murky yellow appearance and a thick, bubbly head that does not dissipate that much. Thick lacing on the sides. Really earthy citrus aromas with a mix of grains and pine. Taste is a bit more controlled than the aromas, but still very good. Overall, a sharp earthy-pine taste that is wrapped around a bittersweet orange flavor. Mouthfeel supplements this beer well by making it very carbonated and crispy. Overall, I found this to be an all around awesome DIPA.

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Photo of VTBrewHound
2.81/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hmm, have had this brew three times. First was two weeks in the can, citrus, pine, citrus. Very good to excellent. Have now had two more within two to three weeks canned. dank, cat pee, bitter. Different hops used? Bad batch of Simcoe? I don't know. Disappointed after our first very good to excellent experience.

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Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is pine, orange, pineapple, and a touch of dark apple. Bitter, but not aggressively so. Above average tasty ipa, but I prefer others in the style.

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Photo of Gambit23
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up while questing for Heady and holy crap, what a pleasant surprise. I scored some other prominent VT ipa's on this trip but I'm quite pleased that I grabbed multiple 4's of this one!

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden, clear in color. Fluffy tight white bubbled head with nice lacing.

Pretty pine foward nose, mixed with a slight citrus twang and subtle maltiness. Has this interesting musky scent.

Taste follows the nose well, pine and very subtle citrus. The pine follows all the way to the back end, and hop bitterness coats the palate well. Biscuit-like malt.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Crisp and clean.

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Photo of Rizkybusiness
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you are into the citrusy IPAs, this one has you covered. Light and crisp, slightly sweet - perfect for a beer drinker's version of a lemonade stand.

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

From the can, it pours amber with a nice fluffy head that lasts. The fruity, piney scent of hops lovingly caresses the nose. The mouth is enticed by the well balanced hops and malt. YUM!!

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Photo of StringsAreWings
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful bright golden color with a decent pure white head. You get a nice and long term display of tiny bubbles making their way up to the surface. Head dissipates in a few minutes to a nice halo with minimal surface foam. The smell is fantastic. Very fresh fruity hops with a note of grapefruit. The taste matches the smell and your mouth comes alive with hoppy citrus goodness. Finish is a touch bitter but pleasantly so with more of that grapefruit edge at the very end. The feel couldn't be much better with the perfect amount of carbonation. The effervescent bubbles are tiny and not noticeable when you drink but then fizz on the tongue. Yes this one is a real winner. While not quite as good as some of it's local competition it is right on the door step. Being more available than it's local quality competitors is a serious plus for this one. Well done 14th Star!

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