Tribute Double India Pale Ale
14th Star Brewing Co.

Tribute Double India Pale AleTribute Double India Pale Ale
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #451
Ranked #2,488
4.17 | pDev: 7.91%
14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
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°.
Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 854 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.

Dec 14, 2018
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captainsdaughter from Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright orange with some cloudy haze, classic Vermont style double.
S: Smells super good loads of pineapple and grapefruit all fruit on the nose.
T: tastes exactly like it smells, pineapple and grapefruit but with some surprising malts that come out of nowhere on the end. Can't figure out the hop's but good bitterness on this beer and really sticky. This DIPA has it all, Dankness, Bitterness, Citrus and some sweet and salty malts.
O: Very crushable DIPA top 5 for sure, no surprise the locals in Vermont drink this right along side their fresh heady and focal banger!

Oct 23, 2015
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StringsAreWings from New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Mar 18, 2016
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ludachris from Canada (ON)

4.67/5  rDev +12%
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.

May 19, 2015
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cavedave from New York

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for bringing this back with you for me, Ray!

Pours a beautiful almost clear gold, topped by a persistent finger of off white foam. Nice wall hanging lace remains as the head recedes to a cap.

Lemon, orange peel, citrus pith, hints of pine, neutral sweet, and a touch of caramel make this medium strength aroma very delectable.

Medium strength taste with the flavors of the aroma represented nicely. Pine a bit more forward than in nose, a bit sweeter than expected, with less caramel than foretold by bouquet. Clean flavors and the sip ends with herbal bitter joining the pith and pine, quite dry.

Low carb., nicely viscous, clean linger making a cranking finish. Nice.

Another excellent IPA from IPA heaven also known as Vermont. Highly recommended.

Aug 17, 2015
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SpasmWaiter from Vermont

3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
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...

Dec 30, 2014
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Reginald_Dunlop from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The fact that you north country folk can pick this up at any gas station makes me very jealous. This is a truly top notch DIPA on par with any of the other VT offerings. Juicy ripe citrus with just enough malt to keep it balanced. Not super complex but freakishly delicious and drinkable. Alcohol is undetectable. I could drink a million of these. Can't wait to pick up more of this.

Feb 28, 2016
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

May 07, 2017
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whatthehull from California

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.

Sep 19, 2018
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

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

Consumed on 11/10 from a 16 oz can dated 11/4, fresh! Thanks to my buddy Todd for picking this up during a trip to VT. Pours a lovely golden amber color, slight haze, medium sized head leaves great lacing. Smell is explosive, big juicy hop notes erupt from the can. Tastes great, sweet with herbal and juicy hops, very similar in composition to Sip of Sunshine, but a hair lighter. Surprisingly lighter body given the style and ABV. Overall very drinkable and a great example of a VT DIPA.

Nov 12, 2015
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greenengineer from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

May 01, 2015
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Jun 05, 2016
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Phishagonia from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Apr 03, 2017
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Rizkybusiness from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Apr 19, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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!!

Mar 20, 2016
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Aug 03, 2016
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Beardie from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Apr 06, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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....

Apr 18, 2017
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tconlon69 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have been on the VT craze of IPA. Heady and Sunshine are absolutely amazing. I will say I was very impressed with this beer, color and head are similar to the other 2. Even the first hit of sweet aroma and hoppiness from can. The ending on this for me is where it does not hold up. A bit too bitter and not as clean. Having said that, not a deal breaker. This is a very very good beer and I would highly recomend .

Sep 26, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned August 4th 2015, Down A long…

Deep orange amber, slightly cloudy with some nice pinhead slow moving carbonation. Head is big and in control, with a solid fluffy three fingers of light white head, small swiss cheese like bubbles, and a soft top.

Nice hop aroma, soft and sweet minty notes, with a hint of juiced citrus like quality. A bit of candy like sweetness on the malt side, just a touch rounds out the beer nicely.

Palate makes for simple IPA quality, but with a little bit of boost. Mild citrus orange, even a bit of grapefruit sneaking in the mid palate, with a good juiced quality. Finishes just a touch light and wet, which is nice for a double, and a bit of white flour and dry malt powder finish. Sweet citrus and balanced light hop bitterness on the palate nicely, making for a nice contrast and balance.

A good solid balanced DIPA, one that isn't in your face or explosive either.

Aug 15, 2015
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raycoll from New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 18, 2016
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FilumDee from North Carolina

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

Jan 24, 2017
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Vikesfan93 from Vermont

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

Apr 18, 2015
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jkermitj from Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 13, 2016
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
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 moderates 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

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.

May 20, 2015
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