Tribute Double India Pale Ale | 14th Star Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Tribute Double India Pale AleTribute Double India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.17/5
Exceptional
798 Ratings
Tribute Double India Pale AleTribute Double India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
14thstarbrewing.com

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,065
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
798
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
324
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 798 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

16oz silver can, with black lettering. Wow, with the name, could this brewery be any more slavish in their ode to Heady Topper? Thanks again to doktorzee for procuring this for me from the Green Mountain state.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some layered craggy rock bridge lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells quite strongly of orange, red grapefruit, and lemon flesh, somewhat dank pine resin, gritty, grainy caramel malt, a further herbal and grassy bitterness, and some softly probing estery booze. The taste is more or less in line - mixed fruit bowl juicy citrus rind, a zingy pine needle and wet forest floor green acridity, kind of musty herbals, heady (sorry!) suggestions of a flinty chalkiness, bready caramel malt, and a still gentle alcohol warming.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, providing just enough supportive frothiness to not get yelled at, the body a dense middleweight, and well smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the base malt trudging along in its manner, while the various puffed-up hops carry on trashing the hotel room, as it were.

Yup, big, brash, and certainly hopped to the nuts, this one is, with that NE-specific IPA character - one broadly defined by robust hops, low-key malt, and a surprisingly affable white chalk character. Easy to drink for its well-elevated ABV, and tasty all around. If you're gonna go and ape another brew, and do it right, I guess I can't blame them for their choice here.

 1,601 characters

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with some earthy hops notes is pleasant enough. Taste is not as sharp on hops as I would have expected with some citrus notes and a lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not as much floral hoppy notes as I had expected form a Vermont IIPA. May be due to fact that brewery is only starting.

 449 characters

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev -5%
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.

 1,069 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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

 388 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.32/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned Nov 3rd 2015, opened Nov 21st 2015

A - Bright light gold body with a beautiful neon-white head that pours 2 fingers high with great lace and nice retention.

S - Herbal thyme, saw dust, snow, and pine.

T - Meh. A mild off-vegetable note throws this off a bit. Cilantro, celery, wet leaves, wet pine, honey and bread crust.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - Not great imho. It wasn't ultra fresh, but still within reasonable bounds.

 453 characters

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

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a 16oz can on 5/1/2017 at Mac & Walt’s in Norton, MA, into a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA beer to drink for a long time.

 754 characters

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

Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

 505 characters

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.

 1,636 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Tribute Double India Pale Ale from 14th Star Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 798 ratings