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

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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:
#2,758
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
811
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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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 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 nmann08
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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.

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

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

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

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

Photo of smithj4
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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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Tribute Double India Pale Ale from 14th Star Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 811 ratings