If you’re traveling down from the northern environs, say from Montreal, Quebec, 14th Star Brewing Company in St. Albans could be the first brewery you encounter on that long trip through the IPA-desert. Founded in 2011 by veterans, the spacious tap room has everything to prepare you for your time in the Green Mountain State: a large variety of fresh draft beer, cans, bottles and growler refills.
On this particular day, I happened to be visiting with my brother, a master home brewer in his own right. We each ordered up a flight of that day’s specials and set to work tasting.
Recruit Golden Ale (5.2% ABV). Extremely light … not much flavor.
Appearance: 3.5 | Aroma: 3.5 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 3.8 | Overall: 3.8
Oat Pale Ale (5.9% ABV). This beer had a good bite to it; brewed with 20% oats, it is a collaboration with Goodwater Brewing.
Appearance: 4.5 | Aroma: 3.0 | Feel: 4.5 | Taste: 4.25 | Overall: 4.0
Follow Me IPA (4.9% ABV). Brewed with five American and Australian hop varieties. The aroma jumped out of the glass … really liked this beer!
Appearance: 4.25 | Aroma: 5.0 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 4.6 | Overall: 4.8
B-72 (8.0% ABV). With fruity overtones and brewed with American and Australian hops … I was expecting more from this double IPA, but not bad overall.
Appearance: 4.0 | Aroma: 4.0 | Feel: 4.5 | Taste: 4.3 | Overall: 4.4
Valor Ale (5.4% ABV). This is a red ale with supposedly hints of grapefruit. I didn’t catch the grapefruit, but instead got the not unpleasant tastes of maple and caramel.
Appearance: 4.5 | Aroma: 4.25 | Feel: 4.25 | Taste: 4.5 | Overall: 4.3
The Cicerone says: 14th Star’s main web site is on Facebook … check it out to catch all the many activities and events being offered. And pick up a 4-pack of Follow Me IPA wherever you see it!