Valor Ale - 14th Star Brewing Co.

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Valor AleValor Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
14th Star Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-27-2013

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 12
Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The latest entry in the "It Pays to Advertise" column. A former neighbor, Craig Rodenberger, frequently goes to Vermont and knowing my affinity for CANned beers, he brought this back in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). Others are welcome to do the same thing.

From the CAN: "A Hoppy Amber Ale".

I Crack!ed it open and CANmneced an inverted Glug until the head began to foam up to the point that I was forced to stop. This resulted in two fingers of foamy, tawny head that fell fairly quickly, but left some nice lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had a berry-like malty sweetness that I have not perceived in years coupled with a minty hoppiness. Smells like Valor to me! Mouthfeel was rather thin. The hops were initially prevalent on the tongue with a grassy, minty bite. This gave 'way to a toasty biscuity malt flavor that really worked well as a counterbalance. It provided me a nice break from my recent spate of Cascadian IPAs and the upcoming onslaught of AIPAs. Finish was in that nebulous realm between semi-sweet and semi-dry. Look, a signpost up ahead tells us that we are in the Nebulous Zone!

Photo of Sheepdog6
1.53/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not bad. But not really tasty enough to have again. I was surprised that I even tried a red ale but it just helped me decide I still don't like them.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Pours a translucent reddish orange color with an inch of creamy head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is pine and citrus hops with some bread and caramel. Smells sweet. The taste isn't as hoppy as I expected. The taste is mostly bready malts, caramel and some pine. Very little alcohol presence. Finishes with some caramel, toasted bread and maybe a hint of orange peel. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, decent enough but nothing special.

Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can marked 03/19/2015. Sampled on April 4, 2015.

Amber red heady pour. Foamy lasting head.

Aroma of caramel malts, toast, and pine.

Medium body.

A toasted malt start to the flavor but it quickly becomes slightly hopped with a lingering dry pine finale.

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber with a generous head that stays awhile; Hop presence is obvious to the nose, but the taste is not overwhelmingly hoppy; Yum!

Photo of brother_rebus
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very hoppy with malt pressence clear but not overwhelming. Crisp and mellow all at once.

Photo of Guess2814
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought this beer would be better.. Not as hoppy as I anticipated..but it's an Ale. Should've know.. All in all is okay

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick head into my glass.

Sweet and hoppy upfront. Not as much as a pale ale or IPA but just right for the style.

Ditto on the taste. Flavorful with just the right amount of hops.

Carbonation is near-flawless with a soft, hoppy finish.

Worth trying if you enjoy amber ales.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours clear and reddish in hue. Head is a thicker chunk of off-white. Actually a pretty brew.

S-Balanced but I think there is something subtle about the malt that makes me enjoy it more than I'd expect. Lightly spicy. Caramel and bread. Pine hops.

T-Not rewriting any brewing books here but it works. Malt is more complex. Sweet but also has dry components. Bread crusts. Hops are pine, somewhat floral and spicy.

M-Light side of medium in body. A bit creamy. Moderately carbonated.

O-Pleases in its subtleties. I also always enjoy seeing a brewery's flagship being a rather underutilized style.

Photo of Hendry
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color,half a finger of bone white head,,minimal lacing.

Aroma is mostly malty with some hops underneath.

Flavor is not what I was expecting from a hoppy amber as the malt shines for the most part, though as it warmed it had a little more to offer in the bitterness department.

Mouthfeel was light medium, sort of thin, well carbonated.

Not a bad effort, but when a bottle of Vermont Ale claims to be "hoppy" on the label, it has a lot to live up to when comparing it to other hoppy Vermont offerings.

Photo of Rifugium
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the brewery.

Medium amber in color, clear, with a thin white head that held at a ringlet, dotting the glass with lace. Aroma of biscuity malts, herbal hops, ammonia. This kind of fell apart for me in the taste department. Herbal hop notes soon gave way to an uncomfortable soapiness, hints of ammonia, overlaid on a biscuity malt base. The off-flavors dominated, unfortunately. Body was light-medium, mouthfeel was crisp, but again, kind of off and awkward, making it something I probably wouldn't go back for again, especially considering this was fresh from the source.

Photo of Bierman9
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Weed-wacking? Done. Lunch? Consumed.... It's 'Zebo time, and Bier time! Diving into a bottle of Valor Ale, snagged at the brewery in early June, for $5.00.

Poured into a nonic, it is a clear, medium chestnut colored bier. Head is wispy thin and light beige, clinging to the sides. Carbo is scattered and sparse, and lacing is light. Aroma has some solid caramel malt, some earthiness, and a bit of citrus lurking arrears. Body is solidly medium, and it is fairly smooth down the hatch.

Though the flavor has some caramel, toffee and toasty maltiness, it is the hoppyness that grabs your attention. It is a mix of floral hops and some citrus, with a smidge of rindyness thrown it. The hops linger well in the aftertaste. This one is quite easy drinking, and the fact that a portion of the proceeds go towards Veterans programs is a bonus! Prosit!

3.83/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Valor Ale from 14th Star Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.