Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Valor Ale - 14th Star Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Valor AleValor Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

15 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 15
Hads: 120
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 34.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 32 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 15 | Hads: 120
Photo of acread
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Couldn't disagree more with the last reviewer. Is this going to blow your mind? Probably not. It is, however, a very well made beer that captures the essence of an American Amber ale while not being overly aggressive. Hop freaks might not appreciate that it's not as juicy as an IPA, but one of the beautiful things about the style is that it has plenty of latitude to represent the brewer's interpretation. 14th Star clearly prioritized balance over hops, and they've done an excellent job of executing their vision here.

 527 characters

Photo of angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can is dated 8/12/15

Pours a honey-amber color with orange highlights. Head is 1/5th of an inch and off white. Head retention is good and so is lacing.

Smell is of floral/earthy hops and sweet honey/Belgian rock candy. Bits of pine come through as beer warms, very hop forward aromas. Alcohol is undetected.

Taste is similar to smell, lots of hops. Pine hops and fresh cut grass are predominate, sugary malt comes in after to balance it out. Theres a nice balance of bitter and sweet, kinda similar to an English pale ale. Alcohol isn't distinguished.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Head lasted through out and added some texture to the beer.

Overall this beer was very refreshing and different take on the style. Mix of an amber, IPA, Black IPA, and Barleywine. Glad to get this as an extra in a trade, would buy again.

 839 characters

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

 1,186 characters

Photo of Hendry
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

 516 characters

Photo of Bierman9
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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


 931 characters

Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, hops. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, complimenting each other nicely, some caramel sweetness is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a quality beer that is disappearing quickly.

 375 characters

Photo of scotorum
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loved Tribute, so bought a fourpack of this when one was found at a store in south central Vermont earlier this week.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into an English nonick pint

a: Clear dark amber with a finger and a half offwhite head which receded to thin even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Mild caramel malt.

t: Follows the nose with a balancing hop bite.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A decent American amber, not as hoppy as the can might suggest, but a well-balanced and pleasant dinner beer and a pretty good sipper.

 551 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 601 characters

Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

 436 characters

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

 161 characters

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

 315 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can from Julio's
Slightly hazy deep amber color with a huge frothy off white head that persists forever. Solid hit of citrus hop with lots of caramel and bready with a touch of pine and resin. Not bad for an amber ale.

 224 characters

Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 266 characters

Photo of Rifugium
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

 582 characters

Photo of rodmanfor3
2.25/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This feels like an amateur brew to me. It's a "drinkable" homebrew at best.

They had Valor on draft at a local minor league ballpark for $6 and I opted for the $4 Bud Light, since the level of shame associated with drinking either beer in public was approximately the same.

Nothing from 14th Star Brewing has impressed me and I doubt anything ever will.

 356 characters

Valor Ale from 14th Star Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.