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Valor Ale | 14th Star Brewing Co.

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14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 07-27-2013

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 157
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First beer from this brewery, a new VT brewery, neat. Tall boy can, tasty crack cans.... canned 10/19/15

Pours chugging out of the can for a nice large frothy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, thick lacing, crystal clear copper auburn color.

Nose decent hops, some floral grassy notes, a little spicy, little fruity and touch of zest, with some sweet like copper amber malts underneath, and a little fruity ester component I think, touch of a spicy hop background.

Taste brings sweet copper malt, soft amber malt as well, little toasty, grainy like notes. Then hops, grassy a little earthy spicy, touch fruity as well, some melon rind notes, zest. Then mild fruity ester profile in the background it seems like. Finish is drier, pretty bitter with more lingering melon rind, spicy hops, a little earthy grassy too.

Mouth is med bod, a little soft malt note, nice carb.

Overall Ok, an interesting beer, but not great, enjoyable but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts, citrus and other fruits.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and other fruits come in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color. Moderate head that leaves a cross between blanket and lattice lace on the glass.

Bitter hop comes to the nose first but then I get a pleasant cherry sweetness. Very nice blend.

A strong entry into the traditional American IPA. While not overly remarkable it is well made. It starts with a lightly toasted malt (crystal?). This lasts through the swallow where the straight up hop bitterness picks up. Peppery aftertaste. Overly an excellent middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Tallboys in the Western MA area. I just hope things have improved since the first time I tried the Maple Breakfast Stout when the can seemed way, way off.

A- Tallboy into a snifter with a deep red body and an off-white head. This head drives up to just about a finger tall with a frothy texture. A small foamy ring results after the cap dies down fairly quickly and lacing exists in a few sheets.

S- Right about at the median of hoppy and malty with citrus hops bouncing off of toasted, browned grains. Grapefruit and orange brightness plays off of toast, medium Crystal caramelized grains and yeast bread.

T- Plays a similar tune to the aroma but for some reason feels watered down at this point with the same balance of hops and malts at about fifty-fifty. Grapefruit, orange citrus, tea and floral-herbal-grassy hop notes atop a base of toasted barley, bread crust, caramel, apple esters and medium sweetness.

MF- Light to medium overall thickness with a moderate level of carbonation. The bubbles promote a texture that is only slightly frothy and feels a bit thin/watery. An herbal bitterness lingers in the finish.

Starts off well but with time it ends up feeling a bit thin and watered down. Good interplay between toasted malt caramel and grapefruit/orange citrus that could use some work on the depth of flavor and body.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
2.25/5  rDev -39%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of Hendry
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can. Hazy amber with thin off white head, spotty lace. Mild fruity hop aroma. Taste is light toasty malt with some hop bitterness, but mostly just back end bitterness. I like hops so this was ok for me, but flavors clashed a little. Bitterness hangs around a touch too long. Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hazy amber appearance with a whitish head that hangs out and leaves some sticky lacing.

really nice on the nose, smells is amazing when you first crack the can. fruity hops, pine resin, grassyness, definite sweet malt presence. on the palate it starts with clean malts and a fresh blast of grapefruit and pine, which quickly gives way to a sweeter malt flavor, finishing on a moderately bitter note. pretty light bodied but I dont think its a bad thing. overall nothing amazing but definitely an easy drinker ... I thought it was pretty damn good!

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Photo of acread
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of bol3by
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Initial scent is hops just as it describes.. Pours a rich, dark golden brown, which was surprising for an amber.. Initial taste is very light and goes down well, but then lots of hoppy bitterness kicks in and then finishes subtly with the malts.. You don't get the normal Amber notes..

As it warms up, tastes mellow out more, would suggest drinking cool not ice cold

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Photo of nwildfire
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I'd call this a better than standard amber, and something I can always drink. It has a bit of a mineral quality to me, that isn't bad, but it's there - in fact, gives it a bit more character. I like the taste of malt mixed in with some more honey notes. It's a beer you can imagine a norse warrior having before he goes out for the day. But maybe not with the feast afterward. I like this beer, and will be back for sure.

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Valor Ale from 14th Star Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.