Valor Ale | 14th Star Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
14th Star Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
14thstarbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 07-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
180
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.02%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
57
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Stealth862
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXMRTN
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadmonkees
2.52/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunately, unbalanced and watery.

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Photo of Supergenou
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Collapseinward
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phantom2665
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass canned on 8/31/16 and 5.2% ABV. Pours a very attractive rusty red with some floaties, with some haze, and a nice 2 finger sticky off white head that leaves some rings of lace.

Smell is caramel, earthy hops, a little bread, apricot, pine, and a hint of grapefruit.

Taste follows caramel, apricot, a little breadyness, pine, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is on the small side of medium, plenty of life, not dry at all, and drinks pretty easy, but it drinks bigger than its ABV.

Overall this is a very nice hoppy red, earth shattering no, but solid.

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Photo of clake
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 7/22/16

Pours foggy hazy dark amber rusted orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like fresh grapefruit, black tea, pineapple, orange citrus, apple, some toasted biscuity toffee caramel malt, with woodsy earthy herbal grass and floral resinous pine. Tastes like tannic black tea, fresh grapefruit, pineapple, orange citrus, apple, toasted biscuity toffee caramel malts, with woodsy earthy herbal grass and floral resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edthehead
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i am thinking i either got one of the first or one of the last pours off of this keg. the beer was beyond hazy, loaded with sediment and almost chunky in texture, even more than it sounds like other have experienced in the reviews here. its good beer though, and i can see the potential, it just needs some real cleaning up, at least in my specimen. there is a woody hop element in the richer red malty brew, it might be centennial, i taste that piney and lumber element in it, but there is also a lot of yeast which flavors the beer as much as the malt it seems like, sort of english, its a weird recipe for sure. the grain isnt as sweet as it looks like it might be, even dry in the finish, fresh baked and pretty sturdy in terms of body and depth. it seems like the american amber and red ale style has stopped evolving with craft breweries lately, like its an almost throw away safe beer for the people who dont want to try the crazy stuff, but this is a pleasantly different take on the style, and despite needing a little refinement, its quite good overall. nice in the morning, like a liquid muffin...

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bhawk1
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rich_K
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap a golden Amber pour with a white head that is fairly thin. Honey sweet nose followed by citrus peel, herbal hops and light pine sap. Taste is clean fresh hops in sizable amounts. Semi sweet toasted malt backbone gives the biggest impact in the end. Delicious and easy drinking amber ale.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rpbisaillon
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

14th Star Brewing Co. "Valor Ale"
16 fl. oz. can, no apparent packaging or freshness dating
$3.60 @ 802 BWS

Valor Ale pours a hazy deep copper colored body with golden highlights beneath a two-finger thick head of rocky off white. The head retention is excellent, and the lacing is pretty good to boot, leaving broken, wide and craggy rings of lace about the glass.

In the nose you'll find some non-distinct yeasty fruitiness (maybe apples and red berries...), and a caramelish malt threaded through with floral, grassy, and subtly piney hops.

Across the tongue it's medium bodied with a fine-bubbled median carbonation that's initially a bit crisp but then softens to become remarkably smooth and supple.

The flavor follows suit with the addition of a bit of honey and some mild toastiness to the grain, a little more depth to the yeasty fruitiness, and some earthiness and mineral character that come out in the dryish, grassy finish.

In my opinion Valor ale is a great pale ale done in the English style. It looks great, it smells great, it tastes great, and it's highly drinkable. A winner to be sure!

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Photo of billybob
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of trailrunner3
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Valor Ale from 14th Star Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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