Valor Ale
14th Star Brewing Co.

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From:
14th Star Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #146
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,963
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 10.54%
Ratings:
212
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 22, 2022
Added:
Jul 27, 2013
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  66
SCORE
84
Good
Valor AleValor Ale
Notes: Our flagship beer! Brewed with four American hop varieties, Valor is a hoppy Amber Ale balanced with citrusy hop flavor and aroma, clean bitterness, and a slight caramel sweetness.
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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Apr 22, 2022
 
3.55 by Arg914 from New York on Dec 24, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Shiredave from New York

Blue on blue can, no packaging date I could find.
It pours pretty - clear, medium amber, more golden than red. A firm cap of pale tan foam lasts to the bottom below spatters of lace.
Let this one warm up.
Soft malt nose of caramel drizzled walnuts and floral hop spice. Good amber ale aromas but understated.
The flavor is also understated but at 5.2% (according to this can) I think that is what they were shooting for.
Not really "hoppy" but a bit dry on the finish as this has solid malt character, but very little body to prove it.
A toasted nut, all grain goodness with bit-o-honey tastiness gives way in the end to a dry and dusty hop finish.
The aroma and flavor reminded me a bit of North Coast Red Seal Ale but not quite.

Dec 11, 2021
 
4.17 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Sep 29, 2021
 
3.47 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Sep 09, 2021
 
3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 19, 2020
 
3 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2020
 
3.55 by SpaethJam from New York on Jul 22, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NiceTaps from New Jersey

On tap in a nonic glass, right here in Jersey.

Caramelized amber color with a clean white cap, 1-plus F worth. Nice looking brew.

Heavy dose of caramelized malt with some citrus and earthiness, pine.

More caramelized malts follow with a touch of grapefruit and pine.

Medium body, malty and chewy with enough hop bitterness to tame the malts.

Struts like a big 'un but drinks easy at 5.4% abv.

Jun 21, 2019
 
3.75 by paulish from New York on Apr 18, 2019
 
3.49 by Griffith from Connecticut on Mar 19, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color—a apple cider like appearance when viewed from afar—and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass after it settled down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and biscuit malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrus.
T: The taste has flavors of pale and caramel malts with notes of citrusy hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although the hops in this beer aren't overly prominent, this Amber Ale doesn't taste as malty compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

Feb 09, 2019
 
3.41 by Didier from New Hampshire on Sep 10, 2018
 
4 by BallsDeep from Florida on Jul 22, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rktrat from Massachusetts

right from the can another Father's Day gift fantastic

Jun 22, 2018
 
3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont on May 05, 2018
 
3.94 by Dchansen54 from Vermont on May 02, 2018
 
3.25 by Noelito76 from New York on Mar 31, 2018
 
3.6 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Jan 28, 2018
 
3.75 by Bloodsnot77 from New Hampshire on Dec 17, 2017
 
3.61 by Maudrey from New Hampshire on Dec 17, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by benjaminsa from Vermont

My first introduction to 14Star. A staple at many eateries that you can always fall back on. Nice taste and easy to drink.

Nov 30, 2017
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Norske42 from Massachusetts

Solid Amber red ale. Would definitely drink again. Not at the top of my shopping list, but more because I lean more towards NEIPA or porter/stout.

Oct 29, 2017
 
3.58 by RickStalzer from New Hampshire on Oct 18, 2017
 
3.75 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Oct 11, 2017
 
3.81 by PatGreer from Massachusetts on Sep 12, 2017
 
4.12 by DareOfTheHog from Vermont on Aug 24, 2017
 
3.5 by armock from New York on Jul 13, 2017
 
4 by Nishriver from New Jersey on Jul 09, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

On tap at Uno’s, Shelbourne, VT. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some light speckled lacing roaming around the glass. The smell had a semi - sweet caramel malts to balance with a decent bitter citrus hops. The taste was balanced between the sweet and the bitter malts to hops. Decent little kick of citrus in the aftertaste and leading to the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. There’s a decent bitter citrus rolling over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Amber that I would have again.

Jun 05, 2017
 
3.96 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on May 31, 2017
 
3.66 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on May 29, 2017
 
3.96 by Stealth862 from Massachusetts on Apr 19, 2017
 
3.71 by LXMRTN from New Hampshire on Apr 12, 2017
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2.52/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by deadmonkees from Massachusetts

Unfortunately, unbalanced and watery.

Feb 28, 2017
 
4.02 by Supergenou from Canada (QC) on Feb 26, 2017
 
3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Feb 11, 2017
 
3.63 by Collapseinward from New York on Jan 08, 2017
 
4 by Phantom2665 from Massachusetts on Dec 12, 2016
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

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.

Nov 13, 2016
Valor Ale from 14th Star Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 212 ratings