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Valor Ale | 14th Star Brewing Co.

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3.7/5
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190 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#28,540
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
190
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
60
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of VineyardBeer
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of beis
4.76/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of jkrock
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Jedoucette
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Solid hoppy red/amber.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Jeromedepot
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acread
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Hyptochrons
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
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 VTCombi
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Boswell47
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

Photo of Guess2814
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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

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Photo of yourmom123
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morrowd3
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DareOfTheHog
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MilaMila
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 bhawk1
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Uzarnayme
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HamdenHector
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep amber in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: pine, citrus, and caramel;

T: nicely balanced; earthy hops with caramel; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: enjoyable;

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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Supergenou
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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 CayseyW
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcorn
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Valor Ale from 14th Star Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 190 ratings
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