Valor Ale | 14th Star Brewing Co.

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

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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
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 jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 PhineasMcClintock
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
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 REVZEB
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 Kegatron
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of malfunxion
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mklisz
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Valor Ale from 14th Star Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 197 ratings