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Tornado Alley Amber Ale - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

Not Rated.
Tornado Alley Amber AleTornado Alley Amber Ale

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23 Reviews

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 67
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: merlin48 on 01-25-2008

American amber ale, with a rich red hue. Made with American variety hops used to produce a medium-high hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. The hops help to balance the malty caramel character. With a medium-full body, this ale has subtle fruity aromas and flavors sure to please any beer lovers palate!

27 IBU
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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 67
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Clear reddish amber color, thin wisp of white lace. A Little caramel, a little toasty in the nose. Firm medium body is meet with an ample crispness. Very malt palate, clean at that. Even share of toasted grain and caramel malt. Hops are modest and throw in a balancing bitterness. Chalky yeast. Mineral and some very mild fruit in the semi-sweet finish.

Amber Ale on the malty side, a bit of a malt bomb for its size ... lively as well for a malty beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jono0101
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of merlin48
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, my first ever beer from a Missouri winery. Don't have a clue how this one differs from their regular Amber, one of four or five styles brewed by this vinyard. This one pours an attractive copper body with an ample khaki head. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the pint glass. Aroma is very muted. Some notes of biscuity malts and vague fruits. Light medium body and carbonation. Thins as it warms. Taste is decent. Lots of malty toffee and caramel with only a remote hops presence that adds a bitter earthiness. Very average but an interesting find.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of centbeerfest
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Good frothy head and a deep caramel color with a slight tint of red
S-Roasted malt
T-Starts with a good malty flavor and continues into a clean finish. Not a lot of complexity to the middle or the finish and that leads to a very drinkable and enjoyable beer
M-The lighter mouthfeel is deceiving given the deep caramel color, but not off-putting as it lends itself well to the overall drinkability.

I have tasted this beer for a couple of years and appreciate it for what it is a drinkable, toasty, malty amber beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mark – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with slight hints of toastiness. Also present are mild amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by toasted malts that make things slightly bitterer. Midway through the sip leafy hop flavors come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is a middle-of-the-road amber. Nothing stood out as good or bad. Not worth turning down if it pops up but not worth seeking either.

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Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked this (and 2 other Charleville brews) as singles at a Trader Joe’s in St. Louis.

Appearance: Hazy amber, with only slight carbonation, and no lace to speak of. Could use some improvement here, already. Not a promising start.

Aroma: Caramel and toffee maltiness, and a hint of sweetness. Pretty solid amber characteristics, so points for being “on style”.

Taste: Rich and malty sweet, with more of those caramel and toffee notes, and a slight hint of fruitiness in there. I get a touch of hop bitterness coming in near the finish, too. Despite the low carbonation, this one’s pretty decent for the style, though not one I’d pursue again.

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Photo of socon67
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seedsofchaos
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Charleville Brewery this last weekend.

Appearance was amber but leaning more to the orange and red spectrum. The pint wasn't poured properly so the head left a lot to be desired but lacing was decent for the style. Caramel, butter and pecans in the nose. To me, the aroma was a mixture of New Belgium Fat Tire and 1554 with hints of chocolate. Taste is quite malty but clean and crisp. Butter, caramel and toffee notes all carry through to the taste making this one great treat; almost like a Fat Tire candy. Bitterness is low and hops almost unnoticeable unless implicitly looking for them. I definitely can't distinguish a variety here... Definitely there is a healthy helping of Crystal malts here, though!

All in all, a great beer beer that I would love to keep a case around in my fridge year round. Light and clean enough for the summer but sweet and dark enough for a long Illinois winter.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of caustin90
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of EagleTalon
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a thin but permanent head and moderate lacing. Color is a murky dark amber. Aroma is of dark specialty malts, roasted nuts (pecans? reminds me of those pecan ales brewed down south) and slightly salty and smoky (very faint phenolic). Flavor is very much malt forward and transports my mind back to the 1990's when the Amber Ale was the dominant style in what was called simply microbrewing back then. Any way, it is roasty, on the dry side of the style and has a very subtle hop bitterness to balance out the residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is rough and jagged that reminds me of the slight astringency of Southern Pecan Ale but more intense. Regardless, I like this respite from hop-mania that has complexity, depth of flavor and just makes me feel good, remembering the good times when I was younger.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Beer-Lovin-RAT
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of phantomanboy
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skyjmpr
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of MTNboy
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Reddish amber almost brown with an off white head and mediocre lace. A lot of bubbles.

Smell- It has a roasted malt, hops and berry like smell.

Taste- It has a little bit of a dark chocolate taste with some caramel.

Mouthfeel - Super bubbly but medium.

Drinkability- Good.

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Photo of Cresant
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada etched tulip pint. The body was a pretty amber-copper color, bright and clear. The light tan head was over two fingers with a hard pour. A filmy, tiny cap remained.

Smell was bready. Raisins. Wet grain or dough. Nutty.

Taste was also bready, whole wheat and dense. Prunes. Nuts.

Mouthfeel was lighter than expected. Not much carbonation but it left a sizzle on the tongue after the swallow.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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