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Tornado Alley Amber Ale - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Tornado Alley Amber AleTornado Alley Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

47 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: merlin48 on 01-25-2008)
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Reviews by jrnichols:
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jrnichols

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a couple of of 22oz. bottles at a gas station off the Interstate near St. Gen. in winter 07. I drank one when I was too inebriated to fully appreciate it. The other one I let age in my fridge for several months (somewhat unintentionally). I am drinking that one now.

The appearance is a rich amber color when held to the light. Slightly cloudy but not a lot of bubbles coming off the glass. The head is slight and dissipates within a few moments.

It smells like I expect an amber ale to smell. Kind of hoppy but not to bitter. Nothing really grabs my attention but it is pleasant nonetheless.

The taste is smooth and hoppy with just a little sourness that blends in well. The aftertaste is vaguely of carmel.

There is nothing exciting about the mouthfeel. The lack of bubbles makes it feel a little flat.

This beer is easy to drink. A pint at the bar would go down quick. It has just enough flavor to make me consider having a second. However, I wouldn't go out of my way to find one. But, if it's just off the highway...

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 01:56:42 | More by jrnichols
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Dark honey hued body with a lasting one-finger thick head, creamy and white. Very little aroma but does suggest some caramel and tree nuts. Taste has strong burnt sugar and caramel and toffee notes; just a slight hint of hop bitterness. Solid medium body with a rich and tingling mouthfeel.

I was ready to greatly downgrade the taste on my first sip -- it seemed pretty weak but very quickly blossomed into a rich, satisfying malt experience. I was a tad disappointed with a pretty weak aroma, but overall, this is a very nice amber ale. It delivers a solid malt backbone and doesn't let the hops unbalance the style. Nothing exceptional yet solid all around. I'd love to get more of this stuff...

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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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Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
80 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.