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Tornado Alley Amber Ale - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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79
okay

53 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of tom5191
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of seedsofchaos
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jharris0624
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Cris4545
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of OzarkElmo
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in tasting room at winery/brewery. Medium clear amber with moderate head, mostly diminishing. Mild aroma of medium-roasted malt, caramel - light on the hop side, which was expected. Overall a well-balanced amber ale with good, somewhat crisp and dry finish. A good beer IMO - cheers!

Photo of centbeerfest
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, caramel, with a hint of nut and dark fruit.

T: Taste of malt with some caramel sweetness, hint of dark fruit, nuts. Has a nice mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a good balance.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Worth visiting again sometime.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber/brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight earthy malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus and dry hops, slight roasted malt, slight earthy malt, and slight grain. Overall, very drinkable, good blend, and good body.

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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...

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of DCon
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1Pint 6Fl.oz. bottle of this from Shop 'n Save in Ballwin, MO for $3.98. Poured from the Green/Brown labeled bottle with a car, bike, windmill, and other items being taken up by a tornado into my 16oz Grand Teton Brewing Co Pint Glass. Has no freshness date to be found on the bottle.

Aroma- The aroma is made up of malt, sweetness, and the light caramel character. All very nice and well balanced. Light hop character in the finish.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger, frothy head that has good retention. Has an amber colored body with good clarity. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- Tons of malt from the beginning and then has the nice caramel flavor that I observed in the aroma. Light hops come into play in the middle of the drink but too much malt to balance them out. Finishes with a light-medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves tons of sweetness on the palate.

Overall Impression- Another nice one from Charleville! For an Amber/Red ale, wish there was more hops introduced and more character. Easy going and would definitely go back to again!

Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear mahogany brew from the people in the Missouri boot-heel area. Subtle lacing rings the Bitburger pilsner glass on the way down.

Sweet bready malts meander up, so far she be nice and enticing. A touch of caramel adds to the up front sweetness and taste, but with enough hops to balance it out.

Overall, this is a solid amber - and it comes a nice price per bomber. Pick one up if you happen to see it.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerindex for this.

A: Dark for an amber ale. Smallish off white head. Some lacing.

S: Bready, earthy with, to me, floral smelling hops(might be my sinuses).

T: Nice malt sweetness, bready, earthy and the hop bitterness. Maybe a little chocolaty.

M: Thin, low carbonation. Nothing special.

D: Nothing stopping you from drinking a couple of these. Pretty good beer.

Photo of jono0101
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of slapperloon
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rudy0908
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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