Tornado Alley Amber Ale - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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3.65/5 rDev +5.5%
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...
06-12-2014 00:59:56 | More by beergoot
3.75/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
10-05-2013 21:55:31 | More by EagleTalon
3.3/5 rDev -4.6%
Nice dark amber color and semi-transparent. Rich head on the pour which lasts a while and provides some lacing.
Heavy maple wood smoke in the aroma with just a hint of tart cherries.
Smokey flavors dominate throughout. Hint of herbal hop bitterness.
Light to medium body. Bit on the dry side. Solid carbonation.
Not terrible but there are definitely better amber ales out there.
08-26-2012 03:15:23 | More by bnes09
Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
80 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.