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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
77
okay

51 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 11.73%
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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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

caustin90, Sep 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

JAYAR1, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a murky, copper/brown color with a very bubbly, foamy, tan, one-finger head. No lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled of biscuity malt, caramel and some fruity notes.

T - It had caramel malt flavors mixed with some butterscotch. It had an odd bitterness and almost a musty quality.

M - It was a little thin with an overly dry finish. It had a sticky/gummy mouthfeel. A light bodied brew.

D - This didn't taste great and the mouthfeel was quite uncomfortable.

zeff80, Mar 08, 2009
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3/5  rDev -12%

acurtis, Nov 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12%

Tertullian007, May 21, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red in color and a bit hazy. Not much head and thin lacing. Few rising bubbles, even with a fairly rough pour.

Not too much in the way of smell. A bit of hops/malt mix.

Tastes decent enough, but nothing outstanding. A bit of caramel malt and a touch of hops, with just a tinge of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and flat from lack of enough carbonation. Slight lingering fruit/bitter aftertaste.

Drinks very average. Not too impressive but ok.

AlCaponeJunior, Feb 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12%

EvanWilliams, Jan 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12%

BrewBoyR, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Cresant
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Cresant, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a well-hazed, dark amber body with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Modestly malty notes of toasty bread crusts, caramel, and cocoa. Some scant herbal, earthy accents as well as a noteworthy background tart scent.

Taste: Initial malty taste of toasted bread with lightly sweet hints of caramel and cocoa. Curious tartness creeps into the taste. Lightly herbal, citrusy hop character and bitterness. Drying finish with that slight tartness enduring into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: That's it? Well, it's definitely not the best amber ale to be had out there by any means.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 07, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Schlafly33, Apr 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

rsdaugherty, Dec 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

StlHopHead77, Oct 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Boca-X, Sunday at 06:09 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

moarmare, Jul 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

MadHopMaster, Jun 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

djrn2, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tornado Alley Amber by Charleville "Winery, Vineyards and Microbrewery." Uh oh. Leave the beer to the beer people so says I.

Very dark clear amber. Begie head that doesn't last long or leave much of an impression.

Smells really good actually. Fruity esthers, primarily cherries, plum, and watermelon mix with a light citrus hop and roasty sweetbread malt. There's something off in the mix though.

Fruit in front with a lots of crystal in back. Bits of medicinal hop and a syrupy citrus that borders on cough medicine.

Close but no cigar. The smell is great minus an off element and if that cough syrup taste gets cleared up this could be a great amber.

donkeyrunner, May 23, 2009
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3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bnes09, Aug 26, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

merlin48, Jan 25, 2008
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3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

MTNboy, Aug 01, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a deep amber color with a very small head and thin lace. The aroma is toasty and has some hint of caramel tones. The taste is a good balance between sweet malts and hop bitterness. The hops don't linger on the finish; what's prominent are dry somewhat nutty malts. I also got a slightly metallic taste in the beer, but it might have just been my palate on the tasting day. Overall, this is a really drinkable pale ale for malt people.

jmvecchio1, Jul 16, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

jrnichols, Jul 18, 2008
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Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
77 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.