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Tornado Alley Amber Ale - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

58 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 11.99%
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:
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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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 23
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of EvanWilliams
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Cresant
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of lemmy187
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bzach
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Lukebell15
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of bnes09
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
79 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.