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Tornado Alley Amber Ale - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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79
okay

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
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: 50 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

djrn2, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -12%

acurtis, Nov 02, 2013
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
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
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Jason, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

Tone, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

glid02, May 20, 2011
Photo of merlin48
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
Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Vancer, Jul 23, 2008
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3/5  rDev -12%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 02, 2014
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
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
Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

soju6, May 11, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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...

beergoot, Jun 12, 2014
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 LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +10%

LJWalker, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of DCon
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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!

DCon, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of MTNboy
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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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Eaglefan344, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

EagleTalon, Oct 05, 2013
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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
Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Schlafly33, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -12%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of jharris0624
4/5  rDev +17.3%

jharris0624, May 08, 2013
Photo of moarmare
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

moarmare, Jul 24, 2013
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Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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