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Tornado Alley Amber Ale - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 20.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 64
Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev -21%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.34/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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...

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of DCon
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of MTNboy
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of centbeerfest
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of jrnichols
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
81 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.