Tornado Alley Amber Ale
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

Tornado Alley Amber AleTornado Alley Amber Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,012
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
79
Ranked #46,674
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 11.95%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
70
From:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  10
SCORE
79
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Tornado Alley Amber AleTornado Alley Amber Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 70 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -12.5%

Sep 02, 2014
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seedsofchaos from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Aug 03, 2010
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OzarkElmo from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +16%
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!

Oct 30, 2009
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Aug 26, 2012
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Nov 02, 2013
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titosupertramp from Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Feb 02, 2011
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soju6 from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

May 11, 2012
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 19, 2015
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Feb 08, 2011
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StlHopHead77 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Oct 21, 2013
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socon67 from New York

3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 20, 2015
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jharris0624 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +16.6%

May 08, 2013
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acurtis from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.5%

Nov 02, 2013
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beergoot from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

Jun 12, 2014
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jmvecchio1 from Missouri

3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Jul 16, 2011
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DCon from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Feb 07, 2012
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JAYAR1 from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Feb 17, 2014
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rsdaugherty from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Dec 31, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 28, 2018
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centbeerfest from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Aug 12, 2011
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paxchristi from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Dec 03, 2011
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jono0101 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +2%

May 18, 2013
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Elicoleman from Colorado

3/5  rDev -12.5%

Aug 29, 2014
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rudy0908 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Dec 09, 2012
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Cris4545 from Indiana

4/5  rDev +16.6%

Aug 07, 2013
Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 70 ratings