Pony Express Tornado Red Ale | Flying Monkey Brewing Company

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Pony Express Tornado Red AlePony Express Tornado Red Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Monkey Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Gruntlumber:
Photo of Gruntlumber
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first thing to note is this is a red ale, not APA. All the Pony Express beers I've tried have been rather average, but definitely not bad. This is yet another brew to add to their average list. Typical red/amber hue, heavier on the malt vs hops, certainly very drinkable. Similar to some Marzen/Oktoberfest characteristics, but still, a boring beer to drink and a boring beer to review.

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Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not the beer Cokes rated two years ago. Since then it has been dummied down to serve the taste of KC Chiefs fans at the stadium.

A red brown color and a flat head (serves good at the game, I bet).
Just no flavor jumping out to me- malty or hoppy.

It just disappears with the first swallow.

I know this farmer owned brewery is working to add soy to their beers but this is not pleasant.

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Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. It poured a decent bronze body. Nothing too special. But the head retention was truely phenominal. The glorious off-white froth stuck around until the pint was gone.

Nice and malty. Chewy and caramelly, and quite British tasting. There is a definate ESB influence here.
The hops are there, but not too pushy. Nicely laid-back, slight citrus flavors drift on top of the malt. It all comes together really well. The mouthfeel is top notch as well, as it proves to be deliciously creamy and sublimely refreshing.
Nothing too flashy here, but still a very, very nice beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Brennan's - University

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass...a light copper-amber body, with a very small white foamy head that has very little retentions

smell: very sweet, artificial berry aromas (blackberry/blueberry), sweet caramel malt, lightly spiced, faint grassy-herbal hop aroma

taste: interesting amber...flavour is a little too artifical though, berry sweetness, a touch woody, thick caramel malt presence, slightly peppery, cheap dark red apple, a touch grassy, distant herbal hops

mouthfeel: medium body, lightly syrupy

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jdm
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this red pours amber mostly, just a touch of red to it. two finger head that really grabs the sides of the glass lacing all the way down. smell caramel malt and earthy ice tea smell. quality mouthfeel but a little slick. finishes just a tad dry and bitter making this brew very drinkable but not overly impressive. if this beer was local to me i could imagine it being a regular of mine but it is not one that i would hunt down.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More golden in color with a decent light beige head, good carbonation, and good lace. Nice light hop aroma at first with spicy malt notes to follow. Nice balanced light spice and light hop flavors with grassy notes. Medium-light bodied with a spicy white pepperish finish; lightly smooth.

Very nice Amber/Red Ale

Per BOM notes: 5.67% ABV. 18 IBU.
Malts: 2-row, Caramel-30, Caramel-80, Munich, Muessdorffer Munich, Crystal, Euro Vienna. Soy flour.
Hops: Centennial, Hallertau

Silver - 1997 GABF - American Amber Ale

'16805' lasered on neck
Tasted: 11/12/05

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Photo of jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts almost sweet with hint of hops, some bitterness at finish. $1.39 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with hints of ruby. A small, off-white head left minimal trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet roasted malt with grassy/floral notes.

T - It had a biscuity, sweet maltiness with a nice caramel flavor. A slight hop bitterness hits you at the back of the tongue.

M - A sharp, crisp and medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good amber ale. Very affordable and tasty. It's worth trying if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of TPoling
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber to copper with a sight head that goes to a film very quickly, but leaves a sticky lace. The crackery malt nose is accentuated with a slight scent of fresh hay and citrus.

The sweet malt and understated hops still manage to balance nicely and there is a little tart orange to add interest. The bitterness comes more in the aftertaste to demand another quaff. The malt from this grower-owned brewery is really the star of this ale.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Toronado Red pours out a mostly clear amber color with a small head. The aroma is very malty and sweet. It has the burnt caramel sweetness typical of the style along with a moderate fruitiness. The hops are present, but secondary to the maltiness. That being said, the malt flavor is not quite as thick as I would like it to be. Mouthfeel is medium. The hops subdue the sweetness just enough to make this beer drinkable and even slightly refreshing. A decent red ale, but nothing to get excited over.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, this beer is light copper in color and leaves a 2 finger, foamy, off-white head. Head dissipates leaving a nice,off-white lacing on the glass.

Very odd smell to this beer, sort of metallic, grassy, can't pick up any hints of hops.

Sweet, caramel malty front that finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Not enough hops for an APA.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and slick, and a bit thin.

Easy to drink, but not one I would buy or seek again. There are too many better APA's than this one.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a beautiful copper color with moderate white head that fell to a slight ring. Smell is malty mixed with a little citrus. Taste is malty and slightly dry, but not really that notable. Finished a little dry. Easy to drink beer, but not outstanding.

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Photo of cbl2
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7/31/2005 $6.99 6 pack 5.67% No best by date.


Pours a clear amber-brown with roughly a half-inch of white head that settles slowly leaving behind some decent lacing.


Strong malt character with hints of toffee & smoked peat.


Flavors are bland and uninspired with an offputting bitter aspect, and none of the sweet malts that were promised in the aroma.

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Photo of Citadel82
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber with a healthy if somewhat ephemeral white head. Left sparse lacing as it receded.

Aroma was funky to me, some sweet malt but mainly yeasty.

Taste was somewhat difficult to savor: Some sweet malt followed by funky yeast with a faint hop finish and a dry but not pleasntly so, aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was typical.

Drinkable but I won't seek this out.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ripe tangerine with no red that I can detect. The head is at least four fingers after a high altitude pour, is light caramel in color and has a quality look about it. It seems reluctant to depart and is tacky enough to leave small sheets of pocked lace. Not a stunner, but it more than gets the job done.

The nose, although reasonably pleasant for a red ale, is barely above average. Equal parts lightly toasted pale/caramel malt and orange fruity hops mean that it's balanced. It's all rather pedestrian, stuck in the middle of a busy thoroughfare, somewhere between a friendly 'Drink' and a flashing red 'Don't Drink'.

After tasting I'm no longer inclined to consider it above average. Tornado Red Ale is a friendly, easy drinking beer, but the flavor leaves more than a little something to be desired. Neither the malt nor the hops stand out in any way, consequently the flavor profile tastes muddled to me.

I can appreciate caramel malt with the same lackluster orange fruitiness (I hesitate to call it hoppiness) that I picked up in the nose. There's very little malt sweetness. If anything, the beer finishes on the dry and bitter side. The mouthfeel is light-medium and feels somewhat flat; a flatness that's as much flavor-related as it is carbonation-related.

Tornado Red Ale is little more than a strong gust of wind. It's a harmless little number that Pony Express has chosen to bring out of retirement and to associate with the Kansas City Chiefs. It might be the best beer available at Arrowhead, but that's hardly a ringing endorsement.

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Photo of whynot44
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice copper colored brew with a moderate ivory head, that dissipates a little too quickly leaving only a trace of lacing.

The aroma is grainy with a bit of herbal, grassy hops.

The taste starts out all sweet caramelly malt then the herbal hops kick in with a hint of citrus at the finish. The aftertaste is grainy with a touch of caramel and herbal hops.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth, not spectacular but easy and refreshing to drink with enough substance to work at either football or baseball tailgating season..

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tornado Red pours a brassy copper (if there is such a hue), with a medium head and a little lacing. It's an attractive beer. The aroma is fairly impressive too. My nose sensed pineapple and butter cream (from the malts perhaps). The flavor was odd but okay -- spicy persimmon with slight maltiness and decent hops. Carbonation is less than average with a snappy aftertaste. This beer would go well with a mellow cheese or even as a palate cleanser, but it's only 'okay' as a stand alone brew.

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Pony Express Tornado Red Ale from Flying Monkey Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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