Beer Review: Tornado Alley Amber

Beer Review:  Charleville Tornado Alley Amber
Drink if you like: Balanced beer, classic rock, a little bit of this and that, sudden changes in the weather.
Style: American Amber Ale
ABV: 5.6%
MSRP: $3.92 for a 220z bomber (deal alert!)
Brewer’s 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!”

Here’s another beer from our friendly neighbors up north – Charleville Vineyards and Microbrewery.  Their Half Wit Wheat is a pretty big hit in the river valley; so let’s see how their Tornado Alley Amber does with our palettes.  While researching, we noticed a nice mix of malts in this beer – gathering that they use Munich and crystal and black malts among others.   It seems this beer will need some decent hops for balance, so when we saw Magnum, Cascade and Willamette in the hop lineup, we thought “allllll riiiighhhht.”  Let’s drink this beer.

As you can see, Tornado Alley Amber has already affected two of our beer geeks.

The beer pours a beautiful ruby brown hue.  At the particular spot we had the beer, light was striking it just right – and it looked very appetizing.  The nose will give you some pleasant, though not too strong, notes of caramel, very slight cocoa, and what seemed like the bready toasty smell of croutons.  We take a nice long drink of the amber, and we are happy to report it is just that – a classic American amber ale.  Think of this as the American beer drinker’s tea – designed to be a thirst quencher.  You’ll find slightly sweet notes of caramel, milk chocolate (as it warms), clean bready malts, and some nice bitterness in the back.  The hops also bring some slightly fruity notes – something that reminds you of summertime fruits….if you look hard enough.
This is a nice beer from some nice neighbors across the border in MO.  We hope they keep sending beer down our way!

You can find this beer at:
Popatop University – Little Rock
Beef O’ Brady’s – Fort Smith
Food Mart #1 – Zero St. – Fort Smith
Empire Liquor – Fort Smith
Liquor Word – Fayetteville
Jack’s Package Store – Mountain Home
Sullivant’s Liquor – Little Rock
Wedington Liquor – Fayetteville
Pat’s Beverage Shop – North Little Rock

We gave this beer 3 Diamonds.


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