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Windvane | Bad Weather Brewing Company

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Bad Weather Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maximum12 on 04-06-2013

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 100
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3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hop froward red ale with a nice dose of piney notes on the aroma and the taste...burnt caramel/toffeish aroma gives way to a slightly spicy malt backing on the taste....medium bodied and comes off slightly unbalanced towards the hop side...nice drinker and definitely a red ale with some hop character.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant garnet crowned by an off-white, clingy 1" foam collar, hoppy nose balanced by rich malts. Citrus and pine. Big malt support. Easy to drink and repeatable.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly hazy amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty and earthy hoppy red ale aroma with good hints of caramel and citrus. Earthy and floral hops upfront with hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. Toasted malts with bready hints of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, toasted bread, grains, and yeast. A nicely wet and earthy red aroma with good balance.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely sharp mix of earthy hop notes with a good balance of toasty malts. Earthy, floral, and herbal hop notes with some wet grass and dank spicy pine resin. Juicy citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Bready toasted malt presence with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, toasted bread, yeast, and cracker. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely sharp and juicy. Somewhat oily. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A pretty impressive Red Ale from this new brewery. Good sharp and juicy hop presence with a solid caramel malt backing.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of tempest
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Princeton's Liquor. I also tried the FireFly rye ale and it was nice, but this is a treat. It's damn hard to find—and, I assume, brew—a beer that's not too thick, has a good kick of crisp hops and flavorful (and interesting!) malt backbone. Oh, and unlike so many big red ales, this isn't too thick or sweet. The aroma has a thick spicy dough with orange rind and grapefruit. That citrus builds in the taste, along with toffee and toasted barley notes. This is a really well built beer. I typically find red ales to be one of the most boring styles brewed, but this is drinkable, a little different, and complex. I'd buy a 6er.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of morimech
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap and was really impressed. Now will review from a bottled example. Pours a dark reddish amber color with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

This is a hoppy red ale and is displayed in the aroma. Citrus and tropical fruit and maybe a little pine. Despite the strong hop aroma, the malt is also showcased. Caramel and toffee undertones and I detect a slight hint of cocoa.

This is one of the best red ales out there right now. Strong flavors of citrus and resinous hop qualities. Plenty of malt to compliment the hops. Not too much caramel thankfully but notes of toffee and rye bread. Adds some nice sweetness but this is high on the bitterness scale. FInishes with a bitter flavor.

Medium body and perfectly carbonated. Not harsh but enough action in the carbonation to give life and spirit to the palate. Been impressed with this attribute in this beer compared to their Firefly.

Just as impressive from the bottle as it was the first time I had it on-tap. A truly impressive Minnesota beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CrispyFL
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BobArmstrong
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy but not bitter. Slightly sweet. Can't place the taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gatornation
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from afresh 12 oz bottle

A-pours a clear dark crimson color with a fresh khaki head that sticks around nice lacing on glass looks outstanding
S- earthy pine and malts with a dose of peat and wood
T- hoppy pine up front with earth peat and malts some candi fruit and toffee with sweetness
M- clean and crisp a touch bitter on the palate
O-a nice red tasty and drinkable a tad sweet

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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap into pint glass.

A. Dark amber. Little transparency. One finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

S. Heavy malt aroma. Carmel. Hint of wet grass.

T. Roasted malt initially gives way to sweetness. Slight hoppy flavor, but bitter aftertaste that lingers.

M. Medium. Fizzy. Clean smooth finish, but that aftertaste...

O. Quality brew. Well put together. Usually I find red ales to be either too sweet or too bitter, but Windvane has a good balance between sweet/bitter and/or malt/hops. Very impressed. Good brew from a newer brewery.

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Windvane from Bad Weather Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.