Windvane | Bad Weather Brewing Company

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Bad Weather Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear caramel colour. Caramel malt nose, citrus and earthy hops. Nice grapefruit bitter pitiless to it. Lots of caramel and bready malts, earthy hops mid through finish, and overall light bodied and smooth.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

100% opaque reddish tea colored with an off-white head of 2 fingers.

Some boozy licorice going on here, along with piney citrus, copper malts, and fig.

A little too stale and hoppy for my tastes, but comes out with some raisin notes, followed by citrus pith, pine, red grapefruit, bread crusts, metal.

Feel is kind of sticky but dry and scratchy throughout. Like a bad cough.

Overall, another beer I'll maybe not finish and not buy again. It's okay, but nothing noteworthy.

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Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is mostly caramel and citrus. The taste is more complex, with citrus and pine hop notes over a semi-sweet malt backbone of caramel and roasted notes. The finish is bitter and dry. Carbonation and body are both right down the middle. Very good hoppy Red.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

every brewery seems to make an amber, especially the new guys. its a style that usually appeals to the novices and the craft connoisseurs alike, so its usually on the beer list. the style generally doesnt do a whole lot for me, but this is an awesome one. i love that it still has all that rich red malt flavor, but is so dry in the finish that its almost like a different beer altogether than what i am used to. no lingering sweetness at all here, just a really zippy hoppy push and then its gone. almost like an irish red in the base, the grain is less caramelized and more earthy, but it still has the brown sugar and fresh baked elements i look for. its hop profile is pretty cool though, grapefruit splashy and christmas come to mind, but its not abrasive and ends up being a real easy drinking pint with a ton of carbonation and an almost mouthwatering thirst for more arising after each sip. i was really impressed with the overall quality of this one, and of the beers i had from these guys in general. not very often i contemplate ordering a second amber beer, so props to this one!

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Photo of Siduriman
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if my bottle was over-carbonated or something, but it had quite the pop when I opened it and a ridiculous amount of head. Poured from bottle to Pint Glass.

A: Head is about two inches thick, and it is very, very, thick. As in, it hasn't moved for like a minute after I poured the beer, and I couldn't fit the whole beer in the glass. Leaves tiny little dots of lacing. Color is a dark mahogany.

S: A bit of hops, a medium level of roasted malty sweetness.

T: Very much like the smell, but a little heavier on the malty quality, and with a light bitterness.

F: I definitely feel like this was over-carbonated. It is very bubbly in the mouth.

O: This is one of my first red ales, I tried it due to it being a local brew. Not something I'd seek out, but it's not bad. Could have been a bad beer, too, if the carbonation was more on point I could see myself having a few of these in the Fall.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper-amber with dense nicely retained tan head
Smell: citrus and tropical fruit, pine
Taste: moderately sweet bread malt with fresh citrus hops flavors coming to the fore, little bitterness for the level of hops character.
Feel: medium thick, gentle tingly carbonation and smooth texture

Overall: A sweet, malty, hoppy red ale, a la Deschutes Red Chair - simple but delicious. It's a bit heavier than I would prefer, but it's still a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Chaz
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper-amber in color. Excellent clarity, and a nice, three-fingered off-white head. Looks good.

Nose is very, very basic and to-style. Malt depth is the focus, but there's a telltale ale yeast and some pleasant citrus and fruit notes from the hops. To be honest I'm somewhat impressed.

Sweet/tangy on the first sip, with plenty of malt character -even a touch of rye! The fruit notes are accentuated nicely by the yeast character, and there's plenty of hop bite, as well.

Seems strongish to my palate, and has an average drinkability for the style.

Altogether, it's a decent locally-brewed option to have in a fairly understated (and perhaps even overlooked, nowadays) style. Definitely worth a try.

Served chilled, in a 330mL Boulevard chalice.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Windvane pours a dark deep reddish color with a huge lacing fluffy head. There is a strong spicy sharp malty aroma. The taste has a big harsh and bold malty backbone, good notes of hops, some earthy flavors. Good body, great feel. Overall its a top notch red ale, bigger flavors.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

From a bottle into an imperial pint glass
A: rich dark red with 3 finger khaki head
S: Nice nose. More earthy than most IPAs, some sweet caramel malts, but then a lot of hops...a little citrus, some spicy notes, and some floral and herbal notes too.
T: Follows the nose, but the resin comes out more. Might be rye that's part of the kind of rough spiciness? Some biscuity malt to balance out the fairly strong hops, but this is on the bitter hoppy side.
M: moderate carbonation, but lively due to the hops; not too smooth, not too chewy.

Overall: There are a lot of good things here, but somehow, it doesn't all add up as perfectly as I thought it might from the nose. It has an edge of rough bitterness that leaves me unsure of what to think...has tasted better to me on tap. I've generally liked what these guys put out, and I'll definitely drink this again, but I won't rush it to the front of the line.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of Weli
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep rich copper/amber with light tan head and medium fine lacing

S-Citrusy, tropical hops predominate, grapefruit and pineapple.

T-Dominated by bitter hops with a hint of roast malt, very dry and crisp

M-Lighter bodied and low carbonation

O-Great hop aroma, could be a bit more malt sweetness for an amber/red ale.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with an enormous tan head and little body. Reddish amber body, but I've seen IPA's this color.
NIce aroma. Fresh hops. NIce mix of citrus west coast, but also a blending of something a little more earthy - maybe it's a bit of grain with a toasty quality. Soft malt in background.
Flavor is more blended in approach with a solid hop presence but also holding a well heeled malt character. Strong, firm and tasty bitterness on the finish.
Soft and fully moderate body.
Solid. Very solid.
thanks Chuck

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Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date... no nothin' but the ABV and the brewery's address. 6pk caught my eye.

look is a chunky orange-red with a big head. smell is malty and savory, with some english-y hops. the taste has lots of savory roasty malts, with an almost rye-like spice and peppery hops.

drinks well above it's ABV - blindfolded i'd say it's ~8%. will be picking this up in the future

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Photo of JackieTH
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber red beer with a heavy creamy khaki head leaving thick lace. Smell is pine and rye, dark caramel, and a hint of earth. Taste is lightly pine resin hop light bitterness with earthy rye spice character. Some caramel and biscuit malt build in later. Medium light mouthfeel is a bit watery. Slightly hop forward no sweetness easy enough to tip back and drain.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bad Weather Brewing Company, Minnetonka, Minnesota. Windvane Minnesota Red Ale. Alc. 6% by Vol. So, not an Irish Ale? Not an American Red Ale. Just good ol' Minnesota Red Ale, which means??? I guess we'll find out, once I open the damned thing…

Appearance: Dark red, deep and murky, slim, but tight, off-whitish head.

Aroma: malty stuff, some hops, fruity esters. Some bright citrusy hop character mixes in. This is a very nice meeting of malt and hops, good balance, none taking spotlight.

Taste: Huh. That's a hoppy red, all right. The harmonious marriage of malt and hops detected in the nose seeming like it's gong through a stormy stage as it rages in the mouth. (I swear to keep the weather related jokes to a minimum.)
Bit of a dry, copper-y feel in the flavor, as sweet malt is check in check by hops, but in the end I'm not feeling anything especially distinctive results.
Some fruit notes, apple, cherry, and it is tasty, for sure, …however, I'm still on the fence here. There's nothing to not recommend it, but on the other hand…eh.

There's no gobbledygook on the label, but there is on the 6-pack carrier. " Our flagship year-round release WINDVANE stands strong through all types of weather and is a great fit for all seasons. Pouring a deep brilliant red, this is your go-to beer. If you want something hoppy, you definitely have it. America hops give WINDANE a swift bitterness with piney, citrus and resinous flavors. If you want something with strong malt shoulders, you have that too. Roast malt layers add complexity and keeps the beer dry to showcase the hops."

Okay, sure, but still…eh.

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Photo of ZAP
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of tempest
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of Mdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Brown, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus aroma.

Taste: Citrus bites first, tastes like a solid IPA. As it warms up a little earthiness starts to come through to remind you it's a red/amber.

Overall: I had this 6 months ago on tap and enjoyed it. When I saw it was in bottles I picked one up for a review. Not quite as good from the bottle as I remembered it on tap, but still a good hoppy red.

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Photo of gatornation
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of morimech
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of mjryan
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like hoppy red beer. Windvane is one, a really good one. It's red in colour, smells of evergreen, grapefruit and toffee. Tastes good. Pine and grapefruit from the hops. Slight roast and toffee from the malts. Not sweet. Firm, lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dropped into the relatively new Ward 6 tonight & saw this on the menu. As an amateur weather geek, I've been attracted to this new brewery, so hey. Hit me up. 10 oz. small glass rolls onto the bar before dinner.

Pour is nice ruby red that's clear & filtered. Nose comes along with a sweet hand of malt & faint hops. Nothing to write home about.

Windvane's taste, though, makes me reach for the fountain pen. Great waves of malty loveliness roll off the beer; it reminds me of chewing on a rusty nail. Except in a good way. Warm, earthy. Nice bite of piney hops wanders through afterward, keeping this nice & balanced. Drinkable as garden hose water after a game of whiffle ball in 95 degree weather.

Honestly, I can't remember the last time I ordered the same beer twice in a row (excepting Darkness) - & after the ten ounces went away, I went ahead & grabbed another sixteen to sip with my dinner. You can make an amber taste this good? Count me in. Excellent beer.

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Windvane from Bad Weather Brewing Company
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