Windvane
Bad Weather Brewing Company

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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #83
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,031
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 9.61%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
127
From:
Bad Weather Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  30
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: 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. American hops give WINDVANE 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.
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at The News Room in downtown Minneapolis whilst in town for a work conference. The beer poured a slightly hazy amber and had thin white head that did not leave much lacing. The scent had subtle citrus fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with malt base and slight bitter fruit finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Sep 30, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can at The Sheridan Room, Minneapolis, MN

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left a large patch of white bubbles on the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of caramel and toffee malts and herbal hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is like a lighter version of a West Coast IPA.

Serving type: can

Aug 03, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2019-01-08
12oz can served in a snifter. Dated 10/31/18. Gift from a friend at work.

Pours deep nut-brown with a biggish beige head and medium to high carbonation. Smell is caramel, toffee, toast. Little bit of pine.

Taste is similar to the aroma, also very pleasing. Just a little whine of an off flavor -- something not quite right comes across as medicinal and/or vegetable. Not enough to spoil the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and satisfying. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

Jan 09, 2019
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid Amber,but the labeling is misleading. It says Red IPA on the can. I was expecting a hoppy red ale, but it's not that. Please call it what it is.

Jun 08, 2017
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Dec 24, 2016
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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota

3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Nov 14, 2016
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Jun 23, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Oct 31, 2015
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Siduriman from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Sep 24, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Apr 19, 2015
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Mar 04, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear amber color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It smelled of sweet caramel malt and some citrus and pine. Sweet malt and caramel up front with a piney bitterness.

Dec 21, 2014
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Dec 03, 2014
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

Nov 15, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Sep 18, 2014
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Weli from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Mar 13, 2014
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +6%
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

Dec 22, 2013
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Dec 21, 2013
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Dec 20, 2013
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Dec 18, 2013
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Dec 03, 2013
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Dec 01, 2013
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tempest from New York

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Nov 29, 2013
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Nov 17, 2013
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Nov 02, 2013
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