Windvane
Bad Weather Brewing Company

WindvaneWindvane
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #84
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,505
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 9.61%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
129
From:
Bad Weather Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  30
SCORE
86
Very Good
WindvaneWindvane
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.
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 129 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Taybeh:
Photo of Taybeh
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
More User Reviews:
Photo of garymuchow
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
Photo of ZAP
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
Photo of Chaz
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
Photo of feloniousmonk
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
Photo of Mdog
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
Photo of KarlHungus
KarlHungus from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Re-review 8/16/18, original score 4.75)

Look: dark amber, large head. good lacing. Aroma: very malty, caramel, toffee, cherries, chocolate teddy grahams. Taste: still very malty, but the hops do come out in a nice way. Caramel covered cherries all quite nice. There is a bitterness that accents the malt without clashing with it. Mouthfeel: medium-full bodied, silky texture, appropriately low carbonation. Comments: I can't go as high with the score as I did years ago, but I'm still surprised how well this beer has held up.

Aug 16, 2013
Photo of tempest
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
Photo of shivtim
shivtim from Georgia

3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aug 10, 2016
Photo of zenwatts
zenwatts from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 24, 2017
Photo of zeff80
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
Photo of morimech
morimech from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Oct 20, 2013
Photo of gatornation
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
Photo of mothman
mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Oct 18, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
LXIXME from New Mexico

3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 28, 2019
Photo of Kenai4
Kenai4 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Apr 26, 2013
Photo of mjryan
mjryan from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

May 05, 2013
Photo of nmann08
nmann08 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Jul 06, 2013
Photo of maximum12
maximum12 from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Apr 06, 2013
Photo of mackthknife
mackthknife from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sep 13, 2014
Photo of bsp77
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
Photo of sparx1100
sparx1100 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Nov 21, 2013
Photo of xmorgan
xmorgan from California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Aug 10, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
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
Photo of Timmah11
Timmah11 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Aug 17, 2013
Windvane from Bad Weather Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 129 ratings