Windvane
Bad Weather Brewing Company

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From:
Bad Weather Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #50
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,172
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Ratings:
132
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 09, 2021
Added:
Apr 06, 2013
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  29
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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Ratings by hoptheology:
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3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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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4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Listed here as a Red Ale- American Amber /Red. Bottle says "Red India Pale Ale"

Pours a beautiful clear reddish amber with a thick long lasting cream colored head. Great lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and piney hops. Flavor follows the nose, sweet caramel malt in front and bitter hops in the finish. Feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable west coast style IPA.

Jul 09, 2021
 
3.42 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
 
3.94 by Idahoman from Minnesota on Jun 26, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'CANNED ON 01/20/21'. Bought as a single at France 44.
Brilliantly clear, deep amber colored body. Skinny finger of off white head settles back to an interrupted cap. Leaves spots and interrupted sheets of lacing.
Aroma is rye malt and piney hops.
Taste is spicy rye malt, and the hops express mostly pine but with a little citrus. There is the mix of spicy caramel to the bitter pine, and the sweeter citrus. More of the hops in the after taste.
Medium plus mouth feel, with a bit of syrup. Very good carbonation.
I like this beer because it presents a clear palate of malt and hops, with some bitterness, some sweetness, and some spicy caramel. Rye malt always speaks to me. Even with some age this beer expresses well and clear.

Apr 04, 2021
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3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by defunksta from North Dakota

*Drinking this beer past the expiration date*

Appearance: Pours a clear, but deep and darkened auburn color with a tall and thick off-white head. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of dank roasted onion and herbs amidst some light grapefruit citrus upfront.

Flavor: Follows with more dank herbs with a faint orange citrus sweetness in the middle before it finishes into a somewhat bitter, but nearly sour, citrus and orange malt sweetness.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finishes with a balanced feel on the palate

Compared to Grain Belt Nordeast Amber 11/2/20: Pours a much darker color. Much stronger hops on the aroma. Bigger, hoppier, heavier, and sweeter.

Overall: Yes, I am drinking this beer about a year old, so it has far expired. I suppose that's why I get less hop flavor here. Still, I don't get much of the malts and I'm not getting any red amber malts either. Hard to judge because this one is expired, so sorry. Might revisit this one fresh. (Current Rating: 3.36)

Nov 03, 2020
 
4.37 by karlt from Minnesota on May 17, 2020
 
3.88 by adosen01 from Minnesota on Jan 04, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by WoodBrew from Ohio

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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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

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
 
3.88 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Aug 03, 2019
 
3.74 by smithj4 from New York on Aug 03, 2019
 
3.72 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Jan 28, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

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
 
3.94 by Gkguliani from Minnesota on Apr 11, 2018
 
3.87 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota on Mar 14, 2018
 
4.09 by evanschaaf from Minnesota on Jan 18, 2018
 
3.96 by Turbo from Minnesota on Dec 17, 2017
 
4.07 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota on Oct 03, 2017
 
4.01 by NodakEric from Minnesota on Aug 09, 2017
 
3.17 by PMarcy78 from Minnesota on Jun 22, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ssimpson89 from Illinois

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
 
4.16 by tylerstravis from Colorado on May 16, 2017
 
3.77 by zenwatts from Minnesota on Apr 24, 2017
 
3.84 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota on Mar 20, 2017
 
4.25 by moundbz from North Dakota on Mar 14, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by NilocRellim from Minnesota

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
 
3.5 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on Dec 13, 2016
 
3.77 by qcbrewer from North Carolina on Aug 23, 2016
 
3.12 by shivtim from Georgia on Aug 10, 2016
 
4.09 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Aug 04, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bsp77 from Minnesota

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
 
4.6 by ta_hagen from Minnesota on Mar 26, 2016
 
3.5 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota on Feb 09, 2016
 
4.06 by Marvicsin from California on Jan 20, 2016
 
3.62 by NickSMpls from Washington on Dec 25, 2015
 
2.93 by elliott1184 from Minnesota on Dec 23, 2015
 
4 by Kark from Minnesota on Nov 30, 2015
 
3.87 by VashonGuy from Washington on Nov 30, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 132 ratings