Windvane
Bad Weather Brewing Company

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From:
Bad Weather Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #49
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,149
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
99
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 shivtim:
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Rated by shivtim from Georgia

3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aug 10, 2016
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 3.42 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by Idahoman from Minnesota

Jun 26, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
*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
 
Rated: 4.37 by karlt from Minnesota

May 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.88 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Jan 04, 2020
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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
 
Rated: 3.88 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.74 by smithj4 from New York

Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.72 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jan 28, 2019
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.94 by Gkguliani from Minnesota

Apr 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by evanschaaf from Minnesota

Jan 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by Turbo from Minnesota

Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.07 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

Oct 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.01 by NodakEric from Minnesota

Aug 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.17 by PMarcy78 from Minnesota

Jun 22, 2017
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Reviewed by ssimpson89 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.16 by tylerstravis from Colorado

May 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by zenwatts from Minnesota

Apr 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

Mar 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by moundbz from North Dakota

Mar 14, 2017
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Reviewed by NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.
Dec 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Dec 13, 2016
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

3.34/5  rDev -13%
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
 
Rated: 3.77 by qcbrewer from North Carolina

Aug 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Aug 04, 2016
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Reviewed by bsp77 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.6 by ta_hagen from Minnesota

Mar 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Feb 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by Marvicsin from California

Jan 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.62 by NickSMpls from Washington

Dec 25, 2015
 
Rated: 2.93 by elliott1184 from Minnesota

Dec 23, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Kark from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.87 by VashonGuy from Washington

Nov 30, 2015
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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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