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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
vikingguy (1106) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Cloudy rust color with large foamy head. Citrus hops on the nose. Wow, surprising taste. Wasn't expecting it to be so hop-forward, which is a good thing. Has a west coast grapefruity hop flavor and balanced nicely with caramel-biscuit malts. Pleasantly surprised with this one. A hopped up easy-drinking amber ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Amber pour with a thick off white head. Aroma is piney hop, caramel, toffee, nice toasted malt. Bit on the lighter bodied side. Piney hop again, toasted malt. Lingering metallic bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Pour on tap at APN 2013, clear red pour with thin white head, aroma brought biscuit, caramel, slight spice notes with a ncie grassy, floral hop character as well. Taste is a mix of nice caramel, toffee, spice going into floral, grass, slight pine, hints of a fruity note as well, finishing spicy, bitter, and dry. Pretty decent.

3.2
Shaunmaloney (42) - Kasson, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Carmel aroma is perfect, creamy head with a lighter finish for a red. Hops are subtle, yet present. Had it on tap at new at moa. Lots of potential for this micro brew!

3.7
valpoaj (745) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Pint at Happy Gnome - pour is reddish brown, but relatively light in color...medium whitish head. Aroma is sweet and lightly hopped - a slight note of roasted nuts in the background as well. Flavor is quite tasty...sweet, caramely malts are accented by mild, but notable resinous hops. Palate is easy drinking (granted, I had a number of higher ABV beers before this one) - I would happily quaff another in the future!

2.6
Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2013
I am going to have to dissent from my fellow raters (to date) on this. This red ale looked decent enough, except for the cottage cheese-style head. But I really didn’t enjoy it. The first third of the pint was harsh, with low flavor (pine) and harshly astringent finishing notes. The second third was a bit better as it warmed, in that it showed that it had some malt, but those too weren’t rich and complex. The third of the pint...I left on the table. And, for what it offered, it was too high in the abv department--why go up to 6% in a hop-driven amber ale? 4.5% would have been just fine. Not to my liking, at all. (on tap, Grand Central, St. Paul)

3.6
JK (6198) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Tap at Republic. Brown color. Well hoped with malt. Good palate and some herbal character. This is comparable to Bender. Good.

3.7
mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2013
On tap at Buffalo Tap. One of the better ambers I’ve had in awhile. Citrus is a good thing to have with this style in my opinion.

3.5
Ericular (1020) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Nice roasted quality. Sweet caramel malts, with a red ale quality and a decent amount of hops.

3.9
Leixlip (16) - IRELAND - JUL 20, 2013
16oz pour from Bar/restaurant in Minneapolis. Amber pour, not much head . Nice color and smell. Hoppy red ale with notes of pine , citrus and caramel . Reminds me a little of Surly Furious. Nice flavor profile and body. I would buy this for sure if it was available in stores. Great beer for summer , another great twin cities brewery to keep an eye on.


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