Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.78/5 rDev +30.2%
Yellow-gold with a low white ringed head and lots of tiny suspended particles. Low carbonation and little lace. Fruity Belgian yeast and Duvel "malt-like" aromas. More spicy and malty than yeasty. Tastes much like it smells with a spicy finish. Medium-full bodied and smooth.
A nice spicy robust "Saison-like" ale..
Per CC website: 35+ IBUs
Puchase Before: Nov '04
($7.19 / 6-pack)
08-16-2004 15:56:12 | More by RBorsato
4.7/5 rDev +28.1%
A - Slightly cloudy gold. Head is creamy, but not very big - took a hard pour to get even that.
S - Very aromatic - lots of spice, funk. Fruity as well. Mangoes and pineapple come to mind.
T/M - Flavour is not as intense as I expected. Yeast and wheat are here with some banana and cloves. Not overly sweet, but not too dry either. Body is quite substantial. Hops barely there for balance. Oo pineapple again.
D - Very drinkable, but quite strong. Be careful with this one. Flavours are nicely melded and nothing overwhelms. I really like this one a lot.
05-10-2008 00:33:14 | More by allergictomacros
4.68/5 rDev +27.5%
Appearance - Clear orange/copper. 1 finger non-impressive head that dissappeared in under 1 minute.
Smell - Very pleasant blend of floral and spices.
Taste - Extremely perfect to me. One of the smoothest beers with this much complex flavorings (and 7.5 ABV) I think I've ever had.
Floral, citrus and spice flavors combine with maltiness, earthy notes and slight sweetness. No hop bitterness anywhere, not even present in the finish. This almost feels like drinking a world class wine with the complexity and sweetness notes.
Mouthfeel - slick and oily feel, but surprisingly pleasant. No dryness to note which I read was usually a characteristic of Saisons.
Overall - If only this beer produced a better head, I would have given it a 5. Appearance knocked it down a 1/2 nocth. Superb brew in all other aspects. I'm definitely going to sample some more saisons if this is what they are like.
07-31-2011 22:02:04 | More by bubseymour
4.6/5 rDev +25.3%
Red Sky at Night pours a golden color with a nice bubbly head. The aroma has some phenolic character, some chalky, dry yeast and light sweet malt. The sweet pilsner malt hits first in the flavor, followed by the estery yeast profile. There is a slightly peppery spicy finish with just a hint of alcohol. Man this is a damn good beer. It's crisp and smooth, and remarkably easy drinking for its strength. Once again I'm impressed with Clipper City, I'd like to see their regular offerings around here.
04-18-2008 01:31:20 | More by ericj551
4.58/5 rDev +24.8%
Had this at Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring, MD.
A: Pours a light amber-orange with lacy head and active carbonation.
S: Citrus and floral (especially tulip-like) notes with generous servings of yeast and pepper. Almost a ruby-red grapefruit sweetness.
T: Unlike other saisons I've tasted. This one has the characteristic yeast and fresh-cut grass zest of the style, but complemented with a sweet citrus (or almost pomegranate-like) juiciness. This is then rounded out by sweet and creamy banana biscuit-like flavors.
M: Like biting into a fresh tangerine. Wonderfully refreshing; creamy with a crisp finish.
D: This is a wonderful saison that I'll be returning to again and again. It's brews like this that convince me never to move out of Maryland.
06-03-2009 02:58:14 | More by thekanna
4.53/5 rDev +23.4%
My first time ever trying a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale. I was very much impressed with CC's offering. Poured cloudy, like a Wheat beer, with very minimal head. Incredibly, this beer smelled like...candy! The sweetness is because of the Belgian candi sugar that is used in making high alcohol beers to avoid creating a thick body. The scent took me back to childhood, but I couldn't put a finger on what treat it reminds me of. The taste is of citrus & wheat with a little alcohol bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, not too thick, not too thin. The drinkability was fair as well. Overall, I discovered this interpretation of the Farmhouse style to be satisfying. I plan to try some more.
12-18-2009 00:12:47 | More by Cagden
4.5/5 rDev +22.6%
Years ago I had this beer out of a firkin at Sean Bolan's in Federal Hill. I was not impressed at the time and just assumed this is yet another beer that does not come across well on cask. After last night at Max's, I have revised my opinion about this beer.
This is listed as the red sky saison with spices.
The beer pours a cloudy yellow gold color with surprisingly good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The beer looks just wonderful, but then I took my first sniff.
The nose on this beer is just off the charts, with an incredible aroma of honey, tangerine, lemon/lime, cherry, clove and mango. The cask version of this beer blows the regular tap and bottled version completely out of the water. Wow. This is one fine smelling beer. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though of course they're not nearly as intense. Nevertheless, I get a rich, long, almost creamy finish on this beer, with much of the same exotic flavors I got on the nose. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, which lends itself well to the smorgasbord of tropical fruits on the nose and palate. Finish is long and lingering, with a barely noticeable hint of alcohol. Very, very nice.
This is a very nice beer from Clipper City, but on cask it's exceptional. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to enjoy the regular version again.
Note: Had this beer on cask again the other night at Max's (6/12/09), so maybe that indicates they will continue to make this version. I hope so. The red sky at night made with spices version is just terrific.
05-12-2009 16:48:29 | More by John_M
4.47/5 rDev +21.8%
Poured into an Ename chalice, it's a Burnt orange/straw color with moderate haze and medium head with large bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving only a little lace. The Saison has an earthy, mineral aroma with slight sweetness. The taste was quite similar to Belgian Saison's that I've had, with the appropriate spiciness and mineral hardness, a bit sweet but very smooth in regards to the high ABV, finishing slighly dry. I'm not normally impressed by micro versions of Belgian styles, but the Heavy Seas was top notch. The mouthfeel has a nice pop of carbonation to it, almost like a Brut, very refreshing and easy to drink. Highly recommended!
10-14-2006 02:49:16 | More by ccrida
4.47/5 rDev +21.8%
Pours like a common American light lager. Straw to medium gold in color with a thin but sticky pure white head and some carbonation rising in the glass. Nearly crystal clear.
Smells of straw and light fresh fruit, green grass, herbs and spices. Very earthy and spring-like.
Wow. This is a Saison by definition with a Heavy Seas slant. Light malty spiced sweetness very closely tied to a nice citrus mid-after taste. Refreshing and clean.
Mouthfeel is decidedly medium bodied which is a little heavy for the style traditionally but very much to my personal liking. Carbonation is prickly for a short time then really smooth and creamy, combining very well with the body.
It's hard to think of a style or a brewer within this style that I would consider more drinkable. I'm glad I bought a six not a single.
This beer will be in heavy rotation throughout the season for sure.
05-01-2009 01:09:48 | More by StrangeBrewer76
4.43/5 rDev +20.7%
12oz from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel MD.
Clear gold pilsneresque. Solid finger of head which clears into lacing.
Smells an amazing spicey floral fresh boquet of some fruit I cant identify. Very powerfull smell, without any alcohol to be heard of.
Taste is very nice. Spicey flavor-packed start, cream middle, and tangy not quite citrusy ending Little hops, no real malt, little bready, but mostly spicey. Like a cross between a pilsner and a pumpkin ale sans the pumpkin. Not quite a spice, more fruit, but I cant place it.
Feels great. Medium bodied which is impressive for how light it is. Very balanced carbonation and somewhat creamy texture to the finish. Impressively smooth for the look.
Definately a forgotten style that when done well like this simply breathtaking. Easy to drink and dont feel the 8% ABV at all.
Wonderfull ... wonderfull beer.
12-06-2006 02:11:17 | More by JasonA
4.43/5 rDev +20.7%
Crystal clear, with a small but dense head, which lingers, leaving scant lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy, fruity with notes of pepper. Fruit is mostly candied citrus, followed closely by some soft clove and white pepper. Flavor is sweet and spicy, with notes of cardamom backed by some phenols. Finish is spicy and peppery. Body is on the low side of medium.
01-14-2008 02:43:18 | More by beerking1
4.4/5 rDev +19.9%
A: Clear, golden color in the glass. Surprisingly, in the growler you can see a much darker reddish amber straw color due to the deepness of the container. Two finger head that disipates quickly to a thin film of white fluffy carbonation. Moderate lacing.
S: Faint scent of spices and fruits. Not much there, but maybe my allergies have kicked in as I was outside all day today.
T&M: Crisp, very crisp and smooth with a strong sweetness that hits up front. Light to medium bodied. The taste is very complex. Nice and tasty. Some clove, nutmeg, and fruity sweetness. Ever so mild floral hops that squeaks in at the end, but the malty sweetness and yeast continues to overtake any bitterness. Nice yeasty presence typical of saisons.
The 8% ABV is so well hidden that it is scary. Very nicely done! I'm really surprised that the average is so low on this. For the style, it is excellent and very similar to Hennepin. Probably a bit sweeter, but very good. Defintely worth a try.
05-08-2010 23:07:17 | More by cdizinno
4.38/5 rDev +19.3%
Always my favorite in the Heavy Seas line-up, this year's Red Sky is a bit more balanced and less sweet (which is a good thing), but it still retains the berry-like and citrusy fruitiness that makes it so exciting and enjoyable. It's hazy golden body has an orange cast beneath its quick-to-fade head of bright white; and tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising towards the surface, The nose is vibrant with fruity yeastiness and a sweetish maltiness. It's crisp and then smooth across the palate with a medium-light body and gently effervescent carbonation. Some touches of orange and lemon appear in the flavor, as well as some berry-like juiciness. It's sweetly malty without being overlydone, and a touch of spiciness sneaks in from somewhere and helps to balance it. Hints of hop flavor also appear, and it's nicely balanced with a restrained bitterness that lets the malt and yeast shine while still finishing with a bit of chalky dryness. I absolutely loved the previous, heavily dextrinous version, but this is far more drinkable! Kudos!!!
05-09-2005 22:11:17 | More by NeroFiddled
4.38/5 rDev +19.3%
Bottle suggests enjoying by 9/08, and it is 9/29/08. Enjoyed in a goblet.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/8 finger of head that quickly subsides. I would like more head. Liquid is cloudy, slightly lemony gold.
S: Tart wild smell, Mmmmm! Sour citrus aroma is nice, slight diaper smell is awful, but only flits in and out, not enough to be very distracting or detrimental.
T: Flavor isn't as sour as smell. Nice sweet malt with sour buzz around the edges. Slight alcohol and cooked veggie/yeast flavor once the dregs are poured in :( Apricot, apple and rainier cherry flavor arrives near the end, where did the sour go? This is a quality saison.
M: A little phlegmy from yeast. Bright from sour/wild aspect.
D: Pretty strong showing. This is one multi-faceted and tasty brew which keeps me coming back for the positive reward.
10-30-2008 17:51:45 | More by dfillius
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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