1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer

Not Rated.
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale)Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

759 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 759
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 19
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 05-23-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 759 | Reviews: 432 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of schmitter
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a suprisngly hazy golden orange with 1/2 finger head.

Smells spicy and boozy sweetness.

I can taste the yeast and the fullness of the malts. Not much hops but there shouldn't necessarily be. Green apples, candy, and caramel. My last sip tasted a bit fishy (literally). There's also some spice in there, def pepper and maybe anise.

Strong carbonation.

Overall, I'll give it a drinkable meh.

schmitter, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of charmcityboh
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here goes my first review...
Pours a wonderful orange-yellowish hue with loads of yeast floating about. Head is decent but doesn't last for long. No lacing to speak of (Though I could swear it's been there before. Not my first time with this brew, just the first time reviewing it.) Smells almost bread like. Taste is heavy with spice up front, with a strong boozy flavor on the back end, then a nice crisp dry malty aftertaste. Leaves you wanting a second, but I can't say I've ever gone for a third. Alcohol taste is there, but not as big as the APV would leave you to believe.
Overall, as a seasonal Clipper City brew, I won't be drinking this all summer, but I will definitely pick up at least two sixers to bookend the season in the future.

charmcityboh, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by Sept. 09.

Slight haze/sediment suspended in a medium golden body. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Not much lacing. Nose shows off a healthy amount of sweet tropical fruit, candied pears, yeast, and a mix of spices (juniper, grains of paradise, cloves?). Light hoppy bitterness up front. Toasted malt, hay, and wheat bread follow. Juicy fruits come through with sweetness. Sugary edge. Pears, bubble gum, and grapes before a spicy, earthy finish. Lingering fruit. Medium-bodied, with zesty carbonation. Not bad.

alexgash, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Pours a clear, crisp yellow color with a thin head and a seemingly thin body. The smell contains some banana, wet hay, and sweet fruits. Still a little light, but shows some promise.

The taste is surprisingly complex, with some clove, nutmeg, and sweetness. A medium body with a crisp, yet yeasty presence typical of saisons. This one is quite good.

Clean and distinct. Finishes very well and definately leaves room for more notable saisons, but all in all, a good show.

TLove, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a rather small white head that disipated into a light ring. The aroma is of Belgian yeast, some banana, clove and pepper, and some candi sugar. Not much of any farmhouse funk aromas typical with saisons. The taste is very much like a BPA/BSPA. Pale malt with the spicy belgian yeast and candi sugar, some light bubble gum and banana flavors. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes with a candi sugar sweetness. This is a pretty good BPA/BSPA but the problem is that it is supposed to be a saison. The brew does not have many of the saison characteristics. No hay, horse blanket, or other farmhouse funk. I needed to rate it as a saison so it go lower marks but if it were labeled as a BPA/BSPA my grade would go up considerably. Oh well, still an enjoyable beer.

Gmann, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, thin white head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

There is some yeast character to the aroma, with a light candy spice and a sharp fruitiness. Think not yet ripe apples or pears, more biting than sweet. I also get the tart sweetness in the flavor, like green apples. Some nice clove and citrus undertones as well, with a mild alcohol warmth at the end. Pleasant.

Medium in body, with some substance. Highly viscous. Nice sipper on a crazy cool July afternoon.

ZimZamZoom, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown.

Small wisps of a white head sit atop a honey-hued liquid. Very little retention or lacing to speak of.

The nose is very subtle... all I could really detect was clove and a tiny bit of a bready malt.

Clove plays a very strong role in the flavor as well. Also, light fruits and an innocuous, but not terribly exciting bready malt flavor. Spicy kick going into the finish, which features a lemongrass flavor and is quite crisp.

Overall: somewhat refreshing and satisfactorily complex, but not exactly what I was expecting. I wasn't blown away.

sarahspat, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce pint - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Near clear, deep yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: The nose is spicy (clove and coriander), grainy wheat and pils, and even faintly boozy. Not the most auspicious start to a saison.

Taste: Amalgam of pils, wheat, and malted barley with a grainy character and light sweetness. Particularly phenolic from the on-set. Splash of mountain spring water. Touches of dried lemon peel and spice. Light bitterness. Finishes dry, spicy, and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: At best a marginally passable, though not standout saison. It has a higher ABV% going for it, if that's your thing, but, if that is your thing, why not opt for a Fantome, as they do have some more boozy saison offerings.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of sholland119
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pale gold with lots of suspended yeast, small caps of white foam and no lacing.

S-Belgian yeast, candi sugar, biscuit malt. Yep, that's a saison.

T-A disappointment, really. Much too sweet, lots of candi sugar, just a bit of spiciness.

M-Medium bodied with tingly carbonation.

D-Too sweet, too high in alcohol for the style.

HV

sholland119, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of bbeane
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Golden colored with lots of yeast floaties in it. Not a very large head or much lacing

S- Very sweet and citrusy aroma

T- Similar characteristics of other farmhouse ales... with distinct spicey notes and a sweet alcohol taste

M- Light bodied with medium carbonation

D- Very drinkable summer beer, although you can taste the somewhat higher abv.

CHEERS!

bbeane, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with freshness date clearly notched in the label into a tulip glass.

Pours the color of golden sunshine, throwing a bit of haze from the sediment, giving rise to a dense, creamy off-white head that shows decent retention but leaves very little behind on the walls of the glass as it fades away.

Nose is full of barnyard must and some mild spice, with a base of vaguely detectable orange-like citrus notes and a hint of grainy wheat.

Rather full-bodied, but lightened up a bit by a fairly lively level of carbonation. Sour and tart citrus notes dominate the palate; a bit mouth-puckering but delightfully so. A soft malt character lies underneath and helps to smooth out the palate, and the slight bit of sweetness it imparts helps to balance the sour character. Very little noticable bitterness, though some herbal hop notes are barely detectable. Finishes moderately sour and quite dry, with tart lemon and orange lingering in the aftertaste.

Overall, quite delicious and drinkable thanks to its light, dry, puckery character, but the relatively high alcohol content certainly manifests itself after the beer is finished, diminishing drinkability a bit. Definitely a nice summer offering that fits in with the typical wheat beer seasonals while breaking the mold at the same time.

superdedooperboy, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. 9 deg. C bottle acquired in a trade from beandip... an excellent addition as I really like Farmhouse Ales... and what is shocking is that this one is listed at 7.5% and I bet it's hardly noticeable..

- Nice ever so slightly cloudy bright yellow/orange, straw.. mininal quick white head... what's left is a bubbly mild laced saison.. fits the bill perfectly in look...

- Basic Belgian banana yeast... little bit of clove... all around average as far as scent... bready, grain... some sweetness..

- Very light flavor, hides any strength well... bit of bread dough.. yeast.. slight clove and spice... and zesty lemon spice as well.. over all decent..

- Not dry and chewy... bit bready and grainy... decent feel..

- Is very drinkable but a bit creamy and not so light like many others of the style are... although this is spot on for the style.. just not a huge fan of the yeast.

Docer, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
2.05/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ap. Slighty cloudy and pale gold. No head or lacing to speak of, although a small head developed on the second pour.
Sm. Spice, is it cloves?
Ta. Clove soup, off-putting and unpleasant. Kind of a chemical smell.
Mf. Very little carbonation, nearly flat.
Dr. Gack!

deaconoflove, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz received in a great trade from McDiddyPop ... Thanks Sean for the super cool extra.. poured into my shaped SA glass...

1/2" head dies back quickly.. the brew is an only slightly hazed light gold..

Nose is fairly phenolic out of the gate.. a descent amount of yeasty spiciness.. husky wheat .. some mild fruitiness.. but for the most part.... just expect a bunch of Belgian phenols.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with much more Belgian yeast byproducts... pretty descent but everything sorta seems out of whack.. too much of a good thing.. as it warms a little bit of band-aid comes into play.. a bunch of sugar cookie maltiness is there.. and really shows up as it hits room temperature.. a little bit of orange zest shows up too... Edit:.. ugh... way too sweet.

The body is fairly thick for the style.. but I am giving quite a bit of leeway given this comes from the states and is a big ABV.. the carbonation could stand to be a bit more.. but overall.. I appreciate the attempt.. but it comes up quite a bit short.. just too sweet.... let the yeast finish out the fermentation..

Sorry Sean... I really wanted to enjoy this one.. but it needs to be dialed in a bunch.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3/3

JohnGalt1, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of magine
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

The brew has a light orange color a white head that fades quickly settles to a small island. Some lacing.

The brew smells of fruits, yeasts and wheat.

The brew has a fuity spicy taste, smooth creamy mouthfeel. Has a somewhat dry taste, a bit on the light side as far as flavor goes.

The beer is decent and drinkable - it just seems like it is missing something as far as taste goes. Decent brew. Alcohol is masked very well.

magine, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of CupcakeNY
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden-orange, clear and bright, with a nice fluffy head which does not last too long.

Smells of grapefruit, honey, notes of pine.

Mouthfeel good, not watery at all; taste is full of grapefruit, honey, some green apple. rather high alcohol for a saison is masked very well. Flavor is quite delicious. Good hop flavor but not bitter.

Very clean finish, no aftertaste at all. A very drinkable beer, except it will knock you on your butt from the alcohol content which is not noticeable at all while drinking. Will definitely get this again, though--very tasty.

CupcakeNY, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had 10oz draft special at Rich O's in New Albany.

A: Golden with amber-orange highlights; very clean, clear body. A thin, whipped white head only about 1 finger thick sits atop the body. Head reduces to lacing which clings to the side of the glass in small, spotty patches.

S: Fruit aromas are prevalent at the start - apples, pineapple, pear, lemon. There is also the spicy, musty/funky calling card from the Belgian yeast mixing with a husky, grain aroma.

T: Alot of sweetness up front very reminiscent of ripe pineapple; some fresh, spicy apple cider notes too. There is some zest from the Belgian yeast and a flavor similar to coriander and nutmeg. A grassy, slightly lemony hop flavor is there, but it hides below the layers of spice and funkiness from the Belgian yeast. Flavor profile is rounded out by a touch of sweet biscuit and honey. Some people describe the flavor profile of a saison as "barnyard" since it is a farmhouse ale, and I think that is a fairly accurate description considering you get the best of all farm flavors and scents - sweet orchard fruits, fresh herbal/peppery spice, fresh cut grass, clover honey, and fresh baked biscuit.

M: I've come to expect a powdery mouthfeel on Belgians or Belgian-style beers and this is no exception. Slightly powdery/fluffy feel on the palate. Carbonation is not overly powerful but adds just enough pop to produce that light fluffy experience - nothing out of the ordinary.

D: Very easy to drink with a nice blend of sweet fruits and spice. The alcohol is not very present, making this saison quite a treat to quaff.

This is the first saison I've reviewed, and while I do not have much experience with this style, I must say the flavor profile and the Belgian yeast quite suits my taste. Enjoyable and I know for a fact that the Heavy Seas series from Clipper City is quite reasonably priced. Definitely a beer to check out.

Buschyfor3, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best-by date of September 2009.

A: Hazy yellowish orange. The head starts out nice but fades to nothing disappointingly quickly.

S: Spicy yeast, phenols, some citrus.

T: Mostly tartness and phenols. Not a whole lot going on here.

M: Nice and light, rather bubbly.

D: The Heavy Seas series hasn't done much for me, and this did nothing to elevate my opinion of the series. In fact, it was so boring, I had to do a drain pour.

BarrelO, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light haze to an otherwise yellow gold color. Good initial head that settles to a single layer. Light lace

Light sour aroma. Almost wheaty in the nose.

Relatively dry, warm alcohol. Similar to the smell in that there is a sour finish. Not as flavorful as most saisons. In fact, it's pretty run-of-the-mill.

smcolw, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of BrewIndy
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: slightly muddy but a light orange color. No head

S: I can smell strong hints of apple in this.

T: very sweet but still tasty. The apple smell hits me in the nose then the sweetness is balanced with the Belgian yeast. It's really pretty good.

D: you can tell the alc content on this is up there. I could have a few but I'd probably regret it later :)

BrewIndy, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Briarscratch
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange with a big bubbly head thats fizzing down quickly. Lots of bubbles.

Smells like wheat and yeast with fruitiness like apple or pear. A little whiff of alcohol follows.

Smooth flavor and mouthfeel reminds me of a carbonated juice. Very sweet. Not sure how I feel about this one. Easy to drink and the alcohol is masked appropriately. I have had most of the heavy seas collection and I must say they are quite tasty.

Briarscratch, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear golden amber. The head pours a couple fingers before it dissipates to a foam, leaving a little thin lacing on the glass. Carbonation is lively and this one had a nice cascading effect when it poured.
This one's got a spicy bite right on the nose with some unusual notes of candied fruits and a wheat backbone. A light alcoholic note is also present.
That spice bites right off the bat, remaining the entire way and lingering on the tongue in the finish. Candied fruits again, apple and banana, and wheat with a little yeasty funk underlying. It's an interesting mix of flavors.
The body is medium but the mouthfeel is a little thin. It is crisp, though, with some smoothness in the finish.
This one's a good one to try, though the sneaky ABV limits the drinkability just a bit. It's brewed well enough to interest me in trying more from Clipper City.

Brenden, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light clear orange yellow pour with a big fluffy white head, lively carbonation. Aroma is lightly sweet and spicy,a bit of the funk,hints of apple. Flavor is very good, nice malty sweetness,honey,apple,pepper,clove,nice yeastyness,medium body,sharp bubbly mouthfeel,long finish with a spicy aftertaste,very sessionable.

WakeandBake, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange brown with a bright white head.

Funky wheat and yeast aroma. Banana and a hint of orange. A bit candied and a trace of alcohol.

Candied taste with a thin mouthfeel--I expect more body than this given the wheat. Spices dominate the fruit flavors, and the alcohol is noticable, but not overbearing. I really enjoy the prominent wheat taste, but the carbonation burns a little more than I can take.

While the ABV is a bit high, I can definitely see this being a pleasant beer to slug back all day and all night. Something to buy a case of for a picnic.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy copper color, with a one finger of foamy off white head. Decent head retention, leaving thick yet spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is of floral hops, spices - a bit of pepper, yeast, and some banana. Taste is citrus hops up front, with a definite yeast flavoring and a good deal of wheat in the middle. Finish then becomes a bit sweeter - some banana, sugar notes, and a touch of lemon at the very end. Mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean finish to it. This is a highly drinkable beer.

Jayli, Jun 09, 2009
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.