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

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83
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705 Ratings
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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 18
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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)
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Photo of jhu1995
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear pale gold, with minimal head which dissipates quickly. Bottle says yeast is in there but was expecting something cloudy. Smell was slightly grassy, but the spiciness is what really jumps out. Taste was the high point for this beer, which is always a good thing. Was slightly earthy and again, the spiciness comes through. Light-bodied and for the most part, a pretty easy to drink brew. Worth a try.

jhu1995, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear gold color--suspect a bit of residue in the glass. It looks nothing like a saison. There is also only a one finger head that dissipates as quickly as it weakly perks up.

The smell is warm and yeasty, some sugar and spice--coriander and clove, a bit of cinnamon. The flavor follows, along with some banana, smooth malt, and a warm buzz of alcohol on the finish.

This beer demonstrates solid complexity, and is quite drinkable despite the somewhat high ABV. A solid America version of the style.

Osiris9588, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of weasbri
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured a golden color into a tulip glass. Bubbles fizzed up the sides as the head faded quickly.
Mostly yeasty aroma to me, not much fancy going on. Nice earthy flavor, actually a bit of sourness hitting the sides of my tongue. There's also a good bit of spiciness hitting the roof of my mouth, accompanied by the bite of alcohol.
Fairly clean finish, with a lingering alcohol aftertaste, ever so slight. Even so, you could enjoy a couple.

weasbri, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of BitteBier
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

An interesting, "busy" pour--hazy golden straw in color with some active carbonation and a heap of perfectly-suspended sediment. The nose is full and complex with assertive yeast and spice, particularly clove. Fruity notes, particularly lemon, are present too. The taste starts with a crush of tart fruit (reminding me most closely of dried tart cherries), quickly sharing space with yeast-tinged spice. Alcohol warmth highlights the finish. Though a soft sweetness lingers long, the mouthfeel is wonderfully light without being watery. Solid drinkability for a beer with so much going on.

BitteBier, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

On Tap at TJ's Everyday in Paoli PA.

What the hell is going on here? Did they give me the wrong beer. This tastes more like a pale lager than a Saison. It is not offensive. It is not bad. There is simply no flavor there. some sweet fruity malts and some Juicy Juice. That’s it pack your bags and home the show is over. It was really a bit of a disappointment. Well... Here's the breakdown:

Appearance: Served a clear gold color with a white cap on top, but no head when it got to me.

Smell: A pale malt aroma and fruitiness; maybe even a slight detection of yeast and some sugar in the nose. But where are the Saison like spices? Not in my glass.

Taste: The flavors are small and muted. A malty wheat flavor starts with splash of caramel and then a slight touch of yeast--almost but then its gone--and some juiciness with the most remote hint of orange and then a nice crisp hop finish. The light dry aftertaste is pleasant but not bold enough to be called a Saison. There is a nip of alcohol and lemon with that dryness, I actually like the finish. Like I said. There is nothing bad about the beer it just doesn't have much there to brag about, particularly for the style.

Mouthfeel: Very light body fizzy beer leaving behind a bone dry feel.

Drinkability: It is actually a very drinkable beer. It is not a Saison though not IMO.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of CWiggins
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

I've been seeing brews by this maker for a long time in my area. Why I waited so long to try them is something of a mystery, but I found some singles at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham and decided to taste this one first.

It poured a nice golden-amber; no head formed, and there was no surface foam at all within seconds of pouring. I was impressed with the aroma; it's full of spice, with some banana undertones and a bit of brown sugary sweetness. The flavor is just as a saison should be: it's light on the palate, with a fruitiness to match and just a hint of hops at the finish. Speaking of the finish, the dry character of this style is certainly present here. I gave it "above average" marks for flavor since this one of the better American attempts at this style!

This is a very nice American saison. I will certainly be tempted to taste some of the other Clipper City offerings after sampling this.

CWiggins, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +9%

Pours a clear gold with a very white head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

It smells of spices and wheat malt.

The flavor is fruity and spicy and sweet. This is a complex ale, like a saison should be. The high alcohol level is totally hidden, I would never expect this beer to be so strong.

The body is hefty and slick, if that makes any sense. It is not watery at all.

This is quite the drinkable beer, despite the high ABV. It's very easy to drink, dangerously so.

Overall this is a good saison and one of the best American takes on the style.

Shaw, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.22/5  rDev +15%

12oz bottle -> mini brandy snifter
not notched

Pours a slightly oranged, golden yellow, with a small thin white head. Carbonation is slow and steady.

Nose: Banana yeast, spice,

A nice medium to thick mouth, with some good spice and herbal tones. Starts with some nutty banana, citrus, with a sweetness. Finishes with some light spice and a herbal bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

A real quality brew, that I could session easily. (if it wasn't 8%!)

beerphan, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured into my Hennepin glass. It looks great. Pale yellowish-orange glow. Hazy with a 1/2 inch head that slowly settles. As I hold it up to the light I notice some of the haze is actually a suspension of what appears to be yeast byproduct, or orange peel. Mellow yeast, sticky sweet orange peel, maybe some ginger or coriander. Predominantly citrusy at the first sip. Smooth, as if each sip is coated with a layer of wax. As I drink more the spicy earthiness starts to come through along with the floral hop presence. The mouthfeel is a little bit flat. I like my Saisons to have a crispy fizz of carbonation to keep it lively and raw. Although strong, this is a fairly drinkable beer. The alcohol is well covered up, the flavor is full and complex, and it is a seasonal release adding a little excitement to it.

Rudgers73, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Heavy Seas - Red Sky at Night (Saison Ale) pours a golden yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. In the aroma there is some fruit, and the candy sugar is evident as is the wheat malt. Taste is pretty good, fruit is noticeable, this is clearly brewed with Belgian yeast. It doesn't have the depth of flavors or character that a truly world class saison has, but it is a very drinkable, very enjoyable interpretation.

Drew966, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours cloudy golden amber with a fluffy white head.

Aroma is very Belgian like. Very yeasty with light citrus fruit, generous spices and subdued banana.

Taste is wheaty with strong fruit character. Nice bit of malt, and mild hops meld well with the sweetness. Spices are stronger in the nose but certainly make an impression. Underlying alcohol flavor adds to the experience.

Very thick and smooth. Medium carbonation.

Another flavorful offering from Clipper City. Flavors are unified and interesting. A little on the sweet side but still quite enjoyable.

Blakaeris, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of meadhead
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Not bad for a saison
of american brew
has the mild pepper funk
and hints of belgian yeast too

only thing holds it back
is just not enough umph
needs a liittle more spice
and carbonation stun

taste has some grass hops
sweet vanilla malt
slight hay grain funk
and yeast tart on the top



mouthfeel is good
yet just a bit watered

drinks easy enough
although could be better

meadhead, May 27, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Another Clipper City seasonal finds its way from the brewery to my lips. I had the Red Sky last summer and really liked it, but didn't review it. So this time around I'm putting my thoughts down on paper.

Pours a light amber color. Clear and clean looking, with a nice foamy white head on top. Some traces of lace are left along the glass sides as the beer recedes, but otherwise it's an unremarkable looking beer. Crisp fruity/spicy aroma. Some banana and pear, and maybe the faintest hint of clove? Pleasing scent, but again, nothing remarkable. The taste is nice. Clean up front, and almost a tad watery, with the spices and hops really emerging midway and finishing the palate off the rest of the way. Leaves a clean, bitter spice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Starts and finishes very clean. This saison is certainly not the best example of the style, but it's a very quaffable spring/summer brew. The 8% ABV is masked well, and could very easily sneak up on you if you're not careful. Worth seeking out if you've never tried it before, and a solid addition to my seasonal repertoire.

Atlas1, May 26, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%

On draught Charlie Mopps Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, Ga.
Let me begin by saying this is not a very good representation of the style at all. It poured a golden straw colour with a white head the vanished in seconds. Crystal clear, this was bereft of any sediment or even a touch of cloudiness. A far, far cry from what any respectable saison looks like. Smell, while mildly spicy and yeasty, didn't exhibit the typical saison profile, and more closley resembled a hefe than anything else. Smell was, however, closer to where should be than the appearance. Taste was mildly sweet with some very suble spice. I hesitate to give this even average, but do so in lieu of there being a 2.75. This was a very poor example of the style, however, I will say that I was stunned to learn that this was 8,0%, as it drinks, well, well, below that. Glad I tried it to satisfy my curiosity, but I won't be ordering this again.

SilentSabre, May 25, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a wondeful yeast ester aroma. It has an excellent clove quality to it. The taste is decent. It has a solid malt flavor that boasts of pale and Munich malts. It goes down easy and finishes a bit sweet with a nice fruity yeast touch. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but not the best example of a Saison that I've tasted.

WesWes, May 24, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%

I love heavy seas, Loose Cannon and Uber Pils, but they missed the shore with this one. 1. overly sweet 2. not complex 3. No earthy quality 4. not a dry finish. If this beer was called sweet sally ale I give it good marks. It drinks alright if you have a sweet tooth for the night. And considering this comes in a 6 pk. for $8.99 at 8% abv. it's still is a bargain. If your waiter ask you for desert grab one instead of that peice of cake.

athensbeermaster, May 21, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

12oz bottle, best before October 2007. Enjoyed on a cool May evening.
Pours with a fine level of white head and presents itself in a uniquely orange golden colour. A lot of clarity. A clean and typical saison style aroma, soft Belgian malts with fruity undertone and yeast evident. The Belgian influence obvious, some lightly spicy fruity notes and candi sugar present. Some straw like malts. Balanced, easy drinking, and a fair representation of the style. Hope to buy again because it was well enjoyed!!!
Thank you Harry for sharing this one that's been on my want list for some time...

biegaman, May 18, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear orangish yellow color with a white head. The slightly tart aroma features some citrus, spices and belgian yeast. The taste is sweet malt with some spices and fruit. Overall, this is a decent attempt at a saison, but it is lacking in many areas compared to it's belgian brothers overseas. Not bad, but not recommended as there are many better saisons out there.

cjgator3, May 14, 2007
Photo of mortarit
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%

I happen to like this style of beer and I hope this one meets up to the one I have already tried.

It's sitting here warming up to the room. Lately I have letting my beers take the chill off before I first taste. I some experiences the beer gets better when it warms up

Here is goes.

Well, thats different. Less carbonation in this one.
The taste isn't as sharp like others.

Lacing very minimal, like none.

So far I really not digging this one but the style is represented.

It like it's to mellow or something, maybe bad timing.

I say try at your own risk on this one so far.

mortarit, May 11, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a very modest head that retains poorly and fails to lace

Smell: Immediate whiff of Belgian funk, with candi sugar, banana and melon aroma underneath

Taste: Starts with a rather biting fruity flavor with melon aspects - a bit like a watermelon jelly belly; after the swallow, the funk makes a brief appearance but is overwhelmed by the honey flavor of the candi sugar; the yeasty elements also come through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation; a bit hot, however

Drinkability: A tasty beer, but flawed, in my judgement; the carbonation and mouthfeel are clearly not Belgian and the flavor is more like a Belgian Strong Pale than a Saison; nevertheless, I am scoring it not to style but to my tastebuds and I enjoyed drinking this beer

brentk56, May 11, 2007
Photo of blakesell
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

2006 Bottle poured into a St. Bernardus cereal bowl, er, glass.

Appearance-apricot golden ale with crystal clarity. White head very thin on the pour, quickly dissapates with light lacing.

Smell- Citrus, spice, candi, hiding barnyard funkiness.

Taste- Belgian spice zest, orange peel, hay, candi hiding in the background with the horses (although I have never tasted a horse blanket, and refuse to use it as a descriptor)

Mouthfeel-Crisp and light, great for the summertime, warming with alcohol that could be very deciptive if I had the 6-pack around when mowing the lawn. Whereas some call wheat beers a lawnmower beer, this is the one I would likely choose.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, this is my favourite Heavy Seas/Clipper City beer that I have had on tap, and out of the bottle.. It's a toss up. I like Winter Storm and Hop cubed an awful lot as well. But this is one that I will revisit again sometime for certain.

blakesell, May 11, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

appearance - pale gold color with brilliant clarity. Whitish head moderate in size, creamy in nature but with relatively poor retention character.

smell - a bit of banana (fruity esters) and a hint of alcohol. Candy sweetness, a clove phenolic, vanilla. Overall sweet and pleasant.

taste - Citrus fruitness well balanced by bittering hops and a tart spiciness. A pepper-like spice at the finish. Alcohol a bit evident in the flavor, and maybe overdone. Spice character possibly underdone.

MF - light to medium body, medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy, and no astringency. Little to no alcohol warming. Could be a bit more effervescent.

Overall - a solid interpretation of the style. Use of sugar keeps the body fairly light and the overall profile refreshing. Could be a bit bolder and more complex with the spice, could be drier, and could be more carbonated. However, these slight style flaws probably enhance the drinkability.

mpyle, May 11, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A- Thin white head that fades very fast on a light cloudy golden body.
S- Light metallic notes, sweet caramel malts, light hints of citrus, and some light yeast. Not a very big smell and kind of plain.
T-Sweet malts, light bitterness, hints of spices and fruits, hints of breads, kind of earthy flavor.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- I think it is good but really not a saison. I would say it is more of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Has to sweet of malts and not the classic saison flavors. I do really like it though just not a saison.

BlindPig, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +9%

12oz brown bottle purchased as part of a multi-pack at Florian’s. Translucent yellow-amber body with a good half inch of off-white head. Smells fruity, nutty and spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon?). Apricot, nut, and spice play equal parts in the flavor. While the sweetness can be overwealming at times, it's still pretty tasty, and there is no alcohol flavor and no real flaws to speak of. Medium creamy body. A solid brew, though unlike most saisons I've encountered.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of quasimoto
3.45/5  rDev -6%

Has a nice golden color to it, with a white head to match. Laces nicely and looks good. The aromas start with a nice spicy farmhouse smells of coriander and some citrusy flavors. The aromas transfer to the flavors but has a sense of cinnamon and nutmeg to it. Very strange transfer of flavors.
The mouthfeel is very light, almost thin. Light bubble carbonation wraps the tongue at first and leave an alcohol burn on the end. Definitely drinkable, and a great session beer.

quasimoto, Apr 04, 2007
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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