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

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: pezoids on 05-23-2004

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nearly clear golden-apricot-peach color. what happened to 'the fine layer of yeast at her bottom' ? no matter, the huge ivory colored head is dense and frothy and there's a ton of swiss cheese lace all over my tulip. foam settles slowly to a thick disk that sticks around almost the whole time.

S- funky banana/clove yeast and sharp grassy hop aroma. soft mellowed out fruits, apple, pear, cantaloupe, bubblegum, pale malts, and wheat? very fresh raw grain aroma also pushes through along with candy sugar sweetness, and a slight lemon peel almost noble hop zinger tartness.

T- very nice dryish fruit flavor, and... pond water. but that's ok, i attribute that soggy funkiness to the belgian yeast and once it blends itself with banana and pear flavors it becomes exotic and quite tasty. wheat malt adds a very nice level of flavor, that along with the belgian yeast & candi sugar, and english & german hops, this is like a cross between a BSPA and a german wheat beer (only sweeter) and i like it! a sandalwood incense sweetness kinda fades in and out near the finish and things dry up with apricot/plum, red apple, and light berry flavors and all residual sweetness seems to be scraped away by a very subdued spicy hop bitterness.

MF- this one has light and heavy characteristics, the candy sugar may add a certain fullness to an otherwise medium bodied brew. the dreadful cloying effect never has a chance to get a foothold, and reed sky finishes almost like a sweet white wine. carbonation is alive and in-your-face and with all the fruit flavors going on it really accentuates the depth of this beer giving it alot of similarities to a high end fruit soda.

D- i've been really impressed with everything from the heavy seas line thus far. i advocate the imperialization of nearly any style and i feel it's the best way for american brewers to put their own mark on foreign tradition. bigger and bolder, without really trying to 'copy'. i have no problem finishing this beeeatch and in many ways it rivals the likes of hennepin and festive ale.

Photo of Kraken
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz Harp pint glass. Beer poured a nice hazy golden orange/amber. One finger head diminishes quickly. Slight pepper, and orange citrus fruit on the nose. Slight farmhouse funk on the tongue, mid-taste dominated orange and a nice light sweetness. Pepper becomes apparent in the finish Alcohol is completely hidden, but will sneak up on you. Mouthfeel is one of the high points. Very complex, carbonation plays a nice part in overall taste. Slight cloying sweetness. Nice dry finish. Very enjoyable. I look forward to this seasonal.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a hazy straw gold with a 2finger and growing head of foam.

The smell is of candy sugar, yeast, lemon zest, and some clove. Oh, and there is some funk. It wasn't easy to pick up on until after I had several "holding the glass to my nose" moments.
Overall, the smell insinuated some sourness.

The taste has the clove and lemon zest up front followed by notes of candy sugar and yeast, some banana, some pepper, and a slight funk taste. That(the funk) could have a bigger presence and I'd be happier for it but it's still tasty enough to keep me satisfied. Nice lacing and the head retention is quite good.

It has a light but pretty nicd mouthfeel to it, the carbonation borders on medium, and it finishes with the lemon and funk so, I really like the finish. ;^)

Overall, I think this is a pretty good example of the style and I'd be happy if it was available locally. I'm always pleased to try another Saison and this one was tasty.

Edit: I forgot to mention. The alcohol is well hidden. I'd have never guessed that this is 8%abv.

Photo of AlexJ
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Sky pours a deep golden honey, innitially sporting a fluffy white head that quickly recedes. No lace. Certainly doesn't look the part. Nothing prettier than a Saison Dupont and it's mighty merrangue head.

Aroma is brimming with green apple and orchard sweetness. Theres a mild yeast and spice note that intensifies as it warms. Smells a bit on the sweet side for the style.

Flavor bursts out with apple, pear, melon, and grape. Candi sugar sweetness with some spice and tropical fruit. Starts sweet but dries nicely towards the finish. Alcohol is noticable for a beer that is "only" 7.5%. A nice interpretation.

Body is to big and sticky, slick. I prefer a light fluffy, expansive mouthfeel in a Saison. It also loses carbonation quickly. Still very drinkable and inexpensive compared to other Saisons.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

lighter gold hues with some floating yeast. Little head retention and minimal lacing.

Smells are sweet belgian candy sugar smell, banana, clove, and I am missing that saison funk.

Taste is sweet up front matched by some spice and it does have that saison flavor I taste in Hennepin. Some apple like flavors come in late and stick around for a bit. This will do for a cheaper replacement for me.

Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation and slightly powdery finish.

On a day with 105 degree heat, this hit the spot.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden with touches of orange with minimal head and minimal lace.

S: Malts, wheat, sugar/caramel, bread, citrus, and a touch of spice.

T: Sweet, caramel, tangy yeast, some pepper, and citrus fruits.

M: A bit slick but champagne-like bubbles, crisp with a bit of lingering yeast flavor.

D: Nice beer on a hot day or with food. A bit sweeton its own for more than two at a sitting.

As a side note this was my favorite beer at the Philly Beer Week Real Ale Festival this past March. It was quite refreshing on cask.

Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange with a nice cream head that leaves spotty lacing. Sweet malt, spice and yeast dominate the aroma with a hint of floral hops. The taste is a complex blend of spices and fruits, wonderful initial, just slightly cloying in the finish. The beer is relatively light and very crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. I have to say, this is one of the best American-made Saisons I've had yet.

Photo of animal69
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden yellow w/ a thin whitehead which never fully dissipates leaving a decent lacing in my snifter ; a steely, bready malt smell w/ some hints of fruit and alcohol ; a crisp slightly tart flavor, mostly a cereal grain and coriander-like taste w/ some fruits and earthy hops underneath, a semi-dry finish ; a med. body on this one, lots of co2, could be a tad drier & lighter, though ; a pretty good beer, very drinkable for a 7.5% ABV brew...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 5/29/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, bananas, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of clove spice, yeast and bananas. The malt character is thin as you would expect for this type of beer and there's a decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice refreshing beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a translucent honey-gold. Half-inch, loose, off-white head quickly dissipated into a thin skim of foam and tiny ringlets with a foam band that coalesced around the perimeter of the glass. Solid sheet of watery lacing appears during each tilt of the glass. Scent of belgian yeast and spice as well as candy sugar; perhaps some green apple and pear. Taste is more reminiscent of a belgian strong pale, rather than a saison. Somewhat sweet, with a honey-like character. Candy sugar is still present, but light fruit flavors are a little less defined (still going with green apple and pear). Mouthfeel starts out as light-bodied, but slightly oily with a little bit of effervescence across the front to middle of the tongue. More sweet and spicy, than pucker at the finish. Drinkabiity is fair. I found the brew cloyingly sweet at times, which would have been a little more tolerable if there was a little more carbonation to balance this out.

Photo of argock
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a short pilsner glass. Freshness date present.

A: Hazy straw color with thin fizzy off-white head a scant lacing.

S: Not as varied smells with some apple, straw, and light grape and pear aromas.

T: I really enjoyed this beer - it really hits some nice spots in the saison range with nice light fruit flavors like pear, apple, and green grape with a crisp hoppy finish. It tastes like a toned-down version of a big Belgian ale or tripel.

M: Velvety feel with crisp carbonation and pleasant vinous aftertaste.

D: Enjoyable, even though it comes off a bit like a saison-light.

Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a hot summers day in Florida what do you do? Head to the bar and grab the first Saison you have never had before... Presenting Red Sky @ Night.

A: Pours a nice light golden hue with a nice thick bubbly head. The head lingers for a bit due to the steady stream of bubbles rushing to the top.

S: Nice sweet saison aromas that is big on sweet summer fruits and yeast. Nice touches of peach and nectarine meld well with the banana. Yummy Belgian yeast and candy sugar round things out.

T: Taste very much like the nose. Nice fruity saison flavors with a blast of malt sweetness. The perfect amount of yeast and a hint of spice make this one very drinkable on a hot summer day.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Very good another solid offering by Clipper City / Heavy Seas.

Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Saison from Clipper City? Not what I expected, but I had to try it. Served up in a tulip/goblet. Mostly clear, with a dense white head. Yellow/deep gold, fits the style.
Nose is sweet apple, yeast, and pear. Taste is a mild wild yeast, sweet fruit, quite gentle. More fruity and wild flavors come out upon warming. Mouthfeel is almost milky/creamy, which is odd for a saison. It's still nice though, and has a sharp tang on the end. Pretty drinkable. Almost sessionable, despite the 8% alcohol.

Photo of wedge
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, clear gold with a short, pure white head. Very delicate aroma at first: flowers, clove, nuts, dust, and a soft banana-like sweetness. Happy fruit flavors, phenols, coriander, and a late sour tinge. Smells more nutty-sweet and fruity as it warms...soft like a Belgian Strong Pale. Citrusy sourness seems to linger after the sweetness...in fact, it starts to get a little too fruity-sweet for its own good. It becomes syrupy-like towards the end of the glass. Oily, medium mouthfeel might have hampered the overall drinkability. No matter what Belgian style this tries to fit into, it fails to be effervescent or refreshing in any way. Its not a terrible beer at all, but for a Belgian-style beer, it falls well short of the best.

Purchase Before: SEP 08

Photo of donteatpoop
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The little napping pirate with the empty bottle was made for a cool label. In the end, it turns out that I like the label better than the beer.

Pours a clear pale straw colored yellow.

The scent was extremely faint. I kept putting my nose closer and closer to it in an attempt to pick anything up, I ended up accidently snorting a bit of it up into my nose before I could smell anything. It burned a little. Smelled of boogers (that was my fault) and maybe some caramel and hops... Mostly boogers and alcohol, though.

the taste wasn't bad at all, citrus hops and malts.

the mouth feel was a bit oily, heavy with caramel and left my mouth a little dry.

It was drinkable. i wouldn't seek this one out again, but it wasn't bad.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, tulip glass, bought ~2 weeks ago at Corridor Liquors in Laurel, MD. The clerk said they run out of this fairly quick.

A - Slightly cloudy gold color. Almost non-existent head, rapidly dissipated.

S - Classic catch-all Belgian aroma, fruity with a real light herbal note, couldn't quite classify. Sort of that mix of sweetness and yeast funk Saisons produce.

T - Better than I expected. I could definitely taste the candi sugars. It had that tartness that comes with most Saisons, but was a little more fruity again with something herbal going on that balanced the moderate sweetness a bit. Some mild spice notes, but nothing too intrusive.

M/D - Crisp, light, not so overpowering like some other Saisons.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.66/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taken from notes

A 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. This beer is a clear, golden color with an orange hue. Head is about 1/2 inch when poured before settling to a fairly thin ring lining the inside of the glass after about 5 minutes. Has a sweet malty, and slightly tart aroma with some bready yeast and noticeable fruit as well. The taste pretty much follows suit. Sweet and malty with some bready yeast and a noticeable hint of spices along with some apple or maybe plum as well and is rounded out with a bit of mild hop bitterness for good measure. I really enjoyed the flavors of this one a lot. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Good drinkability. Good representation of this style.


Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently this is my first saison..68 styles and no saison, go figure. for my first i enjoy this a lot. what i can say is that the description of the style is a very complex beer, im not sure this one falls into that, but only by a small margin.

A: a nice golden straw with a touch of golden sunset, there is a cute white head that refuses to die. it tends to stick but isnt super robust.

S: very yeasty, maybe tart fruit almost like a sour dessert wine. the yeast is the show though.

T: very doughy, yeast bread and earth tones. there is a bit of sourness with a micro-organism life in my mouth (don't ask). its a good earthy feeling. its somewhat simple, thus the initial knock on its complexity, this is not to say it is not a great beer. it is by far a must try.


Photo of NCSUdo
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep golden under a smallish white head. Some lace and no little retention.

S: Smells of tart apples, sweet malt, a little bit of earthy yeast.

T: Much of the same, sweet malt and tartness, fruity, a little dry with some mild bitterness. Not terrible but could be better.

M/D: Mouthfeel could be improved. It's a little too heavy on the tongue for a saison, I feel. Carbonation is too light. Drinkability is so-so, not a bad beer, but not a very good saison.

Photo of jmacdaddy2008
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the heavy seas line from clipper city.

pours a nice clear yellow almost like a pilsner with thick head from carbonation but then dissipates quickly
smells fruity like bananas with mellow hop smell
tastes like a spicy belgium with fruits and malt flavors
all in all a good entry for a saison/farmhouse beer
Very drinkable, good spring/summer beer

Photo of hellomcfly
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light gold color. Not much for a big head or lots of lacing. Pretty average looking to me.

S: Yeasty with a spicy hop background

T: Nice banana and clove sweetness to taste with a slight hop spice.

M: Light body, nice and easy drinking. Good carbonation.

D: Well masked alcohol. Tasty beer with plenty of flavor but light enough on the palette to have a few. I would drink this again.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden body with slight head.

Yeasty smell, with caramel and ripe fruit tones.

This saison is dominated by malt character in my opinion. Yeast is the next noticeable flavor, adding a slight spiciness. Ripe fruits are in the background.

Creamy with good carbonation, a decent mouthfeel overall.

After having one of these, I don't really plan to have another, so the drinkability takes a hit.

Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a flute. Aug '08

A: Pours a ripened banana color with some deeper tinting. 1 1/2 fingers of pearly white head forms a bit fizzy but holds for a couple minutes. Some patchy lacing here and there.

S: Light spicy phenols and strong yeasty esters. Hops are light, crisp, floral, and with a bit of Saaz-y spice. Malts as light, grainy, and clean.

T/M: Light hop bitterness. Hops add more of a bright, grassy, crispness to everything... livens things up. Still a Saaz-y spice edge. The yeasty esters are quite high, lending a defined banana taste along with some tart green apples.. and maybe phenol? Malts are grainy and light. Body is light and refreshing and carbonation keeps things alive.

D: 8% is very well hidden. There's a little alcohol zing hidden behind the spice hops and potent yeast but it's easily missed. Drinks easy and is great on a very warm day like today.

Photo of cubang8r
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not much lacing in the pour. Large bubbles that quickly dissipated. From the start I wasn't impressed.

The smell was mild, not what I expect from a Saison. When I was smelling it, I dunked my nose in the beer trying to getting a better whiff. It smelled like a Saison, only muffled.

Taste was the same, I felt as though I was drinking through a filter, although the carbonation was was tighter than the appearance. This created a better feel on the tongue than I expected.

It was drinkable because there wasn't much flavor. If it wasn't for the high alcohol content, this would be a great beach beer.

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