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

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 18
Gots: 9 | 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 PSUDREW


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmmm. even after a full case, I am still mixed about this brew. I can taste the effort, you can feel, the effort, but, I am not overly impressed. Not dissapointed, but not impressed.

Solid fluffy white head. Cloudy golden in color. Nose is..citrus...and melon..and god damn is that gin? Maybe not gin, but hard aclhohol to be sure.

Very dry in taste. Earthy, solid but dry. Sweet fruit esters are present, but with a slightly metalic finish. Not bad, but....acidic, as it was. No real hops, realise on yeasty citrus and malts.

Not a bad brew. servicable in barbeques, and other hot days, but, nothing mind blowing. possibly a good intro brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 03:59:36 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy blond/yellow with lighter head that settles pretty quickly,wow there is a sure fire Belgian yeast aroma here a litle iron with some 10x suger and a little spice.Citrus flavors dominate with that iron-like dryness underneath but it keeps this brew from being overly sweet,I find it fruity and refreshing and extremely quaffable for the alc% content.A real nice summer seasonal here maybe not as good as some of the traditional Belgian saisons Dupont,Pipaix etc... but very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 02:46:44 | More by oberon
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, notches on the label tell me to purchase this before 10-05 for fresh flavor. Pours golden, cloudy amber, moderate white head, quickly fades to a film, lacing is moderate. Nose is of melon and some gin. this a pretty decent little saison style ale. Some peppery spicing, fruity notes and a nice dry finish, not bad stuff. Not the worlds most exciting brew, but this is a respectable take on the style. Enjoyable and will go nicely with a variety of foods, can anybody say BBQ?

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 02:39:24 | More by Billolick
Photo of kmpitz2


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright hazy lightly golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to a very light coating over the top. The nose is orangey and lemony; a light coriander spiceyness and a puff of alcohol also come through. The flavor is okay. I get a light sweet graineyness and earthyness, a light creamyness, some lemon and orange and a light spice. Not too bad. The feel is moderate with a nice moderate carbonation. Overall, a moderate to good brew. I'm a little less of a fan of the flavor. Its refreshing and crisp. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 01:40:13 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of clvand0


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nerofiddled for this one. Pours a hazy orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus and a little bit of musty. The flavor has a lot of spice and some citrus. Interesting take on the Saison style - pretty good example for an American brewery. The body is moderate to light and the drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 01:39:58 | More by clvand0
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz bottle that was part of my 28-bottle haul during my Boston trip. Label has a freshness date of October 2005 on the side. The neck label sports a funny way of letting you know it's got "beasties" on the bottom. I poured it into my Duvel glass.
A mildly aggressive pour rewarded me with a cloudy yellow brew crowned with a thick 1/2 inch white head that never fully went away, eventually covering half the surface with a thin coating of foam.
The nose had a rich combination of fruity sweetness, peppery spice, and boozy alcohol. Not all that complex but it still lured me onward. A few pulls and I was able to work past the sweetness and coriander-and-white pepper spices to a bit of stale funkiness. Then on came the fusel alcohol bite, a bit over the top if you ask me, which suppressed the other flavor characteristics and left a mild warmth down the gullet. The feel was light and lively.
I hold Saison Dupont as the gold standard for the saison style. It doesn't have to worry about being displaced by this offering from Clipper City. Don't get me wrong, Red Sky At Night isn't bad, it simply lacks the depth of character in a truly great saison. Give it a try anyway.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 02:07:33 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of sacfly


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Heavy Seas series.

Purchase before date notched Oct 05

Pours a light golden yellow, ever so slight haze. Big bubbles, lots of carbonation. Long lasting head. Aroma has that Belgian twang to it. Somewhat sweet/fruity/bubblegum phenolic. Tastes like it smells with a bit of funk for good measure. Light pepper aftertaste. An OK effort at a Belgian style ale, but if you are after a Saison, find something else. I’m glad that MD brewers are taking on the style, and I’m sure the hard working staff at Clipper City will be closer in next years version. You won’t be disappointed, but won’t be overly impressed either. The other Heavy Seas beers are more worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 18:47:32 | More by sacfly
Photo of merlin48


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va. Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass, the pour produces a radiant golden amber body that is mostly clear. Gigantic rocky head is white and retains well, leaving some decent lacing. Enormous rush of microbubbles are apparent in the well carbonated body.
Aroma has some sweet malty notes that are unusual for a Saison. Honey drenched caramel is inviting, but seems out of place for the style. Citrusy lemon and orange notes are welcome.
Mouthfeel is very effervescent, tingly and satiny, with a medium body.
Taste is definitely odd for style, with caramel and honey accents and some grassy hops. Some orange and coriander are noticable, but there's not much of a yeast presence. This is the least dry of any Saison I've tried.
Good drinkability, and a likeable brew, but it's not to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 16:10:28 | More by merlin48
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

um...that is not a saison. it's definitely belgian, but not a saison

it didn't taste bad, for a belgian pale ale, but it didn't match the saison characteristics i was expecting. it felt pretty large for a saison and lacked the trademark saison spicing and mustiness

still though, nice golden color; the head was pretty lame. nicely sweet with lurking bitterness


Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 06:18:04 | More by bruachan
Photo of packetknife


3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What was interesting about the appearance was the subtle but clear light-orange hue to the otherwise white head. Orange-gold body with thick carbonation. The nose was a bit too light for what I would consider higher alcohol content but it was a tad floral but not sharply so. Malty, a bit spicy, thick feelings and tasting, good acidity, clean enough finish. The feel was good with the heavy carbonation and thickness, lingering yeast perhaps. Readily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 15:37:53 | More by packetknife
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tasting glass (tulip) at just above fridge temperature.

A - Hazy medium gold with a fluffy head that eventually diminishes to a respectable mat. Very appealing for a saison.

S - Sweet & sour yeastiness with a flowery, citrusy honey bouquet. A tinge of alcohol adds a somewhat sharp note.

T - Up front, you get the sweet honey. In the middle, the citrus notes and a tangy sweet & sourness comes alive. The finish reveals a yeasty, bready character and an alcohol warmth. All of these flavors are a bit punchy. This beer could benefit from a little stratification of tastes.

M - Tingly carbonation on the tongue. Medium to large bubbles. Nothing too special.

D - The alcoholic warmth on this one becomes a bit distracting about halfway through, taking away potential points.

A decent saison, but for less than the cost of a six-pack of this beer, you could be enjoying a Saison Dupont.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 20:59:00 | More by EPseja
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jonny

Served in a tasting glass at just under fridge temperature as an aperitif.

Appearance- Pours a medium gold with a decent head that reduces to a thin mat after a few minutes. Very slight haze due to its inherent sediment.

Smell- Yeasty, bready, Belgian nose with a delicate spiciness. Subtle notes of lemon zest. My partner in tasting, Epseja, described it as "sweet & sour", which sums it up perfectly.

Taste- Gentle fruit-meets-spices-meets-yeast in that order, with a yeastiness that lingers on the lips. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Medium bodied, easily drinkable. Good spring/summer saison, something a little different for when a pils or amber ale just won't cut it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 13:48:25 | More by yelterdow
Photo of santoslhalper


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a crystal clear (why?) light copper with a huge, creamy foamy white head.

Smell: The smell is very pleasent and authentic to the style. Nicely hopped malts with hints of spices and almost orange peel.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is also quite enjoyable. It's mostly of sweet, spiced malts with a strong, almost dry hopped feel. It has an odd, dry finish which I really enjoy. The alcohol is a bit prominent.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a nice brew, one of the better American Saisons I have had. It's tasty, feels nice, and warms the belly just about perfectly. This will be a great sipper on this cool summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 02:03:23 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It came to me a slightly hazy orangey gold, lively with carbonation. A thin off-white head disipated quickly to spares patches of foam, and thin veils of lacing slide down the inside of the glass.

A light toasted grain and wheat sweetness swirls outward, carrying mild winds of spice and fruit, but too indistinct to specify anything more particular, with the exception of an undercurrent of alcohol.

The first sip brought an almost sugary sweetness of malt and wheat that was quickly blunted by the wheat's duskiness. A staccato procession of distant banana, citrus, and spice climbs through, and then slides down to a maginall yeasty bite coupled with vapors of alcohol. A slight sourness clings toward the end, along with a fading clove spice note. The finish is dry and unremarkable. There's little blending, and while refreshing, it never impresses.

It's short of medium bodied, and the bubbly presence feels enlivens the palate.

While not it seems to broach true Saison territory, that's the best thing about it. Pretty enough, it never delivers anything specific enough to say that it's really good. It's a bit jumpy, with the flavors there but seemingly not wanting to be, determined to be separate entities in the same glass. I wouldn;t go so far as to say it's disappointing, because I had no expectations, but with the ABV what it is, it doesn't deliver enough in return to justify drinking more. Just not my cup of tea, or Saison, as it were.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2005 15:57:15 | More by Foxman
Photo of NEhophead


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy off white head that dissipates immediately. Some thin lace that doesn't last long. Medium, lightly burnt golden in color; slight chill haze.

Candied sugar malt sweetness. Very light and airy citrus aromas: apricot, apple, lime. Also earthy/musty odor with some subdued citrus. All very good aromas separately, but blended is a bit odd smelling.

Tart apple, orange, white grape, and lime. A very mellow and balanced belgian-candied malt sweetness. Some random spices: pepper and corriander at mid sip followed by a nice sour aftertaste. A very full and flavorful saison.

Medium bodied; tangy, sweet, and spritzy on the palate. Coats the palate very well for the style.

A very flavorful saison; light and drinkable for an 8% abv version of the style. One of my first Clipper City encounters and I'm very pleased.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 23:49:42 | More by NEhophead
Photo of TinusTime


3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a nice tall stark white head. The aroma has some spice to it as well as kind of a weiss bier clove and banana thing going on. Taste is interesting, sweet yet tart. Fruity and spicy with a definate yeasty undercurrent. Refreshing to drink. Pretty complex, but the flavours dont seem to meld fluidly. Mouthfeel is pretty good with pleasant carbonation that keeps the palate clean and refreshed. Drinkability. Well I would buy this again to have at home, but I wouldnt want to make a session beer oout of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 21:22:36 | More by TinusTime
Photo of Higravity


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the '05 Maryland Springfest.

A oragnish gold body with a white head that disapates quickly. The nose holds a pleasent hoppiness with some sweet malty notes containing a citrus underbelly. The taste is of gold grain and peppery citrus with muted noble hops. It has a long lasting aftertaste that is bready but not funky and with a spicy twang that makes this a good sipper and enjoyable. The 8% is well hidden making this dangerously drinkable if a little thin in the yeasty feel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2005 13:29:01 | More by Higravity
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 22:11:17 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack for around $9, and I bought it because the artwork and labels were so damn cool -- in addition to the fact that the Saison style I didn't really know of before trying this. I had Hennepin, but it's been a while since I had it, so I have no basis of comparison going into this review.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with the onslaught of tiny bubbles slowly coming to the surface of my wine glass. Not much of a head, or lacing, all of it dissipates quickly, which was a bit disappointing.

Smell: Smells like a triple to me in a way. I don't know if possibly the brewing processes are similar in any way? Cloves, bananas, candi sugars, malt, fruit character and a slight tartness in the aroma also. Very nice and balanced.

Taste: All of the aromas come through very well. There's an odd complexity to this that doesn't seem to warrant tons of sips to discern. That made no sense I think, but there's something to be said about the complexity of this beer. Slight bitterness in the finish, but the fruity and sweeter notes are balanced well and are at the forefront in tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation (though on the higher side of medium). A bit creamy. Welcoming overall.

Drinkability: Deceiving at 8%, as the alcohol is masked extremely well by the balance and complexity. I can have a few and feel pretty good, which makes it near a session beer if you want to go there, as it's not too overbearingly sweet in that sense either.

Since this is my first Saison, I'm definitely looking forward to trying more, as it seems there are many out there which are worthy. I'm really starting to love Belgian beers and the breweries' attempts in the US at many of the great styles. This is a pretty good beer overall, and I will definitely buy it again. And check out the artwork, as that's what led me to it (and I know Clipper City has a few more great Heavy Seas labels because there are a few more styles than just this).

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 02:23:30 | More by asabreed
Photo of JackTheRipper


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden in color. Head and lacing could be better, they were pretty scant.
S: Pretty yeasty, with nice hints of spiciness and sweet fruit. Malt is there in the background, but not a major player. No hop smell.
T: Slightly peppery with a solid malt base. Fruity. No real hop flavors.
M: Big, fizzy carbonation that carries the flavors around quite well. Medium in body. Alcohol feels pretty strong here. Finish is dry.
D&N: Very good saison. Goes down fairly easily and the alcohol gives a nice warm feeling. Good one to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2005 05:56:52 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of shapudding


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated Nov. 2004
Honey golden and not so clear... some carbination rising up... bits of peppery sediment at the bottom. The froth of white head finally settled down as a thin layer of dust. Faint aroma of fresh cut apples. Taste is surprisingly sweet. Red apple and very fruity, just a bit of yeastiness. Very wet feel to it, and a good amount of carbination. Not as dry as I am used to with the saisons I have been drinking, but still a good one to kick back with on a weeknight and watch some tv. Bit of nutmeg... got some sasafrass as it warmed up. Good session, easy drinker. As sweet as it is, it still goes down nice -thought the sweetness may get to be a bit much for me if I was kicking them back without some food on the side.

Thanks to the Blitheringidiot for gifting me this in a sixer of the Clippers!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 00:13:49 | More by shapudding
Photo of maxpower


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy bright golden orange with a nice creamy head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity, spicy aromas, tropical fruit, orange and lemon flavors, a bit of a sourness in the finish. Medium bodied with a nice soft mouthfeel, alcohol very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 23:25:29 | More by maxpower
Photo of CRJMellor


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden color with relatively large pure white head that fades quickly leaving scattered network of lace on the glass.
Aroma of citrus orange and lemom peel coupled with sharp pale malt notes and a zesty, yeast profile. Very appealing.
Flavor starts with a sweet pale malt moving to a lemony note and finishes with a shot of spicy coriander.
Mouthfeel is hper sweet cut with just enough spice and light bittering to make palatable.
Drinkability is good. Well crafted beer, not sure about the Saison designation though. Solid tasting beer that got better with a little warming.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 00:46:56 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of bashiba


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to lackenhauser for this great beer.

Pours a very nice golden color with one inch of light white head and heavy carbonation running through the beer.

Smell is a very sweet heavy fruit scent with touches of Peach and banana coming throught, very nice.

Taste is a very fruity malt sweetness, with orange and apple flavors up front with a nice spicy hop finish with a touch of yeast flavor that balances this beer out very well. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and full.

Drinkablity is very good, a very nice offerring from clipper City, I just wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 23:40:14 | More by bashiba
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Red sky at night, sailor's delight;
Red sky at morning, sailor's warning"

--English nursery rhyme

Since I'm having a Red Sky At Night in the morning, I'm not sure if I should be delighted or consider myself warned. I'll let you know once I've tasted the beer.

Luminous golden amber with dozens of fine flakes, most of which settle to the bottom of the glass in due time. The attractive head of canary-tinted cream is softly pitting on top and deposits a few thick swirls of lace as its legacy. It smells a little like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale to me: spicy golden fruit with clove leading the way. It's more yeasty and less hoppy than I had anticipated, but that may just demonstrate my ignorance of the style.

The enjoyable flavor is a near carbon copy of the nose. This beer just has to have been brewed with Belgian yeast, the spicy cloviness can have no other reasonable source. There's plenty of fermented fruit as well: apples and pears macerated in Calvados and Poire Williams respectively. Alhough the flavor isn't boozy in the least, well-integrated alcohol is an eager participant. Fine by me.

The finish is long and lingering with a sweet spiciness that lasts and lasts and lasts, and the body/mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth lushness born of malt and (probably) candi sugar. This beer still seems more like a BSPA than a saison to me, but whatever one calls it, it's good beer.

I love what Clipper City has done with their Heavy Seas line; namely jack up the flavor and the ABV so that lovers of Big Beer feel right at home. Glancing back to the first paragraph, it looks like delighted wins the day. A hearty 'aye matey' and a big Thank You to lackenhauser for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 15:35:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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