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

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 18
Gots: 19 | 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 SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This one pours an average looking, somewhat watery golden colour with a thin bubbly head.

The aromas is a nice combo of wheat, sweet bubble gum, a hint of hops, juicy fruit and yeast.

The flavour is like the aroma but fuller and with a bit nicer of a balance to it. Yeast is moreso prevalent here than in the aroma, and there's more of a spiciness that's basically undetected in the aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated, with the body being light to medium bodied.

Overall I liked this one. It had some good flavour and good balance to it and was easy drinking. It's definitely worth a shot.

06-21-2006 15:06:16 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of akajimmyd

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

12oz bottle.
Appearance - Golden copper color, robust pour does not yield much head. Low retention. Served in a snifter. Lively.
Smell - Fruity esters dominate. Some florals and cinnamony spice.
Taste- Nice mix of sweet fruit and bitter spice up front. Slightly tart in the back.
Mouthfeel- Fully body which is right on for the style, slightly sticky but a decent dry finish.
Drinkability/Notes: Decent little local beer especially for a reasonably rare style. Very drinkable, affordable and enjoyable. Not a bad “easy introduction to the belgians for a newbie. Not too sticky or too tart.

06-19-2006 00:39:05 | More by akajimmyd
Photo of nlmartin


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $7.99 a six. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wined goblet.

Appearance: The beer has a hazy golden yellow coloration. The head was thick whited with no retention. The tight carbonation bubbles continuously. Rings of lacing cling to the glass.

Smell: The beer has a pleasing spicy yeasty funkyness. The beer smells a bit bready. The beer has loads of cloves, allspice, peppery coriander and citrus.

Taste: The beer has many unmelded flavors. The beer has a malty citrus profile. The spices dont quite meld. The taste of cloves and peppery coriander grapple with alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The flavors never seem to meld. The beer has a pretty dry finish. The beer drinks ok overall. I dont plan to buy this saison again. I think there are better ones for the price.

06-17-2006 19:09:39 | More by nlmartin
Photo of villainchiwwin


3.78/5  rDev +3%

poured from bottle into goblet glass

fascinating tangerine color but little head or lacing
lots of fruit aroma -- tangy, sweet apple, pear, white grape and faint yeast.
white grape to pear (and pear-skins somehow) flavor with some tasty sour-citrus hop zing in later progression to a lengthy finish.
light bodied with prickly mouthfeel and a later certain palpable texture on the palate.

easy to drink for such abv but not enthralling enough to substatially raise the drinkablility/desirability level. sugariness quickly becomes cloying.

06-05-2006 04:19:04 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of WanderingFool


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Red sky at night pours a nice clear straw yellow with some orange hues mixed in. A light, slightly creamy white head quickly dissolves to a thin ring around the surface leaving little to no lace behind on the glass. The aroma is filled with banana, yeast and some spice, probably clove.

Each sip of this smooth medium bodied beer is full of flavor. The taste begins with some honey, banana, and lemon. Towards the end clove and allspice take over. In the background there's a wheat malt and yeast flavor holding all the other flavors in check.

This is a very tasty, well balanced beer. A great treat on a warm summer evening.

06-01-2006 23:55:29 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of MattBrooks


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours amber-straw colored into my pint glass with a rich, big head and moderate carbonation. Aromas of bananas and coriander waft up from the glass. The taste is just what you'd expect from a domestic Saison: clean and pure with just a nod towards barnyard-much different from the actual thing. It is a real treat to see more domestic micros branching out in this category with six-packs and 22's. The finish is clean and the aftertaste lingers for a short time.

05-28-2006 22:33:00 | More by MattBrooks
Photo of BeerRun13


2.85/5  rDev -22.3%

Pours a super clear light golden color. A thin white head fizzles out to a thing ring and provides some lacing.
Aromas are malty, wheaty, candied and spicy.
Flavors of slight malt, candi sugar, a little coriander. Is a little sweet. I'd venture to gues a Wit yeast was used.
Medium to full bodied. A little syruppy.
Overall, I'd say that this beer is not to drinkable. It just seams that the sweetness would wear you out.

05-15-2006 17:27:20 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of edchicma


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Medium lemon color, small head, some lacing. Smell is wheaty, fruity..similar to a trippel. Taste is rich..sweet and fruity on the front, tart on the finish..can't really notice the 8.0 abv. Mouthfeel is extremely interesting..oily and rounded on the front, dry on the finish. Very easy to drink especially for the higher abv.

05-08-2006 23:57:02 | More by edchicma
Photo of trep

West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

This is my first time drinking a saison so I probably shouldn't be reviewing it. But i'll just tell it like I taste it.

Golden hue body below a frothy white head that leaves nice lacing. To be quite honest it looks like a draft miller light, but a little more golden.

Smells of honey and spices. Light alcohol presence. Cinnamonish aroma that made me sneeze. Allergy season is a beeyotch.

Tastes like it smells. Pretty smooth but not something I would perfer to drink more than one of.

Light on the pallate. But smooth.

Easy drinking for about half the glass, then I had to force it down.

05-07-2006 01:51:35 | More by trep
Photo of mcallister


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Very bronzen in color. Was expecting more of a reddish hue considering the name. Big fluffy half inch creamy head.

Fresh yeast aromas, very spicy with a wheat component, and some burnt fruit aromas.

Very spicy, fruity saison. Light on the palate. Tastes of lemon, white pepper, passion fruit and yeast. Very acidic mouthfeel. A good brew.

05-06-2006 12:56:24 | More by mcallister
Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Passed out pirate sawin' logs in the sail of the ship! Great artwork on the bottle, and I'm diggin' the Heavy Seas line up from Clipper City.

Poured slowly into my Affligem chalice with a 3/4 inch silky, and velvety smooth head. Falls slowly down to a 1/4" ring, and clings!

Golden/straw hue, and lots-o-bubbles.
A very good lookin' Belgian Ale

My sniffer is sniffing fruity pineapple, pear with alcohol spices-(corriander&pepper)), and a hay hop aroma thats soft, and nice!

Soft spritz on the tongue, and great carbonation. Light-Medium mouthfeel thats semi-creamy from the thin silk layer lace- thats still sticking!
Fruity phenol w/ pear and then the alcohol hits to hard, and damages some flavors that are trying to pull through. After the alcohol clears, a soft dry straw hop finish lingers on the buds for a while which is very pleasant.

This is not like other SAISON ales I'v had. Tasted more like other Triples. I'm not the Belgian expert, but lacks a refreshing sourness, and masked alcohol found in other saisons that make the style drinkable!

This one here is a good version of a "in your face" 8% strong Belgian style ale!! Should be called "Red Face at Night", because after 4 or 5 of these your face heats up, and turns bright Red!!
Alcohol kills drinkability here, but still decent

I enjoyed my case of "Red Sky At Night", but didn't think they hit the saison style.

04-29-2006 05:27:24 | More by BrinkyBeerBoy
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.45/5  rDev -6%

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is yeasty, bready, and slightly spicy.

Taste is yeasty, bready, and quite fruity. There is a slight spiciness, but not as much as in the aroma. A bit of alcohol is present in the aftertaste.

Body seems a little thin. Carbonation is ok.

This is a decent attempt at a saison and quite drinkable.

04-26-2006 00:47:17 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Clear golden color with a small (half finger) white head that dissipates in about a minute and a half. High visible carbonation. Scattered specks of lacing on the sides.

S - Bananas, lemon, allspice, white grapes and pineapple with a touch of grassy undertones. Strong and pleasant.

T - The foretaste is of a vague fruity character with mixed grasses and light grains. Nice. The aftertaste is very mild, some slight bitter and sweet grassy notes with a bit of a light bodied malt backing.

M - Thin and not very refreshing.

D - Good. If the mouthfeel doesn't get to you than you could drink this indefinitely (well, ignoring the strength). The flavor is nice. Yet another pleasant Clipper city brew!

04-25-2006 01:41:37 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of copasetic


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

A very pale medium gold with almost no head and slowly percolating carbonation. Looks like a lot of beers, but a single sniff tells otherwise. The aroma is strong, earthy, and sweet, with a slight banana note. Tastes like a sweet, slightly thick tripel with a bit more funk and body. Very little bitterness, just plenty of odd phenolic notes in the taste and the smell. Interesting beer, but a little much to spend more than 2 or 3 bottles with.

04-14-2006 20:55:24 | More by copasetic
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

Pours a hazy/murky apricot color. Thick, foamy all-white head that disappears but for a few spots and leaves no lace. Nose is pepper and spice with just a slight hint of yeast.

Solid saison. Definitely not an extreme/outlandish/over-the-top example of the style but just a simple, nice saison. Flavors are pleasantly balanced between the sweet malts and a quiet presence of pepper, cloves and other spices. Nice hearty yeast presence gives this beer a nice earthy tone. Medium to full body. Flavors come out more as the beers warms. Alcohol is nicly hidden.

04-10-2006 23:59:28 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A - this High Sea brew from Clipper City pours a golden colr with a cream colored head that stand at a half a finger

S - whew, a strong aroma, malty, has a farmy hay/straw like aroma to it, and cloves, like cloves right out of the Easter Ham, kinda forboding i might not like this

T - the cloves translate well to the taste, but it has a balance of bitterness and sweetness to it, it tastes a lot better than it smells to me

M - a clean clear finish, and full bodied beer

D - pretty high, a well balanced beer

04-04-2006 05:04:43 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of GreenWBush


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Pristine light gold with a whispy-white skim of bubbles. As with many of the Clipper City beers i've sampled, the head calms to near nothing. Fine flecks of lace are observed.

Nose is full of oranges and lemons. Heavily fruited in that citrusy kind of way, applaudably, and followed up with a nice spiced pepperiness. Conventional tarn-snap i'm used to comes through weakly. Decently in line with the style, but good on its own too.

I'm noticing a citrus fruit-extract thing coming right to the forefront of the tongue. Instantly I notice balance between fruity flavors and strong malt flavors. Finishes mostly pleasurable with a decent, if beefy per-style malt weightiness.

On the palate continues the theme of carbonated fruitiness...slightly too sweet on the close. Decent.

Almost hop-burps sort of out of place. Passable, but not fantastic.

03-28-2006 18:54:01 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of Bierguy5


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Label says best befor Aug. 06. Pours a very brilliant gold/straw color. This beer is very clear, not what I expected. Thin white rocky head disappears immediately. No lace on the sides of the glass as the beer disappears. Citrusy, lemon zest and spicy aroma. There is a subtly funky aroma as well, but not as heavy as in other versions. Tart and sweet flavors combined with some floral hop flavor as well. Slightly zesty and perhaps corriander. Lacks the general "funk" that is associated with other examples of the style, although you do get a slight hint of it. Light to medium body. I found this to be enjoyable, even a good session beeer in the summer. This might be a good suggestion for someone who wants to get a taste for a saison, without diving headfirst.

03-25-2006 19:44:42 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: pours a light hazy yellowish orange color. Thin 1/2" head with no lacing.

Smell: the aroma is somewhat earthy with some sweet fruit.

Taste: a mildly refreshing combination of light maltiness, sweet apples, pepper, mild bitterness, and hints of alcohol and earthiness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decent drinkability as the alcohol is barely noticeable and the general flavor components are decent but not overwhelming.

01-17-2006 00:33:26 | More by Gavage
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a crystal clear straw yellow body with a big, big rocky head of yellowish-white foam. There is a dense carbonation of very tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. When the head dies down I pour the last bit of beer into the glass and a small cloud of yeast comes with it. There is some nice lacing after each sip.

S- The aroma of pears and lemons comes through with a slight yeasty nose. A soft hint of banana comes through in the finish.

T- This beer has a semi-dry fruity flavor of pears and oranges with some peppery spice at the finish. There is a very light soapy flavor in the middle but it is not really unpleasant. Notes of pale malt and wheat are faint and smooth in the taste with a finish of soft hop bitterness coming through the peppery finish. The finish has a carbonic acid taste but the alcohol flavor is very soft. As it warms in the glass more of a cooked corn flavor comes through.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a good bit of fizz on the tongue. There is a faint alcohol warmth after the sip but it is very light.

D- This beer has some nice flavors and textures but they are very soft. I was surprised that the ABV is 8%. It is smooth and drinkable when chilled but at the bottom of the glass more of a cooked corn taste started coming out.

01-14-2006 00:09:01 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of HappyHourHero


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured a thick, foamy, pale cream colored head fades slowly and after a good many sips leaves a coat of lace. Streams of carbonation rise briskly as fine sediment sinks in the the glowing golden beer. Inviting aroma of yeast, lemon, and spring flowers. Mellow yeasty Belgian character gives way to a wave of carbonation and a dash of zesty lemon. For an 8% beer it comes off as light and refreshing. Body and taste make me think there is a good portion of wheat. A solid Saison, especially from a brewery that doesn't specialize in Belgian ales.

12-07-2005 22:55:39 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of pentathlete


3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Cloudy yellow with a large foamy head and plenty of active carbonation. Smell is sweet alcohol, but nothing in the barnyard vein, there are some hints that this is a Belgian style in the notes over the alcohol. Taste has the dryness of a decent saison but it is overshadowed by the distinct alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is medium but the body of the brew is a bit shallow, with the finish being dominated by the alcohol burn. Drinkability suffers because of this.

12-04-2005 02:08:17 | More by pentathlete
Photo of unknownlamer

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

The bottle said to drink before Oct 2005, and it's only three weeks after that so I gave it a shot, and it was still good. Score.

Poured a straw color with a decent head, but I wasn't terribly impressed with the way it looked. The smell was better, being mostly spicy with a bit of a fruit smell. The taste was fairly spicy (a bit peppery) and sweet without any really strong bitterness to it. The alcohol was there as a very subtle flavor that was perfectly mixed in with the other flavors, and added a nice spicy bite to it that very slowly warmed the stomach.

This very very drinkable. I'm looking forward to getting some more next summer. Sucks that I had to find a lonely single this late in the season.

11-21-2005 04:52:15 | More by unknownlamer
Photo of waughbrew


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Beware the chunks - let this one settle and pour gently. Nice bottle and thank you for the freshness dating.

Very hazy yellow gold with a medium-sized head that is very pretty. Laces well. Aroma is very appetizing and very Belgian, with big bubble gum and spicy pepper. If I close my eyes I could swear this was one of the classic strong Belgian dark ales. Peppery and a bit hot going down, this one is exciting and still very drinkable. I taste white grapes, alcohol, and a backbone of spicy hops to keep the grainy malt at bay. Feel is fine, though not quite as dry and spritzy as I expected. I enjoyed this a lot, although I would not drink more than one in a night as the hotness would most likely bring on a headache.

11-03-2005 23:52:42 | More by waughbrew
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

An effervesent pale golden beer. Has a big foamy bright white head with a small amount of lace. There is a light fruity aroma with hints of peaches and apples. The flavor starts with a light candy sweetness that gives way quickly to a sharp hop bitterness. The finish is dry and crisp. This beer leaves one feeling unfullfilled.

11-01-2005 22:23:30 | More by ybnorml
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