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

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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 18
Gots: 11 | 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 feloniousmonk


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed straw yellow, tumltuous tornado of carbonation swirls from the bottom of the glass, and goes on swirling, ...head is big and fluffy, but drfits down, smug as a cloud, with affable ease.

Aroma smacks of citrus and spice from the git-go, a trifle sour and overwhelmingly lemony, with dry spices peppering the affair. Quite in line with the saison style, but without the authentic feel.

Taste begins with sour citrus again, and spices dripping along the palate and all over the mouth, but behaving themselves. Quenches, then dries, and softly treads away.
Lightish, but more medium in body, with significant texture, but excellent drinkability.
the abv is higher than most traditional saisons, and it's starting to show, raging alcohol peeking through what should be a gentle summery session ale.
I like the label, though, pirate and parrot lounging in a makeshift hammock, as emptied bottles drift by into the sea...this is what this type of beer is meant for, lazy summer days, but this one misses the classic profile by a bit. Not as smooth, nor as succulent. Decent attempt, though, gotta give them that.

Much thanks to ppoitras and BiF 19.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 09:21:55 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of dirtylou


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: hazy golden, full bubbly head

smell: lemon, straw/grassy, slight alcohol

taste: alcohol present, yeasty citrus taste, mild spice also comes through

mouthfeel: quite carbonate, thin medium body

drinkability: a little more alcohol dominated than I expected

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 18:19:03 | More by dirtylou
Photo of andjusticeforale


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lately I have been making all the wrong selections at the liquor store and ending up with a full six pack full of crap. Usually it is some nifty-labeled badly thought out American craft brew at $7 or $8, and I seem to find them all. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

I took another chance on a six pack of Clipper City Red Sky at Night Saison style ale.
I poured a cold 12oz bottle into a tulip and I did like the color of the beer right off. Just like I expected. Deep orange gold, cloudy with a decent head.

The nose on this one was fantastic. Ripe fruit, sugar, fantastic Belgian yeast smell. A touch of funk. It was a really top of the line Saison smell.

The taste was good at the start, a pilsner type twang up front, some sweetness and then a muted layer of hop bitterness. I wheaty short finish. The mouthfeel was important here, because I think that there was a bit too much carbonation here. It did not seem natural at first. There was a seltzer-type bubble and not much of a head. The carbonation added a bit of a bite to th emiddle of the taste, and was not subtle at all. However, there was an “opening of this beer as it progressed down through the glass.

A nice swirling beer, and certainly an upgrade over most picnic beer. This is really a great offering and falls just short of being excellent. I am glad on this one that did buy the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 11:37:33 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of BeerFink


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into an oversize wine glass pours this one. There it sits hazy and straw colored with an arduous white head, kept afloat by ambitious streams of carbonation. Aroma is grainy with some lemons, oranges and bananas (along with other fruits) as well as a dose of yeast. Flavor has lots of pale malts, displaying toasty, biscuity flavors with a slight sweetness. Yeast is present as well. Same fruit sensations in the flavor that were in the nose. Brisk carbonation enhances the blast of citrous. Some spices jump in near the middle and linger, melding with the spicy/bitter hops in the finish. Finishes with a splended blend smooth malt, spice, and slightly drying bitterness. Refreshing and satisfying saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 00:50:49 | More by BeerFink
Photo of cubedbee


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a nice two fingers of head. Aroma is slightly sour citrus with a good dose of spices and a hint of alcohol. Taste has a lot going on, a almost cloyingly sweet beginning is rescued by a tart fruitiness and a sharp spicy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very dry. Alchohol comes through more than needed in the finish. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, if nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 19:08:57 | More by cubedbee
Photo of AdamB84


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wondered why they called it "Red Sky at Night"- when they poured it for me it started off all head. Then as I let it sit there the Head became this "cloud" and the beer, which has a red tint to it, actually looked like it was falling from the sky. It was amazing. The beer itself was good. Had a sweet to minty taste at the end, very refreshing.

Serving type: cask

07-14-2005 15:33:37 | More by AdamB84
Photo of TheJudge

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden and bubbly, with a small head, no lacing. Light bodied appearance for a saison. Slight citrus and grape come through the nose, no hops of note, but not really expected in the style. Taste is yeasty. Certainly a summer beer. Good for the style, not great, I think I would rather just have a wheat beer. It can't seem to decide what it is. Somewhat too bubbly. This is not a bad beer, and I would have more, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 14:01:12 | More by TheJudge
Photo of PSUDREW


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +8.4%
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 +5.7%
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 +0.3%
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 +2.2%
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 -2.5%
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 -7.4%
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 -2.5%
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 -9.3%
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 -10.1%
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 -3.8%
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 +0.3%
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 +9%
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 -2.5%
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 +4.9%
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 +3.5%
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 +7.6%
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 +19.3%
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
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