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

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Ratings: 650
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 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
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +8.4%
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 -4.6%
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 -2.5%
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 +6.3%
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 +18%
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 +16.6%
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
Photo of yeagerbm


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Belgian style glass with a clear gold color and sufficient white head. Smell is between a Wit and a Hefe with a little banana and spice and sulfur. Taste is pineapples, ginger and bananas with a dry alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and with zesty carbonation. This beer is very nice and seems addictive with its flavor, drinkability and warming alcohol sensation. It's distinctive and definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 02:24:33 | More by yeagerbm
Photo of meathookjones


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out a clear bubbly golden yellow with a very small white bubbly head that that left little lacing. Scents of spice, mainly coriander that I could pick out and a slight malty sweetness rose from the glass. There were also notes of doughy yeast kind, but overall a mild aroma. The flavor was better with a sweet spicy taste coming up front along with slight fruit notes such as apple. The after taste was a spicy bitter one with a touch of lime. Mouthfeel was about medium with a good carbonated feel to it. This is pretty good stuff, not as good as their double pilsner but I would definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 14:04:04 | More by meathookjones
Photo of Dithyramb


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation was as pictured with no freshness date. Tried because I was running out of ideas, and this was the second bartender of late literally begging me to try the beer. Even though it is a local, and deserves mad props, methinks it isn't doing too well.

Bright copper appearance big white head leaves more than ample lacing around my glass. I thought saisons were dark and lovely?

On tap and in the bottle, you get a nice spicy mix, with odors of fruit laced with vanilla. A light bit of oily hops are slightly detectable.

As far as saisons go, I've definitely had better. As for locals, I stand by the saison at Wharf Rat. I do enjoy this, however. It is a nice fruity/spicy blend, with a nice lacing of vanilla that I detected in the nose. It is a nice creamy beer that would definitely be worth having a few.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 20:46:25 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of ppoitras


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with ManekiNeko. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" of white head over the honey-hued brew. Dense head shows good staying power, with nice lacing of foamy bits. Aroma is a bit spicy, in that Belgian-ish, with an undercurrent of alcohol mixed in. Taste is initially grainy, like a wheat malt effect, and then seems to just spread out in the mouth, with the light alcohol notes touching all the bases, so to speak. I find the saisons as a whole hard to describe taste-wise, so bear with me. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good. An enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 21:13:39 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a creamy white head. The carbonation is low, though entirely adequate, and the beer is a deep clear gold color. This beer has a nice, funky yeast driven nose that has spicy notes of orange, coriander, and musty cellars. It is lightly sweet and quite fruity, with notes of tropical fruit. There is a spicy sharpness here as well, which helps to balance the other notes. I get notes of ginger, lemon, and a slight astringency. When the yeast is added to the beer I get a slight nuttiness that develops. This is a nice mix of competing flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 18:43:23 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of pezoids


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear orangey gold color. Full of carbonation but no discernable head. The aroma is interesting with sweet and sticky candy malt with a hint of metallic notes. The taste is light, tangy and highly flavorful. I’m getting orange liqueur syrup, fruity rock candy and a touch of bitter grapefruit. The finish leaves a bittersweet tang in the throat. Overall, this is very nice and enjoyable beer. A good one to enjoy in warm weather – sippin’ on while relaxing by the pool.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 17:56:32 | More by pezoids
Photo of RBorsato


4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow-gold with a low white ringed head and lots of tiny suspended particles. Low carbonation and little lace. Fruity Belgian yeast and Duvel "malt-like" aromas. More spicy and malty than yeasty. Tastes much like it smells with a spicy finish. Medium-full bodied and smooth.

A nice spicy robust "Saison-like" ale..

Per CC website: 35+ IBUs

Puchase Before: Nov '04
Tasted: 08/14/04

($7.19 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 15:56:12 | More by RBorsato
Photo of PartyHatjo


3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden color with an airy white head about a half inch thick. Head lasts for about 30 seconds. Almost no lacing.

Aroma: Smell typical of a saison yeast...spicy/clove-like notes. Hints of coriander. Slight spicy hop presence, with a sweet malt backbone.

Taste: Initial fruitiness. High ester profile, with some spiciness. Cloves are present. Slight presence of aromatic malt provides some complexity. Hop taste is low, but what is there seems to be of the noble hop variety (saaz, maybe?).

Mouthfeel: A bit light on the body. Carbonation not high enough for the style.

Drinkability: Decent brew, would go back to it, but definitely not the best saison I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 13:28:29 | More by PartyHatjo
Photo of crookedhalo


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle best before 11/04. Pours a golden color with an off white head that forms lacing around the side of the glass. Some estery, tropical, fruity notes, with a malty backbone. Tastes a bit fruity, too. Sweet and a slight bit dry, it's a pretty good saison. Retains many qualities one looks for in a saison. I'd go back to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 18:42:06 | More by crookedhalo
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a clear pale golden with a white frothy head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a very slight farmhouse aroma and spiciness. The fruits were hard to distinguish, but mangos, oranges, and melon come to mind.

The flavor was crisp with a decent hop bittering and a fruity flavor with a nice spice in the background. The spice might be coriander or pepper, or it could be a yeast characteristic. The beer also had a slight sweetness to the flavor as it warmed.

The finish was dry and spices resonate well into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

Clipper City is doing a good job with the Heavy Seas line, they have my attention and I will keep checking out their offerings.

12 ounce bottle purchased at Wine and Beer Westpark in Richmond. Best before Nov 04.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 00:58:47 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of abcsofbeer


2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale orangey color with a bubbly white head that dissipates very quickly. It leaves no lace throughout the glass. The aroma reminds me of Hoegaarden, of bananas and medicine. The taste is medicinal and very strange. The first hit on the tongue is bland and uneventful, but, when the aftertaste hits, whew. Harsh aftertaste reminding me, again, of the Belgian white wheat. The bottom of the glass is hard to finish. Never again, on this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 23:49:22 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room in Springhouse PA. Clear, bubbly, orangey at best under a scant head.

Slight medicinal & wheat aroma that was struggling to get out over my neighbor's steak dinner. Afterscents of cherries and wheat.

Intersting tasing Saison with cloves & cardoman spice bight. Everlasting awl-kee-hawl flavors run through the beer. This warms up to a banana & malts saison. Not noticing too many hops.

Creamy easy smooth full bodied feel.

Last swigs: 100% deceiving. More of a saison than a "Red" that blends into an easy drinker. Hey 7% ABV! Nice job blending some styles to ofer up an enjoyable good brew.

Beer is good. Happy mixed style beering.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2004 04:26:26 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep golden colour with nice clarity and a nice white head that sticks around for the show. The aroma is a bit simple and one-sided for a saison-style ale. I smell oranges, coriander, other citric fruits, spicy yeast, earthy hops, and a bit of caramel malt. The taste is good but very wit-like and one sided. Again the taste is wheaty, spicy, citrus-like and nice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and gets the job done and the drinkability is just fine. This is another good beer, but this is not a trus saison in my book. This is more like a weizen/wit-part saision cross.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 18:14:20 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Hefe


4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Tasted on 6/20/04 from bottle

Appearance: Golden colour with a nice white head.

Smell: Fruity and slightly sweet with a touch of yeast underneath.

Taste: Lightly sweet malt, with lots of interesting fruit notes, passionfruit, green grapes, apple. Crisp, clean finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with very fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Ridiculously so.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 02:34:18 | More by Hefe
Photo of nomad


2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out dead despite a strong golden color with great clarity. Little to no carbonation and thus a very thin, watery mouthfeel.

Straight out it smells of green grapes, soft white bread, and a light grainy presence. Fairly simple and nowhere near as alluring as more assertive or complex saisons.

Tasted like all types of grains and thangs: white bread crust, crushed crackers, and dulled spice. A light grape/pear flavor comes light. Hops are light and muddled, bringing on a distasteful finish of cheese, paper, and corn meal.

A couple of bad bottles? It was pretty dead in the water, simple bodied, and the finish was long in the wrong way.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 22:41:37 | More by nomad
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color.Slight head that lingers a while.Aroma of malt with a great floral aroma behind it.Nice 'Belgian" yeasty notes in there as well.Great malt upfront-slightly spicy.Great silky sweetness in the mouthfeel.A very drinkable beer-hard to believe its 7.5%.I could see having several of these and then it sneaking up on you.Not too sure how it compares to a true Belgian saison but well worth a try and a great American example-sort of like Victory's Golden Monkey as a triple.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 22:04:57 | More by lackenhauser
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden copper appearance big white head leaves more than ample lacing around my glass. Aroma: Soft fruity tones vanilla edge, with tropical fruit tones chilling in the background nice with a touch of herbal hops I like this one. Taste: Not a true Saison farmhouse style ale but a very well made rendition of one, flavors that standout are vanilla, tropical fruit, and hints of a wheat possibly used here some evident alcohol with a citrus finish. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture medium body nice carbonation not as finely carbonated as a Saison Dupont. Drinkability: I'm amazed by this one really tasty great drinkable brew with some flavor, alcohol, and refreshing qualities.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 18:42:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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