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

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 19
Gots: 39 | 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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just the right amount of spice and sweetness for a late nightcap after hard physical work. Good aroma and lasting head, light colour. A fine saison. Magnum and Goldings hops. I hadn't realized this was out for about 3 years, and picked it up this year.

Sammy, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy golden color with a white head that fell quickly leaving little lace on the glass

S - Rich and spicy smelling..could smell bready malt and a touch of hops along with some spice I can't identify

T - Along the same lines as the smell..I'm not very familiar with Saisons but it was good

M - Slightly chewy, I think from the yeast (I poured agressively)

D - It was a little different from what I'm normally used to but it was good

meechum, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of aaronh
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color topped by a creamy white head. Decent lacing is left on the glass. Great cream soda and slight fruity aroma with a touch of spiciness. Very appealing. Flavor is a little light. Notes of coriander mixed with vanilla and a slight bitter edge. Light bitter orange flavor comes in on the finish. Finish has a lingering metallic note that's a bit distracting. Mouthfeel is solid yet nicely effervescent. Drinkability is OK, but this beer just doesn’t have me wondering where I should buy more. I don't think I'd pass on one if it was offered to me, but I also don’t, think I'd buy it either.

aaronh, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a hazy golden huge into my tulip glass with a slight white head. The nose is of citrus, sweet and slightly funky as well. The taste is sweet and citrusy with a lemon and orange taste. Easy on the taste buds and perfect for a summer taster.

ggaughan, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, clear pumpkin orange with a slightly off-white half finger head of tiny bubbles that melts rather quickly to a ring of slightly sticky lacing.

Aroma is like a slightly malty saison...soft tropical fruits, sweet amber malts.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and smooth...like satin or silk with a substantial thickness to it.

Taste is very mild for a saison....all of the flavors are in there of a saison especially the tropical fruit flavors but they are very, very well balanced out by the sweet pale malt bill so that there is none of the usual tartness.

Slight alcohol warmth as it settles in your tummy and nice clean aftertaste of the malt and fruits.

IntriqKen, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas- Red Sky (Saison)

Appearance- Caramel orange/ brown with a small head. No lacing.
Smell- Sour whiskey mix with a lemon/ lime twang.
Taste- Sour lemon/ lime with a funky wet hay/ straw malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and sour up front with a dry warming finish.

Overall- A decent offering. Worth a try.

NJpadreFan, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of crayphish
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This Saison offering from Clipper City pours a clean golden color, lots of carbonation trails rise to a meager head that drifts to splotches. No lace. Smell is sweet and yeasty. A bit of citrus fruit as well. Interesting. Taste is again yeasty, sweet malts, finished very sour. Not appealing at all. Any notes of the yeast and sweet malts get dominated by the sourness after a few tastes. Mouthfeel is bleh, the sourness ruins this brew for me. I see myself offering my remaining brews to a friend.

crayphish, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy deep gold with a smal white head. Carbonation is lively.
Smells of bubblegum and wheat.
The taste is much like the smell....a sweet dominant bubblegum, and doughy wheat flavor...hints of banana. A quick change to sour lemon , orange and apple.. .. also a fade of the flavor intensity....a bit like a diluted Golden Monkey....bitter rind hops near the end ....a slightly dry finish. Not bad.
Mouthfeel is a little weak. Carbonation a bit light.
Not a bad brew , but a saison..??? I dunno.

Hautacam, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of jhu1995
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale gold, with minimal head which dissipates quickly. Bottle says yeast is in there but was expecting something cloudy. Smell was slightly grassy, but the spiciness is what really jumps out. Taste was the high point for this beer, which is always a good thing. Was slightly earthy and again, the spiciness comes through. Light-bodied and for the most part, a pretty easy to drink brew. Worth a try.

jhu1995, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear gold color--suspect a bit of residue in the glass. It looks nothing like a saison. There is also only a one finger head that dissipates as quickly as it weakly perks up.

The smell is warm and yeasty, some sugar and spice--coriander and clove, a bit of cinnamon. The flavor follows, along with some banana, smooth malt, and a warm buzz of alcohol on the finish.

This beer demonstrates solid complexity, and is quite drinkable despite the somewhat high ABV. A solid America version of the style.

Osiris9588, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of weasbri
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color into a tulip glass. Bubbles fizzed up the sides as the head faded quickly.
Mostly yeasty aroma to me, not much fancy going on. Nice earthy flavor, actually a bit of sourness hitting the sides of my tongue. There's also a good bit of spiciness hitting the roof of my mouth, accompanied by the bite of alcohol.
Fairly clean finish, with a lingering alcohol aftertaste, ever so slight. Even so, you could enjoy a couple.

weasbri, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of BitteBier
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting, "busy" pour--hazy golden straw in color with some active carbonation and a heap of perfectly-suspended sediment. The nose is full and complex with assertive yeast and spice, particularly clove. Fruity notes, particularly lemon, are present too. The taste starts with a crush of tart fruit (reminding me most closely of dried tart cherries), quickly sharing space with yeast-tinged spice. Alcohol warmth highlights the finish. Though a soft sweetness lingers long, the mouthfeel is wonderfully light without being watery. Solid drinkability for a beer with so much going on.

BitteBier, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap at TJ's Everyday in Paoli PA.

What the hell is going on here? Did they give me the wrong beer. This tastes more like a pale lager than a Saison. It is not offensive. It is not bad. There is simply no flavor there. some sweet fruity malts and some Juicy Juice. That’s it pack your bags and home the show is over. It was really a bit of a disappointment. Well... Here's the breakdown:

Appearance: Served a clear gold color with a white cap on top, but no head when it got to me.

Smell: A pale malt aroma and fruitiness; maybe even a slight detection of yeast and some sugar in the nose. But where are the Saison like spices? Not in my glass.

Taste: The flavors are small and muted. A malty wheat flavor starts with splash of caramel and then a slight touch of yeast--almost but then its gone--and some juiciness with the most remote hint of orange and then a nice crisp hop finish. The light dry aftertaste is pleasant but not bold enough to be called a Saison. There is a nip of alcohol and lemon with that dryness, I actually like the finish. Like I said. There is nothing bad about the beer it just doesn't have much there to brag about, particularly for the style.

Mouthfeel: Very light body fizzy beer leaving behind a bone dry feel.

Drinkability: It is actually a very drinkable beer. It is not a Saison though not IMO.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of CWiggins
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been seeing brews by this maker for a long time in my area. Why I waited so long to try them is something of a mystery, but I found some singles at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham and decided to taste this one first.

It poured a nice golden-amber; no head formed, and there was no surface foam at all within seconds of pouring. I was impressed with the aroma; it's full of spice, with some banana undertones and a bit of brown sugary sweetness. The flavor is just as a saison should be: it's light on the palate, with a fruitiness to match and just a hint of hops at the finish. Speaking of the finish, the dry character of this style is certainly present here. I gave it "above average" marks for flavor since this one of the better American attempts at this style!

This is a very nice American saison. I will certainly be tempted to taste some of the other Clipper City offerings after sampling this.

CWiggins, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a very white head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

It smells of spices and wheat malt.

The flavor is fruity and spicy and sweet. This is a complex ale, like a saison should be. The high alcohol level is totally hidden, I would never expect this beer to be so strong.

The body is hefty and slick, if that makes any sense. It is not watery at all.

This is quite the drinkable beer, despite the high ABV. It's very easy to drink, dangerously so.

Overall this is a good saison and one of the best American takes on the style.

Shaw, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> mini brandy snifter
not notched

Pours a slightly oranged, golden yellow, with a small thin white head. Carbonation is slow and steady.

Nose: Banana yeast, spice,

A nice medium to thick mouth, with some good spice and herbal tones. Starts with some nutty banana, citrus, with a sweetness. Finishes with some light spice and a herbal bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

A real quality brew, that I could session easily. (if it wasn't 8%!)

beerphan, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Hennepin glass. It looks great. Pale yellowish-orange glow. Hazy with a 1/2 inch head that slowly settles. As I hold it up to the light I notice some of the haze is actually a suspension of what appears to be yeast byproduct, or orange peel. Mellow yeast, sticky sweet orange peel, maybe some ginger or coriander. Predominantly citrusy at the first sip. Smooth, as if each sip is coated with a layer of wax. As I drink more the spicy earthiness starts to come through along with the floral hop presence. The mouthfeel is a little bit flat. I like my Saisons to have a crispy fizz of carbonation to keep it lively and raw. Although strong, this is a fairly drinkable beer. The alcohol is well covered up, the flavor is full and complex, and it is a seasonal release adding a little excitement to it.

Rudgers73, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas - Red Sky at Night (Saison Ale) pours a golden yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. In the aroma there is some fruit, and the candy sugar is evident as is the wheat malt. Taste is pretty good, fruit is noticeable, this is clearly brewed with Belgian yeast. It doesn't have the depth of flavors or character that a truly world class saison has, but it is a very drinkable, very enjoyable interpretation.

Drew966, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden amber with a fluffy white head.

Aroma is very Belgian like. Very yeasty with light citrus fruit, generous spices and subdued banana.

Taste is wheaty with strong fruit character. Nice bit of malt, and mild hops meld well with the sweetness. Spices are stronger in the nose but certainly make an impression. Underlying alcohol flavor adds to the experience.

Very thick and smooth. Medium carbonation.

Another flavorful offering from Clipper City. Flavors are unified and interesting. A little on the sweet side but still quite enjoyable.

Blakaeris, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of meadhead
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a saison
of american brew
has the mild pepper funk
and hints of belgian yeast too

only thing holds it back
is just not enough umph
needs a liittle more spice
and carbonation stun

taste has some grass hops
sweet vanilla malt
slight hay grain funk
and yeast tart on the top

mouthfeel is good
yet just a bit watered

drinks easy enough
although could be better

meadhead, May 27, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Clipper City seasonal finds its way from the brewery to my lips. I had the Red Sky last summer and really liked it, but didn't review it. So this time around I'm putting my thoughts down on paper.

Pours a light amber color. Clear and clean looking, with a nice foamy white head on top. Some traces of lace are left along the glass sides as the beer recedes, but otherwise it's an unremarkable looking beer. Crisp fruity/spicy aroma. Some banana and pear, and maybe the faintest hint of clove? Pleasing scent, but again, nothing remarkable. The taste is nice. Clean up front, and almost a tad watery, with the spices and hops really emerging midway and finishing the palate off the rest of the way. Leaves a clean, bitter spice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Starts and finishes very clean. This saison is certainly not the best example of the style, but it's a very quaffable spring/summer brew. The 8% ABV is masked well, and could very easily sneak up on you if you're not careful. Worth seeking out if you've never tried it before, and a solid addition to my seasonal repertoire.

Atlas1, May 26, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draught Charlie Mopps Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, Ga.
Let me begin by saying this is not a very good representation of the style at all. It poured a golden straw colour with a white head the vanished in seconds. Crystal clear, this was bereft of any sediment or even a touch of cloudiness. A far, far cry from what any respectable saison looks like. Smell, while mildly spicy and yeasty, didn't exhibit the typical saison profile, and more closley resembled a hefe than anything else. Smell was, however, closer to where should be than the appearance. Taste was mildly sweet with some very suble spice. I hesitate to give this even average, but do so in lieu of there being a 2.75. This was a very poor example of the style, however, I will say that I was stunned to learn that this was 8,0%, as it drinks, well, well, below that. Glad I tried it to satisfy my curiosity, but I won't be ordering this again.

SilentSabre, May 26, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a wondeful yeast ester aroma. It has an excellent clove quality to it. The taste is decent. It has a solid malt flavor that boasts of pale and Munich malts. It goes down easy and finishes a bit sweet with a nice fruity yeast touch. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but not the best example of a Saison that I've tasted.

WesWes, May 24, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I love heavy seas, Loose Cannon and Uber Pils, but they missed the shore with this one. 1. overly sweet 2. not complex 3. No earthy quality 4. not a dry finish. If this beer was called sweet sally ale I give it good marks. It drinks alright if you have a sweet tooth for the night. And considering this comes in a 6 pk. for $8.99 at 8% abv. it's still is a bargain. If your waiter ask you for desert grab one instead of that peice of cake.

athensbeermaster, May 21, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before October 2007. Enjoyed on a cool May evening.
Pours with a fine level of white head and presents itself in a uniquely orange golden colour. A lot of clarity. A clean and typical saison style aroma, soft Belgian malts with fruity undertone and yeast evident. The Belgian influence obvious, some lightly spicy fruity notes and candi sugar present. Some straw like malts. Balanced, easy drinking, and a fair representation of the style. Hope to buy again because it was well enjoyed!!!
Thank you Harry for sharing this one that's been on my want list for some time...

biegaman, May 18, 2007
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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