1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale)Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

770 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 770
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 770 | Reviews: 434 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sinistrsam
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy gold with medium head adn decent lacing.
Mull of maltines in the nose, with hints of hops and grain/bread dough.
The taste was full of sweet malt, citrus, mild spice, butter, bread, grass. It tasted like how brewing beer actually smells; very grainy and raw, if that can be taken in the best of ways. (I personally like how brewing smells)
Biting carbonation goes to buttery, ending finally in a sweet tongue-coating-smoothness. Long aftertaste.
Overall this was excellent and possibly my fav from HS.

Photo of PorterLover83
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with no head and a pale straw yellow. The smells was a little fruity at first and then turned to bananas and yeast as it warmed. First taste had the fruity taste as well, then changed to breads and grainy flavors. Medium mouthfeel which leaned toward the heavy side. Very drinkable in my opinion, the ABV could sneak up on you though ringing in at 8%

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five-finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Barnyard funky nose. Flavor is sour apple and lemon, lingering sour finish. Mellows as it warms. The higher ABV is not noticeable. $1.75 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Cloudy amber orange with suspended particles after an aggressive pour. White head is here and gone.

Fruity-spicy smell: tangerine, grape, lemon zest and coriander-like.

Sweet, fruity flavors, almost like a fruit punch, blending into a vinous, dry finish. The alcohol is there, but not off-putting.

Medium-bodied and fairly smooth.

Nice beer, not as aggressively sour as some saisons/farmhouse ales. Not a huge fan of the style, but this I like and expect many hop fans to be able to enjoy.

Photo of GClarkage
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

01/27/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a notched date line on the bottom of the label. Mine was October '07. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Medium golden color pour. 1/4 inch head which evaporates almost on sight. Leaves a very slight lace pattern.

Smell- Good amount of lemon rind with some wheat notes as well as some powdered sugar in the nose.

Taste- Saison, No. Standard common witbier, yes. Lemon rind, lots of suagr and hefe like wheat without the banana flavor. Next...

Mouthfeel- Higher and sharp carbonation level. Sugary aftertaste. Seems gassy.

Drinkability- Nothing to see here. I'll pass on this again.

Photo of beerking1
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, with a small but dense head, which lingers, leaving scant lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy, fruity with notes of pepper. Fruit is mostly candied citrus, followed closely by some soft clove and white pepper. Flavor is sweet and spicy, with notes of cardamom backed by some phenols. Finish is spicy and peppery. Body is on the low side of medium.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into goblet. Oct 07 notched on front of label. From the Heavy Seas collection sampler. I've had this beer on several occasions and always look forward to it.

Appearance: deep golden bodied brew with white small-bubbled head and yeast sediments floating throughout. Head recedes to leave sticky lacing on glass sides.

Smell: soft wheat and belgian candy sugar, ripe pears and subtle scents of apple skins.
Sweeter than I anticipated for a saison.

Taste: light wheat with sweet pears, apples and zest of citrus. Slight yeasty mustiness to the flavors.

Mouthfeel: dry on the tongue from the onset and throughout the entire beer. Carbonation is complimentary to the flavors. Body is on the light side of medium.

Drinkability: the alcohol never becomes overbearing on this beer. Easy drinking and rather light and refreshing.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Cheers!

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.

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.

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%!)

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.

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.

Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.