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

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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 20
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: pezoids on 05-23-2004

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Ratings: 786 | Reviews: 438
Photo of jmacdaddy2008
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the heavy seas line from clipper city.

pours a nice clear yellow almost like a pilsner with thick head from carbonation but then dissipates quickly
smells fruity like bananas with mellow hop smell
tastes like a spicy belgium with fruits and malt flavors
all in all a good entry for a saison/farmhouse beer
Very drinkable, good spring/summer beer

Photo of hellomcfly
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light gold color. Not much for a big head or lots of lacing. Pretty average looking to me.

S: Yeasty with a spicy hop background

T: Nice banana and clove sweetness to taste with a slight hop spice.

M: Light body, nice and easy drinking. Good carbonation.

D: Well masked alcohol. Tasty beer with plenty of flavor but light enough on the palette to have a few. I would drink this again.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden body with slight head.

Yeasty smell, with caramel and ripe fruit tones.

This saison is dominated by malt character in my opinion. Yeast is the next noticeable flavor, adding a slight spiciness. Ripe fruits are in the background.

Creamy with good carbonation, a decent mouthfeel overall.

After having one of these, I don't really plan to have another, so the drinkability takes a hit.

Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a flute. Aug '08

A: Pours a ripened banana color with some deeper tinting. 1 1/2 fingers of pearly white head forms a bit fizzy but holds for a couple minutes. Some patchy lacing here and there.

S: Light spicy phenols and strong yeasty esters. Hops are light, crisp, floral, and with a bit of Saaz-y spice. Malts as light, grainy, and clean.

T/M: Light hop bitterness. Hops add more of a bright, grassy, crispness to everything... livens things up. Still a Saaz-y spice edge. The yeasty esters are quite high, lending a defined banana taste along with some tart green apples.. and maybe phenol? Malts are grainy and light. Body is light and refreshing and carbonation keeps things alive.

D: 8% is very well hidden. There's a little alcohol zing hidden behind the spice hops and potent yeast but it's easily missed. Drinks easy and is great on a very warm day like today.

Photo of cubang8r
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not much lacing in the pour. Large bubbles that quickly dissipated. From the start I wasn't impressed.

The smell was mild, not what I expect from a Saison. When I was smelling it, I dunked my nose in the beer trying to getting a better whiff. It smelled like a Saison, only muffled.

Taste was the same, I felt as though I was drinking through a filter, although the carbonation was was tighter than the appearance. This created a better feel on the tongue than I expected.

It was drinkable because there wasn't much flavor. If it wasn't for the high alcohol content, this would be a great beach beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled beer, best purchased by Aug 08 on the label. Poured into a tulip glass, this beer was a hazy light orange color with a teeny head. It had a candy aroma, and smelled a little yeasty. Pretty muted aroma. The taste was mostly sweet, couldn't really tell much else. Thin mouthfeel. Not much of a saison.

Photo of avalon07
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, this had a bright yellow-amber color and a cloudy texture. Didn't have much of a head, but the lacing was solid.

S: There was a very funky barnyard odor with this one (common to the style). Lots of malt and some mild fruit.

T: The malt dominated the taste more than anything here. Not as complex as other saisons, but OK.

M: Had an above average amount of carbonation - could've used a bit more. Pretty smooth finish, though.

D: This is a fairly drinkable beer, but I don't think it's as strong as Ommegang's Hennepin or others of the style. Still, a worthy brew.

Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Red Sky at Night pours a golden color with a nice bubbly head. The aroma has some phenolic character, some chalky, dry yeast and light sweet malt. The sweet pilsner malt hits first in the flavor, followed by the estery yeast profile. There is a slightly peppery spicy finish with just a hint of alcohol. Man this is a damn good beer. It's crisp and smooth, and remarkably easy drinking for its strength. Once again I'm impressed with Clipper City, I'd like to see their regular offerings around here.

Photo of Sebletitje
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from Belgium, I could not help but try to recognize this typical yeast smell. It sure felt like a taste from home, a beer I had tried before.
The smell reminded me of the Barbar beer brewed nearby my own town.
Red Sky offers a little fizzy/creamy aftertaste that's actually very nice on the palate.
Honey and a sugary taste are present in this beer.
Pours a golden colorwith a thick creamy head.

It is a very god addition to the Heavy Seas treasure chest. I was very impressed by it.

The funny thing about this beer and the Barbar beer, is that Barbar is called "the rest of the warrior", and Red Sky has the "rest of the pirate" logo.

Photo of dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.79...
Great, Saison-like appearance - pours a bright-yellow, golden, honey-colored appearance with a giant foamy and frothy head that refused to dissipate quickly and left a tremendous amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Sweet, honey, sugared-aroma bursting with fresh florals and ripe fruit...
Very sweet, enticing, yet slightly overbearing taste, with a strong suggestion of pears, apples, canteloupe, melon, sweet grapefruit, honey, and sugars...
Good mouthfeel, albeit a little too sweet, coupled with a good level of drinkability... the hefty 8% ABV isn't as noticeable as much as the sweet, candied flavor...
Decent stuff... Worth a try...

Photo of timtim
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

fairly clear straw yellow with a white head that fades rather quickly. hay, pale malt, sweet malt, banana, corriander and some clove in the nose and taste. fairly well balanced, and noticably better than last year's attempt, but in my opinion, this is just another american knock off version of my favorite style of beer. the barnyardiness seems to be contrived. no true earthiness or horse shit smells that a real saison has. too much cloviness, and not quite enough (or maybe just not the proper type of) hop. kind of like hennepin, this is a good entry level saison, but nowhere near dupont or any of the delicious fantome saisons. i do appreciate clipper city trying to keep a dying style alive, and i am a fan of thier beer, so extra points for that. keep trying america.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, golden color. Was I expecting something red? Maybe just a little, but then again, I didn't really read the bottle. Well, this one is a clean yellowish color with about a half finger of foam at the top.

Smell is spicy and yeasty. This beer definitely does a great job of fitting every required taste and smell to be considered a Saison. Its a bit peppery and definitely has that Belgian yeast smell to it.

Taste is rich, fruity with hints of spice at the end. Wow, this is an outstanding beer. Its just so well rounded. It starts out sweet and just finishes in a way that makes me think its an imported Belgian saison but yet so much fresher. Served cool, its a very, very drinkable beer. I love all the flavors the Red Sky at Night imparts; spices, yeast and dark fruits. This is an excellent beer. These Heavy Seas beers keep on impressing me!

Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Sky At Night pours a medium golden with a finger of thick, durable white foam that spiderwebs the Yankees pint glass. Apricot, peach and clove tease the nose, though I'd really enjoy a more prominent aroma. The taste brings it all home very well, balancing the sweet fruit with spicy cloves, and I dare say a dash of pepper--really delicious. Creamy smooth and bubbly, this is another winner from Clipper City, a brewery to which I've really warmed up. Well within the boundaries of the style, but well worth remembering and snagging. Recommended without question or reservation.

Photo of Pencible
2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured a clear light straw color with white head. It smelled like lemon and honey mixed with yeast. It had a strong flavor of lemon hops and wild yeast, but nothing else to add any depth. It was thick with noticeable carbonation and a strong lemon aftertaste. Overall this was a fairly typical light Belgian ale, which is one of my least favorite types of ale.

Photo of dedrinker
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's a somewhat honey golden color, but the slight haze gives it an almost Miller High Life deep corn yellow look that one can glimpse through the 40 oz. bottle. But that is just a color, an observation - not a judgment. The head is mostly white dying quickly. Aromas are mostly phenolic - bubblegum, banana with a hint of spice (coriander?) a little tart wheat, some alcohol and light sweet malt all in very good balance. Faint lemon grass on the flavor mixed in the same flavors from the above aromas. Medium-full body, and a pleasant soft malty quality on the sweet, spiced and warming finish. This is cotton candy, but better. This finally tastes like Saison. I would definitely keep a sixer of this on hand for gorgeous late spring/ early summer mornings. Morning paper on the porch in a hammock.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear, medium straw color with huge, dense brilliantly white head. Tons of clove in the aroma, a little too much for this style, a little floral citrus, but really, that clove is too much. Some slight, sour funk is there too but overall, aroma is not appropriate for a saison. On the palate, I'm first slammed by sweet, stick clove scented raisins. In addition there are some light malty, bready notes finishing with plenty of fruity esters and a touch of spicy hops. Residual spiciness is left in my mouth along with the persistent sweetness. Overall, there's a lot left to be desired from this beer. Saisons can be strong, but they must be refreshing, and this one has too high a FG and low a carbonation to be refreshing. Call is a Belgian Strong or Blonde ale, but not a saison.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
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
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.33/5  rDev -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
3.92/5  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
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
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
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.82/5  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 +9.3%
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

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