Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.33/5 rDev -9.3%
Cloudy yellow with a large foamy head and plenty of active carbonation. Smell is sweet alcohol, but nothing in the barnyard vein, there are some hints that this is a Belgian style in the notes over the alcohol. Taste has the dryness of a decent saison but it is overshadowed by the distinct alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is medium but the body of the brew is a bit shallow, with the finish being dominated by the alcohol burn. Drinkability suffers because of this.
12-04-2005 02:08:17 | More by pentathlete
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
The bottle said to drink before Oct 2005, and it's only three weeks after that so I gave it a shot, and it was still good. Score.
Poured a straw color with a decent head, but I wasn't terribly impressed with the way it looked. The smell was better, being mostly spicy with a bit of a fruit smell. The taste was fairly spicy (a bit peppery) and sweet without any really strong bitterness to it. The alcohol was there as a very subtle flavor that was perfectly mixed in with the other flavors, and added a nice spicy bite to it that very slowly warmed the stomach.
This very very drinkable. I'm looking forward to getting some more next summer. Sucks that I had to find a lonely single this late in the season.
11-21-2005 04:52:15 | More by unknownlamer
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
Beware the chunks - let this one settle and pour gently. Nice bottle and thank you for the freshness dating.
Very hazy yellow gold with a medium-sized head that is very pretty. Laces well. Aroma is very appetizing and very Belgian, with big bubble gum and spicy pepper. If I close my eyes I could swear this was one of the classic strong Belgian dark ales. Peppery and a bit hot going down, this one is exciting and still very drinkable. I taste white grapes, alcohol, and a backbone of spicy hops to keep the grainy malt at bay. Feel is fine, though not quite as dry and spritzy as I expected. I enjoyed this a lot, although I would not drink more than one in a night as the hotness would most likely bring on a headache.
11-03-2005 23:52:42 | More by waughbrew
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
An effervesent pale golden beer. Has a big foamy bright white head with a small amount of lace. There is a light fruity aroma with hints of peaches and apples. The flavor starts with a light candy sweetness that gives way quickly to a sharp hop bitterness. The finish is dry and crisp. This beer leaves one feeling unfullfilled.
11-01-2005 22:23:30 | More by ybnorml
4.18/5 rDev +13.9%
Unlike typical offerings of the style, this one came in a six pack of 12 oz. bottles. Hazy pale yellow color with a ton of streamers and a large egg shell head made this look the part of a classic Saison. The aroma was more hoppy than anticipated, with a spicy, citric smell, more typical of an IPA, than a Belgian style. There was also a background of perfumey, alcoholic, earthy smells. The taste was light, spicy, and citric, and dry, but not quite as dry as other Saisons. Very delicious and quenching, and a good approachable take on the style.
10-09-2005 02:20:58 | More by rajendra82
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
A- cloudy yellow with a huge fluffy white head. pour slowely because the head will develop quickly.
S- sweet fruit aroma, honey, apricot
T- hoppy nose leading to a sweet finish. lots of different flavors going on. spices, little hint of alcohol in the finish as well.
M- highly carbonated with a light to medium body.
D- easy drinking, especially at 8%
overall- first saison ale and im liking it. this one in particular seems to be a little unbalanced but overall it is very refreshing and easy to drink. seems like it might go well with some spicey food.
09-18-2005 03:32:06 | More by Gritsak
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
purchase by 11/04. a little late, but 8%. should be OK
clear, light golden hue with a thin layer of bubbles and extremely active carbonation. nose is dominated by diacetyl but possesses a sufficient amount of mild lambic sourness. mild aroma, reminds me alot of tripel karmeliet in its butter-coated beery berry. very fizzy and tingly beer with a light (almost watery) mouthfeel and thin finish. flavor is really not buttery or sour. its got a big strawberry portion and bready malt character. slightest hint of musty bitterness in the finish and a nicely drinkable yet poorly imitated belgian. saison? no. still a good summer beer.
side note on the label, it sucks and would make you not want to drink this beer at all. make you think its some kind of lager or pale ale. do not be fooled here. soak the bottle and pour it out of clear brown.
08-22-2005 20:35:43 | More by goodbyeohio
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
08-19-2005 09:21:55 | More by feloniousmonk
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
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
08-16-2005 18:19:03 | More by dirtylou
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
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. Dont 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.
08-16-2005 11:37:33 | More by andjusticeforale
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
07-27-2005 00:50:49 | More by BeerFink
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-23-2005 19:08:57 | More by cubedbee
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
07-14-2005 15:33:37 | More by AdamB84
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
07-14-2005 14:01:12 | More by TheJudge
3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
07-14-2005 03:59:36 | More by PSUDREW
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
07-10-2005 02:46:44 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
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?
07-10-2005 02:39:24 | More by Billolick
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-09-2005 01:40:13 | More by kmpitz2
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
07-09-2005 01:39:58 | More by clvand0
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
07-07-2005 02:07:33 | More by Boilermaker88
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
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. Im glad that MD brewers are taking on the style, and Im sure the hard working staff at Clipper City will be closer in next years version. You wont be disappointed, but wont be overly impressed either. The other Heavy Seas beers are more worth seeking out.
07-02-2005 18:47:32 | More by sacfly
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
07-02-2005 16:10:28 | More by merlin48
District of Columbia
3.33/5 rDev -9.3%
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
07-01-2005 06:18:04 | More by bruachan
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
06-25-2005 15:37:53 | More by packetknife
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
06-23-2005 20:59:00 | More by EPseja
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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