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

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734 Ratings
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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 05-23-2004)
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Photo of mpyle
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - pale gold color with brilliant clarity. Whitish head moderate in size, creamy in nature but with relatively poor retention character.

smell - a bit of banana (fruity esters) and a hint of alcohol. Candy sweetness, a clove phenolic, vanilla. Overall sweet and pleasant.

taste - Citrus fruitness well balanced by bittering hops and a tart spiciness. A pepper-like spice at the finish. Alcohol a bit evident in the flavor, and maybe overdone. Spice character possibly underdone.

MF - light to medium body, medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy, and no astringency. Little to no alcohol warming. Could be a bit more effervescent.

Overall - a solid interpretation of the style. Use of sugar keeps the body fairly light and the overall profile refreshing. Could be a bit bolder and more complex with the spice, could be drier, and could be more carbonated. However, these slight style flaws probably enhance the drinkability.

mpyle, May 11, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin white head that fades very fast on a light cloudy golden body.
S- Light metallic notes, sweet caramel malts, light hints of citrus, and some light yeast. Not a very big smell and kind of plain.
T-Sweet malts, light bitterness, hints of spices and fruits, hints of breads, kind of earthy flavor.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- I think it is good but really not a saison. I would say it is more of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Has to sweet of malts and not the classic saison flavors. I do really like it though just not a saison.

BlindPig, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle purchased as part of a multi-pack at Florian’s. Translucent yellow-amber body with a good half inch of off-white head. Smells fruity, nutty and spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon?). Apricot, nut, and spice play equal parts in the flavor. While the sweetness can be overwealming at times, it's still pretty tasty, and there is no alcohol flavor and no real flaws to speak of. Medium creamy body. A solid brew, though unlike most saisons I've encountered.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of quasimoto
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice golden color to it, with a white head to match. Laces nicely and looks good. The aromas start with a nice spicy farmhouse smells of coriander and some citrusy flavors. The aromas transfer to the flavors but has a sense of cinnamon and nutmeg to it. Very strange transfer of flavors.
The mouthfeel is very light, almost thin. Light bubble carbonation wraps the tongue at first and leave an alcohol burn on the end. Definitely drinkable, and a great session beer.

quasimoto, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of TheDeuce
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simply not a great Belgian, gold pour with a white head, decent amount of different smells coming out, banana, cloves other fruit and spicy hop aroma. The taste is dry and all over the place, could be held together better. Goes down alright enough but a dingy aftertaste lingers, not the kind that makes you want to keep drinking but the kind that makes you want to stop. Passable beer but there are many better for the price.

TheDeuce, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a small white head. The head left almost no lacing. The color is light without the usual Saison carbonation. The smell has clove,banana,lemon,wheat, candy sugar,and other Belgian spices. The taste is like the smell, lots of lemon,wheat,clove, candy sugar,and honey. Not bad,but nothing special. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing well enough. A decent beer.Nice try at the style by Clipper City,but if I want a Saison I'm going with a Belgian.

jmz62565, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Best by date: 9/06.
Moderate head faded quickly and left no lacing or foam ring. Body was a cloudy golden yellow orange.

Smell was fruity, vinous. Candy sugar sweetness.

Taste was fruity and tart. Candy-like. Not especially dry. Rather one dimensional.

Mouthfeel was spritzy. Medium/full bodied. This is not one I will return to. I have yet to find a Clipper City beer I really enjoy.

Cresant, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of JasonA
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel MD.

Clear gold pilsneresque. Solid finger of head which clears into lacing.

Smells an amazing spicey floral fresh boquet of some fruit I cant identify. Very powerfull smell, without any alcohol to be heard of.

Taste is very nice. Spicey flavor-packed start, cream middle, and tangy not quite citrusy ending Little hops, no real malt, little bready, but mostly spicey. Like a cross between a pilsner and a pumpkin ale sans the pumpkin. Not quite a spice, more fruit, but I cant place it.

Feels great. Medium bodied which is impressive for how light it is. Very balanced carbonation and somewhat creamy texture to the finish. Impressively smooth for the look.

Definately a forgotten style that when done well like this simply breathtaking. Easy to drink and dont feel the 8% ABV at all.

Wonderfull ... wonderfull beer.

JasonA, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, slightly hazy from yeast pour but otherwise very clear. One and a half finger head fizzles out quickly and doesn't leave much lace if any at all. Mild apple and citrus fruit aromas with a background wild yeast scent. Flash of pale malt sweetness and pilsener flavor upfront, then a restrained brett. character takes over. Slightly medicinal with a mellow sour-tartness, this is well-balanced against the subtle cidery ester taste and faint noble hops that are presented in the dry aftertaste. Medium-bodied wih a low carbonation. The brett. dries the mouthfeel and also gives it a crispness to combat the threat of cloying from the ester and high gravity malt. Finishes soft with no residual sugar but not overy dry; and the farmhouse flavor does not linger too much. The high drinkability and inviting mouthfeel make this a good intoduction the style; albiet a weak example.

PBRstreetgang, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow, with decent carbonation and the signature Saison snow white head. Aroma was hoppy spice, and the taste was more of the same. This had all the characteristics of a Saison, but all just muted. Unlike others I’ve had where the nose and taste jump out at you, I had to work much harder to detect the Saison style here. Not a bad drinkimng beer, just not nearly as good as many other Saisons.

kimcgolf, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of alysmith4
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first saison that I've tried.. had it on tap at the Boulevard Woodgrill in Arlington. Poured a nice, cloudy, orange-red tinted body, with a good creamy one-inch foam head. Light in carbonation, but full in flavor. Slightly sweet, with some apricot and pear coming through. A tad on the sour side, but nicely balanced. Definitely worth a try.

alysmith4, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowy gold and clear with a faint covering of white bubbles that quickly fades to nothing. Honey apple sweetness in the aroma along with some lemon and apple tartness. Taste follows with a good amount of sugary sweet honey that is well balanced with a lemony flavor. There is a small crisp bite in the effervescent carbonation with a somewhat dry and lightly bitterness following. A hint of spice is in the effervescence along with a rubberiness in the slightly bitter finish. I enjoyed this beer, the rubber taste that came thru in the bitterness was kind of unpleasant when it was strong but it didn't come thru strong often. The abv was very well hidden. Easy to drink a few of this one.

hoppymeal, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Goose Island tulip. Looks a little pale for a saison. More like a dark macro lager, but with saison like carbonation and head. Deep straw color. Aroma is a little sweet but not tart. Crystal and pale malts I'll guess. Light earthy tone with the first sip and just a hint of style=like tartness. But the rest a hint sweet and syrupy for a real saison. Not a bad beer, but if you want a real saison, go to Belgium.

scruffwhor, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of grego
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beers is a slightly reddish gold color with very little head that diminished rapidly. Not a lot of aroma here at all. The taste is good a little bit of hops, kind of sweet at the end. No alcohol taste at all. Smooth mouthfeel with just the right carbonation. Overall a decent beer that I would have again but not neccessarily seek out.

grego, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Brew Kettle: Pours a clear orange-gold color with a thin white head that has decent retention. Thin, spotty lacing. Aroma of spices (mostly ginger) and yeast, plus a healthy dose of fruit. Light-bodied and crisp with zesty citrus, wheat and yeast flavors. The finish is tingly on the tongue with a lasting spice finish. I ended up enjoying this one.

Dogbrick, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ename chalice, it's a Burnt orange/straw color with moderate haze and medium head with large bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving only a little lace. The Saison has an earthy, mineral aroma with slight sweetness. The taste was quite similar to Belgian Saison's that I've had, with the appropriate spiciness and mineral hardness, a bit sweet but very smooth in regards to the high ABV, finishing slighly dry. I'm not normally impressed by micro versions of Belgian styles, but the Heavy Seas was top notch. The mouthfeel has a nice pop of carbonation to it, almost like a Brut, very refreshing and easy to drink. Highly recommended!

ccrida, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of karengarys
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours strawish-amber, very clear, with a small head that dissipates to almost nothing fairly quickly.

Smell is malty and floral.

Taste is quite malty, with a very seltzer-like cleanliness. Maybe a little yeast comes through. It does NOT taste like a high gravity brew, I can't believe how well the alcohol has been hidden.

Mouthfeel is coarse, but strong.

Finish has a hoppy zest, and completes extremely clean.

This is a really good brew to try. I'm not sure it fits the saison style, but I'd drink it anyway. Give it a try if you see it.

karengarys, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of jhollick
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells of Belgian yeast, apple, and some spicy clove-like aromas. Appearance is a hazy and lazy pale orange color with minimal head.

This one is quite astringent on the tongue desipite little to no carbonation. Taste is predominantly ripened fruit. It has a peppery taste to offset and mix with the citrus flavors. The alcohol is well hidden, and was thoroughly fermented, resulting in a crisp and dry aftertaste. It seems like most of the ingredents typical of a Saison are there, but this beer just doesn't do it for me. The flavors are lacking a personality...a certain backwoods/old world smell and flavor that you find in world class Saisons. The sweets are a bit to sweet, and they overwhelm the other facets of the beer a bit too much for my taste. That's not to say the beer tastes bad; it is a good tasting beer, just not a good example of a Saison in my opinion.

Overally, its a nice beer, but it lacks something. Then again, its a regularly priced beer, so I have no grounds for expecting perfection. Its nice to see some smaller breweries at least trying to take on Belgian styles. We'll get there.

jhollick, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent straw colored body with low carbonation. White firm head and a good retention and lace.
Mild sweet fruity scent, light and crisp with some honey dew melon scents.
Taste is somewhat strong sweet and fruity flavors and some good malt underneath with spice and honey. Complex taste yet something about it makes it seem pure and simple. Pleasant aftertaste is spice and honey.
Full body and a heavy coating.
This is one delicious and highly drinkable brew.
Clipper city really make consistently good beer.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Poured a clear, straw yellow with a small white head. Aroma was Belgian yeast, pepper, candi sugar and citrus. Flavor was slightly sweet, with some spice in the middle. Would look for more citrus and earthiness than I found. Hops were minimal, and it finished with some acidity and pepper. Body was light, highly carbonated, and a bit too much acidity. Beer was OK, but there are many better saisons out there. I would drink it again, but I would not seek it out.

, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really tough to pin this beer down. Sure it's a tasty, quality brew, but it's only kinda Saison-ish. Aromas, flavors, and textures more resemble what I like in standard Pale Ales. But the flavor turns modestly Belgian quickly, taking on a mild vineous, cranberry, raspberry flavor that gains tartness and a light drying. The beer remains a bit sweet, heavy, and alcoholic to be a serious Saison candidate, but certainly enjoyable and drinkable nonetheless. Despite it's weight and alcohol a refreshing Wit-like texture takes on increadible smoothness and lightness. Really like this despite it's extra character.

BEERchitect, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Jaynuze
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I just tried this one on cask last night and WOW what a difference. Unlike the bottle, the cc'd is packed with spicy flavor and a beautiful banana-y nose. It pours beautifully (like all real ales) with a nice creamy head that follows you to the bottom of the glass.
The mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would like a real ale to be, but it's still delicious. Notes of fruit and banana with a subtle hop note in the nose and the taste. This is a great beer to sit down and sip ... watch out though, after one without food in my belly I felt a little light headed! A great tasting experience and a wonderful recovery from my experience with the bottle!

Jaynuze, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

cloudy, apple juice appearance with a big white head. sour, inviting malt odor. spicy taste is nice at first, anise, coriander, overripe bananas, cloves. taste becomes a bit overbearing as the drinking goes on. a bit sour and not really all that well balanced of a beer. somewhat harsh on the mouthfeel too. Kind of interesting overall but not really that great of a beer.

aforbes10, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of Beauregard
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice white head. Good lacing present. Aroma is predominately saison yeast odor with some wheat malt hints. The flavor is excellent for a saison, good hop-malt balance, sour spiciness present, and a good aftertaste. Just right amount of sweetness is present, though a slight metallic flavor comes through. Compared to many saison style ales lacking enough aroma and taste up front, and a few others with too much fruitiness, this one has an excellent balance. The complexity of this beer is very nice, and the powerful saison characteristics are definitely not overwhelming in a bad way.

Beauregard, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color on the pour. Nice frothy one finger head that holds for a couple of seconds, then dissipates quickly. Some lace, but unimpressive.
S: Normal saison banana esters with a good spicyness, but not enough to sting the nose.
T/M: Banana and wheat flavors are the most noticeable, but aren't that impressive. Spicyness can also be detected here, but again, not anything impressive. A bit light--washes over the palate very quickly. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste on the tip of the tongue. Carbonation seems to come in bigger bubbles and less fizz--not sure if that is understandable. High abv goes undetected.
D: This is the third of a six pack I've had and this being the worst so far. I thought this was a good example of a saison, but after three it's only worth a try. However, with all that said, it's still a drinkable beer.

bjohnson, Aug 12, 2006
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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