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

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by stirgy on 05-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 434 | Ratings: 799
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear gold with hints of orange. Very little bubbly head, which dissipates fast leaving a light coating.
The smell is mostly of malt with hints of pepper.
The taste is quite nice, with spice, clove and pepper notes up front. The malty notes dominate the middle, but also reveal some faint fruit notes like banana and peach. At the end some bitter hops take charge ofva nice balance.
A nice beer, one that I am glad I tried.

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Photo of gestyr
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Stella chalice.
Expiration date 12/2011

A: Pours a crystal clear orange gold with a head that dissipates quickly into a light coating. A constant stream of bubbles rises through the glass.

S: Spices, some pepper, malt

T: malt, some spiciness, alcohol

M: medium bodied with an alcohol afterburn

O: A good solid beer. Refreshing and interesting. I would buy again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem much like a saison- more like a light tripel. I like my saison's with a peppery bite to them and a bit dryer than this beer, but hey, whatever it is it's pleasant. Pours golden with a moderate head that fades to a thin ring fairly quickly, but the beer puts up a continuous stream of bubbles. You do get some spice and pepper in the aroma, followed by some grassiness and sweetness. Fairly sweet with some clove notes and perhaps even a little banana. Slightly hot in the mouth, but otherwise fairly smooth.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orangish color with a thick foamy white head that remains for most of the beer.

The scent is very fruity, notes of roasted malt, and some spice.

The taste is also of roasted malt,very fruity and alcoholic.

Medium bodied, very smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was a very nice beer, very easy to drink, nice flavor. It sort of reminds me of Fruit Stripe Gum in beer form. This is something I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of TheStig
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up for Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Nice copper color topped with a two finger head.

Scents that first came to note were mulling spices, nutmeg, clove and a hint of cinnamon.

The nutmeg carries over to the taste, where it mingles nicely with the hops, apple and the aforementioned cinnamon.

Quite drinkable.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Theres this freaking calendar at the bottom of the label so you know when it was made, but nothing is marked! What's the point?

A - clear copper body, minimal white foam.

S - Malty and fruity, bit of roast and spice.

T - Malty and fruity, a little bit nutty. Little bit of spice. This is a lot more like a Belgian Pale Ale than it is like a saison, if you ask me!

M - medium, punchy spice and carbonation.

O - it's the wrong style, but it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of fo5s
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a tumbler. No dating noted. Notes from mid-September.

A- slightly gentle pour yields a minimal head. Carbonation is noticeable though. Light amber with good clarity.

S- wheaty, yeasty, smooth.

T- nor far from the smell. A touch musty, creamy/floral from the yeast.

M- creamy, a bit flat/soft

O- not impressed...I really wanted to like this one and it couldn't stand up to the task. I'd previously had this on cask and been very impressed, but the bottled version left a lot to be desired.

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Photo of ckollias
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Golden-amber brew that pours a thick, frothy, 1-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a decent trail down the glass.

S: Strong yeast ester aroma followed by spicy cloviness. Finishes with a mild hop scent.

T: Flavor is very similar to the smell with a yeast ester flavor with spicy sweet cloviness. There are also hints of fruits in the background. Barely can taste the alcohol.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Interesting saison brew. A little too sweet for me, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was surprised to see this beer had 7.5% abv. Alcohol was brilliantly masked by the sweet malt.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy gold in appearance. Has a nice foam that lingers. The aroma is good to average. The feel on the mouth is clean with very little lingering, nice. overall taste is ok, there is a spice to the taste, not for everyone. Over-Overall this is a good quality beer that goes well with soft pretzel with good yellow mustard.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden beer with a average size head.
Pretty lame carbonation.

Aroma is of malts and peppery spice.

Taste is tart and spicy with some malts thrown in for good measure. Has a sweetness about itself as well as a booziness finish.

In the mouth it feels thin and tart with a dry finish.

This is a one and done for me. I'm not a real big fan of saisons to begin with and it would take some real effort to drink another.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, best by Dec 2011. Pours orangish golden amber color with 1-2 fingers of a fairly dense light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of dark fruits, candi sugar, banana, clove, spices, and a bit of alcohol. Decent and interesting aromas here, with good strength as well. Taste of lots of dark fruits, clove, banana, molasses, bread, and spices; with a bit of caramel and alcohol noticed on the finish. Fairly dry finish, but there are a bit of lingering notes of dark fruits, bread, molasses, and spices. Alcohol is slightly present in the taste, and there is a decent amount of warming on the finish. Medium carbonation and body with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Quite drinkable despite the alcohol presence as well. Overall, this is a solid saison that is like a wheat beer in some aspects.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly to a thin lacing on top. Clear, copper body with upward carbonation.
S) Banana. Subtle clove and cinnamon. Some floral notes of lavender and heather.
T) Notes of black pepper. Banana. Clove. Some earthy malt sweetness.
M) Medium body. Creamy up front finishing with a crisp carbonation. Some "warmth" from the alcohol.
O) A delicious saison. True to form. I'd have another one.

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Photo of RossCain
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle dated best by December 2011:

A: Pours a rather handsome light copper hue with effervescent bubbles crawling up from the bottom of the glass to form a foamy, white head. The head dissipates in a moment or two down to a slightly frothy cap, with the head sticking nicely to the glass. It looks like a crisp, inviting beer.

S: The nose has a definable spice character dominated by clove, banana, and other notes usually suspect of a wheat beer. The bottle advertises a certain spiciness so I can't fault them for that

T: This beer just *slightly* misses the mark in the taste department for me. The aforementioned spicy character hits the tongue up front, but isn't followed by much else other than a faint hint of green apple. The finish is a bit watered down and hard to pick out. Overall refreshing, but light on the flavor.

M: Surprisingly sweet in character. The body is on the lighter side and the beer leaves the palate with a slightly watery character. Easy to drink and not bad, but not ideal.

O: I felt that the beer was a good attempt at the style but somewhat fell flat in overall complexity. The pros include a nice, spicy refreshing quality cold out of the bottle but the lack of depth is noticeable. Still, the beer was easy to drink and at $7.99 a sixer, I can't fault the price point for a saison-esque brew.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Beautiful yellow pour, bubbles clinging to the glass as a nicely sized white head builds up top. As the head dies down a bit, bubbles continue to race from the bottom of the glass.

S: Fruity smell, some oranges and perhaps lemon. Earthy as well, some wheat, hops. Malts stick around in the background. As far as saisons go, it isn't a particularly great smell, but it isn't bad either.

T: Now for the taste. Cloves, a lot of them, start off the taste. Fruity, more like apples than oranges though. A maltiness sneaks in at the end.

MF: Not very dry, but a crisp, easy drinking beer. The sweetness needs the dryness to balance it out, however. This seems to just be missing something

O: Had no trouble finishing the bottle, but doubt I'd buy it again.

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Photo of nickthetick
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a brilliant clear gold with two fingers of white head that thins to about a half finger and leaves some rings of lace.

S: some mild light fruit, bananas, apricots, some nice spices, and good caramel malt.

T: spicy, yeasty and a lot of banana bread. Some really nice spices punch the tongue and some awesome light fruits like apricots, bananas, plums and even some lemon notes.

MF: medium body, crisp flavor, good effervescence.

O: a great, local and affordable saison! I buy this every time its out.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adam's glass. Bottle has a drink by date and lists the alcohol percentage.

A: Gold and clear with a half-a-finger white head that sticks to the edges of the glass. It has lots of carbonation and nice retention.

S: Lemon, lemon rind, biscuit, earth, and sugar.

T: Starts with sweet malt and candied sugar, add pancakes and a slight mineral tinge. The end has slight bitterness from hops, which balance, lemon, slight warming alcohol, and a bit of yeasty bread.

M: On the light side of medium, racy thanks to carbonation but has smooth moments.

O: A saison produced in Baltimore. It has some nice lemon sunshine zing and great carbonation. But is also has some earthy elements. The alcohol is blended well, and the slight bitterness in the finish balances out the very sweet malt opening salvo. There are times the beer feels a bit watery, which might be caused by the high level of carbonation. It is not as dry as a saison should be, and it is sweeter as well. The beer does not taste bad, but it is not everything the style should be either.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light pilsner yellow, fizzy with a small creamy head and no lacing.

Smell - Floral fruits, lemon, yeast, pineapple, banana, spices, some added sugars. Grassy, earthy aroma.

Taste - Sweet bite of fruits and yeast make this beer flavor. Its more mild and dark fruit flavored with plum, rasin, and some brown sugar flavor. Has the classic yeasty/lemon/banana saison flavor but also has a little malt backbone. Theres a slight alcohol and brown sugar finish.

MOuthfeel - Its fairly medium, tounge gets alot of fruits, some booze and sugars. Palette gets alot of lemon and sugar. Aftertaste is thin and not long lasting.

Overall - Decent, i admire this beer for having a different flavor then most saisons ive had, just not sure id want this flavor all the time. Good fruit presence for sure, but the sweetness overpowers the beer and that makes it a little unenjoyable. Still not bad and worth a drink.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a goldenrod shade of yellow with a whole lot of clarity. Lots of bubbles rise up to the top of the glass, albeit at a relatively leisurely pace.

The nose is pretty interesting. Not all that enjoyable, but interesting to think about. The first wave of aroma is all apple cider, perhaps some pear. Chalky wheat malt shows up too. There's some bubblegum yeast character, but the yeast isn't phenolic enough to seem like an properly-performed Saison yeast strain. This beer does have an aroma that I haven't come across before -- like that of a mustard seed-based wet rub (for meat that is to be barbecued).

I sort of like how this beer tastes, but I rate to style. Red Sky at Night is not a good example of the Saison style. It's just not dry enough. Apple juice right up front, followed by some musty bubblegum yeast flavors and a whole lot of spice. Not even the flavor of any particularly spices, just the harsh sensation of having swallowed a dickton of them. Despite the spicy notes, the beer is pretty sweet and wet tasting all throughout the drink. Imbalanced.

Saisons are dry beers, and this beer isn't so I can't justify giving it a decent score. It's medium-bodied for the style, perhaps even on the thicker side, but the sweetness and wetness does the beer in. Overall, this is a curious beer that doesn't taste poorly but also doesn't rate highly. It's trying to be a Saison and it is more or less failing at it.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a pretty average beer....nothing about this beer really even says saison!...as with all their beers its pretty malty i'll have to give them that...no dry mouthfeel....no strong belgian yeast taste....i just may have a skunked beer....has a diacatyl taste so it could be a storage issue...so i can't exactly give them an F...but ill give them a B for now

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Photo of vandemonian
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas Red Sky At Night is an interesting and very spicy saison. I though it was too spicy.

A: Clear yellow/orange colour with a 5mm head. 4

S: Yeasty with cloves, as it should be. 4

T: Cloves and other spices that are harder to identify. Very spicy. I might taste some apple too. This beer is interesting but not necessarily pleasant. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: Too spicy. 3.5

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Photo of JizackFH
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a light clear golden straw color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. The head has pretty good retention and leaves behind a nice sheet of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smells of sweet malt, fruit, and spices right off the bat. There is some belgian yeastiness and a bit of hops. The smell is much more than I expected. Very very appealing.

T - The taste starts off with some sweet maltiness and and some light spice flavors. There is some nice fruit flavors like green apple and orange. The hops are missing, and there is a booziness that comes in just before the finish and lingers a bit in the mouth. The taste didn't quite live up to the smell. It is a little too sweet for a saison as well.

M - The body is a little heavy for your typical saison. The carbonation is good and goes down smooth. Overall it has a nice creamy feel to it, but it doesn't quite have that crisp refreshing feel that I usually get from this style. There is some light spices and a booziness that I'm not enjoying too much.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and has nice flavor. It isn't my favorite saison by any means, but it is definitely enjoyable. The only things I would change is the lingering booziness in the finish and tone down the sweetness a bit. Other than that it's pretty nice. I think its worth trying.

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Photo of SummitVA
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Rustico. Dry hopped with Saaz, Spalt, and Simcoe.

A - Golden pour with light carbonation.

S - Dry hops wonderfully fragrant. Beautiful mix of Simcoe citrus (grapefruit, esp. of course) along with earthiness of Saaz and Spalt. Spicy yeast characteristics and the smell of sweet pils.

T - Pepper and clove from the yeast quickly open to resiny, earthy hop flavor--this combination is divine. Fuller malt character than I remembered provides a fine balance. Crisp finish with some hop bitterness lingering.

M - Lighter medium.

O - I'm a big fan of Red Sky at Night, and I was really happy to try the cask version with this medley. The big earthy hop resin flavor works so well with this saison--just fantastic. I would seek this beer out in any version. Easily the best offering from Heavy Seas.

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Photo of Johnnyfacelift
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am just starting to get into the Saison ales and this is my second behind Ithica Groundbreak. This beer pours a nice golden color that is crystal clear with lots of carbonation. The head stays as more of a thin constant layer than a thick foam and there is some lacing. The smell reminds me of some American wheat yeast strains but with a distinct sour aroma... almost like a sauerkraut thats been sweetened. The yeast strain is mellow in flavor with pepper notes and a continuation of the sour vibe going on here. The sour mixes with a mellow bitterness and the mouthfeel is alcohol sweet and dry. A great edition to the Saison arena which would go great with some seafood. Yum!

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a welcoming amberish gold, fairly dense slightly off-white hear. Some decent lacing. Nice carbonation.

S: Clove and alcohol dominate the nose, with a citrus flare.

T: Citrus hops mixed with Belgian-style yeast. A great spiciness coming up, along with some apple and touch of dark fruit. Has a vodka-like taste at the end (7.5% ABV) that kind of takes away from all the positives.

M: Fairly light, considering the ABV, has a very bubbly carbonation going on. It's not un-welcomed, but just kind of surprising. A touch of heat matches the spice.

O/D: An easy to drink Saison is a pretty redundant phrase. It's a tasty example of the style, with a Heavy Seas higher gravity. Not the best, but certainly better than many (as far as "larger" produced Saisons go).

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Photo of kenatbeerswap
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Golden color that poured with a nice head that quickly disappeared.

S: Fruity spicy aroma with a hint of pepper.

T: Had slight tart sourness with a slight floral citrus taste.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Very refreshing beer that was well balanced. I would drink this again.

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