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

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Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale)Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale)
BA SCORE
3.67/5
Good
799 Ratings
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale)Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 05-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
434
Ratings:
799
pDev:
13.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 799 |  Reviews: 434
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.24/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours a honey-straw gold and forms a two-finger white head, which has decent retention. The body of the beer is cloudy and hazy, though not so much that one cannot see bubbles streaming steadily from the bottom. The lacing was patchy, but clung thick where it did.

S: Light bread with banana and clove, with Belgian candi sweetness. There's also some hints of something bubblegummy, and a light grassy note.

T: An almost hefe-like profile of light wheat, clove, and banana strikes up front, and is swiftly cut into by a veritable jagged spiked wall of spicy, grassy bitter. There's a faint fruitiness underneath that, something like a pear or green apple, though it is mostly covered by the hopalanche. I don't get much funk or sour from this.

M: Light-bodied and sharply carbonated.

O: I would likely rate this beer a bit higher if it involved a bit less grassy hop bittering, and a bit more sourness / funkiness. As it stands, this drinks like an over-hopped hefeweizen.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Reemer686
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Pretty good saison

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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2.56/5  rDev -30.2%

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4.64/5  rDev +26.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heavy Seas Red Sky on cask at the 2014 Decatur Beer Festival.
Off-white head over a slightly hazyboy; durable and creamy head.

Reversing my usual reaction to saisons, this one smells better that it tastes.
A load of wild yeasty flavors in the mouth. Some hint of vinegar in the nose.
Highly complex flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of glass_house
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

Pours a deep, dense straw gold with 2 fingers of off-white head. Maintains a thin collar with substantial lacing. Aroma is a bit of banana and clove with lots of sharp yeast notes and an overall mild sweetness.

Taste follows the nose very closely. Soft banana and bubblegum notes are accompanied by a grainy peppery bite that I find to be well balanced. The sweetness is more sugary than fruity, and there's a spicy feel that is reminiscent of cinnamon. Very mild hop bitterness that is more like funky grass. The body is medium with enough carbonation to make it tingle just a bit. VERY smooth for the 7.5% abv.

As other reviewers have noted, this seems much more like some sort of hefeweizen-belgian pale hybrid than a saison. That being said, I thought it was excellent, whatever you want to call it. I think the scores here are a bit lower because it doesn't fit neatly into any one style. But if you like Belgian strong pales, you'll probably enjoy this one.

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Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 799 ratings
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