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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 05-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 799 |  Reviews: 434
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite of the "Heavy Seas" lineup. I'm not sure this would be considered a classic saison, but it is an enjoyable beer, nonetheless, with a nice balance between candy sugar and tart notes. Surpisingly drinkable for the relatively high abv.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow gold color wit ha one finger white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is spicy and fruity with notes of cherries and grapes. Taste is similar to the nose in that it has both fruit and spice flavors going on. Both grapes and apple flavors are both present with a hint of cherry as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was very light, refreshing and tasty for the abv.

I enjoyed this one a lot, might have been my favorite out of the CC mix pack I got. This is one I will buy again.

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Photo of Cagden
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first time ever trying a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale. I was very much impressed with CC's offering. Poured cloudy, like a Wheat beer, with very minimal head. Incredibly, this beer smelled like...candy! The sweetness is because of the Belgian candi sugar that is used in making high alcohol beers to avoid creating a thick body. The scent took me back to childhood, but I couldn't put a finger on what treat it reminds me of. The taste is of citrus & wheat with a little alcohol bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, not too thick, not too thin. The drinkability was fair as well. Overall, I discovered this interpretation of the Farmhouse style to be satisfying. I plan to try some more.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Gold with a medium white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a little lace.

Smell: Yeast and wheat over fruits and herbal hops.

Taste: Heavy apple flavor, backed up by bread and yeast. Hints of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation up front. Watery, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: An interesting beer of an under-represented style. Breaks a bit from the norm, and that's a good thing.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color. Has almost no head and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: Has a wheaty/yeasty smell with a lot of fruitiness too. Has hints of apples and grapes.

Taste: Very complex and unlike anything I'm used to trying. Has an almost wine-like taste to it with kind of an apple tartness. All of this is backed by a very wheaty backbone. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and dry. Has kind of a dry wine-like texture to it and leaves a nice fruity aftertaste. It's highly carbonated but that lends itself to this style, I believe.

Drinkability: An impressive beer and an interesting style. Very complex and certainly worth a try. I certainly wouldn't mind having this one again.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack picked up at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pears with hints of brown bananas and hints of spices. Backing all of this up is a good deal of sweet malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light fruits - mostly pears but with hints of bananas - up front are joined by light spices midway through the sip. The ending is crisp and leaves hints of green apples lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderately active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer however it didn't quite have enough bite to be a very good saison. Worth a shot to decide for yourself.

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Photo of eljefe21
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark golden-yellow, almost copper in color. Fluffy two finger head quickly dissipates to a thin head that leaves some thin lacing.

S: Sturdy, spicy, sour, yeasty smell.

T: Slight spicy taste up front. Finishes with a sweetish flavor in the middle of the tongue and some sourness in the back.

M: Thick and a bit gooey over the tongue. Missing the dry, crisp feel I expect in the finish.

D: A nice warming beer, which I don't associate with the style. Still it has enough of the characteristics, and is local enough for me to revisit again.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 7/27/09.

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small white head that settles rather quickly to a thin lace.

The aroma is a pleasent mix of fruit and wheat, but it's rather mellow.

Taste is bitey from the carbonation up front followed by tart lemonade like flavor. The sour taste works well with the wheat flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with perhaps a little too much carbonation for my preferance.

I could drink one or two of these, but then I'd be ready to switch it up. The alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not a bad Saison. I could see drinking a few of these on a hot summer day. Not my favorite style, but well done none the less.

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Photo of squirrelpirate
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Sky At Night poured a hazy orange hue with a small white head. The aroma consists grape and apple notes, a subdued caramel sweetness, and spiciness.

Caramel blends with the fruitiness noted in the aroma to create a very sweet taste in the beginning, before turning slightly sour and alcoholic at the finish. Very little hop character in this beer. The fruitiness and alcohol become more apparent as the beer warms up.

A medium body with moderate carbonation, and very drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer and have had more than one on multiple occasions, despite the high alcohol.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale orange with one-finger head and minimal lace. A nice tart apple and pear fruit smell as some clove and pepper spices. A sharp tart fruit taste that is tucked in a light body that passes over smooth. Fruit flavors, while mild, include apple, pear and some tropical fruit. A little clove and pepper as well as minor sweetness from a little bit of caramel malt. While a basic saison this is easy to drink and very quaffable.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A clear pale orange until the yeast residual at the bottom of the bottle is swirled and added. Small, off-white head the recedes quickly. Very little lacing (much less head and lacing than expected).

S: Cotton-candy sweetness, a high level of fruity esters; medium-high spicy clove and pepper

T: Enjoyably fruity and spicy (both pepper and clove). Low hop flavor and bitterness. High attenuation is apparent because of the lack of a sweet flavor and the dry finish. Malt character is very light; alcohol begins to come though as beer warms.

M: Light body, with a medium alcohol level. A refreshing tart sensation in the afterberth. High carbonation.

D: An enjoyable drink. Refreshing and effervescent.

Overall: My wife and I both really enjoy the flavor and experience of this beer. The best offering from Heavy Seas so far.

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Photo of thesyko56
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden brown with a one finger white head.

S: Floral with a very strong yeast smell.

T: Strong yeast taste similar to the smell. Malty and spicy

M: Moderate with nice carbonation.

D: Drinkable

Not my typical choice in beer but it is still a good.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at the Duluth T-Mac, review from notes

It came in a smaller 10oz glass due to the higher gravity, it was light in color with very little head and no lacing on the glass.

My nose detected grains, citrus, and a little pine hops.

It drank like a Belgian wheat, with grain flavours along with citrus and malt. Crisp on tongue, with a not unpleasant tangy sour aftertaste.

Drinkability: sour but refreshing, a really nice higher gravity saison ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of yeast and cloves. Taste is good, yeast and cloves are there, as well as fruit and alcohol. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

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Photo of Thur123
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow golden color, more hazy then i expected. A fluffy white head appears that fades kind of quicky and has little retension. The carbonation looks light and does little to move the particles still suspended in this brew. Smells good to me, the stink of ripe green apples a bit of funky musk, about as little as possible i think, this comes off as a nice summer sweet beer.

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Good intro to the style, albiet not the best saison. A good seasonal from heavy seas and the mouthfeel is fine.

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Photo of schmitter
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a suprisngly hazy golden orange with 1/2 finger head.

Smells spicy and boozy sweetness.

I can taste the yeast and the fullness of the malts. Not much hops but there shouldn't necessarily be. Green apples, candy, and caramel. My last sip tasted a bit fishy (literally). There's also some spice in there, def pepper and maybe anise.

Strong carbonation.

Overall, I'll give it a drinkable meh.

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Photo of charmcityboh
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here goes my first review...
Pours a wonderful orange-yellowish hue with loads of yeast floating about. Head is decent but doesn't last for long. No lacing to speak of (Though I could swear it's been there before. Not my first time with this brew, just the first time reviewing it.) Smells almost bread like. Taste is heavy with spice up front, with a strong boozy flavor on the back end, then a nice crisp dry malty aftertaste. Leaves you wanting a second, but I can't say I've ever gone for a third. Alcohol taste is there, but not as big as the APV would leave you to believe.
Overall, as a seasonal Clipper City brew, I won't be drinking this all summer, but I will definitely pick up at least two sixers to bookend the season in the future.

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Photo of alexgash
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by Sept. 09.

Slight haze/sediment suspended in a medium golden body. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Not much lacing. Nose shows off a healthy amount of sweet tropical fruit, candied pears, yeast, and a mix of spices (juniper, grains of paradise, cloves?). Light hoppy bitterness up front. Toasted malt, hay, and wheat bread follow. Juicy fruits come through with sweetness. Sugary edge. Pears, bubble gum, and grapes before a spicy, earthy finish. Lingering fruit. Medium-bodied, with zesty carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of TLove
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Pours a clear, crisp yellow color with a thin head and a seemingly thin body. The smell contains some banana, wet hay, and sweet fruits. Still a little light, but shows some promise.

The taste is surprisingly complex, with some clove, nutmeg, and sweetness. A medium body with a crisp, yet yeasty presence typical of saisons. This one is quite good.

Clean and distinct. Finishes very well and definately leaves room for more notable saisons, but all in all, a good show.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a rather small white head that disipated into a light ring. The aroma is of Belgian yeast, some banana, clove and pepper, and some candi sugar. Not much of any farmhouse funk aromas typical with saisons. The taste is very much like a BPA/BSPA. Pale malt with the spicy belgian yeast and candi sugar, some light bubble gum and banana flavors. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes with a candi sugar sweetness. This is a pretty good BPA/BSPA but the problem is that it is supposed to be a saison. The brew does not have many of the saison characteristics. No hay, horse blanket, or other farmhouse funk. I needed to rate it as a saison so it go lower marks but if it were labeled as a BPA/BSPA my grade would go up considerably. Oh well, still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, thin white head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

There is some yeast character to the aroma, with a light candy spice and a sharp fruitiness. Think not yet ripe apples or pears, more biting than sweet. I also get the tart sweetness in the flavor, like green apples. Some nice clove and citrus undertones as well, with a mild alcohol warmth at the end. Pleasant.

Medium in body, with some substance. Highly viscous. Nice sipper on a crazy cool July afternoon.

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Photo of sarahspat
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown.

Small wisps of a white head sit atop a honey-hued liquid. Very little retention or lacing to speak of.

The nose is very subtle... all I could really detect was clove and a tiny bit of a bready malt.

Clove plays a very strong role in the flavor as well. Also, light fruits and an innocuous, but not terribly exciting bready malt flavor. Spicy kick going into the finish, which features a lemongrass flavor and is quite crisp.

Overall: somewhat refreshing and satisfactorily complex, but not exactly what I was expecting. I wasn't blown away.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce pint - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Near clear, deep yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: The nose is spicy (clove and coriander), grainy wheat and pils, and even faintly boozy. Not the most auspicious start to a saison.

Taste: Amalgam of pils, wheat, and malted barley with a grainy character and light sweetness. Particularly phenolic from the on-set. Splash of mountain spring water. Touches of dried lemon peel and spice. Light bitterness. Finishes dry, spicy, and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: At best a marginally passable, though not standout saison. It has a higher ABV% going for it, if that's your thing, but, if that is your thing, why not opt for a Fantome, as they do have some more boozy saison offerings.

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Photo of sholland119
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pale gold with lots of suspended yeast, small caps of white foam and no lacing.

S-Belgian yeast, candi sugar, biscuit malt. Yep, that's a saison.

T-A disappointment, really. Much too sweet, lots of candi sugar, just a bit of spiciness.

M-Medium bodied with tingly carbonation.

D-Too sweet, too high in alcohol for the style.


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Photo of bbeane
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Golden colored with lots of yeast floaties in it. Not a very large head or much lacing

S- Very sweet and citrusy aroma

T- Similar characteristics of other farmhouse ales... with distinct spicey notes and a sweet alcohol taste

M- Light bodied with medium carbonation

D- Very drinkable summer beer, although you can taste the somewhat higher abv.


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