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)

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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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Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a mysterious mixed pack of Heavy Seas ales at local beer mart. Nobody there had seen it before and they had to come up with a price - $12.99 for a 12 pack. Deal.

Pours a urine color with light foam that dissipates quickly. Smells of wonderful belgian yeast and candi sugar - very light aroma.

Tastes like heaven on a hot summer night. Strong belgian ale flavor hits first, then a light maltiness and finishes with a distinct candi sugar aftertaste.

Light and refreshing even with ABV.

Great beer, works as good summertime alternative to the standard IPA/DIPA.

Mouthfeel is nice perhaps aided by bottle conditioning. Drinkability is good due to lightness

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a goblet yields a hazy orange amber body decorated with floaties and a thin white head that recedes to a ring that leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is orangey and malty with a touch of bitter grapefruit rind.

Taste is like orange soda-- only not so sweet. Red Sky is a bit tangy and fizzy-- with bready malt and a dry bitterness backing.

This little soda pop of a drink is extremely mild and drinkable.

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Photo of Domingo
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of a beer of the month club for my birthday. I've never had anything from them, so that's fine by me!
Pours a hazy yellow that's clearly unfiltered.
Smells sweet and yeasty. It's not quite as funky as any Saisons I've had before, but is more in line with a wit. It's Belgian-esque, but unspecific.
Tastes sweet up front with some fruitiness. I pick up some peppery spice and yeast as it goes down, but it's not really stylistically what you might expect. In a blind tasting I'd swear it was a wit or even a variation on a weissbier.
Mouthfeel's really creamy and everything goes down nicely. This is 8%? Wow. I'd have guessed 5'ish. Probably a good all-around beer for the summer, although that hidden 8% ABV might catch up to you before you know it. Seems that it's falling into a weird area because of the light taste/texture, but a high strength.

Pretty fun beer, but it's more of a good wit (or double-wit) than a Saison.

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

12oz bottle

Red Sky pours a beautiful hazy orange color with a big white head that disappears pretty quick but leaves lots of sticking and a thin layer of foam. The carbonation is very visible and abundant in a Corsendonk tulip. Big fruity saison nose, lots of apricot, peach and melon notes with a touch of hops and sweet malts. Much is the same with the way the brew tastes, big and fruity, clean flavor transitions and bright. A bit of spice begins and is followed heavy with big apricot and apple fruit, subtle candy sweet malts lay underneath it all followed by a tangy hop bitterness on the finish. Not as funky or rustic as i prefer in a saison but a damn good beer never the less. It sports a medium body with a slightly coating/creamy mouth feel, some stickiness to the lips. Good beer, worth a shot if spotted!

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Photo of brewjones
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow. Low head but good retention. My first of the Heavy Seas since I live in Colorado and they aren't sold here. I am getting a tartness in the taste and a bit of warming in the throat. Creamy mouthfeel which is odd to me for this style. Not unenjoyable but not my favorite version of a saison. Not a bad beer and this style is so broad it's hard to pin down. More of a personal preference.

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Photo of number1bum
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a pretty clear golden color with a fizzy near white head. Some suspended yeast or other haze is visible, as well. Head recedes to a thin lace and does not leave much stick.

Smell has yeast, lemon zest and other fruit, ample spicing and a light malt sweetness, too.

Taste is sweeter than most saisons, which could be ok but it feels a bit cloying and heavy. Mouthfeel is a bit more than a medium body. Carbonation is too light for the style - it's very soft and could be crisper. Causes it to feel flat and heavy on the palate through the finish. There is some fruit flavor, spice and yeast going on, too, but it doesn't all meld together very well and the low carbonation hurts it. The deeper I get into this glass the more cloying the sweetness gets...I'm just not digging it.

This certainly isn't the best of the Heavy Seas offerings. A very mediocre beer. I like the attempt to make a bigger abv saison but unfortunately I don't think it's done terribly well. Southern Tier's Imperial Cherry Saison is a much better example of an amped up saison.

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Photo of jordoo
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Poors a clear golden yellow with flaky yeast particles drifting down as the 2 fingers of fluffy white foam subsides to a froth covering. Smell is sitrus and spicey clove upfront with some fruity sents and sweet malts making an appearance as well. The alcohol is also pressent in the nose. Taste is clove spice and fermented fruit with a citrus kick to go with a backdrop of sweet almost sugary wheat malts. Mouth is very nice with lively carbination and this is certainly easy to get down.

Not sure on Saison style since this is my first one, but for sitting on my porch on a hot afternoon this beer was certainly a winner.

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Photo of becktone
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 7-2-08

Eye: Into a Tulip, a Duvel Tulip to be exact.... Clear, golden and alive is the best way to describe this brew's appearance. Head is of moderate size, could be a bit larger, would be nice, but this'll do...moreso of a beaten egg white than creamy in appearance. Not much more.

Nose: Sweet, spicy, malty, alcoholic, that woody farmhouse character-all things found in this brew. Pretty spot on as far as aroma goes in my opinion. Seems to me some oddball spices in here, not just spicy from the hops, I'm getting some ginger. About average in my opinion.

Tongue: Fruity, sweet, and spicy on the palate. Farmhouse characteristics are apparent. Some alcohol character is also present lending some balance. Leaving the sweet characters behind there is a woody earthy flavor to this beer giving it a semi dry finish. Peppery type of spiciness gives balance to the brew. Although there is some farmhouse funk/character in here I feel that the yeast is much too clean for the style, there should be more from it. Candied sugar is evident.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light in mouthfeel, at least it is perceived that way. Carbonation is light as well as the color of the brew, so you've already got an impression that this is going to be light on the palate, this perception makes it much more so. I like to think that it is toward the lighter side, however, when I just think about how it feels on the tongue, it is much heavier and fuller than any light beer should be. You can just feel that thick malty sweetness pushing down on the palate. Overall good feeling. This is one I'd not be ashamed to pick up again, however if I really want a Saison, I'll be fetching Fantome. This is a decent beer, but after drinking Fantome I've been spoiled.

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Photo of albern
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For starters, this is listed as 7.5% ABV, not 8%. The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with little if any real head. There are no yeasty bits floating about, the beer is moderately carbonated and medium bodied.

The beer's aroma is the high point. It certainly leads one to believe that there is a great Belgian about to be experienced. You have the candied sugars, the sweet malts, the bubblegum fruitiness, and the Belgianesque yeastiness in the nose.

As for the taste, this is a flawed Belgian. There is the candied sugars, the sweet malts, and the spices in the finish, but the beer is a touch watery and not making enough of a statement with what is there in its ingredients. Worse, there is an unpleasantness in the finish, tasting a bit like wet cardboard. There is too much of a throaty burn to this beer as well, which shouldn't be the case with a 7.5 ABV. The beer is leaving me quite unfulfilled.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been in an insanely saison-mood lately, so was happy to see this one, fairly inexpensive, from a solid brewery. Pour is okay, light saison yellow color with a smallish head that dissolves quickly down to a fine film. Nose is nice, a bunch of yeast and spices along with a good bit of sweet malt. Citrusy, although not overboard in that department. Flavor's fairly similar: quite smooth, with a bit of malt, spiciness, yeast, and a touch of lemon. Body's light, which is expected, although the carbonation - even for a saison - might be just a little high. Seems mildly artificial. Overall though, this one's definitely solid, a good, fairly cheap saison from a local brewery. I'd definitely pick it up again.

Wine Specialist/$10.99/12 oz Sixer

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Photo of sstackho
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased for $10.99 for a sixer at Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear light gold with lots of carbonation and head. Decent lacing. No sediment seen, regardless of what the label says. Very nice Belgian yeasty, spicy aroma. The first taste provides a surprising smooth mouthfeel without the expected bite from the spices and carbonation. As it goes down the throat, the spicy bite kicks in. However, the flavour is lacking something.

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Photo of Tbn2
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap in pint glass.

A-Golden and clear in appearance. The bar tender gave me a ball park pour, but the head was still huge; at least three fingers.

S-Not very good at all. It had a very bad yeasty smell to it. Certainly not what I expected to smell. Some very off aromas.

T/M-Same as the taste. I think the beer was skunked. It had a very sour beginning, and then a bunch of off flavors hit you. It finished with a somewhat sweet aftertaste, but that was almost completely drowned out by all the off flavors sitting on my tongue.

Overall I wasn't impressed. I was hoping for something more. If I see this in a bottle, I will pick it up to try to get a better experience.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed way back on April 25th, but I'm just now getting around to posting. Bottle purchased from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Poured into a Hennepin glass.

Appearance: A strong, billowy two-finger head that looks like a big ol' dollop merengue on top of an extremely effervescent straw-colored and crisp-looking body. Archipelagos of lace rise intermittently up the sides of the glass. All in all, a nice looking beer.

Aroma: Chalky, barnyard yeast smells dominate, with light, crisp, floral hops, some wheaty malt notes, and a few other random spicy phenols in the background. I'm getting a little stuffy-nosed, but the smell still seems sort of dampened.

Taste: At first, it's intensely fruity and prickly - pineapple and banana esters and peppery cloves are present, all very distinctively Belgian. The fruit fades over time, however, leaving the yeasty, powdery spiciness, some mild, grassy hop bitterness, and a sweet Belgian candy sugar goodness that's not too strong. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Tight and fine, but a little too carbonated. Leaves a slight powdery aftertaste, but it doesn't really distract from the beer.

Drinkability: Good. The carbonation might make you feel a little bloated if you had too many, but it's tasty and complex enough (as well as low enough in alcohol) that you could put away two or three of these with no problem.

Not half bad, but not groundbreaking. I love all things Belgian - the complexities imparted by the yeast strains are always fantastic - so I perhaps graded this one a little tougher than I normally would, and my score doesn't really do it justice. Comparing it to other saisons I've had (Hennepin, Dupont), it pales a little, but it's still a really tasty beer. Reduce the carbonation profile just a bit and enhance the aroma ever so slightly, and this beer would be great.

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Photo of Troy518
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Color is orange, yellow, and straw. Smell is yeasty and slight odor of glue (not sure why). Taste is yeasty and earthy with hints of orange and corriander. There is a slight acetone taste to it that is very unsettling. Not the best saison I've ever had. Alcohol appears to be well hidden behind the malt as this is not as dry as I would expect a saison to be.

($2.10, 12oz, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from mixed case of fresh beer.

A: Golden color with hints of orange and a white head that rose up half an inch and quickly settled into a white layer of suds. Great clarity on this one.

S: Smell of citrus and yeast. A Heavy wheat aroma and candy sugar. Dried fruity esters make up the rest of the bouquet.

T: Syrupy sweet from candy sugar takes the lead with flavor of crisp wheat and sweet dried fruit, raisins and currants. Yeast is spicy and fruity and there is a hint of hop spicyness to go along. Some alcohol warmth too.

M: Medium body with some slickness and spicyness on the tongue. Definite alcohol warmth.

D: Good at the beginning but not much depth. I enjoyed this one the first time but the second had me desiring a bit more. A bit too much spiciness. A descent saison but could be improved upon.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow like clover honey, with a slight haze. A basic pour yields a white foamy head of less than 1/4" that quickly recedes to nothing but a ring of bubbles. The slightest lacing.

S: The aroma is a little different - a crazy mix of banana, clove, something herbal and grassy, and sweet malt. Kind of eccentric but it somehow fits. I dig it.

T&M: After big aromas on the nose, the actual flavor was a little less than I expected. Bold, malty, plenty of that fruity banana and some interesting spices that are similar to that clove smell. Mouthfeel is solid on the tongue all the way through the experience with a medium to light weight body. It's a touch sweet, typical for most of the farmhouse ales I've had the good fortune to try so far. Carbonation is a moderate and ever present, leaving a bit of a sharpness to the texture as it resides on the tongue. Finish is, again, a touch sweet of malt but fades relatively quickly and leaves very little linger.

D: I rather enjoyed this brew. It's just different enough that it was nice to try something off the beaten path but by the same token, not something I would want to drink all the time. Well done. I would suggest it to any of my friends capable of handling something other than an American macro and to anyone in the craft beer world. Nice job!

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel chalice musters a slim, eggshell-colored head that disspiates quickly to patches of big bubbles. Body is golden straw in color, clear, and nicely carbonated. Aroma brings forth the funk -- grassy, fruity, yeasty funk. Slight boozy tinge as well.

I'm diggin' the flavor...nice blend of belgian yeasts, citrus fruit, and some spicy, grassy hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and undercarbonated, but overall it's refreshing and very drinkable for those summer days. Definately a brew I'll be picking up again.

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Photo of giblet
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured nice in the glass with about three quarters inch of head. nice carbonation. i was careful with the pour but still had more cloudiness than i expected. smelled of fruits like a pear and a green apple. tasted quite good. taste like the aroma with a nice dry finish to it. it is a good saison ale with nice light body and crisp taste with dry finish.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of hustlesworth
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nearly clear golden-apricot-peach color. what happened to 'the fine layer of yeast at her bottom' ? no matter, the huge ivory colored head is dense and frothy and there's a ton of swiss cheese lace all over my tulip. foam settles slowly to a thick disk that sticks around almost the whole time.

S- funky banana/clove yeast and sharp grassy hop aroma. soft mellowed out fruits, apple, pear, cantaloupe, bubblegum, pale malts, and wheat? very fresh raw grain aroma also pushes through along with candy sugar sweetness, and a slight lemon peel almost noble hop zinger tartness.

T- very nice dryish fruit flavor, and... pond water. but that's ok, i attribute that soggy funkiness to the belgian yeast and once it blends itself with banana and pear flavors it becomes exotic and quite tasty. wheat malt adds a very nice level of flavor, that along with the belgian yeast & candi sugar, and english & german hops, this is like a cross between a BSPA and a german wheat beer (only sweeter) and i like it! a sandalwood incense sweetness kinda fades in and out near the finish and things dry up with apricot/plum, red apple, and light berry flavors and all residual sweetness seems to be scraped away by a very subdued spicy hop bitterness.

MF- this one has light and heavy characteristics, the candy sugar may add a certain fullness to an otherwise medium bodied brew. the dreadful cloying effect never has a chance to get a foothold, and reed sky finishes almost like a sweet white wine. carbonation is alive and in-your-face and with all the fruit flavors going on it really accentuates the depth of this beer giving it alot of similarities to a high end fruit soda.

D- i've been really impressed with everything from the heavy seas line thus far. i advocate the imperialization of nearly any style and i feel it's the best way for american brewers to put their own mark on foreign tradition. bigger and bolder, without really trying to 'copy'. i have no problem finishing this beeeatch and in many ways it rivals the likes of hennepin and festive ale.

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Photo of Kraken
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz Harp pint glass. Beer poured a nice hazy golden orange/amber. One finger head diminishes quickly. Slight pepper, and orange citrus fruit on the nose. Slight farmhouse funk on the tongue, mid-taste dominated orange and a nice light sweetness. Pepper becomes apparent in the finish Alcohol is completely hidden, but will sneak up on you. Mouthfeel is one of the high points. Very complex, carbonation plays a nice part in overall taste. Slight cloying sweetness. Nice dry finish. Very enjoyable. I look forward to this seasonal.

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

I got this bottle from jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a hazy straw gold with a 2finger and growing head of foam.

The smell is of candy sugar, yeast, lemon zest, and some clove. Oh, and there is some funk. It wasn't easy to pick up on until after I had several "holding the glass to my nose" moments.
Overall, the smell insinuated some sourness.

The taste has the clove and lemon zest up front followed by notes of candy sugar and yeast, some banana, some pepper, and a slight funk taste. That(the funk) could have a bigger presence and I'd be happier for it but it's still tasty enough to keep me satisfied. Nice lacing and the head retention is quite good.

It has a light but pretty nicd mouthfeel to it, the carbonation borders on medium, and it finishes with the lemon and funk so, I really like the finish. ;^)

Overall, I think this is a pretty good example of the style and I'd be happy if it was available locally. I'm always pleased to try another Saison and this one was tasty.

Edit: I forgot to mention. The alcohol is well hidden. I'd have never guessed that this is 8%abv.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Sky pours a deep golden honey, innitially sporting a fluffy white head that quickly recedes. No lace. Certainly doesn't look the part. Nothing prettier than a Saison Dupont and it's mighty merrangue head.

Aroma is brimming with green apple and orchard sweetness. Theres a mild yeast and spice note that intensifies as it warms. Smells a bit on the sweet side for the style.

Flavor bursts out with apple, pear, melon, and grape. Candi sugar sweetness with some spice and tropical fruit. Starts sweet but dries nicely towards the finish. Alcohol is noticable for a beer that is "only" 7.5%. A nice interpretation.

Body is to big and sticky, slick. I prefer a light fluffy, expansive mouthfeel in a Saison. It also loses carbonation quickly. Still very drinkable and inexpensive compared to other Saisons.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

lighter gold hues with some floating yeast. Little head retention and minimal lacing.

Smells are sweet belgian candy sugar smell, banana, clove, and I am missing that saison funk.

Taste is sweet up front matched by some spice and it does have that saison flavor I taste in Hennepin. Some apple like flavors come in late and stick around for a bit. This will do for a cheaper replacement for me.

Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation and slightly powdery finish.

On a day with 105 degree heat, this hit the spot.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden with touches of orange with minimal head and minimal lace.

S: Malts, wheat, sugar/caramel, bread, citrus, and a touch of spice.

T: Sweet, caramel, tangy yeast, some pepper, and citrus fruits.

M: A bit slick but champagne-like bubbles, crisp with a bit of lingering yeast flavor.

D: Nice beer on a hot day or with food. A bit sweeton its own for more than two at a sitting.

As a side note this was my favorite beer at the Philly Beer Week Real Ale Festival this past March. It was quite refreshing on cask.

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Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange with a nice cream head that leaves spotty lacing. Sweet malt, spice and yeast dominate the aroma with a hint of floral hops. The taste is a complex blend of spices and fruits, wonderful initial, just slightly cloying in the finish. The beer is relatively light and very crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. I have to say, this is one of the best American-made Saisons I've had yet.

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