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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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Ratings: 799 |  Reviews: 434
Photo of animal69
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden yellow w/ a thin whitehead which never fully dissipates leaving a decent lacing in my snifter ; a steely, bready malt smell w/ some hints of fruit and alcohol ; a crisp slightly tart flavor, mostly a cereal grain and coriander-like taste w/ some fruits and earthy hops underneath, a semi-dry finish ; a med. body on this one, lots of co2, could be a tad drier & lighter, though ; a pretty good beer, very drinkable for a 7.5% ABV brew...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 5/29/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, bananas, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of clove spice, yeast and bananas. The malt character is thin as you would expect for this type of beer and there's a decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice refreshing beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a translucent honey-gold. Half-inch, loose, off-white head quickly dissipated into a thin skim of foam and tiny ringlets with a foam band that coalesced around the perimeter of the glass. Solid sheet of watery lacing appears during each tilt of the glass. Scent of belgian yeast and spice as well as candy sugar; perhaps some green apple and pear. Taste is more reminiscent of a belgian strong pale, rather than a saison. Somewhat sweet, with a honey-like character. Candy sugar is still present, but light fruit flavors are a little less defined (still going with green apple and pear). Mouthfeel starts out as light-bodied, but slightly oily with a little bit of effervescence across the front to middle of the tongue. More sweet and spicy, than pucker at the finish. Drinkabiity is fair. I found the brew cloyingly sweet at times, which would have been a little more tolerable if there was a little more carbonation to balance this out.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a short pilsner glass. Freshness date present.

A: Hazy straw color with thin fizzy off-white head a scant lacing.

S: Not as varied smells with some apple, straw, and light grape and pear aromas.

T: I really enjoyed this beer - it really hits some nice spots in the saison range with nice light fruit flavors like pear, apple, and green grape with a crisp hoppy finish. It tastes like a toned-down version of a big Belgian ale or tripel.

M: Velvety feel with crisp carbonation and pleasant vinous aftertaste.

D: Enjoyable, even though it comes off a bit like a saison-light.

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Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a hot summers day in Florida what do you do? Head to the bar and grab the first Saison you have never had before... Presenting Red Sky @ Night.

A: Pours a nice light golden hue with a nice thick bubbly head. The head lingers for a bit due to the steady stream of bubbles rushing to the top.

S: Nice sweet saison aromas that is big on sweet summer fruits and yeast. Nice touches of peach and nectarine meld well with the banana. Yummy Belgian yeast and candy sugar round things out.

T: Taste very much like the nose. Nice fruity saison flavors with a blast of malt sweetness. The perfect amount of yeast and a hint of spice make this one very drinkable on a hot summer day.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Very good another solid offering by Clipper City / Heavy Seas.

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

A Saison from Clipper City? Not what I expected, but I had to try it. Served up in a tulip/goblet. Mostly clear, with a dense white head. Yellow/deep gold, fits the style.
Nose is sweet apple, yeast, and pear. Taste is a mild wild yeast, sweet fruit, quite gentle. More fruity and wild flavors come out upon warming. Mouthfeel is almost milky/creamy, which is odd for a saison. It's still nice though, and has a sharp tang on the end. Pretty drinkable. Almost sessionable, despite the 8% alcohol.

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Photo of wedge
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, clear gold with a short, pure white head. Very delicate aroma at first: flowers, clove, nuts, dust, and a soft banana-like sweetness. Happy fruit flavors, phenols, coriander, and a late sour tinge. Smells more nutty-sweet and fruity as it warms...soft like a Belgian Strong Pale. Citrusy sourness seems to linger after the sweetness...in fact, it starts to get a little too fruity-sweet for its own good. It becomes syrupy-like towards the end of the glass. Oily, medium mouthfeel might have hampered the overall drinkability. No matter what Belgian style this tries to fit into, it fails to be effervescent or refreshing in any way. Its not a terrible beer at all, but for a Belgian-style beer, it falls well short of the best.

Purchase Before: SEP 08

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The little napping pirate with the empty bottle was made for a cool label. In the end, it turns out that I like the label better than the beer.

Pours a clear pale straw colored yellow.

The scent was extremely faint. I kept putting my nose closer and closer to it in an attempt to pick anything up, I ended up accidently snorting a bit of it up into my nose before I could smell anything. It burned a little. Smelled of boogers (that was my fault) and maybe some caramel and hops... Mostly boogers and alcohol, though.

the taste wasn't bad at all, citrus hops and malts.

the mouth feel was a bit oily, heavy with caramel and left my mouth a little dry.

It was drinkable. i wouldn't seek this one out again, but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, tulip glass, bought ~2 weeks ago at Corridor Liquors in Laurel, MD. The clerk said they run out of this fairly quick.

A - Slightly cloudy gold color. Almost non-existent head, rapidly dissipated.

S - Classic catch-all Belgian aroma, fruity with a real light herbal note, couldn't quite classify. Sort of that mix of sweetness and yeast funk Saisons produce.

T - Better than I expected. I could definitely taste the candi sugars. It had that tartness that comes with most Saisons, but was a little more fruity again with something herbal going on that balanced the moderate sweetness a bit. Some mild spice notes, but nothing too intrusive.

M/D - Crisp, light, not so overpowering like some other Saisons.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly cloudy gold. Head is creamy, but not very big - took a hard pour to get even that.

S - Very aromatic - lots of spice, funk. Fruity as well. Mangoes and pineapple come to mind.

T/M - Flavour is not as intense as I expected. Yeast and wheat are here with some banana and cloves. Not overly sweet, but not too dry either. Body is quite substantial. Hops barely there for balance. Oo pineapple again.

D - Very drinkable, but quite strong. Be careful with this one. Flavours are nicely melded and nothing overwhelms. I really like this one a lot.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taken from notes

A 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. This beer is a clear, golden color with an orange hue. Head is about 1/2 inch when poured before settling to a fairly thin ring lining the inside of the glass after about 5 minutes. Has a sweet malty, and slightly tart aroma with some bready yeast and noticeable fruit as well. The taste pretty much follows suit. Sweet and malty with some bready yeast and a noticeable hint of spices along with some apple or maybe plum as well and is rounded out with a bit of mild hop bitterness for good measure. I really enjoyed the flavors of this one a lot. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Good drinkability. Good representation of this style.


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Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently this is my first saison..68 styles and no saison, go figure. for my first i enjoy this a lot. what i can say is that the description of the style is a very complex beer, im not sure this one falls into that, but only by a small margin.

A: a nice golden straw with a touch of golden sunset, there is a cute white head that refuses to die. it tends to stick but isnt super robust.

S: very yeasty, maybe tart fruit almost like a sour dessert wine. the yeast is the show though.

T: very doughy, yeast bread and earth tones. there is a bit of sourness with a micro-organism life in my mouth (don't ask). its a good earthy feeling. its somewhat simple, thus the initial knock on its complexity, this is not to say it is not a great beer. it is by far a must try.


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

12 oz bottle

A: Deep golden under a smallish white head. Some lace and no little retention.

S: Smells of tart apples, sweet malt, a little bit of earthy yeast.

T: Much of the same, sweet malt and tartness, fruity, a little dry with some mild bitterness. Not terrible but could be better.

M/D: Mouthfeel could be improved. It's a little too heavy on the tongue for a saison, I feel. Carbonation is too light. Drinkability is so-so, not a bad beer, but not a very good saison.

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Photo of jmacdaddy2008
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the heavy seas line from clipper city.

pours a nice clear yellow almost like a pilsner with thick head from carbonation but then dissipates quickly
smells fruity like bananas with mellow hop smell
tastes like a spicy belgium with fruits and malt flavors
all in all a good entry for a saison/farmhouse beer
Very drinkable, good spring/summer beer

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

A: Light gold color. Not much for a big head or lots of lacing. Pretty average looking to me.

S: Yeasty with a spicy hop background

T: Nice banana and clove sweetness to taste with a slight hop spice.

M: Light body, nice and easy drinking. Good carbonation.

D: Well masked alcohol. Tasty beer with plenty of flavor but light enough on the palette to have a few. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden body with slight head.

Yeasty smell, with caramel and ripe fruit tones.

This saison is dominated by malt character in my opinion. Yeast is the next noticeable flavor, adding a slight spiciness. Ripe fruits are in the background.

Creamy with good carbonation, a decent mouthfeel overall.

After having one of these, I don't really plan to have another, so the drinkability takes a hit.

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Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a flute. Aug '08

A: Pours a ripened banana color with some deeper tinting. 1 1/2 fingers of pearly white head forms a bit fizzy but holds for a couple minutes. Some patchy lacing here and there.

S: Light spicy phenols and strong yeasty esters. Hops are light, crisp, floral, and with a bit of Saaz-y spice. Malts as light, grainy, and clean.

T/M: Light hop bitterness. Hops add more of a bright, grassy, crispness to everything... livens things up. Still a Saaz-y spice edge. The yeasty esters are quite high, lending a defined banana taste along with some tart green apples.. and maybe phenol? Malts are grainy and light. Body is light and refreshing and carbonation keeps things alive.

D: 8% is very well hidden. There's a little alcohol zing hidden behind the spice hops and potent yeast but it's easily missed. Drinks easy and is great on a very warm day like today.

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Photo of cubang8r
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not much lacing in the pour. Large bubbles that quickly dissipated. From the start I wasn't impressed.

The smell was mild, not what I expect from a Saison. When I was smelling it, I dunked my nose in the beer trying to getting a better whiff. It smelled like a Saison, only muffled.

Taste was the same, I felt as though I was drinking through a filter, although the carbonation was was tighter than the appearance. This created a better feel on the tongue than I expected.

It was drinkable because there wasn't much flavor. If it wasn't for the high alcohol content, this would be a great beach beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled beer, best purchased by Aug 08 on the label. Poured into a tulip glass, this beer was a hazy light orange color with a teeny head. It had a candy aroma, and smelled a little yeasty. Pretty muted aroma. The taste was mostly sweet, couldn't really tell much else. Thin mouthfeel. Not much of a saison.

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Photo of avalon07
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, this had a bright yellow-amber color and a cloudy texture. Didn't have much of a head, but the lacing was solid.

S: There was a very funky barnyard odor with this one (common to the style). Lots of malt and some mild fruit.

T: The malt dominated the taste more than anything here. Not as complex as other saisons, but OK.

M: Had an above average amount of carbonation - could've used a bit more. Pretty smooth finish, though.

D: This is a fairly drinkable beer, but I don't think it's as strong as Ommegang's Hennepin or others of the style. Still, a worthy brew.

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Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Red Sky at Night pours a golden color with a nice bubbly head. The aroma has some phenolic character, some chalky, dry yeast and light sweet malt. The sweet pilsner malt hits first in the flavor, followed by the estery yeast profile. There is a slightly peppery spicy finish with just a hint of alcohol. Man this is a damn good beer. It's crisp and smooth, and remarkably easy drinking for its strength. Once again I'm impressed with Clipper City, I'd like to see their regular offerings around here.

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

Being from Belgium, I could not help but try to recognize this typical yeast smell. It sure felt like a taste from home, a beer I had tried before.
The smell reminded me of the Barbar beer brewed nearby my own town.
Red Sky offers a little fizzy/creamy aftertaste that's actually very nice on the palate.
Honey and a sugary taste are present in this beer.
Pours a golden colorwith a thick creamy head.

It is a very god addition to the Heavy Seas treasure chest. I was very impressed by it.

The funny thing about this beer and the Barbar beer, is that Barbar is called "the rest of the warrior", and Red Sky has the "rest of the pirate" logo.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.79...
Great, Saison-like appearance - pours a bright-yellow, golden, honey-colored appearance with a giant foamy and frothy head that refused to dissipate quickly and left a tremendous amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Sweet, honey, sugared-aroma bursting with fresh florals and ripe fruit...
Very sweet, enticing, yet slightly overbearing taste, with a strong suggestion of pears, apples, canteloupe, melon, sweet grapefruit, honey, and sugars...
Good mouthfeel, albeit a little too sweet, coupled with a good level of drinkability... the hefty 8% ABV isn't as noticeable as much as the sweet, candied flavor...
Decent stuff... Worth a try...

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

fairly clear straw yellow with a white head that fades rather quickly. hay, pale malt, sweet malt, banana, corriander and some clove in the nose and taste. fairly well balanced, and noticably better than last year's attempt, but in my opinion, this is just another american knock off version of my favorite style of beer. the barnyardiness seems to be contrived. no true earthiness or horse shit smells that a real saison has. too much cloviness, and not quite enough (or maybe just not the proper type of) hop. kind of like hennepin, this is a good entry level saison, but nowhere near dupont or any of the delicious fantome saisons. i do appreciate clipper city trying to keep a dying style alive, and i am a fan of thier beer, so extra points for that. keep trying america.

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

Pours a light, golden color. Was I expecting something red? Maybe just a little, but then again, I didn't really read the bottle. Well, this one is a clean yellowish color with about a half finger of foam at the top.

Smell is spicy and yeasty. This beer definitely does a great job of fitting every required taste and smell to be considered a Saison. Its a bit peppery and definitely has that Belgian yeast smell to it.

Taste is rich, fruity with hints of spice at the end. Wow, this is an outstanding beer. Its just so well rounded. It starts out sweet and just finishes in a way that makes me think its an imported Belgian saison but yet so much fresher. Served cool, its a very, very drinkable beer. I love all the flavors the Red Sky at Night imparts; spices, yeast and dark fruits. This is an excellent beer. These Heavy Seas beers keep on impressing me!

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Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 799 ratings