Thursday, September 1, 2011

Heavy Seas Red Sky At Night Saison Ale

Tonight I'm drinking Heavy Seas Red Sky At Night, a saison brewed by Clipper City Brewing Company in Baltimore, Maryland. I tried this back in February, 2010. I thought you might get a kick out of my description of the beer at that point in this blog's life. Sounds like an awesome saison that a newbie to the style may not appreciate. So I decided to give it another whirl and check it out for real, considering I have become a huge fan of saisons and the Heavy Seas line of beers. In particular, Loose Cannon and Peg Leg.

The label on this is the same as it was two years ago. A pirate and his parrot are both passed out and snoring in a hammock on the beach. Purchase before December, 2011.

The aroma is very nice. Fruity apple and pears with some yeast, a little funky and a little hoppy too. Fruity flavors to start, too, with apples and apricots running the show. This beer is quite a bit sweeter than I was expecting. And the yeast is very noticeable, flavor and texture. The second half of the beer continues with the sweetness, mostly in a sugary candy kind of way. Toward the end, some spicy nippy little peppery jabby bitey bites jump up and down and all around your palate.

Along the way, you might notice a small funkiness and the 7.5% alcohol may provide a spirits-type accent to the other flavors. Carbonation is good. Body is a little more than I wanted. And the sweetness took away from drinkability, refreshment, and enjoyment. I think most of my negative comments could be addressed and the rough edges rounded to make another great Heavy Seas beer. For now, this one was just good.

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dale said...

I'm a fan of Heavy Seas, too. I'm particularly fond of Loose Cannon. I tried this one early on in my craft beer experience, and truthfully do not remember anything about it. Now that I've learned to appreciate Saisons, I need to go back and revisit this one.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

That's exactly what happened for me. I drank it so long ago and just read the review from then. It was funny, though I believe informative as it was just honesty from someone that hadn't had saisons before. I'm more appreciative of the style now.