Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Heavy Seas Red Sky at Night

Heavy Seas Red Sky at Night
7.5% ABV
Clipper City Brewing Co., Baltimore, MD
12 oz btl
Served in Duvel tulip glass
Date on bottle: Best by 12/2013
Reviewed on 9/7/13

This saison pours a quite clear gold with a thin white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Mild lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell has malt, wheat, hops, floral/herbal notes, pepper, mild fruity syrup, mild citrus.

Taste has malt, wheat, hops, light breadiness, peppery candy-like sweetness, fruity syrup, floral/herbal notes, touches of berry.  Much more defined taste than smell.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth on the palate with perhaps a touch or two of bitterness and dryness.

Overall, this is a somewhat decent tasting saison that reveals more in its taste than its smell.  Malt, wheat, and candyish fruity syrup are the main flavors here, with some decent backing accents. It's fairly drinkable and mostly refreshing, though as saisons go, it's average.

My score: 87

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