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Beer Review #128 Red Sky at Night

It wasn’t long ago that I reviewed Clipper City Brewing Company’s Heavy Seas Summer Ale.I quite enjoyed the beer and found it to be a nice beer to drink when the temperature is pushing 90 degrees. I have another beer from Clipper City Brewing Company today. This Baltimore, MD brewing company seems to have something new on the shelves every time I go to the beer store. Today’s ale is a Saison Ale style of beer and comes in at a respectable 7.5% ABV.

I’m assuming the name for this beer comes from old saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight, Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.” This beer doesn’t exactly pour red, but rather a rich orange color. It is slightly hazy and has a nice, fluffy white head. The nose is pretty straight forward for a Saison. There are your typical Belgian spices along with some raw yeast aromas. There is some nice sweetness mixed in there as well. I thought that the nose was slightly grassy as well.

Upfront this beer offers a nice amount of sweetness.  The malty sweetness almost reminded me of a hard candy-like sweetness. I’m not sure if they used any Belgian candy sugar in this beer, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. The sweetness then gives way to a spicy note that cuts through and dries the sweetness wonderfully. While this Saison is a bit high in ABVs compared to a “typical beer,” I found it surprisingly balanced. It was light in flavor but each component complimented the others.

I really enjoyed this beer. It was very subtle in most respects and shows a great deal of restraint by the brewers. It is really refreshing and I would be happy drinking this beer at anytime of the year. (more…)