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Horizon Red IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Horizon Red IPAHorizon Red IPA

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very good

16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 172
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: morimech on 02-04-2014

Change from Horizon Red Ale. Addition of Mosaic hops and IBU levels. Changes in malts to make it an IPA.
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes taken on 04/21/14 – Cheers Allen!

A: Claret amber body with good transparency and a half finger of khaki froth resting on top. Notable hang time with this one. Lightly etched lacing produces a broken track pattern of stick that runs down the glass after every sip.

S: Pine hops and spice blend with biscuit and toffee malt to make up the majority of the nose. There is some underlying grapefruit spice with a slightly herbal twist. Fairly clean aromas overall with some good high quality ingredients.

T: Biscuity malt stands firm in the flavor with light toffee but the beer is not necessarily sweet. Touch of raisin in there as well with some really juicy hops. Has a great mix of pine sap, spices, grapefruit, orange peel, and a dash of dank green herbs. Not terribly bitter but you can sense it. The alcohol is well blended and this is just smooth overall with a real nice balance to it. A wet herbal dankness surfaces more and more as I drink. Digging this one for sure.

M: Moderate filling body lying a touch on the lighter side. Nice creamy consistency. Smooth bitterness with a sticky resinous feel. Touch of drying at the finish but overall a touch wet.

D: This is a nice Red IPA with equal parts malt to hops. Mosaics were a good choice providing some in depth hop flavors that compliment the sticky malts. Probably my favorite Summit brew thus far. Nothing here says game changer but I have found their enter line up to be about the same. Just really well crafted and with great balance.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MrUse
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My original "Horizon Red Ale" review is below. My understanding is that the "Horizon Red IPA" is just a slight tweak. After having the newer version, it seems that the hops are different. Well, I know they are different as there is no way Mosaic was used in 2009, but maybe my tastes have changed as well. The main difference I note are more grapefruit, tropical and blueberry notes, and less of what I described as ash all those years ago. Regardless, both versions are tasty.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with thin head, some lacing on glass.

Smell: Citrus and ash, slight pine and malt.

Taste: Expected malts for a Red Ale upfront, but quickly overtaken by bitterness. Bitter aftertaste as well. The hop flavor is somewhat of a surprise, as it reminds me of ash. I detected that in the smell, but didn't expect to taste it. Never would have thought I would like an ash taste, but I do. Maybe this is from the Horizon hops, which I know very little about.

Feel: Lighter than I expected, but considering the low carbonation and smooth body, it all works. Almost reminds me of a Bitter in terms of feel.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking ale, I would choose this over the ESB, EPA or IPA. Still prefer the Porter as my favorite year-round bottled beer by Summit.

I am discouraged by some of the mixed comments and reviews for this. I think people became way too hyped up based on some early ignorant Furious comparisons. Hopefully, in time, the overall opinion will turn more positive.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber red with a lot of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy balanced aroma with hints of citrus and piney hops and sweet caramel. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Earthy and floral hops with hints of pine resin and grass. Solid malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. A pretty solid red aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hopped up Red taste with notes of citrus, pine, and caramel. Upfront citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, and pineapple. Floral and earthy hop presence with notes of pine resin and grass. Good malt backing with notes of caramel, toffee, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, smooth, and fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty solid hopped up Red Ale. Considerably more hop punch than the previous version of this Red but still has a solid caramel malt balance.

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Photo of moundbz
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Z_Anderson_0406
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morimech
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 06/27/14

Pours a slightly hazy amber red with one finger of dense head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Nice hop aroma. The Mosaic hops really bring this beer to life. Citrus, pine, a funky dankness all come through. Pick up some caramel and bread from the malt.

A hoppy red ale flavor. Citrus, tropical fruit, pine, and some forest floor flavor compliments the sweet caramel malt. Overall a really nice combination of flavors.

Medium body and superbly carbonated. Feels rich but still lively on the palate.

Horizon Red Ale was a good beer, this is even better. The addition of Mosaic hops brought the beer to an another level of great flavor. Too bad this is the hardest of the Summit beers to find because it is probably the best of their year-round beers.

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Photo of jwerner23
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Horizon Red IPA from Summit Brewing Company
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