Summit Horizon Red Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Horizon Red AleSummit Horizon Red Ale

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gump on 04-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Replaced by Horizon Red IPA.
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Reviews by JWU:
Photo of JWU
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10oz straight from a firkin

A- a dark ruby amber with a bubbly but thin white head

S-sweet biscuity malts with earthy hops

T- follows the smell. A little Carmel on the taste as well.

M- medium bodied and dry on the finish.

O- good, and striving to be great.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says "Enjoy by 11/24/09." Pouring into perfect pint glass showed an appetizing dark red body with a thick, rocky slightly off-white head, which left good lacing as I drank. The aroma is dominated by piney hops with a hint of toasted malts in the background. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, the initial taste is the hops, followed by some spicy rye notes, and then a long hop finish. The drinkability on this one is excellent. A great example of a hopped up red rye.

Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brick red with a fluffy, off-white head. The aroma is subtle pine and citrus hops with a strong malt character as well. The flavor is grassy hops with some grapefruit and pine mixed in. The malt balances everything out giving it just a tad bit of bitterness. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a nice dark amber, and surely makes it's name known by it's color.

S: Smelled rich with hops, very earthy, but bright and almost citrus.

T: The taste wasn't the bitterest beer I've ever tasted, but it's IBU's are somewhere around the range of 60-70 which I surely tasted, however the end flavor on the back of your pallet is very delicious.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, but very bubbly, great feeling.

D: I really liked this beer, but as will all my other drinkability ratings, I have to look at availability and price, and that's why I had to rate this slightly above average.

Overall, outstanding job by Summit, get yourself one. Cheers.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber red with a big foam slightly tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong pine and floral hops followed by bready and caramel malts. Aroma is strong and fresh.

Taste: Sweetness from caramel malts up front followed by citrus hops. Finishes with bready malt and more hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A good red with a nice mix of hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

Photo of brow1901
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New summit was calling my name from inside the cooler at the store today. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Not much to get excited about so far. Light maroon in color w/ a bone white head. Not much retention but some lacing. No haze or cloudinesss.

S- Really unimpressed by the way the beer smells, I think the EPA has a better smell than this one. And the fact that summit advertises dry-hopping so much, it disappoints when it doesn't meet the expectations. But the hops are there, along with a weird malt sweet smell that I don't really care for.

T- Pretty good taste for the red ale style. I'm glad the hop profile isn't much more than it is. The beer has a really smooth balance to it.

M- A bit to thin for my tastes but that maybe to style. The carbonation is nice and refreshing.

D- Very drinkable but not one of my favorites. Worth a try though, I think I'll give it another shot on tap.

Photo of frankiepop
1.98/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why this red dye beer gets a plus 3 is beyond me. I love the summit brews, but this red 'ale' just tastes like an American low class lager to me. Slap a Bud label on this puppy and this tasteless bottle of piss will be right at home. Good beer for drunks when this fizzy shit goes on sale.

This beer should be paired with watching American Idol singers. What a waste. Tune in next week when I update my review, and tell you what I really think.

Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5

The color is a nice rich dark copper verging on red. The head that forms isn't very high, but it has good retention and leaves nice lacing.
There's a good, moderately strong hops aroma, more pine than citrus, with a caramel malts balance. Sturdy, but it could use a bit more.
The taste follows suit; the caramel malts and resinous hops flavors balance well. There's really not much else to it.
The body is medium with a bit of smoothness to it, but a bit more carbonation than there should be.
This is a nicely hopped red ale with good drinkability.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summit- Horizon Red

A- Nice glowing amber red with a thick foamy head. Thick foamy lacing, solid.
S- Nice sweet sugary malt, slight touch of caramel and molasses with a citrus hop tinge.
T- Thick sugary malt with hints of caramel, molasses, and bread crust overpowered by a slight citric but more pine dominating hoppiness.
M- Sweet and thick malt starts this 1 off with a big hoppy body, slight hoppy bitterness becomes sweet and more balanced with the malt near the end.

Overall- Very good, very drinkable! 1 of the better Ambers I've had in quite some time!!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The rusty red color and creamy, rock inch-thick head makes this one look especially appetizing. Immediate lace stickage too.

Aroma has an interesting musty tone, which wraps around polite hops and ever-so-slightly peaty malt.

Flavor leans on the hoppy side, although their character is bitter, leafy, strained and astringent. Malt is pretty sweet, almost candy-like, although the thin, almost watery body keeps it from feeling syrupy. Unfortunately, that thicker body would've really helped the beer through a little better. I love how the hops linger long into the finish, but I suppose that would be more satisfying if the main part of the sip was tastier and more balanced (and less thin).

I liked Summit's Maibock quite a lot, but Horizon Red isn't as convincing. There's something here for sure, but the malty element is wimpy, and the hoppy side is too astringent. Seems like they were going for a Hop Head Red (Green Flash) sort of thing but didn't quite reach the goal. Still, there's enough here to cling on to and enjoy, and I certainly had no problem getting through it. I thank BDLbrewster for sending this as an extra in a recent trade.

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly misty dark auburn with a fleeting beige lace that lacks height but stains the the sides of the glass.
The nose is dead grass, blood oranges, wintergreen, resin, and a bit of toasty malts. It smells a lot like most pale ales, and lacks the malty nuance to excel beyond, considering the style.
In the mouth, the toast hit first, then some caramel sweetness steps in. The hops bring dried grass, lime rind, pipe scrapings, and evergreens. The finish is balanced between the toasty malts and array of hoppy bitterness, with a boost towards copper and metal at the swallow.
The malt-hop interplay seems to suggest a sort of barleywine jr. So the semi-flaccid mouthfeel is out of place. This wants to go big, but is constrained.
Nevertheless, it's drinkable in gulps, balanced, and sessionable. Generally good, but it seems that is greater qualities are stunted.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz stubby bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish-orange with a 2 finger off white foamy head that faded quick but left nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Floral and pine hops with a nice sweet malt underneath. A welcoming smell.

Taste: Great hemp-like hops up front with very little bitterness, followed by sweet malts and a smooth clean finish. Hoppier than the average American Amber Ale, but balanced perfectly by warm and bready malts.

Mouth Feel: Medium to light body with moderate coronation and a nice bite in the finish from the hops.

Drinkability: A great session beer that is really well balanced, a moderate ABV and a lot more flavor than the average Amber Ale. Another winner by Summit Brewing.

Photo of BigBossMan
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Perhaps it is not fair to compare, but I feel Lagunitas Imperial Red or Odell's Extra Special Red are much better examples of big, hoppy red ales. The Horizon Red, I found to be overly burnt tasting. The appearance is a nice, dark amber. However, it was not a particularly easy drink as I simply didn't enjoy the overall flavor. The cascade hop flavor, while there, was drowned out by earthy, burnt overtones. I would drink another one but wouldn't buy a whole 6 pack.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep strawberry red, but darker. Like strawberry pancake syrup. The head is small, but spreads sticky lace around the glass, and shows some staying power.

S - Maple syrup and milk chocolate. Secondary notes of Northwestern hops spring out of the glass. I got this sixer at a very reduced price at local gourmet foods shop, and I have a feeling that the hops would be the star of the show if this bottle didn't have quite a bit of age on it.

T - Hops are actually more forward in the flavors than the nose would suggest. Big leafy hop notes are well balanced with caramel and maple syrup malts. Fruity mango and starfruit add some interesting little accents. The more this warms and the longer I sip, the more hop-tastic this one becomes. Nice!

M - Medium bodied, well constructed, and very solid and firm on the palate. All the signs of a well brewed beer are present. Would make a great burger or sandwich beer. A reuben sounds pretty damn good right about now.

D - I always find a good red/amber ale to be a good choice for a night of sessioning, and this one is a prime candidate especially since I found this six pack of fine craft brew for FOUR BUCKS and some change at a little mom and pop store. I may very well head back there tomorrow and buy the three or four other sixers they had on the little display a the end of an aisle of cheese.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a bottle of Summit Horizon Red Ale and it is good. The beer poured a clear ruby red with slightly off-white head that is lacing on my pint glass. The smell includes a sweet malt with hop character. The taste is a decent blend of malt and hop that is quite nice. The hops used leave the pallet a bit bitter. The mouthfeel is good, medium body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is very good....I like hopped up reds. The bitter after taste may make the to two to three limit....but it is decent nonetheless.

Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a large light tan head that has great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is toasted malts and a hint of caramel with a good dose of citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma features some caramel malts with a nice citrusy hop finish. Quite a bit more hiops in the taste than the aroma, and that certainly isn't a bad thing. 

M- Te mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The drinkability is solid. Overall, this is a good well crafted American Red Ale. Recommended.

Photo of beertooth
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off the beer engine at Sheffield's. Served in a shaker pint.

This beer is ruddy ruby iced tea color liquid with tons of suspended yeast bits. There's a finger of off white head that leaves rings of gritty lacing.

The nose is faint Amarillo hops. It's very floral and a tad yeasty with tons of esters.. I can detect a bit of alcohol as well.

The first gulp is extremely floral, dried hop flowers, a bit of alcohol, some sweet bready malts, more almost belgian yeast like fruity esters. It's not blowing me away, but it's not bad. The esters and floral notes are a little hard to get past though. It finishes a little bitter and falls off fast.

Mouthfeel is very thin with no carbonation. I wish it had a bit more body to it.

It's hard for me to pass up a beer I've never had on cask, but I'm not sure if I'd order this again. It goes down fairly fast though.

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Three Squares in Maple Grove, MN. Appeared a clear red with short head. I was looking forward to trying this beer, but came away from my pint glass a bit disappointed. Basically, while there is a nice clean/biting citrus hop flavor, it's too weak and there's almost no malt to speak of. It drank to thin for the strength and the bitterness levels we're only on par with a respectable APA.

Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance-Reddish-brown with ruby highlights, very clear. Tall frothy off white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Piney, citrusy hop aromas are forefront. Some caramel malt and toasted toffee in the background. Very light fruity esters.

Flavor-Some sweet caramel and bready malt quickly gives way to big piney, citrusy hops, with moderately high bitterness. Still very lightly sweet in the aftertaste, though hop bitterness dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body slightly enhanced by medium high carbonation, which leaves a slight prickle on the tongue. No astringency even with the high hop rate. Smooth.

Like Summit's EPA, this one has a very special place in my heart. This was the beer that got me interested in learning more about craft beer, and I still think that it's Summit's best year-round offering. A solid, flavorful, and very drinkable brew.

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear ruby in the glass, with 2 fingers of off-white head. This maintains a rich ½ finger of froth when swirled, throwing up a robust cascade that rings the sides with sticky lacing. This has a pretty nice look to it. The aroma is floral, with a lot of fresh pine present and some lesser peppery spice. This is undercut by green citrus character that mingles sweet caramel malt and some darker roast across the back. The piney and flowery feel of this really drives the nose here for the most part.

The taste is more pine and fresh green grapefruit flavor, with a zesty bright bitterness that lays dry resins and spice deep into the finish. This assertiveness is well balanced by a sticky caramel sweetness and then more of a burnt character along the back, however it isn’t overly strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creaminess that surrounds more of a sharpness that tends to gather on the tongue and helps bring out all of that pine and bitterness. This definitely has some oiliness to it though and this is generally pretty easy and slick in the mouth despite the strength of the hops.

If you like hoppy Red Ales, you’re probably going to like this one. There’s a lot of aggressive character here but it’s all well balanced by the sweetness and light roasted malt flavors that you would expect from the style. That 5-6% on this really hits the sweet spot for the feel here as well. This was a nice beer that really got it right and I’d have no problem picking up more in the future, as I really like this style.

Photo of morimech
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, reddish amber color with one inch of white head that had good retention. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. Big nose full of hops. Pine, citrus, and what other reviewers have noticed, ash. The flavor is mostly hops as well. Pine and citrus flavors mostly. Bitterness is moderate. Dry overall with no sweetness from the malt. A bit one dimensional but it still tastes good. The body seems a little thin but has a nice texture and carbonation. A good red ale and one I would definately drink again especially at Summit prices. The lower ABV also helps drinkability.

Photo of marcobrau
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours red, as advertised, with a generous amount of carbonation that falls slowly leaving some lace and a persistent layer of bubbles. Smells delightfully of citrus and pine. Caramel malts seem to bring the flavor of candied fruit (sweet cherry?) and blend well with Summit, Horizon and Amarillo hops. Deliciously sweet and bitter; particularly bitter in the finish. Maybe a touch drier than I'd expect. A very well-made hoppy amber ale I'm liking quite a bit.

Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter sampler. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours mahogany brown with 1/4 inch white foam. Nutty smell. Malty, Taste is a lightly sweet caramel with a subtle hint of hops threaded throughout. Some bitter resides, so the finish is more bitter than sweet, but not too much of either. Firmly carbonated. Pretty good red.

Photo of dhannes
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a Perfect Pint.

A=Rich amber color with 3 finger cream colored head.


T=Strong, yet smooth hop presence; spice (cinnamon? nutmeg?).

M=Extremely drinkable.

O=Best red I can recall. Not overpowering, but robust and very flavorful.

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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.