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Summit Horizon Red Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Horizon Red AleSummit Horizon Red Ale

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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Replaced by Horizon Red IPA.

(Beer added by: Gump on 04-20-2009)
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ommegoose

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm pouring this in my Duvel goblet, to great effect. It pours a cream colored head of a full two inches on top of a black cherry colored body. Little to no visible carbonation. Lacing now and then.

Pretty good aroma, hoppy and crisp. Piney, seems Cascade dominated. Crystal malts. More interesting malt notes are buried way in there. Caramel and hints of cocoa.

This is a somewhat hop-forward red ale, but despite sufficient quantities of hops, it's not a standout profile. Piney cascades on top of caramel/crystal malts. Bitterness lingers and is apparent throughout, but that's pretty much the one dimension of the hops. I actually think it could have used more maltiness. As is, it comes across as not being too far from a SNPA, so I would have liked more balance. Near total lack of sweetness doesn't appeal to me.

This is a really average feel with nothing much to say about it. Better after repeated swirls flatten it out. On the full side, I guess.

Summit beers are smartly in a price niche underneath the Bell's, Founders, and Goose Islands that dominate locally, so if they nailed a beer or two, they'd have a regular place in my fridge. This just falls short somewhere along the way, though. It's easy to jump to the conclusion that this has cheaper ingredients, but I can't say if that's the reason this isn't so great. I can see this beer having fans, but I'm a bit weary halfway through. I'm not sure how this is such a slog when there's not really any major flaw. Just not my style and won't be a repeat buy, even if the price is favorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 05:52:22 | More by ommegoose
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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.