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Summit Horizon Red Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | 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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5/5  rDev +33.7%

kimsquid, Mar 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

SurlyDisciple, May 02, 2013
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4.72/5  rDev +26.2%

I have always liked Summit Pale Ale, on tap or from the bottle. This was my first taste of the Horizon Red Ale. They were serving it on tap at the Minnesota State Fair and I decided to buy a 3- 7oz sample paddle of beers. One was the Pale Ale, one the Oktoberfest, and the third the Horizon Red Ale. I knew I would like the Pale Ale, without a doubt. The Oktoberfest was a little more malty and sweet than a I really like, but the kicker was the Horizon Red Ale. What a hop presence without being over done, a full citrus ending and flavor left in the mouth. What a wonderful beer, and one to be savored again, not just at the State Fair but at home and at the bar. Kudos goes to Summit.

fizzy, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of dhannes
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%

Served in a Perfect Pint.

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

S=Hops...cinnaomon?

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.

dhannes, Dec 05, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +21.7%

This is a fabulous beer! It's a deep dark brooding ruby amber color. It is capped with a fluffy white head that leaves loads of beautiful lace. The aroma is a powerful hop aroma. This is a total hop experience, you are guided from one hop taste to the next as you savor the drink. There are multiple hops in here. Even so I didn't feel the hops were too overpowering. The taste ends with a fresh bitter taste leaving a very sticky malty backbone behind it. This is fabulously balanced, artistically complex, and marvelous!

Reneejane, Jul 03, 2009
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, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

I'm a sucker for a well-made American amber, and this one hit the nail on the head. Rich amber color. Nice malt flavor with bold, bright hops. Finish was clean with lingering bitterness - highly drinkable. I forsee more of this in my beer fridge this summer.

Brent, Mar 08, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

Mmmm... smells like an IPA, good sign...

A-Pours a beautiful, clear deep red wine color with a nice creamy medium dark ivory color head that has ok retention, with real good lacing.

S-Let me tell you about the aroma, it's bright lemon cirtus, almost piney all the way until the very end when the head almost completely dissapears and gives way to the strong caramel background the malt gives. Very nice. If I didn't have eyes, I would think this is an IPA by the smell. Which is not a bad thing.

T-The flavor is a more balanced red ale flavor. Has a strong caramel maltiness to it, not sweet because of the pungent hop bitterness to balance. And a citrus hop flavor is so prevelant in this wonderful beer. Then again, if I didn't have eyes, i just might think this was an IPA... maybe this is not as to style as many would want, but you gotta admit, that this is a good beer.

M-It has a creamy full medium body that is slightly dry in the end with a strong lingering bitterness. The malt coats the mouth thinkly, but is smoothed away by the bitterness and the tad dryness in the end.

D-This goes down very smooth. I could have a few pints of this if it was on tap somewhere. Pretty sessionable I'd say. If you are a hop lover like me, I'd advise you go get some of this hoppy red ale.

hoplover82, Aug 14, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

Summit Horizon Red Ale. Not really red, more of an amber with red highlights. I poured it hard and got a nice one inch head that retained well. Lots of sticky lace coated the glass as I drank the beer down. Smells pretty good. Lots of grassy, citrus hops with a touch of pine and flowers. Its dry hopped with Cascades, but it doesnt make your eyes pop out when you crack the bottle like some other locally made beers. Lots of hops in the flavour. A touch of citrus fruit and some pine with an earthy undercurrant. Has a slight mineral flavour that is present in may other Summit beers, probably the St Paul city water, but who knows. Very clean malts. Finish is bone dry and bitter with that ever present Summit mineral flavour. This beer is really dry, like west coast dry. Takes some getting used to, but I like it. Medium carbonation with a very light body. The more bottles of this beer I consume, the more I enjoy it. Easy drinkin and delicous. Great stuff.

mjryan, Apr 25, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +19%

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.

MattyG85, Apr 22, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +18.4%

Dark amber to ruby in color. Fairly weak ivory colored head. Does have well-defined, sticky lace patches.

Rich a spicy hop aroma of pine trees and citrus fruits.

Hops are very lively in the flavor. Robust lemon, grapefruit and pine-like hop. Mild honey sweetness. Smooth biscuit character.

Dry feel overall. Medium body and well carbonated. Crisp.

Really good stuff. A lot more hops than expected but blending in the flavor very well.

bnes09, Dec 16, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

Pours a deep amber/light copper with a ample head that settles to a sticky cap which laces and rings every sip.

Smell is of hops up front. Piney and earthy with a touch of grapefruit and floral aroma. Cascade aromas, toastey and rich come through. Malt is secondary on the aroma with clover honey, sweet bread and biscuits.

Flavor is amarillos up front, undeniably. The hops are earthy, dank and have the flavor that you only get from fresh hops. Grapefruit and pine cones together with a dash of dirt mixed with pine needles. Malt is subdued and I wish there was more of a balancer for this style, but the beer is delicious. Malt is bicuit, bready and sweet, but not enough to keep the dryness down. For a red ale the hop bill here is off the charts and fresh, delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp with the carbonation which is at a good level, the dryness of the beer may call for a little less carbonation or a sofer bubble hit, but it works very well for this beer.

Drinkability is off the charts. A session beer with this much flavor demands to be purchased and consumed on a regular basis.

I went into this beer with a bit of hesitation. But I am not disappointed. Well worth the $6.99 a sixer. I will be gettting this beer again.

wheatyweiss, Jun 25, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

Quite dark for the style, almost like a lighter brown ale, with a meringuey, parchment-colored head with very good retention. Very interesting, fruity nose, full of papaya and pineapple and lemon and lime, with an unusual basil-like herbal quality and some potent rosy esters. The malts are nice and caramelly, but they don't have the nice toasty/nutty character that makes a really good amber ale. Round and balanced flavor, but quite briskly hoppy, an interplay between toasted bead, nuts, burnt caramel with tangy, fruity, pithy hops. Medium bodied but just dry enough to keep this very drinkable, even refreshing. I'd love to try it on cask.

soulgrowl, Sep 13, 2009
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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.