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Summit Horizon Red Ale - Summit Brewing Company

Summit Horizon Red AleSummit Horizon Red Ale

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%

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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Photo of 57md


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark copper with some orange on the edges. There is a finger of off-white head. There is both the essence of hops and grapefruit in the nose. Both the hoppiness and citrus flavors come through in the flavor profile. The malt taste in the flavor profile is a bit light, however. There is some decent bitterness on the finish for a standard red.

This is a very drinkable offering that is light enough for hot summer days, but not so light that it is thin.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 03:38:45 | More by 57md
Photo of Rifugium


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Race Street Cafe, Philly, PA

A pretty tasty red ale, with perhaps a bit more of a hop bite than you're used to in similar styled beers.

Poured into a pint glass, a clear, reddish-brown, with a finger or so of frothy off-white head that retained and laced rather well. Grassy hops in the aroma, with an obvious caramel malt base. As previously mentioned, more hoppy than I'd expect a red ale to be, which isn't a bad thing. Grassy hops right off the bat, mellowing out a bit as the sweetness of the caramel malts move in. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable, but I had no problem moving on after one glass.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 16:30:00 | More by Rifugium
Photo of savaship


1.8/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance was that of a crystal clear amber colored, when served to me only a remnant of the head existed, of a white slightly cream color.

Smell was very floral, with what smelled of oranges and other spice

The taste was possibly the most awful bitter combination of brewed dirt and orange peels, with an aftertaste of orange peel that lingered for 5 minutes, I liken it much to the taste of drinking non-toxic citrus label remover

The mouthfeel was heavy for a clear beer, with very little carbonation

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 18:37:13 | More by savaship
Photo of Lemke10


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Hotel Chequamegon in Ashland, WI while on vacation in spring 2011.

Pours a clean brown amber color and a thick head of white foam with a scent of malts and hops. Has a very hoppy taste that is rather smooth and crisp. Finishes rather well with a minor hoppy after taste. Very nicely blended and rather good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 01:52:05 | More by Lemke10
Photo of drtth


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

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer has a ½" creamy off-white head that slowly recedes leaving some rings and patches of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Throughout the beer sipping leaves nice lacing and there is lacing sticking to the sides of the glass to the end of the beer. The color of the beer is a deep reddish brown color with some nice golden highlights where the light reflects through the glass.

Smell: Although mild, the aroma is a nice mixture of caramel, pine and citrus that builds my expectation that I'm going to like this beer.

Taste: The flavor is a nice bitter character backed up by the malt backbone. The caramel is present but does not dominate as a bitterness from the hops pervades all but never dominates. For this beer the operative word is "balance" in the hops and malt are clearly there but neither is hidden or dominated by the other. The mixture of hops flavors is quite interesting in all of this.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is moderately long and really just has the malt and hops slowly fading to a nice lightly bittered dry aftertaste that leads one on to the next sip.

Drinkability: I quite liked this beer. One sip followed another quite easily and by the end of the beer I was looking forward to a second one. The last half of the beer was consumed while eating a quite tasty beef vegetable soup and I thought the pairing worked very well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 21:45:46 | More by drtth
Photo of nickfl


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off white head that settles slowly and leaves thick, creamy lace. The body is a clear amber-brown color that shows some ruby highlights.

S - Light, toasty malt with some citrus and pine hops.

T - Some pine hop flavor up front with dry toast. More toasty malt in the middle with an increasingly sour, astringent hop flavor. Finished with moderately strong bitterness and lightly burnt toast as well as a hint of toffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Drinkable, but the aroma is weaker than I expected and the flavor profile is dryer than I want it to be. It suffers from the all to common flaw of a amber/brown ale with too dry of a finish. This leaves a burnt toast character lingering on the palate in the finish that really rubs me the wrong way. Combine this with a hop flavor that is well intentioned, but needs sorely to be turned up a notch or two, and you have a beer that I don't mind finishing but would only turn to again if the other options were significantly limited.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 19:51:41 | More by nickfl
Photo of fizzy


4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 20:54:52 | More by fizzy
Photo of JackieTH


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Summit pavilion at the Minnesota State Fair.

Appearance: Dark ruby red with two fingers of creamy white head.

Smell: Strongly pine & citrus hop and a nice undertone of earthen forest and malt.

Taste: Sharp hop bite followed by malty, earthy palate which finishes faily dry and bitter. Decent balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A very good brew that would be higher on my drinkability scale however the hop profile tends to dry me out after 3 or so servings.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 15:54:31 | More by JackieTH
Photo of cbarrett4


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Oregon Brewers Festival

Pretty reddish amber color and thick head.

S - Sweet and malty with a touch of fruit.

T - lots of sweet malt backed by some hops.

M - Medium body with a low level of tannin.

D - Good and easy to drink, but I think it would get boring

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 18:47:20 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of Strix


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

Clear deep red, good head.

Smells malty, a bit of hops in there, and a slight tea-like note.

Earthy, grassy, and malty. Some hop presence, but also the tea-like note and a metallic note that don't mesh. Reminds me of an ESB.

Medium mouthfeel.

I've yet to try something from Summit I really connect with. This was drinkable, but not memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 02:19:57 | More by Strix
Photo of dudemuskie


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App- Brilliant deep red color with a very light beige head that lingers at around 1 finger and laces nicely.

Aroma-Sweet caramel malt dances in a sea of citrsy/fruity hops (grapefruit and mango).

Flavor- Sweet light caramel malt up front quickly washed out by intense, fresh hop flavors. Hops hang in middle/front of tongue but eventually ride out onto the sides and are primarily flavor hops- not too bitter. Caramel malt rides the middle fo the tongue providing a decent balance.

Mouth- Low to moderate CO2, finishes fairly clean, hops and caramel malt linger but dont overpower. Tasty red ale with a great bright, domestic hop flavor. Had this pint with a BBQ pork sandwich at Sheffield's in Chicago and it paired quite nicely!

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2009 21:27:16 | More by dudemuskie
Photo of champ103


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish/amber color. A large off-white head of over two fingers forms with good retention. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the pint glass.
S: Citrus hops and a light malty sweet caramel aroma. Not bad, but not a lot of depth.
T: A nice malty sweetness up front. Caramel and toffee. Plenty of hop flavor. Floral, grassy, and citrus. Really well balanced.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A good crisp snap that makes this very refreshing. An easy quaffable beer.

I enjoyed this. A very nice red ale. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 00:54:40 | More by champ103
Photo of Slatetank


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this last night at Brass Rail Deli, served on tap.

A - Dark caramel/bronze w/ very light cream cap w/ tiny bead. The color has reddish highlights otherwise appears as a brown ale. The clarity is good and lace clings w/ good head retention

S - Notes of plum, roasted grain and floral hops. A generally bready aroma w/ mild citrus from the hops

M - Mild sweetness and moderate carbonation. Subtle fruitiness and mild bitterness w/ a spicy edge

T - The taste is semi-sweet w/ light orange zest and mild roasted nut flavors in the malt. The taste of gentle hop acidity w/ mainly herbal flavors and light red plum aspects w/ a nice mellow pepper taste in the finish

D - A pleasing red ale, highly drinkable and balanced. I found the hops and yeast flavors interesting and it is an easy to drink red. I would return to this, certainly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 14:02:14 | More by Slatetank
Photo of GeezLynn


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

Deep red brown color with a glint of ruby capped by a frothy white head. This beer was surprisingly fragrant - a solid malt backbone highlighted by citrus hops. The flavor brought to mind Summit Extra Pale with a biscuity malt body. The bold hop flavors were there, but were present in contrast to rather than working together with the malt flavors and are better suited to the Pale Ale style. Nice bitterness. The mouthfeel was fine - slightly on the thin side, but not overcarbonated.

Not the most balanced beer Summit has to offer and brought to mind a modified version of Summit EPA. But all things considered, a pretty enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2009 03:30:16 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of Reneejane


4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 21:13:39 | More by Reneejane
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz tap pour into an American Tumbler Pint @ the Firkin

A - Clear red color with a small tan head and no retention that left little lacing from the ring.

S - Undertones of malt totally overshadowed by a very strong hop aroma. Floral, spicy and piney.

T - Hoppy like crazy! No apparent malts in the flavor as everything is overshadowed by the hops. Very strong but flavorful. Floral and spicy hopping.

M - Sharp and crisp with a bitter finish that washes clean in the end. Light to medium in body.

D - While this beer is tasty, its incredibly hoppy and not enticing after one at all. Good for one though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 03:40:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 14:19:36 | More by tempest
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear crimson/amber color... adequate froth atop, soon gone, though.

Fresh, grassy aroma, lightly fruity, not too tart, not too sweet...

Taste: big hops, lingering some, laying a bit on the palate, hanging in there,... and then, softly fading back.
Light caramel malt body... very drinkable, sessionable, a nice turnaround for those looking for something new from Summit.
While it ups the hops, it doesn't quite do enough for me...and lacks in the body. This is being written on my second pint, though, and I'm liking it better than I did with the first.
I still feel it could, should be bigger in body, a little heavier would be nice. But, then, I have to keep remembering that I'm not their target audience, and how much my taste has evolved.
Beyond what Summit wants to make, apparently.

Again, a good drinking beer, nothing wrong with it at all, just falls a bit short from what I look for these days.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 03:12:21 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Gump


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Just released, on tap in the backyard at Sweeny's.

Arrived to my table looking very flat. No head and filled to the rim.
Mostly clear, reddish brown.
The hops smell brilliantly fresh.
Lacks body and mouthfeel. No lacing.
Flavors are grainy, with hints of caramel sweetness. The hops are the highlight of this ale.

I look forward to trying this again in bottle. I hope to see more carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2009 15:09:50 | More by Gump
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Red Ale pours a dark reddish color, with a nice lacing head. There is a nice sharp malty aroma, with good hop notes. Taste is the same, good bold malty backbone, with a nice noticeable sharp bite near the end. Nice feel, and a nice carbonation feel. Overall its a nice flavorful red.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:08:30 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Kevin-Wieken


3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Horizon Red Ale (IPA*)
Summit Brewing Company, Minnesota
---from bottle to pint glass---

Very clear dark brown, red shows up when held up to light. Pretty thin ivory head. Ok lacing…

Grapefruit, a little pine and a little sweet malt. Malt shows up after the beer warms a little.

Hops dominate this beer. Not as citrusy as it smells, very piney. Earthy/sweet malt sneaks through at the end.

Good carbonation. Great amount of bitter. Very drinkable.

I really dig this beer. Another homerun from Summit.

*Summit is renaming this beer Horizon Red IPA this winter, and rightfully so!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:29:30 | More by Kevin-Wieken
Photo of NeedBeerHere


3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice maroon in color with a finger white head with decent retention. Smell is really fruity with pineapple, apple, and a little something that seems almost a little like orange. There really isn't much of a bitter nose and I can't smell the malts. Tastes similar with some specific differences. There is definitely more slight bitterness and less fruit. The malt bill kicks in with a little caramel and toffee. Really tastes well balanced. Overall a great beer. Not something I would go out of my way for but it's the session beer I want for the night.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:43:32 | More by NeedBeerHere
Photo of kojevergas


3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with understated label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a 12 pack Summit variety box and served into a stem-tulip in low altitude Minneapolis, MN. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide off-white colour head. Okay thickness. Not much creaminess. Retention is poor - maybe 30 seconds at best. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich dark amber of average vibrance. Translucent. Quasitransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's fairly dark for the style, but otherwise is pretty standard fare. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws here. I'm looking forward to trying it. Seems more like a toasty winter warmer type amber than a bright hoppy one.

Sm: Toasted malt, crusty/light bready malts, and caramalt/caramelization. Herbal floral hop character. Amber malts. Residual sugars are surprisingly prominent for an amber. Overall, it's a clean appealing aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Toasted malt character, bread crust, amber malts, caramel. Floral hop character comes on aggressive but is decently tamed by the malty sweetness. I dig the toasty character but would prefer it more prominent. Decently balanced, with a cohesive but not gestalt build.

Average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour. Could be more complex and subtle, but then so could most beers. Not intricate or nuanced.

A pretty standard flavour profile for an amber.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit biting, aided by the slight overcarbonation. The biting feel aids the hoppy component but reduces drinkability. Nice body and presence on the palate. Nice thickness.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd get it again, but it isn't particularly remarkable. Just a solid local amber that's hard not to like. Hides its ABV nicely. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's well worth trying and doesn't disappoint.


Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:11:00 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Hergestridge


3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1st Amber Ale experience. Pleasant smell with pine, raspberry, and some grassy dew sweetness.
Appearance is pleasant sort of a bock - nut brown colour. Taste is good, on great but pleasant. mouth feel.. ya know.. pretty much all cold beer has a great mouth feel.. I am not enough of a beeroisseur( (Beer Connoisseur) -- Staking Claim as wordsmith for this word.)) Please remit 25 cents if you ever use it.. thanks!! :)
Overall, not really an impressive entry by Summit. But with the Seasonal kick I've been on of late, I'm sure they'll have one or 2 winners.. Wouldn't buy or order this on this tasting..
Carry On Citizens!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 23:48:32 | More by Hergestridge
Photo of shadetree67


3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Amber color. A strong pour yielded a 1 finger head. The glass had nice lacing down the wall while drinking.

Smell - Hops and Malt. not getting much on the nose

Taste - The taste is rather two dimensional. Hops, Malt and a bit of pine taste. The finish is quite bitter. Nothing too exciting going on here

Mouthfeel - Sticky mouthfeel. Coats the mouth. Good level of carbonation.

Overall - It's a decent Red but not something I would go out of my way to buy often.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:42:30 | More by shadetree67
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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.