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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

adxss, May 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

TicoCali, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ArsenalBB, May 12, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

I tend not to like red ales very much at all, in fact I tend to avoid them completely but something told me try this one on for size.
This beer, I like. The use of hops in here smooths over all the characteristics and flavors that I tend to find offensive in most red ales. The overall effect reminds me of a black IPA. Grapefruit is heavy in here. Hops resins finish as almost smokey. Reminders of an ESB given the particular sizzle on the palate. Some dark currant flavors.
I'm glad I ignored my bias and picked this up.

ommegangpbr, May 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Trexter103, May 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Cooper, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

motorhed, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

weaselchew, Apr 14, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

JWU, Apr 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Twal, Apr 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

amart80, Mar 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Herky21, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

deanis30, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

TheBigBoy, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Like its namesake, this is a dark red/crimson colored ale that has a very clean, unfiltered look to it. Excellent head retention with some nice lacing.

Smell - Fairly strong citrusy & piney hops complimented a good biscuit/yeast scent The malts are also here too, providing a mild malty scent.

Taste - Piney & Citrusy Hops, which actually are stronger than they were in the nose. Same goes for the malts, which give it a very malt forward flavor. This seems more like an IPA than a Red Ale, which is a good thing in this case. Definitely the hoppiest beer from Summit I have tried yet!

Mouthfeel -Body feels a little bit on the heavier side. Carbonation is fairly average and doesn't interfere with the overall experience. Fairly easy to drink overall.

Overall - This is a pretty damn good beer. It balances out the hops and malt flavors quite well. Summit may have their own branded IPA, but Horizon Red (Despite it's Red Ale classification) is Summit's true IPA and worth trying out instead.

NuclearDolphin, Mar 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Willywong1962, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

bhayle, Mar 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a deep clear ruby red with lasting off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, yeast and earthy piney hops fill the nose. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast followed by some good earthy piney hops. Palate is a medium body, slightly sticky mouth feel with carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast ending with a sweet bitterness with some lingering nutty flavor. Quite a hoppy wallop but overall a good drinkable ale.

Samp01, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

zjbordeau, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

GarretD, Mar 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

jewellrunner, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

mds1101, Feb 26, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Reviewing from memory::

Glass came out a beautiful reddish/brown with a 1/4 head that dropped back to an 1/8 and maintained for a long time. Great lacing too! I'm a big fan of Odells Red Ale and I'd say this is just as good as theirs. The hop aroma on this is strong and inviting. Nice and malty in the month and the hop presence is still dominate. Leaves the usual Summit bitter aftertaste which I feel is kind of their thing. It is however a lovely lingering hop after glow.

Overall this is a great offering from Summit. Will order again!

TwinButte, Feb 22, 2012
Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.