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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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84
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415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a dense 1/8 finger tall beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy lacing is observed.

S: The beer has moderate aromas of caramel malts and toasted malts upfront. There is also a light presence of pine/resin hops with very subtle hints of earthy and citrus hops.

T: The pine/resin hops are present upfront, closely followed by the caramel and toasted malts which give the beer a light amount of sweetness. There is a good balance to this beer with some light amounts of lingering bitterness which taste like it comes from citrus hops in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and crisp.

O: This beer has a great balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making it very easy to drink. I found the beer to be quite enjoyable and it seemed to be a hybrid type of style (amber ale and IPA). I could easily have a couple of these and enjoyed this one enough to grab it some other time.

dbrauneis, May 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There light aromas of pine resin hops in the nose. Some citrus becomes evident as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along pine resin hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit creamy and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very balanced and has a nice blend of malty and hoppy flavors—neither of these seems to stand out in particular.

metter98, May 28, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
4/5  rDev +7%

meanmutt, May 24, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Summit's Horizon Red Ale last week for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. Summit just entered our market recently and their stuff just started showing up at stores, I have never had any beers from Summit before so I decided to get a couple different ones and give them a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple and looks a little plain, it looks ok, but it's not that eye catching. It poured a darker looking muddy amber/brown color that took on a nice bright ruby red color when held to the light and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice lacing. The color is a little different at first, but I find it to be an ok looking beer.

S- I can already tell that this red is going to be on the hoppy side. It starts off with a good amount of hops that are earthy, piney, and citrusy, the pine and citrus seem to stick out the most. Next comes a nice biscuity aroma followed by a good amount of caramel malts that impart some nice caramel and bready aromas that help balance out all those hops up front. I like the aroma of this beer, it's nice and well balanced, just how a proper American Red Ale should be.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, it starts off with some piney and citrusy hops that show up just as much as they did in the aroma. Next comes the malts which have a lower amount of sweetness and impart some nice biscuit, bread, caramel, and lightly toasted grainy flavor that showed up nicely and was strong enough to balance out all those hops. It had a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a malty and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it has just enough hops and malt flavors that make this a tasty and balanced American Red Ale, I like it.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied, and it had a higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was ok, but the carbonation needed to be toned down a little and not so prickly.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought that it was a good and proper example of an American Red Ale, it had the extra hoppyness that I often find in this style, but this beer had just enough malt to provided a nice and balanced taste. This beer had good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth and a little faster then expected, while the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I could go for another one if I had it. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and taste they were both pretty damn good and had all the balance that I would want. What I liked least about this beer was the slightly muddy color and the prickly carbonation, if those were fixed this beer would be pretty close to perfect. I would for sure buy this beer again when looking for a good American Red Ale, it fit the style well and isn't too expensive, I for sure recommend giving this beer a try, it's very true to style. This beer made for a pretty good first impression from Summit, it had almost everything that I look for in a good American Red Ale, and there is no doubt that this is one solid beer, good job guys, you can be sure I will be trying more of your beers.

StoutHunter, May 23, 2012
Photo of adxss
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

adxss, May 21, 2012
Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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

ArsenalBB, May 12, 2012
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Trexter103
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Cooper, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of motorhed
4/5  rDev +7%

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

weaselchew, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of JWU
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

JWU, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Twal
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Twal, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of amart80
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

amart80, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Herky21, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of deanis30
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

deanis30, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of TheBigBoy
4/5  rDev +7%

TheBigBoy, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Willywong1962
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

bhayle, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of zjbordeau
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

GarretD, Mar 04, 2012
Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.