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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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416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | 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 stephens101
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A midsize layer of off-white froth sits idling on top of this crimsom brew. A few crooked lines of lace are left after a quick shake. Smells of caramel, apples and cinnamon. Grainy on the tongue with a fair amount of hops and a distant fruitiness. Medium mouth-feel and fair carbonation. Not complex but well crafted. Nice little red for beautiful autumn afternoon.

stephens101, Sep 25, 2010
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.

fizzy, Sep 04, 2010
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.

JackieTH, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium crimson red with a bright clarity and nice frothy white head (most beautiful red ale I have ever seen!). Head retention/lacing were also good, but I can't get over the color.

Smells of strong English hops (Horizon, duh!). A great balance of pine and citrus tones, slightly earthy as well. An equally impressive toasted malt aroma balance out wonderfully. On the fade was a display of soft dry flowery hops closing things out in an otherwise good aromatic experience.

The taste opens with a good sharp flowery bite of dried citrus. Next are the toasted malts with a dry fairly strong hop presence of beautiful strong English earthy/fruity hops. The bitterness is smooth, blending well with the semi-dry toasted malt but is still enough to hold its own and stay balance.

The beer has a medium fullness with a nice smooth slickness and a light carbonation presence. A lingering finish of dry hopped citrus makes you anxiously awaiting the next sip while a flowery hopping coats the tongue.

Extremely high on the drinkability scale for me, love it. This pleasantly surprised me and this is a beer I will seek out in the future; I wish the rest of Summit's portfolio was as strong.

claspada, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Depending on the lighting, this is orange amber or amber brown in color. About one finger of frothy off-white head dies down quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

3.5 S: Pungent floral and citrus hops with emphasis on pineapple and grapefruit. Not much going on malt-wise except for a touch of the standard crystal malt presence. Still, reasonably pleasant.

3.0 T: Moderate, or maybe more, hop bitterness. Crystal malts with a very slight nuttiness. Touch of citrusy hops. None of the flavors are very strong other than the bitterness and they don't go together that well.

3.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit too high and is very bity, giving a not very smooth journey down.

3.0 D: This isn't a terrible brew, but it's hard to figure out what is good about it.

DavoleBomb, Aug 16, 2010
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

cbarrett4, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of McThirsty
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into laser etched bottom tumbler glass

A: 2 finger head that sticks around and sticks to the glass quite nicely. Dark redish copper color to it

S: Sweet smelling malts. Almost a fruity smell.

T: Very pleasant piney, hoppy taste much like an IPA. Slightly bitter

M: Light carbonation. Very smooth

D: Light enough to drink a few but this beer definitely deserves your attention

McThirsty, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of sonata2008
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. A very dark red color, clear with a medium head.
S: A very strong floral and grapefruit hops smell with some malt in the background.
T: Upfront bitter and grapefruit hops, some spice too with a subdued malt background. The bitterness lingers afterward.
M: Nice level of carbonation.
D: Drinkable, but not something I'd have more than one of in a session.

sonata2008, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish-brown with a inch and a half of frothy, light tan head.

S - Solid, sweet malty aroma.

T - Balance between malt and hops is offset to the hoppy side. The hops are piny and bitter but no overwhelming.

M - The feel is slightly coarse. It goes down well with a nice wet middle and a slightly dry finish.

~ This is a very drinkable brew. It has nice solid character in all aspects without knocking any of them out. This is a good fall brew.

cdkrenz, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark ruby red. Good clarity, with a big, frothy off white head that leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

S: Grassy hops, blood oranges, grapefruit. A little carmel malt lurks in the background. Great aroma.

T: Big pine, grass and slight citrus hops right up front. More pine hops than anything else. Very hop forward red ale. There is a tiny bit of carmel malt as well, but its not that present. It would be a lot better if there was a little more balance. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness.

M/D: Medium body that feels pretty slick in the mouth. Average carbonation. Drinks okay, would like to see it have more balance.

herman77, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a 6'er. Brewed with 2-row pale, caramel, cara-red, wheat and black malts. Hopped with Horizon, Amarillo, Cascade and Summit. 5.7% ABV, OG=13.3 P, 65-70 IBU, 20 lovibond.

Pours out to a very dark red, near brown, forming a large light tan head with very good retention and a solid sheet of lace. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is brimming with resinous piney hops and a hint of skunkweed. Cleanly fermented with fruity esters of mango and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is nicely smooth and soft with a medium light body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...lots of nice hops, a touch of MJ, some green leafy character, a moderate bitterness which lingers into the finish, which is somewhat watery.

A very good beer. I haven't been disappointed by anything that I've tried from Summit. In this category, however, Red's Rye from Founders is still the clear winner.

Mitchster, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-29-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 2 fingers of foam, dark amber red, carbonation present, great head retention

S - Heavy hop nose followed by a lighter malt aroma, hints of orange peel

T - Medium bodied, heavy in the hop flavor, slight sweet taste piney crisp after taste

M/D - Good brew from Summit, medium bodied, nice blend of hop bitterness and citrus sweetness. I recommend this brew

FreshmanPour77, Jun 02, 2010
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.

Strix, May 30, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a Unibroue tulip. White head, small with oily, sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty sweet with an intense hop burst. I do get the impression that the bottle has a bit of age on it because it really seems that the sweetness and bitterness are fighting it out for flavor supremacy. No way to know without a bottle on date but I do think that this wasn't originally bottled this way. Some type of uncomfortable flavor on the finish, can't quite place the flavor but a bit unpleasant and medicinal/antiseptical on the tongue. Probably won't drink this one again. Correction, did find the best by date of 6/7/10.

KickbacksSteve, May 27, 2010
Photo of Tolnik
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this dark reddish brown colored beer into a pint glass. It gave a fair head of a inch when poured. The aroma that greats the nose is that of a sweater hops and malt with hints of floral. The taste is that of a sweat malty hops flavor with tones of colander. Overall a good beer for a summer day.

Tolnik, May 27, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a translucent reddish brown color with a tight off white head with a nice lace left behind.

S-caramel malts up front, grain and wheat behind. herbal hops in the back with a touch of honey.

T-good caramel malt base with just a touch of toasted grain. hints of a bready earthy malt underneath with a light hop finish of herbal and grassy flavors and light lingering bitterness.

M-medium syrupy body, smooth and creamy on the palate, good crisp carbonated finish.

D-this is a very tasty beer with a nice malt base and sweetness balanced by enough grassy herbal hops and bitterness.

cpetrone84, May 26, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Enjoy by 09-15-10 on the bottle. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear red amber color that produced a good frothy tan head that left tons of lacing behind as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- A fresh burst of hoppy pine & lemon/lime zest. A light creamy nuttiness in the background.

(T)- Dry, with the same burst of hoppy pine & lemon/lime. A light corn meal-like sweetness at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A big hop dryness & citrus. Not much on the malt end of things, but it is a crisp one.

(D)- A solid american amber with a good pronounced hop profile to it. Crisp & refreshing. I could easily have a few of these.

sweemzander, May 17, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with freshness date stamped on glass. Poured a clear, ruby red with brown and orange highlights. The head is off-white and creamy.

The aroma is spicy hops and some sweet malts. Overall, this one smells fresh and hop forward.

This is a hop oriented amber - the first sip left a pleasant, hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Allow the ale to warm to enjoy more of the malt profile. A very clean, refreshing ale that is perhaps a little one dimensional. The carbonation level was restrained and the body was light to medium. The mouthfeel was slick and slightly watery.

A decent amber style ale without the complexities I really enjoy with this style. This ale could use a little more malt.

jkrich, May 15, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to dzynenguru for this brew. Poured into 14oz glass. Poured a clean, clear brownish red color with just under an inch of tan head that had decent retention and lacing.

The was fairly typical, a nice blend of malts and hops. The solid malt supports the the lightly spicy hops nicely. The flavors were also about average for the style, a pleasant blend of malt and hops.

The body was also average, full and even across the tongue. Drinkability was good, if this were local to me, it would be in my regular rotation of daily drinkers. Overall, a very nice beer that's worth a shot if you see it.

beertunes, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of mwagner1018
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber, with a red hue, slight golden highlights. Frothy 2 fingers of head after pour, settles down nicely after 5 min., to a generous pillow on top. Steady robust lacing down glass.

S- Can definitely smell the light grassy, citrus cascade hops at the front, light malt, the aroma is not as floral or deep as I would like to see with a beer that is touting the skilled use of hops.

T- Crisp bitterness up front, light caramel malt, light texture of the wheat is noticeable also, grapefruit, almost seems like there is some rye in here, although they don't mention that.

M- Lighter in body than I was expecting, not nearly as much malt to balance. The bitterness lingers with each additional sip into the next, not as much carbonation as expected.

D- The hops are at the front of this one, not very complex, pretty simple beer, hops up front, light malt, grassy texture to finish. Could drink a few, but the balance just isn't there for me on this one, too much use of the cascade without the complexity of balance between the 3 hop varieties, doesn't create any depth for me. Good quality beer though, glad Summit added this to there year round arsenal.

mwagner1018, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Soilworker
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a twist-cap bottle into a Summit Scandia Ale glass.

A: A beautiful deep amber red with a thick two finger off-white head.

S: Strong citrus/piney hoppiness with a hint of berry. This is balanced nicely with bready malts with a hint of raisins perhaps?

T: The taste is mainly characterized by a rich maltiness and a light berry fruitiness. The hoppy bitterness is nice and citrusy but not too powerful.There is an underlying sweetness that comes up lightly throughout the drink but fades in the finish to a nice bitterness with a little bit of metallic taste intermixed. Somewhat watery at points though.

M: Quite smooth and a decent amount of carbonation that work nicely with this nicely hopped up red ale.

D: I would definitely enjoy another one of these and I find the balance of malts and hops to be quite enjoyable...I especially like the light berry fruitiness that comes through at points. Relatively easy to drink.

I also had this beer on tap before at the brewery when I took a tour and with that batch they had dry hopped it, causing a much more intense hop aroma.

Soilworker, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep strawberry red, but darker. Like strawberry pancake syrup. The head is small, but spreads sticky lace around the glass, and shows some staying power.

S - Maple syrup and milk chocolate. Secondary notes of Northwestern hops spring out of the glass. I got this sixer at a very reduced price at local gourmet foods shop, and I have a feeling that the hops would be the star of the show if this bottle didn't have quite a bit of age on it.

T - Hops are actually more forward in the flavors than the nose would suggest. Big leafy hop notes are well balanced with caramel and maple syrup malts. Fruity mango and starfruit add some interesting little accents. The more this warms and the longer I sip, the more hop-tastic this one becomes. Nice!

M - Medium bodied, well constructed, and very solid and firm on the palate. All the signs of a well brewed beer are present. Would make a great burger or sandwich beer. A reuben sounds pretty damn good right about now.

D - I always find a good red/amber ale to be a good choice for a night of sessioning, and this one is a prime candidate especially since I found this six pack of fine craft brew for FOUR BUCKS and some change at a little mom and pop store. I may very well head back there tomorrow and buy the three or four other sixers they had on the little display a the end of an aisle of cheese.

pmcadamis, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of SiB57
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good Amber Ale. Nice reddish to red-brown coloring, with an off-white head.

Initial smell of roasted malts, almost a hint of coffee, however after sitting for a minute, more of the hop character comes through. Nice floral hop aroma.

Taste is bitter/hoppy and tasty but not hugely piney or citrusy in the hop flavor, but quite bitter on the end palate. Very drinkable if you like the hoppier style of beer.

SiB57, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear reddish brown color pour with a small short lasting foamy white head , leaving some jagged lacing , lively carbonation . Aroma was hoppy right up front ,floral and pine with the toasty malt bringing up the rear . Flavor is again hoppy up fromt with a roasty cereal grain backbone , hardly any sweetness quite dry and hoppy . medium body , clean mouthfeel , not overly bitter for the hop additions, long floral hop finish , quite drinkable but just OK i guess a nice try but did not really stand out for me .

WakeandBake, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.