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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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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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:
Beer added by: Gump on 04-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Replaced by Horizon Red IPA.
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Photo of Soilworker
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.97/5  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.

Photo of SiB57
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 .

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my suprise beer of the year.

appearance: red copper garnet colored

smell: some nice bitterness sublte citrus, caramel sweetness

taste: the perfect session beer, a balanced red ale, ight caramel flavors with some great citurs hops.

mouthfeel: balanced, medium bodied

drinkability: nice beer, like a red seal, maybe better

Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is a clear amber/red in color and a fairly aggressive pour yielded a 2 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Head retention was good and decent lacing was left down the inside of my glass.

S - The nose is dominated by pine and citrus hop aromas.

M & D - A roasted malt flavor plays nicely with piney hop flavors. Well balanced combination of malt and hop. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel with just a bit of coarseness from the carbonation. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

D - This is a well designed brew. By no means a hop bomb, but that wouldn't befit the style. The hops are well represented here for sure. I had the pleasure of experimenting with some of Summit's brews at a Beerfest this Winter, and I was impressed with this brewery. Highly recommended!

Photo of kindestcut
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is dominated by floral hops and smells quite good. At first taste, there ia a blast of hoppy bitterness. There is a definite citrus flavor with a malty sweetness that balances this beer. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean without an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. I would say this is a good example of a red ale, more hoppy than others but very tasty.

Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brick red with a fluffy, off-white head. The aroma is subtle pine and citrus hops with a strong malt character as well. The flavor is grassy hops with some grapefruit and pine mixed in. The malt balances everything out giving it just a tad bit of bitterness. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 12/5/09

Enjoy by 10/28/09

A - Dark copper with brown highlights. Pours a ½ inch head which eventually leaves a thin layer of retention. Solid wall of lace.

S - Caramel & biscuity malt interspersed with floral & pine hops. Earthy Aroma.

T - Hops are more present than in the nose with a piney bitterness upfront. Floral hops in the middle. Supported by a malt backdrop of caramel, toasted bread & biscuit.

M - Heavier side of medium body. Carbonation is somewhat creamy but still offers a decent amount of prickly bite. Lingering bitterness.

D - While not the most interesting, it certainly drinks well & that is fine by me. It still seems pretty good being a month & a half past its prime.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany in color with a thick off-white head that settles slowly. Carbonation is subtle. Lacing is quite nice.

S: Hoppy on the nose with hints of pine and cedar, balanced with caramel-like malt aromas, but has an astringent medicinal hint in the backround I cannot get past. Perhaps my sense of smell was thrown off by being in a freshly painted building this afternoon...

T: Taste is better than the nose by far. Piney, with some citrus and floral notes, followed with sweet bread, dried fruit, and caramel. The finish short, clean and crisp.

M&D: Light to medium bodied, with a short finish. This beer is just a bit thin for it's style, but still enjoyable. Easy to drink, pleasantly flavored, and well balanced. I'll definitely experience it again.

Photo of climax
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my nonic, Horizon Red was a dark copper/brown. The head was good and lumpy, retention was good.

Nose was hoppier than expected, but when I look at the IBU's Summit claims (65-70) I suppose it seems fitting. It definitely brings a good balance of citrus and pine to the sweet caramel and toastiness.

Flavor brings out even more of the hop profile. Resiny pine and grassy notes eventually give way to sweet caramel.

Body was medium and the feel was pretty slick, with a fairly strong bite from the carbonation. Summit beers never stood out too much to me, but this is a good one. It's a solid easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor.

Photo of omahawk
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Looks like a dark red / amber ale. Decent head and lacing.

S - The great subtle smell of American hops.

T - Very nice, mostly balanced hops / malt beer. I prefer a tad less bittering a few more aroma hops in my hoppy Ambers. However, this is one of the best non-West Coast Red Ales I've had.

M - Fine, a little bitter but pretty good.

D - I really like this beer. It's up there with their EPA in my book. Very nice beer all-around.

Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit Horizon Red Ale is light copper in color with a half inch, cream colored head that reduces to a thick collar.

The aroma is more citrus hops than malt sweetness.

The taste has citrus hops in the lead, but not strong. A caramel malt back drop brings up the rear. A small amount of bitterness for the after taste.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Drinkability is good with a 5.70 ABV and reasonably good flavor.

Horizon Red was a balanced tasting beer, but those flavors are muted. A pretty good red that I wouldn't mind trying again.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a nice dark amber, and surely makes it's name known by it's color.

S: Smelled rich with hops, very earthy, but bright and almost citrus.

T: The taste wasn't the bitterest beer I've ever tasted, but it's IBU's are somewhere around the range of 60-70 which I surely tasted, however the end flavor on the back of your pallet is very delicious.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, but very bubbly, great feeling.

D: I really liked this beer, but as will all my other drinkability ratings, I have to look at availability and price, and that's why I had to rate this slightly above average.

Overall, outstanding job by Summit, get yourself one. Cheers.

Photo of Durge
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one shows a dark brown color with golden highlights, a bit hazy with a big tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma brings a mildly tart malt and granny apple toffee. Decent. The flavor is a decidedly bitter citrus evergreen hop, dry and dominant over rye and rice grain goodness. Crisp and flavorful with tasteful light carbonation. This is along the lines of a great ESB with a nice grain base. It has a pretty light feel, a little thin but lively. But this is a surprisingly tasty medley of citrus and malt with a touch of burnt coffee. Quite drinkable. Nice job Summit!

Photo of blackdog1101
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a cylindrical Hobgoblin pint glass.

A- Nice deep red with one finger of head. Clings nicely to glass.

S- Hoppy, citrusy aroma up front, with a bit of molasses in the background.

T- Like the smell, this has plenty of Hops and grapefuit up front, and finishes with light malt. However, there is a metallic aspect to this that I find unpleasant. Seems a bit unbalanced for an amber ale. IMO should be a bit more in the malt deparment.

M- A bit thin, and a bit too bitter for this style. I'd prefer less carbonation but it's certainly not excessive.

D- This is certainly a fine sessionable beer, but I was hoping for something more. I'd like to try this on tap too see how it compares to the bottled version. Summit seems to have "good" beer down pat, but I'd like to see them release a couple of "great" beers.

Photo of dudemuskie
3.92/5  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!

Photo of uwmgdman
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brilliantly clear copper-amber with a clingy white head. The aroma is moderate-high citrus hop with subtle caramel malt and a 'Summit' smell. The flavor is medium-high citrus-pine hop upfront with a bit of sweet malt at the swallow. The hop bitterness is medium-high which provides a nice balance. The body and carbonation are both medium. Overall another well-brewed offering by Summit.

Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured your typical amber/red color for the body...a one finger off white head formed and had average retention...lace covered the entire glass

S - A very balanced nose...citrus hops are very dominate but the sweet caramel malts are not hidden

T - Sweet up front and dominated by the caramel malts...they last a long time...the hops really come into play at the end of this beer...they provide the perfect amount of bitterness and they have the sweet citrus flavor that pairs well with the caramel malts

M - Medium bodied...nothing too special to report

D - A very balanced amber that highlights both the sweet malts and the citrus hops...a solid beer from Summit that you should try

Photo of botham
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at Sheffield's in Chicago. pours a deep copper color with amber highlights and three fingers of creamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves great lacings.

aroma is of light caramel malts with a mild sweetness and a light, yet hearty character. very simplistic in the nose.

taste is of caramel malts with a bit of bready malt in the background. lightly sweet overall with a mildly hopped finish that leaves the palate semi-dry and sticky after the fact. well put together and just flavorful enough to sustain itself on cask.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a semi-dry finish of mild caramel malt and dry hops.

drinkability is great. for a red on cask, this is well done with just the right amount of each note to sustain them together on cask. cheers!

Photo of beertooth
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off the beer engine at Sheffield's. Served in a shaker pint.

This beer is ruddy ruby iced tea color liquid with tons of suspended yeast bits. There's a finger of off white head that leaves rings of gritty lacing.

The nose is faint Amarillo hops. It's very floral and a tad yeasty with tons of esters.. I can detect a bit of alcohol as well.

The first gulp is extremely floral, dried hop flowers, a bit of alcohol, some sweet bready malts, more almost belgian yeast like fruity esters. It's not blowing me away, but it's not bad. The esters and floral notes are a little hard to get past though. It finishes a little bitter and falls off fast.

Mouthfeel is very thin with no carbonation. I wish it had a bit more body to it.

It's hard for me to pass up a beer I've never had on cask, but I'm not sure if I'd order this again. It goes down fairly fast though.

Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Deep copper with lighter, sparkly edges. Small, gauzy, cobwebby, light beige head. Decent lacing. Toasted biscuit malt background with juicy caramel notes. Piny and citrus hop aromas mix in. Reminiscent of SN Celebration, but with slightly toned-down hops.

Singed caramel flavors up front, with some fruit malt sweetness. Herbal, tea-like hop bitterness comes on early. Lightly buttered biscuit near the finish. Some citrus hops show themselves. Lingering bitterness with some afterthoughts of fruity malts and caramel. Moderate body with a slightly sticky feel. Not bad!

Photo of dfillius
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. I usually dislike this style but gave it a shot after a high ranking in BA mag.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white head with decent/good retention. Clear bronze liquid. Good looking, a tad more head please.
S: Hop forward - Cascade is noticeable. Pleasant malt hints, rye? Almost APA in hoppiness. Slight biscuit in the way background. Slightly more malt aroma please.
T: Biting hop bitterness is very pronounced. Little malt presence, almost like hop water.
M: Bracing and sharp hops dominate.
D: One is okay, but I wouldn't order another and I won't buy another sixer. It won't be one I eagerly reach for at a party either.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a medium crimson red with a bright clarity and frothy 1 finger Styrofoam white coloring. Retention was good while leaving a near full spongey coating. Visible carbonation was light with steady lazy slow streams rising to the surface. The head was mostly lasting throughout the course of the drink with a constant skim coating always present.

S: Fresh pine needles and citrusy tones were abundant and at medium strength. An equally impressive toasted malt nature balances things out with good results. On the fade was a display of soft dry flowery hops closing things out in an otherwise good aromatic experience.

T: The flavor opens with a good sharp flowery bite of dried citrus with very good results. Summit never really impressed me flavor wise with their beers, this is certainly the exception. Toasted malt with a dry moderately-strong hop presence of pine and citrus is enough to give this street cred. The bitterness is smooth, blending well with the semi-dry toasted malt but is still enough to stand up and take notice. The finish finds a lingering presence of citrus (grapefruit) after the swallow that sticks around a bit. Overall a solid example, amply hopped and nicely balanced.

M: 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.

D: Very good drinkability, pleasantly surprised and one that I found very enjoyable going down. Six pack recommended and the best in show I had by this brewery by far.

Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.