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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: 401
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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 botham


4/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: cask

11-08-2009 21:24:10 | More by botham
Photo of beertooth


3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: cask

11-04-2009 00:52:26 | More by beertooth
Photo of alexgash


3.93/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 23:52:35 | More by alexgash
Photo of dfillius


3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 21:57:15 | More by dfillius
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 22:37:56 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Kromes


3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An amber/red color with an off-white head that dies out. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: A very citrusy hop aroma and that's all I could really detect. Maybe a slight sweet malt aroma.

T: Pine, citrus, and floral hops with a big bitter bite in the finish. It's hard to taste anything other than the hops. I was hoping that there would be more of a sweet caramel malt to offset the bitterness, but my tastbuds couldn't pick up the caramel.

M: Average mouthfeel. A little thin maybe, residual sugars might help in more way than one.

D: It is drinkable, and has a nice hop flavor, but for me it is unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 21:48:30 | More by Kromes
Photo of ETM


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

Looks fairly dark, on the brownish-side of red, and crystal clear. A little lacing on the side of the glass. The head diminishes quickly leaving only little circles of foam resembling the first spots of mold on a loaf of bread.

Smells smartly sweet with trails of colorful hops. Oranges and spice.

Taste is sweet followed by a long spicy yet smooth and bitter combination.

A little bit sticky, but not thick or heavy, this beer is worth spending some time drinking, but I could see drinking 3 or more. This is the best I have had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 01:13:29 | More by ETM
Photo of will4240


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

beer notes dating back to june 25, 09. Had from a bottle into a pint glass at the beach on lake superior... Yes, I brought a glass to the beach...

A- Dark brownish reddish, nice one finger head. All around a very attractive amber red ale.

S- Deeper caramel than anything, a hint of hoppiness though.

T- Wow, this new brew from summit is great! Caramel malts along with a good amount of hop character to keep things interesting. Fantastic all around taste!

M- medium to light in body

D- Very drinkable! My friend and I split a six pack and it left me still wanting more!

My new favorite brew from the wonderful Summit Brewing Co.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 05:15:33 | More by will4240
Photo of cjgator3


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a large light tan head that has great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is toasted malts and a hint of caramel with a good dose of citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma features some caramel malts with a nice citrusy hop finish. Quite a bit more hiops in the taste than the aroma, and that certainly isn't a bad thing. 

M- Te mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The drinkability is solid. Overall, this is a good well crafted American Red Ale. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 02:20:49 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Arbitrator


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra courtesy of ... Buebie or busch03. I can't remember, but if you BM me I'll amend this. In any case, thanks!

A: Pours a hazy reddish amber body. Two fingers of off-white head, which retains well and leaves trails of lacing down the sides.

S: Chocolate, caramel, and grain. Wait. HOPS. A surprisingly pungent bouquet of citrus, pine, and dank weed. Goddamn, this smells great... But it's too imbalanced for something that's supposed to be a traditional red.

T: Like the nose, very chocolate-forward, caramel coming later, and grain last. As it warms, these become restrained and hops take over, resulting in a zesty grapefruit / pine blend with a finish of weed. It's incredibly hoppy, and I love that.

M: Light-medium body, medium carbonation. Malty finish, coats the mouth a little. I'd love to see this become a bit fuller and maybe slightly drier, to work with the hop bill. Nonetheless, it's not bad.

D: Not bad at all... I enjoy hoppy reds, and I was impressed enough by this one that I'd like to revisit / request it again. I love it when a totally off-my-radar extra impresses me.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 18:06:18 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of blackearth


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says "Enjoy by 11/24/09." Pouring into perfect pint glass showed an appetizing dark red body with a thick, rocky slightly off-white head, which left good lacing as I drank. The aroma is dominated by piney hops with a hint of toasted malts in the background. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, the initial taste is the hops, followed by some spicy rye notes, and then a long hop finish. The drinkability on this one is excellent. A great example of a hopped up red rye.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 14:23:24 | More by blackearth
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite dark for the style, almost like a lighter brown ale, with a meringuey, parchment-colored head with very good retention. Very interesting, fruity nose, full of papaya and pineapple and lemon and lime, with an unusual basil-like herbal quality and some potent rosy esters. The malts are nice and caramelly, but they don't have the nice toasty/nutty character that makes a really good amber ale. Round and balanced flavor, but quite briskly hoppy, an interplay between toasted bead, nuts, burnt caramel with tangy, fruity, pithy hops. Medium bodied but just dry enough to keep this very drinkable, even refreshing. I'd love to try it on cask.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 22:29:49 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summit- Horizon Red

A- Nice glowing amber red with a thick foamy head. Thick foamy lacing, solid.
S- Nice sweet sugary malt, slight touch of caramel and molasses with a citrus hop tinge.
T- Thick sugary malt with hints of caramel, molasses, and bread crust overpowered by a slight citric but more pine dominating hoppiness.
M- Sweet and thick malt starts this 1 off with a big hoppy body, slight hoppy bitterness becomes sweet and more balanced with the malt near the end.

Overall- Very good, very drinkable! 1 of the better Ambers I've had in quite some time!!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 22:45:54 | More by NJpadreFan
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 BigBossMan


3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Perhaps it is not fair to compare, but I feel Lagunitas Imperial Red or Odell's Extra Special Red are much better examples of big, hoppy red ales. The Horizon Red, I found to be overly burnt tasting. The appearance is a nice, dark amber. However, it was not a particularly easy drink as I simply didn't enjoy the overall flavor. The cascade hop flavor, while there, was drowned out by earthy, burnt overtones. I would drink another one but wouldn't buy a whole 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 19:27:30 | More by BigBossMan
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red amber body, good clarity, topped by three fingers plus of level off-white foam.

Strong pine aroma manages to cut through my late summer allergy annoyed nose.

Sweet malt trickles down the center of the tongue, and manages to stay noticeable throughout. However, its the tingly hops parachuting in from the roof of the mouth that dominate the taste. Very clean inish considering how much hop tingle preceeds the swallow.

Nice smooth semi-full mouthfeel. Be glad to have another right now, but the sixer is gone.

A nice agressive red ale from a respected brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 02:37:24 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of GordonQuid


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

Poured into a dimpled english pub mug.

Red amber with a half inch rocky white head and ample lacing.

Smells of piney citrus hops and amber malts.

Taste is a well balanced amber malts and cascade hops. Good texture and mouth feel.

Very easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 21:41:11 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of hosehead83


4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep amber with a two-inch rocky head
Aroma-Fresh hops and piney citrus
Taste- Big, bold hops throughout and definite citrus notes. Well-balanced, very flavorful and drinkable. Would go great with a ribeye steak or a burger with the works. Get some!!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 18:47:03 | More by hosehead83
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 hoplover82


4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm... smells like an IPA, good sign...

A-Pours a beautiful, clear deep red wine color with a nice creamy medium dark ivory color head that has ok retention, with real good lacing.

S-Let me tell you about the aroma, it's bright lemon cirtus, almost piney all the way until the very end when the head almost completely dissapears and gives way to the strong caramel background the malt gives. Very nice. If I didn't have eyes, I would think this is an IPA by the smell. Which is not a bad thing.

T-The flavor is a more balanced red ale flavor. Has a strong caramel maltiness to it, not sweet because of the pungent hop bitterness to balance. And a citrus hop flavor is so prevelant in this wonderful beer. Then again, if I didn't have eyes, i just might think this was an IPA... maybe this is not as to style as many would want, but you gotta admit, that this is a good beer.

M-It has a creamy full medium body that is slightly dry in the end with a strong lingering bitterness. The malt coats the mouth thinkly, but is smoothed away by the bitterness and the tad dryness in the end.

D-This goes down very smooth. I could have a few pints of this if it was on tap somewhere. Pretty sessionable I'd say. If you are a hop lover like me, I'd advise you go get some of this hoppy red ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 04:39:39 | More by hoplover82
Photo of AmberMan22


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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours 1+ finger of rocky light tan head with great lacing and stick. Beautiful auburn red color. (reddish brown)
Smells of peppy, spicy hops.

Taste consists immediately of spicy hops, primary flavoring seems to be black pepper in the hops. Sweet malt taste backs up the hoppy overtones.
Mouthfeel is a medium-light body, fairly creamy, not too carbonated, which I like a lot.

Very drinkable beer, but fairly high ABV, especially for a red, plus the peppery hops makes this a beer to savor, not to quaff in large quantities.
However the overall blend of flavors is quite good, so do not hesitate to try this great example of a red from Summit.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 00:26:24 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of allengarvin


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather pretty mahogany colored beer with a smallish head atop it. The nose is very faint, with just a light touch of hops and little else. Good flavor though, with a pleasant, though not aggressive, maltiness, and plenty of grassy, slightly medicinal hops. The finish is bitter and dry. Smooth body, though it could use some more carbonation.

Not too bad a beer at all. Most Summits are pretty bland.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 01:12:52 | More by allengarvin
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 Sweasty


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Summit Horizon Red ale pours a nice...well red color. Its a deep red/mahogany color. Its not too often that a red ale manages to actually be red. A bone white head tops things off. The head settles to ring and leaves adequate lacing down the glass.

Theres no slouching in the aroma department. The nose is hop centric. Grapefruit is at the forefront. Minty pine rounds things out. The malt is fairly light in the aroma. Toasted malt and biscuit are the predominant malt quality, followed by a faint hint of caramel.

The taste is no less hop dominate. Plenty of grapefruit. Tropical fruit - mainly passion fruit, follows. There's a bit of herbal/pine notes as well. The hops lend an overall drying quality. Malt shows up in the middle to end. Touch of toasted biscuits. A hint of caramel makes an appearance as well. The finish is drying with a lingering herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is where the beer falls short. Its fairly lightbodied. The body needs more heft to truly live up to the everything else laid out.

Despite the lackluster body, this is quite the tasty red ale. Summit has created a nice beer for the hop head needing a fix. This brew quenched my thirst. I will gladly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 02:44:45 | More by Sweasty
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cola colored brownish red with a layer of large-bubbled tan head. Fades pretty quick and leaves some lace on the glass.

The smell consists mainly of piney and citric hops with a background of toasty and caramely malts. Some apple fruitiness is there as well as a candy aroma like a box of Nerds (do they still make those?).

The flavor has quite a bit of pine tree hop bitterness and even some nice hop flavors. The malts are toasty and a little sweet, body is a bit thin but not overly so. This is a pretty good beer and probably the best Summit brew I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 18:00:29 | More by twiggamortis420
Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.