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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: 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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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Lightly misty dark auburn with a fleeting beige lace that lacks height but stains the the sides of the glass.
The nose is dead grass, blood oranges, wintergreen, resin, and a bit of toasty malts. It smells a lot like most pale ales, and lacks the malty nuance to excel beyond, considering the style.
In the mouth, the toast hit first, then some caramel sweetness steps in. The hops bring dried grass, lime rind, pipe scrapings, and evergreens. The finish is balanced between the toasty malts and array of hoppy bitterness, with a boost towards copper and metal at the swallow.
The malt-hop interplay seems to suggest a sort of barleywine jr. So the semi-flaccid mouthfeel is out of place. This wants to go big, but is constrained.
Nevertheless, it's drinkable in gulps, balanced, and sessionable. Generally good, but it seems that is greater qualities are stunted.

cokes, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Definitely a "true red" as far as color is concerned as the color is reddish brown in that "red ale sort of way." I would say a red-brown or auburn color to try to pinpoint it. Tan head with a lightly foamy consistency. Some cling to the glass as it settles. I would call the head a bit heavier than "lacing" and lighter than "foam." Balanced nose reveals plenty of hops and smooth caramel like malts. I would definitely tip it towards the hoppy side of the scale if scoring it on balance. Nice malt structure throughout the nose and then the flavor reveals consistency on that count. The hops is up front in the flavor and comes on early in the attack, then the beer smoothes out and finishes up with a nice malt flavor. There are some hops present in the finish to add some balance to the malt and there are hops in the aftertaste. Quite possibly the thing I found most remarkable about this beer is that if someone just handed it to you and you didn't know what it was you would be able to tell that it was a Summit. Those who drink Summit regularly will almost certainly agree.

Ragingbull, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Dull orange cast, skimpy thin head of light white foam quickly leaves to a whispy skim and a few specks of lace are scattered about on the glass.

Aroma is quite light but has an evident smokey/peaty sweet malt, kind of grainy breadyish, and a small whiff to paled down piney grapefruity and grassy hops.

Big crunchy taste of husky grains, bittered dry grasses and medicinal coiling. Making for one big slap on the tongue and then slowly leaving dulled pine oil and floral grapefruit hints off the back end.

Good snappy medium body, crunchy, but leveled in well is some sweeter caramel and red malt. Medicinal notes, piney wood, and toasty grapefruit surfs around in some waves of bitterness in the finish.

Pleasantly surprised that Summit actually did this beer a good deed by brewing it well. Now to see what after effects of having many of these might have as Summit beers more then often have some incredible hang over lows for me.

tavernjef, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of happygnome
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

a: pours a nice amber red color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a ring of lace
s: earthy hop notes: piny, citrusy, grapefruit. caramel malts in the undertone
t: caramel malts in the initial taste followed by citrus, piny hop bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a very good beer in my opinion

happygnome, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

Figured I'd give this one a try. Support my local brewery right?

Pours much darker red than I thought it would. More burgundy or something. Nice tan head produced. Not much lacing, but thats to be expected.

The nose and taste are pretty much the same, for descriptive purposes at least. Very grassy and piney, and very little cirtus hops. They definitely went with the piney and earthy tones here. I'm a fan of the grapefruit characteristics, and not so much the piney, but I can still appreciate a quality brew when I taste one. Not my cup of tea, but still a great tasting brew.

I'm not sure if I would buy this again, but in a pinch at a bar, I wouldn't mind grabbing one of these.

Mistofminn, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of rowew
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, twist. Label has a hop cone along with the normal Summit logo. No date or ABV

Appearance: Pours like your standard amber - reddish in color, average head with a bit of retention.

Smell: Grassy hops, clean malt with what seems like a bit of wheat.

Taste: Fairly typical amber flavors - bready malt with a nice amount of grassy hops. Definitely high drinkability.

Overall impression: This is a slightly above average amber ale. Certainly not the most exciting beer out there, but a good gateway beer, and I definitely had no trouble making it through the six pack.

rowew, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

12oz. Pours a copper-red color with a thin white head - even with a fairly rigorous pour. Smells familiarly like other Summit brews. Aromas are earthy and fairly sweet with hints of caramel and citrus. Tastes are initially sweet - caramel and toasted grains. Hop presence is bold - herbal and pungent with notes of tobacco and faint tea leaf. Finishes bitter and metallic with a slight hop spiciness, but the malt holds up to the hops fairly well. Not a bad red ale and it actually got better towards the end.

barnzy78, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Mdog
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Appearance: Dark amber, ok head.

Smell: Nice grapefruit smell, bready notes.

Taste: Mild rye-like bread, underlying citrus bitterness.

Drinkability: I suppose I could have a couple.

A new beer from Summit, so I had to try it out even though I'm not a big fan of ambers/reds. The good--it didn't have the tea/metallic taste of many reds. The not-so-good--nothing really stood out, a solid but unspectacular beer. At least they are trying some new stuff.

Mdog, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of smittyjr
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

Summit Horizon Red:

A: Appearance is exceptional, great amber-red color to it with exceptional clarity! Nice 1" head that develops yet depletes half-way through. Great lacing from the off-white to slightly tan head.

S: the aromas are: roasted/toasted malts and grains with a touch of hops to it.

T: starts out with a little hoppiness which is then taken over by toasted malts and grains.

M: starts with a bite, then smooth, and ends slightly bitter. Crisp beer.

D: This beer is a good drinkable, but i won't make an effort to go out of my way to purchase. it was great out of the cask at the city pages beerfest, good but not as good out of the bottle into a glass. it is a good beer that is crisp and malty, needs more hops, thats me tho!

good work summit

smittyjr, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz tap pour into an American Tumbler Pint @ the Firkin

A - Clear red color with a small tan head and no retention that left little lacing from the ring.

S - Undertones of malt totally overshadowed by a very strong hop aroma. Floral, spicy and piney.

T - Hoppy like crazy! No apparent malts in the flavor as everything is overshadowed by the hops. Very strong but flavorful. Floral and spicy hopping.

M - Sharp and crisp with a bitter finish that washes clean in the end. Light to medium in body.

D - While this beer is tasty, its incredibly hoppy and not enticing after one at all. Good for one though.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Copper brew, deep and red, crystal clear and wonderful. Lightish tan head rose 2 cm off the pour, receded quickly.

S-Floral hop aroma, perfumy, with hints of citrus-orange goodies to be found.

T-Herbal hop flavors with a subdued floral character, ushering in an aggressive, dry bitterness. Malt character is bicuity and toasty, dry and pleasantly crisp.

M-Medium-high carbonation, seemingly a bit too much at times. Moderate body matches perfectly with the moderate malt flavor profile.

D-High. I loved this one when it was first released not so many weeks ago, and I look forward to continuing to enjoy throwing back a few pints of this one for years to come.

CHSLBrew, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of philbe311
2.58/5  rDev -31%

A much appreciated extra from Buebie...

A - A compact and even finger and a half of slightly off-white head... Lots of moderate carbonation... Head quickly settles and leaves a full and enticing lacing... A cranberry red color with a golden hue... Completely translucent...

S - Fairly weak scent... Corn... Fresh cut grass... A timid malt profile... A very faint aroma of sweet citrus...

T - A weak hop presence from the get go... Lots of grain... Caramel... Tart plum...

M - Lots of pringly carbonation... Medium bodied... Very thin... Bitter from the get go... The taste doesn't fill the mouth...

D - Sorry summit, but this just wasn't the brew for me... Aside from the appearance, I can't single out one characteristic of this brew that excites me... Overall, it's a boring brew...

philbe311, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of scifan
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a nice dark amber color with a nice fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing along the glass.
Smells mostly of citrusy, piney hops with a touch of sweet caramel malts faintly in the background.
At first I get the nice citrus from the hops not too much as they are balanced by sweet caramel malty goodness. Very nice.
Good mouthfeel although it is a little thin. However this would be an awesome session beer.

scifan, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of slyke
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Horizon Red Ale pours a lovely red-brown color with a pillowy head that laces nicely.

The smell is balanced between some sweet malt and hoppiness.

The taste starts with a bit of bitterness and nice weight of malt on the tongue in the middle of the taste. The finish is pleasantly bitter with a bit of pine.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a bit bready.

Drinkability is very good on this beer. I have enjoyed 2-3 pints of this over the course of a few hours. This is a welcome addition to the Summit lineup.

slyke, May 31, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

The rusty red color and creamy, rock inch-thick head makes this one look especially appetizing. Immediate lace stickage too.

Aroma has an interesting musty tone, which wraps around polite hops and ever-so-slightly peaty malt.

Flavor leans on the hoppy side, although their character is bitter, leafy, strained and astringent. Malt is pretty sweet, almost candy-like, although the thin, almost watery body keeps it from feeling syrupy. Unfortunately, that thicker body would've really helped the beer through a little better. I love how the hops linger long into the finish, but I suppose that would be more satisfying if the main part of the sip was tastier and more balanced (and less thin).

I liked Summit's Maibock quite a lot, but Horizon Red isn't as convincing. There's something here for sure, but the malty element is wimpy, and the hoppy side is too astringent. Seems like they were going for a Hop Head Red (Green Flash) sort of thing but didn't quite reach the goal. Still, there's enough here to cling on to and enjoy, and I certainly had no problem getting through it. I thank BDLbrewster for sending this as an extra in a recent trade.

Metalmonk, May 29, 2009
Photo of budgood1
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

pours out a clear amber and bronze colour with a thin but tight light tan head. plenty of lace. looks nice. nose is about the hops..some citrus and earthy pine resin is balanced nicely with a bit of burnt sugar maltiness. taste is a earthy and dirty mix of raw brown sugar leaning maltiness and a rather mixed hoppiness that range from herbal to sprucy to a citric bitterness in the end. interesting. it does taste good. the problem i feel is the although it has an average enough mouthfeel, it drinks rather thinly and has a shaky feeling body to it. i get weak and watery when soft and velvety would have really made this an outstanding offering. drinkability is good and i would be interested to try this on tap. a nice local selection to pair with some barbecue or pizza. i think this fits in nicely with the others in the summit lineup.

budgood1, May 26, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

On-tap at Three Squares in Maple Grove, MN. Appeared a clear red with short head. I was looking forward to trying this beer, but came away from my pint glass a bit disappointed. Basically, while there is a nice clean/biting citrus hop flavor, it's too weak and there's almost no malt to speak of. It drank to thin for the strength and the bitterness levels we're only on par with a respectable APA.

tempest, May 18, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1 finger off white head. Fades down rather quickly living a thin layer. Leaves some thin lace rings. Color is a very clear copper amber.

Aroma: Extremely hoppy. Floral hops. Kind of has a brown sugar smell to it. Very citrusy (grapefruit mainly). The aroma really reminds me of a IPA.

Taste: Wow Summit did something amazing here. A super hopped up red beer. Floral hops hit the palate very hard at the first sip. Grapefruit citrus. Slight alcohol. Earthy/grassy hops as well.

Mouthfeel: Is very bitter. Goes down and leaves the mouth full of hops. Medium bodied. Carbonation is on as well.

Overall, I was not expecting this, but damn it was great. This beer surpassed my expectations by far. I will definitely be picking up more of this. I highly recommend this one.

mothman, May 15, 2009
Photo of pweis909
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

It looks the part of an amber ale, but tries to compromise between a hoppy amber and a malty amber and I think the best description is a muddy amber. The flavors and aromas just don't seem to resonate for me. Not bad; just not great.

A= not the reddest of reds, but an amber color that convinces you it is properly categorized. Transparent, w/ white-tan head that does not persist, but foam laces glass.

S= Some citrus aroma, some malt, but mostly earthy notes. And, disturbingly, an element of the aroma reminds me of fish oil. OK: The glass must have been dirty. Aroma score is adjusted according to other bottles.

Taste-mostly bitter, not overly so, but not balanced by the malt sweetness I was looking for. Ultimately seems like a compromisse between malt and hops that, instead of feeling balances, leaves me feeling short changed on both counts. EDIT: Falling short may be harsh. The more recent bottle hints at sweetness, but it competes with hop crispness.

M- Seems right; D-Sure, once I stopped getting, it's reasonably drinkable. Reminds me in some ways of an Anchor Steam.

pweis909, May 15, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

This beer pours a clear ruby red color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is remarkably malty. I detect some grapefruit and pine, but for the most part caramel and toffee dominate the nose. The taste is more balanced than the aroma. The malt and hops are very well interlaces with a lot of pine and grapefruit mingling with a more than solid malt bill. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a good beer from Summit. I would like to see a little more hop presence in the aroma, but it is still a good beer nonetheless. I will certainly drink this again.

KarlHungus, May 15, 2009
Photo of beerdavis
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

A- Pours a transparent dark red, lots of carbonation, but not much head (under an inch). The color is very nice.

S- Smells of hops, fruitiness and alcohol.

T- Starting taste is full of hops, but finishes very balanced, smooth. Nice.

M- Feels smooth and foamy in my mouth. Floats around my mouth effortlessly.

D- Suprisingly very easy to drink. Thought I would be overwhelmed with hops, but not so. Very balanced and smooth, refreshing beer.

beerdavis, May 09, 2009
Photo of jdizzel
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

alot of the hype that i heard about this beer and furious was about true
a-great looking beer this beer just looks tasky
s-the hops are very permanent here wow this is going to taste intense
t-very good balance with malt and hops great combination
m-this is very easy to drink at 5.7
d-the easiest ive had in a ong time way to easy to drink great flovor smell and appearence all around good jobb summit

jdizzel, May 07, 2009
Photo of kruse
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Horizon pours a beautiful copper color, with a nice off-white, albeit somewhat short-lived head. Nice hoppy aroma, reminiscent of Surly Furious, but not as strong.
Taste had a good bitterness, but lost some of the freshness present in the aroma. Horizon lacks the vegetal overtones of Furious. This difference is much more pronounced in the taste than in the smell.
Overall a drinkable beer, but I would have liked a bit more freshness to the hops. Then again, maybe I've just been spoiled by Surly.

kruse, May 05, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Starts with a very fresh hop aroma, that's reminiscent of their EPA, but has more depth, including a touch of sweet malt background. Nice flowery parts too.
Very attractive amber of reds and browns. Very clear. Somewhat short-lived head of initial size and settles to a flat cap, but throughout leaves a rather heavy lacing with impressive stamina.
This beers holds bitterness, but it's interesting how it varies with almost every sip. Sometimes it's quite prominent and other sips it's in the background. What an adventure! Solid malt background with taste of caramel at times. Green grassy hop flavors. Finish can be astringent at it's worse, flavored bitterness at other times. Lightly dry and fairly long.
Nicely carbonated with very fine bubbles that are soft on the palate. Smooth with a moderately light body.
This is good. Drinks well. Definitely hop forward and at times it could be too much (for some or many). Yet it is flavorful and reasonably complex. I will purchase this again.

garymuchow, May 04, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Had a couple of these at my brothers after I had a couple other beers already and was relatively unimpressed....seems fine but nothing that jumped out at me....today I am reviewing this with a clean palate and it does impress me. I know there had been pre-release talk of it being similar to Furious and to be honest it has some of the same flavor and aroma but on a slightly smaller scale...my notes from the fresh palate tasting are as follows.

A-Nice burnt orange color....1/8 inch head that slowly fades.

S-Nice inviting aroma of juicy hops...citrus (tangerines, oranges), pine, and also some earthy/weedy notes....really pretty nice smell to this...

T-Very nice hop forward red ale flavor....good dose of hop flavor with only mild bitterness on the finish....subtle but flavorful caramel malt backing and then a great fresh hop flavor of citrus, cannabis, and pine....I really like how this tastes.

M-Body is medium at best but definitely not too thin....about the perfect weight for this beer...easy drinking hopped up red ale with a lot of flavor.

D-I like this...I know everyone is saying this isn't a Furious clone and this and that but even without having heard any of that talk I would really compare this to a smaller furious...a more drinkable furious in some respects for me...a tremendous addition to the Minnesota beer scene. Summit has a winner here..

ZAP, May 03, 2009
Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.