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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: 423
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | 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 katan
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a neutral brown color - somewhat transparent. Very clear and filtered - no hazing or yeast. Head formation is good, quickly setting into a 1mm head. Little carbonation obvious.

S - This beer doesn't smell like anything. Literally. I tried bringing it to my nose a half dozen times and finally gave up. Ok on attempt number 7, perhaps a light bit of malt.

T - Starts off with a malty sweetness combined with a roasted edge from crystal or caramel malts. Bitterness only barely shows in the mid-drink, but it starts to take off towards the end. Finishes with a flourish of strong American hops - cascade and simcoe come to mind. Goes from lame to great in a hurry.

M - Fairly thick body - not watery. Carbonation bite is light to not present. Leaves behind a clinging oily texture.

D - Moderate drinkability - flavors are potent enough that I wouldn't call this balanced enough for sessioning. ABV is high but manageable.

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

Deep red with a pillowy head. Touches of caramel, malt, burnt sugar in the nose. Toffee, spicy, biscuit balanced by hop dry finish. Medium body with a rich mouthfeel. It's easy on the stomach and palate. A pleasant enjoyable red ale for any season. Pairing this with some roasted chicken as a sweet treat in the afternoon.

Photo of damienblack
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BDLbrewster for this in trade!

Pours amber, didnt see how translucent or opaque it was. Decent head, decent faint hop aroma. Taste is very nice, slight hop with a slightly bready, caramel malt base. Nice and smooth. A bit thin in consistency and feel, but very drinkable. A nice session beer.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an unmarked snifter pours a tawny reddish hue with a core of iced tea. Well retained tuft of beige head that subsides to a thin veil and ring of tight bubbles. Very good aroma, balanced between caramel-amber malts and juicy, foresty hops with touches of grapefruit and pepper in the background.

The flavor falls slightly flatter than the aroma lets on, with a toasted biscuit malt profile that has some nuttiness, too. Piny hop bitterness saved for the finish that lingers on the palate with some mineral crispness. Good mouthfeel, with a light body and spot-on carbonation. Easy drinking, flavorful Amber Ale...kudos to Summit for crafting a great session beer.

Photo of Reneejane
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fabulous beer! It's a deep dark brooding ruby amber color. It is capped with a fluffy white head that leaves loads of beautiful lace. The aroma is a powerful hop aroma. This is a total hop experience, you are guided from one hop taste to the next as you savor the drink. There are multiple hops in here. Even so I didn't feel the hops were too overpowering. The taste ends with a fresh bitter taste leaving a very sticky malty backbone behind it. This is fabulously balanced, artistically complex, and marvelous!

Photo of markaberrant
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - yup, it's red, with coppery hues, very clear, off white head, good retention, nice lacing

S - fresh hoppy nose, herbal, clean, light fruity sweetness, biscuity malt

T - herbal hops up front, not overly assertive, biscuity malt dominates the middle, good bit of hop bitterness in the finish with some mild bitter grapefruit, but the dominant flavour in the aftertaste is "dirt"

M - medium body, med carbonation, no alcohol

D - easy to drink, but it's not going to blow anyone away

Reminds me a lot of DFH 60, except the hops are quite herbal instead of citrusy, which unfortunately I don't think works that well. Good aroma, long lasting bitterness, and a tasty malt backbone should = great, but the sum of it's parts do not add up. I think it is the horizon hops that I just don't care for.

That being said, this is the second best beer I've had from Summit, but their Porter is still miles ahead of anything else.

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hats off to Summit for venturing outside of their standard lineup, have been looking forward to trying this one.

Red Horizon is red, very filtered/clear. Very good bit of hops in the nose.

Which I suppose makes this a hoppy red/mixing of styles, which is fine by me. The hops are mixed in well with the malts which I'm not fond of in an IPA but works well here.

The strength of RedHo, & the reason I'll pick it up again, is the fantasticity of the drinkability quotient. Goes down like a whirlpool drain. One of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had, which coupled with the good taste, means this should be a common sight on porches, patios, & picnic tables throughout the summer.

Very good beer. Summit, keep it up!

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red/crimson with a tan head that settles to a thin/lasting cover. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel in the classic "red" way with earthy/herbal spiciness. Smelling closer there is a pine/citrus touch.

The taste is of caramel dominates, though there is a bitterness that weaves in and out, and comes through in the finish. There is some pine/citrus, though leans more towards herbal/aspiriny, even slightly metallic.

It is medium-bodied, though thins somewhat mid-palate. The smooth malty texture stays ahead of a certain slight harshness.

Despite the slight metallic notes (which are mild), it has an easy drinkabiity, and I found myself grabbing another (the second of which I enjoyed slightly more). It does have a hoppy character mixed it, making it a "hoppy" red. And, for that, I would have expected to like it more than I did. Still-in-all, it's a good brew, that is a good choice if certain other hoppy ambers/reds aren't sitting too close to it on the shelf!

Photo of ATPete
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a very attractive red/brown color with a good sized off white head leaving lots of soapy sticking on the glass. Peppery hops and a good amount of malt balance. Spicy to the tongue, coating with a long bitter aftertaste. The body is medium/light and slick with mild carbonation. A very nice beer, the best ive had so far from Summit for sure.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

Pours a deep amber/light copper with a ample head that settles to a sticky cap which laces and rings every sip.

Smell is of hops up front. Piney and earthy with a touch of grapefruit and floral aroma. Cascade aromas, toastey and rich come through. Malt is secondary on the aroma with clover honey, sweet bread and biscuits.

Flavor is amarillos up front, undeniably. The hops are earthy, dank and have the flavor that you only get from fresh hops. Grapefruit and pine cones together with a dash of dirt mixed with pine needles. Malt is subdued and I wish there was more of a balancer for this style, but the beer is delicious. Malt is bicuit, bready and sweet, but not enough to keep the dryness down. For a red ale the hop bill here is off the charts and fresh, delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp with the carbonation which is at a good level, the dryness of the beer may call for a little less carbonation or a sofer bubble hit, but it works very well for this beer.

Drinkability is off the charts. A session beer with this much flavor demands to be purchased and consumed on a regular basis.

I went into this beer with a bit of hesitation. But I am not disappointed. Well worth the $6.99 a sixer. I will be gettting this beer again.

Photo of jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A=pours a really translucent dark dark red color almost maroon looking with a small head that has some pretty nice retention the bubbles are quite small and the lacing isn't too interesting.
S= the hops are really great smelling in this beer. And they are quite balanced with a sweet carmel smell.
T= much hoppier than the smell. Really piney on the back of my tongue. Sweet up front and a really bready buttery finish. Really a great beer for the price and great for summit. I love the taste.
M= a little prickly I wish it wasn't so carbonated but its still very nice. This would be amazing on cask. Very dry.
D= great beer like I mentioned. Really nice hop forward taste with the malts just showing up for a breif touch here and there. Great offering from summit.

Photo of everetends
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to Packforever1976. Thanks, Andy. I have no previous knowledge of this brewery so it is an awesome suprise. Served this one up in my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Wierd . . . not what I was expecting at all. This is straight up brown. Not amber. Not red. This is a brown beer. Held to the light, there is a bit (and I mean slight) of red hues pushing out, but it seems to me this is much darker than what is expected from a Red Ale. The beer is dark but crystal clear with a very lazy carbonation look. The head was an off white finger of pretty thick and creamy foam. This beer does create some nice lace that has some very nice coating quality.

S: The aroma is very nice and once again unexpected. The first thing that hits you is a good whiff of dark, toasted bread. Its just unmistakable and very nice and hearty. Hops are a good amount of pine and resin. Slight nuttiness in here with some notes of almonds. Caramel is very light but it is there on the backend. Not a sweet aroma, just comforting. Dig it.

T: Taste is very malt forward. Getting some really nice toasted bread flavor just like in the nose. Very grainy and almost a rye type bread flavor. The hops come in behind it but it is not as balancing as I would hope. There is a light pine flavor coming across. Then you get some peat or maybe it is tobacco flavor. Its not bad but it doesn't flow together as well I would expect. Its still enjoyable, but the flavors just don't mesh as well as I hoped they would.

M: Medium in body here with just a touch of wieght to it. A somewhat big carbonation keeps it bubbly and crisp on the palate. Pretty refreshing actually. Finishes just a touch dry, nothing crazy though. ABV is not an issue, no heat anywhere felt. Aftertaste is all toasted bread.

D: Hey this is not bad. Its not going to win any awards in this style but it is enjoyable. Almost everything about this beer was a suprise, with pleasant or a touch of a let down. I think that keeps the experience enjoyable and keeps you on your toes. This beer is not bad at all. A good experience.

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Photo of Mistofminn
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rowew
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mdog
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smittyjr
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of philbe311
2.61/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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...

Photo of scifan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.