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Summit Horizon Red Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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very good

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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4/5  rDev +7%

jwmoore, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with understated label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a 12 pack Summit variety box and served into a stem-tulip in low altitude Minneapolis, MN. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide off-white colour head. Okay thickness. Not much creaminess. Retention is poor - maybe 30 seconds at best. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich dark amber of average vibrance. Translucent. Quasitransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's fairly dark for the style, but otherwise is pretty standard fare. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws here. I'm looking forward to trying it. Seems more like a toasty winter warmer type amber than a bright hoppy one.

Sm: Toasted malt, crusty/light bready malts, and caramalt/caramelization. Herbal floral hop character. Amber malts. Residual sugars are surprisingly prominent for an amber. Overall, it's a clean appealing aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Toasted malt character, bread crust, amber malts, caramel. Floral hop character comes on aggressive but is decently tamed by the malty sweetness. I dig the toasty character but would prefer it more prominent. Decently balanced, with a cohesive but not gestalt build.

Average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour. Could be more complex and subtle, but then so could most beers. Not intricate or nuanced.

A pretty standard flavour profile for an amber.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit biting, aided by the slight overcarbonation. The biting feel aids the hoppy component but reduces drinkability. Nice body and presence on the palate. Nice thickness.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd get it again, but it isn't particularly remarkable. Just a solid local amber that's hard not to like. Hides its ABV nicely. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's well worth trying and doesn't disappoint.


kojevergas, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

DaveMiller, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

dav2080, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

mfl620ks, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

bismarksays, Nov 21, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of mmulebarn
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

mmulebarn, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Hergestridge
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1st Amber Ale experience. Pleasant smell with pine, raspberry, and some grassy dew sweetness.
Appearance is pleasant sort of a bock - nut brown colour. Taste is good, on great but pleasant. mouth feel.. ya know.. pretty much all cold beer has a great mouth feel.. I am not enough of a beeroisseur( (Beer Connoisseur) -- Staking Claim as wordsmith for this word.)) Please remit 25 cents if you ever use it.. thanks!! :)
Overall, not really an impressive entry by Summit. But with the Seasonal kick I've been on of late, I'm sure they'll have one or 2 winners.. Wouldn't buy or order this on this tasting..
Carry On Citizens!!!

Hergestridge, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Shawner, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Turbo, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of dmilewsk
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

dmilewsk, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of shadetree67
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Amber color. A strong pour yielded a 1 finger head. The glass had nice lacing down the wall while drinking.

Smell - Hops and Malt. not getting much on the nose

Taste - The taste is rather two dimensional. Hops, Malt and a bit of pine taste. The finish is quite bitter. Nothing too exciting going on here

Mouthfeel - Sticky mouthfeel. Coats the mouth. Good level of carbonation.

Overall - It's a decent Red but not something I would go out of my way to buy often.

shadetree67, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

AnalogErik, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

BeardedAllen, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Beerlover, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice amber color, two finger of off-white head, full wall of fine lacing.
S - Really nice toasted caramel malt aroma, with some nice light citrus and pine, definitely dank too. Love the aroma.
T - Taste is extremely balanced with a great base malt of caramel, and bread, some nice tart citrus mid way and in the aftertaste, middle you get that really nice lighter bitterness, crisp and dank hops, pine and a little resin.
M - Feel is somehow crisp and a little creamy.
O - Excellent hoppy red ale, incredible balance, tons of great flavor. You could have a few of these in a row as well. Behind Saga, its my favorite Summit brew.

Omnium, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

silverking, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

majorbase2, Sep 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

zestar, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ptarmigan98, Aug 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

LXIXME, Aug 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

Timbo86, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

MJCVII, Aug 02, 2013
Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.