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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Horizon Red Ale (IPA*)
Summit Brewing Company, Minnesota
---from bottle to pint glass---

Very clear dark brown, red shows up when held up to light. Pretty thin ivory head. Ok lacing…

Grapefruit, a little pine and a little sweet malt. Malt shows up after the beer warms a little.

Hops dominate this beer. Not as citrusy as it smells, very piney. Earthy/sweet malt sneaks through at the end.

Good carbonation. Great amount of bitter. Very drinkable.

I really dig this beer. Another homerun from Summit.

*Summit is renaming this beer Horizon Red IPA this winter, and rightfully so!

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3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice maroon in color with a finger white head with decent retention. Smell is really fruity with pineapple, apple, and a little something that seems almost a little like orange. There really isn't much of a bitter nose and I can't smell the malts. Tastes similar with some specific differences. There is definitely more slight bitterness and less fruit. The malt bill kicks in with a little caramel and toffee. Really tastes well balanced. Overall a great beer. Not something I would go out of my way for but it's the session beer I want for the night.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.


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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!!!

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3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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.

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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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