Horizon Red IPA | Summit Brewing Company

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Horizon Red IPAHorizon Red IPA

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Change from Horizon Red Ale. Addition of Mosaic hops and IBU levels. Changes in malts to make it an IPA.

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Photo of MNAle
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with a tall off-white head, creamy and bubbly, receding slowly leaving plenty of lacing as you drink. Strong caramel and citrus aroma. Medium mouth feel. Initial taste is citrus, caramel, and biscuit with moderate piney bittering present. The piney bittering remains into the aftertaste, but it is well balanced by the biscuit and caramel malts. The brewer says this beer is a "hybrid that blurs the boundaries between IPA and Amber styles," and that it is. Probably not hop-forward enough to please the true West Coast style hop head, but it is very tasty, and very nicely balanced with just enough piney hops to qualify as an American IPA.

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Photo of TheLuckiestMan
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep coppery red hue. Fluffy head.
Scent: deep pine, citrus, bread.
Taste: medium bitterness, moderately strong hop profile without overwhelming the beer.
Feel: fairly bright carbonation, very dry woody finish.
Overall: A good hop forward IPA with notable bitterness. Summit has built its tiny empire on well built, drinkable beers with a respect for tradition (no gimmicky shite). This beer fits that mold...a beer with good bones. Not a personal favorite in the IPA category, mouthfeel is a little too drying but a good beer and quite hoppy without being obnoxious. If you like IPA I think you'll like it. Cheers.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is floral, light pine. Taste is caramel malts, pine, some floral notes, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

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Photo of Chaz
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark bronze-red in color, exhibiting excellent clarity and an offwhite to light tan head.

BIG blast of floral hops on the nose. A bit fruity (not quite tropical... ) and rather juicy.

Lightly sweet and floral on the first sip, with some biscuit malt character shining through midway through. Dry in the finish, and almost but not quite astringent. Good carbonation and mouthfeel.

Very good aromatic qualities in both the malt and hops used, making for very well-rounded and great drinking beer. I reckon the IBU to be between 60 and 80 or so, which may be middle of the road for today's various IPA styles. It's definitely not "too bitter!", but it's assertive enough.

Horizon Red is by now an older recipe from Summit, and it worth throwing into the mix every so often to throw your IPA-nut friends for a loop!

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep clear red with a slight brown tint and big light tan head. It has great retention and leaves mostly soapy laps all lacing. The aroma is nicely balanced, with both caramel malt and a light pine hops. The taste is similar but not quite as assertive. It is medium bodied with just slight carbonation and a relatively smooth finish.

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz. bottle into IPA glass.
Look: Pours a dark amber red with a one-finger foam head, moderate to heavy lacing as the head quickly dissipates. Carbonation bubbles are consistently rising to the top.
Smell: Strong smell of crisp, piney hops, maybe Cascade or Golden, citrus undertones and a moderate malt
Taste: Slightly sweet, taste of semi-bitter mouthwatering IPA hops, leading into noticeably sweet malt
Feel: Heavy carbonation, semi-bitter, moderately refreshing and a little bit of warming in the chest as the glass goes down
Overall: A solid beer, good combo of summery IPA and Irish Red reminiscent of early fall beers. Good hop character, sweet malt, moderate abv, and refreshing taste. Definitely would recommend to anybody who likes IPA.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice dark amber pour with a finger of thick head that settles down but sticks around. Nice aroma of malt and hops. I'd say it's barely in the IPA class but very light on the "IP" and more on the "A" given the 'red' In the name is truen to form. That said, very drinkable and a nicely made beer from the gang down the road. A solid choice with our enchilada soup for dinner tonight.

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Photo of JiuJitsuJustin
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells great, goes down smooth, and not too hoppy, but definitely enough to taste. The smell hit me as I started to take it down, and that just enhances the taste. But while I did enjoy this beer, it wasn't anything amazing. Definitely recommended if you can get your hands on some.

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Photo of matcris
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 3/6/16. Reviewed on 11/28/15.

LOOKS: Poured aggressively into a Nonic pint glass. Not crystal clear, might be the chill haze, though. Two fingers of tan head that fades fairly slowly and leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass. Very dark amber in appearance, almost to a ruby. Very tiny bubbles.

AROMA: This is one I could smell right when I cracked it open. Very piney and dank. A mild onion quality. And some sweetness in the background.

TASTE: Got to admit, I had this about a year 1/2 ago and didn't care for it. The palate really does change because I think it's delicious this time around. Dank, pine, and grapefruit notes. The onion is more in the aroma. Bitterness is in the back end and seems quite mild to me now. For the real newbies this might be plenty of bitterness and a little too dank. Depends on your tastes.

MOUTHFEEL: Nice medium to full carbonation that really brings out the flavor. It's on the dry side on the very back end. I'd say in the medium body range.
Overall the aroma really jumps out. The taste is great too, but a little more subdued than the blast of dankness that jumps out of the glass at you. Very nice IPA though. Underrated IMO.

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Photo of David0925
4.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Not big on red beers. But this is one to try. If you are not a traditional IPA drinker, this could be the beer that helps you break them in. Hoppy, but extremely smooth with lots of flavor.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Admittedly I've gotten pretty picky with IPAs, but there was something about the particular combination of malt and hops in this one that didn't work for me. The hops themselves didn't seem terribly fresh tasting and fatigued my palate pretty quickly.

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Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My original "Horizon Red Ale" review is below. My understanding is that the "Horizon Red IPA" is just a slight tweak. After having the newer version, it seems that the hops are different. Well, I know they are different as there is no way Mosaic was used in 2009, but maybe my tastes have changed as well. The main difference I note are more grapefruit, tropical and blueberry notes, and less of what I described as ash all those years ago. Regardless, both versions are tasty.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with thin head, some lacing on glass.

Smell: Citrus and ash, slight pine and malt.

Taste: Expected malts for a Red Ale upfront, but quickly overtaken by bitterness. Bitter aftertaste as well. The hop flavor is somewhat of a surprise, as it reminds me of ash. I detected that in the smell, but didn't expect to taste it. Never would have thought I would like an ash taste, but I do. Maybe this is from the Horizon hops, which I know very little about.

Feel: Lighter than I expected, but considering the low carbonation and smooth body, it all works. Almost reminds me of a Bitter in terms of feel.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking ale, I would choose this over the ESB, EPA or IPA. Still prefer the Porter as my favorite year-round bottled beer by Summit.

I am discouraged by some of the mixed comments and reviews for this. I think people became way too hyped up based on some early ignorant Furious comparisons. Hopefully, in time, the overall opinion will turn more positive.

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2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Beautiful mahogany body hosts a full inch and a half of very light tan head. Head has excellent retention. Swiss cheese like walls of lace are left behind. Nose is of cleaning solution, raw hops and wet malts. Hops come through at first in the form of citrus rind and pine. Malts are slightly fruity on the darker side. Body is a little bit bitter on the finish. Taste is overall just a little off for me.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (2.25) - A nice deep red/amber color. Good amount of slightly tan fluffy foam on top

S (4.25) - A little bit of hop aromas here. Nothing too overwhelmingt, but a little bit of that piney smell.

T (4) - Decent taste here. A little more malt backbone than a regular IPA, and a little bit of a bitter finish. Not bad, but not great.

F (4) - Good drinkable beer.

O (4) - All in all, I wasn't disappointed by this beer, and would drink it again. I probably wouldn't add it to my regular rotation, but you could do a whole lot worse

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just grabbed this off the shelf, forgot I had it.

Appearance : A behemoth 3 fingered head, wispy and fluffy, eggshell white. The body is the color of fresh honey, mixed with amber and copper tinges. 70% transparent.

Aroma : Piney hop and pink grapefruit come out right away, with a hint of dirty submerged copper drain pipe.

Taste : Amber malts and pink grapefruit play tag and ultimately the pink grapefruit wins. Slight metallic penny on the end, but the fruitiness tends to balance that out. Citrus rinds on the finish.

Mouthfeel : Medium bodied, but has a yin-yang thing of watery-creamy going on. It ends slightly dry.

Overall : A decent IPA, but not the best red IPA I've had.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this when it was simply Horizon Red, now I'm trying it again.

Frankly, I don't think the alterations noted here made much of a difference in taste or the nose.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz short bottle.

medium red color, nice big off-white colored head. good head retention and lots of lacing. nice pleasant hoppy aroma - floral, earthy, piney. nice malt flavor in the taste - well balanced and provides a nice platform for the hop flavor aftertaste. neither sweet nor dry. medium body, lower to medium carbonation.

overall - I like my IPA's with some nice malt flavor. I would recommend this one.

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Photo of epyon396
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

I like piney IPAs, but this legitimately tastes like chewing on a pinecone. Not an actual pinecone, but one of the gold glitter-covered ones that they sell at craft stores during the holidays.

Drinkable, but I'm not going to to enjoy finishing this.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.11/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber red with a lot of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy balanced aroma with hints of citrus and piney hops and sweet caramel. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Earthy and floral hops with hints of pine resin and grass. Solid malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. A pretty solid red aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hopped up Red taste with notes of citrus, pine, and caramel. Upfront citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, and pineapple. Floral and earthy hop presence with notes of pine resin and grass. Good malt backing with notes of caramel, toffee, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, smooth, and fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty solid hopped up Red Ale. Considerably more hop punch than the previous version of this Red but still has a solid caramel malt balance.

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Photo of Act25
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tasted this head-to-head with Abita Spring IPA ( a bright flowery buttery beer).
This one is more subtle and has a deeply satisfying flavor profile.
A:Bottle > Tulip Glass
Clear, surprisingly deep red body with one finger of foamy off white head, and medium lasting and lotsa lacing.
S - Aroma is coy, grows as it warms, pine, grass, hay, earth, orange, lemon, caramel malt.
T - Follows smell with more power. Resiny pine, then juicy citrus flavors, finishes malty.
M - Minerally. I think it's solid base water, and good, clean, long finish. Good food beer.
O - Got in WFM craft pack. this convinces me to drink more of Summit.
I love red beers, this one is a must try.

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Photo of Omnium
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear deep red with one finger of foamy off white head, medium lacing.
S - Aroma is excellent, lots of pine, grape, orange, lemon, caramel malt.
T - Dank pine in front then you get more juicy fruit flavors, a little pineapple, then it finishes more malty.
M - A little chew to it, but decently balanced.
O - I originally loved Horizon Red, and this is just as good if not better.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a lightly hazy, dark reddish brown with a rocky, two finger high, light ecru head. Very sticky, lots of lacing.

Citrus hops are in the forefront, probably centennial and cascade, with hints of citrus and orange.

The flavor is more grapefuity citrus and a pronounced bitterness from the hops. No grainyness is apparent from the wheat malt and the slightly elevated alcohol content is well hidden. The long, bitter finish is a nice way to end the glass.

This ale is smooth on the tongue, almost satiny, with medium body.

Overall, the lighter alcohol than regular IPA's combined with the clean citrus bitterness make this a beer well worth a second bottle or more. Not quite mild enough for session drinking, two or even three in an evening is an excellent idea.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes taken on 04/21/14 – Cheers Allen!

A: Claret amber body with good transparency and a half finger of khaki froth resting on top. Notable hang time with this one. Lightly etched lacing produces a broken track pattern of stick that runs down the glass after every sip.

S: Pine hops and spice blend with biscuit and toffee malt to make up the majority of the nose. There is some underlying grapefruit spice with a slightly herbal twist. Fairly clean aromas overall with some good high quality ingredients.

T: Biscuity malt stands firm in the flavor with light toffee but the beer is not necessarily sweet. Touch of raisin in there as well with some really juicy hops. Has a great mix of pine sap, spices, grapefruit, orange peel, and a dash of dank green herbs. Not terribly bitter but you can sense it. The alcohol is well blended and this is just smooth overall with a real nice balance to it. A wet herbal dankness surfaces more and more as I drink. Digging this one for sure.

M: Moderate filling body lying a touch on the lighter side. Nice creamy consistency. Smooth bitterness with a sticky resinous feel. Touch of drying at the finish but overall a touch wet.

D: This is a nice Red IPA with equal parts malt to hops. Mosaics were a good choice providing some in depth hop flavors that compliment the sticky malts. Probably my favorite Summit brew thus far. Nothing here says game changer but I have found their enter line up to be about the same. Just really well crafted and with great balance.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep amber, not very clear but not to hazy either, kind of right in between, half finger of tan head, ridiculously good lacing

Smell is sweet fruit, orange and pineapple come to mind first, lemon, fresh cut grass, caramel, toffee

Taste is lemon, herbal, spicy, caramel, toffee, a little grapefruit, almost a black pepper type flavor, nice pine bitterness

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side which I expected at under 6%, pretty hefty carbonation, dry and somewhat chalky after

Probably the best "Red IPA" I have had, for sure more IPA then red here. But the malt does bring a nice toffee and spice note not found in IPAs.

If you like malty reds you may want to avoid, if your a hop fan this is a really nice beer.

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Photo of Mdog
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear dark amber, huge head.

Smell: Citrus rind then a more moderate citrus aroma.

Taste: Balanced IPA. Moderately bitter citrus but with plenty of bready malt underneath.

Overall: I wasn't a big fan of the Horizon Red Ale , but I bought a 12 pack of Horizon Red IPA after some decent word of mouth. Still not too impressed, but it is a well-made beer that will be a good fall-back when nothing better is around.

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Horizon Red IPA from Summit Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
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