Summit Horizon Red Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Horizon Red AleSummit Horizon Red Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Replaced by Horizon Red IPA.

Added by Gump on 04-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 197
Reviews by motorhed:
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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of blackearth
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says "Enjoy by 11/24/09." Pouring into perfect pint glass showed an appetizing dark red body with a thick, rocky slightly off-white head, which left good lacing as I drank. The aroma is dominated by piney hops with a hint of toasted malts in the background. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, the initial taste is the hops, followed by some spicy rye notes, and then a long hop finish. The drinkability on this one is excellent. A great example of a hopped up red rye.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brick red with a fluffy, off-white head. The aroma is subtle pine and citrus hops with a strong malt character as well. The flavor is grassy hops with some grapefruit and pine mixed in. The malt balances everything out giving it just a tad bit of bitterness. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Audiodrome
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a nice dark amber, and surely makes it's name known by it's color.

S: Smelled rich with hops, very earthy, but bright and almost citrus.

T: The taste wasn't the bitterest beer I've ever tasted, but it's IBU's are somewhere around the range of 60-70 which I surely tasted, however the end flavor on the back of your pallet is very delicious.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, but very bubbly, great feeling.

D: I really liked this beer, but as will all my other drinkability ratings, I have to look at availability and price, and that's why I had to rate this slightly above average.

Overall, outstanding job by Summit, get yourself one. Cheers.

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber red with a big foam slightly tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong pine and floral hops followed by bready and caramel malts. Aroma is strong and fresh.

Taste: Sweetness from caramel malts up front followed by citrus hops. Finishes with bready malt and more hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A good red with a nice mix of hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

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Photo of brow1901
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New summit was calling my name from inside the cooler at the store today. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Not much to get excited about so far. Light maroon in color w/ a bone white head. Not much retention but some lacing. No haze or cloudinesss.

S- Really unimpressed by the way the beer smells, I think the EPA has a better smell than this one. And the fact that summit advertises dry-hopping so much, it disappoints when it doesn't meet the expectations. But the hops are there, along with a weird malt sweet smell that I don't really care for.

T- Pretty good taste for the red ale style. I'm glad the hop profile isn't much more than it is. The beer has a really smooth balance to it.

M- A bit to thin for my tastes but that maybe to style. The carbonation is nice and refreshing.

D- Very drinkable but not one of my favorites. Worth a try though, I think I'll give it another shot on tap.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of frankiepop
1.98/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why this red dye beer gets a plus 3 is beyond me. I love the summit brews, but this red 'ale' just tastes like an American low class lager to me. Slap a Bud label on this puppy and this tasteless bottle of piss will be right at home. Good beer for drunks when this fizzy shit goes on sale.

This beer should be paired with watching American Idol singers. What a waste. Tune in next week when I update my review, and tell you what I really think.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -66.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5

The color is a nice rich dark copper verging on red. The head that forms isn't very high, but it has good retention and leaves nice lacing.
There's a good, moderately strong hops aroma, more pine than citrus, with a caramel malts balance. Sturdy, but it could use a bit more.
The taste follows suit; the caramel malts and resinous hops flavors balance well. There's really not much else to it.
The body is medium with a bit of smoothness to it, but a bit more carbonation than there should be.
This is a nicely hopped red ale with good drinkability.

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Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summit- Horizon Red

A- Nice glowing amber red with a thick foamy head. Thick foamy lacing, solid.
S- Nice sweet sugary malt, slight touch of caramel and molasses with a citrus hop tinge.
T- Thick sugary malt with hints of caramel, molasses, and bread crust overpowered by a slight citric but more pine dominating hoppiness.
M- Sweet and thick malt starts this 1 off with a big hoppy body, slight hoppy bitterness becomes sweet and more balanced with the malt near the end.

Overall- Very good, very drinkable! 1 of the better Ambers I've had in quite some time!!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 434 ratings