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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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 432
Photo of cdragos
5/5  rDev +31.9%

By far, one of the best APAs I have ever had. That tint of pine or spruce does it for me. Excellently balanced with caramel malt flavor. It was a few months old so maybe that did the trick. A bit of cellaring.

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Photo of fizzy
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have always liked Summit Pale Ale, on tap or from the bottle. This was my first taste of the Horizon Red Ale. They were serving it on tap at the Minnesota State Fair and I decided to buy a 3- 7oz sample paddle of beers. One was the Pale Ale, one the Oktoberfest, and the third the Horizon Red Ale. I knew I would like the Pale Ale, without a doubt. The Oktoberfest was a little more malty and sweet than a I really like, but the kicker was the Horizon Red Ale. What a hop presence without being over done, a full citrus ending and flavor left in the mouth. What a wonderful beer, and one to be savored again, not just at the State Fair but at home and at the bar. Kudos goes to Summit.

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Photo of dhannes
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a Perfect Pint.

A=Rich amber color with 3 finger cream colored head.


T=Strong, yet smooth hop presence; spice (cinnamon? nutmeg?).

M=Extremely drinkable.

O=Best red I can recall. Not overpowering, but robust and very flavorful.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a sucker for a well-made American amber, and this one hit the nail on the head. Rich amber color. Nice malt flavor with bold, bright hops. Finish was clean with lingering bitterness - highly drinkable. I forsee more of this in my beer fridge this summer.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm... smells like an IPA, good sign...

A-Pours a beautiful, clear deep red wine color with a nice creamy medium dark ivory color head that has ok retention, with real good lacing.

S-Let me tell you about the aroma, it's bright lemon cirtus, almost piney all the way until the very end when the head almost completely dissapears and gives way to the strong caramel background the malt gives. Very nice. If I didn't have eyes, I would think this is an IPA by the smell. Which is not a bad thing.

T-The flavor is a more balanced red ale flavor. Has a strong caramel maltiness to it, not sweet because of the pungent hop bitterness to balance. And a citrus hop flavor is so prevelant in this wonderful beer. Then again, if I didn't have eyes, i just might think this was an IPA... maybe this is not as to style as many would want, but you gotta admit, that this is a good beer.

M-It has a creamy full medium body that is slightly dry in the end with a strong lingering bitterness. The malt coats the mouth thinkly, but is smoothed away by the bitterness and the tad dryness in the end.

D-This goes down very smooth. I could have a few pints of this if it was on tap somewhere. Pretty sessionable I'd say. If you are a hop lover like me, I'd advise you go get some of this hoppy red ale.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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 mjryan
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Summit Horizon Red Ale. Not really red, more of an amber with red highlights. I poured it hard and got a nice one inch head that retained well. Lots of sticky lace coated the glass as I drank the beer down. Smells pretty good. Lots of grassy, citrus hops with a touch of pine and flowers. Its dry hopped with Cascades, but it doesnt make your eyes pop out when you crack the bottle like some other locally made beers. Lots of hops in the flavour. A touch of citrus fruit and some pine with an earthy undercurrant. Has a slight mineral flavour that is present in may other Summit beers, probably the St Paul city water, but who knows. Very clean malts. Finish is bone dry and bitter with that ever present Summit mineral flavour. This beer is really dry, like west coast dry. Takes some getting used to, but I like it. Medium carbonation with a very light body. The more bottles of this beer I consume, the more I enjoy it. Easy drinkin and delicous. Great stuff.

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Photo of bnes09
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber to ruby in color. Fairly weak ivory colored head. Does have well-defined, sticky lace patches.

Rich a spicy hop aroma of pine trees and citrus fruits.

Hops are very lively in the flavor. Robust lemon, grapefruit and pine-like hop. Mild honey sweetness. Smooth biscuit character.

Dry feel overall. Medium body and well carbonated. Crisp.

Really good stuff. A lot more hops than expected but blending in the flavor very well.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite dark for the style, almost like a lighter brown ale, with a meringuey, parchment-colored head with very good retention. Very interesting, fruity nose, full of papaya and pineapple and lemon and lime, with an unusual basil-like herbal quality and some potent rosy esters. The malts are nice and caramelly, but they don't have the nice toasty/nutty character that makes a really good amber ale. Round and balanced flavor, but quite briskly hoppy, an interplay between toasted bead, nuts, burnt caramel with tangy, fruity, pithy hops. Medium bodied but just dry enough to keep this very drinkable, even refreshing. I'd love to try it on cask.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep amber with a two-inch rocky head
Aroma-Fresh hops and piney citrus
Taste- Big, bold hops throughout and definite citrus notes. Well-balanced, very flavorful and drinkable. Would go great with a ribeye steak or a burger with the works. Get some!!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
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 jdizzel
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

alot of the hype that i heard about this beer and furious was about true
a-great looking beer this beer just looks tasky
s-the hops are very permanent here wow this is going to taste intense
t-very good balance with malt and hops great combination
m-this is very easy to drink at 5.7
d-the easiest ive had in a ong time way to easy to drink great flovor smell and appearence all around good jobb summit

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer from Summit, not great but this one would be a great 12 pack buying refrigerator beer. It is not as red as it is copper brown. It is well-balanced but do not serve at fridge temps or it will be perceived as overly bitter from spec. malts. It finishes well; clean. Body is med-low.

Try it.

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Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of these at my brothers after I had a couple other beers already and was relatively unimpressed....seems fine but nothing that jumped out at I am reviewing this with a clean palate and it does impress me. I know there had been pre-release talk of it being similar to Furious and to be honest it has some of the same flavor and aroma but on a slightly smaller notes from the fresh palate tasting are as follows.

A-Nice burnt orange color....1/8 inch head that slowly fades.

S-Nice inviting aroma of juicy hops...citrus (tangerines, oranges), pine, and also some earthy/weedy notes....really pretty nice smell to this...

T-Very nice hop forward red ale flavor....good dose of hop flavor with only mild bitterness on the finish....subtle but flavorful caramel malt backing and then a great fresh hop flavor of citrus, cannabis, and pine....I really like how this tastes.

M-Body is medium at best but definitely not too thin....about the perfect weight for this beer...easy drinking hopped up red ale with a lot of flavor.

D-I like this...I know everyone is saying this isn't a Furious clone and this and that but even without having heard any of that talk I would really compare this to a smaller furious...a more drinkable furious in some respects for me...a tremendous addition to the Minnesota beer scene. Summit has a winner here..

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Photo of znichols
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red with a touch of amber glare when held to the light. Clean and transparent with a tight little head and significant lacing. Looks like a pretty resinous red ale.

S- Brown sugar and toffee malt balanced out by a hefty waft of sticky, piney hops. Touch of citrus in there as well. Smells like a sweeter IPA.

T- Very pleasant, clean hop flavor right away. Pronounced flavors of pine needles and blood orange dance on the tongue and are quickly rounded out with some caramel and cream malt flavor. Really nice flavor. This is a pretty iconic American Red Ale flavor profile, very exemplary. Piney hoppyness and sweet malt through and through with no alcohol.

M- Very bubbly and fluffy which really helps to open up the hop flavors. Finishes light. Really nice.

O- A really enjoyable Red ale. I truly liken it to a modest IPA with a lot of crystal/caramel malt. Those who like an assertive pale ale with tons of resinous, sticky hops would probably enjoy this beer. Props Summit for making one of america's better reds. Clean finish and iconic flavor.

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Photo of slyke
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Horizon Red Ale pours a lovely red-brown color with a pillowy head that laces nicely.

The smell is balanced between some sweet malt and hoppiness.

The taste starts with a bit of bitterness and nice weight of malt on the tongue in the middle of the taste. The finish is pleasantly bitter with a bit of pine.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a bit bready.

Drinkability is very good on this beer. I have enjoyed 2-3 pints of this over the course of a few hours. This is a welcome addition to the Summit lineup.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my suprise beer of the year.

appearance: red copper garnet colored

smell: some nice bitterness sublte citrus, caramel sweetness

taste: the perfect session beer, a balanced red ale, ight caramel flavors with some great citurs hops.

mouthfeel: balanced, medium bodied

drinkability: nice beer, like a red seal, maybe better

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red amber body, good clarity, topped by three fingers plus of level off-white foam.

Strong pine aroma manages to cut through my late summer allergy annoyed nose.

Sweet malt trickles down the center of the tongue, and manages to stay noticeable throughout. However, its the tingly hops parachuting in from the roof of the mouth that dominate the taste. Very clean inish considering how much hop tingle preceeds the swallow.

Nice smooth semi-full mouthfeel. Be glad to have another right now, but the sixer is gone.

A nice agressive red ale from a respected brewery.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: 2 1/2 finger off white foamy head. Decent lace. Auburn/red. Clear. Nice.

S: Hops with a lot of dimension. Definitely get the Cascade and Horizon hops.

T: Wow. Not my first and won't be my last. A good malty body is interwoven with a great hoppy tour. Very well balanced. Hop characteristics range from slightly piney/resinous to floral, grassy, and lemony. Bitterness doesn't become dominant here.

M: Very slightly dry but overall well rounded.

D: Excellent. An instant go to. Perhaps Summit's best since EPA.

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Photo of Durge
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one shows a dark brown color with golden highlights, a bit hazy with a big tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma brings a mildly tart malt and granny apple toffee. Decent. The flavor is a decidedly bitter citrus evergreen hop, dry and dominant over rye and rice grain goodness. Crisp and flavorful with tasteful light carbonation. This is along the lines of a great ESB with a nice grain base. It has a pretty light feel, a little thin but lively. But this is a surprisingly tasty medley of citrus and malt with a touch of burnt coffee. Quite drinkable. Nice job Summit!

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Photo of morimech
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, reddish amber color with one inch of white head that had good retention. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. Big nose full of hops. Pine, citrus, and what other reviewers have noticed, ash. The flavor is mostly hops as well. Pine and citrus flavors mostly. Bitterness is moderate. Dry overall with no sweetness from the malt. A bit one dimensional but it still tastes good. The body seems a little thin but has a nice texture and carbonation. A good red ale and one I would definately drink again especially at Summit prices. The lower ABV also helps drinkability.

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Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1 finger off white head. Fades down rather quickly living a thin layer. Leaves some thin lace rings. Color is a very clear copper amber.

Aroma: Extremely hoppy. Floral hops. Kind of has a brown sugar smell to it. Very citrusy (grapefruit mainly). The aroma really reminds me of a IPA.

Taste: Wow Summit did something amazing here. A super hopped up red beer. Floral hops hit the palate very hard at the first sip. Grapefruit citrus. Slight alcohol. Earthy/grassy hops as well.

Mouthfeel: Is very bitter. Goes down and leaves the mouth full of hops. Medium bodied. Carbonation is on as well.

Overall, I was not expecting this, but damn it was great. This beer surpassed my expectations by far. I will definitely be picking up more of this. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my "Summit, My Life is Beer" pint glass.
Ugly looking beer, clear copper/red with very little head (I actually poured the second one trying to create head, still only one finger), but the head leave a decent trace on the glass.
Aroma is nice, I do get the ash (pine ash), as well as some nice lemon/orange citrus, not much malt in the nose, but that is ok.
Taste is mostly hops up front, but the ash goes away and it becomes more spicy and citrus. There is a decent malt coming through mostly base malt, but there is a touch (just a small touch) of caramel sweetness.
Mouthfeel is thin, but I think for the amount of hops without a buttload of specialty grains this should be expected. Thin may be the wrong word, dry is more like it and I like it.
Overall, I think this is a very good beer that will be very tasty on a hot summer day.

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