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: 197 | Ratings: 433
Photo of savaship
1.91/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance was that of a crystal clear amber colored, when served to me only a remnant of the head existed, of a white slightly cream color.

Smell was very floral, with what smelled of oranges and other spice

The taste was possibly the most awful bitter combination of brewed dirt and orange peels, with an aftertaste of orange peel that lingered for 5 minutes, I liken it much to the taste of drinking non-toxic citrus label remover

The mouthfeel was heavy for a clear beer, with very little carbonation

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Photo of frankiepop
1.98/5  rDev -47.8%
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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Photo of philbe311
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A much appreciated extra from Buebie...

A - A compact and even finger and a half of slightly off-white head... Lots of moderate carbonation... Head quickly settles and leaves a full and enticing lacing... A cranberry red color with a golden hue... Completely translucent...

S - Fairly weak scent... Corn... Fresh cut grass... A timid malt profile... A very faint aroma of sweet citrus...

T - A weak hop presence from the get go... Lots of grain... Caramel... Tart plum...

M - Lots of pringly carbonation... Medium bodied... Very thin... Bitter from the get go... The taste doesn't fill the mouth...

D - Sorry summit, but this just wasn't the brew for me... Aside from the appearance, I can't single out one characteristic of this brew that excites me... Overall, it's a boring brew...

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a Unibroue tulip. White head, small with oily, sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty sweet with an intense hop burst. I do get the impression that the bottle has a bit of age on it because it really seems that the sweetness and bitterness are fighting it out for flavor supremacy. No way to know without a bottle on date but I do think that this wasn't originally bottled this way. Some type of uncomfortable flavor on the finish, can't quite place the flavor but a bit unpleasant and medicinal/antiseptical on the tongue. Probably won't drink this one again. Correction, did find the best by date of 6/7/10.

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Photo of edwardhopper
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from a Summit variety 12 pack. Taste is a little bitter for a red ale in my opinion. The color is a nice deeper red color. Not much head, but it seemed to coat the sides of the glass. The smell was hoppy with a hint of sweetness. It has a decent amount of hops and a solid complex flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy and not so easy drinking. Not bad, but not my favorite red ale. To me its a heavier version of Bell's Amber.

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Photo of BigBossMan
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Perhaps it is not fair to compare, but I feel Lagunitas Imperial Red or Odell's Extra Special Red are much better examples of big, hoppy red ales. The Horizon Red, I found to be overly burnt tasting. The appearance is a nice, dark amber. However, it was not a particularly easy drink as I simply didn't enjoy the overall flavor. The cascade hop flavor, while there, was drowned out by earthy, burnt overtones. I would drink another one but wouldn't buy a whole 6 pack.

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Photo of dfillius
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. I usually dislike this style but gave it a shot after a high ranking in BA mag.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white head with decent/good retention. Clear bronze liquid. Good looking, a tad more head please.
S: Hop forward - Cascade is noticeable. Pleasant malt hints, rye? Almost APA in hoppiness. Slight biscuit in the way background. Slightly more malt aroma please.
T: Biting hop bitterness is very pronounced. Little malt presence, almost like hop water.
M: Bracing and sharp hops dominate.
D: One is okay, but I wouldn't order another and I won't buy another sixer. It won't be one I eagerly reach for at a party either.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A - Copper tinged amber pour with good sized off-white head; settles quickly to a thin layer with a sticky lace. Nice clarity; an attractive looking beer

S - Nice toasted malt aroma and a good dose of resin; more hops then a typical red ale. Lighter in the nose, but nice.

T&M - Nice hoppy bite in this with a spicy, peppery edge. Toasted malts with hints of caramel. Medium bodied, finish seems a bit odd...not bad, but has an almost tart quality that doesn't quite seem in keeping with the rest of the beer.

D - Easy to drink, but not likely something I'll seek out again.

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Photo of Kromes
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An amber/red color with an off-white head that dies out. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: A very citrusy hop aroma and that's all I could really detect. Maybe a slight sweet malt aroma.

T: Pine, citrus, and floral hops with a big bitter bite in the finish. It's hard to taste anything other than the hops. I was hoping that there would be more of a sweet caramel malt to offset the bitterness, but my tastbuds couldn't pick up the caramel.

M: Average mouthfeel. A little thin maybe, residual sugars might help in more way than one.

D: It is drinkable, and has a nice hop flavor, but for me it is unbalanced.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Depending on the lighting, this is orange amber or amber brown in color. About one finger of frothy off-white head dies down quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

3.5 S: Pungent floral and citrus hops with emphasis on pineapple and grapefruit. Not much going on malt-wise except for a touch of the standard crystal malt presence. Still, reasonably pleasant.

3.0 T: Moderate, or maybe more, hop bitterness. Crystal malts with a very slight nuttiness. Touch of citrusy hops. None of the flavors are very strong other than the bitterness and they don't go together that well.

3.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit too high and is very bity, giving a not very smooth journey down.

3.0 D: This isn't a terrible brew, but it's hard to figure out what is good about it.

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Photo of MikeAAL
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's a pretty bland beer.

It's red/amber colored with a nice head. Nice lacing.

It smells like toasted malts and hops.

I can taste hops with a hint of malts.

Thick mouthfeel. Heavy carbonation.

It's alright but, nothing to write home about. Very bland and heavy.

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Photo of blackdog1101
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a cylindrical Hobgoblin pint glass.

A- Nice deep red with one finger of head. Clings nicely to glass.

S- Hoppy, citrusy aroma up front, with a bit of molasses in the background.

T- Like the smell, this has plenty of Hops and grapefuit up front, and finishes with light malt. However, there is a metallic aspect to this that I find unpleasant. Seems a bit unbalanced for an amber ale. IMO should be a bit more in the malt deparment.

M- A bit thin, and a bit too bitter for this style. I'd prefer less carbonation but it's certainly not excessive.

D- This is certainly a fine sessionable beer, but I was hoping for something more. I'd like to try this on tap too see how it compares to the bottled version. Summit seems to have "good" beer down pat, but I'd like to see them release a couple of "great" beers.

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Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to dzynenguru for this brew. Poured into 14oz glass. Poured a clean, clear brownish red color with just under an inch of tan head that had decent retention and lacing.

The was fairly typical, a nice blend of malts and hops. The solid malt supports the the lightly spicy hops nicely. The flavors were also about average for the style, a pleasant blend of malt and hops.

The body was also average, full and even across the tongue. Drinkability was good, if this were local to me, it would be in my regular rotation of daily drinkers. Overall, a very nice beer that's worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of katan
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a neutral brown color - somewhat transparent. Very clear and filtered - no hazing or yeast. Head formation is good, quickly setting into a 1mm head. Little carbonation obvious.

S - This beer doesn't smell like anything. Literally. I tried bringing it to my nose a half dozen times and finally gave up. Ok on attempt number 7, perhaps a light bit of malt.

T - Starts off with a malty sweetness combined with a roasted edge from crystal or caramel malts. Bitterness only barely shows in the mid-drink, but it starts to take off towards the end. Finishes with a flourish of strong American hops - cascade and simcoe come to mind. Goes from lame to great in a hurry.

M - Fairly thick body - not watery. Carbonation bite is light to not present. Leaves behind a clinging oily texture.

D - Moderate drinkability - flavors are potent enough that I wouldn't call this balanced enough for sessioning. ABV is high but manageable.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Race Street Cafe, Philly, PA

A pretty tasty red ale, with perhaps a bit more of a hop bite than you're used to in similar styled beers.

Poured into a pint glass, a clear, reddish-brown, with a finger or so of frothy off-white head that retained and laced rather well. Grassy hops in the aroma, with an obvious caramel malt base. As previously mentioned, more hoppy than I'd expect a red ale to be, which isn't a bad thing. Grassy hops right off the bat, mellowing out a bit as the sweetness of the caramel malts move in. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable, but I had no problem moving on after one glass.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of a74gent
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice brew. Nothing that is incredible, but very solid from Summit.

The appearance is a nice rich dark copper color with a slight head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell has faint hops and not much else.

The taste is good. Nice balance with some hop backbone. Sort of doesn't leave much flavor behind, but that is ok.

Mouthfeel is very moderate with a touch more carbonation than I would have expected.

Drinkability is pretty good. It isn't easy drinking, but perhaps a little better than average.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice garnet color with a big off-white colored thick head. The head has fantastic retention but eventually fades to give great level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is light but consists of a toasted malt aroma with some lighter caramel notes.

Taste –The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with an ever so light sweetness. As the taste goes on, hop flavors begins slowly coming into the taste. They start out of a pine nature and are relatively light in the beginning and the middle. As the taste advanced further however a stronger hop bitterness of a earthy and pine nature comes to taste and brings the flavor profile to an end.

Mouthfeel – The thickness is on the average side as well as the carbonation. The carbonation level is very fitting although a little more creaminess may have helped with the somewhat harsh flavor left on the tongue at the end of the taste.

Overall – Relatively hoppy and flavorful amber-red beer, but nothing that is worth going out of the way for.

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Photo of smittyjr
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Summit Horizon Red:

A: Appearance is exceptional, great amber-red color to it with exceptional clarity! Nice 1" head that develops yet depletes half-way through. Great lacing from the off-white to slightly tan head.

S: the aromas are: roasted/toasted malts and grains with a touch of hops to it.

T: starts out with a little hoppiness which is then taken over by toasted malts and grains.

M: starts with a bite, then smooth, and ends slightly bitter. Crisp beer.

D: This beer is a good drinkable, but i won't make an effort to go out of my way to purchase. it was great out of the cask at the city pages beerfest, good but not as good out of the bottle into a glass. it is a good beer that is crisp and malty, needs more hops, thats me tho!

good work summit

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Photo of ommegoose
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm pouring this in my Duvel goblet, to great effect. It pours a cream colored head of a full two inches on top of a black cherry colored body. Little to no visible carbonation. Lacing now and then.

Pretty good aroma, hoppy and crisp. Piney, seems Cascade dominated. Crystal malts. More interesting malt notes are buried way in there. Caramel and hints of cocoa.

This is a somewhat hop-forward red ale, but despite sufficient quantities of hops, it's not a standout profile. Piney cascades on top of caramel/crystal malts. Bitterness lingers and is apparent throughout, but that's pretty much the one dimension of the hops. I actually think it could have used more maltiness. As is, it comes across as not being too far from a SNPA, so I would have liked more balance. Near total lack of sweetness doesn't appeal to me.

This is a really average feel with nothing much to say about it. Better after repeated swirls flatten it out. On the full side, I guess.

Summit beers are smartly in a price niche underneath the Bell's, Founders, and Goose Islands that dominate locally, so if they nailed a beer or two, they'd have a regular place in my fridge. This just falls short somewhere along the way, though. It's easy to jump to the conclusion that this has cheaper ingredients, but I can't say if that's the reason this isn't so great. I can see this beer having fans, but I'm a bit weary halfway through. I'm not sure how this is such a slog when there's not really any major flaw. Just not my style and won't be a repeat buy, even if the price is favorable.

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Photo of Strix
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep red, good head.

Smells malty, a bit of hops in there, and a slight tea-like note.

Earthy, grassy, and malty. Some hop presence, but also the tea-like note and a metallic note that don't mesh. Reminds me of an ESB.

Medium mouthfeel.

I've yet to try something from Summit I really connect with. This was drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Three Squares in Maple Grove, MN. Appeared a clear red with short head. I was looking forward to trying this beer, but came away from my pint glass a bit disappointed. Basically, while there is a nice clean/biting citrus hop flavor, it's too weak and there's almost no malt to speak of. It drank to thin for the strength and the bitterness levels we're only on par with a respectable APA.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - yup, it's red, with coppery hues, very clear, off white head, good retention, nice lacing

S - fresh hoppy nose, herbal, clean, light fruity sweetness, biscuity malt

T - herbal hops up front, not overly assertive, biscuity malt dominates the middle, good bit of hop bitterness in the finish with some mild bitter grapefruit, but the dominant flavour in the aftertaste is "dirt"

M - medium body, med carbonation, no alcohol

D - easy to drink, but it's not going to blow anyone away

Reminds me a lot of DFH 60, except the hops are quite herbal instead of citrusy, which unfortunately I don't think works that well. Good aroma, long lasting bitterness, and a tasty malt backbone should = great, but the sum of it's parts do not add up. I think it is the horizon hops that I just don't care for.

That being said, this is the second best beer I've had from Summit, but their Porter is still miles ahead of anything else.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. Beer was a copper penny color, with a two-finger, light brown head. Very minimal carbonation and thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was hops, caramel, biscuit and fresh grains.

Taste was caramel, spicy bitter hops and fruit.

Little to no carbonation present, making the beer appear and taste pretty thin. Not sure if I got a bad bottle, but it's taking away from the overall score a bit.

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