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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Photo of GLBClover85
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good beer from this summit variety pack. Faint citrus piney smell. Mouth feel is pretty light for the style. Seems like another easy drinker. Would buy again.

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Photo of matcris
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear red ale with medium carbonation rising. About a finger of tan foamy head that settles down to a ring and leaves some moderate lacing. The aroma is malty and dank with some pine notes, too. Same goes for the flavor and a bit of citrus in the form of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium thick body, full carbonation and dry. Fresh, this is a nice dank single red IPA. Worth a try, very nice price for what you get.

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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 vette2006c5r
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Red Ale pours a dark reddish color, with a nice lacing head. There is a nice sharp malty aroma, with good hop notes. Taste is the same, good bold malty backbone, with a nice noticeable sharp bite near the end. Nice feel, and a nice carbonation feel. Overall its a nice flavorful red.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.64/5  rDev -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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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 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 shadetree67
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of Omnium
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark copper with some orange on the edges. There is a finger of off-white head. There is both the essence of hops and grapefruit in the nose. Both the hoppiness and citrus flavors come through in the flavor profile. The malt taste in the flavor profile is a bit light, however. There is some decent bitterness on the finish for a standard red.

This is a very drinkable offering that is light enough for hot summer days, but not so light that it is thin.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/11/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, pine, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, pine, grass, biscuit, brown sugar, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, grass, biscuit, brown sugar, and floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a hop forward flavor balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice red ale. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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 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 TheQuietMan22
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “ENJOY BY” date is “02/19/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is mahogany. Two fingers of fairly dense foam dissipated slowly and unevenly, leaving a spotted lacing, thick ring around the edge, and trails of foam on the glass.

Smell: An enticing mélange of citrus and malts. Scents of toasted malts, candy caramel, and toffee are tinged with pine, grapefruit, and orange.

Taste: The hop citrus is able to muscle the malts for prominence. The grapefruit, pine, and orange outshine the toasted malts, caramel, and toffee. There is also a spicy edge with a hint of pepper, and the aftertaste betrays some mellow, earthy hops.

Drinkability: Pretty good stuff. It is not overly hoppy or malty. The citrus adds a welcome element to a beer I would otherwise think was malt dominant.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter sampler. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours mahogany brown with 1/4 inch white foam. Nutty smell. Malty, Taste is a lightly sweet caramel with a subtle hint of hops threaded throughout. Some bitter resides, so the finish is more bitter than sweet, but not too much of either. Firmly carbonated. Pretty good red.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. 100th beer review, this is special for me.

A - Tight bubbles hold a big rocky tan head. Nice red tint on a brilliant deep amber beer. Left me with a few streaks of lacing.

S - Layers of toasty malt all over. Undertone of mild chocolate malt. Piney hops in the background. I can recognize more hops as it warms.

T - Little bits of that toasty malt last for a short while. Hops pick up the brunt of the flavor mid-pallete. I get more of spicy, earthier hop flavor. Has a bit of bitterness to it that puts this beer a little on the hoppy side. Finishes dry, crisp and refreshing.

M - Medium to medium-light body, moderate carbonation, dry.

O - Great looks to this beer, great complexity to the smell. I seen a bit more malt coming in the taste but being a hop head I enjoyed the hop emphasis. Actually, the beer was balanced well for the style.This beer would be great for the patio on an early fall afternoon.

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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 JamesMN
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, almost brown.

Aroma: Fruity/piney hop presence with a nice roasty backbone. Some plum or apricot in there.

Taste: Big hop bite up front and then a nice roasty quality of the malt peeking through before a final bitterness in the end. The roasted malt comes back in the aftertaste and settles nicely on the tongue. Really robust.

Mouthfeel: Good level of carbonation. Great medium/full body on this beer and still very drinkable.

Final Thoughts: This is one of the better offerings from Summit. Definitely a great choice for any season. It has a good level of complexity and flavor.

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Photo of Converge
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a deep, clean reddish-amber color with a frothy off-white head. Nice frothy head retention the whole way down, with some nice, sticky lacing. Nice looking brew.

S - A nice balance of hops and malts, with a little extra complexity in there. Piney and earthy hops upfront with lots of toasty caramel malt, toffee, and light butterscotch. Some light festive spices, reminds me of Christmas, as well as a generous helping of vanilla and a bit of maple. There's another painfully distinct and familiar aroma in here, but I just can't put my finger on it. Overall, a surprisingly nice aroma off this brew.

T - A nice follow up to the nose. Opens up with lots of toasty caramel malt with toffee and earthy spice. Sweet butterscotch, maple, vanilla, and a faint touch of honey in the middle. Finishes with earthy hops, light spice, and a rather tasty malty sweetness that I really enjoy. So well balanced, but definitely leaning towards the sweeter, maltier side. However, for the style, this is to be expected. This is really good stuff.

M - Surprisingly weighty. A nice big body complimented with low carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel all around. Melds together with the malty flavor profile very well. Light bitterness lingers from the hops.

D - Amber ales definitely aren't my go-to style, but this one rises above most that I've tried. Nice, sweet malty notes balanced out by the earthy, bittering hops, with a touch of complexity, all rolled into one very drinkable profile. Odd that this is a Spring release, as this has 'Holiday Beer' written all over it for me. Either way, this is a solid brew from Summit that takes an otherwise usually hum-drum style of beer and really gives it some character.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle no date

Look is a dark red/amber, slightly cloudy. Rough pour yields 2 finger tan head. It smells like liquid pine tree, with a little alcohol and stale bread thrown in. The first sensation is a wall of bitter pine that gives way to tart fruit and oak. There is a malt sweetness to the finish, but it's mostly dry and bitter. The feel is abrasive enough that I wouldn't want to have more than a few.

Summit beers are extremely consistent, and by that I mean they're extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a dense 1/8 finger tall beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy lacing is observed.

S: The beer has moderate aromas of caramel malts and toasted malts upfront. There is also a light presence of pine/resin hops with very subtle hints of earthy and citrus hops.

T: The pine/resin hops are present upfront, closely followed by the caramel and toasted malts which give the beer a light amount of sweetness. There is a good balance to this beer with some light amounts of lingering bitterness which taste like it comes from citrus hops in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and crisp.

O: This beer has a great balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making it very easy to drink. I found the beer to be quite enjoyable and it seemed to be a hybrid type of style (amber ale and IPA). I could easily have a couple of these and enjoyed this one enough to grab it some other time.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There light aromas of pine resin hops in the nose. Some citrus becomes evident as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along pine resin hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit creamy and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very balanced and has a nice blend of malty and hoppy flavors—neither of these seems to stand out in particular.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Summit's Horizon Red Ale last week for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. Summit just entered our market recently and their stuff just started showing up at stores, I have never had any beers from Summit before so I decided to get a couple different ones and give them a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple and looks a little plain, it looks ok, but it's not that eye catching. It poured a darker looking muddy amber/brown color that took on a nice bright ruby red color when held to the light and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice lacing. The color is a little different at first, but I find it to be an ok looking beer.

S- I can already tell that this red is going to be on the hoppy side. It starts off with a good amount of hops that are earthy, piney, and citrusy, the pine and citrus seem to stick out the most. Next comes a nice biscuity aroma followed by a good amount of caramel malts that impart some nice caramel and bready aromas that help balance out all those hops up front. I like the aroma of this beer, it's nice and well balanced, just how a proper American Red Ale should be.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, it starts off with some piney and citrusy hops that show up just as much as they did in the aroma. Next comes the malts which have a lower amount of sweetness and impart some nice biscuit, bread, caramel, and lightly toasted grainy flavor that showed up nicely and was strong enough to balance out all those hops. It had a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a malty and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it has just enough hops and malt flavors that make this a tasty and balanced American Red Ale, I like it.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied, and it had a higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was ok, but the carbonation needed to be toned down a little and not so prickly.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought that it was a good and proper example of an American Red Ale, it had the extra hoppyness that I often find in this style, but this beer had just enough malt to provided a nice and balanced taste. This beer had good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth and a little faster then expected, while the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I could go for another one if I had it. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and taste they were both pretty damn good and had all the balance that I would want. What I liked least about this beer was the slightly muddy color and the prickly carbonation, if those were fixed this beer would be pretty close to perfect. I would for sure buy this beer again when looking for a good American Red Ale, it fit the style well and isn't too expensive, I for sure recommend giving this beer a try, it's very true to style. This beer made for a pretty good first impression from Summit, it had almost everything that I look for in a good American Red Ale, and there is no doubt that this is one solid beer, good job guys, you can be sure I will be trying more of your beers.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tend not to like red ales very much at all, in fact I tend to avoid them completely but something told me try this one on for size.
This beer, I like. The use of hops in here smooths over all the characteristics and flavors that I tend to find offensive in most red ales. The overall effect reminds me of a black IPA. Grapefruit is heavy in here. Hops resins finish as almost smokey. Reminders of an ESB given the particular sizzle on the palate. Some dark currant flavors.
I'm glad I ignored my bias and picked this up.

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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 433 ratings.
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