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 JWU
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10oz straight from a firkin

A- a dark ruby amber with a bubbly but thin white head

S-sweet biscuity malts with earthy hops

T- follows the smell. A little Carmel on the taste as well.

M- medium bodied and dry on the finish.

O- good, and striving to be great.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Like its namesake, this is a dark red/crimson colored ale that has a very clean, unfiltered look to it. Excellent head retention with some nice lacing.

Smell - Fairly strong citrusy & piney hops complimented a good biscuit/yeast scent The malts are also here too, providing a mild malty scent.

Taste - Piney & Citrusy Hops, which actually are stronger than they were in the nose. Same goes for the malts, which give it a very malt forward flavor. This seems more like an IPA than a Red Ale, which is a good thing in this case. Definitely the hoppiest beer from Summit I have tried yet!

Mouthfeel -Body feels a little bit on the heavier side. Carbonation is fairly average and doesn't interfere with the overall experience. Fairly easy to drink overall.

Overall - This is a pretty damn good beer. It balances out the hops and malt flavors quite well. Summit may have their own branded IPA, but Horizon Red (Despite it's Red Ale classification) is Summit's true IPA and worth trying out instead.

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Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear ruby red with lasting off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, yeast and earthy piney hops fill the nose. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast followed by some good earthy piney hops. Palate is a medium body, slightly sticky mouth feel with carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast ending with a sweet bitterness with some lingering nutty flavor. Quite a hoppy wallop but overall a good drinkable ale.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing from memory::

Glass came out a beautiful reddish/brown with a 1/4 head that dropped back to an 1/8 and maintained for a long time. Great lacing too! I'm a big fan of Odells Red Ale and I'd say this is just as good as theirs. The hop aroma on this is strong and inviting. Nice and malty in the month and the hop presence is still dominate. Leaves the usual Summit bitter aftertaste which I feel is kind of their thing. It is however a lovely lingering hop after glow.

Overall this is a great offering from Summit. Will order again!

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a clear mahogany color. The head is tan and like a thick foam leaving lots of lacing around the tulip.

S - Malty and with plenty piny bitter hops. Also picking up a good amount of grains. Wheat, oat and sort or a grassy feel through the whole nose.

T - Bitter. Piny. There's a malty sweetness to it as well. Maple, caramel and toast give it excellent character and finish.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation sits nice and the over all feel is smooth. Well done.

O - I generally am not into red ales. This one is excellent. It has a bready/grainy quality well implemented in there that works very well with the piny hops. Best Red Ale Ive had thus far.

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Photo of beagle75
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass--impressive in that it is simultaneously stepwise and continuous.

S: Mild rustic grain is transposed against a sharp and earthy mineral edge. Hops yield a minor citrusy contribution.

T: Begins almost dry, with crystal malt that features a whiff of spicy rye. Acidity becomes aggressive into the middle, more carbonic than citric, before earthy herbaceous and dark citrus hop aromatics manage to break through. The finish retains rye's drying graininess, a bit of savory spice, and mild bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This red ale compares favorably to most American-brewed amber ales, but struggles to distinguish itself among the peers of its sub-category. More balanced than hop-focused, it is just interesting enough to hold the drinker's attention yet promises to serve well enough in the presence of savory food.

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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 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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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 WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a bottle of Summit Horizon Red Ale and it is good. The beer poured a clear ruby red with slightly off-white head that is lacing on my pint glass. The smell includes a sweet malt with hop character. The taste is a decent blend of malt and hop that is quite nice. The hops used leave the pallet a bit bitter. The mouthfeel is good, medium body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is very good....I like hopped up reds. The bitter after taste may make the to two to three limit....but it is decent nonetheless.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear ruby in the glass, with 2 fingers of off-white head. This maintains a rich ½ finger of froth when swirled, throwing up a robust cascade that rings the sides with sticky lacing. This has a pretty nice look to it. The aroma is floral, with a lot of fresh pine present and some lesser peppery spice. This is undercut by green citrus character that mingles sweet caramel malt and some darker roast across the back. The piney and flowery feel of this really drives the nose here for the most part.

The taste is more pine and fresh green grapefruit flavor, with a zesty bright bitterness that lays dry resins and spice deep into the finish. This assertiveness is well balanced by a sticky caramel sweetness and then more of a burnt character along the back, however it isn’t overly strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creaminess that surrounds more of a sharpness that tends to gather on the tongue and helps bring out all of that pine and bitterness. This definitely has some oiliness to it though and this is generally pretty easy and slick in the mouth despite the strength of the hops.

If you like hoppy Red Ales, you’re probably going to like this one. There’s a lot of aggressive character here but it’s all well balanced by the sweetness and light roasted malt flavors that you would expect from the style. That 5-6% on this really hits the sweet spot for the feel here as well. This was a nice beer that really got it right and I’d have no problem picking up more in the future, as I really like this style.

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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 matjack85
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this single 12oz squatty brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.29. Can't find a best before date on my label, although I see other reviewers had one on theirs.

The beer poured a mostly clear reddish/copper color, but changed to a beautiful sunset orange when held to the light. Careful with the pour, as this beer made a fast rising 4-finger fluffy white head that lasted several minutes and left tons of lacing. I had to pour this in two stages as the head rushed to the top with only half the bottle poured in.

Weak nose. Some piny hoppiness with caramel underneath.

Wow is this hoppy for a red ale. At 60 IBU's it has the bitterness of some IPA's I've had. Nice piny hop flavor from the horizon hops, but with enough pale and caramel malt sweetness to keep it in check. I liked this a lot.

Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation and no alcoholic taste, so it goes down nice and easy.

I recommend this beer, but only if you like your reds on the hoppier side.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, foamy, off-white head. It left some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled floral and of sweet caramel malt.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and biscuity malt with a spicy hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice red ale. Glad Summit has made their way down to the KC area.

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Photo of cooch69
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep copper and amber color with a nice light cream two finger head.

Nose is piney hops, caramelized maltsiness and a vauge hint of alcohol.

Taste is super smooth. This beer is perfectly balanced. The hops are there at a decent level up front and then the malts come in and finish this beer smooth. The hoppiness is really piny and floral and I'm guessing around 38 IBU's. This beer is a sessioner all the way.

A pleasant surprise for me. I was eyeing this one up for weeks and I'm glad I finally decided to try it.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper color with one-finger white head that lasted a minute or two. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel. Very fruity. Nice.

T: Moderate sweetness that is balanced by a moderate hop bitterness. The bitterness wins out in the finish, but doesn't overpower.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp and refreshing. Nice carbonation.

O: The head was a bit disappointing, but this red ale smelled really nice, and the solid hop bitterness didn't overpower the rest of the flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of cagocubs
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. First tasting of a Summit beer.

A: Pours a dark ruby copper with a thin beige head that sticks around and laces. Much darker than most other examples.

S: Solid smell. Malts and earthy pine come through immediately. Hops can also be sensed with a little grapefruit as well.

T: The bitter hops come at you right away. The malt and earthy tones are sensed towards the end of the sip and through the aftertaste. A well balanced taste that lasts on palate.

M: Good carbonation and mouth coating. The finish is semi dry and gives a nice aftertaste. At 5.7 this beer does well masking the alcohol with genuine ingredients and taste.

O: I love my reds/ambers and this one delivered. Very easy drinking red with above average presentation, smell, taste, and drinkability.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a dark ruby color, teetering on brown. Big foamy tan head sticks all over the glass. The aroma has a big caramel profile, but has some pine and citrus hop elements as well. Caramel malt start, but theres enough chocolate malt in here as well that they are nearly in perfect balance with each other. Piney hops, fruit notes, pretty bready, some grains, grass, and a bit of grapefruit. Medium bodied.

Better than i expected, this is a good beer.

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Photo of Morey
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with Enjoy by 10/26/11 printed on the side of the bottle.

This one's a looker! Nice two finger cream colored head sits on top of brownish-red ale with good clarity. Perfect circles of foam being left on the inside of my glass as I sip on it. Head has started to settle a bit, but is still hanging in there.

Good combination of juicy hops and toasted malts in the nose.

This is a pretty hoppy red. Honestly, at 5.7% I wasn't expecting such a big tasting beer. The hop bite hits you up front. After a bit, they give way and allow some of the amber malts to play their part. Hop flavor lingers on through the finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A flavorful, yet drinkable red ale overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Every so often you get surprised by a beer that you may not know too much about. For me, that was this beer. A nice addition to the Erie market. I look forward to trying some of Summit's other offerings.

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Photo of JohannBock
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date on the bottle: 10-14-11

A: Poured into my 21st birthday mug, it had a nice 1.5 finger head that slowly dissolved into a paper thin covering of head with nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer itself was a translucent deep amber color. Very nice.

S: Got a nice mixture of pine and malted hops. There was a little bit of sweetness mixed in but very piny with some hops thrown in there for kicks.

T: Relatively bitter the whole way through. There is some nice tingly carbonation that combines well with the bite in this beer. It's not too overpowering though and doesn't dominate the whole experience. It finishes with some bitterness sitting on the back of your tongue until the next drink.

M: Had a nice mouthfeel, very prickly with the carbonation, not overly thick or thin.

O: I liked this beer and could see myself going back to it every once in a while. One of my first experiences with a red ale but it has me intrigued and looking to have more. Not the greatest thing I've tried but definitely a very nice beer that should be enjoyed by many.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summits Red Ale has a nice carmel color with a little bit of carbonation. Has a very mild head. Has more of a malty smell to it with a small amount of hops in the backround.
I truly enjoy the balance of the malt to hop ratio. More on the malty side but can still make out a small amount of floral and almost a piney hop. The aftertaste leaves you with a small hop aroma which is very nice..

Overall a very good red ale. Cheers!

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

A caramel colored liquid with a big cap of foam decanted from the bottle. A big dose of American citrus and pine hops. The pine of the hops is strong in the flavor. The texture is very smooth, almost creamy. Just a touch of the caramel malt balances the hops. This is a tasty ale that can be quaffed all night.

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