Summit Horizon Red Ale | Summit Brewing Company

Summit Horizon Red AleSummit Horizon Red Ale
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 434 ratings
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.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 197
Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer has a ½" creamy off-white head that slowly recedes leaving some rings and patches of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Throughout the beer sipping leaves nice lacing and there is lacing sticking to the sides of the glass to the end of the beer. The color of the beer is a deep reddish brown color with some nice golden highlights where the light reflects through the glass.

Smell: Although mild, the aroma is a nice mixture of caramel, pine and citrus that builds my expectation that I'm going to like this beer.

Taste: The flavor is a nice bitter character backed up by the malt backbone. The caramel is present but does not dominate as a bitterness from the hops pervades all but never dominates. For this beer the operative word is "balance" in the hops and malt are clearly there but neither is hidden or dominated by the other. The mixture of hops flavors is quite interesting in all of this.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is moderately long and really just has the malt and hops slowly fading to a nice lightly bittered dry aftertaste that leads one on to the next sip.

Drinkability: I quite liked this beer. One sip followed another quite easily and by the end of the beer I was looking forward to a second one. The last half of the beer was consumed while eating a quite tasty beef vegetable soup and I thought the pairing worked very well.

 1,544 characters

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Thanks go out to Quinn and Emily for this one.

A: Clear red/brown with a big, bubbly white head. Great head retention. A generous coating of lacing clings everywhere.

S: Lots of caramel malts, and a bit bready. Slight fruity notes of orange marmalade and raspberry. Green, grassy hop profile flashes a bit of a citric edge as well.

T: All malt up front. Caramel, grain, bread, and even a slight hint of coffee. Hops lend a very green, earthy grass-clipping taste and a bit of a spicy herbal edge. There is an odd coppery/metallic taste that comes out intermittently. Finishes very dry with bready, grainy, and coffee-like malt tastes, and more of those fresh, green tasting hops.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and luscious in the mouth. Ample carbonation adds a crisp seltzer-like edge. Good.

D: Easy to drink, as the style commands.

Notes: It won't turn any heads, but it's a solid little red ale. Taste did not match the smell in complexity. The finish is a bit too dry and abrupt. Good, but not something I'd be likely to buy often.

 1,093 characters

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a pint glass a clear reddish amber color with a slight white head that leaves minimal lace as it settles. The aroma is pretty subtle and clean with some notes of lightly toasted bread, caramel, and piney hops. The taste is very similiar to the nose with a lighlty sweet caramel and toast flavor with a light/medium hop profile that makes itself known towards the end. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, not bad. Pretty easy drinking and a balance between sweet and hop bitterness. Easily a beer I would have on tap if nothing else was available.

 557 characters

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.14/5  rDev -16%
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.

 591 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off white head that settles slowly and leaves thick, creamy lace. The body is a clear amber-brown color that shows some ruby highlights.

S - Light, toasty malt with some citrus and pine hops.

T - Some pine hop flavor up front with dry toast. More toasty malt in the middle with an increasingly sour, astringent hop flavor. Finished with moderately strong bitterness and lightly burnt toast as well as a hint of toffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Drinkable, but the aroma is weaker than I expected and the flavor profile is dryer than I want it to be. It suffers from the all to common flaw of a amber/brown ale with too dry of a finish. This leaves a burnt toast character lingering on the palate in the finish that really rubs me the wrong way. Combine this with a hop flavor that is well intentioned, but needs sorely to be turned up a notch or two, and you have a beer that I don't mind finishing but would only turn to again if the other options were significantly limited.

 1,050 characters

Photo of afinepilsner
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Summit Horizon Red Ale was deep amber in color with good clarity. It had a large beige head with good retention and lacing. The smell was citrus and piney hops and crystal malt. The taste was quite hoppy with plenty of crystal malt to balance. The finish was dry and lightly bitter. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a very good Red Ale and worth trying out.

 420 characters

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

Poured from the bottle into a Perfect Pint.

Pours a nice, clear amber color with impressive lacing. Smell is of pine and citrus hops with a backbone of caramel malts and some herbalness as well.

Taste follows the nose with a pleasant dose of hops supported by the backbone of the prevalent caramel. Medium body but a touch on the thin side for my preference.

This beer is good for the style. Very drinkable and perfect for sitting around a campfire or fireplace. Scores would have been higher had I not had an Odell Red Ale immediately prior. Worth trying if you have the chance.

 585 characters

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.

 597 characters

Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance-Reddish-brown with ruby highlights, very clear. Tall frothy off white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Piney, citrusy hop aromas are forefront. Some caramel malt and toasted toffee in the background. Very light fruity esters.

Flavor-Some sweet caramel and bready malt quickly gives way to big piney, citrusy hops, with moderately high bitterness. Still very lightly sweet in the aftertaste, though hop bitterness dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body slightly enhanced by medium high carbonation, which leaves a slight prickle on the tongue. No astringency even with the high hop rate. Smooth.

Like Summit's EPA, this one has a very special place in my heart. This was the beer that got me interested in learning more about craft beer, and I still think that it's Summit's best year-round offering. A solid, flavorful, and very drinkable brew.

 931 characters

Photo of BeerLover99
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mahogany body, with one inch fluffy head that disappears with a few sips, respectable lacing.

S: sweet malt, bready notes with piney subtle background.

T: sweet bread, biscuity up front and slight bitterness finish.

M: light/medium body. goes down smooth.

D: This is a solid red ale from someone who is not a huge fan of red beers. Sessionable to be sure, can down more than a few with little effort. Worth having again.

 430 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head; great stickage and swathes of lace

Smell: Caramel dominates the aroma, though there are clearly some hops to be found in the mix; more piney than citrusy

Taste: Caramel and fruitcake, up front, with the piney hops delivering a bit of a pounding by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors balance out somewhat though the flavor profile seems heavily influenced by the malt and the fruity, almost English elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of Summit's better beers but, to my palate, the flavor profile is a bit more in the malty/fruity direction than I would prefer

 676 characters

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright brown body with red highlights topped with one finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate sticky lace and a ring of cover.

S: Sweet caramel malt with a strong spicy character and hints of citrus. Somewhat grassy. Interesting aroma with more complexity than I am accustomed to from Summit.

T: Sweet bready malt flavors dominate with strong spicy notes and a moderate resinous hop aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body and moderate to heavy carbonation. Strong carbonic bite, building bitter astringency, and a consistent hop oil character.

D: Interesting aroma, with the straight forward flavor profile I expected. For me this one has a bit too much building bitterness to enjoy for a prolonged period, but some people will gravitate to it no doubt.

O: Strong presence, much stronger than Summit's typical offerings. Enjoyable and worth buying again.

 938 characters

Photo of ybnorml
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark reddish brown beer. Has a nice creamy off white head and nice lacing. The aroma is a solid rich caramel malt upfront with a good piney hop background. The malty sweetness greets and covers your tongue. The finish has a nice hop sting mixed with a light touch of sweetness in the background.

 303 characters

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep reddish amber, slight haze. decent off-white head and lacing.
S: dark caramel, grapefruity, piney, almost soap-like hops. some other vague fruit-almost a bit of fruitcake.
T: medium sweet, maybe over medium, dark grainy caramel malts balanced out by a solid hop bitterness-although the hops have an edgy soapiness to them. some sticky sugars remain on the finish.
M: roundish, almost slick except for the sharp hop edge. lightly carbonated. body is just over medium, surprising for this abv.
D: this drinks much bigger than it is. i suppose i was looking for a more session-like red-frothier, drier, and more subtle.

 624 characters

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Firkin Friday at Grumpy's in Rosemont, MN during Darkness Day Weekend.

Appearance -- Chestnut brown with only a halo of khaki head.

Smell -- Grapefruit, pine forest, amber malt sweetness.

Taste -- Amber malt up front, grapefruit and outdoorsy pine, a kiss of caramel, and a large presence of what tastes like jasmine tea. Finish is grapefruit and jasmine tea.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, very faint carbonation.

Drinkability -- Pretty damn good! Great first cask ale experience. Great balance and very unique that jasmine tea flavor -- I'm sure I'll be pondering where that flavor came from for months to come.

 615 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, tea, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, fruit and tea come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer with flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a while.

 768 characters

Photo of xnicknj
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks morimech for the extra

A - Pours a clear chestnut auburn with a thick head which eventually fades into bubbly film with tons of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Clean caramel malts and some toasted notes. Fairly subdued overall.

T - Roasted malts with dark breadyness in the beginning. Some sweet, yet almost zesty sweetness creeps in with hints of caramel, citrus, and grain. Finishes with dry hops and notes of fruits.

M - Medium body, but very dry, especially during the finish.

D - Smooth drinking, but fairly run of the mill in certain aspects.

Decent red ale with a great appearance, but not so great flavor.

 673 characters

Photo of a74gent
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

 511 characters

Photo of stephens101
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A midsize layer of off-white froth sits idling on top of this crimsom brew. A few crooked lines of lace are left after a quick shake. Smells of caramel, apples and cinnamon. Grainy on the tongue with a fair amount of hops and a distant fruitiness. Medium mouth-feel and fair carbonation. Not complex but well crafted. Nice little red for beautiful autumn afternoon.

 365 characters

Photo of fizzy
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

 687 characters

Photo of JackieTH
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Summit pavilion at the Minnesota State Fair.

Appearance: Dark ruby red with two fingers of creamy white head.

Smell: Strongly pine & citrus hop and a nice undertone of earthen forest and malt.

Taste: Sharp hop bite followed by malty, earthy palate which finishes faily dry and bitter. Decent balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A very good brew that would be higher on my drinkability scale however the hop profile tends to dry me out after 3 or so servings.

 519 characters

Photo of claspada
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium crimson red with a bright clarity and nice frothy white head (most beautiful red ale I have ever seen!). Head retention/lacing were also good, but I can't get over the color.

Smells of strong English hops (Horizon, duh!). A great balance of pine and citrus tones, slightly earthy as well. An equally impressive toasted malt aroma balance out wonderfully. On the fade was a display of soft dry flowery hops closing things out in an otherwise good aromatic experience.

The taste opens with a good sharp flowery bite of dried citrus. Next are the toasted malts with a dry fairly strong hop presence of beautiful strong English earthy/fruity hops. The bitterness is smooth, blending well with the semi-dry toasted malt but is still enough to hold its own and stay balance.

The beer has a medium fullness with a nice smooth slickness and a light carbonation presence. A lingering finish of dry hopped citrus makes you anxiously awaiting the next sip while a flowery hopping coats the tongue.

Extremely high on the drinkability scale for me, love it. This pleasantly surprised me and this is a beer I will seek out in the future; I wish the rest of Summit's portfolio was as strong.

 1,199 characters

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

 813 characters

Photo of cbarrett4
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Oregon Brewers Festival

Pretty reddish amber color and thick head.

S - Sweet and malty with a touch of fruit.

T - lots of sweet malt backed by some hops.

M - Medium body with a low level of tannin.

D - Good and easy to drink, but I think it would get boring

 281 characters

Photo of McThirsty
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into laser etched bottom tumbler glass

A: 2 finger head that sticks around and sticks to the glass quite nicely. Dark redish copper color to it

S: Sweet smelling malts. Almost a fruity smell.

T: Very pleasant piney, hoppy taste much like an IPA. Slightly bitter

M: Light carbonation. Very smooth

D: Light enough to drink a few but this beer definitely deserves your attention

 406 characters

Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 61.3% out of 100 with 434 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.