Summit Horizon Red Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Horizon Red AleSummit Horizon Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
434
Reviews:
197
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 197
Photo of sonata2008
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. A very dark red color, clear with a medium head.
S: A very strong floral and grapefruit hops smell with some malt in the background.
T: Upfront bitter and grapefruit hops, some spice too with a subdued malt background. The bitterness lingers afterward.
M: Nice level of carbonation.
D: Drinkable, but not something I'd have more than one of in a session.

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

A - Deep reddish-brown with a inch and a half of frothy, light tan head.

S - Solid, sweet malty aroma.

T - Balance between malt and hops is offset to the hoppy side. The hops are piny and bitter but no overwhelming.

M - The feel is slightly coarse. It goes down well with a nice wet middle and a slightly dry finish.

~ This is a very drinkable brew. It has nice solid character in all aspects without knocking any of them out. This is a good fall brew.

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Photo of herman77
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark ruby red. Good clarity, with a big, frothy off white head that leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

S: Grassy hops, blood oranges, grapefruit. A little carmel malt lurks in the background. Great aroma.

T: Big pine, grass and slight citrus hops right up front. More pine hops than anything else. Very hop forward red ale. There is a tiny bit of carmel malt as well, but its not that present. It would be a lot better if there was a little more balance. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness.

M/D: Medium body that feels pretty slick in the mouth. Average carbonation. Drinks okay, would like to see it have more balance.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a 6'er. Brewed with 2-row pale, caramel, cara-red, wheat and black malts. Hopped with Horizon, Amarillo, Cascade and Summit. 5.7% ABV, OG=13.3 P, 65-70 IBU, 20 lovibond.

Pours out to a very dark red, near brown, forming a large light tan head with very good retention and a solid sheet of lace. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is brimming with resinous piney hops and a hint of skunkweed. Cleanly fermented with fruity esters of mango and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is nicely smooth and soft with a medium light body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...lots of nice hops, a touch of MJ, some green leafy character, a moderate bitterness which lingers into the finish, which is somewhat watery.

A very good beer. I haven't been disappointed by anything that I've tried from Summit. In this category, however, Red's Rye from Founders is still the clear winner.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-29-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 2 fingers of foam, dark amber red, carbonation present, great head retention

S - Heavy hop nose followed by a lighter malt aroma, hints of orange peel

T - Medium bodied, heavy in the hop flavor, slight sweet taste piney crisp after taste

M/D - Good brew from Summit, medium bodied, nice blend of hop bitterness and citrus sweetness. I recommend this brew

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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 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 Tolnik
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this dark reddish brown colored beer into a pint glass. It gave a fair head of a inch when poured. The aroma that greats the nose is that of a sweater hops and malt with hints of floral. The taste is that of a sweat malty hops flavor with tones of colander. Overall a good beer for a summer day.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a translucent reddish brown color with a tight off white head with a nice lace left behind.

S-caramel malts up front, grain and wheat behind. herbal hops in the back with a touch of honey.

T-good caramel malt base with just a touch of toasted grain. hints of a bready earthy malt underneath with a light hop finish of herbal and grassy flavors and light lingering bitterness.

M-medium syrupy body, smooth and creamy on the palate, good crisp carbonated finish.

D-this is a very tasty beer with a nice malt base and sweetness balanced by enough grassy herbal hops and bitterness.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Enjoy by 09-15-10 on the bottle. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear red amber color that produced a good frothy tan head that left tons of lacing behind as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- A fresh burst of hoppy pine & lemon/lime zest. A light creamy nuttiness in the background.

(T)- Dry, with the same burst of hoppy pine & lemon/lime. A light corn meal-like sweetness at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A big hop dryness & citrus. Not much on the malt end of things, but it is a crisp one.

(D)- A solid american amber with a good pronounced hop profile to it. Crisp & refreshing. I could easily have a few of these.

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Photo of jkrich
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with freshness date stamped on glass. Poured a clear, ruby red with brown and orange highlights. The head is off-white and creamy.

The aroma is spicy hops and some sweet malts. Overall, this one smells fresh and hop forward.

This is a hop oriented amber - the first sip left a pleasant, hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Allow the ale to warm to enjoy more of the malt profile. A very clean, refreshing ale that is perhaps a little one dimensional. The carbonation level was restrained and the body was light to medium. The mouthfeel was slick and slightly watery.

A decent amber style ale without the complexities I really enjoy with this style. This ale could use a little more malt.

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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 mwagner1018
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber, with a red hue, slight golden highlights. Frothy 2 fingers of head after pour, settles down nicely after 5 min., to a generous pillow on top. Steady robust lacing down glass.

S- Can definitely smell the light grassy, citrus cascade hops at the front, light malt, the aroma is not as floral or deep as I would like to see with a beer that is touting the skilled use of hops.

T- Crisp bitterness up front, light caramel malt, light texture of the wheat is noticeable also, grapefruit, almost seems like there is some rye in here, although they don't mention that.

M- Lighter in body than I was expecting, not nearly as much malt to balance. The bitterness lingers with each additional sip into the next, not as much carbonation as expected.

D- The hops are at the front of this one, not very complex, pretty simple beer, hops up front, light malt, grassy texture to finish. Could drink a few, but the balance just isn't there for me on this one, too much use of the cascade without the complexity of balance between the 3 hop varieties, doesn't create any depth for me. Good quality beer though, glad Summit added this to there year round arsenal.

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Photo of Soilworker
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a twist-cap bottle into a Summit Scandia Ale glass.

A: A beautiful deep amber red with a thick two finger off-white head.

S: Strong citrus/piney hoppiness with a hint of berry. This is balanced nicely with bready malts with a hint of raisins perhaps?

T: The taste is mainly characterized by a rich maltiness and a light berry fruitiness. The hoppy bitterness is nice and citrusy but not too powerful.There is an underlying sweetness that comes up lightly throughout the drink but fades in the finish to a nice bitterness with a little bit of metallic taste intermixed. Somewhat watery at points though.

M: Quite smooth and a decent amount of carbonation that work nicely with this nicely hopped up red ale.

D: I would definitely enjoy another one of these and I find the balance of malts and hops to be quite enjoyable...I especially like the light berry fruitiness that comes through at points. Relatively easy to drink.

I also had this beer on tap before at the brewery when I took a tour and with that batch they had dry hopped it, causing a much more intense hop aroma.

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

A - Deep strawberry red, but darker. Like strawberry pancake syrup. The head is small, but spreads sticky lace around the glass, and shows some staying power.

S - Maple syrup and milk chocolate. Secondary notes of Northwestern hops spring out of the glass. I got this sixer at a very reduced price at local gourmet foods shop, and I have a feeling that the hops would be the star of the show if this bottle didn't have quite a bit of age on it.

T - Hops are actually more forward in the flavors than the nose would suggest. Big leafy hop notes are well balanced with caramel and maple syrup malts. Fruity mango and starfruit add some interesting little accents. The more this warms and the longer I sip, the more hop-tastic this one becomes. Nice!

M - Medium bodied, well constructed, and very solid and firm on the palate. All the signs of a well brewed beer are present. Would make a great burger or sandwich beer. A reuben sounds pretty damn good right about now.

D - I always find a good red/amber ale to be a good choice for a night of sessioning, and this one is a prime candidate especially since I found this six pack of fine craft brew for FOUR BUCKS and some change at a little mom and pop store. I may very well head back there tomorrow and buy the three or four other sixers they had on the little display a the end of an aisle of cheese.

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Photo of SiB57
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good Amber Ale. Nice reddish to red-brown coloring, with an off-white head.

Initial smell of roasted malts, almost a hint of coffee, however after sitting for a minute, more of the hop character comes through. Nice floral hop aroma.

Taste is bitter/hoppy and tasty but not hugely piney or citrusy in the hop flavor, but quite bitter on the end palate. Very drinkable if you like the hoppier style of beer.

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

A clear reddish brown color pour with a small short lasting foamy white head , leaving some jagged lacing , lively carbonation . Aroma was hoppy right up front ,floral and pine with the toasty malt bringing up the rear . Flavor is again hoppy up fromt with a roasty cereal grain backbone , hardly any sweetness quite dry and hoppy . medium body , clean mouthfeel , not overly bitter for the hop additions, long floral hop finish , quite drinkable but just OK i guess a nice try but did not really stand out for me .

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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 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 drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is a clear amber/red in color and a fairly aggressive pour yielded a 2 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Head retention was good and decent lacing was left down the inside of my glass.

S - The nose is dominated by pine and citrus hop aromas.

M & D - A roasted malt flavor plays nicely with piney hop flavors. Well balanced combination of malt and hop. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel with just a bit of coarseness from the carbonation. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

D - This is a well designed brew. By no means a hop bomb, but that wouldn't befit the style. The hops are well represented here for sure. I had the pleasure of experimenting with some of Summit's brews at a Beerfest this Winter, and I was impressed with this brewery. Highly recommended!

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

Pours a deep amber with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is dominated by floral hops and smells quite good. At first taste, there ia a blast of hoppy bitterness. There is a definite citrus flavor with a malty sweetness that balances this beer. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean without an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. I would say this is a good example of a red ale, more hoppy than others but very tasty.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brick red with a fluffy, off-white head. The aroma is subtle pine and citrus hops with a strong malt character as well. The flavor is grassy hops with some grapefruit and pine mixed in. The malt balances everything out giving it just a tad bit of bitterness. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 12/5/09

Enjoy by 10/28/09

A - Dark copper with brown highlights. Pours a ½ inch head which eventually leaves a thin layer of retention. Solid wall of lace.

S - Caramel & biscuity malt interspersed with floral & pine hops. Earthy Aroma.

T - Hops are more present than in the nose with a piney bitterness upfront. Floral hops in the middle. Supported by a malt backdrop of caramel, toasted bread & biscuit.

M - Heavier side of medium body. Carbonation is somewhat creamy but still offers a decent amount of prickly bite. Lingering bitterness.

D - While not the most interesting, it certainly drinks well & that is fine by me. It still seems pretty good being a month & a half past its prime.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany in color with a thick off-white head that settles slowly. Carbonation is subtle. Lacing is quite nice.

S: Hoppy on the nose with hints of pine and cedar, balanced with caramel-like malt aromas, but has an astringent medicinal hint in the backround I cannot get past. Perhaps my sense of smell was thrown off by being in a freshly painted building this afternoon...

T: Taste is better than the nose by far. Piney, with some citrus and floral notes, followed with sweet bread, dried fruit, and caramel. The finish short, clean and crisp.

M&D: Light to medium bodied, with a short finish. This beer is just a bit thin for it's style, but still enjoyable. Easy to drink, pleasantly flavored, and well balanced. I'll definitely experience it again.

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

Poured into my nonic, Horizon Red was a dark copper/brown. The head was good and lumpy, retention was good.

Nose was hoppier than expected, but when I look at the IBU's Summit claims (65-70) I suppose it seems fitting. It definitely brings a good balance of citrus and pine to the sweet caramel and toastiness.

Flavor brings out even more of the hop profile. Resiny pine and grassy notes eventually give way to sweet caramel.

Body was medium and the feel was pretty slick, with a fairly strong bite from the carbonation. Summit beers never stood out too much to me, but this is a good one. It's a solid easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor.

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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 434 ratings.
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