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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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Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 197
Photo of omahawk
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Looks like a dark red / amber ale. Decent head and lacing.

S - The great subtle smell of American hops.

T - Very nice, mostly balanced hops / malt beer. I prefer a tad less bittering a few more aroma hops in my hoppy Ambers. However, this is one of the best non-West Coast Red Ales I've had.

M - Fine, a little bitter but pretty good.

D - I really like this beer. It's up there with their EPA in my book. Very nice beer all-around.

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Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit Horizon Red Ale is light copper in color with a half inch, cream colored head that reduces to a thick collar.

The aroma is more citrus hops than malt sweetness.

The taste has citrus hops in the lead, but not strong. A caramel malt back drop brings up the rear. A small amount of bitterness for the after taste.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Drinkability is good with a 5.70 ABV and reasonably good flavor.

Horizon Red was a balanced tasting beer, but those flavors are muted. A pretty good red that I wouldn't mind trying again.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a nice dark amber, and surely makes it's name known by it's color.

S: Smelled rich with hops, very earthy, but bright and almost citrus.

T: The taste wasn't the bitterest beer I've ever tasted, but it's IBU's are somewhere around the range of 60-70 which I surely tasted, however the end flavor on the back of your pallet is very delicious.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, but very bubbly, great feeling.

D: I really liked this beer, but as will all my other drinkability ratings, I have to look at availability and price, and that's why I had to rate this slightly above average.

Overall, outstanding job by Summit, get yourself one. Cheers.

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Photo of Durge
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one shows a dark brown color with golden highlights, a bit hazy with a big tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma brings a mildly tart malt and granny apple toffee. Decent. The flavor is a decidedly bitter citrus evergreen hop, dry and dominant over rye and rice grain goodness. Crisp and flavorful with tasteful light carbonation. This is along the lines of a great ESB with a nice grain base. It has a pretty light feel, a little thin but lively. But this is a surprisingly tasty medley of citrus and malt with a touch of burnt coffee. Quite drinkable. Nice job Summit!

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Photo of blackdog1101
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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 dudemuskie
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App- Brilliant deep red color with a very light beige head that lingers at around 1 finger and laces nicely.

Aroma-Sweet caramel malt dances in a sea of citrsy/fruity hops (grapefruit and mango).

Flavor- Sweet light caramel malt up front quickly washed out by intense, fresh hop flavors. Hops hang in middle/front of tongue but eventually ride out onto the sides and are primarily flavor hops- not too bitter. Caramel malt rides the middle fo the tongue providing a decent balance.

Mouth- Low to moderate CO2, finishes fairly clean, hops and caramel malt linger but dont overpower. Tasty red ale with a great bright, domestic hop flavor. Had this pint with a BBQ pork sandwich at Sheffield's in Chicago and it paired quite nicely!

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brilliantly clear copper-amber with a clingy white head. The aroma is moderate-high citrus hop with subtle caramel malt and a 'Summit' smell. The flavor is medium-high citrus-pine hop upfront with a bit of sweet malt at the swallow. The hop bitterness is medium-high which provides a nice balance. The body and carbonation are both medium. Overall another well-brewed offering by Summit.

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Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured your typical amber/red color for the body...a one finger off white head formed and had average retention...lace covered the entire glass

S - A very balanced nose...citrus hops are very dominate but the sweet caramel malts are not hidden

T - Sweet up front and dominated by the caramel malts...they last a long time...the hops really come into play at the end of this beer...they provide the perfect amount of bitterness and they have the sweet citrus flavor that pairs well with the caramel malts

M - Medium bodied...nothing too special to report

D - A very balanced amber that highlights both the sweet malts and the citrus hops...a solid beer from Summit that you should try

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Photo of botham
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at Sheffield's in Chicago. pours a deep copper color with amber highlights and three fingers of creamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves great lacings.

aroma is of light caramel malts with a mild sweetness and a light, yet hearty character. very simplistic in the nose.

taste is of caramel malts with a bit of bready malt in the background. lightly sweet overall with a mildly hopped finish that leaves the palate semi-dry and sticky after the fact. well put together and just flavorful enough to sustain itself on cask.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a semi-dry finish of mild caramel malt and dry hops.

drinkability is great. for a red on cask, this is well done with just the right amount of each note to sustain them together on cask. cheers!

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Photo of beertooth
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off the beer engine at Sheffield's. Served in a shaker pint.

This beer is ruddy ruby iced tea color liquid with tons of suspended yeast bits. There's a finger of off white head that leaves rings of gritty lacing.

The nose is faint Amarillo hops. It's very floral and a tad yeasty with tons of esters.. I can detect a bit of alcohol as well.

The first gulp is extremely floral, dried hop flowers, a bit of alcohol, some sweet bready malts, more almost belgian yeast like fruity esters. It's not blowing me away, but it's not bad. The esters and floral notes are a little hard to get past though. It finishes a little bitter and falls off fast.

Mouthfeel is very thin with no carbonation. I wish it had a bit more body to it.

It's hard for me to pass up a beer I've never had on cask, but I'm not sure if I'd order this again. It goes down fairly fast though.

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Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Deep copper with lighter, sparkly edges. Small, gauzy, cobwebby, light beige head. Decent lacing. Toasted biscuit malt background with juicy caramel notes. Piny and citrus hop aromas mix in. Reminiscent of SN Celebration, but with slightly toned-down hops.

Singed caramel flavors up front, with some fruit malt sweetness. Herbal, tea-like hop bitterness comes on early. Lightly buttered biscuit near the finish. Some citrus hops show themselves. Lingering bitterness with some afterthoughts of fruity malts and caramel. Moderate body with a slightly sticky feel. Not bad!

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Photo of dfillius
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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 beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a medium crimson red with a bright clarity and frothy 1 finger Styrofoam white coloring. Retention was good while leaving a near full spongey coating. Visible carbonation was light with steady lazy slow streams rising to the surface. The head was mostly lasting throughout the course of the drink with a constant skim coating always present.

S: Fresh pine needles and citrusy tones were abundant and at medium strength. An equally impressive toasted malt nature balances things out with good results. On the fade was a display of soft dry flowery hops closing things out in an otherwise good aromatic experience.

T: The flavor opens with a good sharp flowery bite of dried citrus with very good results. Summit never really impressed me flavor wise with their beers, this is certainly the exception. Toasted malt with a dry moderately-strong hop presence of pine and citrus is enough to give this street cred. The bitterness is smooth, blending well with the semi-dry toasted malt but is still enough to stand up and take notice. The finish finds a lingering presence of citrus (grapefruit) after the swallow that sticks around a bit. Overall a solid example, amply hopped and nicely balanced.

M: 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.

D: Very good drinkability, pleasantly surprised and one that I found very enjoyable going down. Six pack recommended and the best in show I had by this brewery by far.

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Photo of Kromes
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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 ETM
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks fairly dark, on the brownish-side of red, and crystal clear. A little lacing on the side of the glass. The head diminishes quickly leaving only little circles of foam resembling the first spots of mold on a loaf of bread.

Smells smartly sweet with trails of colorful hops. Oranges and spice.

Taste is sweet followed by a long spicy yet smooth and bitter combination.

A little bit sticky, but not thick or heavy, this beer is worth spending some time drinking, but I could see drinking 3 or more. This is the best I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of will4240
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

beer notes dating back to june 25, 09. Had from a bottle into a pint glass at the beach on lake superior... Yes, I brought a glass to the beach...

A- Dark brownish reddish, nice one finger head. All around a very attractive amber red ale.

S- Deeper caramel than anything, a hint of hoppiness though.

T- Wow, this new brew from summit is great! Caramel malts along with a good amount of hop character to keep things interesting. Fantastic all around taste!

M- medium to light in body

D- Very drinkable! My friend and I split a six pack and it left me still wanting more!

My new favorite brew from the wonderful Summit Brewing Co.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a large light tan head that has great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is toasted malts and a hint of caramel with a good dose of citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma features some caramel malts with a nice citrusy hop finish. Quite a bit more hiops in the taste than the aroma, and that certainly isn't a bad thing. 

M- Te mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The drinkability is solid. Overall, this is a good well crafted American Red Ale. Recommended.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra courtesy of ... Buebie or busch03. I can't remember, but if you BM me I'll amend this. In any case, thanks!

A: Pours a hazy reddish amber body. Two fingers of off-white head, which retains well and leaves trails of lacing down the sides.

S: Chocolate, caramel, and grain. Wait. HOPS. A surprisingly pungent bouquet of citrus, pine, and dank weed. Goddamn, this smells great... But it's too imbalanced for something that's supposed to be a traditional red.

T: Like the nose, very chocolate-forward, caramel coming later, and grain last. As it warms, these become restrained and hops take over, resulting in a zesty grapefruit / pine blend with a finish of weed. It's incredibly hoppy, and I love that.

M: Light-medium body, medium carbonation. Malty finish, coats the mouth a little. I'd love to see this become a bit fuller and maybe slightly drier, to work with the hop bill. Nonetheless, it's not bad.

D: Not bad at all... I enjoy hoppy reds, and I was impressed enough by this one that I'd like to revisit / request it again. I love it when a totally off-my-radar extra impresses me.

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Photo of blackearth
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says "Enjoy by 11/24/09." Pouring into perfect pint glass showed an appetizing dark red body with a thick, rocky slightly off-white head, which left good lacing as I drank. The aroma is dominated by piney hops with a hint of toasted malts in the background. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, the initial taste is the hops, followed by some spicy rye notes, and then a long hop finish. The drinkability on this one is excellent. A great example of a hopped up red rye.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite dark for the style, almost like a lighter brown ale, with a meringuey, parchment-colored head with very good retention. Very interesting, fruity nose, full of papaya and pineapple and lemon and lime, with an unusual basil-like herbal quality and some potent rosy esters. The malts are nice and caramelly, but they don't have the nice toasty/nutty character that makes a really good amber ale. Round and balanced flavor, but quite briskly hoppy, an interplay between toasted bead, nuts, burnt caramel with tangy, fruity, pithy hops. Medium bodied but just dry enough to keep this very drinkable, even refreshing. I'd love to try it on cask.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summit- Horizon Red

A- Nice glowing amber red with a thick foamy head. Thick foamy lacing, solid.
S- Nice sweet sugary malt, slight touch of caramel and molasses with a citrus hop tinge.
T- Thick sugary malt with hints of caramel, molasses, and bread crust overpowered by a slight citric but more pine dominating hoppiness.
M- Sweet and thick malt starts this 1 off with a big hoppy body, slight hoppy bitterness becomes sweet and more balanced with the malt near the end.

Overall- Very good, very drinkable! 1 of the better Ambers I've had in quite some time!!

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Photo of champ103
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish/amber color. A large off-white head of over two fingers forms with good retention. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the pint glass.
S: Citrus hops and a light malty sweet caramel aroma. Not bad, but not a lot of depth.
T: A nice malty sweetness up front. Caramel and toffee. Plenty of hop flavor. Floral, grassy, and citrus. Really well balanced.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A good crisp snap that makes this very refreshing. An easy quaffable beer.

I enjoyed this. A very nice red ale. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of BigBossMan
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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 RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red amber body, good clarity, topped by three fingers plus of level off-white foam.

Strong pine aroma manages to cut through my late summer allergy annoyed nose.

Sweet malt trickles down the center of the tongue, and manages to stay noticeable throughout. However, its the tingly hops parachuting in from the roof of the mouth that dominate the taste. Very clean inish considering how much hop tingle preceeds the swallow.

Nice smooth semi-full mouthfeel. Be glad to have another right now, but the sixer is gone.

A nice agressive red ale from a respected brewery.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled english pub mug.

Red amber with a half inch rocky white head and ample lacing.

Smells of piney citrus hops and amber malts.

Taste is a well balanced amber malts and cascade hops. Good texture and mouth feel.

Very easy drinker.

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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 434 ratings
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