Summit Horizon Red Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Horizon Red AleSummit Horizon Red Ale
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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 hosehead83
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep amber with a two-inch rocky head
Aroma-Fresh hops and piney citrus
Taste- Big, bold hops throughout and definite citrus notes. Well-balanced, very flavorful and drinkable. Would go great with a ribeye steak or a burger with the works. Get some!!

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

I had this last night at Brass Rail Deli, served on tap.

A - Dark caramel/bronze w/ very light cream cap w/ tiny bead. The color has reddish highlights otherwise appears as a brown ale. The clarity is good and lace clings w/ good head retention

S - Notes of plum, roasted grain and floral hops. A generally bready aroma w/ mild citrus from the hops

M - Mild sweetness and moderate carbonation. Subtle fruitiness and mild bitterness w/ a spicy edge

T - The taste is semi-sweet w/ light orange zest and mild roasted nut flavors in the malt. The taste of gentle hop acidity w/ mainly herbal flavors and light red plum aspects w/ a nice mellow pepper taste in the finish

D - A pleasing red ale, highly drinkable and balanced. I found the hops and yeast flavors interesting and it is an easy to drink red. I would return to this, certainly.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm... smells like an IPA, good sign...

A-Pours a beautiful, clear deep red wine color with a nice creamy medium dark ivory color head that has ok retention, with real good lacing.

S-Let me tell you about the aroma, it's bright lemon cirtus, almost piney all the way until the very end when the head almost completely dissapears and gives way to the strong caramel background the malt gives. Very nice. If I didn't have eyes, I would think this is an IPA by the smell. Which is not a bad thing.

T-The flavor is a more balanced red ale flavor. Has a strong caramel maltiness to it, not sweet because of the pungent hop bitterness to balance. And a citrus hop flavor is so prevelant in this wonderful beer. Then again, if I didn't have eyes, i just might think this was an IPA... maybe this is not as to style as many would want, but you gotta admit, that this is a good beer.

M-It has a creamy full medium body that is slightly dry in the end with a strong lingering bitterness. The malt coats the mouth thinkly, but is smoothed away by the bitterness and the tad dryness in the end.

D-This goes down very smooth. I could have a few pints of this if it was on tap somewhere. Pretty sessionable I'd say. If you are a hop lover like me, I'd advise you go get some of this hoppy red ale.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours 1+ finger of rocky light tan head with great lacing and stick. Beautiful auburn red color. (reddish brown)
Smells of peppy, spicy hops.

Taste consists immediately of spicy hops, primary flavoring seems to be black pepper in the hops. Sweet malt taste backs up the hoppy overtones.
Mouthfeel is a medium-light body, fairly creamy, not too carbonated, which I like a lot.

Very drinkable beer, but fairly high ABV, especially for a red, plus the peppery hops makes this a beer to savor, not to quaff in large quantities.
However the overall blend of flavors is quite good, so do not hesitate to try this great example of a red from Summit.

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

Rather pretty mahogany colored beer with a smallish head atop it. The nose is very faint, with just a light touch of hops and little else. Good flavor though, with a pleasant, though not aggressive, maltiness, and plenty of grassy, slightly medicinal hops. The finish is bitter and dry. Smooth body, though it could use some more carbonation.

Not too bad a beer at all. Most Summits are pretty bland.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red brown color with a glint of ruby capped by a frothy white head. This beer was surprisingly fragrant - a solid malt backbone highlighted by citrus hops. The flavor brought to mind Summit Extra Pale with a biscuity malt body. The bold hop flavors were there, but were present in contrast to rather than working together with the malt flavors and are better suited to the Pale Ale style. Nice bitterness. The mouthfeel was fine - slightly on the thin side, but not overcarbonated.

Not the most balanced beer Summit has to offer and brought to mind a modified version of Summit EPA. But all things considered, a pretty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Summit Horizon Red ale pours a nice...well red color. Its a deep red/mahogany color. Its not too often that a red ale manages to actually be red. A bone white head tops things off. The head settles to ring and leaves adequate lacing down the glass.

Theres no slouching in the aroma department. The nose is hop centric. Grapefruit is at the forefront. Minty pine rounds things out. The malt is fairly light in the aroma. Toasted malt and biscuit are the predominant malt quality, followed by a faint hint of caramel.

The taste is no less hop dominate. Plenty of grapefruit. Tropical fruit - mainly passion fruit, follows. There's a bit of herbal/pine notes as well. The hops lend an overall drying quality. Malt shows up in the middle to end. Touch of toasted biscuits. A hint of caramel makes an appearance as well. The finish is drying with a lingering herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is where the beer falls short. Its fairly lightbodied. The body needs more heft to truly live up to the everything else laid out.

Despite the lackluster body, this is quite the tasty red ale. Summit has created a nice beer for the hop head needing a fix. This brew quenched my thirst. I will gladly drink this again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cola colored brownish red with a layer of large-bubbled tan head. Fades pretty quick and leaves some lace on the glass.

The smell consists mainly of piney and citric hops with a background of toasty and caramely malts. Some apple fruitiness is there as well as a candy aroma like a box of Nerds (do they still make those?).

The flavor has quite a bit of pine tree hop bitterness and even some nice hop flavors. The malts are toasty and a little sweet, body is a bit thin but not overly so. This is a pretty good beer and probably the best Summit brew I have had.

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

Thanks to deliriumfest for this beer.

I'll be honest: this was a bonus in a trade and I just thought it was some throwaway nothing beer. I was quite wrong. This is a tasty smallish Red Ale. It has a fruity, sweet malt character with relatively strong hopping. It's not nearly as hopped up as some of the Red Ales made by good West coast craft brewers, but it's definitely an assertively hoppy beer. The hops are of the bitter pine/spruce/pith variety. I could happily drink this beer regularly.

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

Pours an amber red hue with a sizeable off white head and lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with maybe a hint of carmel malt.

Begins with a mild malty almost sweet taste. As it hits the back of your mouth the hoppy flavor kicks in. A lingering oily hop taste stays with you a while.

Merdium carbonation with medium to light body would make this a fairly good session ale.

Another impressive beer from Summit. Even though I'm not a crazy hop lover like most on here I still find this beer quite enjoyable.

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

"When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon."

--Thomas Paine

Autumn leaves orange with honey colored highlights. Not too many red ales are actually red. Atop the beer floats several fingers of golden ecru foam that is surprisingly rocky. Whole sections stick to the glass, leaving an attractive array of lace in the end.

The aroma is fantastic. Midwestern hopheads should rejoice at a red ale that uses Amarillo and Cascade to the tune of 65-70 IBUs. Horizon and Summit are present as well, but don't add as much to the party. Let's hope the beer tastes as good as it smells.

It was obvious from the vital statistics that Horizon Red Ale would be delicious beer. This is one of the hoppier reds in recent memory, and is probably the tastiest red ale available in this sorry craft beer state. It might also be my favorite SBC brew.

Despite a malt bill that includes pale, caramel, cara-red, wheat and black, only the first two make an impact on the taste buds. There isn't much sweetness to go around, but there's plenty of pithy bitterness. If you're a quart low on alpha acids, this stuff will do you right. Grapefruit zest, bitter orange and pine dominate.

The mouthfeel is the weakest leak, though it isn't too shabby. A little more heft and a little more mouthfilling creaminess would have garnered it the next highest score with ease.

Summit has a winner on its hands with Horizon Red Ale. Anyone with a penchant for loads of American hops on a skimpy caramel malt base (screw balance) will find a lot to like. I'm pleased as punch that the pathetically puny selection of hoppy beer around these parts has just increased by one.

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Photo of katan
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a neutral brown color - somewhat transparent. Very clear and filtered - no hazing or yeast. Head formation is good, quickly setting into a 1mm head. Little carbonation obvious.

S - This beer doesn't smell like anything. Literally. I tried bringing it to my nose a half dozen times and finally gave up. Ok on attempt number 7, perhaps a light bit of malt.

T - Starts off with a malty sweetness combined with a roasted edge from crystal or caramel malts. Bitterness only barely shows in the mid-drink, but it starts to take off towards the end. Finishes with a flourish of strong American hops - cascade and simcoe come to mind. Goes from lame to great in a hurry.

M - Fairly thick body - not watery. Carbonation bite is light to not present. Leaves behind a clinging oily texture.

D - Moderate drinkability - flavors are potent enough that I wouldn't call this balanced enough for sessioning. ABV is high but manageable.

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

Deep red with a pillowy head. Touches of caramel, malt, burnt sugar in the nose. Toffee, spicy, biscuit balanced by hop dry finish. Medium body with a rich mouthfeel. It's easy on the stomach and palate. A pleasant enjoyable red ale for any season. Pairing this with some roasted chicken as a sweet treat in the afternoon.

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Photo of damienblack
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BDLbrewster for this in trade!

Pours amber, didnt see how translucent or opaque it was. Decent head, decent faint hop aroma. Taste is very nice, slight hop with a slightly bready, caramel malt base. Nice and smooth. A bit thin in consistency and feel, but very drinkable. A nice session beer.

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

12oz bottle into an unmarked snifter pours a tawny reddish hue with a core of iced tea. Well retained tuft of beige head that subsides to a thin veil and ring of tight bubbles. Very good aroma, balanced between caramel-amber malts and juicy, foresty hops with touches of grapefruit and pepper in the background.

The flavor falls slightly flatter than the aroma lets on, with a toasted biscuit malt profile that has some nuttiness, too. Piny hop bitterness saved for the finish that lingers on the palate with some mineral crispness. Good mouthfeel, with a light body and spot-on carbonation. Easy drinking, flavorful Amber Ale...kudos to Summit for crafting a great session beer.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fabulous beer! It's a deep dark brooding ruby amber color. It is capped with a fluffy white head that leaves loads of beautiful lace. The aroma is a powerful hop aroma. This is a total hop experience, you are guided from one hop taste to the next as you savor the drink. There are multiple hops in here. Even so I didn't feel the hops were too overpowering. The taste ends with a fresh bitter taste leaving a very sticky malty backbone behind it. This is fabulously balanced, artistically complex, and marvelous!

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Photo of markaberrant
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - yup, it's red, with coppery hues, very clear, off white head, good retention, nice lacing

S - fresh hoppy nose, herbal, clean, light fruity sweetness, biscuity malt

T - herbal hops up front, not overly assertive, biscuity malt dominates the middle, good bit of hop bitterness in the finish with some mild bitter grapefruit, but the dominant flavour in the aftertaste is "dirt"

M - medium body, med carbonation, no alcohol

D - easy to drink, but it's not going to blow anyone away

Reminds me a lot of DFH 60, except the hops are quite herbal instead of citrusy, which unfortunately I don't think works that well. Good aroma, long lasting bitterness, and a tasty malt backbone should = great, but the sum of it's parts do not add up. I think it is the horizon hops that I just don't care for.

That being said, this is the second best beer I've had from Summit, but their Porter is still miles ahead of anything else.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hats off to Summit for venturing outside of their standard lineup, have been looking forward to trying this one.

Red Horizon is red, very filtered/clear. Very good bit of hops in the nose.

Which I suppose makes this a hoppy red/mixing of styles, which is fine by me. The hops are mixed in well with the malts which I'm not fond of in an IPA but works well here.

The strength of RedHo, & the reason I'll pick it up again, is the fantasticity of the drinkability quotient. Goes down like a whirlpool drain. One of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had, which coupled with the good taste, means this should be a common sight on porches, patios, & picnic tables throughout the summer.

Very good beer. Summit, keep it up!

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red/crimson with a tan head that settles to a thin/lasting cover. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel in the classic "red" way with earthy/herbal spiciness. Smelling closer there is a pine/citrus touch.

The taste is of caramel dominates, though there is a bitterness that weaves in and out, and comes through in the finish. There is some pine/citrus, though leans more towards herbal/aspiriny, even slightly metallic.

It is medium-bodied, though thins somewhat mid-palate. The smooth malty texture stays ahead of a certain slight harshness.

Despite the slight metallic notes (which are mild), it has an easy drinkabiity, and I found myself grabbing another (the second of which I enjoyed slightly more). It does have a hoppy character mixed it, making it a "hoppy" red. And, for that, I would have expected to like it more than I did. Still-in-all, it's a good brew, that is a good choice if certain other hoppy ambers/reds aren't sitting too close to it on the shelf!

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

12oz bottle

Pours a very attractive red/brown color with a good sized off white head leaving lots of soapy sticking on the glass. Peppery hops and a good amount of malt balance. Spicy to the tongue, coating with a long bitter aftertaste. The body is medium/light and slick with mild carbonation. A very nice beer, the best ive had so far from Summit for sure.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

Pours a deep amber/light copper with a ample head that settles to a sticky cap which laces and rings every sip.

Smell is of hops up front. Piney and earthy with a touch of grapefruit and floral aroma. Cascade aromas, toastey and rich come through. Malt is secondary on the aroma with clover honey, sweet bread and biscuits.

Flavor is amarillos up front, undeniably. The hops are earthy, dank and have the flavor that you only get from fresh hops. Grapefruit and pine cones together with a dash of dirt mixed with pine needles. Malt is subdued and I wish there was more of a balancer for this style, but the beer is delicious. Malt is bicuit, bready and sweet, but not enough to keep the dryness down. For a red ale the hop bill here is off the charts and fresh, delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp with the carbonation which is at a good level, the dryness of the beer may call for a little less carbonation or a sofer bubble hit, but it works very well for this beer.

Drinkability is off the charts. A session beer with this much flavor demands to be purchased and consumed on a regular basis.

I went into this beer with a bit of hesitation. But I am not disappointed. Well worth the $6.99 a sixer. I will be gettting this beer again.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A=pours a really translucent dark dark red color almost maroon looking with a small head that has some pretty nice retention the bubbles are quite small and the lacing isn't too interesting.
S= the hops are really great smelling in this beer. And they are quite balanced with a sweet carmel smell.
T= much hoppier than the smell. Really piney on the back of my tongue. Sweet up front and a really bready buttery finish. Really a great beer for the price and great for summit. I love the taste.
M= a little prickly I wish it wasn't so carbonated but its still very nice. This would be amazing on cask. Very dry.
D= great beer like I mentioned. Really nice hop forward taste with the malts just showing up for a breif touch here and there. Great offering from summit.

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Photo of everetends
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to Packforever1976. Thanks, Andy. I have no previous knowledge of this brewery so it is an awesome suprise. Served this one up in my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Wierd . . . not what I was expecting at all. This is straight up brown. Not amber. Not red. This is a brown beer. Held to the light, there is a bit (and I mean slight) of red hues pushing out, but it seems to me this is much darker than what is expected from a Red Ale. The beer is dark but crystal clear with a very lazy carbonation look. The head was an off white finger of pretty thick and creamy foam. This beer does create some nice lace that has some very nice coating quality.

S: The aroma is very nice and once again unexpected. The first thing that hits you is a good whiff of dark, toasted bread. Its just unmistakable and very nice and hearty. Hops are a good amount of pine and resin. Slight nuttiness in here with some notes of almonds. Caramel is very light but it is there on the backend. Not a sweet aroma, just comforting. Dig it.

T: Taste is very malt forward. Getting some really nice toasted bread flavor just like in the nose. Very grainy and almost a rye type bread flavor. The hops come in behind it but it is not as balancing as I would hope. There is a light pine flavor coming across. Then you get some peat or maybe it is tobacco flavor. Its not bad but it doesn't flow together as well I would expect. Its still enjoyable, but the flavors just don't mesh as well as I hoped they would.

M: Medium in body here with just a touch of wieght to it. A somewhat big carbonation keeps it bubbly and crisp on the palate. Pretty refreshing actually. Finishes just a touch dry, nothing crazy though. ABV is not an issue, no heat anywhere felt. Aftertaste is all toasted bread.

D: Hey this is not bad. Its not going to win any awards in this style but it is enjoyable. Almost everything about this beer was a suprise, with pleasant or a touch of a let down. I think that keeps the experience enjoyable and keeps you on your toes. This beer is not bad at all. A good experience.

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

Lightly misty dark auburn with a fleeting beige lace that lacks height but stains the the sides of the glass.
The nose is dead grass, blood oranges, wintergreen, resin, and a bit of toasty malts. It smells a lot like most pale ales, and lacks the malty nuance to excel beyond, considering the style.
In the mouth, the toast hit first, then some caramel sweetness steps in. The hops bring dried grass, lime rind, pipe scrapings, and evergreens. The finish is balanced between the toasty malts and array of hoppy bitterness, with a boost towards copper and metal at the swallow.
The malt-hop interplay seems to suggest a sort of barleywine jr. So the semi-flaccid mouthfeel is out of place. This wants to go big, but is constrained.
Nevertheless, it's drinkable in gulps, balanced, and sessionable. Generally good, but it seems that is greater qualities are stunted.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a "true red" as far as color is concerned as the color is reddish brown in that "red ale sort of way." I would say a red-brown or auburn color to try to pinpoint it. Tan head with a lightly foamy consistency. Some cling to the glass as it settles. I would call the head a bit heavier than "lacing" and lighter than "foam." Balanced nose reveals plenty of hops and smooth caramel like malts. I would definitely tip it towards the hoppy side of the scale if scoring it on balance. Nice malt structure throughout the nose and then the flavor reveals consistency on that count. The hops is up front in the flavor and comes on early in the attack, then the beer smoothes out and finishes up with a nice malt flavor. There are some hops present in the finish to add some balance to the malt and there are hops in the aftertaste. Quite possibly the thing I found most remarkable about this beer is that if someone just handed it to you and you didn't know what it was you would be able to tell that it was a Summit. Those who drink Summit regularly will almost certainly agree.

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