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: 196 | Ratings: 432
Photo of iadler
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark amber with a reddish hue with a nice two finger head that has a small amount of lacing.

S- Caramel malt, pine, lemon and orange upfront. Not too complex but smells decent.

T- Caramel malt sweetness hits first followed by some good bitterness accompanied by grapefruit, orange and lemon notes. Finishes dry with a slight bitterness that lingers around.

M- Medium carbonation and a little thin. I wish this red ale had a little more body to it.

O- Another good beer from Summit, but isn't one of my favorite red ales. I think it's a good introduction to the style but lacks the body and the bold hop presence I look for.

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Photo of savaship
1.91/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance was that of a crystal clear amber colored, when served to me only a remnant of the head existed, of a white slightly cream color.

Smell was very floral, with what smelled of oranges and other spice

The taste was possibly the most awful bitter combination of brewed dirt and orange peels, with an aftertaste of orange peel that lingered for 5 minutes, I liken it much to the taste of drinking non-toxic citrus label remover

The mouthfeel was heavy for a clear beer, with very little carbonation

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, slight earthy malt, slight sweet malt, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, slight roasted malt, slight earthy malt, slight sweet malt, and hint of nut. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body. The bitterness from the hops might be a little over the top, but still a good beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Hotel Chequamegon in Ashland, WI while on vacation in spring 2011.

Pours a clean brown amber color and a thick head of white foam with a scent of malts and hops. Has a very hoppy taste that is rather smooth and crisp. Finishes rather well with a minor hoppy after taste. Very nicely blended and rather good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber red with a big foam slightly tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong pine and floral hops followed by bready and caramel malts. Aroma is strong and fresh.

Taste: Sweetness from caramel malts up front followed by citrus hops. Finishes with bready malt and more hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A good red with a nice mix of hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer from Summit, not great but this one would be a great 12 pack buying refrigerator beer. It is not as red as it is copper brown. It is well-balanced but do not serve at fridge temps or it will be perceived as overly bitter from spec. malts. It finishes well; clean. Body is med-low.

Try it.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm pouring this in my Duvel goblet, to great effect. It pours a cream colored head of a full two inches on top of a black cherry colored body. Little to no visible carbonation. Lacing now and then.

Pretty good aroma, hoppy and crisp. Piney, seems Cascade dominated. Crystal malts. More interesting malt notes are buried way in there. Caramel and hints of cocoa.

This is a somewhat hop-forward red ale, but despite sufficient quantities of hops, it's not a standout profile. Piney cascades on top of caramel/crystal malts. Bitterness lingers and is apparent throughout, but that's pretty much the one dimension of the hops. I actually think it could have used more maltiness. As is, it comes across as not being too far from a SNPA, so I would have liked more balance. Near total lack of sweetness doesn't appeal to me.

This is a really average feel with nothing much to say about it. Better after repeated swirls flatten it out. On the full side, I guess.

Summit beers are smartly in a price niche underneath the Bell's, Founders, and Goose Islands that dominate locally, so if they nailed a beer or two, they'd have a regular place in my fridge. This just falls short somewhere along the way, though. It's easy to jump to the conclusion that this has cheaper ingredients, but I can't say if that's the reason this isn't so great. I can see this beer having fans, but I'm a bit weary halfway through. I'm not sure how this is such a slog when there's not really any major flaw. Just not my style and won't be a repeat buy, even if the price is favorable.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours red, as advertised, with a generous amount of carbonation that falls slowly leaving some lace and a persistent layer of bubbles. Smells delightfully of citrus and pine. Caramel malts seem to bring the flavor of candied fruit (sweet cherry?) and blend well with Summit, Horizon and Amarillo hops. Deliciously sweet and bitter; particularly bitter in the finish. Maybe a touch drier than I'd expect. A very well-made hoppy amber ale I'm liking quite a bit.

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Photo of ToddT
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear medium brown topped with a thick cream colored head. Head is long lasted and sticky, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Biscuit malt, and caramel, there are little notes of grapefruit hops in the background as well.

T- Sweet caramel and malt at first, nicely balanced. Then the hops take over, grapefruity and forward on the palate. As quick as they appeared the hops are gone, replace with a nice biscuit malt finish, that is semi-sweet and dry. The hops make a final appearance as a slightly bitter final note that lingers for awhile.

M- Medium in body with good carbonation. Some residue builds up on the palate both oil from the hops and sugar. Not as clean in the finish as I would have liked.

D- Pretty drinkable the 5.7% ABV is well hidden and could make this a session candidate.

I would like this a little more if the finish were just a little cleaner. I can't see me having more than two of these at a sitting.

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

12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A- pours a nice golden reddish orange with a 2 finger off white head that stocks around.

S- strong floral and pine hops with a nice malt background. Really fresh smelling.

T- surprisingly very hop forward. Strong floral pine hops with a good amount of citrus that's followed by a nice more pale malt backbone.

M- medium to lighter body with moderate coronation and a nice bite in the finish from the hops.


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

Visual: Amber-brown in color, creamy white head, bit of lacing left on pint glass.

Aroma: Floral, pine, citrus, sweet honey-biscuit

Taste: Floral, citrus taste up front. Fruity esters in the middle. Ends with a bread, earth, and orange rind taste complemented with a nice hop bite.

Mouth: Medium-light

Drunkability: Good brew. One of Summitt's best outside the unchained.

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

A - Dark amber bronze color with a very large, thick, frothy, sticky, marshmallow like, white head. Very good retention leaving a decent patchy lace.

S - Nice, typical amber/red aroma. Herbal and tea aromas with some biscuity and caramel malt. Some citrus hop aroma also makes a brief appearance along with a touch of fruitiness (berry mostly).

T - Starts with that slight citrus and berry fruitiness. Mid sip the herbal and tea hop flavors come out, a bit more herbal flavors. A slight bitter finish. Some caramel (not much biscuit but some) malt. A touch of pine as well. Nice mix of English and Amber/Red flavors and a touch of American hops.

M - Thinish body with good carbonation. A little on the thin side/watery for my liking, but pretty smooth.

D - A very nice, easy to drink beer. Nice mix of flavors and very enjoyable. Not outstanding, but good and a very easy drinker.

Notes: I enjoyed this Red/Amber, it had a nice mix of American and English hop/malt notes. Nice drinker for all occasions.

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of bwiechmann
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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