Horizon Red Ale – Summit Brewing Company – #ThirstyThursday

After college and grad school I move to Minneapolis. It was during this time that I really got to know Summit. I had imbibed Summit when I was in college […]

After college and grad school I move to Minneapolis. It was during this time that I really got to know Summit. I had imbibed Summit when I was in college on a few different trips into the Twin Cities, but I didn’t care for it because my taste buds were not yet ready for hoppy beers.

I have kicked back and relaxed to Summit. I have also overdone it and gotten smashingly drunk with Tapes ‘n Tapes, Cake, and Tommy Stinson while drinking it at their Big Brew Festival.

Recently I was delivered some Summit Horizon Red Ale. What surprises me the most about the beer is that it has a hop-heavy aroma but is not as hoppy as you would believe. The maltiness of the beer tones down the hops. It has a rich reddish-amber color that goes well with the bold maltiness mixing with hoppiness. Having become a hop-head as I have aged, I would love it to be hoppier, which is interesting as it has 60 IBUs. I think the extra maltiness of it makes the hops seem more subdued. I think those who enjoy a little hops but still aren’t willing to commit to the hop-head level will enjoy this beer. At 5.7% ABV, it is something that needs to be paced when drinking.

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