Sunday, November 2, 2014

Summit Red Horizon IPA Review

Name: Summit Red Horizon IPA
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 5.7%

It's time to take a look at Summit Brewing's Red Horizon IPA......wait a minute, I've had this before! Well, I've technically had this before when it was called Red Horizon Ale. Since my review last year, Red Horizon has leveled up to become an IPA and Summit has done so by changing up the recipe with the addition of Mosaic Hops and changing up the malts used in the brewing process. Personally I would've considered it an IPA before since I considered the rendition to be hoppy enough to be classified as such.

Red Horizon pours a fairly hazy red with a thin off-white/red head. Not really picking up anything in terms of carbonation and the lacing is rather sparse.

The aroma is surprisingly fruity upfront thanks in part to the mosaic hops used. I'm also getting some light piney hops and a strong toffee & caramel malt base. Even before tasting, I'm already seeing the difference compared to before.

Flavor-wise, the mosaic hops are front and center again with some strong citrus and passion fruit notes, which are backed up a solid strong toffee & caramel malt backbone with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

The palate is on the heavier side in terms of weight and the carbonation is fairly light. Interestingly, there is some slight thickness in here which wasn't present before when it went by its previous name.

Thanks to the tweaks to the recipe, Summit took an already great beer and made it better. The hop & malt profile are more robust and complex than before, yet it's still nicely balanced. It's also somewhat of a consolidation to finally be able to call this an IPA and an excellent one at that.

Summit Red Horizon IPA - 9/10

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