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Global Warmer - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 1,047
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 22.98%
Wants: 49
Gots: 203 | FT: 2
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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: slander on 11-04-2013

An Imperial Red ale of global proportions, rich with toasted malt and enough bright hops to warm you through the winter.
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Photo of MacMalt
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a nice orange-amber color with a one-finger, ecru colored head and lacing. The smell is a little disappointing: malt, grass, faint citrus, and a little pine. The taste is better than the smell. There is sweet malt, a little bit of caramel, some tropical fruit and then grapefruit and pine with a slightly bitter finish. The tastes blend well. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and with an ABV of only 7% it is very drinkable. I should have reviewed it in the Fall when it is fresher but overall it's a solid red ale that could be enjoyed with a meal or drank casually. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six point Brewery "Global Warmer"
12 oz. can, "BB03NOV2016"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

As might be expected of any beer coming out of Sixpoint, their Global Warmer is quite hoppy.

It's not a particularly dark beer, it's what you'd call "amber", and it's got a medium caramel component to the malt. The head is a tight, creamy off-white, and although it drops it initially looks fairly enticing. Unfortunately in the end both the head retention and lacing could probably be better.

The nose is bright but not overblown with pungent, resinous, herbal, citrusy, grassy and tropical fruit hops. The malt is still able to get through, which in my book makes a difference as the aroma appears fuller and more diverse.

The flavor offers a little more fruit beyond the citrus and tropical notes found in the nose with apple and a bit of pear. None of it is really overdone though, and you're able to enjoy orange, mango, grassiness, and the other fruits as well as the usually dominant (and sometimes grating) pineapple and pine. No doubt the little bit of richer, caramelish and lightly toasty malt has something to do with that, giving the hops a soft bed to lay upon. Bitterness would be the next point that may or may not lead to imbalance, but no, they've got that covered. At 70 IBUs you might think it would teeter, but there's enough residual sweetness in the malt that it holds together. It finishes drying with a combination of malt and hops quickly eroding to eventually leave a little bit of spiciness and herbal/piney hop character lingering behind.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and delicately crisp with a fine-bubbled median carbonation. As it warms a bit it softens to become a bit creamier and smooth.

Overall, a very decent "Red IPA" with good balance and roundness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of rjd722
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Amber with a slight strawberry hue, has an off-white one-finger foam head with great lacing.

Aroma: A pleasant, light grassy/piney resinous hops aroma. The toasted malts linger in the background. What stuck out for me was the general prominence of the hops as I expected something different from an amber.

Taste: Slightly sweet toasted malts with citrus/piney hops. The malts come through more strongly than the hops, everything is balanced well.

Feel: The resinous hops make their presence known up front while it's the malts that hang around for quite a while later. Medium body and carbonation. I love a good red ale and this is no doubt a solid, and hoppy, one.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey strawberry with white head, smells of citrusy resiny hops and toasty malts, tastes of tropical fruit with a simple toasty malt compliment, mouthfeel is rich, light carbonation finishes dry.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

This is Sixpoint's take on the winter warmer, a take on the red ale. A: can is bright red, fittingly, and embossed with the typical Sixpoint design. Beer itself is amber in color with a tan head. Head is frothy and sticks around with lacing reaching out. S: more hops than you would expect. The character smells nicely blended. Grassy scent in there. T: strangely, I really think it is more hop forward at first and it then comes out like a boozy red ale. Bitter, with a strong malt finish. The muted hops hits you first and then the bitterness combines with the malts. Red ale flavors mix in as well. They really got good balance here. Unique. F: like I said, I enjoy the balance but there may be a tad too much bitterness and alcohol. Interesting concoction in that it is fairly smooth but can also be harsh if drank too quickly. O: I am drinking this in the middle if a blizzard and enjoying it. Like any good winter warmer, it does heat you up during those cold winter months. This is different than any I have had, so give it a look!

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber, white head with sticky lacing
S- piney hops, biscuity sweet malts
T- Hop bitterness is strong, but it is backed up by enough malt presence to keep it in the amber ale category. Also has hints of grapefruit and citrus.
F- Nicely carbonated, a bit creamy, yet crisp.
O- This is a very hoppy amber ale, although the sweet malt and hints of biscuit really set it off. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of seedyone
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From can at Home. Brought this home to find out what it is because the labeling is nondescript. I was not disappointed as it is a well crafted beer, but I was surprised with the hoppiness when reading it's described as an amber. I like it OK, but I like it as an IPA. A well made balanced IPA. As an ale, it's an identity crises. Since this is not the first time I've had questions of definition w/Sixpoint, I really don't mind because it taste better than I expected, because I had no expectations whatsoever.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very fitting honey amber color with shades of iced tea, and a towering IPA-like head of 3 fingers. Lace is just beautifully diseased and webby.

Holy orange grapefruit pine bomb, batman. This aroma is just whoa. A touch of onion in there, too (becomes more armpit-like as it warms).

A bit thin at first, following with squirts of lemon, and pink grapefruit, orange pith, orange rind, a bit of citrus soda, and then a pleasant malty bread finish. If they were aiming for a more west coast market demographic, they've nailed it.

Feel is thin and watery, but becomes more viscous towards the middle and end of the profile.

A total knockout pacific style Amber. Onion on the nose, and bitter fruits as you sip it. Together it comes off as a real west coast style amber, without being overhopped. If you lean towards IPA's I highly recommend it. I however do not, so this is a sipper for me.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can with some type of Nov 2016 best by date poured into an IPA glass.

A - Pours a clear amber orange with a two finger head that retains for quite a while.

S - Pine, caramel malts.

T - Imperial red. Yes. Pine, grass, Hints of tropical fruit. Biscuit.

M - Very smooth, almost creamy, but the bitterness keeps a lid on that. Carbonation medium low, heft is medium.

O - A fan of the style on its melding with IPAs, recommend this one.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a light copper with a very impressive head. The aroma that hits me first is citrus, a blend of grapefruit and orange peel, followed by slightly dank pine, candied pineapple, and a touch of ginger. The flavor leads heavier towards the candied pineapple, with some mango mixed in, while the citrus and pine are much smaller notes. The sweet red malt is very pleasantly integrated into this beer, with the hops providing a perfect counterbalance. The mouthfeel is full and effervescent. Overall this was a fantastic red ale, and a great change up from other hoppy offerings.

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Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear reddish amber color with a 1 1/4" ivory head that's got some nice foam and leaves an irregular pattern of lacing on the sides as it recedes. Sipping creates some widely scattered speckles of lacing.

The aromas include some citric hops and hints of a malt backbone. There's some grapefruit and either orange or tangerine in here.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grapefruit and orange riding over a supportive malt backbone that throws in a touch of caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly from the persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweet malt backbone weakens and the hops fade into some bitterness. But then the ending surprises with some malty dryness that recedes into the background.

Overall this is, as we'd expect from Sixpoint, a well made beer worth trying. I certainly could see having it again. However, that said it won't knock Nugget Nectar or Zoe out of first and second place.

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Photo of Bike_Nerd
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass. Best by date of 3 Nov 2016. A nice deep copper color with minimal head, which was off white/cream. Nose was that of pine, a hint of citrus. Taste was nice. Blindly done, I would have tabbed it as a IPA without question. Finished with grapefruity flavor, perhaps a touch of juniper. Crisp and refreshing. Overall, a nice beer. It's not my favorite style, but I decided to give it a whirl. If offered one, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by Nov 3 2016

Pours a golden amber orange with a creamy off-white head. Smells like tropical fruit, bready caramel malt, and pine. Tastes like juicy tropical fruits, like pineapple and papaya, with resinous pine, and a malty sweet backbone. Feels light bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation. Overall a tasty and well made beer.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L (4.5) - Beautiful deep dark red colored beer with white foam on top. Pretty clear.
S (4.25) - Nice caramel notes in the smell, with a little bit of hop.
T (4.25) - Really tasty beer. I was afraid it might be sweet and spicy but it wasn't. Very malty/caramel-ly tasting beer, well balanced with hops. Not too bitter on the back, while being clean and crisp.
F (4.5) - Easy drinking, smooth beer. I don't get any alcohol warmth or anything from it either.
O (4.25) - I was nervous of this beer, but sad when my 6-pack was gone. So I bought another. Problem solved! One of my favorite Sixpoint beers and that says a lot!"

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Photo of jrsaffert
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After reading some of the other reviews, I feel like I'm drinking a different beer than everybody else.

Pours deep, clear amber with white head.

Aroma is citrus and caramel.

The taste is where it gets interesting. Bubblegum, fruity pebbles cereal, hint of papaya, rooibos tea. Maybe the faintest citrus kick at the end.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I was thinking it would be given the fact that it is advertised as a beer to warm you up in the winter.

Overall, it was quite different than I expected, but it wasn't off putting. I'd have it again, but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice looking reddish amber that is clear. The head is a bit frothy but still pretty good looking.

The smell has a nice hoppiness to it with a moderate caramel note to balance out the hoppiness. The hop notes come off on the more pine and resin side with a bit of citrus to even things out. The caramel note comes off as a bit candied but is still nice.

The taste is similar to the smell. The taste has a pine and resin hop note with a bit of citrus to it. The malt note is more candied caramel, which complements the hops well.

The feel is medium bodied but fairly light. There is a bit of carbonation to give it a fluffy texture.

Overall, a pretty good all-around red ale and one that I can get behind. The malt is strong enough and the hops bitter enough to get you through a good meal but not overwhelming. It's very balanced.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz slim can poured into a shaker pint.

Amber with 1+ finger of loose off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Papaya, candied orange, and caramel.

Watermelon and candied grapefruit. Lighter notes of mango and papaya. Light caramel maltiness. Finishes with pine sap, dank, and watermelon juice.

Medium bodied, crisp, and juicy with a medium bitterness.

Has some unique watermelon flavors that equal a tasty drinking experience.

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Photo of jpro
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single can to give it a try... Pours more of a copper than amber, but looks pretty good; head is light beige and fizzy, leaving minimal retention and lace... Smell is primarily of piney, dank hops - with a touch of bready caramel malt sweetness - not bad; taste follows suit and is nice and hoppy, but also more heavily malted than most “hop forward” beers; feel is a little lighter than I was expecting and not very sticky on the palate, which I guess makes it easier drinking, but would be nice for a little more feel. Overall this is a nice amber ale / India red ale, if you will... Its got a really nice balance, which seems to be typical of most Sixpoint beers, and is pretty tasty. Would love to see more beers like this out there.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and earthy Red Ale aroma with a scent of caramel and citrus. Earthy hops with hints of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and tangerine. Toasted malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Some sweet hints of brown sugar. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and earthy Red Ale taste with notes of caramel and citrus fruit. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. A really good Red Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Red Ale. On the hoppier side with a lot of citrus and earthy notes but still plenty of caramel malt.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear, effervescent amber color with a finger of rocky white head. The aroma offers grapefruit flesh, pineapple juice, canned peaches, and pine needles.
Really nicely balanced flavors of fruity hops and toasty malts. Tons of white grapefruit, bitter pineapple, and apricot. Sweet caramel and toast malt backbone. Finishes only lightly bitter with linger flavors of orange peel and pine. The mouthfeel is great, medium yet filling, with plenty of carbonation to keep things moving and hop oils to coat the inside of the mouth.

This is an excellent hoppy red ale and I highly recommend it to fans of Troegs Nugget Nectar and Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

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Photo of wumpshire
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice offering from Six Point, considering I'm not a fan of most of their beers. It tastes like a Lagunitas IPA, but not a Winter Warmer. Also, not a fan of canned beer, tastes a little tinny. Overall its better than your average beer, but not amazing.

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Photo of ohioisamichiganterritory
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured absolutely flat... a slight hint of head that disappeared within seconds. Clear amber with a few bubbles coming up at first but seemed to fade. The extreme bitter hits up front and never quits. There is a good flavor in there somewhere, but its overboard with yeast and bitterness. Has nice thick body at the beginning of a sip but quickly becomes flat as if the body disappears into nothing, weird. It's possible this was a mishandled sixpack because the head being described in many reviews was no where to be found in this one. There was just enough 'Resin' like quality (their best beer by far) to keep drinking it, but it was a chore and really upset my stomach by the end.

Update: I think the first beer I had was over-chilled. Had a second that had much better head (though it doesn't stick around long), and more sustained mouthfeel, but still plenty of bitter. Don't think they pulled off the balance between bitter and sweet here, too bad because it could be a great beer if they did.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber, copper colored clear beer. Nice white billowy head. Definitely an "amber" ale as opposed to a "red" ale
S - flowery, grapefruit, tropical hops. Orange. Lemon_lime.
T - grapefruit, flowery hops, caramel malts, pretty good red ale
M - light to medium, alcohol covered, aftertaste grapefruit
O - good amber/red ale

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Photo of CraigP83
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very clear Amber fading to a slim golden outline against the light. Smell is sweet malts, faint floral hop presence. Taste is flat floralness, almost fabric softener like, sweet maltiness a expected but the hop profile kills it for me. Glad I only bought a single

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Photo of Mdog
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Copper, good head.

Smell: Good piney aroma, bit of citrus.

Taste: Interesting citrus flavor--lime mixed with orange, good body to it.

Overall: I've been a big fan of Sixpoint since they showed up in IA and MN. This is another tasty, hoppy beer from them. The flavor seemed unique to me and was difficult to describe, but tasty.

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Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.