Global Warmer - Sixpoint Brewery
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Reviews by Brenden:
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I guess sort of an Imperial Red in terms of style but brewed as a Winter Warmer, this beer certainly looks like it could fit comfortably into that hybrid role. It's a very murky sort of dark orange with red-brown leanings and is close to opaque with a minimal sort of translucency to its thickness. The yellow-tinted head is creamy and dense, a solid finger that takes time to fade to heavy foam that never recedes and starts lacing the top of the glass with webbing before forming a thick ring where it's settled and following with strong patching.
The smell gives a bite of pine with resinous tones, fresh hops oils, citrus peel with a light pithiness to it, and some raw green leaf balanced very nicely by some bread and caramel that allow the hops to take center stage but are there for support the entire way. There's a ghost of toffee sweetness right on the end when I really dig my nose into it.
The hops rule the flavor as well and with the same profile, though an interesting note of roasty quality, beginning with toasty tones but ending more roasted, rests throughout the sip. It ends a little leafier and with some strong pithy notes coming out with more earth into a long-lingering finish. The pith does get heavy at the end.
These big hops are keeping the feel pretty dry all the way, but it's smooth too. Crispness is moderate but constant and light carbonation adds a certain creaminess that never dies off.
Serving type: can
11-26-2013 14:42:15 | More by Brenden
More User Reviews:
3.64/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This beer seems to fall somewhere in between an amber ale and American barley wine. Aggressive hops with strong citrus notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and a light resin are well balanced by maltier hints of caramel and toffee. Well structured and enjoyable beer.
Serving type: can
03-04-2014 06:04:32 | More by TheBullsHorn
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured straight down the middle of a large tulip style glass it resulted in a massive three finger head. After a couple of minutes the appearance had died down to a thick fluffy cap with heavy lacing on the side of the glass. Appearance is a deep hazy amber orange with more suspended particulate floating around in there than in just about any beer I’ve ever seen - I actually poured a second to see if it was just one can, but the same held true in this case as well. Looking at other Beeradvocate reviews, this seems the norm for this beer. Am I expecting too much for a beer that costs over $10 for 4-pack to actually pour clear? Oh well. Nose is a wonderful balance of sweet malt and candied nuts with strong hop notes of potent ganja and hints of spruce and pine needles. Sip is hop forward at first, with a hint of caramel followed by big piney and grass flavors on top of the bitter notes on the middle of the tongue. Mid-palate also sees candied orange and ripe apricot, orange zest, mango, a hint of cocoa and very, very light bready notes. Back of the tongue and swallow see more uniform and one-dimensional dry tannins. The finish has hints of peach jam, mandarin oranges, and piney grapefruit hop bitters with notes of lavender. One of the defining things about this beer, for me, is the mouthfeel which has a wonderfully effervescent quality - it’s not so much that it is overly carbonated so much as it is the way the carbonation feels on the tongue. In some ways it reminds me of the feeling of a Lambrusco. All in all, this is yet another exceptional beer from Sixpoint. Yes, I’m a bit irked by the particulate, but in the end, if the flavor, mouthfeel, and aroma are all terrific, and I don’t get sick from whatever is floating in the beer, then I’m a very forgiving soul. Marketed, somewhat, as a winter warmer, this is also another example of Sixpoint refusing to play by expected stylistic rules, in this case because it’s not really a winter warmer in the traditional sense. Instead, think of this as a wonderfully hoppy amber ale, somewhat akin to Nugget Nectar, albeit less sweet, more bitter, and not quite as good, which is not so much a knock against Global Warmer so much as it is a testament to how much I love Nugget Nectar :)
Serving type: can
02-28-2014 23:09:21 | More by 8stringfan
Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.