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Global Warmer - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 1,051
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 22.98%
Wants: 49
Gots: 204 | 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 ARoman
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

*transferred from old notes - 12/21/2013*
12 oz can poured into a shaker. Smells buttery and earthy, has some faint hoppy / spicy aroma sneaking in on the back-end, but the sweetness definitely dominates. Pours hazy on the orange side of amber with a thick and foamy eggshell-colored head, lacing is a bit uneven - both large and small lace is present. The taste is medium caramel sweetness with a bit of hoppy bitterness at the swallow. There’s also a citrus presence throughout the drink, but I can’t quite place it - another review mentioned grapefruit, which seems fair. Relatively light body (considering the caramel / malty flavoring) which finishes creamy smooth with very little (if any) carbonation; however, some of the hoppiness sticks around at the finish; not overwhelming like some IPA’s, but the faint, thin grassy coating of the mouth is reminiscent; in fact, depending on food pairings, it may be beneficial. There’s an interesting cheesy flavor (think aged parmesan) that pops up about mid drink as it begins to warms - I’m still relatively undecided on it, but it does give this beer a uniqueness to it.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured it into a mug. Poured a clear amber, copper and red/orange combination. A thick head about 4 thumbnails long shows good retention.
While pouring it out of the can, I can smell the hops presence. In the mug I detect less of the hops aroma and more of a citric/orange peel like smell. Towards the end of the drink, a malty sweet presence appears.
The taste has a slight malt presence that is almost overpowered by the hops bitterness and bitter finish. There is also a hint of a bready quality.
Feel is fairly light like a lager. Carbonation not so lively but it does sting the tongue somewhat.
Not a terrible beer, however there is something about the balance that bothers me. Other amber ales that I enjoyed had a toasted malt quality that was sweet but well balanced against the hops. In this beer, I feel that the hops bitterness overpowers the other tastes I associate with amber ales. Although I would not rule out buying this one again, I'm not so enthusiastic. I love six point brewery's products, however, this one is my least favorite so far.

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Photo of Huffs
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a sam adams glass, developed a nice, off white, head with great retention and lacing. Appearance was hazy with an amber/ honey color. Aroma was maly and sweet with with floral and citrus notes. Taste had some nice hoppy notes with hints of citrus and a little spice. Mouth feel was medium with a slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Tom_O
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best red out there, but by no means bad. Pours red as ever with a smooth taste. I'd recommend as I enjoy Sixpoint, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to purchase again.

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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 LAp
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a table glass. Pours a honey-copper hue with a half finger off white head. Nose is primarily a subtle piney hop smell, with a touch of...red? There's a characteristic element of the smell of red ales that I can never pinpoint, and for whatever reason, always reminds me of the color red. Taste is mildly hoppy with a sweeter malt presence than expected form the nose. Ultimately, the flavor profile is relatively subdued. Not overly bold, but not necessarily complex either. Mouthfeel is thin-medium, with mild carbonation. Overall, this beer is nothing to write home about. It feels like this beer inhabits a middle-ground between boldly hoppy and sweetly malty, without showing the complexity that truly excellent beers that straddle that line possess. Not a bad beer, but not one I'd buy again.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a tulip.

a: A lumpy, 2 finger soapy head sits on deep amber body. Body clears as it warms. The head settles slowly with nice lace.

s: Malty, sweet with caramel and candi, big citrus, and mint mingled with pine.

t: Hop forward with citrus and pine. Slight astringency. Bitter finish. Very slight malt backbone and sweetness do little to make this balanced.

mf: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit chewy up front. Bitting finish.

o: An amber ale in the Sixpoint style. The malt never makes it past the aroma leaving this unbalanced as far as the style goes.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, copper in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: piney and floral hops,

Taste: caramel, floral hops with a touch of salt at the end

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter middle and an increasingly bitter end, medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall:A nice and hoppy floral red. I got a distinct bit of salt at the end of this which was a nice change. Outside of that this beer is a bit above average, but nothing I would rush out to get again.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 27 Mar 2014 on can
Served chilled in a Tyranena tulip

A - pour is a dark orange-red, lots of sediment, large amount of head that slowly fades to about a finger

S - aroma is primarily bitter hops, with a hint of astringency i cant exactly put my finger on

T - piny hops with very subtle bready malt, again something I can't quite put my finger on

M - pretty smooth, no burn to speak of

O - not bad, but whatever I can't exactly describe is slightly off-putting and takes it down a couple notches in my book

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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 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 TheBullsHorn
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange amber hue with a fluffy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is piney hops,citrus,caramel candy and toasted malts,the mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied with a big hit of citrus first up followed by boiled candy and toffee finished with a big dose of piney bitter hops and overall it's not out of this world but quite sessionable cheers.

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Photo of maxk
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Harpoon IPA pint glass.

Looks a deep, clear amber with gorgeous head and lacing. As the head settles, it leaves a trail down the side of the glass.

Lots of resinous and earthy hop aromas, good caramel malt sweetness in the nose. Smells really tasty.

I was surprisingly let down by the taste. It smells like it would be rich, earthy, resinous, but also malty. Instead I found it to be relatively watery and lackluster. There are those hop notes in there but they taste watered down and weak. There's no malt backbone to speak of. It's a decent beer but definitely not as good as it seems like it should be.

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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 chefhatt
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at paradise by the slice
This beer has a reddish color body with a small foamy head. The aroma has a nice hoppy ness to it with a little malt. The taste has a very sutle hop forwardness to it, and on the finish I get a little maltness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a little hop aftertaste. Overall this is a good red ale.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - filtered crystal clear amber, not red as advertised.

Aroma - low intensity, but pleasant. Very light citrus and pine. Very little malt aroma made it past the filter, but it looks good so.....

Flavor - leans towards the dilute side, but not too weak. The flavor is more enjoyable than the aroma and can be consumed in mass quantity without hesitation or objection. Very smooth, easy drinking beer.

Overall - I rated this as an Imperial Red because that's what it says on the package. As far as Imp Reds go, this one is soft and not hoppy enough. If I rated it as an Amber ale, the score would have been higher. Regardless of the ramifications of the style conundrum, this is a nice beer that I enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of bmwats
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving dry residue behind as it does. Tons of persistent pervasive sticky lacing.

S: Rye, caramel, and roasted nuts.

T: Bitter nutty character, pungent roasted grains, citrus pith, and a nice hoppy bite.

M: Earthy and bitter. Dry, bitter finish lingers on the palate.

D: Bitterness will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really nice. Substantial head, tons of persistent lacing. Nose is pungent, bitter, and a little sweet. Bitter nuttiness, grains are very pungent, accentuated with citrus and a touch of sweetness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a mini snifter.

A: Deep cloudy honey amber red with a small bone white head. Lacing is pretty solid.

S: Oranges and pine sap. Slight herbal qualities. Nose is pretty weak and aromas were sort of hard to detect.

T: Pine needles soaked in orange juice with hints of green tea bitterness.

M: Pretty full for the style and nice and juicy. Slight prickly mouthfeel from the hops.

O: Wish I had this a bit fresher, but overall it's pretty solid. The nose is really weak, but the taste is just nice and juicy. Worth a shot if you can get it fresh.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Froma 12 oz tall can.
Pours with a large foamy head over a dark amber body. Strngly hoppy with moderate bitterness. Relatively dark and large malt load.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Global Warmer has as the visibility of a blizzard, a bank of white powder atop, lacing that sticks like road salt, and enough big chunks of sediment to emulate a snow globe - it really sticks to the 'winter warmer' theme. Ironically, however, its deep amber tone looks so fiery as to be hot!

The nose smells far too jungle-like and tropical for something made in Brooklyn - the only place you'll find flavours that come close to this is a fruit stand. There's a ton of weedy, plant-like resins and loads of bitter orange peel, over-ripe mango, rotting papaya, and grapefruit pith. So far it has me thinking of summer, not winter (maybe that's the idea?).

Though brewed for the winter, Global Warmer showcases a lot of distinctly summer flavours: orange, pineapple, lemon, and juicy citrus fruit in general. There's also enough pine and 'woody' forest-like resins to make me think of outdoors at the cottage. None of these tastes, it must be noted, are very big or in-your-face (as overtly hoppy beers tend to be).

Indeed, the mouthfeel is curiously smooth and sweet for something that oozes with acidic citrus and bitter, herbal resins. There's a toothsome amount of toasty, nougat-y maltiness that not only levels out the alpha acids but soaks up the 7% alcohol like a wash rag. It's almost too gentle on the palate; the beer has no sting or lingering bitterness to remember it by in the aftertaste.

Global Warmer isn't the kind of winter seasonal that'll help defrost your fingers after braving the elements; if anything, it's better suited for poolside consumption than fireplace. Don't get me wrong, I like hops at all times of the year - and nothing can brighten up a dreary winter night like tropical hops - but as I look out my window and watch the snow fall, the wind gust, and the frost build up, this just isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy dirty light orange, but seemingly with particles in it (pretty sure my glass was clean).
S: rating up on strength and interesting nature; cigarettes and raisin bread, maybe some plum. Not an expected smell, debatable if it's a pleasant one.
T: grainy and mildly smokey beginning to the taste, perhaps the same origins of the cigarette nose. A citrus sweetness comes from under this for a second before a pine-based bitterness finishes the taste.
M: my mouth feels dry and thirsty after a mouthful of the beer. It has a slightly copper tinge to it however
O: a very interesting beer with some things to like and some things that are a bit off-putting. Definitely try this when you are in an off-centered mood.

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Photo of elmore
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. Bought at Woodmans market on the west side of Madison, WI.

Amber-brown hue with moderate suspended particulate matter. One finger white pillowy head recedes quickly with mild lacing. Smells of light caramel malts with subtle piney hops. Aroma is pretty subdued. Citrus, pine, grapefruit hop profile with nice light malt backbone. Creamy effervescent mouthfeel. I thought this might be a spiced ale like some of the winter warmers, but reminds me more of a good pale ale. Not as malty as some of the "winter" type beers. I would like this any time a year, but think it might be a better summer beer.

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Photo of EMH73
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a one inch head and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops and malts. Tastes quite fruity with grapefruit being the predominant flavor, quite hoppy with malt notes. Finishes slightly bitter. Medium bodied, well carbonated, overall a well balanced beer.

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Photo of Zraly
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent looking amber with a two finger head in a DFH IPA glass.

Resinous, earthy hops dominate the nose. Citrus peel accompanies in the bitterness department. Malt is smooth and toasty. Clean, and relatively crisp considering the ABV. An interesting hint of vanilla pokes out in the malt bill toward the finish once the ale warms. Warming and a hint of alcohol in the finish; there is also a faint whiff of perfume/flowers. Mouthfeel is quite nice. Medium bodied.

A nice winter warmer without all of the spices and heavy sweetness. Great for those who prefer hops over malt this time of year or anytime of year for that matter. Sharp cheddar or a tasty bleu cheese would pair.

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Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.