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Global Warmer - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 916
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 24.75%
Wants: 45
Gots: 146 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

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

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Orange / amber with a short head that dissipates quickly. Yeast sediment floats around the glass.

Orange citrus, pine, grapefruit and caramel.

Resinous pine with lighter notes of orange / tangerine citrus and grapefruit zest. Light caramel backbone with hints of toasted bread. Pine needles linger with a modest bitterness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp and semi-dry.

A moderately hoppy and bitter Red Ale. Rather thin but goes down easy.

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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 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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Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%

Aroma is dank, resiny, and a touch citrusy, but the cannabis rules the day. Flavor reveals more muddled, fruity hop flavoring, which rests on a dank bed of hops that becomes substantially bitter at the finish. I'm not a bitter fan, so too much for my liking.

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Photo of u2carew
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can

A) Poured into a Sam Adams lager glass. Finger thick head, tight and creamy. Settles slightly leaving some big bubble lacing at the edge of the glass. Bronze colored bottle with some hazy and a lot of large chunks of sediment (uh-oh....). Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Bright spruce and citrus tones. Piney. Grapefruit. Sweet orange.
T) Hoppy bite from start to finish. Grapefruit. Subtle caramel notes. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste and beyond.
M) Crisp. Medium bodied. Tannic.
O) A decent "IPA". I know the website calls it an imperial red and it's listed on BA as an amber/red ale, but c'mon who we kidding? I tasted the hints of the red ale base but the hops overpowered the dry toasted caramel found in a normal Red Ale. The large chunks of sediment were a turnoff.

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

A: [5.00] Copper/caramel color boor. Forms a nice 1 1/2 finger head that is dense and seems to stick around. It is also sticky and coats the glass with excellent lacing. The can is great - it lists the IBU (70) the ABV (7.0%) the best by date (4/23/15) and for a bonus the SRM (color) of (17) which puts it in the dark lager color range. Kudos to making me an informed consumer!!

S: [3.75] Really nice hop forward smell. A piney/resiny scent comes through on the nose. It is not subtle - a pretty bold smell.

T: [3.50] I get a bit of a metallic taste up front (this went away after a few sips). Then some hop bittering in the middle and finish. There is definitely a lingering hop bitterness on the palate. Not a lot of sweetness anywhere. This presents like a dry wine.

M: [3.75] The mouthfeel is a bit sticky and resiny. The carbonation level is right on. The hop finish adds a bit of dryness.

O: [3.75] The nose on this one is great. The mouthfeel is really nice for the style. The taste is a little one dimensional. I was looking for a little malt to balance the hops somewhere. It is enjoyable but there are IPAs that are a bit more multidimentional (bringing flowers or fruit etc.).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/14/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus, and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a good hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was an interesting beer mostly because with the descriptions I read and then with what I thought while drinking it, I had a hard time deciding what style this beer actually was. It says on the can that it is a "winter warmer" which would make me think it is some kind of Scotch Ale. It is classified on this website as an Amber Ale. When I tasted it I thought more IPA since the taste was very hoppy and their was some citrus presence. Whatever style this beer wants to be though, it was very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i love these little cans from sixpoint, its a nice dose of beer like this one, which is a hopped up winter warmer type with a big more layers to it than most, and none of the usually uncomfortable palate of spices that dominate the style. glowing almost bright red, orangey, but loud in looks, with a ton of tiny bubbles scurrying around in an inch of white head as soft as a feather pillow. a nose of citrusy hops, almost as spice, in place of spice, on top of a nice amber malt body which flirts with red ale and barleywine in aroma and in taste. its bigger, but the hops interrupt its sweetness at exactly the right time for me, a needed respite from what i feared would be an onslaught of residual sugar, but thats just not the case. much softer all around than expected, and balanced as they come. i don't miss spices at all in this, and appreciate the use of hops in that role. a very drinkable beer too for what it is, the effervescent carbonation sure helps that, but its somehow refreshing too, not a trait i usually ascribe to winter warmers, but i dig this. another unique and highly agreeable brew from these guys. they would look great on colorado shelves...

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Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.