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Global Warmer - Sixpoint Brewery

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177 Reviews
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Reviews: 177
Hads: 1,050
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 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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Photo of oldn00b
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours an almost bright red, nice tightly carbonated head forms and retains rather well with no real lacing.

Nose is a bit muted for me, I get some spice, malt and a bit of hop.

Flavor is nice - not as sweet as some winter warmers nor overly spiced. I get clove and cherries come through for me with a nice bittering from hop and maybe other spices?

Feel is the standout here - light and clean clean finish. More refreshing than expected. Nice beer I'm really glad I got to try.

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

Fresh can served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: light copper with a rocky and large bubble head that fades fast. Plenty of carbonation.

Nose: same Sixpoint nose that I've come to expect. Bright hops, light malt character, some sweetness.

Taste: same as nose, very drinkable, lots of hops character, some light bitterness

Overall: a nice red ale but I really don't get an "Imperial" taste from it. Bump up the abv to above 9% and then it will cut it. Nice beer though. I'll enjoy the rest of the 6 pack.

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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 richj1970
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated best by 11/30/2016.

A: Crystal clear copper red with 2 finger white head with decent retention and leaving moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit and bright citrus mixed with some cracker malts, caramel, and pine.

T: Tangerines, grapefruit, and caramel. Subtle toasted malts. More citrus and hops and less sweetness than I was expecting.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish is crisp and lightly bitter.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing, but drinks more like an IPA than a red ale.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent orange/copper with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Toastyness & a little pine

T: Follows the nose, a little caramel & tangerine peel up front, some dryness as well. I get a little grapefruit mixing in with the toastyness & pine as this warms, just a little caramel & dryness, slight juiciness as well. Finishes a little toasty with bready sweetness & pine, just little herbal hop bite as well

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, pretty nice balance

Easy to drink, a fine example of the style

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Photo of Strike00
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a amber read with a off-white head that lasts a bit
S: a sweet malty smell with a background of hops
T: A bitter sweetness with a typical Sixpoint hop taste. Hard to believe it is 7% ABV
F:medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

O: Good Red Ale that doesn't follow all that closely to the style. Not as malty as you would expect but a enjoyable drink anyway.

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant copper amber pour rouses a 1” of-white to cream foam collar that is moderately persistent and lacy.

S: Big resiny, minty hops with some light fruit and a hint of toast.

T: Big hop flavor with herbal, fruit, mint, citrus tempered by light caramel and toast. Hop flavors are medium high, malt flavors are medium,. Hop bitterness is medium. Flavors are well balanced.

F: Medium to medium light body, medium carbonation. No alcohol warming.

O: A nice, drinkable, well put together imperial red ale.

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Photo of soze47
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really nice imperial red - deep Amber color - almost brown - with very light lacing. Nose is nice with hop forward notes of pines and tropical fruit that is accentuated by the malt. Taste is really great. At is coldest, it delivers a great punch of pine and citrus rind from the hops. As it warms, the biscuity malt and alcohol bring a pleasant warming compliment that works in all the right ways. The body could carry these flavors a bit better - it almost slips away too quickly with a dry finish. I almost wish that dryness sat on the palette a bit longer to play with the secondary flavors. Overall, a great offering.

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

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz can on November 26, 2015. Look is deep amber with a medium head and some lingering lacing. Smell is caramel malt with fruit and pine notes. Taste is sweet malt flavors with citrus and hints of pine resin. Feel is medium in body with a little bitter bite in the finish.

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Photo of zachary80
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can, Best Buy 03 November 2016, poured into a globe.

Beer pours with a nice head, body is just slightly hazy, and is colored nearly amber. Huge hoppy nose and can detect some of the malt. Flavor matches the aroma perfectly, definitely heavy on the hop:malt ratio for the style. Body is relatively thin but not unpleasant. Overall one of my favorite amber/red/imperial red ales, but once again there is some meaningful style deviation, and I wouldn't normally think of this as an "imperial" in the modern climate (hello Torpedo Extra IPA).

I am growing to like most of Sixpoint's range but they are not very diverse, with many of the beers seeming like slight deviations on the same recipe.

Sixpoint contacted me and provided the samples for this review. This is the first time I've had global warmer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a blood orange color, a red-orange tinge with a solid head.

smells like sweet caramel malt. sweet hop bitterness as well.

taste is very sweet but finishes bitter. nice red ale, more lively and hoppy than most other red ales i've had. goes down smooth, easy drinking. glad i picked up 2 6packs of this. Sixpoint strikes again.

overall this is pretty good. a hoppy red ale with nice malt backbone. red ales have become one of my favorite styles. a nice hoppy red ale that finds its balance is a winner in my book.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great looking amber colored beer. The smell is toasty malts and earthy piney hops and just a touch of honey and citrus. The taste follows and is really excellent. Super smooth combination of toasty caramel malts and piney hops. Finish is sweet and tasty. yb

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty looking beer with nice aromas of toasted malts and a strong hop presence but could be well enhanced with just a little dry hopping. Tastes great with a good hop zing and mellow toasted character but I'd like more of the toasted malts to come through. Smooth, moderate bodied, and easy drinking on a relaxing afternoon.
I prefer my reds to be toasted, hoppy , and bold. Global Warmer comes in among the best. Sixpoint is a solid brewer that I can always rely on for quality beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz tall skinny can (stamped BB 23APR15, so it's a bit long in the tooth, but at least close to BB) into a pint glass. Clear, reddish amber with a light tan head that lasts and lasts. Medium carbonation with a continuous flow of lots of tiny bubbles. OK, so it looks good.
This ale hits you with orange, grapefruit, resiny bitterness, and an underlying maltiness that makes a brief appearance somewhere around the midpoint of the tasting experience. And experience it is: there's a lot going on with this one. Strong hops bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Comfortable ABV, but I wouldn't call this one a session brew.
I really like this brewery - their offerings never disappoint.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky-amber, SRM-7 beer occupies my Spiegelau IIPA Glass, while a ½” of creamy white foam drops rings of lace before becoming a thin blanket.

Opens with strong pine notes and orange rind, then softens with straw just before a pinch of fresh mint lays on top.

There is nothing subtle about the bitterness here, and it sings from the first to the last note. Orange and grapefruit lead the way to light sweetness in the middle, only to yield back to a lingering bitterness with roasted touches in the finish.

Some alcohol, as expected, warms the palate as the beer warms in the glass. A medium body with satin texture do little to abate a touch of acerbic qualities in the finish. Carbonation is modest at best.

One can relax with this beer, even if the palate gets a work-out. This seems more akin to an IIPA then a Winter Warmer, but that is academics. Enjoy all the more with a mellow Monterey Jack cheese.

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Photo of Rclem2010
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this one on a whim, and glad we did. Great flavor that I'd never tire of...hops and malt in great proportion, just the right amount of IBU twang, and finishes easy inviting the next swig time and time again. Top 5'er for me.

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Photo of do_ob
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a clear copper with about 2 fingers of off-white foam. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Slight floral notes on the aroma along with pine, hops, and citrus. Medium weight, nice smooth mouthfeel. I get a lot of flowery notes initially on the taste, followed by a mild hop bitterness. Lots of malt on the back end.

I'm usually not a huge fan of amber ales, but I decided to try this one because I have enjoyed everything else I've had from Sixpoint. And while this style of beer still isn't my favorite, this is probably the best of its kind I've had. At 7% and 70 IBUs, this beer has enough flavor to keep me interested. Definitely an easy drinker, and enjoyable enough. Would I buy it again? Probably.

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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 joecast
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This one blew me away. Amazing hop aroma, bright amber/golden color (a little light for an amber but thats hardly a knock). Bitterness is spot on for the abv and malt character. Fantastic!

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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 Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz Sixpoint can

Pours clear typical amber, fluffy and slow to retreat khaki cap.. Leaves well developed stick/sheeting

Moderate maple and mellow pine nose

I'm a big fan of the Sixpoint brews, especially ones like this one.....waves of malt and then dense hops all over the rear.....great cool to cold weather brew ..complex and quite tasty

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Photo of GregJ
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with finger thick white head. Smells of orange blossom, orange rind an sweet malts. Tastes of tangerine, sweet malts, rye, barley, grapefruit and bready. Medium/light body, sweet malts, some orange and pine aftertaste.

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