Global Warmer - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 893
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 2.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 135 | FT: 3
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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 Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a orange/amber with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Sediment has settled to the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, passion fruit, toasted malts, caramel malts, and some grassy notes too.

Taste: Hope and malts are definitely there, but finish off fast and leave lingering bitterness. I like the profile, but wish the flavor could last a little longer.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, lingering bitterness, medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not sure I would categorized this as a red ale, but this is still a decent beer. (775 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy amber, one finger head that lingers and leaves some lacing.

S-Caramel, toast, pine, earthy, grass, dirt. Hops are noticeable.

T-Starts with caramel, malt and toast. Then it is followed by earthy, pine, grass and dirt notes. Mild bitterness in the finish as well. Balance isn't exactly perfect.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, some hop resins.

O-A well made amber ale. The hops are there and are pleasant. But this does not hold a candle to Nugget Nectar. (475 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love the unique tall slender cans, and dated, best before March 27, 2014. Just had a beer from Seattle, next is a beer from Denver, but for now to celebrate the Superb Owl, gotta have a beer from NY/NJ where the bowl is being held.

Pours a decent creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, bubbles popping mostly, some soapy lacing, hazy coppery orange reddish colored.

Nose brings plenty of pungent hops, mostly spicy and some citrus, candied orange peel, mild zest, little earthy pine, bit of stone fruit, etc. Then sweet candy malts, copper malts, little candy reddish caramel malts, bright candy red malt aroma, and a hint of estery warming booze with that.

Taste brings more hops again with a big malty sweet balance, it's a big beer. Hops are very powerful, some pine and forest floor earthy flavors, little sap, bit spicy, mild orange zest and candied orange peel, some stone fruit as well. Malts are pretty big too, sweet candy malts with lots of caramel and reddish candy, mild copper malts, little toasty but not much. It also brings a mild booze warmth, and hint of estery profile with it. The hops get a little stale and
old oil like character somehow. Finish is still somewhat sticky sweet but dries a bit, more mild candy malts, but big bitterness that gets rampant and almost astringent, big spicy chewy earthy hops with a bit more pine.

Mouth is on the heavy body side, a bit of fluffy carb, mild warming booze maybe a bit boozier than it should be for 7%.

Overall not bad, nice big hop profile and malt balance, but they both seem to eventually unbalance each other and both get a little unwelcome. (1,626 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. can into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Nearly clear amber formed an inch tall white head which dissipated to even surface foam and some lacing.

s: Sweet malt.

t: Caramel malt forward with hops soon to follow. The malt is very tasty and so prominent that the 70 IBUs seems like less.

m: Medium with good body.

o: This is my idea of a winter warmer. More bitter than an ideal ESB or English bitter, but in that ballpark, delivering a lot of sweet malt flavor. None of the cinnamon or other strong spice notes which are a signature of so many American "winter warmers." But that's fine with me. (615 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy light brown/red with a tiny head. Smells of heavy grain with some earthy tones. Tastes of nice earthy and floral hops with a great backbone of slightly roasted malt. Beer is medium bodied good carbonation lingers a bit in the mouth, good finish. Overall a very good beer. (337 characters)

Photo of elmore
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (638 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can into my magic hat keg glass.

A - Looks like a fireplace. It's a vivid, dark red with half a finger of snowy head, lots of lacing, and ashy-looking flakes of particulate suspended in it.

S - A very fresh, clean pine hops smell but not much more.

T - A muted slap of pine and bitterness balanced out quite well by the fresh grain flavor of the malt following it. Doesn't finish nearly as dry as I expected, and leaves only a subtle aftertaste. Drinks like a robust red ale but achieves the feeling of a winter warmer. It's neither hop forward nor malt forward, achieving a nice happy medium. A unique palate experience.

M - Good carbonation and definitely not weighty on the tongue. Despite the hoppy bite at the start, it doesn't dry out your mouth. Feels fresh and clean.

Overall - Very drinkable at 7% ABV and carries just the right flavor profile for a winter brew. Might be a bit pricey for a 4-pack of 12 ouncers, but you wouldn't go wrong buying it. (984 characters)

Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Opaque, deep red color with a 1/4 inch head with good retention.

SMELL: Clear pine scent with some fruity notes blended in there.

TASTE: The flavor is led with strong pine hops that give way to fruitier flavors and warm malts. Though the taste is distinctly that of a red ale, it has striking similarities to some red IPA's I've had.

MOUTHFEEL: Slight carbonation and medium to light bodied. Pretty smooth.

OVERALL: One of the best red ales I've had. It has the crisp hoppiness that appeal to a hop head like myself, but the smoothness and sweet blend of fruits and malts that make it good for a casual drinker as well (like my friend who had it and thoroughly enjoyed it after he allowed me to order it for us both). I've had some great stuff out of Sixpoint, but I think this is one of their more underrated beers to be honest.

Serving type: On tap, served in a tulip glass (892 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,846 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip glass

A- a hazy dark amber, heavy on the brown tones. A nice off white head that laces nicely.

S- Complex hops. Lemon and grapefruit, but also an eathy component. Tobacco, mint, and hemp. Some caramel malts are detectable as well as the signature Sixpoint yeast aroma.

T- A big smack of bitterness. Followed by some crackery/caramel malts. Hops follow the nose, but I could use more raw hop "flavor". Citrus rind bitterness lingers well after the sip.

M- Fair amount of carbonation. Pretty aggressive with the hop bite and dryness. Medium bodied.

T- I'd have it again. I'm a pretty big Sixpoint fan, and this is good, but doesn't quite live up to the better offerings of the brewry (Bengali and Diesel, I'm looking at you) (756 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy amber copper color with a foamy 2 finger beige head that was very thick and full of bubbles, didn't move for a minute or so, dissipating and leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells very hoppy with pungent citrus notes and piney notes up front, followed by orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, biscuit, caramel, light grains, malt and herbs; very hoppy, but a nice blend with malty balance and a variety of hop aroma's - more IPA than red ale and damn fine to smell.

Tastes like it smells, with citrus hops, piney hops, orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, biscuit, caramel, toasted grains, malt, brown sugar, light coriander, pepper and herbs; again, more IPA than ale in the flavor department and a more prominent malt finish that makes it easy to drink and limits the bitterness. Aggressively hopped (which is becoming a SixPoint trademark), this was way more complex than I expected and completely hid the ABV. Could start a new cateogry called "Double Red Ale".

Mouthfeel is on the creamy side with average to zesty carbonation, a medium body and a bitter finish that is on the tart side.

Overall it was a great beer since I was expecting a malty ale from the “warmer” in the title, it was a very nice hoppy surprise that went down smooth and was full of flavor. Another winner from SixPoint, this one was another treat. (1,377 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz can to a pint glass

A- pours a deep hazy ruby red with a 1/2 finger head decent lacing

S- grapefruit, sweet caramel, peaches some mango

T- malts up front, caramel some brown sugar, quickly taken over by hops, dank resin, pine, pineapple, finishes outrageously grapefruit bitter.

M- well rounded medium to full bodied beer, very dank, dry, and bitter

O- what can i say sixpoint fucking rocks! this beer has all the great red/amber ipa mixes. Lots of sweet malts and body, tons of citrus hops, just another damn fine sixpoint brew. (554 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was expecting a Winter Warmer from the name. Instead I got a nice amber ale that could have been called an IPA as well.

Pours a hazy reddish orange color. A hard pour gets you a big frothy slightly antique white head with good retention. There is plenty of filmy bands of lacing on the glass.

Strong aroma of citrus hops, tangerine and other tropical fruit. Impressive enough for an IPA.

Balanced taste with some strong sweet caramel malts to go along with the citrus hops. A little oily piney hops are present in the flavor that were not detected in the nose. Robust flavor...nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, nice bitterness and a rich, crisp overall mouthfeel. No strong alcohol presence.

I would like more of this (726 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from Red Bull style Sixpoint can which I happen to find very appealing...

Looks a bit more copper (IPAish) than red (Amber) in color while having some unfiltered yeast suspended about my pint glass. Nice two finger head and great lacing...

Citrus and mild pine hops waft toward me

This beer walks the line nicely between IPA and Amber making it an excellent alternative to Nugget Nectar. The malt bill is a bit more forward, but the hops steel the show. Lovely citrusy pine lead the way ahead of amber malt with a very smooth bitter finish. Drinkability is high like all Sixpoint beers I've had. They all seem to have a soft carbonation that lets the flavors do the work, not the bubbles.

Get this if you can find still find it, otherwise, put it on your list for next winter... (789 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a tulip

Pours hazy orange with a full two fingers of sticky foam. Aroma is quite hoppy, with a sticky pine like flavor. Great lacing.

First sip is a nice balance between hops and malt. Very full bodied and complex, with hops dominating the flavor. Strong bitter finish.

Surprisingly complex and interesting - I'm a fan of this beer. My only grip is that it came in a 4 pack of 12 oz cans instead of the 16 oz cans that most other Sixpoint beers usually come in. (487 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden amber color with loads of little yeast particles floating about. The head was short with tight bubbles. Some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a beautiful citrus hop aroma. Nice sharp grapefruit with a slight pine edge. Light orange. Not much else but doesn't need more.

The taste is of a flavorful hop. Not sharp but smooth. Nice grapefruit and orange flavors. Light pine and a hint of lime. Peppery hop as well. The malt is fairly light perhaps a touch of tea flavor and lemon.

Light feel with semi soft carbonation. Nice malt sweetness that plays nicely with the hops.

Good hoppy IPA. Spicy profile fits well with the holiday release. (666 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with an impressively sticky head; plenty of lacing is left behind

Smell: Dank and piney with hints of apricot and caramel

Taste: Just a hint of caramel and apricot sweetness on the opening and then the dank, piney hops take over; while the tip of the tongue provides a remembrance of the beers first impact, this is a darn bitter amber

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not a big fan of ambers and while this is better than most, it still has some of the malt characteristics of an amber that make this a style I tend not to approach very often (617 characters)

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

A- Poured from the 12oz mini can to a snifter. Fairly hazy dark amber-red body with some sizable debris floating around. Creamy white cap of frothy foam forms to about one finger with pretty good retention. Silky ring leaves rings of lace some spots in between.

S- Hops are quite strong here, pretty much at an IPA level. Resinous pine and citrus hops make up most of the aroma with a bit of yeast hints, caramel malts and toasted grains in the backdrop.

T- Follows the nose nicely and closely. Hops are the main thing but malts and yeast provide a nice base. Hops have a large pine and citrus zest feel with some hints of tropical fruits, grass and floral flavors. Malts give hints of toasted cracked cereal grains, caramel and just a slight bit of nuttiness. Yeast bread and light fruits in here as well.

MF- Highly carbonated light end body. With a bit of movement the beer opens up with a nice creamy, silky smooth texture. Finishes with a medium bitterness on the palate from the hops.

Smelled like an IPA when I opened it and left me a bit surprised. Delivers a nice amount of hops with just enough malt base to balance and keep it in the Amber Ale side of things. Solid all around and worth a try for anyone. (1,219 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color with a two-finger head
S: One-dimensional pine/hop resin
T: Also mostly hop resin, some grapefruit but bold, a hint earthy
M: Medium-bodied, slightly bitter
O: This tastes like a DIPA to me but regardless of style it's tasty just a bit monotone (294 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hard to tell how this is listed as an amber and not a winter warmer, since it's clearly a winter warmer.

Appearance is rather red to orangish, that much is true, but that's about where the similarity to amber ale ends.

Flavor and aroma are notably spicy, but not overwhelmingly spicy like some winter warmers have been for me in the past. Also notable are some fruity and citrus aspects, and a good malt backbone. A tangy hoppiness rounds out what's a rather busy, but nonetheless tasty beer.

Body is medium to full and has a tangy, tingly spicy finish

Overall it's a damn fine winter warmer, certainly an enjoyable treat for the cold weather and holidays. (662 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

RIP Bruce. You were a good buddy.

I got a finger and a half of cream colored head. This sits and slowly recedes on top of a burnt orange body. There is an awful lot of sediment suspended in the body. Good lacing as well.

Smells of pine and citrus.

Tastes like pine and grapefruit. There is a little malt up front. I'm having a hard time reading this one.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Leaves a little residue on the tongue. Definitely a dry finish. (456 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "skinny" 12oz. can into a balloon glass.
Chill-hazed apricot in color, with a nice cloud-deck of off-white foam.
Aroma-citrussy hops
Taste-Toasted malt, big shot of "dusty" citrus hops. Lots of tasty flavor in a small-looking can. A hop-head thumbs-up! (266 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served with a medium amber color with a one finger of an off white colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a grapefruit and pine hop smell mixed with some other hop aromas of grass. Along with these smells are some sweeter aromas of a tropical fruit nature with tangerine and a bit of mango. A little bit of caramel and roasted malt smells are in there as well, rounding out the smell to produce a pretty smooth and nice IPA like aroma.

Taste – The taste begins a lightly toasted malt taste with a relatively strong presence of grapefruit and pine hop right up front. Some sweetness of a caramel nature is upfront as well, giving the beer a moderate level of sweetness. As the taste advances the sweeter caramel is replaced by some sweeter tropical fruit flavors of tangerine, pineapple and mango. The grapefruit and pine hop flavors get more intense, bitter, and resinous in nature as the flavor advances to the end. With a little bit of grass joining the taste profile late in the taste, one is left with a rather strongly pine and grapefruity hopped and tropical fruity sweetened flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is average as well. The medium carbonation and body are nice for the blend of fruity and hoppy flavors and creates a rather nice easy drinking brew overall.

Overall – A rather tasty red IPA with a nice blend of grapefruit and pine hop mixed with a nice level of sweetness. A nice drinker overall. (1,703 characters)

Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.