Global Warmer - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 894
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 5.79%
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 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)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another winter warmer on Day 2 of Snowpocalypse ’14 – wait, according to BA, this is an amber. Oh well, cheers.

Best before 03/27/2014, more than two months after the date of this tasting.

A: Pours a dull brown-amber from the can, but the head is creamy and thick: about a half-inch of beige foam that sticks around for minutes. Snowy lacing matches the view outside the window.

S: Mouthwatering hop scents fill the room with essences of grapefruit, strawberry jam, and fresh peach as soon as the can is cracked – it’s bold even from a distance, and sticking your nose in the glass is just heavenly. Beneath, there’s an unobtrusive malt aroma of sweet vanilla, giving this a fruit-and-cream character.

T: A big, bold, bitter palate, but one that’s not without the outstanding flavor of toasted malt. In a single upward movement, the palate opens and closes in a flurry of green, piney, subtly catty hop flavor (not just bitterness) with moderate intensity; the rise and fall plays in front of a backdrop of authentic grains, a myriad of husk, biscuit, and Grape Nut fruit-and-wheat (that last one’s a technical term, I swear). Finishes not as bitter as it opened, but still with a mildly resinous dryness.

M: Effervescent yet satisfyingly full-bodied, even from the can. It feels quite dry at first, likely due to the hops playing off the fizz, but it never gets more than just a slight tingle on the back of the tongue. Again, it’s hop flavor, not necessarily bitterness.

O: Not what I expected at all, but after having many of their other brews, I’m pretty confident that Sixpoint has a mantra like Three Floyds: every style can become an IPA if you try hard enough. But you know what, these guys have a little more finesse when it comes to all things hop; I get a more herbal, nuanced flavors from their beers. Maybe it’s because Sixpoint doesn’t overload their hoppy beers with an extra-sweet dose of malt like FFF, but that’s beside the point…I love both brewers, and I truly enjoyed this beer! Keep ‘em coming, Sixpoint! (2,060 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a medium amber with two fingers of frothy white head that fades to a splotchy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: A good deal of citrus and some sweet malt and caramel, a bit of spice but not overwhelming as some winter warmers can be.

T: Solid citrus flavor with some grapefruit and lemon coming through, nice hoppy component with a bit of pine, also a nuttiness and some sweet malt come through.

M: Medium bodied with a mild hop bitterness and a dry, bitter finish.

O: A very solid winter beer here from Sixpoint. Definitely more "IPA" than winter warmer to me and that's how I like it. Definitely worth a try! (661 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (683 characters)

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

Very cool looking can poured into a tulip glass.

A- A nice murky deep amber color.

S - A mellow hoppy smell. Subtle and good.

T - A hop punch on top of a malt backbone. Nice.

M - Excellent flavor and mouthful. Really like it.

O - I like the idea of a very flavorful hoppy beer as a holiday choice as opposed to a spiced beer. Well done as always Six Point. (364 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color was certainly amber but it edged to an orange like iridescent hue. The head built to an inch thick layer of the most condensed foam I've ever seen.

The aromas are exceedingly hoppy with soft pine, hints of herbal tea, citrus fruit, lemon and hop cone.

The flavor is a beat over the head tangerine, with doses of grapefruit and lemon. The herbal or floral pine hop flavor is more as an aftertaste. This as all the markings of a top notch IPA, as the hops are overwhelming, but there is no malt or roast to make this even remotely similar the style.

The feel is very full and despite the carbonation that built the beautiful head, this had a moderate carbonative feel.

Judging on the expectation of an Imperial Red I'd have to say I see no resemblance but based on its own merit I find this exceptional. (815 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, best before 27 Mar 2014. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy dark orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. The brew smells like citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) and herbal hops, bready malt, and some caramel. I think the taste follows the aroma, but there's also some light piney hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I thought it was a good hoppy brew. $8.99 a 4-pack. (538 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a red, amber color with low transparency. Thin head with a lot of lacing and visual carbonation.

S: pine and a sweetness with slight malt. Amazingly potent red ale

T: Pine, spicey, malt, sweetness

M: Light mouthfeel wit high carbonation

O: A spicy and hoppy red worth a buy

Serving type: can (306 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppier than I though It'd be . A nice blast of pine with a dry finish on a moderately malty base without too much residual sugar. Christmas beer in the style of Sierra celebration, and there is nothing wrong with that. Fairly silky in the mouth and a touch of spice in the finish, but deftly done- I don't know if those are actual spices or just some spiciness from the hop blend. Either way, it adds another dimension to the beer. Well done, I enjoyed this on a chilly day. (475 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Golden amber color, hazy with some floating particulate; pours with a massive rocky head.

s: Sugar cookie malt sweetness and earthy, spicy hops that smell of pithy citrus and pine.

t: Some potpurri or tea like spicy fruit, plus some sugar cookies and toffee. Lots of earthy/leafy bitterness with a hint of citrus at the end.

m: Medium body and aggressive carbonation.

o: Good stuff, as always, from Sixpoint. (415 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz slim can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before 27MAR2014.

Pours out a nice deep dark fiery orange color, hazy with some sediment visible. Nice dense off white colored head with great retention and really nice sticky lacing.

Resinous hops, grapefruit and orange, as it warms a bit of some tropical fruit aromas creep in. Hardly no malt detectable in the aroma.

Resinous, grassy, and citrus hops rule. Some tropical fruits. Malt really plays second to the hops providing a nice backbone and mouthfeel, slight dark bready sweetness.

Medium in body. Just a slight muddy yeasty flavor at times that I find in a lot of six point beers.

More of an IPA in my opinion, but call it what you will, a pretty good beer non the less. Would need a lot more malt to stand up to the hops to really call it an amber ale. (830 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of mbatley
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz slimline can... pours a true amber color with a decent head.

Nose: Citrus come through right away giving a hint of a west coast style imperial amber.

Taste: Citrus hops right up front in a bracing way. Nice. But the finish just falls away. This beer, perhaps, wants to be more but after a few sips it just falls a bit short of outstanding. I know that its an amber but when the initial hit of hops fades there is no sweet malt caramel rich finish to let you know an amber is in the house.

If I can relate it to a true imperial amber giant, I'd say that it wants to be a Troegs Nugget Nectar when it grows up. (618 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

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

Nose
Orange citrus, pine, grapefruit and caramel.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp and semi-dry.

Overall
A moderately hoppy and bitter Red Ale. Rather thin but goes down easy. (516 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of jmerloni
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly hazy pale-pink and amber. Good sized head on this one..and pretty sticky.

S - Hops, citrus, roasted malts, some toffee, cherries.

T - Piney citrus hops...quite quite hoppy with a lingering bite. Cloves and spices accompany.

M - Medium to full-bodied; kind of silky for an ale.

D - A solid offering from a solid brewery...I've been satisfied or impressed with every beer I've tried from Sixpoint. (412 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is all about getting warmer in the face of this pre-Winter cold front and so I am plowing through some CANned beers today.

From the CAN: "Some say the world will end in fire./Some say in ice./From what I've tasted of desire/I hold with those who favor fire." [- Robt. Frost's "Fire & Ice"]; "A Winter Warmer to warm your Globe, or a Global Warmer to warm your Winter? There's no denying the Beer Climate is changing."; "Extended refrigeration at retail magnifies beer's carbon footprint. Please enjoy as soon as possible."

I am simply enamored of these new Slimline CANs! They are stylish, they allow more shelf placement and for hatas, it does not look like I am drinking beer, but Red Bull or somesuch, instead. The Crack was anything but slim, emitting a loud noise and revealing yet another brimful CAN. An inverted Glug was easy to accomplish and I quickly had to back off, lest I have overflow. The three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan head with great retention looked like a freshly-served milkshake. Color was a slightly-hazy orangish-amber and the CAN specified SRM = 17. Cool! Once more, i had some great lacing forming as the head fell. Nose was full of piney hops and I could imagine myself in a snowy pine forest by closing my eyes. Warm? Ha! The 70 IBUs had a warming impact on my tongue, however. This was one hoppy Winter Warmer, I'll tell you! That said, I am NOT complaining. "I have partaken of a number of beers in the style which were too sweet for my refined taste," he said, shaking his golden locks. This was probably Papa Bear's Winter Warmer, right before he began his hibernation. I was thoroughly enjoying the hops' presence, even through the relatively dry finish that resulted. This was my third of these beers and I CAN imagine that I will Crack open a few more before the end of winter (which has not even begun at the time of this review). (1,902 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 27March2014.

A: Pours a slightly hazy red. Tall frothy light tan head that fades very very slowly. Good retention. Thin but abundant spiderweb lacing.

S: Caramel malt and spicy hops. Was expecting a winter warmer due to the name but this smells like a hoppy amber instead. Get just a hint of cocoa in there too, not sure if that's my imagination or not.

T: Spicy, resinous and piney hops up front. Even some herbal character. Toffee and caramel for the malt. Get just a hint of cocoa in there too, not sure if that's my imagination or not. Hops aren't overly bitter but are QUITE dry, especially in the finish.

M: Oddly watery for the ABV. Kinda off-putting a bit. Not bad, just not what I expected. Very drying hop aftertaste.

O: A nice spicy and hoppy amber. Very dry and a little watery - hurts the drinkability a bit I think. Otherwise enjoyable. (863 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, slightly hazed, caramel coloring with orange highlights and a clingy, thin, off-white head. Aromas of spicy and peppery hops, tangy toffee sweet, roasted notes, and hops bitter. Flavors are very bitter forward, with highlights of pineapple and a very heavy spice profile of pepper, pine tassel, and lemon pepper. Light, effervesced body with a tangy sweet aftertaste and citrus highlights. Very balanced with a strong spice overtone throughout, and a slightly bitter, dry, crisp finish. Great lacing left along the glass. Very solid, drinkable beer. (607 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy and very dark golden orange color with faint tangerine edges when held to a light source and a one finger, off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy, earthy hop aroma with resinous oils and grassy pine needle character countered by a lightly roasted, sweet malt backbone. Floral with hints of cut grass, dank buds and subtle citrus sweetness followed by caramel malt, toast, and dark fruit notes. Nothing in the nose suggests winter but there's a decent balance of fresh hops and sweet malt. The hop presence is slightly one dimensional and could use some citrus/tropical fruit character but the aroma is still somewhat inviting.

On the fuller end of medium body with a blast of dank, sticky hop bitterness that dominates, lingering over the sweet malt notes into a bone dry finish. Earthy, resinous and slightly spicy with dry, grassy pine needle flavor and a touch of citrus sweetness, notably grapefruit and orange peel. Underneath, there's a sweet caramel backbone balancing things out nicely with hints of toffee, hazelnut and vinous dark fruit. Again, I'm not picking up anything that makes me think of winter but this beer is well balanced and decently drinkable without sacrificing the uber fresh hop flavors. One of the better beers that I've had from Sixpoint. (1,377 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cooper's Craft & Kitchen, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy light amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lively flavors of citrusy hops with a light to moderate amount of bitterness and slight hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice hoppy red ale that tastes more like a maltier version of an American Pale Ale. (657 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into Tulip

Appearance- Dark orange/light red, off white head good lacing

Aroma- caramel malts, pine, citrus and a fruity hop presence

Flavor- fairly bitter but with a good malt caramel sweetness making it very drinkable, piney and earthy hop tones, slight alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel- Medium, with good carbonation

Overall- Very nice beer, I wish It came in 4 16oz cans but other than that this is worth a try. I'm not a fan of holiday beers so a hoppy red works fine for me. (481 characters)

Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.