Global Warmer | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Red ale of global proportions, rich with toasted malt and enough bright hops to warm you through the winter.

Added by slander on 11-04-2013

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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 1,184
Photo of tillmac62
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

FEB 2017. Hazy amber pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus (orange, grapefruit), pine with a good dose of spruce, light pepper and spice over a solid caramel base of toasted biscuit.

Heavy medium body that almost achieves light full. This results in a smooth rich texture that is slick with distinct creamy aspects. World class carbonation / body balance that provides just the right amount of effervescence in both the middle and finish to allow flavor separation and support of the texture.

The flavor profile is outstanding. The balance is world class. Separation is an on going affair that occurs over a mild bitterness that is contrasted with a perfect amount of toasted / nutty sweetness. The citrus aspects of the nose aren't prevalent, although orange rind is present. Orange becomes more pronounced as it warms, especially towards the finish as sweetness is ascending. Caramel is also less pronounced than expected with toasted biscuit being the base. Cold, spruce / pine hop flavors are most noted. As it warms, these become more competitive with orange rind. The finish is a slow fade of blended hops over a sweet base with a touch of lingering pepper.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, deep copper color. Thick, frothy head with solid retention and lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and citrus, with herbal and earthy notes. The flavor follows suit, with some pine hops flavor, as well as spice, floral & citrus. Resinous mouthfeel, sweet up front with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A decent beer overall.

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Photo of DuckFacts
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

delicious. im drinking this one later than most so its possible it may have can conditioned (is that even possible?), but i absolutely love this beer. forewarning; i am a sixpoint fan and regularily drink their standard line as my go to when i dont feel like making decisions. that said, i still think this is a solid beer that really shows that ambers can be creative too.

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Photo of pro45
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Canned on 10/27/16. The smell was the best part of this beer. Very dank and bitter. You could taste the grapefruit peel and some hops and caramel malts, but this beer was not balanced well. Perhaps if I got a fresher 6 pack, the flavor would've been a lot better. However, it's a beer I wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish hued amber that is slightly hazy. Two fingers of head forms and leaves heavy lacing down the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, caramel, and toast. Flavor is hoppy upfront with pine and citrus but the malt balances out the flavor with caramel that makes this a red ale. Nice body and carbonation compliments the flavors well.

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Photo of Stooven
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can, drink-by date of Feb 2017. Did not pour, so can't comment on the color. Smell and taste match. Taste is citrusy and piney -- don't quite sense the red ale/amber aspect. Still, it's refreshing. Alcohol well hidden. Would definitely buy again.

Can't say I agree with the name, however. It's very difficult to discern what Sixpoint beers are attempting from the can exterior. Grabbed this in a mix-a-6 and assumed (it being January) it was something more seasonal. Or maybe that the alcohol taste was prevalent. Neither. Go figure.

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Photo of MrFabulous
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can pours a nice amber beer of piney hops. I thought it was @winter warmer" but this is a straight up IPA. It is 7 ABV so quaffable. Nice beer but perhaps not legendary

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-clear orange-Amber tap pour to glass. Foam cap persists. Aroma is muted, more malt than hops. Flavor is slightly bitter. Body is light and finish is smooth; bitterness lingers.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy red with a significant, foamy head. Initial aroma is malty and bready, which carries through to the taste. You get some piney hop notes on the back end, but it largely sits in your mouth with caramel, bread and malt flavors prevailing. Mouthfeel's a bit heavy and carbonated at once. It's a decent red, but perhaps it could be a bit hoppier or sweeter (rather than sitting in the middle).

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer didn't do much for me, but then again, its not exactly my style, so it has to work a little harder to impress, you know? Appropriate amber coloration, clear, with a beige head a few fingers high. Woodsy and earthy aromas of musk and citrus followed by flavors along the same lines. Not particularly bitter or sweet - a mild ale; moderate carbonation, fairly lightweight, with a lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brief initial impressions from a can purchased as part of a 6 pack for $10.99 at a C-town supermarket in Brooklyn.

Billed as a "cloudy red"...but it isn't actually cloudy. Dull amber body colour with a standard off-white cap. Head retention is good - ~8 minutes.

AROMA: Toasted amber malts, caramalt, bubblegum phenol, floral hops, hints of resin, a blip of pine. Subdued, but of average strength. Suggests a nice red ale with a more noticeable hop profile than most.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Amber malt with a toasty undertone. Caramalt. Generic floral hop flavour, subdued pine and resin. A scratchiness to the mouthfeel helps bring out that toastiness, but more of a bready feel would be ideal. Aptly medium-bodied. I'd like to see them go bigger on the hops (with more interesting hop selections) and go even more toasty in terms of the malt backbone. Balance isn't bad here, and there aren't any off-flavours, but it's wanting in terms of ingredient selection, vividness, and depth and intricacy of flavour.

Slightly coarse, wet, unrefreshing. Not too weighty or filling. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Overcarbonated.

OVERALL: Everyone seems to like Sixpoint's beers more than I do. This is a competent amber ale that goes a bit heavier in terms of hops than most but doesn't live up to its "cloudy red" billing and isn't anywhere near the level of beers like Troegs' Nugget Nectar. Fine for what it is, and not bad at $10.99 a six pack (though price has no bearing on my ratings), but not a beer I'd buy regularly and while I enjoy plowing through the six pack I bought of this drinkable ale, I doubt I'll ever buy it again if there are alternatives. Like it, don't love it. Worth trying once if you're curious, but far from a world class expression of the style, nicely executed though it is.


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Photo of DallasK
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy dark amber. 1/2 inch frothy head leaves behind lacing. Smells of muted hops and sweetness. Pineapple? Taste is well balanced. Piney hops and sweet bread. Solid beer that is easy to get ahold of.

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Photo of mynie
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

Pours dark Amber and very hazy.

Smells balanced and stylistically ambiguous. Doesn't really seem like a red ale but it's sure as shit not an apa. More like a hoppy amber. Light, semi sharp malt and citrusy hops.

Tastes like it smells, wonderful balanced and no sign of its high ABV. Biscuit, citrus, and a little honey on the finish.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz slim can bought from Lifesource in Salem OR $2.00 Pours a nice amber/light brown with a gorgeous thick and luscious cream coloured head. Pretty hoppy aroma on it herbal and citrus like. Brown sugar and caramel malts. Taste has the same aspects as the aroma..but slightly more resin in the hops.Some bitter coffee/toffee right at the end. Mouth feel is medium to full with medium the bitter aftertaste. Nice medium hopped amber

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Photo of EMV
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip

L: Semi-opaque dark golden pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Sticky lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Fresh baked bread and resinous pine. A bit of toffee.

T/F: Somewhat doughy with a pretty bitter hop profile. Lots of herbal tones and evergreen. Floral and bitter. Not as balanced as expected... definitely tending towards a dry IPA flavor and very light on the malts for a red. Well carbonated... a bit resinous and the finish is dry and floral.

O: A solid brew from Sixpoint... not as malty as I'd expect from an Amber/Red... and this definitely tends towards the IPA side of things. Not that this is a bad thing... it's a solid beer from a great brewery. Doesn't compare to their Bengali or Resin though.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not your typical red ale: golden amber color with beautiful lacing that gives a slight creamy mouth feel. This red ale comes across as more a balance of an IPA with a red ale. Malts, hops and IBUs are balanced. A good solid beer. SIXPOINT.
7% ABV.

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Photo of Venice_Beacher
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours cloudy orange red in glass with three fingers of cream colored foam. Heavy lacing on glass.
S: citrus first then an expectation of hops finishes well.
T: the citrus gives way to the strong hops with a tingle at the back of the mouth.
F: high carbonation that fades a bit when left to breath for a while. Finishes dry like I am still thirsty.
O: enjoyable beer but the dry finish just makes me want a glass of water.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bright citrusy hops in the nose. The taste has a nice toasted malt sweetness that balance out the hops nicely. Solid beer!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome orange red with a healthy finger of head with solid if not spectacular retention. Nose blasts out the citrus and pine love. Not sure if this is a red IPA...I had expected a winter warmer.

Geez, this tasts like an IPA There is late balance, but man this thing is slathered in hops. Which is fine, I love hops. I expected a little more "winter warmer" qualities but I am mistaken again. High carbonation, but fits the taste beautifully. The citrus flavors really stand out.

This is fresh tasting and delicious, but I ding it slightly for being strange in style.

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Photo of avalon07
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, pretty long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and light caramel. Noticeable the moment the can is opened.

T: Tasted of a light amount of citrus fruit (grapefruit, in particular), a little bit of malt, a whole pile of bitter hops, a little caramel, some pine, and a light tropical fruit element. The hops dominate the flavor, almost to a fault. Nonetheless, this is a vibrant, likable taste.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a hoppy, bitter, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: For the most part this is a solid beer. It has its faults, but is still drinkable.

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Photo of Spikester
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden orange with two fingers of bone colored head. Rings of lace as the head slowly drops.
Smell is sweet malts with a good amount of fruit and pine from the hops.
Taste is piney bitterness enveloped by a blanket of rich malts. I was expecting and overly sweet ale but that is not the case. Well balanced big flavor levels.
Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and bitter considering the hop presence.
Overall a big flavorful beer. I enjoyed this one a good deal. Well done Sixpoint!

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Photo of gutterpunktarzan
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly great beer. Sixpoint strikes again! Look is typical of a red ale. Nothing wrong. Smell is of delicious hops. Global warmer is a balanced beer by an underated brewery unfurtunatly.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, best by date of Nov 2016 on the bottom

Amber rusty color, off white colored head, good lacing. Caramel malt and fruity hop aroma. Taste is on the sweeter side, some berry flavors. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Deep amber color nice off white head great lacing.

Smell - Nice malt and biscuit smell, slightly sweet, caramel little bit of grapefruit and citrus.

Taste - Big flavor, toasted malts little bitter grapefruit and hops.Slightly piney.

Feel - Medium body little bite from the bitterness well carbonated slightly dry

Overall - This is another great beer from Sixpoint good flavor an well rounded.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been experimenting with red ales in recent months and like the ones with nice hop. I liked this can more as it warmed (and when it was paired with food). The initial hop taste was bitter, which is usually fine, but this one was a little unpleasant to me.

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