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Global Warmer | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
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.

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Reviews by LI_PO12:
Photo of LI_PO12
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SteveB24
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

great beer, don't love all of the beers I've tried from this brewery but I'm yet to be disappointed.

appearance, appealing clear, light brown/ gold, with evident little bubbles and head that settles to reasonable lacing.

smell; lots of tropical fruit, I'm picking up orange, pineapple, and guava, with citrusy hops and some nice earthy flavors of grass and pine. delicious.

taste; not far from smell, the initial tastes are fruit, citrusy hops, and light malt sweetness to compliment, the guava and pineapple come back at the end. lovely.

mouthfeel. medium-full body, perfect amount of carbonation, slightly creamy with an interesting touch of dryness in the finish. very unique and appealing.

overall; very impressed. will appeal a lot of beer drinkers, satisfying, warms u up without being too filling, will buy again this season.

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Photo of trentbent
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try this beer. I went to a bar where they were supposed to have it on tap but they were out. So I waited until I saw some cans tonight.
It smells great when you pop the can, the hop aroma is like hay and strawberries and oranges.
The pour is a nice amber color that epitomizes the Six Point style: not so pale and not so dark, often with some red and orange hues. The amazing thing about this beer, and what I think makes it a 'winter warmer' is that it has a rather smooth and sweet mouthfeel with a taste that is not as strong on the (nice and rounded) hops as the aroma. That balance makes it a delight. I recommend you pick this one up before I buy the rest of them.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This is a really fine brew. I have to run back to the store and get some more before it is all gone. It's probably too late.

The first one I drank of these built a gorgeous head and sustained it. This may be a little colder, but it still has nice lace and great color.

The smell was an immediate tip off that something great was in the works. The taste did not disappoint. Over the top hops - nicely out of balance, but still there was a lot of malt to offset it. The aftertaste similarly works perfectly - it lingers, and you want it to.

This is an excellent example of Sixpoint doing it well, as they always seem to do. There isn't much about this that throws it in the winter warmer class, though. It is simply a big AIPA, no? Nice red can. Extremely highly recommended.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Sixpoint folks know how to brew a drinkable beer, this is a amber ale with hops in to the 70 IBU plateau. Completely different take on a winter ale than what most of the brewers are doing right now. Aroma dank hops, herbal, pine, citrus notes but most notably some type of vegetable be it garlic/onion combo this would make sense. Flavor bready, caramelized sugars, hints of dark roasts but nothing like a real porter or stout just a hint of roasted malt. Big layers of hop bitterness, fresh hop flavors, and dank oily resinous hop oils combine on the palate for one fantastic drinking experience. Mouthfeel has slick hop oils medium bodied with even carbonation a joy on the palate with lingering spicy hop bitterness between each sip. Overall I can't wait to buy another four pack, don't think one 12 ounce "Red Bull" style can will hold you over, great drinking beer perfect for the holidays and Global Warming.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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...

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Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish bronze, hazy and has some floaters. Forms a half-finger of eggshell-colored head with fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Toasted malt sweetness and pine resin, citrus and grassy hops. Touch of toffee character to the malt base.

T: Citrus rind and sticky resin hops, toasted malts with a modest toffee flavor. Some dankness to the hop profile on the exhale. Citrus rind hops with significant bitterness in the hang, but not quite obnoxious levels.

M: Medium body, alcohol well-hidden. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: This was pretty tasty. A big beer that remains fairly easy to drink. Bitterness and dankness are the predominant impressions, but the beer is pretty put together well. Recommended.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sixpoint Brewery - Global Warmer, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a cloudy ruby amber with a good sized foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing. Nearly perfect appearance for the style.

Smell - Red ale style malts with some resiny and citrus hops.

Taste - Decidedly a hoppy red ale with a nice punchy hop backbone.

Mouthfeel - Sticky malt and hop rests on the back of the tongue. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Outstanding drinkability.

Overall - So glad this wasn't another garbage spice bomb winter warmer, way to own a typically "meh" style. Super solid brew, definitely a must try.

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Photo of scotorum
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and earthy Red Ale aroma with a scent of caramel and citrus. Earthy hops with hints of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and tangerine. Toasted malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Some sweet hints of brown sugar. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and earthy Red Ale taste with notes of caramel and citrus fruit. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. A really good Red Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Red Ale. On the hoppier side with a lot of citrus and earthy notes but still plenty of caramel malt.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear, effervescent amber color with a finger of rocky white head. The aroma offers grapefruit flesh, pineapple juice, canned peaches, and pine needles.
Really nicely balanced flavors of fruity hops and toasty malts. Tons of white grapefruit, bitter pineapple, and apricot. Sweet caramel and toast malt backbone. Finishes only lightly bitter with linger flavors of orange peel and pine. The mouthfeel is great, medium yet filling, with plenty of carbonation to keep things moving and hop oils to coat the inside of the mouth.

This is an excellent hoppy red ale and I highly recommend it to fans of Troegs Nugget Nectar and Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Rclem2010
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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 John_M
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Easily the best beer I've had from Six Point to date. The beer has some sweet malt, including some light spice and brown sugar, but the flavor profile was clean, with a nice hoppy bitterness that cleaned up the sweet malt and light roasty flavor component on the finish perfectly. This is a very easy to appreciate hoppy red amber, and for me, the abv. is/was just right.


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Photo of Muedv25
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic. Very smooth. Love the Hops!

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Photo of JayGlogovsky
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely good looking and tasting winter beer. One style of beer I'm iffy on typically.

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Photo of brett-drinks-beer
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Really good this year. I'd rather have a Warmer than a Nugget Nectar in 2015.

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Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Light Amber in color with slightly off white head. Beautiful lacing along the glass.

Pleasing tropical aroma. Guava and pineapple come to mind with just a light caramel character.

Very nice first impression. Medium body. Big hop presence and a malt bill that comes off with a very chewy overall feel. Very dry piney finish. Plenty of citrus that leans towards grapefruit.

Another impressive beer from Sixpoint.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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 soze47
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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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