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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

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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Photo of ARoman
3.24/5  rDev -18%
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 Gajo74
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured it into a mug. Poured a clear amber, copper and red/orange combination. A thick head about 4 thumbnails long shows good retention.
While pouring it out of the can, I can smell the hops presence. In the mug I detect less of the hops aroma and more of a citric/orange peel like smell. Towards the end of the drink, a malty sweet presence appears.
The taste has a slight malt presence that is almost overpowered by the hops bitterness and bitter finish. There is also a hint of a bready quality.
Feel is fairly light like a lager. Carbonation not so lively but it does sting the tongue somewhat.
Not a terrible beer, however there is something about the balance that bothers me. Other amber ales that I enjoyed had a toasted malt quality that was sweet but well balanced against the hops. In this beer, I feel that the hops bitterness overpowers the other tastes I associate with amber ales. Although I would not rule out buying this one again, I'm not so enthusiastic. I love six point brewery's products, however, this one is my least favorite so far.

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Photo of Huffs
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Tom_O
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best red out there, but by no means bad. Pours red as ever with a smooth taste. I'd recommend as I enjoy Sixpoint, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to purchase again.

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Photo of ohioisamichiganterritory
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured absolutely flat... a slight hint of head that disappeared within seconds. Clear amber with a few bubbles coming up at first but seemed to fade. The extreme bitter hits up front and never quits. There is a good flavor in there somewhere, but its overboard with yeast and bitterness. Has nice thick body at the beginning of a sip but quickly becomes flat as if the body disappears into nothing, weird. It's possible this was a mishandled sixpack because the head being described in many reviews was no where to be found in this one. There was just enough 'Resin' like quality (their best beer by far) to keep drinking it, but it was a chore and really upset my stomach by the end.

Update: I think the first beer I had was over-chilled. Had a second that had much better head (though it doesn't stick around long), and more sustained mouthfeel, but still plenty of bitter. Don't think they pulled off the balance between bitter and sweet here, too bad because it could be a great beer if they did.

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Photo of LAp
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
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 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 PatrickCT
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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 tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear brownish-red with a thin white head that burns off quickly. A couple of spots of lacing are left behind. The aroma is very malty, with brown sugar and darker fruits with just a hint of citrus hops. The taste is missing much of the hops, which weren't very prominent to begin with and the malt characteristics are also muted. The body is a little lighter, with a solid carbonation tingle and a little hops bite. There are some great things about this beer but it falls short for me.

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

pours nice light red. not to much head retention. nose is faint sweetness and very mild. picking up mild hops. mouthfeel seems rather thin. taste is bland up front but quickly gives way to some red fruit and twizzler. maybe some berry and cherry almost. bitterness follows and dry finish rounds this out for me. ive always enjoyed this but seems to be a little bland this time around. ive had many better reds and was dissappointed that this did not hold up better. just ok.

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

Best by 27 Mar 2014 on can
Served chilled in a Tyranena tulip

A - pour is a dark orange-red, lots of sediment, large amount of head that slowly fades to about a finger

S - aroma is primarily bitter hops, with a hint of astringency i cant exactly put my finger on

T - piny hops with very subtle bready malt, again something I can't quite put my finger on

M - pretty smooth, no burn to speak of

O - not bad, but whatever I can't exactly describe is slightly off-putting and takes it down a couple notches in my book

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Photo of CraigP83
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very clear Amber fading to a slim golden outline against the light. Smell is sweet malts, faint floral hop presence. Taste is flat floralness, almost fabric softener like, sweet maltiness a expected but the hop profile kills it for me. Glad I only bought a single

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Photo of JamesMN
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before 11/3/16.

Appearance: Maroon with good clarity and a thin topping of off-white suds. Bit of lacing.

Aroma: Onion/parsnip. Not super aromatic. Hoping it will open up a little more in the flavor.

Taste: Starts with a good helping of bright caramel flavor as bitterness slowly edges its way onto the palate. This beer is over three months out from being canned and while I think it's seen a steep drop off in hop aroma, there are some nice grassy tones in the flavor as well as the pungent character that only comes from late additions of columbus. Makes for a really pleasant hop experience that barely feels like 70 IBUs. Smooth finish with a burst of sweetness and clean bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body and feels a bit tepid at times due to low levels of carbonation. But that all works to the advantage of good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Despite somewhat of a rocky start this one ended up being pretty enjoyable. I'd guess it's excellent within the first few weeks of canning. Starting to look forward to trying new Sixpoint beers when I can get my hands on them. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of Bike_Nerd
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass. Best by date of 3 Nov 2016. A nice deep copper color with minimal head, which was off white/cream. Nose was that of pine, a hint of citrus. Taste was nice. Blindly done, I would have tabbed it as a IPA without question. Finished with grapefruity flavor, perhaps a touch of juniper. Crisp and refreshing. Overall, a nice beer. It's not my favorite style, but I decided to give it a whirl. If offered one, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer seems to fall somewhere in between an amber ale and American barley wine. Aggressive hops with strong citrus notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and a light resin are well balanced by maltier hints of caramel and toffee. Well structured and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of LeRose
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz time capsule dated Nov 3, 2015, purchased around Christmas time. In the cooler since.

Visual - very pleasing to the eye. Deep amber color - like where's the dinosaur DNA amber color. Crystal clear with a tan head that took on the appearance of a Ritz cracker as it compacted down to a thin layer. Decent cling and the little layer of foam hung around for the whole glass.

Aroma - very much restrained. Sweet smelling biscuit, very mild citrus, and some green herbaceous notes. Not powerful by any means.

Taste - this beer goes down super-smooth. There is a nice blend of sweetness, a good whallop of grapefruit rind, and a nice but fleeting bitter kick. Nothing really dominates. The bitter punch is brief yet intense.

The beer is medium bodied, slightly drying in the finish. Carbonation was reasonable for the style. The sweetness lingers a bit, but the beer is not coating or heavy. Medium to heavy on the body, enough carbonation to keep it moving.

Overall, this beer reminds me somewhat of Nugget Nectar...except it isn't...maybe a distant cousin? It has a similar mouthfeel and look, but the flavors are restrained and blended, and the aroma is nowhere near as intense. Not that it falls short, it is similar yet is its' own thing which I would expect of Sixpoint. It's a good brew that I will revisit from time to time and would recommend to fans of ambers.

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Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange amber hue with a fluffy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is piney hops,citrus,caramel candy and toasted malts,the mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied with a big hit of citrus first up followed by boiled candy and toffee finished with a big dose of piney bitter hops and overall it's not out of this world but quite sessionable cheers.

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Photo of maxk
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Harpoon IPA pint glass.

Looks a deep, clear amber with gorgeous head and lacing. As the head settles, it leaves a trail down the side of the glass.

Lots of resinous and earthy hop aromas, good caramel malt sweetness in the nose. Smells really tasty.

I was surprisingly let down by the taste. It smells like it would be rich, earthy, resinous, but also malty. Instead I found it to be relatively watery and lackluster. There are those hop notes in there but they taste watered down and weak. There's no malt backbone to speak of. It's a decent beer but definitely not as good as it seems like it should be.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very fitting honey amber color with shades of iced tea, and a towering IPA-like head of 3 fingers. Lace is just beautifully diseased and webby.

Holy orange grapefruit pine bomb, batman. This aroma is just whoa. A touch of onion in there, too (becomes more armpit-like as it warms).

A bit thin at first, following with squirts of lemon, and pink grapefruit, orange pith, orange rind, a bit of citrus soda, and then a pleasant malty bread finish. If they were aiming for a more west coast market demographic, they've nailed it.

Feel is thin and watery, but becomes more viscous towards the middle and end of the profile.

A total knockout pacific style Amber. Onion on the nose, and bitter fruits as you sip it. Together it comes off as a real west coast style amber, without being overhopped. If you lean towards IPA's I highly recommend it. I however do not, so this is a sipper for me.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at paradise by the slice
This beer has a reddish color body with a small foamy head. The aroma has a nice hoppy ness to it with a little malt. The taste has a very sutle hop forwardness to it, and on the finish I get a little maltness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a little hop aftertaste. Overall this is a good red ale.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of bmwats
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"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. A Winter Warmer to warm your Globe, or a Global Warmer to warm your winter? There's no denying the Beer Climate is changing." Brewed in the style of a Winter Warmer ale, available in 12 oz. canned 4 packs and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a golden white tone over a moderately hazy golden amber body with abundant cloudy sediment and active, plentiful carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.5

(Smell) Caramel grains with a light sweetness, biscuit malts, fruity, light citrus and soapy hop notes with a moderate bitterness. This does not come off in particular as a winter warmer- slightly lighter malt profile and a good deal more hop character, but enjoyable nonetheless. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Lightly toasted bread malts, caramel grains, soft biscuit tones, and a light hop character of fruity and soapy hop tones, mild bitterness. Finishes moderately dry and clean. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly grainy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly grainy and hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A very solidly constructed beer, although arguably a "Winter Warmer" in name only, this would be much better classified as the site's recommended American Amber / Red Ale. Nice malt and hop characters, nothing over the top, generally well-balanced, the flavors have held up very nicely. I'm going to miss Sixpoint's Georgia releases going forward, but recommend this beer to anybody who gets Sixpoint beers in their neck of the woods. 3.75

Sixpoint Brewery's
Global Warmer

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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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