Global Warmer | Sixpoint Brewery

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Global WarmerGlobal Warmer

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.

Added by slander on 11-04-2013

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

i love these little cans from sixpoint, its a nice dose of beer like this one, which is a hopped up winter warmer type with a big more layers to it than most, and none of the usually uncomfortable palate of spices that dominate the style. glowing almost bright red, orangey, but loud in looks, with a ton of tiny bubbles scurrying around in an inch of white head as soft as a feather pillow. a nose of citrusy hops, almost as spice, in place of spice, on top of a nice amber malt body which flirts with red ale and barleywine in aroma and in taste. its bigger, but the hops interrupt its sweetness at exactly the right time for me, a needed respite from what i feared would be an onslaught of residual sugar, but thats just not the case. much softer all around than expected, and balanced as they come. i don't miss spices at all in this, and appreciate the use of hops in that role. a very drinkable beer too for what it is, the effervescent carbonation sure helps that, but its somehow refreshing too, not a trait i usually ascribe to winter warmers, but i dig this. another unique and highly agreeable brew from these guys. they would look great on colorado shelves...

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A firm backbone of caramel? Warming alcohol? Citrus gift packs? or a pep of fruitcake.... No doubt Global Warming is a fantastic beer- I'm just trying to find out what's so wintry about it.

Bright amber in color, a tinge of darker reddish brown hues promotes a maltier sense to the eye. A frothy, ivory colored head builds on top of the beer and shows strong persistence and well-defined rings at each sip.

The ale teems with hop aromas that stand proud above that of malt. It leads with juicy citrus in their ripest and most plump forms- red grapefruit, tangerine and kumquat create a perfumy waft about the glass. Tropical mangoes, apricots and pineapple add to the rich and fruity overtones. A strange twist of aromas lead the nose down a lightly "dank" cannabis path. Its thin caramel and honey malt aromas wrap around the hoppy fruit notes and give them a drippy-sweet impression.

And its that mix of honey, caramel, and slim butterscotch that seeps into the taste buds on the front palate, then the zesty fruit array begins to fold in during the middle. Balanced to perfection- the hops and malt intertwine for a long bittersweet taste before the finish. Its late sweetness dissolves and allows the hops to turn decidedly bitter but smooth. Its light grass and pine offers up an herbal complement to the earthy chive and cannabis tones.

Medium bodied through the majority of the session, its residual sweetness refuses to allow the hops to gain full control until the bitter end. Meanwhile, its creaminess is a result of that lingering malt and its embedded carbonation that only dries out deep in its finish. It closes with a malty-dry sensation that's accompanied by alcohol warmth and resinous pine tact.

In the end, Global Warming is an outstanding malt-forward IPA that's perfectly suited for winter consumption, or the fourth of July, or Easter, or Halloween, or the other 362 days of the year.

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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 brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Six point Brewery "Global Warmer"
12 oz. can, "BB03NOV2016"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

As might be expected of any beer coming out of Sixpoint, their Global Warmer is quite hoppy.

It's not a particularly dark beer, it's what you'd call "amber", and it's got a medium caramel component to the malt. The head is a tight, creamy off-white, and although it drops it initially looks fairly enticing. Unfortunately in the end both the head retention and lacing could probably be better.

The nose is bright but not overblown with pungent, resinous, herbal, citrusy, grassy and tropical fruit hops. The malt is still able to get through, which in my book makes a difference as the aroma appears fuller and more diverse.

The flavor offers a little more fruit beyond the citrus and tropical notes found in the nose with apple and a bit of pear. None of it is really overdone though, and you're able to enjoy orange, mango, grassiness, and the other fruits as well as the usually dominant (and sometimes grating) pineapple and pine. No doubt the little bit of richer, caramelish and lightly toasty malt has something to do with that, giving the hops a soft bed to lay upon. Bitterness would be the next point that may or may not lead to imbalance, but no, they've got that covered. At 70 IBUs you might think it would teeter, but there's enough residual sweetness in the malt that it holds together. It finishes drying with a combination of malt and hops quickly eroding to eventually leave a little bit of spiciness and herbal/piney hop character lingering behind.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and delicately crisp with a fine-bubbled median carbonation. As it warms a bit it softens to become a bit creamier and smooth.

Overall, a very decent "Red IPA" with good balance and roundness. Enjoyable.

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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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Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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

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Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,193 ratings.
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