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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent orange/copper with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Toastyness & a little pine

T: Follows the nose, a little caramel & tangerine peel up front, some dryness as well. I get a little grapefruit mixing in with the toastyness & pine as this warms, just a little caramel & dryness, slight juiciness as well. Finishes a little toasty with bready sweetness & pine, just little herbal hop bite as well

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, pretty nice balance

Easy to drink, a fine example of the style

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good initial head that settles to rim bubbles. Leaves a cross between blanket and spotty lace. Light amber color. Clear.

The smell is a good blend of malt and fresh hop.

The flavor is far more hoppy, giving this a long biting aftertaste. More IPA than red ale. Good Crystal malt flavored base. Rich body but with an equally elevated carbonation level. Easy to drink more than one.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 11/17/13 notes. Picked up a 12 oz. can on this at the Spirits in Middletown, NJ for $2. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy reddish-copper color with one infger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light pine hops, light citrus, toasted malts, bready malts, and fruity malts. Nice nose, a good combo of malts and hops.

t - Tastes of dank pine hopes, bitter grapefruit and citrus hops, toasted malts, burnt malts, fruity malts, and some bread and grains. More hops than the nose and step up for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, with some light bitterness.

o - Overall a very nice beer; listed as winter warmer but more like a hoppy red ale. Nose is good and the taste has more hops to it, and the bitterness is pretty light. Would certainly have it again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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).

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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 smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Deep murky brown with dark orange body. A bit hazy, with a clumpy three finger faint tan head with lots of pock marking and thick clumping.

Hop fronted soft pine nose. Slight warming brown toast and cinnamon spices in the background. Seems complimentary, with the hop angle getting a little juicy.

Good hop front on first sip, with a little bit of a wet body. Juiced up palate with toasted finish and dry malt brown bread like crust. Juiced citrus and mild soft grapefruit with a nice controlled bitterness. Juiced up mix of grapefruit and cinnamon sweetness on the finish with a sticky quality.

Pretty solid and enjoyable, but more hop than warmer, and more toast and malt than expected.

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

Standard 12 oz Sixpoint can

Pours clear typical amber, fluffy and slow to retreat khaki cap.. Leaves well developed stick/sheeting

Moderate maple and mellow pine nose

I'm a big fan of the Sixpoint brews, especially ones like this one.....waves of malt and then dense hops all over the rear.....great cool to cold weather brew ..complex and quite tasty

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

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

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz can on November 26, 2015. Look is deep amber with a medium head and some lingering lacing. Smell is caramel malt with fruit and pine notes. Taste is sweet malt flavors with citrus and hints of pine resin. Feel is medium in body with a little bitter bite in the finish.

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Photo of plaid75
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at TGIF, Central Islip, NY.

Poured a murky copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a bright citrus, a clean caramel and perhaps a touch of nutmeg.

The taste was likewise bright and softly citrusy with a clean grainy caramel and light spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward winter ale.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Global Warmer has as the visibility of a blizzard, a bank of white powder atop, lacing that sticks like road salt, and enough big chunks of sediment to emulate a snow globe - it really sticks to the 'winter warmer' theme. Ironically, however, its deep amber tone looks so fiery as to be hot!

The nose smells far too jungle-like and tropical for something made in Brooklyn - the only place you'll find flavours that come close to this is a fruit stand. There's a ton of weedy, plant-like resins and loads of bitter orange peel, over-ripe mango, rotting papaya, and grapefruit pith. So far it has me thinking of summer, not winter (maybe that's the idea?).

Though brewed for the winter, Global Warmer showcases a lot of distinctly summer flavours: orange, pineapple, lemon, and juicy citrus fruit in general. There's also enough pine and 'woody' forest-like resins to make me think of outdoors at the cottage. None of these tastes, it must be noted, are very big or in-your-face (as overtly hoppy beers tend to be).

Indeed, the mouthfeel is curiously smooth and sweet for something that oozes with acidic citrus and bitter, herbal resins. There's a toothsome amount of toasty, nougat-y maltiness that not only levels out the alpha acids but soaks up the 7% alcohol like a wash rag. It's almost too gentle on the palate; the beer has no sting or lingering bitterness to remember it by in the aftertaste.

Global Warmer isn't the kind of winter seasonal that'll help defrost your fingers after braving the elements; if anything, it's better suited for poolside consumption than fireplace. Don't get me wrong, I like hops at all times of the year - and nothing can brighten up a dreary winter night like tropical hops - but as I look out my window and watch the snow fall, the wind gust, and the frost build up, this just isn't doing it for me.

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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 puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 355 ml. can. Sampled on January 11, 2015.

Attractive copper-amber pour under a foamy, off-white colored head. Slow fade with lost of lacing.

Aroma is nicely hopped with a toasted malt underbelly.

The body is mostly medium with a creaminess throughout.

The hop character plays up more so in the taste leaving a decently balanced lingering finish with the toasty malts.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with one finger head and lace ring down glass. A mostly citric hop aroma with touches of malty sweetness like caramel but more hoppy. I really enjoyed this beer as it is balanced as is my preference with even hops and caramel malt sweetness, although it does finish a little dry with soapy hops.

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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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Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
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