Global Warmer | Sixpoint Brewery

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Global WarmerGlobal Warmer

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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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz skinny can served in a shaker pint at my in-laws' place. Best By 03 November 2016.

Pours a coppery amber with a big head that fades halfway fairly quickly and then stalls. Not a lot of carbonation. Smell is ambiguously hoppy -- with a rich roasty caramel.

Taste is oddly watery -- aside from this, nice sweet caramel with a nice fruity hoppy counterpart.

Mouthfeel is thin. Overall, not a bad beer. I like it.

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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 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

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

12 oz can. Pours clean bright amber, finger off white head with good retention, soapy lace. Aroma of caramel malt and mild citrus. Sweet caramel up front met by grapefruit peel that takes over and lasts just right. Just how a hoppy amber should be, balanced but on the bitter side. Surprisingly soft and creamy mouthfeel. Good brew here.

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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 mschrei
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Couple months old, can't quite recall if earlier cans were hoppier. Poured into a nonic pint glass, but wishing I had left some in the can to review because I find SixPoint's beers sometimes have an edge that they lose when they are poured into a glass. Slightly cloudy reddish brown color, healthy carb and lacing. More bitterness than anything, very light juiciness underneath. Just the right amount of malt. Refreshing mouth feel. Not one of their best, but very enjoyable.

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

A: Dark red-ish amber in color, with a decent amount of tan head on top.

S: Citrus, with grapefruit and pine coming out. Perhaps a slight touch of earthiness, as well as a hint at tropical fruit. This almost smells a little more like an IPA, than an amber.

T: Flavor follows suit. Tropical, citrus, and pine. A good amount of caramel in the finish, but not enough to solidly put this into an amber category.

M: Medium bodied, with fairly high carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: It's a good beer, but to me it's another IPA. Good, but nothing amazing, and while the color is darker, the amount of hops almost covers up anything coming from the malt.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber beer with not much of a head and little to no lacing. Smells hoppy, piney, and slightly fruity bordering on tropical. Taste is caramel at first,giving way to pine bitterness and then tropical fruits. Not what I'd expect from a winter warmer but refreshing nonetheless. Medium body and carbonation. It's not what I was hoping for a winter beer but good regardless.

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

Solid red amber. Piney, hoppy, slightly fruity with mild papaya notes. Would've liked more carbonation. I get a good balance of malt, caramel and a touch of rye bread. Very easy drinking and dangerously sessionable.

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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 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 EMH73
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a one inch head and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops and malts. Tastes quite fruity with grapefruit being the predominant flavor, quite hoppy with malt notes. Finishes slightly bitter. Medium bodied, well carbonated, overall a well balanced beer.

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

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a nice orange-amber color with a one-finger, ecru colored head and lacing. The smell is a little disappointing: malt, grass, faint citrus, and a little pine. The taste is better than the smell. There is sweet malt, a little bit of caramel, some tropical fruit and then grapefruit and pine with a slightly bitter finish. The tastes blend well. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and with an ABV of only 7% it is very drinkable. I should have reviewed it in the Fall when it is fresher but overall it's a solid red ale that could be enjoyed with a meal or drank casually. I would drink this one again.

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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 rjd722
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Amber with a slight strawberry hue, has an off-white one-finger foam head with great lacing.

Aroma: A pleasant, light grassy/piney resinous hops aroma. The toasted malts linger in the background. What stuck out for me was the general prominence of the hops as I expected something different from an amber.

Taste: Slightly sweet toasted malts with citrus/piney hops. The malts come through more strongly than the hops, everything is balanced well.

Feel: The resinous hops make their presence known up front while it's the malts that hang around for quite a while later. Medium body and carbonation. I love a good red ale and this is no doubt a solid, and hoppy, one.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey strawberry with white head, smells of citrusy resiny hops and toasty malts, tastes of tropical fruit with a simple toasty malt compliment, mouthfeel is rich, light carbonation finishes dry.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

This is Sixpoint's take on the winter warmer, a take on the red ale. A: can is bright red, fittingly, and embossed with the typical Sixpoint design. Beer itself is amber in color with a tan head. Head is frothy and sticks around with lacing reaching out. S: more hops than you would expect. The character smells nicely blended. Grassy scent in there. T: strangely, I really think it is more hop forward at first and it then comes out like a boozy red ale. Bitter, with a strong malt finish. The muted hops hits you first and then the bitterness combines with the malts. Red ale flavors mix in as well. They really got good balance here. Unique. F: like I said, I enjoy the balance but there may be a tad too much bitterness and alcohol. Interesting concoction in that it is fairly smooth but can also be harsh if drank too quickly. O: I am drinking this in the middle if a blizzard and enjoying it. Like any good winter warmer, it does heat you up during those cold winter months. This is different than any I have had, so give it a look!

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber, white head with sticky lacing
S- piney hops, biscuity sweet malts
T- Hop bitterness is strong, but it is backed up by enough malt presence to keep it in the amber ale category. Also has hints of grapefruit and citrus.
F- Nicely carbonated, a bit creamy, yet crisp.
O- This is a very hoppy amber ale, although the sweet malt and hints of biscuit really set it off. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of seedyone
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From can at Home. Brought this home to find out what it is because the labeling is nondescript. I was not disappointed as it is a well crafted beer, but I was surprised with the hoppiness when reading it's described as an amber. I like it OK, but I like it as an IPA. A well made balanced IPA. As an ale, it's an identity crises. Since this is not the first time I've had questions of definition w/Sixpoint, I really don't mind because it taste better than I expected, because I had no expectations whatsoever.

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

12 oz can with some type of Nov 2016 best by date poured into an IPA glass.

A - Pours a clear amber orange with a two finger head that retains for quite a while.

S - Pine, caramel malts.

T - Imperial red. Yes. Pine, grass, Hints of tropical fruit. Biscuit.

M - Very smooth, almost creamy, but the bitterness keeps a lid on that. Carbonation medium low, heft is medium.

O - A fan of the style on its melding with IPAs, recommend this one.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a light copper with a very impressive head. The aroma that hits me first is citrus, a blend of grapefruit and orange peel, followed by slightly dank pine, candied pineapple, and a touch of ginger. The flavor leads heavier towards the candied pineapple, with some mango mixed in, while the citrus and pine are much smaller notes. The sweet red malt is very pleasantly integrated into this beer, with the hops providing a perfect counterbalance. The mouthfeel is full and effervescent. Overall this was a fantastic red ale, and a great change up from other hoppy offerings.

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

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear reddish amber color with a 1 1/4" ivory head that's got some nice foam and leaves an irregular pattern of lacing on the sides as it recedes. Sipping creates some widely scattered speckles of lacing.

The aromas include some citric hops and hints of a malt backbone. There's some grapefruit and either orange or tangerine in here.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grapefruit and orange riding over a supportive malt backbone that throws in a touch of caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly from the persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweet malt backbone weakens and the hops fade into some bitterness. But then the ending surprises with some malty dryness that recedes into the background.

Overall this is, as we'd expect from Sixpoint, a well made beer worth trying. I certainly could see having it again. However, that said it won't knock Nugget Nectar or Zoe out of first and second place.

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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 StoutElk_92
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber orange with a creamy off-white head. Smells like tropical fruit, bready caramel malt, and pine. Tastes like juicy tropical fruits, like pineapple and papaya, with resinous pine, and a malty sweet backbone. Feels light bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation. Overall a tasty and well made beer.

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Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,185 ratings.
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