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.

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Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 1,172
Photo of jrsaffert
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After reading some of the other reviews, I feel like I'm drinking a different beer than everybody else.

Pours deep, clear amber with white head.

Aroma is citrus and caramel.

The taste is where it gets interesting. Bubblegum, fruity pebbles cereal, hint of papaya, rooibos tea. Maybe the faintest citrus kick at the end.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I was thinking it would be given the fact that it is advertised as a beer to warm you up in the winter.

Overall, it was quite different than I expected, but it wasn't off putting. I'd have it again, but I won't seek it out.

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

The beer pours a nice looking reddish amber that is clear. The head is a bit frothy but still pretty good looking.

The smell has a nice hoppiness to it with a moderate caramel note to balance out the hoppiness. The hop notes come off on the more pine and resin side with a bit of citrus to even things out. The caramel note comes off as a bit candied but is still nice.

The taste is similar to the smell. The taste has a pine and resin hop note with a bit of citrus to it. The malt note is more candied caramel, which complements the hops well.

The feel is medium bodied but fairly light. There is a bit of carbonation to give it a fluffy texture.

Overall, a pretty good all-around red ale and one that I can get behind. The malt is strong enough and the hops bitter enough to get you through a good meal but not overwhelming. It's very balanced.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz slim can poured into a shaker pint.

Amber with 1+ finger of loose off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Papaya, candied orange, and caramel.

Watermelon and candied grapefruit. Lighter notes of mango and papaya. Light caramel maltiness. Finishes with pine sap, dank, and watermelon juice.

Medium bodied, crisp, and juicy with a medium bitterness.

Has some unique watermelon flavors that equal a tasty drinking experience.

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Photo of jpro
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single can to give it a try... Pours more of a copper than amber, but looks pretty good; head is light beige and fizzy, leaving minimal retention and lace... Smell is primarily of piney, dank hops - with a touch of bready caramel malt sweetness - not bad; taste follows suit and is nice and hoppy, but also more heavily malted than most “hop forward” beers; feel is a little lighter than I was expecting and not very sticky on the palate, which I guess makes it easier drinking, but would be nice for a little more feel. Overall this is a nice amber ale / India red ale, if you will... Its got a really nice balance, which seems to be typical of most Sixpoint beers, and is pretty tasty. Would love to see more beers like this out there.

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

Nice offering from Six Point, considering I'm not a fan of most of their beers. It tastes like a Lagunitas IPA, but not a Winter Warmer. Also, not a fan of canned beer, tastes a little tinny. Overall its better than your average beer, but not amazing.

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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 HopHunter19
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber, copper colored clear beer. Nice white billowy head. Definitely an "amber" ale as opposed to a "red" ale
S - flowery, grapefruit, tropical hops. Orange. Lemon_lime.
T - grapefruit, flowery hops, caramel malts, pretty good red ale
M - light to medium, alcohol covered, aftertaste grapefruit
O - good amber/red ale

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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 Mdog
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Copper, good head.

Smell: Good piney aroma, bit of citrus.

Taste: Interesting citrus flavor--lime mixed with orange, good body to it.

Overall: I've been a big fan of Sixpoint since they showed up in IA and MN. This is another tasty, hoppy beer from them. The flavor seemed unique to me and was difficult to describe, but tasty.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours an almost bright red, nice tightly carbonated head forms and retains rather well with no real lacing.

Nose is a bit muted for me, I get some spice, malt and a bit of hop.

Flavor is nice - not as sweet as some winter warmers nor overly spiced. I get clove and cherries come through for me with a nice bittering from hop and maybe other spices?

Feel is the standout here - light and clean clean finish. More refreshing than expected. Nice beer I'm really glad I got to try.

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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 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 richj1970
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated best by 11/30/2016.

A: Crystal clear copper red with 2 finger white head with decent retention and leaving moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit and bright citrus mixed with some cracker malts, caramel, and pine.

T: Tangerines, grapefruit, and caramel. Subtle toasted malts. More citrus and hops and less sweetness than I was expecting.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish is crisp and lightly bitter.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing, but drinks more like an IPA than a red ale.

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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 Strike00
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a amber read with a off-white head that lasts a bit
S: a sweet malty smell with a background of hops
T: A bitter sweetness with a typical Sixpoint hop taste. Hard to believe it is 7% ABV
F:medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

O: Good Red Ale that doesn't follow all that closely to the style. Not as malty as you would expect but a enjoyable drink anyway.

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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 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 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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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 zachary80
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can, Best Buy 03 November 2016, poured into a globe.

Beer pours with a nice head, body is just slightly hazy, and is colored nearly amber. Huge hoppy nose and can detect some of the malt. Flavor matches the aroma perfectly, definitely heavy on the hop:malt ratio for the style. Body is relatively thin but not unpleasant. Overall one of my favorite amber/red/imperial red ales, but once again there is some meaningful style deviation, and I wouldn't normally think of this as an "imperial" in the modern climate (hello Torpedo Extra IPA).

I am growing to like most of Sixpoint's range but they are not very diverse, with many of the beers seeming like slight deviations on the same recipe.

Sixpoint contacted me and provided the samples for this review. This is the first time I've had global warmer.

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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 SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great looking amber colored beer. The smell is toasty malts and earthy piney hops and just a touch of honey and citrus. The taste follows and is really excellent. Super smooth combination of toasty caramel malts and piney hops. Finish is sweet and tasty. yb

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty looking beer with nice aromas of toasted malts and a strong hop presence but could be well enhanced with just a little dry hopping. Tastes great with a good hop zing and mellow toasted character but I'd like more of the toasted malts to come through. Smooth, moderate bodied, and easy drinking on a relaxing afternoon.
I prefer my reds to be toasted, hoppy , and bold. Global Warmer comes in among the best. Sixpoint is a solid brewer that I can always rely on for quality beer.

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Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,172 ratings.
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