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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.

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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 1,095
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 bound4er
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber appearance with a one finger white head that leaves a copious amount of lacing. Smell is somewhat muted - I get mostly bready malt with hints of grass and pine. Very crisp and dry with caramel malt and resiny pine. There is a nice balance here to keep the bitterness from going too far - well made beer for sure. Nice feel to it too with perfect carbonation. Sixpoint has done a nice job with this beer - highly recommended.

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Photo of TimG_0913
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

crystal, copper color. Hints of floral and pine. Grapefruit at the start that leads into a little caramel. Hoppier than I thought this would, overall very drinkable. Another good brew from Sixpoint.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stickee tofee and bread pudding meet too create a hoppy and malty ale. It's hard to classify. Maybe there is some rye used as well which adds some spice and some delayed heat on the back of he throat. It fakes you out like it is going to finish clean, then there is tons of sticky resin. They've created a monster that puts you in the holiday spirit!

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

A: [5.00] Copper/caramel color boor. Forms a nice 1 1/2 finger head that is dense and seems to stick around. It is also sticky and coats the glass with excellent lacing. The can is great - it lists the IBU (70) the ABV (7.0%) the best by date (4/23/15) and for a bonus the SRM (color) of (17) which puts it in the dark lager color range. Kudos to making me an informed consumer!!

S: [3.75] Really nice hop forward smell. A piney/resiny scent comes through on the nose. It is not subtle - a pretty bold smell.

T: [3.50] I get a bit of a metallic taste up front (this went away after a few sips). Then some hop bittering in the middle and finish. There is definitely a lingering hop bitterness on the palate. Not a lot of sweetness anywhere. This presents like a dry wine.

M: [3.75] The mouthfeel is a bit sticky and resiny. The carbonation level is right on. The hop finish adds a bit of dryness.

O: [3.75] The nose on this one is great. The mouthfeel is really nice for the style. The taste is a little one dimensional. I was looking for a little malt to balance the hops somewhere. It is enjoyable but there are IPAs that are a bit more multidimentional (bringing flowers or fruit etc.).

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Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Light Amber in color with slightly off white head. Beautiful lacing along the glass.

Pleasing tropical aroma. Guava and pineapple come to mind with just a light caramel character.

Very nice first impression. Medium body. Big hop presence and a malt bill that comes off with a very chewy overall feel. Very dry piney finish. Plenty of citrus that leans towards grapefruit.

Another impressive beer from Sixpoint.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: more grapefruit that anything; pine and a little floral note in the background; tough to identify any malt - this is really all hops;

T: grapefruit up front; mixes with a little caramel at mid-palate; light to medium bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not sure how this falls under the amber/red category; not balanced between hops and malt as I would expect from that category; drinks more like a pale ale or an IPA; sixpoint website says this beer can't be classified - I guess this is proof of that; at any rate, this is a really good beer and that's all that matters;

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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 gillagorilla
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best before 4/23/15

A: Nice brownish copper with great lacing, a nice collar and a voluptuous initial head.
S: Light and piney with something I can't quite place.
T: This is a nice, solid amber. Light in nearly every category, but still nails them well. Could use a bit more hop character and body. It does have a great balance, especially compared to their other hoppy beers.
M: Smooth with very little carbonation. The carbonation that is there is very soft.
O: Another one bites the dust. Probably one of the better hoppy beers from Sixpoint.

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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 BeerNinja007
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased for a reasonable $2.25 at Craft Beer Cellar, Islington St, Portsmouth, NH. Code BB23APR15 0921 (best by Apr 23, 2015). I've always liked how Sixpoint gives the bitterness and color measurements along with the ABV. In this case: 7.0% ABV, 70 IBU, 17 SRM. (I'm a scientist, I like numbers.)

Immediately upon popping the pull tab, I got a strong dose of resiny hoppy goodness. Is that Simcoe? Poured into a tulip. Clear copper red brew throws up a frothy taupe head which leaves some thick lacing on the glass as it slowly recedes. The nose is filled with crisp resiny bitterness- citrus rind and pine, certainly indicative of Simcoe- backed by a sweet background of malt sugar. On the tongue it's not as sweet as anticipated, mostly dry with a subtle sweetness. Hops are forward and dominant, but not as crisp or resiny as I was hoping. Don't get me wrong, it's solidly enjoyable, but it just doesn't keep pace with the aroma. Mouthfeel is appropriate, though lacking a bit of body and sweetness which I think could really round things out and turn this great beer into a phenomenal one. Kind of thin and a tiny bit undercarbonated.

This is a good beer. It would easily be a new favorite if it had a bit more body and sweetness. Reminds me quite a bit of the Humboldt Red Nectar, which I think has some of the things that are missing here.

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

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a tumbler glass 11/23/2014.

A- Lighter coloured orange-golden body, two finger white head that is very thick and effervescent with a lot of staying power. I was confused because the bar had labeled it as a Winter Warmer, but who even knows with this brewery? Anyway, not much lacing to be found. [4]

S- This beer bursts with aromatic hops galore. Tropical fruits, citrus, mango and even a bit of pine. Again, with the labeling of this beer, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much aromatic hops are in this beer. Enough of a toasted malt presence to balance out the hops. Very nicely done on the nose. [4]

F- Toffee and toasted malts on the palate, balanced out by tropical fruits and finished off by pine. Not as complex and burstingly bright as the nose was given the increased presence of the malt sweetness to balance out the hops but it is certainly tasty. Some caramel is also found here. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, smooth and soft. Very nice feel that makes it quite drinkable. [4]

O- Sixpoint confused me initially with the labeling on this one but hey, why not defy categories? This is obviously more on the India Pale Ale side than it is on the Winter Warmer end of things, but in the end this is similar to a less bitter, softer and a bit more aromatic version of Nugget Nectar if you can convince me to call this an Imperial Red Ale. [3.75]

Final score: 3.84

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear bright orange/amber with a thin off white head. Some persistent lacing here and there.

Smell: Grapefruit and citrus with a bit of a grassiness under it all.

Taste: Very hoppy and bitter, but warming in its own way. Grapefruit, citrus peel, pine, maybe a little herbal. The malt is barely there in the middle to compliment the hops with a biscuit-like taste. The finish is long and lingering, with plenty of bitterness present.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad. More of an IPA than an Amber/Red ale as the hops are so dominant and I didn't think the color was that seasonably red. Nicely drinkable if you're a hophead, but I suspect others may tire of it. I found one to be enough per evening.

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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 barczar
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%

Aroma is dank, resiny, and a touch citrusy, but the cannabis rules the day. Flavor reveals more muddled, fruity hop flavoring, which rests on a dank bed of hops that becomes substantially bitter at the finish. I'm not a bitter fan, so too much for my liking.

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Photo of denver10
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a dark copper with am amber hue and an off white head. Aroma grounded with biscuit and toffee, maybe even a little chocolate, paired with some floral, citrus, and pine from the hops. Flavor follows suit. Overall, love this beer. Second only to Odell's Runoff Red when it comes to favorite hoppy reds. Now I just got to try some Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pure copper color with medium-high clarity. Pours with a half finger of white foam that settles into a thin ring quickly, not much retention. Toasted and caramel malt flavors in the aroma with moderate herbal and floral hops. The hops really pick up in the taste, mostly floral, herbal, and spicy notes, with a touch of lemon. The malt and hops are in balance as well, with toasty, and caramelly malt flavors. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, with a medium-full body and great texture.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a nearly opaque copper with moderate white head and some sediment.
S: It smelled like sweet and salty butterscotch, with some copper hops.
T: It tasted like copper hops, with some sweet butterscotch and bitter resin. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an interesting beer. The scent was nice, but the taste wasn't as good, and the body was fairly weak. The finish was smooth enough, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Just not very rewarding.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, barely translucent golden with a thick and fine-bubbled buff head. Aroma is quite hoppy with a caramel and malty undertone. Flavor is resiny and hoppy, more like an IPA, with malty and caramel underpinnings. Texture is firm, smooth and lively. Prepare for the effects of global warming with this brewski.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish bronze, hazy and has some floaters. Forms a half-finger of eggshell-colored head with fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Toasted malt sweetness and pine resin, citrus and grassy hops. Touch of toffee character to the malt base.

T: Citrus rind and sticky resin hops, toasted malts with a modest toffee flavor. Some dankness to the hop profile on the exhale. Citrus rind hops with significant bitterness in the hang, but not quite obnoxious levels.

M: Medium body, alcohol well-hidden. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: This was pretty tasty. A big beer that remains fairly easy to drink. Bitterness and dankness are the predominant impressions, but the beer is pretty put together well. Recommended.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy dirty light orange, but seemingly with particles in it (pretty sure my glass was clean).
S: rating up on strength and interesting nature; cigarettes and raisin bread, maybe some plum. Not an expected smell, debatable if it's a pleasant one.
T: grainy and mildly smokey beginning to the taste, perhaps the same origins of the cigarette nose. A citrus sweetness comes from under this for a second before a pine-based bitterness finishes the taste.
M: my mouth feels dry and thirsty after a mouthful of the beer. It has a slightly copper tinge to it however
O: a very interesting beer with some things to like and some things that are a bit off-putting. Definitely try this when you are in an off-centered mood.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp amber red with a single finger slightly rusty off-white head of foam.

Citrus, pine, earth, and roasted malts give a slightly nuttiness.

Piney, citrusy hops are skillfully balanced with caramel, toast, and slightly nutty gentle but supportive backbone.

Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with refreshing hop resins balanced with nutty/toasted malts.

Overall, one of my favorites from Sixpoint!

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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 8stringfan
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured straight down the middle of a large tulip style glass it resulted in a massive three finger head. After a couple of minutes the appearance had died down to a thick fluffy cap with heavy lacing on the side of the glass. Appearance is a deep hazy amber orange with more suspended particulate floating around in there than in just about any beer I’ve ever seen - I actually poured a second to see if it was just one can, but the same held true in this case as well. Looking at other Beeradvocate reviews, this seems the norm for this beer. Am I expecting too much for a beer that costs over $10 for 4-pack to actually pour clear? Oh well. Nose is a wonderful balance of sweet malt and candied nuts with strong hop notes of potent ganja and hints of spruce and pine needles. Sip is hop forward at first, with a hint of caramel followed by big piney and grass flavors on top of the bitter notes on the middle of the tongue. Mid-palate also sees candied orange and ripe apricot, orange zest, mango, a hint of cocoa and very, very light bready notes. Back of the tongue and swallow see more uniform and one-dimensional dry tannins. The finish has hints of peach jam, mandarin oranges, and piney grapefruit hop bitters with notes of lavender. One of the defining things about this beer, for me, is the mouthfeel which has a wonderfully effervescent quality - it’s not so much that it is overly carbonated so much as it is the way the carbonation feels on the tongue. In some ways it reminds me of the feeling of a Lambrusco. All in all, this is yet another exceptional beer from Sixpoint. Yes, I’m a bit irked by the particulate, but in the end, if the flavor, mouthfeel, and aroma are all terrific, and I don’t get sick from whatever is floating in the beer, then I’m a very forgiving soul. Marketed, somewhat, as a winter warmer, this is also another example of Sixpoint refusing to play by expected stylistic rules, in this case because it’s not really a winter warmer in the traditional sense. Instead, think of this as a wonderfully hoppy amber ale, somewhat akin to Nugget Nectar, albeit less sweet, more bitter, and not quite as good, which is not so much a knock against Global Warmer so much as it is a testament to how much I love Nugget Nectar :)

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Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,095 ratings.
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