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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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 1,185
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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Photo of dbl_delta
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz tall skinny can (stamped BB 23APR15, so it's a bit long in the tooth, but at least close to BB) into a pint glass. Clear, reddish amber with a light tan head that lasts and lasts. Medium carbonation with a continuous flow of lots of tiny bubbles. OK, so it looks good.
This ale hits you with orange, grapefruit, resiny bitterness, and an underlying maltiness that makes a brief appearance somewhere around the midpoint of the tasting experience. And experience it is: there's a lot going on with this one. Strong hops bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Comfortable ABV, but I wouldn't call this one a session brew.
I really like this brewery - their offerings never disappoint.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky-amber, SRM-7 beer occupies my Spiegelau IIPA Glass, while a ½” of creamy white foam drops rings of lace before becoming a thin blanket.

Opens with strong pine notes and orange rind, then softens with straw just before a pinch of fresh mint lays on top.

There is nothing subtle about the bitterness here, and it sings from the first to the last note. Orange and grapefruit lead the way to light sweetness in the middle, only to yield back to a lingering bitterness with roasted touches in the finish.

Some alcohol, as expected, warms the palate as the beer warms in the glass. A medium body with satin texture do little to abate a touch of acerbic qualities in the finish. Carbonation is modest at best.

One can relax with this beer, even if the palate gets a work-out. This seems more akin to an IIPA then a Winter Warmer, but that is academics. Enjoy all the more with a mellow Monterey Jack cheese.

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Photo of Rclem2010
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this one on a whim, and glad we did. Great flavor that I'd never tire of...hops and malt in great proportion, just the right amount of IBU twang, and finishes easy inviting the next swig time and time again. Top 5'er for me.

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Photo of do_ob
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a clear copper with about 2 fingers of off-white foam. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Slight floral notes on the aroma along with pine, hops, and citrus. Medium weight, nice smooth mouthfeel. I get a lot of flowery notes initially on the taste, followed by a mild hop bitterness. Lots of malt on the back end.

I'm usually not a huge fan of amber ales, but I decided to try this one because I have enjoyed everything else I've had from Sixpoint. And while this style of beer still isn't my favorite, this is probably the best of its kind I've had. At 7% and 70 IBUs, this beer has enough flavor to keep me interested. Definitely an easy drinker, and enjoyable enough. Would I buy it again? Probably.

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Photo of ARoman
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

*transferred from old notes - 12/21/2013*
12 oz can poured into a shaker. Smells buttery and earthy, has some faint hoppy / spicy aroma sneaking in on the back-end, but the sweetness definitely dominates. Pours hazy on the orange side of amber with a thick and foamy eggshell-colored head, lacing is a bit uneven - both large and small lace is present. The taste is medium caramel sweetness with a bit of hoppy bitterness at the swallow. There’s also a citrus presence throughout the drink, but I can’t quite place it - another review mentioned grapefruit, which seems fair. Relatively light body (considering the caramel / malty flavoring) which finishes creamy smooth with very little (if any) carbonation; however, some of the hoppiness sticks around at the finish; not overwhelming like some IPA’s, but the faint, thin grassy coating of the mouth is reminiscent; in fact, depending on food pairings, it may be beneficial. There’s an interesting cheesy flavor (think aged parmesan) that pops up about mid drink as it begins to warms - I’m still relatively undecided on it, but it does give this beer a uniqueness to it.

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Photo of joecast
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This one blew me away. Amazing hop aroma, bright amber/golden color (a little light for an amber but thats hardly a knock). Bitterness is spot on for the abv and malt character. Fantastic!

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

Pours an orange amber with finger thick white head. Smells of orange blossom, orange rind an sweet malts. Tastes of tangerine, sweet malts, rye, barley, grapefruit and bready. Medium/light body, sweet malts, some orange and pine aftertaste.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - filtered crystal clear amber, not red as advertised.

Aroma - low intensity, but pleasant. Very light citrus and pine. Very little malt aroma made it past the filter, but it looks good so.....

Flavor - leans towards the dilute side, but not too weak. The flavor is more enjoyable than the aroma and can be consumed in mass quantity without hesitation or objection. Very smooth, easy drinking beer.

Overall - I rated this as an Imperial Red because that's what it says on the package. As far as Imp Reds go, this one is soft and not hoppy enough. If I rated it as an Amber ale, the score would have been higher. Regardless of the ramifications of the style conundrum, this is a nice beer that I enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy copper with a tall, soapy head and heavy lacing. Not a very strong nose, but grapefruit and piney hops are evident without much malt. It tastes grapefruity up front, but it ends with warm, toasty malts. It feels smooth, bubbly and light.

Overall, one of the better Amber Ales I've had! Smooth, balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange body, somewhat hazy, topped by four fingers of dense off-white foam. Thick lace circles.

Big orange aroma, with some pine highlights.

Thick semi-sweet foundation. Big juicy fruit middle. Quick bitter nip at the swallow. Tingly finish.

A very good hop forward big red, seek it out.

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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 BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint from the can.

Appearance: Crystal clear Amber color with medium bubbles to the body, as a matter of fact it's closet on the light side because the carbonation seeks light. White head rising to about 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Heavy hop scent but dissipates quick.

Taste: Bitter hop, not to the extreme where it's going to remind you of an IPA but more like the Bavarian lager feel. Light cinnamon feel but definitely not sweet. Has a lemon zest property at the end that is icing on the cake for me.

Mouth: Medium carbonation. Bread feel, like toasted raisin cinnamon without the raisin.

Overall: Very good brew, definitely a keeper during the season in your fridge. I wouldn't hunt the world looking for it but definitely give it a go. Salud!

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Photo of MightyYui
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a little bit on the gratuitously hoppy side, which makes a like of what might otherwise be incredibly interesting subtle notes mostly disappear. But over all, still quite nice.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange to reddish color, with a ton of carbonation, with a two finger frothy head and good lacing. The odor is IPA like, citrus, mandarin, orange, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, pine, resin, rose, floral, violets. The taste is floral, rose, pine, resin, grapefruit, malty bitter throughout.

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

12oz. can courtesy of my brother-in-law, poured into an imperial pint.

A- 1-1/2 finger of dense, khaki head. Clean, amber body with moderate carbonation. Head settles to 1/2 finger and leaves good stick.

S- Fresh and slightly hoppy. Grassy, maybe minty. Malts are grainy and slightly sweet.

T- As aroma suggests, fresh and on the hoppy side of balanced. Initial leafy and slightly grapefruit-like hops from the start. Sweet, caramel/toffee-like, and slightly grainy malts peek out in the middle before getting cleaned up by the leafy and slightly spicy/herbal finish. Very flavorful.

M- Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Light bite from the hops.

O- A very flavorful amber that packs a solid hop flavor for the style. Higher ABV comes out as the full flavor. Somehow reminds me of the Vivant Big Red Coq, which a "go-to." Given a renewed availability in MI, I could see buying a bunch. A very solid brew.

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Photo of mpyle
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a moderate sized white head, creamy and long lasting

Big hop aroma with some nice citrus. A bit of caramel malty sweetness. Slight metallic penny smell in passing.

Hop flavors dominate, with a solventy pine and citrus flavor dominating. Bitterness is subtle, but definitely overcomes any malty sweetness. No sharp transition to bitterness...just seems to hover slightly on the bitter side of balance. Tastes more like a "not crazy bitter" IPA than anything else to me.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency. Slight hint of warming, but nothing overpowering.

Unexpectedly hoppy beer for me in a cool can. Malt could be more assertive, but makes for an easy drinking 7% ABV hop bomb.

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Photo of pagriley
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Great lacing. Pours a clear reddish amber with light cascading carbonation
S - Pine and not much else. Wish there was more malt coming through
T - Astringent bitterness with nice grapefruit in the background. Again, wish there was more malt going on to balance out, but it is still very nice
F - good body, and correct carbonation (I hate over-carbonated beer!).

Overall a very solid offering - planning to enjoy the rest of these! If there was a bit more malt backbone to chew on this would have been perfect, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can that looks as only Sixpoint cans can appear (I for one really dig the Sixpoint aesthetic), courtesy of Shane at Sixpoint. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this is best by April 23, 2015.

Poured a dark amber color and clearer than I was expecting. Big, creamy and rocky beige head that took it’s time settling in a Hopworks pint glass, leaving lots of lace.

Big hoppy nose as soon as I popped open the can. At that moment it reminded me for all the world like a Jever Pilsener (that happens to be my favorite of that style, but it wasn’t what I was expecting)! As it warmed a little in my glass, the hoppiness emerged as a little more piney and slightly citrusy than when I opened it, but there was also a slightly herbal, “European” hoppiness to it. While the hops dominate, there’s some bready malt scents as well.

I initially thought this tasted like a “Red IPA” (I’ve had one beer described thus, at Big Time Brewing in Seattle), brewed with just enough malt to make it look like an amber, but with way more hops to be mistaken for anything but an IPA.. Having said that, the hoppiness isn’t smack you over the head with an alpha oil shovel – it’s balanced just at the tipping point between crisply bitter and citrusy. There are some bready, slightly sweet malts, but they are subordinate to the hops. The more I drank this, the hop profile seemed more and more balanced to be just barely the stars of the show while allowing the malts to come out and play just a bit. The finish is dry.

Lighter bodied than I was expecting, perhaps because I thought this would be closer to an amber ale. The mouthfeel is fairly light for a beer of this strength and rather crisp.

A unique take on either a winter ale or an amber ale. While hop forward, it is quite drinkable if you don’t mind a little hop bitterness. It is NOT a malt bomb (like many ambers) or festooned with massively citrusy hops, (like so many brewers are using these days). While it’s abv kinda rules it out as a session beer, the combination of unique but enjoyable flavor and lower impact on the palate makes it way more refreshing than I expected. I wouldn’t mind having several of these, so long as I’m at home or not driving!

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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 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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