Chad9976 (1126) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It had a best before date of 3/27/14 and cost $3.30 ($0.28 per ounce).
Appearance: A hazy shade of dark amber, though carbonation can be seen at the middle of the glass. Pours to a small, off-white, frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Fairly strong aroma of piney, resiny hops. Lightly sweet and floral.
Taste: With a name like "Global Warmer" and the fact itís a winter seasonal, I was fully expecting Sixpointís latest canned offering to be a winter warmer. Itís actually a strong amber ale, which is a nice change of pace for the season and this brewery. Though Sixpoint is known for being hop-centric and this beer is no exception. Plenty of East Coast-style piney, resiny hop character to this one with some rustic malt backbone. Nothing especially "wintry" or "Christmasy," but itís certainly a big enough brew to complement colder weather.
Right away, the classic amber malt backbone emerges, though itís not nearly as sweet as most of the style (though I actually prefer it this way). The palette changes nearly on a dime as it begins its decent. An intense, dank bitterness seems to manifest out of nowhere. A strong hop flavor of pine needles, pine sap and some rich earthy character as well. I tend to find this more often in black IPAs, so its presence here is unusual, but a nice change of pace.
Drinkability: While Sixpoint Global Warmer is definitely the hop bomb at 70 IBUs, itís not intimidating to drink. The mouthfeel is on the calmer, more tepid side and much thinner than it probably should be considering itís a fairly big beer at 7% ABV. Itís smooth going down, though it does leave an astringent aftertaste. A good beer to stand up to a strong meal, but also tasty enough to appreciate on its own.
DrinkinWell (225) - - DEC 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of pine or spruce with hints of toffee. Pours opaque amber with half-inch, off-white head. Hints of honey and subtle caramel combined with bitter hops. A nice strong ale, somewhere between IPA and DIPA.
jcr (2165) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Deep amber body. Frothy, white head. Aroma of raw grain, resin, caramel, pine, floral hops. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Slight buttery taste along with caramel and resin.
ben4321 (3759) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz can from Hoboken Vine, 12/7/13
Aroma: The nose has some caramel and plenty of hops, resin, pine, and citrus mostly
Appearance: It pours a cloudy reddish-orange color with a thick froth of beige head and heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is much the same, lighter on the sweetness, nice resin/pine hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it has a smooth, sticky feel, and a mid-dry finish
This is a nice example of a stepped up amber. Really enjoyable drink with an excellent look to it. That appearance is the star. Good stuff. I like this as a winter seasonal. Makes for a nice fridge beer.
574deadzone (984) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark gold to copper, hazy to murky, with a fairly thick eggshell head that settles slowly and leaves some nice decorative sticky lace. Nose involves some pine, sweet grain and honey, grapefruit flesh, some mango and papaya, pineapple, zesty mint, some other yeasty spice and banana. Pretty sweet, somewhat bitter. Medium bodied, juicy, decent carb, bright, with a fruity lengthy grainy and somewhat bitter finish. A mixed bag of a beer, quite drinkable, lots of cool stuff going on. Whether itís an amber or a pale ale i suppose is irrelevant, although itís not dark enough to me to be an amber. Itís just a good beer, and the can looks like an energy drink, which makes drinking and driving much easier.
dmac (3892) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz tall slim can, pretty much the exact opposite ofvthe guy that gave it to me, thanks Ed5388. Poured a good looking clear orange body with some large rising bubbles and an average to larger frothy off white head. Aroma honey topped bread, rotting orange pulp, pennies, resiny hops, dry caramel. Fuller bodied with strong bubbly carbonation that is slightly chewy and an average duration on the aftertaste. Flavor is similar to the aroma but a bit more bready/grainy and the pulp is more of a rind flavor. Solid beer especially for 6Point who often lets me down.
gripweed57 (592) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from Spirits Unlimited in Middletown, NJ. Pours a hazy amber orange with a small creamy white head. Excellent white lace. Lovely fresh aroma is a mix of toasted caramel malt and pine hoppiness. Flavor upfront is more toasted malt and pine hops. There is a light nuttiness and touch of bittersweet burnt sugar in the malty backdrop. Finish brings bitter grapefruit hops and a long peppery dry aftertaste.
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can from Top Shelf Brews. Color is hazy dark amber with lasting head and plenty of retention. Aroma is grapefruit hops, light pine and an undertone of caramel malts. This brew is balanced pretty well. Caramel and toffee with a hop bite in the backend. Grapefruit rind, weak pine and a good amount of grassy hops. Texture is dry with a nice medium body. Bitterness lingers for a short duration. This brew is much better than I was expecting. I killed the can very fast, luckily I have another can! Well worth a shot however, at this time cans are starting get on the old side, drink them if you gotíum!
jackl (4292) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Beer Run. Cheers to Drake for the pour. The pourís reddish amber with a small head. The nose is brown bread. Caramel. Red berries. Earth. Nice mellow sweetness. The taste is similar. sprucy Bitter hops. Brown bread. Mild spices. Red berry compote. Rich bitter finish. Medium body, full carbonation. Decent.
redbeard3 (107) - - DEC 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber pour, large bubbles in pillowy white head. Good hop flavor. A little harsh and a hint of some off flavor I can't describe. Got from my uncle who brought it back from New York.