Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sixpoint Global Warmer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2013
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 it’s a winter seasonal, I was fully expecting Sixpoint’s latest canned offering to be a winter warmer. It’s 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 it’s certainly a big enough brew to complement colder weather.

Right away, the classic amber malt backbone emerges, though it’s 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, it’s not intimidating to drink. The mouthfeel is on the calmer, more tepid side and much thinner than it probably should be considering it’s a fairly big beer at 7% ABV. It’s 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. 
Grade: 8/10

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