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.