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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 6: Sixpoint Global Warmer presented by Ian Cowpar

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To celebrate the Holiday Season, and have teamed up with beer bloggers around the country to host the third annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. 31 Bloggers Bloggingclick here for the running list of beers/bloggers.

Let’s see who is spreading holiday cheer today!

Blogger: Ian Cowpar
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Twitter/Facebook/Untappd: @craftbeered
Beer: Global Warmer
Brewery: Sixpoint Brewery

Beer Details:

  • Style: Amber Ale
  • ABV: 7%
  • IBUs: 70

Commercial Description:
“We present the Global Warmer, an authentic Mad Scientists creation based upon an original recipe. The objective is simple—create awesome liquid and draw attention to the rapidly changing beer climate. Naturally, the beer doesn’t conform to existing style guidelines, because the Mad Scientists brew to their own tastes. This undefinable formulation demonstrates the potency of changing recipes, but does so with nuanced flavor from malt, hops and yeast. Toasted malt expresses rich depth to remind you this is a winter brew. But the citrus hop character and 70 IBUs of incandescent herbal spiciness shine throughout—a new sort of winter warmer for a changing globe.”

Why I selected Global Warmer:

In 2011, the first year of the Beer Bloggers Advent Calendar, I wrote about Sierra Nevada Celebration as it was not only my favorite seasonal but also one of the longest tenured seasonals on the market. This year, I decided to go with a new kid on the block…kinda. According to Sixpoint’s site, this beer was brewed back in 2006 when they were a draft-only brewery. This iteration of that beer is re-imagined to reflect the current ‘climate’.

From the 12-oz slim can, Global Warmer pours a deep amber hue with a slight tinge of red, crowned by a voluminous creamy white head with remarkable staying power. Tacky lacing remains once the head subsides, leaving dense patches around the glass. The first wave of aroma that rises out of the glass is a heavy dose of citrus with almost a sweet, fruity quality. After the beer has had a chance to rest in the glass for a bit, that dense citrus nose has given way to a fairly substantial malt profile with biscuit and cereal sweetness.

The flavor profile is very well-balanced with quick hit of sweet hard candy flavors up front, but that is quickly ushered out by copious amounts of grapefruit — both the fruit and the peel — toward the finish that impart a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and resinous with fairly light carbonation that tickles the back of the tongue.

Global Warmer is not your traditional winter seasonal, as it is devoid of the typical winter spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.). While it is no way a synonym of Celebration, it certainly does present a hop-forward profile and shatters expectations. Instead of warming you with spices, it does so with its potent 7% ABV and wonderfully aromatic hop profile. Although Sixpoint doesn’t specify a base style for this beer and in fact, they make the point of saying it doesn’t conform to existing style guidelines, you could position it as either an amber, a strong ale, or an IPA.

If you’re looking for a gift to give a fellow beer-lover, you won’t go wrong with Global Warmer or any other Sixpoint offering.

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About Sixpoint Brewery:
While some historical records indicate Sixpoint Brewery was founded in 2004, the real birth of Sixpoint begins at the dawn of civilization. That is when the earliest societies began cultivating cereal grains to make fermented beverages, and the desire for excellence in the craft of brewing was forged. Even during the earliest civilizations, rich iconography had adorned various brewing vessels, and pictographs depicting the craft of brewing were rife with symbolism. One symbol has transcended and survived throughout the ages – the Sixpoint Brewers’ star.

The idea of “Sixpoint” as a code of brewing has resiliently persevered over centuries of rapid human development. But it has not been a journey without struggle or conflict. The symbol was very prominent during the medieval period and up until the early 1900s, but its popularity and visibility started to wane within the last century. After 1950, Sixpoint was nearly snuffed out and one of the cornerstone crafts of our civilization was nearly extinguished. Was Sixpoint dead, or just dormant?

The shimmering light of the Brewer’s star started to shine once again in 2004 with its reincarnation as “Sixpoint Craft Ales.” This is when the Sixpoint Brew Crew not only resurrected the Sixpoint Brewers’ Star, but also breathed life into a patchwork of brewing equipment within an 800 square foot garage in a then-dilapidated neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC called Red Hook. The original creations of Sixpoint Craft Ales were a mash-up of professional brewing experiences, global brewery influences, and unbridled homebrew proliferation. Out of this modest maritime enclave hundreds of delicious craft brews were concocted and disseminated, and the star had been reborn.

The reincarnated star proved to have an attractive radiance. The historical traditions of craftsmanship that had been coursing through the veins of others also drew them to Sixpoint. Within years, a team of Sixpoint Brewers and Staff had gathered underneath the Sixpoint star, not knowing how they arrived there, but knowing they must keep the Sixpoint tradition alive.

Sixpoint Brewery: Founded in 2004; born at the dawn of civilization.

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