Sixpoint Global Warmer Red Ale

Another Sixpoint beer in a strange, energy drink-style can. So far, the results for this brewery have been mediocre at best. The beers have the proper look for each style, but the taste is just not punching with the big boys. Maybe that will change with this beer; reds are usually pretty safe and kind of scaled down, so this might be the subdued winner in the lot.

This red ale is... red. The white head is stickier than I would expect from this kind of beer, and that is totally acceptable. The hops are self-evident in the aroma along with a substantial malt. This is really not what I would expect from the average red ale, but I encourage big tastes wherever I can, and that includes this politically-charged beer.

First sip is pretty damn strong. It is very metallic and acidic with a heavy malt and hop mixture. Honestly, I don't know what to do with this taste - it seems excessive for a tiny little sip. I'm not sure if this will be a good drinking beer, but it's no sipping beer or shrinking violet.

Tip-in is heavy, grainy malt with light, bitter hops floating on top. The middle rushes in bringing the metallic taste and a nice, mellow mixture of the hops and caramel malt. The finish is a sharp, bitter wave and a strangely nutty trail-off.

Bottom Line: It's not terrible, but it could definitely be better. Pretty much what you should expect from these guys.



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