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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

1,240 Ratings

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Ratings: 1240
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-04-2005)
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Photo of itsscience


4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear amber with a ring of white bubbles. On the nose I get sweet, bready malt with tropical citrus and apples, plus an herbal hop presence. The taste follows the nose but has a wider array of fruit: blood orange, apple, strawberry, apricot, along with that same sweet bread malt. It doesn't taste like any cream ale I've ever had, nor does it fit into any known category, but man is it tasty. Finishes slightly bitter with a medium body and good level of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2014 02:46:04 | More by itsscience
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml Can from Crystal Palace Wetherspoons, Glasgow (£2.49):
Caramel amber in colour with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that seems quite creamy once it settles. Some lacing & good retention.

Sweet malts & some subdued hops on the nose although the smell is definitely a very light on with only a few faint floral notes, some light caramel and even fainter still, some sweet fruits too.

Sweet with some malts that hint at caramel, some sweet fruits and a touch of bitterness coming through. There is some further caramel & biscuit flavours with a few lager hops.

Creamy but with a thinner body than I was expecting, it was probably light medium at best but it was exceptionally smooth and quite easy to drink with low carbonation and a wet finish.

Average but drinkable with the sweet and creamy feel being a highlight for me. The main problem was that both the taste & the smell seemed too light and basic for me. I'll stick with Bengali Tiger over this one every time.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 16:17:22 | More by flyingpig
Photo of wjbaxteriv


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've always loved the Six Point branding. Good looking cans, basic beer stats along the bottom, 16 ounces. Poured into my nonic imperial pint glass. Here we go!

The beer is a dark golden hue with somewhat of a semi-filtered look. Some visible particles floating around around giving it a rustic, homebrew type of bravado. I like it. Downside is there is very little head that leaves no lacing...maybe I didn't clean my glass we'll enough.

The aroma is fairly basic. Seemingly equal parts hops and malt (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) along with some yeast.

The flavor is where Sweet Action shines. A fantastically balanced beer with a very interesting and strong apricot note. A very clean finish with a green hop finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is full for the style (cream ale? I suppose...) and luscious. Velvety and we'll crafted. A standout for a beer of sessionable strength.

Sweet Action is an old friend. A very good, session beer that defies genre. That's fine by me, as the result is a distinctly delicious brew.

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 04:21:26 | More by wjbaxteriv
Photo of Berg-the-Boiler


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a pint glass from a can

A - light amber color, can barely see through the beer.

S - very subtle smell, vague hop smell but not much to the nose

M - the feel goes great with the style, very creamy and unexpectedly thick.

T- this beer is very smooth, not a lot of different flavored going on just a good light sweet malt flavor with a hint of hops that give it a nice citrus finish.

Overall - this beer is a great "session" beer, definitely at the top of its style. One could drink several of these the only negative may be the price point at 9.99 for 4-16 oz cans. This one will be part of my regular rotation.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 01:07:41 | More by Berg-the-Boiler
Photo of rdilauro


3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured sort of a shade darker than most of your big 30' pack lite beers. The white head lasted a good amount of time.

I could not pick up any particular aroma with this one. I knew it was low in hops, so I was trying to figure out what scent I would be getting. If anything, I had a slight hint of fall flowers.

The taste was clean and smooth. In fact it sort of rolled onto my tongue and then down my mouth without causing a lot of excitement..

A nice beer, no real negative comments , just that this is not my style of beer

Serving type: can

02-28-2014 04:18:23 | More by rdilauro
Photo of KYGunner


3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very even but bright hue meets the eye with an almost orange color. The head was a thick film of tight knit bubbles.

The aroma was stale but sweet with a cream like nose. Dry malt, dry grain and dry cream all meet the nose.

The flavor is far less creamy that one would expect but it has an assertive malt and an almost burnt character. The cream is evident, but not overwhelming. The malt is dry and charred but not stout charred, just stubborn.

This is very easy to drink but is a tinge dry on the tongue.

I want maybe a little more cream and sweet but this has a character all it own that made it worthwhile.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 00:25:09 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear, reddish amber - till you (unbeknownst-ingly) dump the hop sediment in.... thousands of hop and/or yeast particles in suspension - very hazy.... rocky, off-white head - dies in a few moments.... looks like unfiltered juice or tea

S: potent, sweet crystal malt (60?) immediately and light, fruity esters on the perimeter.... background hop expression, coming forth stronger at the end of a long, intent whiff.... overall, it smells like a hoppy Irish red.... very bright, potent, but generic, wort-y aromas

T: immediate impression - kinda like a sweetish British ale.... kinda cherry-like fruitiness pervades, bitterness is there, just squashed under the rolls of -ose fat.... sort of a tea-like hop flavor (polyphenols?)... the hops have a spicy orange or bitter grapefruit peel flavor.... no alcohol notes.... add a few dashes of bitters and a shot of bourbon and you may just have an old-fashioned here

M: fullish, soft and smooth.... dextriny, slight film left on palate.... i could see this being just too much for most people.... the mouthfeel just seems to suit a stronger ale

O: like a mediocre extract homebrew.... aside from the can stating this was dry-hopped, there was no indication of the level of nasty-looking sediment contained within... hmmm... wasn't a fan of this the first time I had this in '08 - gonna have a hard time recommending this one

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 23:51:05 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of mnrider


4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can

A: Pours hazy golden. Thin creamy tan head. Little retention but leaves very nice lacing.

S: Pretty clean with hints of sweet fruits and floral hops. Nice, but could be stronger.

T/M: Creamy, peachy, malty, sweet. Bitter floral hops. Smooth, medium bodied with the
taste of melons.

O: Bitter and sweet. Well balanced. Smooth and easy to drink. Nothing too complex,
which makes for one of the better if not the best Cream Ales around.


Serving type: can

01-06-2014 21:45:29 | More by mnrider
Photo of dgilks


3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden colour with a small, creamy, light tan head. Nice.

Interesting combo of light, sweet malt and mild citrussy hop. Like a light pale ale to my nose but some sweet, creamy elements come through too.

The palate moves around a little with a balance of sweet, creamy malt and then a light pop of C-hop. Interesting and well balanced.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A solid beer. The cream ale doesn't really come through for me as the hopping is quite high for that style but it works nicely on the whole.

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 06:43:09 | More by dgilks
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows caramel, sweet malt, soft peach and floral hops. A little light on.
Similar flavours - lightish but still tasty flavours. Some sweet caramel, a little floral and spicy hops.
Carbonation seems a bit full-on.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:52:36 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of BlackDog

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint defines Sweet Action as "part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale- all Sweet Action." I couldn't put it any better myself.

If asked to define the style after just one sip, I'd say it's a pale ale. But after the second sip, I'd say it's a cream ale. And after the third sip, I'd give up trying. And that's a good thing.

Sweet Action, brewed in Brooklyn, pours a dark, hazy pale with a creamy tan head. Retention is great and lacing is on par.

The 5.20% ABV is undetectable throughout the drink. 34 IBUs of hops come through nicely in the aroma, though, with floral hops mingling nicely with yeast and pale malt sweetness.

The taste upfront has a nice hop bitterness that initially has a crisp bite to it. But it quickly fades to a malty focus, with a peachy cream flavor that goes nicely with a dry, fruity ester finish. The crisp carbonation and medium body work together for an extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Appearance: 9/10
Aroma: 4/5
Taste: 9/10
Mouthfeel: 5/5
Overall: 18/20
<strong>Total: 45/50</strong>

Sweet Action has a reputation of balancing the bitterness of a pale ale and the sweetness of cream ale, and it does just that. A great beer brewed by a great brewery, enjoyable any time of the year.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 22:18:26 | More by BlackDog
Photo of ADZA


3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've always loved this style but I've never really enjoyed a single example I've tried so far lets hope this sets the bar anyway it pours a hazed light amber hue with a rather fluffy fluffy three finger ever present head and lacing everywhere,the nose is quite feint but I Do get herbal grassy hops along with barley,slight vanilla and grains,the mouthfeel is smooth medium bodied and quite satisfying on a hot night like tonight but the tastes are not up to par it's just grassy herbal hops,grains,barley,caramel malts and the finish is smooth and a touch sweet but not overly sweet and overall yeah it's a better option than The macro on offer but the flagfall ain't worth the ride cheers.

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 11:03:19 | More by ADZA
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy grass aroma. Pours deep ruddy amber with thick beige head. Head lasts a goodly time with nice lacing of glass. Hits the mouth with a citrus bite along with a light caramel note. Nice slight hoppy aftertaste. The can notes this is dry-hopped with fresh hops. Very nice!

Serving type: can

12-25-2013 04:00:54 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of heygeebee


3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At Taphouse

A - hazy straw amber. Pillowy off-white head, stacks of clingy lace

S - too cold, but hint mango, peach

T - hoppy and zesty. Apricots, mango, tangerine. Finishes slightly sweet.

M - light and nicely carbonated

O - first of style, nice surprise. Easy drinking but well flavoursome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 03:07:46 | More by heygeebee
Photo of StuyBeerGuy

New York

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have to be honest, I tried this beer blind and did not see what exactly it was until I looked up the beer online. Apparently, it is a very complex cream ale, which I very much enjoyed. In western New York, Gennessee cornered the cream ale market and provides the only real option.

Sixpoint craft beers has taken a beer that older generations refer to as "screamers" and made it into a mature beer for a contemporary crowd. I got all the malty, buttery, and caramel notes that one expects in a cream ale with some surprising citrus elements accompanied by an acceptable appearance but lackluster liveliness in the beer and head.

Although in the hierarchy of beer cream ales do not rank highly, "Sweet Action" is a solid drinkable beer that goes well with unsophicated but beloved american fare (pizza, wings, brownies, bugers, and fries)

Serving type: cask

11-24-2013 01:02:01 | More by StuyBeerGuy
Photo of trentbent

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I always enjoy this beer in new ways. Today I had it with some graham crackers with peanut butter and honey (it's late and I didn't want to eat a lot before bed OR drink beer on an empty stomach), it was actually a nice pairing. There are some hints of orange marmalade in this Sweet Action that go well with the honey and graham.
I really love the mouthfeel of this beer, you can feel the bubbles on your tongue. I can smell butter in this one and brown sugar, and indeed it is a bit creamy at first, gliding to the back of the tongue and then after you swallow, a tint of hops! Glorious. And really, don't you feel like a champ carrying a little boxed four pack? Now the neighborhood drunk won't follow you when he hears the bottles clanking together in your bag. This is getting a little too personal, I'll just mention that the appearance of this beer is really quite sexy in a clean yet unfiltered kinda way, and that's what this beer is all about: balance.

Serving type: can

11-14-2013 03:46:42 | More by trentbent
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a sam adams glass, off white head developed, very frothy with mild retention and lacing. Appearance was hazy with an amber to gold color. Great aroma with nice hop / malt notes and som toffee. Tasted more malty with caramel notes and a hint of cola. Mouthfeel was medium with a malty, lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: can

11-02-2013 00:57:01 | More by Huffs
Photo of LI_PO12


4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into pint

Appearance- Hazy deep gold/orange, nice fluffy white head

Aroma- Melon, grainy sweet malts, floral and herbal hop notes, some breadyness

Flavor- bready, fresh grain maltyness, with a melon, slight citrus, and almost apple fruityness, very smooth with a good creamyness.

Mouthfeel- medium, good carbonation creamy

Overall- This is a fantastic cream, if it can so be called. Very easy to drink while packing a lot of flavors. A nice change up from a typical pale. Def worth trying.

Serving type: can

10-08-2013 02:29:08 | More by LI_PO12
Photo of Georgiabeer


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I tried this beer I didn't really like it- perhaps because it wasn't what I was expecting and was a bit too bitter for a cream ale and had a little bit of that copper penny tang that you can find in ESBs. After having this a few times now, though, I find myself liking it. The metallic note and the hop kick perk up the style and make me more interested in having more than one. A fairly pretty beer as well, with a nice copper color and fine head and creamy enough in the mouth to evince the style. An interesting twist on a somewhat boring style.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 21:53:55 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this many times but I can fondly remember buying a pitcher of this at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg (insert hipster joke).
I'm not sure what this beer is supposed to be - an APA, wheat, or Cream Ale- but it is always delicious. There is a zesty orange aroma that goes along with pine (pale ale?). Malt up front in the mouth, creamy with a bit of honey (cream ale?). Either way you slice it, this is one interesting ride that is delicious when fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 19:13:56 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of asaharyev


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Chestnut in color, with a thick foamy head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, and biscuits, as well as some floral hops throughout. I have to agree with a cellar must aroma.

Taste: There’s a weird flavor up front that almost tastes like licking a rock, but it’s a good thing. Some pepper in there as well, and a good amount of hop bitterness. The overall flavor is sweet, a bit like honey, with bready notes, and a little bit of a darker syrup, like a light molasses. There’s also a good presence of floral hop flavor, not just bitterness. This is delicious.

Overall: This is the best cream ale I’ve ever had. Smooth and delicious, without that weird almost-cloying flavor. Well balanced, and perfect for any time of the year.

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 22:13:57 | More by asaharyev
Photo of mrfrancis


3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat murky golden orange with an enormous, bubbly whitish head that takes quite some time to settle, leaving a large amount of lace.

S: Aromas of minerals, biscuits, caramel, grass, herbs, lemon, lime, and brown sugar dusted grapefruit present themselves on the nose.

T: Starts off malty with flavors of biscuit, caramel, and minerals, before hoppier notes of lemon, lime, brown sugar dusted grapefruit, black pepper, and black tea appear. The finish is gentle and short with lemon, lime, tea, biscuit, and caramel flavors.

M: Light-to-medium in body, velvety, and smooth. Carbonation is initially crisp but dies down quickly.

O: A nice little cream ale, though I wish the flavors separated just a bit more. Really good for the style though. I certainly wouldn't pass this one up and can even see it being a staple summer beer in the future.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 07:55:53 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of Brew_42


3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a white head that doesn't last long

Smells bready and malty for the most part with some fruitiness.

Tastes- Really bready like a cracker. Less fruity than the smell. There was a hint of sweetness at the end that tasted a little bit like honey.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. Nice carbonation.

Overall- Decent beer. Sixpoint is winning me over. I will come back to this beer at some point.

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 23:12:43 | More by Brew_42
Photo of lostinfla


3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into Sam Adams glass.
Poured medium darkish amber that was a bit opaque. Perfect level of carbonation left a reasonable head, with consistant lacing staying with the beer as it warmed. Just right for this style.
Taste was near perfect for a "cream beer" . Smooth, with nice taste of malts and a great bite finish. Not too strong - just right.
I really enjoyed this one - Great job Sixpoint!
Every other beer from these guys has been a winner too....

Ill be back!

Serving type: can

08-03-2013 23:38:21 | More by lostinfla
Photo of nprittie


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy poured into pint glass

A: bright orange with a thick creamy head that laces nicely

S: some citrus and mango as well as malty sweetness

T: sweet: caramel, honey, with a clean subtle bitterness

M: smooth and creamy

O: a well balanced cream ale. Nice hoppy aroma with a malty flavor and a smooth lager-like finish. Would recommend. Also like the fact that it comes in tallboys.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 01:06:40 | More by nprittie
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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
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