Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,822 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,822
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 163
Gots: 282 | FT: 3
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-04-2005

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Ratings: 1,822 | Reviews: 505
Photo of Blackpond
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Light and tasty, nice on hot day

Photo of cambabeer
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This style, I feel, is often not done well. It's often the style that breweries make without trying too hard (or it seems that way). That being said, this one was really good. Both refreshing and light bodied, but still quite flavorful, nice malt grain backbone.

Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hats off to Shane at Sixpoint - soon after I posted my review of Sweet Action he got in touch and advised that in producing 5 million cans of Sweet Action they had never had any reports of infection, and that the export cans were pasteurized, so theoretically an infection is impossible. I felt like I owed it to Sixpoint (as I have high regard for their beers) to get a can from another batch and give it a re-review, and as it happens I found a fully enclosed and air conditioned bottleshop in Brisbane who sold it. Not only that - the can had been in the fridge the whole time with a BB of 01JAN16: Score!

Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Straight off the bat this looks different to the previous can I had with a clear deep amber and a billowy 1cm cream coloured head, very promising. 8/10.

S: Mild but sweet toasted biscuit malts, floral and citric hops. This is indeed less interesting than the funked-up (what I now suspect was a heat damaged) can, but in this instance, and given the Cream Ale style - a mild and slightly uneventful aroma is definitely the better direction to take. 8/10.

T: Citric hops upfront followed by a solid (but not at all sweet) biscuit base and some floral hop notes in the finish - which is a mid to light bitterness. Hint of peach in there as well. Balance is more bitter than sweet, the overriding sensation of this brew is how smooth and easy-drinking it is, especially at 5.2% ABV - goes down like a 4% session ale with a refreshing thirst-slaying aftertaste. 8/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied with a nice creamy carbonation... smooth work Sixpoint, Joe Camel smooth... 8/10.

D: After that last can of Sweet Action this is a pleasant surprise. In a nutshell: This is an easy-drinking, smooth Cream Ale that has a touch of hop bite towards the finish whilst still remaining sessionable. I like it. I like it a lot! I probably won’t get it again as my tastes now have gravitated towards “BIG” beer styles like Russian Imperial Stouts, DIPAs, Barleywines and Quadrupels [never say never Doc] however if you’re seeking a nice easy going ale, or you’re just over DIPAs (you crazy mon!) then Sixpoint Sweet Action will not disappoint you. 8/10. Total: 8/10.

Food match: Light BBQ fare - grilled chicken breast, potato salad, coleslaw, or really anything bird related - quail, pheasant, pigeon - Sweet Action has all the fowl bases covered.

The old review below:

It has been a while since I reviewed a Sixpoint brew, and that is a shame because I do admire their dedication to brewing and Shane from Sixpoint, who makes more than regular appearances on BeerAdvocate and whom I personally met at a beer festival in Sydney - it’s rare for a brewer as big as Sixpoint to have such a personal connection in the craft scene. Also their efforts to revive long lost styles such as Lichtenhainer, a smoky/sour ale from Germany, are to be respected. These guys really are passionate about craft beer. Anyway time for some Sweet Action!

Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Amber body, hazed with yeast particles floating around (BB is 07MAY15 - got to start pulling Plonk up on their out of date beers) with a 1 inch fluffy cloud cream-coloured head that holds up quite well. Apart from the yeast particles, which I don’t mind but others do, this looks good. 8/10.

S: Sweet caramel and corn, bready middle, and some Jackfruit/pineapple hop characters at the back. I know corn seems like the odd aroma out but this is a Cream Ale and corn is a perfectly fine brewing adjunct IMHO. 7/10.

T: Wow, this brew is either infected or there is an intentional sour twang, either way the upfront sour note gives this beer an intriguing angle. Following this is a caramel malt and bread centre, and it finishes with a citrus/herbal hop bitterness. If this is brew is infected it is certainly a fortunate infection because the sour blends well with the sweet and bitter... although it is still odd nonetheless. 7/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied with a light creamy carbonation. 7/10.

D: Yep it’s infected - the more I sip the more the sour note grows along with a big astringent aftertaste... will have to get this again to give it a proper review as I don’t think this infected can is doing Sweet Action justice... plus I imagine there is a nice, creamy session ale hiding in there amongst the infection. Still this is one of the better infected brews I’ve encountered - sort of a Lambic styled infection. I even finished the whole can! 4/10.

Food match: Null and void as this beer is infected.

Photo of Vinnygny
4.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Favorite from Sixpoint. Sweet Action is worth a shot

Photo of tlema1
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great summer beer, easy drinking, but flavorful

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sixpoint "Sweet Action"
12 oz. can, "BB18MAR2016"

Interesting beer. I'm not sure what all of the confusion about the style is. I know that they wrote about it "Part pale, part wheat, part cream ale - all Sweet Action" but it's clearly an American pale ale as the other styles just don't fit.

The body is a clear, fairly dark amber that fits into the style, beneath a frothy head of white that holds well and leaves some nice lacing behind.

The aroma expresses grapefruit, pineapple, and pine over a biscuity malt base - sounds like APA to me...?

The flavor follows suit, adding in some grassy hop character. It's 34 IBUs match the APA requirements, and balance it nicely. What wheat may be there adds depth to the malt, but doesn't come across as "wheaty". I'm not sure where the "cream ale" might come into play unless it's fermented cooler and then cold conditioned, which would give you pretty much what a clean American ale yeast would do.

In the mouth it's medium-light to medium, and gently crisp. Perhaps that's where the "cream ale" association comes from as it's less carbonated than you might expect.

Overall, a very drinkable APA that's got a little more malt character than many (I won't say most, but it's certainly richer than the best known APA).

Photo of Halfbrother83
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not terrible, but a confusing style that just isn't for me.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 24, 2015

12 oz can, tulip

A – Medium copper and quite clear. An inch of white foam with moderate-low retention.

S – Light grapefruit hop aromas, surprising in a cream ale. A bit of melon fruit as well. Lightly baked bread crust with a touch of crystal/caramel/Maillard malt aroma. Almost a cake-like impression.

T – Malt leads the way, baked crackers and bread crust, with just a light touch of estery fruit, maybe apples. Hops are low, with a bit of grapefruit, citrus, and herbal flavors.

M – Carbonation is slightly moderate-high, and it is fairly full-bodied. Seems like there’s a lot of residual sugar here, but it is not extraordinarily sweet. Balanced by just enough hop bitterness, moderate to moderate-low, which comes in on the finish. Fairly juicy throughout.

O –Very unique take on the cream ale, I really like the hopping. Not traditional, but that is not the intention. I could drink twenty of these on a hot summer day.

Photo of Lembeh
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

These guys took the humble blue collar NY Cream Ale to another level. Not surprised its Sixpoint

Photo of Lorwhal
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer! Not what I was expecting! It has a fairly one note taste - but don't take that as a negative. I don't feel like it swings wildly between bitter or sweet when it moves through your palate. Its like, ah yeah that's beer. And then you swallow and are like mm yes. Beer. Mild sugar. A clean, fizzy ale with a hoppy note as you begin and a bit of sweetness. Fuwa-fuwa biiru. Gonna drink the heck out of this during the summer. Aww yiss.

Amber/Muted Floral/tasty beer goodness/Fizzy/yeah ok

Recommended for: laying in your yard in June with Weezer playing. Don't forget your sunscreen.

Photo of hi1714
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rally nice USA ale thanks

Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in ny at juniors, very goid!

Photo of cjgator3
2.36/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Tall skinny 12 oz can into a pint glass. Not a huge fan of this one, not something I'd purchase again. I typically enjoy most Sixpoint stuff, I was disappointed in Sweet Action.

Photo of Gaz
1.67/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Unique taste but not for me

Photo of Matchxc
1/5  rDev -74.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The worse thing I've ever tasted. Worse than lambic!!!!

Photo of SaltofOH
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pies & Pints, Worthington, OH. Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: clear, light copper. 1 finger foamy white head, little visible carbonation. Leaves a thin ring of foam, but otherwise little lacing or retention.

Aroma: Really nice; resinous & floral.

Taste: Light, bitter arrival, tart/dry mid-palate, strongly bitter finish. Bitterness lingers, slightly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light, little carbonation.

Overall: Very much a light American pale ale [or an over-hopped light amber]. Very good summertime beer. Light, crisp. I'd drink it again, but won't be seeking it out. Seems similar to MadTree's Happy Amber and Goose Island Honker's Ale (though without the "English" feeling).

Photo of RogueCBR
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deep amber color. Looks nice.
Smell: Smells nice. Not overpowering. Kind of a sweet smell.
Taste: Tastes good. A little more "nice" tasting than my preferred beers. Kind of has a hint of a fruity almost sour but not quite thing going on.
Feel: Has a light, thin feel to it.
Overall: Not exactly my preferred type of beer, but it's good. If I came across it at a bar, I'd probably grab a can and have them pour it into a frosted mug.

Photo of Albee
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply my favorite beer in the world.

Photo of Manus
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's just a really good beer

Photo of founddrama
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kinda hoppy for a cream ale.

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing because outlier...this cream ale is superb. The mouthfeel really stands out, smell is citrusy like an ipa. Very sessionable and a really refreshing brew.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bullet can, best buy drink date of 4 Aug 15. Crisp, I like it.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it on draft at work. First Cream Ale, but I'm still not sure if it's a true representation of the style. Lightly hoppy, sweet and smooth. Very balanced and drinkable. Light but not in a light beer way. Need to drink more. Good beer.

Photo of Antc2382
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer! Look- pours with a nice creamy head, foam dissipates but rings on the surface. Color is a tan, honey gold. Smells- muted hops, with an underlining sweetness. Taste- great character. You get the sweetness, blend of malt and hops awesome balance. Feel- creamy! Great stuff!

Photo of ONUMello
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orange with a one-finger head that settles to a fine lacing
S: Nothing in particular stands out but it's a nice blend of malt/hops/cream
T: Matches the nose. Malty, creamy with a refreshing hoppiness for the style, but no particulars stand out
M: Light-bodied but incredibly smooth and creamy
O: Rare that a beer's mouthfeel stands out as its best element but it certainly does here. Flavor-wise this is tasty yet average... but overall it's so refreshing I'll definitely grab more to sip while outside during the summer months

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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,822 ratings.