Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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88
very good

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Reviews: 494
Hads: 1,888
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 5.37%
Wants: 179
Gots: 326 | 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

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Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-04-2005

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Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Generally a very interesting beer that defies being categorized. Sweet flavor with a vey mild hop taste. As compared to to other offerings by Six Point, this rates right up there with there best. An overall excellent pilsner. (226 characters)

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

From a can. Aroma Citrus, hops Appearance Hazy amber beer with a creamy head. Taste Citrus (mostly orange and some grapefruit ) and hops. Refreshing, underlying sweetness, no alcohol, some citrus bite, a bit of cream in terms of texture. Refreshing beer and a good one. (269 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 3/18/15. Pours a clear amber. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus hops (orange, tangerine) with a bit of spiciness over a grassy and herbal hop background. Hints of caramel are also quite evident.

Light medium body with a nice smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is slightly intense, a bit complex and perfectly balanced. A blend of hop flavor resides over a mild bitterness and covers the aromas of the nose. From the middle on, a bit of pine and orange zest come to the forefront with a touch of spice. As the bitterness ebbs, caramel and biscuit arrive to perfectly balance. The finish is clean and a tad dry. (767 characters)

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When I initially read "cream ale", I wasn't sure exactly what to think. But this ended up being a very pleasant surprise. I won't be questioning another beer from Sixpoint again... (180 characters)

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

A: orange-gold and clear, finger or two of pale foam slimmed away into wisps

S: clean grain and caramel, grassy, a little bitter hoppiness

T: citrus and biscuit, suggestions of both oranges and caramels and breads, hopped but mild - very tasty

M: smooth and soft, light-medium body, rounded feeling

O: better than I expected - a soft and smooth pale ale kinda beer - very smooth, modest hops, modest malts - very humble and thoroughly enjoyable (448 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good beer. Pours an orange/red color with a head that lasts for a shot time then disappears. Smell is a bit funky. Feel is great. Tastes a bit like an amber with hops added. Drink quickly, warming does not do this beer any favors. (240 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear golden amber color. Not much head. Thin white foam

S: sweet smell. Caramel malts I'm having trouble picking up the aroma on this

T: it's an interesting flavor. It's super smooth and light. Light caramel and dry bready malts. Aftertaste is an earthy tea-like bitterness. Wasn't expecting a little hop punch

M: light with little carbonation

O: easy drinking. Sweet and light with a refreshing hop kick at the end. Nothing great, but I wouldn't be opposed to getting this again. Easy to drink. Perhaps just the style I suppose (539 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into an imperial pint glass. The aroma is a sweet orange blossom note with a light bread crust and some herb. It pours a deep, clear, rich copper hue with an off white, sudsy head that has great retention and lace. It's a balanced, medium bittersweet citrus taste. The oily texture has a soft, cream fuzz carbonation. The medium body is flavored with citrus, bread, and herb notes and finishes clean and crisp with notes of bread crust lightly lingering in the aftertaste and joined by a touch of dry, bitter citrus. (531 characters)

Photo of Lahoi
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the only cream ale I've ever tried, so I have nothing to compare it to. But this was an outstanding beer. I hear, however, that not all cream ales are created equal; that it's a style many Brewers don't do well. We will see bc I hope to compare and contrast to the Sixpoint Cream Ale. (292 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange color with a thin white head. The head quickly fades and gives way to a thin lace. A steady supply of bubbles race to the top to support thr lacing. The nose is sweet, light hint of orange. Taste is a slight bitter start up front followed by a light malt sweetness, light citrus mixes in and finishes with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. For the style this is a well done beer! (408 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (4,585 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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). (1,267 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of Lorwhal
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.36/5  rDev -39.6%
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. (177 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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). (701 characters)

Photo of RogueCBR
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (236 characters)

Photo of Antc2382
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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! (292 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (569 characters)

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

Thought it was like an APA at first, but this light bodied ale is deceivingly complex and tasty! Not sure what a cream ale is or what category to put this in, but it's pretty good. Sessionable and tasty, good summer beer. (223 characters)

Photo of Andymac28
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The people looking for a cream ale are looking in the wrong place. Although BA id's this as a cream ale it is not. It's an ale as it says on the box but The dudes from Sixpoint say it themselves, "a beer that the brain cannot categorize but instead speaks directly to the pallet."
Sweet Action looks good, smell is nothing to rave about but not bad, but the taste! A little hop forward with an amazing honey like finish w just a little sweetness not a lot. Smooth and coating mouth feel. Perfect carbonation. Amazing beer! It's actually going to become my new everyday staple. Sixpoint makes phenomenal nectars! (611 characters)

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with a minimal tan head. Not a lot of lacing.

Very light on the nose with floral hops and biscuity malts. Not too much going on here.

The taste is light, refreshing and everything you want in a Cream Ale: perfectly balanced caramelly malts and light, citrusy hops.

It feels light and creamy with a fair bit of carbonation. Very refreshing!

Overall, this is going to end up in the regular rotation at my house. (435 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Pours a light amber color with a thin head. No lacing.
S- Sweet with a little malty smell.
T- Wow. Haven't had a lot of cream ales, and this is the best. Nice malty taste with a great hop finish that sticks around for a while.
F- very crisp and refreshing with just enough hop pop in the end.
O- Pleasantly surprised. Not big on cream ales but I like this one. (371 characters)

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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.