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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,693 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,693
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 145
Gots: 217 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jfishe13313
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of happydrunk
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of leantom
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I was a little skeptical about trying this beer. I'm not sure what a cream ale really is, and the reviews for this beer - while good - didn't really pique my interest. However, since I'm on a quest to sample all of Sixpoint's major offerings, I decided to pick up this beer and give in a try. It was phenomenal. Here goes:

A: Like an English pale ale or an ESB. Pours a hazy orange-brown that leaves a one-inch head and moderate lacing. Overall about standard for the style.

S: While good, there's nothing really special about the smell, IMHO. Some people have said that this is hop-forward for a cream ale; I disagree. To me, there's a faint smattering of citrus hops balanced against a malt and yeast backbone. This beer is actually incredibly well-balanced. The hops give way to a grainy-cereal and caramel malt background. The yeast also adds a little bit of spice (smells like English baker's yeast). Very complex and well balanced, but nothing really sticks out (i.e., none of the smells are prominent).

T: This is where things get into high-gear. Prominent grassy, citrus hops give way to an incredibly caramel-malt aftertaste. Whereas the initial taste is bitter, the aftertaste is incredibly sweet and delicious. What's really phenomenal about this brew is that the sweetness of the malt totally destroys the annoying hoppy aftertaste that's apparent in some average pale ales. This is a very, very well-made beer.

F: Beautiful. Goes down perfectly - great beer.

O: Underwhelming at first, but the taste and mouthfeel are nearly perfect. I'm downing my third since starting the review.

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3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps it's just me, but the hop-forward nature of this one isn't exactly what I'm looking for in a cream ale.

Photo of Herby1011
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msondel
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LawrenceChakey
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of almostjay
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer makes me think that I still don't know what a cream ale is. Best by far.

Photo of MPSTARR
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pmazurek13
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ronin926
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morrowd3
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tunemx
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stum-pub
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of midnightcowboy818
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Easy drinking, with notes of citrus dancing with a medium touch of hops. Slight bitterness in the finish. Solid.

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of scottspencer
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer from Sixpoint

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vancean2
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, served into a standard pint glass.

A: Glowing amber pour; slightly cloudy body as the beer settles into the glass; golden-orange highlights along the edges; a fluffy, off-white head forms on the pour, good retention; sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Very citrus forward - notes of freshly-peeled citrus rind and grapefruit juice are prominent; aromas trend more towards an IPA than a cream ale at the start; then a sweet, cereal-like grain note rises up, creating a nice base that supports and moderates the initial waves of citrus.

T: Much like the nose, the initial sip is dominated by hints of freshly-peeled citrus rind (orange peel) and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice; the initial puckering bite of citrus flavors are gradually tempered by the introduction of a sweet honey note, and the cereal-grain flavor of the underlying cream ale; a touch creamy through the middle, provides nice balance; the finish dries slightly, leaving a fleeting hint of honey and orange-like flavors; I can definitely see the "creamsicle" comparisons that many reviewers note.

M: Slick body, with crisp carbonation that cuts through to keep proceedings light and very refreshing.

O: While it may be difficult to place this beer squarely into any single style-category, one thing remains clear - regardless of what you consider this beer, consider it a supremely drinkable example. Smooth, light, and very refreshing, all wrapped up in a low-abv package that makes this beer very sessionable. Recommended.

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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,693 ratings.