Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,670 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 135
Gots: 197 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-04-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cole's. A creamy IPA. Lots of C-hop aroma and vanilla maltiness. Creamy head on medium golden soapy head,lace fresh. Really good hoppy flavour, a juiciness like a good American Pale Ale. Then this extra level of maltiness that sweetens the finish. Bottom Line:The beer works.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy orange with a 2 inch puffy white head that fades to a foamy, craggy cap. A very nice latticework of lacing forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of nice citrus zest and herbal hops with a slight honey smell as the beer warms. Taste is a nice balance between sweet malt and citrus zest and herbal hops. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good cream ale with a nice balance between the malt and hops.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's this past weekend. Served in a mini snifter.

Right off the bat, I'll say that I was quite excited to try this one, as it's been the number one Cream Ale for quite some time nice. Since most beers in this style are pretty awful, I was anxiously anticipating trying a good one. This delivered. Bigtime.

Pours a clear golden color with a really nice white head. Good retention and some swell lacing. Good so far. The nose was really quite faint. There was a touch of floral hops with a bit of breadiness. Pretty tame. Really tame, in fact. The taste countered with an explosion of flavor. Perfect balance between light bready/grainy sweetness and floral and herbal hops. Nice and delicate. Very refreshing. Best cream ale, by far. The feel backed that up. It was nice and crisp with a solidly bitter finish. Really well done. Enthusiastic thumbs up, Sixpoint.

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light amber-orange in color and has a half-finger high off white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of sweet fruits and pale malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus hops.
T: The overall taste is fairly similar to the smell and has some fruity flavors along with a mild amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light to medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and a modest head that drops to a ringlet while leaving a bit of lace

Smell: Grapefruit with some biscuity undertones

Taste: Immediate blend of grapefruit and the biscuit with increasing fruity bitterness developing by mid-palate; nice blend of bitter fruit and crisp Germanic malt flavor after the swallow with a hint of sweet floral action on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a great drinking beer for a hot day (or a cold one for that matter); refreshingly crisp but with nice fruity complexity

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, when a brewer "chooses" an adjunct for flavor, effect, and principal rather than being "relegated" to the poorer adjunct of corn, does it suddenly make the Cream Ale well-crafted?

Pouring with a hazy strong golden color that hinges on rusty copper, the beer releases a moderate yet terse white head that struggles slightly with both retention and lacing. The appearance is more substantial than the typical Cream Ale, but not what's expected from the craft community.

The surprising aroma of hops leap into the olfactories first and doing so with a pungent mix of earthiness and citrus character. Background notes of malt and slight vegetation reinforce the hops with balanced scent of malt, wood, grass, and cereal grains- mainly corn.

Flavors work in reverse as the malty-rich taste of breads, crackers, and crust formidably build the beer's first impressions. The mid palate of hops allow for a mild grass, citrus, and 'stemmy' taste that bridge onto the cereal-corn taste that rise late due to the fleeting malt taste. Hop flavor morphs into earthy bitterness that aids in a snappy and bitterly balanced finish.

Indeed creamy and fully textured to start, the beer's sweeter and fuller mouthfeel retains until quite late in taste, up until the sudden and sharp hop dryness and mild astringency to finish.

So back to the question- is Sixpoint's Cream Ale considered a craft beer because it's a microbrewery who created such? It is when it tastes more like a Pale Ale. One thing's for certain- this ain't your father's Cream Ale.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium bright amber color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of semi-sweet caramel malt with light citrus hoppy notes. Taste is also a good mix between some caramelized malt with a light hoppy finish with subtle notes of citrus. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice session style beer with limited complexity.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no clue how this one is a cream ale, but all i know is it was damn good, poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 7/3/11

the pour was a nice light amber with a huge head of white that towered over the top of it. lots of lacing here. immediate hop nose that would not quite mixed with a mellow grain and a nice and light feeling across the palate. smooth and crisp with light buttery notes hidden under the crisp citrus flavor. nice dry finish was just what the doctor ordered.

overall this was about as clean and crisp as a session ale gets, no doubt.

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

Can courtesy of Trevor. Thanks.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head and minimal lacing.

S: Starts off with a nice bready sweetness and a bit of biscuit malt. A light floral and citrusy hop aroma with just a faint caramel note. There might even be a little bit of honey to it.

T: Crisp and light with lots of biscuit and bread malts along with honey sweetness. Lightly hopped, but a bit more than your standard cream ale. Not much bitterness, but a nice bit of floral and citrus peel hop flavor.

M: The body is somewhat light with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Certainly one of the better cream ales I've ever had and a very nice, easy to drink beer. Perfect for the summer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a golden yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing is decent along with the retention. The smell of the beer has a nose full of Cascade hops. The flavors of the beer is citrusy with a good fresh flavor and bitterness in the back end. The mouthfeel of the beer is soft and creamy feeling, subtle carbonation and just smooth in general. Overall it's hoppy and clean, it's also refreshing in my opinion, I found it to be enjoyable.

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles,poured from the tap into a standard pint glass a hazed light golden with a thinner but well retained white head.Mainly toasty in the nose with a bit of citrus and sweet-like vanilla wich was more pronounced on the palate.Flavors start out mildly sweet with some vanilla melding into a leafy hop finish.Not overly complex but it nicely blanced a good drinker.

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip glass, body is a glowing opaque orange with an ample cap of white foam that puffs up above the rim of the glass momentarily.

Mellow spiced apple aroma, some light yeast impression, otherwise clean and not overly aromatic.

Flavor also has an apple character, lightly sweet at first becoming bready like a buttered biscuit, then drying out with crisp and lightly bitter finish. The buttery diacetyl note is a little distracting but seems acceptable in small amounts. Might give another try down the road, but it's not my favorite from Sixpoint.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as bold of a cream ale as i can recall, i love this thing. its got a richer and bigger malt base than many, a touch of caramel color to the mostly clear brew. the head is white and long lasting, and the nose shows some serious sweetness. i get honey and cereal grain, with maybe some milk sugar and enough hops for it to be balanced on the back end. the flavor is the same, with the majority of the sweetness coming up front. i love the bigger malt bill, it does so much for the flavors here and really takes the style to a place i have not seen it go before. the bigger body i think also helps it stand out from the crowd. carbonation is epic, and im left wanting more and more of this beer. not like any other cream ale out there, and i think these guys have done an expert job making base styles unique to their brewery. this is exceptional on all counts.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a (512) anniversary glass.

Didn't see having a third cream ale today, but at least this one is a bit of an oddball take on the style (sort of, anyway). It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, grass, light flowers, light orange rind, and a streak of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grass and wheat really strangling out everything else. What results is a mild bitterness that seems a touch out-of-place and detracts from the proceedings for me. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, despite the bitterness, which isn't all that powerful anyway, this is a solid cream ale. It may not be all that indicative of the style, but it's enjoyable enough.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
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