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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,534 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 125
Gots: 148 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Stumpy29er, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of maryd837
3/5  rDev -23.3%

maryd837, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Njstoutlover23
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Njstoutlover23, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of DavidWalker
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

DavidWalker, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Can poured into a Murphy's Pint

A: Pours a golden orange with a nice 2finger white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

S: Sweet malts, faint pine and resin. A hint of citrus is present.

T: Light hop bitterness on the tongue which quickly fades to light malt backbone to a crisp citrus like finish.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

O: This is the first for me in a long time of this style. I would imagine it is a little hop forward with an initial bite that I don't recall on other cream ales. However, that being said, it's a well crafted, great tasting brew.

WesM63, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of beerhawk41
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

beerhawk41, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of jpcool9
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jpcool9, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of mjw06
4/5  rDev +2.3%

mjw06, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of drgnfli00
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Sugar Maple Milw WI.

Appearance: Woah!!! I almost thought I got the wrong beer. A hazy light coppery color. Beautiful color if it was a red ale, however not indicative of a cream ale. Finger height head that fails to retain for very long. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Aromatic hops are abundant. I smelled this baby after a beautiful pour straight from the bar top. Heavy clean aromatic hop scent. Pine, floral, and citrus.

Taste: Immediate aromatic hop aroma and flavor profile. Clean, light and citrusy. For a cream ale this borders on obscene, however after the initial hop bloom, it blends into a slightly sweet ryeish backbone with little bittering at the end. Definitely hop forward which again is not indicative of the style.

Mouthfeel: Again not very representative of a cream ale as it lacks any significant creamy mouth feel. Average carbonation with a wet slightly thin start and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I love cream ales so I was a bit put off by this beer as it was not what I would call a cream ale. Closer to an American Red/Amber in my opinion, however overall a pretty good beer. It has a great balance, albeit a bit hop forward, while not being overly bitter. Just don’t call it a cream ale cuz it isn’t. 34 IBU’s should disqualify it as being called such.

drgnfli00, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GreyGhost4, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of leinie13
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

leinie13, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can into Stone Ruination pint.

A- Pours a light amber with a 2 finger white head. Nice lacing clouds remain.

S- Sweet toaste4d malts, some caramel and pine.

T-toasted and amber malts, sweet caramel, and just enough hops to notice a slight bitterness.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Easy to drink and leaves a slight dry mouth aftertaste.

O- Good for what it is. NOt a beer I would drink normally or often but wouldn't turn one down.

kawilliams81, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

gregmoscetti, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of bergie331
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

bergie331, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Faintly hazey copper color. Quick head , a little film o' foam and OK bubbling.

Faint bitterness, well toasted malts. Cracker and biscuit malt aromas. Not creamy, a little too bittersmelling for a cream ale in my book.

Mild citric bitterness, that is not typical of most cream ales. Toasted crackers and biscuit powder. Powdery palate with a bitter finish and linger.

This beer tastes god, but I do not think it is a cream ale. Toooo bitter. But I like it either way.

scruffwhor, Apr 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

erlenmeyer, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

gunclubchris, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

joesc230, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dino hooked this up. Not a style I'd typically purchase but that' cool. Poured from pint can to pint glass the beer pours a clear golden yellow with a decent 1 finger white head, some retention and lacing. Actually looks inviting. The nose is a gentle blend of light toasted malt, a distinct citrus fruit, with a hint of earthy resin. The flavor is very much the same. Hoppier than I expected, a welcome addition. Blends well with the gentle toasted malt and fruity sweetness. Not overly sweet or bitter, very nice, just right. Finishes creamy and clean. Light bodied and well carbonated. Overall, a welcome treat! Easily the best cream ale I've had. Recommended!

hopfacebrew, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can - slightly hazy, golden-amber with a sustained, foamy off-white head.

I was surprised by the explosion of bitter aromatics after opening the can. This aroma continued after the pour. Will this be a bitterly hoppy cream ale or did they do a lot of dry-hopping?

Based on the balanced flavor, the answer to above is dry-hopping. The initial flavor has a nice complement of refreshing hops, yet is settles down to a smooth, malty flavor. This is a heavier and more robust interpretation of a cream ale with 34 IBUs. Drinks more like an American pale ale.

This ale has a solid medium body with a substantial and flavorful mouthfeel for a cream ale. The carbonation is slightly high which adds some refreshing zest to the palate.

Not at all what I expected from a cream ale - I suppose every brewery has its own interpretation. The brewer's website states this ale is "part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale". However you define it, it is highly drinkable and worth seeking out.

jkrich, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

BugTownPub, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of adman08
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy dark amber with a very good amount of slightly golden off-white foam on top.
S-Sweet aromas of malt and bread. Slight citrus aroma.
T-Slightly tart but well balanced with a good malt sweetness and a nice bready flavor. Slight citrus hop bite with a faint citrus sweetness.
M-Smooth, slightly sweet but finishes rather dry. Good carbonation, not over carbonated or under carbonated.
Overall, an interesting beer and the type of beer I could drink any time of year. Good balance of malty sweetness with the hop bite and citrus flavor.

adman08, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 3/14/12

Best before 09 July 2012

Very deep shades of honey and amber with some brown tones. Two finger head is fluffy and falls away with a speckled web of lace lingering on. Thin retention. The lace dries up to hit-or-miss territory over time.

The aroma is hoppy, much the same as the other Sixpoint cans I had a while ago. The overall hop effect being fairly green and resembling lemon pine-sol. The malts strike up notes of toasted bread; in some ways it resembles rye. Faint hints of vanilla. Maybe a touch of caramel.

Tastes pretty hoppy too, but the overall flavors are seem to have succumbed to thinning sheers. Quite green and piney hop flavors. Bitterness is comfortably moderate, making good use of the can-noted 34 IBUs. Hop crackly builds over time. Malt-wise, things are a bit grainy and a bit toasty. Spicy like rye, but I don't know. Very dry throughout.

Sweet action feels thin to me, but not inappropriately so. Average carbonation; vigorous yet smoothed over. Finishes dry with residual bitterness and soapy hops.

Overall impression - India Cream Ale? Sweet Action suffers from being unfocused and one dimensional. Drinkable for sure; nothing wrong with a hoppy cream ale, I reckon.

Ryan011235, Apr 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

DavyJones, Apr 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

ejimhof, Apr 10, 2012
Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.