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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,504 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 120
Gots: 139 | 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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

03-21-2012 18:36:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

03-21-2012 16:36:12 | More by BEERchitect
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fmccormi

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Straight pour from 16oz can to an imperial nonic pint glass. Freshness date of July 2, 2012 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“BEST BEFORE 02JUL2012 094SOK+”)

Appearance (4.5): This is a very attractive beer, and great-looking for the style. The head is out of control, starting around three full fingers and dissipating gradually to one, leaving a thick, oatmeal-colored cap that has a visible texture to it—not just bubbles and foam, but something substantial. And the lacing is moderate and sudsy, all around the glass. The body is a deep orange-amber, and very cloudy.

Smell (4.0): Surprisingly nice, grassy, slightly citrusy hop note comes along first, nicely complementing the sweet, malty syrup note that characterizes the core of the beer. A bit fruity, too. Smells like sweet oatmeal and barley covered in a light, peachy syrup. Really like that light, malty barley character.

Taste (4.0): There’s something about a lot of Sixpoint’s canned beers that has a distinctive flavor to it—the particular mixture of yeast and barley malt to their beers is hard to miss. It’s slightly medicinal and slightly metallic, but it accompanies the malt body well. That said, the malt profile is biscuity and lightly sweet, and nice. The hops add a surprisingly long, grassy finish in the back that I like quite a bit. Smoothes out as it warms, with a nice, caramel undertone becoming more prominent and the aforementioned metallic note morphing into a nice, toasted grain character. Much better after it’s warmed a bit!

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very nice and smooth in the carbonation, and the body feels relatively thick without being heavy—lighter side of medium, but oily. Despite the low ABV, I think it has a nice drying effect.

Overall (4.0): Cream ales aren’t exactly my thing, but this beer is another very nice canned offering from Sixpoint. It really is perfect for hanging around a fire, or just being outdoors in general. It’s distinctive, and makes cream ales seem like a more attractive category than I ever would have granted on my own. Considering how much this improved as it warmed, I’d love to try this on cask—could be dynamite.

03-20-2012 23:47:35 | More by fmccormi
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Brenden

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

The color is a thickly hazed gold-amber. A thick, creamy nearly white head rests over two fingers tall and takes some time to fade to heavy foam. Lacing is deposited heavily in a mix of ringing and patching.
The aroma is good but lighter than expected. Grapefruit is prevalent, a sort of East Coast hoppiness, no real resinous note. Malts are equally prevalent and lends itself to grains undertones. Creamy sweetness is also a major note.
A complex blend of grains, a bit of honey, creaminess, grapefruit, bread and biscuit make up the flavor. This may be the quintessential cream ale. The rhetoric on the can regarding the balance between sweetness and bitterness is no exaggeration. The only thing I'd think would make it perfect is if it could be as flavorful with added balance from a very slight diminishment in hops bitterness.
The medium body edges toward lighter. It's creamy, as expected, and pretty smooth after just a nip of crispness. A little more heft would add some depth, but it certainly works regardless.

03-19-2012 23:57:09 | More by Brenden
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MichaelDobbins

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-19-2012 22:22:24 | More by MichaelDobbins
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MaltyMama


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-19-2012 20:55:54 | More by MaltyMama
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-19-2012 20:53:18 | More by shockrocker65
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Aexoonge

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-19-2012 17:21:00 | More by Aexoonge
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deonreds

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

03-19-2012 05:18:42 | More by deonreds
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pixieskid

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

03-18-2012 19:14:15 | More by pixieskid
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mcorwin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-18-2012 16:55:03 | More by mcorwin
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.3%

Had a pint of this beer at NYC Beer Company in New York City. Served on tap and cool.

Pours a hazy topaz body and an off white head. Very floral smell. Drinks a nutty, bready beer. Light pine and citrus notes.

Has a medium to light mouthfeel.

Really nice sessionalble beer. I would drink this beer again. May be somewhat off of the style.

03-18-2012 03:22:28 | More by jneiswender
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jheberle

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -61.6%

03-18-2012 01:10:14 | More by jheberle
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Wow. This is the fourth Sixpoint I've tried in the last week and the fourth winner. What an interesting brew. Robust and malty, this is what I think a cream ale should be.

It also has a nice balance of hops to help offset the malty taste (which is bigger than it really is - I wonder what the double would be like.

Like all the other Sixpoints, this is a highly recommended brew that I intend to buy again.

03-18-2012 00:47:13 | More by schoolboy
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-17-2012 22:52:58 | More by TasteTester
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-17-2012 20:56:06 | More by atoulouk
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JxExM

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-17-2012 16:28:49 | More by JxExM
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Jimbolikesbeer


4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-17-2012 04:24:38 | More by Jimbolikesbeer
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a dark copper with a nice thick head, decent lacing and legs.
Smells mildly metallic and it's not the can perception, I had their Resin and got no metallic tastes at all. There is some citrus to the nose and a ton of malts as well. There's a lot of lemon and some caramel notes too.
Taste is rich with malts, caramel and biscuit. The lemon comes in through the finish. It's nice for a cream ale but the lemon and mild, almost watery taste set it off a bit for me. Feels smooth and creamy with nice carbonation and a rich, sticky finish.
Overall, not a beer I would buy if I wanted a cream ale. I don't so no problem there.

03-16-2012 00:54:23 | More by kirok1999
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

03-15-2012 04:04:09 | More by JohnK17
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Amalak

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

A. It pours a caramel orange/brown with a massive foamy head that leaves a ton of lacing. Opaque with some bubbles going up the side.

S. Slight lemon and malt scent to it.

T. There is a balanced sweet lemon and citrus underpinning to this. Some very mild hoppy bitterness. A dash of malt. Very smooth. A hint of rye, perhaps too.

M. Simple with an ever-so sour aftertaste (in a good way).

O. If there's a knock, it's almost too unassuming. I'm not sure that this is easily remembered, if only that it is so easy and lovely to drink...which has to be a good thing, right?

03-13-2012 03:12:16 | More by Amalak
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

5/5  rDev +27.9%

03-13-2012 01:33:32 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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1p5v

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

03-12-2012 01:17:50 | More by 1p5v
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Served this 16 oz. can in a Sierra Nevada hops glass. Dated best before 09 JUL2012. Reviewed according to style. Medium golden body with a modest white head. A film and lacing remained.

The smell was grain and hard candy. Orange juice. Fresh.

The taste was lightly sour. Bready. Fresh earthy hops. Spicy. Clean and supremely balanced. No corn or filler flavors. This one is greater than the sum of it's parts. Probably the best cream ale I've ever tasted.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with plenty of prickly, scrubbing carbonation. Glad to have Sixpoint in my region!

03-10-2012 20:40:42 | More by Cresant
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pbass78

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-09-2012 02:24:10 | More by pbass78
Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
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