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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

1,488 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 118
Gots: 135 | 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 thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one as an extra in a past trade (can't remember his userhandle). Served from can into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, bubblegum, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, fruity hops, bread, and a subtle earthiness. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I saw that this was a Cream Ale out of a can, I was intrigued. When I cracked open the can and poured into into a glass I was amazed. This was a really well made Cream Ale and a great example of the style. The bubblegum in the nose was the dominate note by far, which was quite nice. A well done brew that I would love to enjoy again anytime.

12-19-2011 02:12:00 | More by thagr81us
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

Sweet Action looks like something that might have been buried with an Egyptian pharaoh. Its glossy amber colour suggests richness, especially in the malt department. Clarity is impeded only by the beer's deep tone. Its head initially began like a pancake – spread wide and thin – but now looks more like a coffee ring stain left on a table.

Sweet Action almost smells like it has a bit of Belgian yeast action going on. There is a bubblegum fruitiness with strong notes of pear, apricot and white pepper as well as a pineapple-like sugariness that likely comes from the barley malt. The bouquet has a less than fresh smell (aka 'musty') despite the can being reasonably fresh.

The hops taste of pineapple and apricot and the malts a little bit like pear. It is a fruity flavour but grounded in a toasted graininess. Bitterness is showcased via a scratchy, earthy hoppiness that almost unpleasantly festers in the finish. A bit of resins come through in the second pour, which also came with a good dosage of sediment that thickened the mouthfeel.

There's no alcohol flavour although something is adding a bit of vibrancy. It's either alcohol vapors or yeast phenols, tough to say, but there is a lot of white pepper spice. Either way, it kind of hinders drinkability - this drinks like a beer almost twice its strength. The abundance of raw maltose flavour gives the impression of an unfinished beer.

Sixpoint Brewing feels that style guidelines are something to be created rather than learned. And usually the stuff they come up with is as wonderful as it is original. Sweet Action, however, though a worthy enough creation, did not quite do it for me, personally. But given this brewery's otherwise spotless lineup I'll likely give it another shot.

12-18-2011 16:00:19 | More by biegaman
Photo of jkane101

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-17-2011 17:35:04 | More by jkane101
Photo of stxSS07


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

16oz can into a pint glass. Best before Feb, ???

A- Pours a golden yellow with a 2 finger off white head that sticks around for a good while. Leaves huge cobweb lacing.

S- Nice blast of grassy, floral, and bit of citric hops followed with a bit of grainyness and malt sweetness. Something else sweet in there too I can't quite place. Really nice smelling brew.

T- Nice smooth blend of sweetness and floral hops melds into a bit a grain and an almost fruity ester on the back. So tasty.

M- The mouthfeel on this brew is superb. Soft, creamy feel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O- I haven't had too many cream ales, but I can't imagine any being better than this. Really fantastic beer.

12-17-2011 04:09:48 | More by stxSS07
Photo of Shagtastic


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Thanks to cbeer88 for my first review from the secret santa BIF

Poured from a 16 Oz. can into a tulip

A: Caramel colored with a great head that holds awhile into drinking it.

S: A sweet creamy nose on the beer makes it really inviting, seemingly easy to drink.

T: I love the smoothness here, the flavors seem to transition really well and holds throughout the glass.

M: This is probably my favorite part of the beer. It is creamy and smooth and has a great carbonation. This is such an easy beer to drink.

Overall: While not my favorite cream ale I would drink this again for sure. I really enjoyed this and can see this being a favorite in the summer months.

12-17-2011 00:59:52 | More by Shagtastic
Photo of IrishColonial


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-15-2011 18:17:36 | More by IrishColonial
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

A hazy, dirty peach-colored beer with a thin creamy lace. Stone fruits in the nose with a deep floral hop aroma and mild cellar mustiness. Crisp carbonation, then creamy. Immediate white pepper, with fleshy stone fruits in the flavor and a bready malt character beneath. Citric hop snap rides in off the carbonation and melds into the malts, impart- ing soft floral and herbal notes, followed by ripe melon suggestions with some mild esters, thanks to the Simcoe hops. Dries up nicely with a lingering splash of melon and bready sweetness. Touted as balancing sweetness and bitterness, it lives up to this most awesomely. This is one deliciously sexy beer from a can.

12-15-2011 02:37:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of jsanford


2.35/5  rDev -39.9%

Tallboy can poured into a Pint Glass. Best before April 2012.

A - Pours a very hazy orange with a fluffy off-white head that settles to a thick cap and leaves a sheet of lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Messy aromas of grain, some grassy hops, and Belgian-style yeast. Seriously, is this stuff supposed to be Belgian-inspired or is it just poor quality?! The Bengali Tiger I had had the same dirty Belgian yeast profile.
T - Similar to the nose, grain, pears, some grassy hops, and messy yeast. I don't get it.
M - Smooth, crisp mouthfeel, actually a very quenching brew, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation.
O - Not a fan. I don't know if I'm getting bad cans or if I'm just extremely aware of certain flavors in their beer, but no more Sixpoint for me.

12-14-2011 04:05:38 | More by jsanford
Photo of animalchin

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-11-2011 04:51:46 | More by animalchin
Photo of taigor

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-09-2011 18:18:02 | More by taigor
Photo of Rusty18


4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-08-2011 20:39:38 | More by Rusty18
Photo of Kegatron


2.33/5  rDev -40.4%

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a couple solid looking fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thin sudsy layer that skims the surface and leaving back a sticky ring of lacing. The aroma smells grassy and earthy with green citrus and sweet gains pretty much controlling this. As this warms, a real dank and earthy core to this emerges. Can’t really say that I’m overly enjoying this.

This taste is surprisingly hoppy, with a citric character here that leaves a good bit of raw and pithy feeling bitterness behind. This is filled out on the edge by malt sweetness, with a bready flush of flavor coming out strongest across the back. Hops return for the finish though with a dry and gritty bitterness that leaves an unpleasant aftertaste behind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp feeling throughout with some smoothness to this around the edges. I seem to be picking up good bit of an oily slickness as well to the body, which could speak to the amount of hops in this.

I get this beer in theory. A hopped up take on a Cream Ale. Unfortunately the hop profiles in these canned Sixpoint offerings are so inconsistent and this one displayed the same overly raw character to it that really turned me off from their Autumnation as well. I didn’t really care for this at all. This beer is much better on draft.

12-07-2011 18:10:00 | More by Kegatron
Photo of rab53


4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-07-2011 02:36:36 | More by rab53
Photo of argock


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from 16oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 21Feb2011 on bottom of can. Served at 45F. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.60.

A: Slightly hazy amber-gold with rocky, frothy 1-2 finger head with excellent retention and copious amounts of crusty lacing.

S: Aroma is heavy on the buttery biscuit which clouds the wonderful hops aspects which include orange, grapefruit, and floral components

T: The malt bill tastes nearly the same as their Bengali IPA, which I think detracts from the hoppiness. I think the strong biscuit component works better in this beer, as the hops are a little more restrained, but I still am not a fan of the sharp buttery snap of the malt contribution. Some vanilla notes creep in with the aftertaste.

M: This is one smooth brew with slightly sticky maltiness and moderate carbonation that is just right for the style.

O: I like this beer but wish Sixpoint would move away from the strong biscuit maltiness as it zaps the hoppiness and detracts from the drinkability. Still, Sweet Action delivers in the grand scheme of things.

12-06-2011 05:20:16 | More by argock
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-05-2011 22:37:48 | More by missdawn
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-05-2011 18:51:26 | More by djrn2
Photo of asparkoflife


4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-05-2011 17:06:45 | More by asparkoflife
Photo of jilly425


5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-05-2011 02:46:12 | More by jilly425
Photo of VikeMan


4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-04-2011 23:19:29 | More by VikeMan
Photo of vonburgey


5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-02-2011 17:26:14 | More by vonburgey
Photo of THECPJ


3/5  rDev -23.3%

12-01-2011 01:29:30 | More by THECPJ
Photo of ceraphin

New York

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-01-2011 00:59:01 | More by ceraphin
Photo of kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-30-2011 18:09:26 | More by kelvarnsen
Photo of Duff27


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Best Before 17Nov2011

A- Near inch-tall, off-white fluffy head on a purdy lookin' deep orange/light red colored body. A dozen or so streams of effervescence. Average head retention and spotty lacing.

S- Sweet grass, smells of the tropics!

T- Caramel sweetness dominates but there is a hop presence. "Pear." Very peculiar aftertaste, something like menthol...or something.

M- Full mouthfeel. Average carbonation.

D/O- I really enjoyed this one. Definitely my favorite cream ale thus far and I wouldn't be surprised if it stays that way for a long time. I would akin this to a Samuel Adams Boston Lager or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in that it'd be a go-to if one were looking for a flavorful low(ish) ABV session(able) brew. Thanks for the chance mcb4538!

11-29-2011 02:16:09 | More by Duff27
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-28-2011 03:46:01 | More by setonhallbluehen
Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.