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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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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangey-amber with a loose but steady off white film that rims and trails. Big fresh orangeade nose with hints of apricot and shortbread underneath.
Peach cobbler and some corny sweetness with gentle but steady orangey (Amarillo?) hops, heavy on the late hops.
Tangerine candy end and slight bitter pith linger. Smooth, soft, crisp, round.

Super smooth! Both sweet and hoppy. Not sure if or how this is a cream ale, but it works. The portrait of drinkability.

StJamesGate, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of tpauer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

tpauer, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never had this style of brew before.

A: 1+ fingered slightly off-white foamy head that displayed good retention and lacing topped this orange bodied brew.

S: Pine, candied malts accompanied by grapefruit and lemon.

T: Bit of citrus flavors and biscuity malts upfront, but soon after the flavors drop off leaving me wishing for more.

M: Medium bodied, creamy.

O: I enjoyed this brew, but I know it could have been so much more.

tjkinate, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of GoGators
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GoGators, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Elfastball7, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly clouded orange-amber with a creamy white head that is well-retained. A modest amount of lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, bready notes and pale malt.

The taste is of pale malt with cracker-like bread. Citrus and slight herbs support and balance the maltiness well. It has a sweet kiss with a refreshing, crisp tea-like dryness in the finish, which holds on long enough to be satisfying.

The feel is smooth and crisp. It has a mild, refreshing feel.

This is a well-balanced, tasty, easy-drinking ale! A nice pint from a can.

jwc215, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Gregwa, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -23.3%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Lawl3ss, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of bum732
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Carmelized melon and pineapple, some bright tangerines, slight spiciness, some herbs.

L: Fairly clear burnt orange, creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Clean hoppy malt with some phenols underneath. Hops are very herby and slightly grassy. Medium low bitterness leading to a quite dry, slightly hoppy finish.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Ok, good for style. Although i was hoping for a little more body or "creaminess." Then again, its to style. Not sure i like the hops that are common in many of the beers from this brewery.

bum732, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before: 21OCT11...whoops.

A - Hazy orange in color with a foamy, white head.

S - Fruity, piney, dry hops accompanied by creamy, sweet malt. Very nice. It actually smells creamy. Like a cream soda. Probably can't get much better for a Cream Ale.

T - Dry and malty up front with a slightly spicy hop note in the finish. Dried fruits and some earthy malt character.

M - Medium carbonation and cream soda-like flavors linger in the finish. Easy and enjoyable to drink.

Gatch, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Gtreid
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Gtreid, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev +2.3%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

wdarcy77, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real time review from can into a willybecker from Wegmans.

The color is almost amber, more of a dark golden with thick creamy cap of light beige with fine bead - lace sticks in spots. The smell is kind of worty -sweet with a piney hop tinge in the nose, very faint floral w/ a some pine esters and yeast fruitiness is low overall. The aroma has a mild caramel malt tinge. The feel is good with slight bitter element and hint of metallic with creamy yeast and light bitter astringent element with an overall high amount of carbonatioin into the semi-dry finish.

The flavor is somewhat nutty tinged with a hint of caramel upfront and mild toasted flavor with a lightly piney hop in the mid-taste. There is a slight lemony astringent aspect with the mild tannic flavor as the carbonation relaxes slightly. The flavor verges on tropical fruit and pineapple with the peppery hops holdy on into the last sips with a subtle tanginess of grapefruit and tangerine. The flavor has a woody note, not sure if it is hop or malt derived, but the flavor seems drying with a light yeasty tinge with a moderately astringent flavor as it ends. This is a unique beer, I can't say it is the best of the style but it is interesting and held my interest the whole time with a nice hoppy aspect and mostly dry texture that appeals to me.

Slatetank, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of TerrenceOBrien
5/5  rDev +27.9%

TerrenceOBrien, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +2.3%

brez8791, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Beenitty for the chance to taste this- I have never even heard on Sixpoint brewery. Poured from can into 512 glass. Pours a cloudy bright orange color, nice thick white head fills the glass and recedes slowly. Lacing all over glass. Smell- a very unique citrus mixed with cream soda aroma. Hops present themselves in a lemon/lime citrus aroma. Taste- a medicinal flavor blasts my tongue. Hop bitterness comes in waves, but the sweetness I was expecting from the cream ale component is missing. Its watery. Something is wrong with this beer. Not good. It will be tough getting through this can.

lnashsig, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into pint glass. Creamy amber orange looking pour. It doesnt quite look like a cream ale, but it doesnt quite look like any other ale either??
Smells pretty good...yeasty citrusy malts, and as always, a bit "different" somehow. Slight bitter flavor, but smooth. Not overly enjoyable on the tongue, but like other Sixpoints I have had, its some kind of signature funk/bitter. While unique, its just not for me...but I wouldn't bash this brew.

DrinkSlurm, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
3/5  rDev -23.3%

CliffBrake, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Ralphs66, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

biegaman, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jkane101, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

stxSS07, Dec 17, 2011
Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.