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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

1,728 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,728
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 147
Gots: 234 | 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:
Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-04-2005

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Photo of bckayaalp
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice medium amber color with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles working their way to the top and a ton of suspended sediment, pours with two fingers of frothy off white head which dissipates very rapidly and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass
S: interesting malt character, vanilla and something buttery or reminiscent of butterscotch
T: smooth taste, not overly complex or deep but a good enough sipper, decent malt notes which are slightly sweet like fake maple syrup, ends with that slight sweetness which lingers on the palate for a bit
M: very smooth and, dare i say, creamy? gentle carbonation, silky across the palate, leaves the palate just slightly dry almost to the point of being imperceptible but otherwise clean
O: when i think cream ale i think of genny screamers and my appetite for beer goes away, this one is decent enough, sips nicely and isnt overly heavy, enjoyable, if its in the cooler ill grab it but thats about as far as i would go

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention, & lacing

S: Cereal notes, crackers, some lemon & perfumy hop notes

T: Follows the nose, much dryness, a touch of flowery hops & grassyness up front. Grapefruit comes through as this warms, plus grainy & dry notes. Finishes grainy with red grapefruit & lemongrass

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, but not overdone. Turns creamy with great balance

Super drinkability, a new highwater mark for this style IMO. This is the kind of cream ale I would drink on semi-regular basis or more so

Photo of mactrail
2.79/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber, on the orange side. Not much foam, very little lacing, but average carbonation in the mouth. Some beery aroma with a little hop floweriness, like a Pale Ale.

The flavor is kind of a murky stew. Something like oatmeal with a touch of raw grain covers the malt. Some malty sweetness, but quite bitter. More like a diluted IPA. This tastes more like some of my old homebrew experiments with hop bits floating in the trash can and a mysterious lack of head. Dishwatery, vegetable broth flavors with a hint of resins.

Maybe there is a place for this in the giant stadium of beers, but it misses all the bases for me. In the tall can from Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

Photo of MichPaul
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Sixpoint offering I have tried to date and didn't know what to expect at all. Not a bad beer, but I was expecting a little bit tastier of a brew.
The beer pours a dark amber, with a half finger head. All lacing seems to wash down the glass quickly after each taste.
Very low aroma to this beer, which was a disappointment. I enjoy catching a good aroma before the first sip.
For a name like "Sweet Action", I thought it would be sweeter than it was. There is a sweetness that hits you a bit, but not much. I guess if one is up for more subtle beers, this may be the one for them.
This is the first time I have ever tried a beer from the "Cream Ale" genre. Not bad, and was quite creamy. I was just hoping for more of a burst of flavor, and didn't get it.
I would recommend this to someone who likes a subtle, sweet, very malty type of brew. Seems like a nice Summer beer as well.

Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy orange amber color with some signs of tiny little bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: slight citrus aroma, caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Same as the smell. Very simplistic, but tasty. Not really sure what a cream ale is supposed to taste like.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.


Photo of DavoleBomb
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed dark orange brown color. Two and a half fingers of beige, frothy/foamy head. Retention is average and moderate amounts of randomly dispersed clumps of lacing are left behind.

3.5 S: Bready yeastiness is probably the strongest aspect of the nose. To follow, hops of the earthy, floral, and herbal variety manifest. Mildly sweet, mildly biscuity malts round this out.

3.0 T: Solid blending of the yeast, malt, and hops, but the end result doesn't impress or discourage. Grainy malts with a moderate neutral malt sweetness. Mild bitterness with earth, herb, and flower hop flavor. Mild yeasty breadiness. Not bad, but run of the mill.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light, pleasant creaminess.

3.0 D: Not a bad brew, but there's enough similar, yet tastier ones out there to forget about this.

Photo of SickNukes
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of joshtrich
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of callahwj
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like light orange citrus hops and honey malt, with some bready yeast.
T: It tasted like light orange and citrus and bitter herbal hops, with some sweet honey malt and bready yeast. It had a somewhat clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thin with moderate carbonation. Weak body.
D: This was not anything special. Maybe I just don't like cream ales, but the scent and taste were basic and not very appealing. The body was too light, and the finish wasn't smooth (considering how bland it was otherwise). Not recommended.

Photo of larbush
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Stockfan42
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bsimms
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Poured from a 16 oz can into CBS snifter.

A) Burnt umber in color with a finger of head that doesn't stick around too long, but leaves a nice collar around the snifter. The lacing is really quite nice.

S) A good dose of malty sweetness on the nose. A bready, buttery, almost butterscotch aroma. Then I get some fruit. A bit of apple I think.

T) Nice sweetness upfront, again I pick up some fruit, a little apple, perhaps pear. Earthy flavors follow with hop bitterness. I see it's a cream ale, but this had some farmhouse to it.

M) Really a pretty light body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of a dry finish. Grass and hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

O) Nice beer... Sweet Action is a good name, and a fair description of the beer. I won't have a problem finishing off the rest of the four pack I purchased. Give this one a shot.

Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KCM
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of martyl1000
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't quite get the malt backbone that everyone else does. There's a sweetness in the aroma. But in the mouth, all I get are hops. I can intellectualize that the backbone is there; otherwise, I wouldn't enjoy this at all, and I do enjoy it. I just wish I could pick the sweetness out of the background, the way I can with Ballistic and Hopslam.

Update, 6/13/12
After having three of these, now, I must raise my score (from 4.05). It's pretty incredible, the complexity of this beer, the night vs. day, hop bitterness vs. malt sweetness. It just took a few for me to learn its sharps and flats.

Highly recommended.

Photo of wspscott
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can in wine glass (hotel room in Gettysburg)
best by Nov 2012

note: I try to review according to style

A: Dark copper color with a very thin white head, a lot darker than I expected.
S: Sweet graininess, no sign of hops
T: A little sweet with an odd sharpness that seems to be hop driven, but there is no hop flavor. A definite grainy/huskiness with what might be some corn.
M: Crisp, yet round at the same time. Lots of carbonation. Somewhat mouthcoating.
D: Goes down very easy, nice on a summer's day, but at the same time, I am not loving it. I think the hop bitterness is a little too sharp for the style, i.e. I was hoping my wife would like this and she thinks it is too hoppy, very weird for a cream ale. All in all, definitely worth trying.

Photo of Caterwaul
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KornWallace
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of jisak74
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of SFC21
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,728 ratings.