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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

1,532 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,532
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 15, 2011
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2.35/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

jsanford, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

animalchin, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

taigor, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rusty18, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
2.33/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Kegatron, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

rab53, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

argock, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

missdawn, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

djrn2, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

asparkoflife, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

jilly425, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

VikeMan, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

vonburgey, Dec 02, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

THECPJ, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

ceraphin, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Duff27, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

setonhallbluehen, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rempo, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

RuckusDu, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a hazy dark amber color with fluffy white head

smell - hops, caramel malts, citrus, bit of pine

taste - caramel/honey sweetness, citrus (mango/grapefruit) is prominent as well, slight hops bitterness is present

mouthfeel - thin to medium bodied beverage, sweetness upfront, bitterness in the aftertaste, low carbonation on this beer as well

overall - decent, easy to drink beer that I am glad I tried, I could see throwing back a couple of these on a hot summers day, would have this again if offered the chance

Price point - $2.79/single 16oz can

keithmurray, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Burt, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

sacrelicio, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.