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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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1,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,401
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 115
Gots: 111 | FT: 3
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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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New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Yellow color with slight amber hues. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger head that disappears quickly to a slight ring around the top of the glass.

S: Spicy citrus aroma that smells to me like a combination of oranges and a spice from the spice rack I can't quite put my finger on. I really want to type coriander for some reason but I really don't think that's correct. Anyway, it smells delicious and with a touch of bread and funk mixed in for good measure.

T: Superb. The hops here hit first followed quickly by a light sweetness of malt, then quickly to a highly sweeter malt that completes the loop-de-loop of flavor. Such a complex flavor profile for a cream ale. Compared to most (any) other cream ale this one is tops.

M: Creamy coating of the mouth from the malt first and the bitter hop oils second. Perfect amount of carbonation, light-medium body. Aftertaste doesn't linger for too long but leaves me wanting more.

O: Another homerun from Sixpoint. 4-4. Each can I've had has been spectacular. Really, really impressed. Pair that with the beautiful decision to can the beer and my only problem is figuring out which four pack I want to bring home this week.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 02:08:48 | More by suspect
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chalk up another win for canned beer. My perception of beer in a can continues to be reshaped. Thanks to bartrash for for sharing this with me. Can pours a beautiful orange-ish liquid with a meager head. This stuff is the epitome of drinkable. True to it's name, it does have a sweetness to it. Nice nose and mouthfeel....this is a GREAT summer session beer. How one could tire of drinking this is beyond me. If you haven't given canned beer a fair go lately, you're long over due. Start here.

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 10:56:31 | More by Retail1LO
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honeyed gold with a good head. An aggressive pour gave this one a dandy foam topper, and it stuck around and gave some nice lace. A bit of haze, not entirely clear. No bubbles rising.

Some toasted malt and some herbal notes in the nose.

OK, they hopped this one up a bit, which interferes with the creaminess of the style. But the bitter and the sweetness of the grain/malt work well together. Some bitter and grain in the finish. Creaminess? Umm...trying to find it. Not fruity like a pale ale, but has some nice sweet grain qualities. It works, although not exactly true to style.

Medium-lighter bodied.

I liked this, but not as much as other versions of cream ale. They did a nice job and kinda turbocharged the style. Very easy to put down these tallboys.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 23:13:06 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a shaker pint

A - Dark amber. Cloudy with little activity. Pours to a light creamy head that eventually recedes to almost nothing. Leaves some nice lacing

S - Sweet sugary malts, slight tart citrus from the hops

T - Malt really shines, has a bitter sweetness like and english pub ale. Hop balance is very delicate with definite citrus and pine notes. Super balanced

M - A bit creamy gives the beer a nice smoothness going down

O - A really great ale and super drinkable

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 21:24:25 | More by DrewSnyc667
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the can into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is hazed, dark-honey/amber with a 1-finger white head.

S: Light grainy malt with some florally hops. Not too strong in the nose.

T: Cereal grains underneath, with some faint fruitiness. Finishes with a good hop bitterness - dry, slightly lemony with a touch of grassiness. I get lingering sweetness AND bitterness. Nice balance.

M: Nice. It somehow manages to be both creamy and crisp at the same time.

O: Nice beer. Quaffs real easily after mowing the lawn. I'm not terribly familiar with this style (though I drank a lot of Genny Cream Ale growing up), and I know the guys at Sixpoint pride themselves on not necessarily brewing "to style" anyway, but whatever you call this, it's good.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 22:14:31 | More by Kendo
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lemon iced tea colored with a thin white head. Slightly hazy.

S - Light floral hops and a bit of sweet spice. Very subtle fruit sweetness in the nose.

T - Semi sweet, bitter hops coming though floral and green. Smooth hint of light malt to balance with some sort of amber fruit essence. Nectarine or peach skin? Faint. Slightly dry hops in back end.

M - Soft and light with a semi dry finish. Easy drinking and clean.

O - Just enough flavor and body to offer a decent brew. Nothing is standing out here to me, but no gripes either. Smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:09:11 | More by BeerForMuscle
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, best before Sept. 20, 2011. Pours hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, pine and other light fruits. Nice hoppy aromas, a bit light as well. Taste of tons of light fruitiness; honey, orange, spices, breadiness, and a bit of apricot. Big sweetness in the front and on the finish, with a bit of bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body. Extremely drinkable and smooth. No alcohol in the taste or finish as expected. This is my first cream ale, and it is outstanding, extremely drinkable and tasty as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 03:51:43 | More by superspak
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the first canned batch.

Pours a golden amber color with a half inch white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like spicy hops, sweet bread, and light caramel.

Taste opens up with bread and spicy hops. Moves into a huge bread flavor that is taken over by the spicy and herbal hops. This is a great beer and very crisp on the end.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, wish it was a tiny bit thinner, but nice carbonation.

Overall, its really great. Fantastic out of the can and better out of the glass.

Serving type: can

08-01-2011 01:16:40 | More by bs870621345
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pour is a hazy orange amber, with a faint pool of off white head.

S-Citrusy and earthy, plenty of hop aroma and some nice biscuit malt.

T-Very lightly hopped compared to the nose. Very malty with a nice citrus zing in the finish. Very nice and clean, if a bit slick.

M-Medium bodied, a little bit slick, crisp carbonation.

O-A great poolside beer, or beach beer, and I have had plenty in both places this summer. Low ABV, good flavor, moderate bitterness, terrific.


Serving type: can

07-30-2011 01:43:36 | More by sholland119
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mikey! Pours a bright gold with a fluffy white head. Nose is citrus, hops, quite sweet, maybe a candy like note. Mouth is bright and a decent balance between lightly bitter hops, candied oranges, and light grains. Light, crisp body, light bitterness throughout, interesting candy sweetness. Nice stuff, if it was a bit drier I would push the score up.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 01:21:58 | More by JAXSON
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShogoKawada for the grip of cans! Poured from a 16oz tall-boy into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

International orange liquid, somewhat cloudy with a lasting ivory collar and faint surface slick.

Simple malt/hop balance in the nose - faintly herbal with some orange zest. Very mild DMS as it warms.

Clean, gently sweet, with pure malt and mild persistent bitterness. Some mint and corn in the not-quite-dry finish.

Modest carbonation, light-bodied, and soft.

Good example of the style.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 00:13:28 | More by augustgarage
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Trevor. Thanks.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head and minimal lacing.

S: Starts off with a nice bready sweetness and a bit of biscuit malt. A light floral and citrusy hop aroma with just a faint caramel note. There might even be a little bit of honey to it.

T: Crisp and light with lots of biscuit and bread malts along with honey sweetness. Lightly hopped, but a bit more than your standard cream ale. Not much bitterness, but a nice bit of floral and citrus peel hop flavor.

M: The body is somewhat light with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Certainly one of the better cream ales I've ever had and a very nice, easy to drink beer. Perfect for the summer.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 04:44:38 | More by womencantsail
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 16oz tallboy into a tulip.

slightly hazy, light tan. good head, fades to a thin film with excellent lacing. aroma is a mild mix of malt, some caramel, faint hops (which faded quickly) and slightly skunky.

taste - nicely understated hop profile; a bit of bitterness, some fruitiness. malt feels initially a little sweet, but finishes pretty clean. good mouthfeel, this is an easy drinker for sure.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 03:57:06 | More by robbrandes
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3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amber with gold highlights. Has a thin head that dissipates quickly and very low carbonation.

N: Sugary caramel, orange and notes of lemon.

T: Valencia orange, pine and floral notes. A small amount of grains float in the background along with hints of caramel and corn.

M: Light-medium bodied, creamy, smooth and crisp.

O: Quite refreshing and easy drinking. Well balanced yet leans slightly toward the bitter side. This would make a great gateway beer.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 00:43:40 | More by justintcoons
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4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazed amber hue with a slim sudsy white head. Better color than any other cream ale I've encountered. Win.

Smell -- Malt-driven in sum with English-tinged pale malt and cereal grain. Grassy and floral hops slowly bloom, as well as a low malt sweetness. This is surprisingly enticing!

Taste -- From the onset the dry-hopping is very apparent - not overwhelming or outside of style, but it lends a touch of grassy/floral and gentle citrus flavor. The Graininess is well in proportion: pale malt, cereal grain, delicate fruity undertones, and a low mild sweetness that is counterbalanced perfectly with the grassy hop bitterness. Lingering flavors of cereal sweetness and grassy hops, plus a tinge of clover flowers. I struggle to find a flaw in this.

Mouthfeel -- Medum-bodied, medium crisp carbonation. The body is slightly heavy for what I expect in a cream ale, but not by much. Still retains drinkability.

Overall -- This is an exceptional. Not a great lover of the style, but this is clearly exceptional. Great flavor paired with easy drinkability. Certainly more complex and less tiringly grainy than most I've had of the style. If it were made available to me, this could definitely show up in my summer cookout queue.

Additional Notes -- Upon checking the reviews I notice that this is listed as the #1 Cream Ale - I'm not surprised.

Serving type: can

07-25-2011 23:07:52 | More by yeahnatenelson
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Are people reviewing this as a cream ale?

A: Dark almost amber color with some honey highlights. A half finger of white head with some good lacing.

S: The first thing that pops out at you in the nose is the hops. Generously dry hopped.The sweetness from the malt is there and it is quite clean. Almost has the nose of a good lager.

T: The balance between sweetness and hops cannot be understated. Just a really well balanced beer. I have been pulling on a few of these during these warm days.

M: Creamy without feeling light. Carbonation is soft and enjoyable.

D: I like this version. For those of you that do not remember this is probably the 5th version of Sweet Action. Is has been a Belgian pale ala Sweet Reaction. Cream Ale. Pale. and a few other weird things. I like this version. One of the best cream ales out there. Might want to check the other NY cream ale up the river in Athens, NY as well. Love the cannage.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 22:34:24 | More by aerozeppl
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz CAN into a Hulmeville Inn/Sixpoint pint glass.

Golden graham glaze with a tint of orange engulfing the action. Looks nice out the CAN and fills up the pint almost to much. A very sparse flimsy cap that actually builded over time into a nice cream colored cap, great bubbles, splotched lacing.

On the malty side with some trace caramel and cream which is also light. The dry hopping is noted in the nose with a rich floral hop aroma. I get a bit of apple and alot of barley. A nice scent that pops up the nose.

Quite refreshing on first sips. Not expecting a dry-hopping, I went in thinking this would be a sweet mess, considering the name and the fact that it's east coast. A floral hop arraingment with fresh cut grass, not very citrusy but some orange flavor comes through. Hops and than the barley afterwards and the malt giving off slight caramel. Well balanced.

The feel is smooth with a nice crisp hit towards the end. Refreshing. A step below medium in body with a lot of bubbles, greatly carbed up yet not bitey, my tounge is not compromised in the least bit.

I thought I would be able to drink this quicker due to the low alcohol and that it's not dark beer. I could only do about two gulps each time I reached for the glass. I don't know what it is but that's the way it is for me. This was a great beer and it knocks Bengali Tiger's ass in terms of just goodness, and this is coming from an IPA guy. I'll be picking up a can or two more when a new batch comes out.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 04:52:34 | More by BARFLYB
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot today. Hot yesterday.

Poured into a pint glass a deep gold with a fluffy head that dissipates into nothingness.

Sweet malt nose, almost honey, with a touch of citric hops.

Smooth but present carbonation and slick creamy mouth feel - some soft sweet fruit notes - peach maybe - along with the more grainy malt backbone. Nice balance with the bitterness which never gets out of lines, leaving this one true to it's name.

Solid brew.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 23:39:35 | More by OldIronLungs
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet Action has a body that is surprisingly dark, with a brownish orange color. The head is tan and pretty solid looking. The lacing is minimal but the retention is very good.

The aroma is pretty sweet and malt. Grains/cereal along with bread and caramel. A little bit of citrus from the hops.

The malt definitely has the edge over the hops in this one. The grain and cereal flavors are pretty powerful, with a good amount of both caramel and bread to back them up. The hops compliment the malts, with a good citrus flavor and a kick of bitterness. This reminds me of a mix between a cream ale and an APA.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. It seems to me that Sixpoint does a good job with mouthfeel as a general rule.

I like Sweet Action. Definitely not your traditional Cream Ale, but Cream Ales also tend to be sweet messes. Instead Sweet Action uses a variety of malts and leans on more a grain profile, while balancing the whole thing out with an infusion of American hops.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 19:08:06 | More by Hojaminbag
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can with a "best by" date on the bottom of the can of 10/21/11. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Sweet Action pours a mildly hazy orange, with some definite tangerine highlights shining through with proper lighting. The pour yields about three fingers of white foam that crown the beer. Head retention is solid, and lacing is left in a web-like pattern down the side of the glass. Not a bad looking beer at all, though probably a little dark for a cream ale. The nose isn't particularly loud, but there's a definite grainy sweetness present, with a very lightly spicy hop character making itself known as well. No surprises as the beer travels across my palate, that same grainy, almost lightly cereal sweetness greets me with each sip, followed by just enough bitterness and hop flavor to nicely balance the beer. The body is nice and light, playing into the whole "easy drinking" angle, but the carbonation just falls a little bit dull, making the mouthfeel come across as a bit too slick at times. Sweet Action is a pretty good beer for what it's trying to be style wise, but it's not a beer I'm going to come back to again and again on my own. Probably my new go-to choice if I'm hosting mixed company (as far as micro vs macro) for a party though.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 01:39:42 | More by axeman9182
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice golden brown color with an okay white head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Hoppy and sweet malts

Taste: An interesting balance of sweet malts and hoppy bitterness. Theres some peach and pear in there, as well as a bit of herbalness and earthiness, a little bready too.

Mouthfeel: Light body with good carbonation

Overall: A pretty good brew, though I like Righteous Ale and The Crisp better so far.

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 22:17:09 | More by MadCat
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought from Jersey by a friend as a gift. Poured at fridge temperature into an extra tall pilsner glass.

A: Burnt orange like the setting sun. Small amounts of pure white head. Minimal to no lacing.

S: Citrus and floral tones with hoppy undertones.

T: Mild citrus hops giving way to a hoppy finish.

M: As expected: light bodied and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

O: A great brew to enjoy on a warm day!

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 21:21:19 | More by camil1mj
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a pint glass.

So, after I picked up the Sehr Crisp yesterday I was so impressed that I decided to pick up Sweet Action today. Again, Sixpoint is a winner.

The layout of the box and cans is just gorgeous. Seriously, looks so classy and one of a kind. They are paying attention to detail from every angle.

Nice slow pour yielded a golden liquid with some dark brown hues. Off white two finger head with some sediment floating on top. The scent was malty and bready- taste was a perfect mix of the bitterness from the hops (not sure what kind of hops but very biscuity- fresh baked loaf of bread) and sweetness- not sure what shines through more but I guess that's the objective here. Really nice and balanced mouthfeel- easy drinking and beautiful. This is a session beer that packs a punch of flavor. This is a beer done right. I love it and I will continue to support Sixpoint. Seek this out people....

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 00:33:13 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I reviewed this as a cream ale and there is no indication from the brewery that this is a cream ale. So I'm redoing the review a bit keeping mind that BA assigned the style and not the brewer.

Golden amber with a thick, creamy head that retains structure for half a minute before falling back into a thick, creamy crown and leaving behind some spotty lacing.

The smell is hoppy and there's an earthiness to it as if rye had been used, but I'm guessing it's from the hops. After a few more whiffs it's better to go with spiciness rather than earthiness, but more of the earthy spices like ginger, mace or allspice without smelling like a holiday brew. But I still keep coming back to an unidentified earthiness that would usually indicate Nelson Sauvin or another New Zealand hop variety. A little honey wheat bread lies in the back.

The first time I tried one of these it was AFTER Sixpoint Righteous. Big mistake! Righteous joyfully destroyed my palette for an hour or more and this tasted like nothing in comparison. Now I'm getting all the flavors and I'm amazed that it was so kowtowed. It has a lot of complexities to it, but it's not aggressive. The hop presence is a bit past moderate and it almost replicates the nose, but the malts strike a better balance here.

This beer is smooth and has a nice balance between the sweet malts and the bitter, spicy hops. The can says that the IBUs are only 34 but it seems more bitter than that when cold. Let it warm up and the bitterness abates and the mouthfeel smooth out even more.

Although this is one of Sixpoint's highest rated offerings. I prefer The Crisp and Righteous. Still, Sixpoint has done much to rightfully grab a share of the craft beer market in the Northeast and I love the 16 ounce cans.

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 00:30:06 | More by Naugros
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New York

4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional and extremely session-able beer.
The beer is a dark amber color and pours a foamy two finger head. Like the name assumes this beer is slightly citrusy and sweet but has a decent thickness to the malt. There is a distinct hop profile that I can't put my finger on, it is very nicely blended and highlighted by the malt and other flavors of the beer. The mouth feel is really remarkable, it's much lighter than you would assume. I could have several of these beers in a sitting and not get bored of them.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 23:54:58 | More by TerenceNyc
Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.