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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

1,670 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 134
Gots: 194 | 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 Infamous7100
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy amber/orange with a thin head an a little bit of lacing. Looks real nice.
S: I get a lot of citrus notes at the start. Strong aroma of hops as well, almost as if you are holding some in the glass. I suspect this is a product of the dry hopping. Not picking up a lot of malt.
T: citrus and bitterness almost immediately. However, this quickly fades into a great biscuity sweetness. Nice balance here followed by a sweet finsih.
M: medium bodied and creamy. Really coats the tongue. Very smooth with a great sweet finish.
O: outstanding brew due to the flavor and balance.

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MichaelBurns
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of MikeTurgeon
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of mccorjf54
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jawneyt
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of bobbybradley
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of zachary80
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can into a pint. Best by 02 June 2012.

Golden-orange body with a nice smooth off-white head with good retention. Good lacing.

Aroma is pleasant. More hoppy than I thought it would be, although the can does say it was dryhopped. Reminds me of an American Pale Ale, but with some sweet overtones.

Flavor isn't very pleasant, and the negatives come out as it warms even a little. Iron. Bitter from the hops but without much hop flavor, not as sweet as expected.

Smooth and creamy, just as it should be, but not exceptional. Carbonation is just right.

I'd take a Genesee or Spotted Cow over Sweet Action. Maybe even Little Kings. I think making this one as cold as the Rockies might actually be helpful.

Photo of JackKS
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of jstewart1130
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JWU
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a curved pint glass

A- a hazy goldenrod/orange color with a big, fluffy egg shell head with great retention and lacing

S- Big notes of peach, apricot and a little plum. Some floral/earthy hops and Sixpoints yeast is there as well.

T- Follows the smell, although a bit subdued. A bit of a citric hop bite, followed by a smooth mild malt with the hints of peach/apricot/plums. A touch of earthy/floral hops on the finish.

M- creamy medium bodied, with a tight carbonation that lightly dries on the finish.

O- Would be a good cadidate to break someone in from the world of macros to the world of craft beers. Certainly tasty, and something different.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Grapefruit juice tan/hazey orange. Very thick, unfiltered floaters. Nice 1 inch thick creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Light malts, hops, spices, some fruits, a little floral/grassy. Not a overly huge aroma.

Taste - A mild kick of hops and malts, with a grassy feel. Nice addition of spices, along with lemon, some honey and added sugars. SLight bitterness at the end along with a dry bready finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, Light and mild on tounge. Plenty of hops and malts along with some spices. Palette gets hops and malts, and remaining spices. Aftertaste is bready, light and malty.

Overall - Im shocked, this is the first cream ale ive had! Think mostly because its not a popular style and alot of the top craft brewerys even bottle this style. That being said, its hard for me to compaire this style, since this is the only one ive had. But all i can do is just tell you how i feel about it. Its light, smooth, low alcohol makes its easy to drink. Nice spice kick along with a mix of fruity hops and nutty malts. Its nice combo of a few styles with neither being over the top. I cant wait to try more cream ales, im just worried that sixpoint might make the best one.

Photo of Sharkophile
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can you say ultimate session beer? Just wish it was a bit less pricey...

A: Poured into a Hofbrau stein glass. Appears a gorgeous hazy orangey-amber color with a towering white head of tiny bubbles which sticks and leaves lacing down the entire glass. Looks absolutely amazing.

S: Smells of light sweet malt, citrus fruit, some earthiness and an interesting spiciness. Subtle but interesting.

T: Wow. A delicious fruitiness that resembles peaches or nectarines takes hold, and leads seamlessly into a short, snappy hop flavor of grapefruit, tangerine and black pepper (a bit earthy and resiny). Finishes dry, with little residuals and makes me want another sip.

M: Spot-on for the style, light to medium body with lively carbonation introduces all of the flavors well and assists the short, snappy, hoppy finish.

O: I could drink a bunch of these back to back, an amazing, simple yet very flavorful session beer. Terrific stuff.

Photo of MikeConklin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium bright amber color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of semi-sweet caramel malt with light citrus hoppy notes. Taste is also a good mix between some caramelized malt with a light hoppy finish with subtle notes of citrus. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice session style beer with limited complexity.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, when a brewer "chooses" an adjunct for flavor, effect, and principal rather than being "relegated" to the poorer adjunct of corn, does it suddenly make the Cream Ale well-crafted?

Pouring with a hazy strong golden color that hinges on rusty copper, the beer releases a moderate yet terse white head that struggles slightly with both retention and lacing. The appearance is more substantial than the typical Cream Ale, but not what's expected from the craft community.

The surprising aroma of hops leap into the olfactories first and doing so with a pungent mix of earthiness and citrus character. Background notes of malt and slight vegetation reinforce the hops with balanced scent of malt, wood, grass, and cereal grains- mainly corn.

Flavors work in reverse as the malty-rich taste of breads, crackers, and crust formidably build the beer's first impressions. The mid palate of hops allow for a mild grass, citrus, and 'stemmy' taste that bridge onto the cereal-corn taste that rise late due to the fleeting malt taste. Hop flavor morphs into earthy bitterness that aids in a snappy and bitterly balanced finish.

Indeed creamy and fully textured to start, the beer's sweeter and fuller mouthfeel retains until quite late in taste, up until the sudden and sharp hop dryness and mild astringency to finish.

So back to the question- is Sixpoint's Cream Ale considered a craft beer because it's a microbrewery who created such? It is when it tastes more like a Pale Ale. One thing's for certain- this ain't your father's Cream Ale.

Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 16oz can to an imperial nonic pint glass. Freshness date of July 2, 2012 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“BEST BEFORE 02JUL2012 094SOK+”)

Appearance (4.5): This is a very attractive beer, and great-looking for the style. The head is out of control, starting around three full fingers and dissipating gradually to one, leaving a thick, oatmeal-colored cap that has a visible texture to it—not just bubbles and foam, but something substantial. And the lacing is moderate and sudsy, all around the glass. The body is a deep orange-amber, and very cloudy.

Smell (4.0): Surprisingly nice, grassy, slightly citrusy hop note comes along first, nicely complementing the sweet, malty syrup note that characterizes the core of the beer. A bit fruity, too. Smells like sweet oatmeal and barley covered in a light, peachy syrup. Really like that light, malty barley character.

Taste (4.0): There’s something about a lot of Sixpoint’s canned beers that has a distinctive flavor to it—the particular mixture of yeast and barley malt to their beers is hard to miss. It’s slightly medicinal and slightly metallic, but it accompanies the malt body well. That said, the malt profile is biscuity and lightly sweet, and nice. The hops add a surprisingly long, grassy finish in the back that I like quite a bit. Smoothes out as it warms, with a nice, caramel undertone becoming more prominent and the aforementioned metallic note morphing into a nice, toasted grain character. Much better after it’s warmed a bit!

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very nice and smooth in the carbonation, and the body feels relatively thick without being heavy—lighter side of medium, but oily. Despite the low ABV, I think it has a nice drying effect.

Overall (4.0): Cream ales aren’t exactly my thing, but this beer is another very nice canned offering from Sixpoint. It really is perfect for hanging around a fire, or just being outdoors in general. It’s distinctive, and makes cream ales seem like a more attractive category than I ever would have granted on my own. Considering how much this improved as it warmed, I’d love to try this on cask—could be dynamite.

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a thickly hazed gold-amber. A thick, creamy nearly white head rests over two fingers tall and takes some time to fade to heavy foam. Lacing is deposited heavily in a mix of ringing and patching.
The aroma is good but lighter than expected. Grapefruit is prevalent, a sort of East Coast hoppiness, no real resinous note. Malts are equally prevalent and lends itself to grains undertones. Creamy sweetness is also a major note.
A complex blend of grains, a bit of honey, creaminess, grapefruit, bread and biscuit make up the flavor. This may be the quintessential cream ale. The rhetoric on the can regarding the balance between sweetness and bitterness is no exaggeration. The only thing I'd think would make it perfect is if it could be as flavorful with added balance from a very slight diminishment in hops bitterness.
The medium body edges toward lighter. It's creamy, as expected, and pretty smooth after just a nip of crispness. A little more heft would add some depth, but it certainly works regardless.

Photo of MichaelDobbins
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of MaltyMama
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of deonreds
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.