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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,583 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,583
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 129
Gots: 162 | 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 Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazed copper. The head is bright-white and a solid finger thick. Nice traces of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Tons of malts. Huge hits of biscuit and caramel malts bring up a solid sweetness. A touch of toasted grain on the back. Hops are definitely a nice touch of citrus on top of the sweetness.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts finish with a biscuity touch. Nicely sweet without being to overbearing. The hops bring a citrus rind flavor to the whole thing, bittering it up a touch and adding a nice, faintly oily, characteristic. I'm not sure why, but I got a nice punch of ripe banana flavor as well. It was a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: A little dry in the long run, but the carbonation and body are well-balanced in the middle of things. Not really much to complain about here as the dryness is quickly covered up by the smooth malt profile.

Overall: An interesting take on the cream ale with a decidedly unique take. It's refreshing and the 16 oz. tallboy is a format to die for.

Goblinmunkey7, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A semi clear golden orange with about an inch of big bubbly head. A lot of toffee and caramel in the nose with an orange rind/earthy hop aroma. The flavor has a sweet and candied malt texture. A good balance of fruity hop with a sugary malt body. A earthy almost piney texture finishes it off but the creamy sweetness subdues any hop bitterness leaving only the fruity flavor.

DrinkingDrake, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazed deep amber color. The head is fluffy but slowly dies leaving nice lacing in its wake. This beer looks a bit more serious than I was expecting.

S-Some great fruity notes and floral scents. The sweet malt is quite evident as well. Was not expecting such a strong whiff of citrus and fruitiness in the nose. So far, exceeding expectations.

T-The taste was seriously pretty awesome. At first, I get a load of pineapple juice sweetness. Apricots and even peaches seem to hit my taste buds. A very lush, ripe, juicy initial flavor burst. A surprising amount of bitterness sets in and is combined with some grainy flavors. The hops really come out in the flavor.

M-Light to medium body with that good, creamy mouthfeel you desire. Not too highly bubbly. Very easy to drink. Light hop bitterness in the aftertaste adds to the feel.

O/D-Overall, I tried this last out of the four Sixpoint cans available in my area (Bengali, Righteous, Crisp). This one is my second favorite behind the Bengali. I was very impressed with the flavor tucked away in this can. Very sessionable; great for the warm weather. Overall, Sixpoint refuses to disappoint with the cans.

VelvetExtract, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of mcallister
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper in color yielding a nice inch of creamy just off white head that slowly fades into a layered top.

Fresh baked bread aromas, yeasty with hints of tangerine. orange marmalade, hints of pine. Some cereal aromas as well.

Tastes like the aroma. Orange marmalade, candied tangerine, fresh baked bread, burnt sugar, whole grains, yeasty on the finish. Mouth is creamy and medium bodied. End is quick and slightly dry . Nice back porch beer.

mcallister, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of soze47
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm loving all the new Sixpoint cans I've had so far. Crisp is the only one I've yet to try. The packaging is awesome, as is their choice to go with 16 oz. cans regardless of style. I know what I'm bringing on the camping trips this summer.

Appearance: Nice orangey brown with good amount of head on the pour. Nothing too remarkable, but it looks good for the style.

Aroma: Good balance here. Malty sweetness, tones of caramel and some slight bready tang, meld well with slight, but effective hops. Tones of citrus and slight grassy notes are a welcome partner to the malt bill.

Taste: Really, really nice balance for the style. Some may find it a bit hop forward, but the hops provide flavor and aroma, not a ton of bitterness. This is caramelly and malty, but the hops bring forth orange flesh sweetness that is a little tangy when coupled with some of the bready qualities of the malt on the linger.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A really good summer beer. At 5.2%, you could easily put away a four pack of this on a summer evening while grilling or doing lawn work. The body is not as light as you'd expect, but the carbonation is strong enough to keep it light in the mouth. The mouthfeel is well designed to help roll out big flavors, yet stay sessionable and easy to drink.

Overall: Great beer for almost everyone. Balanced flavors mean that hop lovers would enjoy it enough despite its malty characteristics and vice versa. If you are looking for a good brew to please a crowd, especially during a party, this would be a great route to go.

soze47, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The packaging is pretty great: the box is somewhat evocative of 21st Amendment, but more highly stylized. I appreciate that this four-pack would probably be cheaper sans box, but I'm willing to pay a slight premium for presentation. The cans are very attractive as well - Sixpoint did a nice job putting these together. As for the beer itself, it pours a light auburn brown with a small, lacy head. From a distance, this could pass for an amber ale.

The smell is straightforward malt. Very little hop aroma in this one. There's an underlying sweetness that reminds me of Werther's Originals.

Sweet Action has a light caramel sweetness to it. It's crisp and refreshing, but certainly full-bodied. I poured this can at fridge temperature, but didn't find too many additional layers of flavor as it warmed. The mouthfeel is, appropriately, creamy. A very easy beer to drink, though I wouldn't necessarily characterize it as a summer beer. Come fall (assuming these are still available in Boston), I will certainly buy another four-pack.

amphion1065, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint Sweet Action on a can, bought for $2.50 at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan.

Appearance: On my first pour I got no head whatsoever, just some fizz. A second, more aggressive pour did produce a thin one-finger crown that nonetheless died very soon. This beer looks surprisingly flat and dead. Rusty copper-amaretto color, a bit like Double Simcoe IPA and other malty DIPA's.

Smell: Lots of malt. Bread and yeast. Some spice, sweetness and honey, but certainly not enough to justify a name like "Sweet Action". Tad of walnut. Floral hops.

Taste: Not terribly complicated, but definitely nice. Malt all over, without being overwhelming. Great finish of tangy hops. High-quality honey lying around the tongue, coating it smoothly.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but adequate enough. The prickly hops are there, as is the spice and a bit of sour apple. Medium body, full flavor, low carbonation.

Overall: Rating goes up here because this is incredibly flavorful for a "small" beer. Very drinkable. Balanced. Damn nice. A "cream ale"?? I don't know about that... very well done. Better than the Double and Triple Actions too!

DoubleSimcoe, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can -> 'Poon Limited Edition Snifter (WTF, why not?)
Can dated Best Before 20 September 2011

A-> Pours a ruby/copper mix, very IPA-like in color. Aggressive pour yields just under 1 finger's worth of creamy, white head.

S-> Initial olfactory sensation is banana. Don't ask me why but this is the first thing that registered.Almost reminded me of a wheat or hefe initially. More swirling reveals a nice smooth malty smell with a tinge of spicy hops that borders on the citrus side of the spectrum. Now that I think about it, this beer actually smells more like a Saison than anything. Also getting a hint of vanilla as this beer warms.

T-> Tingles the tongue at first but that is blended with a pleasant smoothness as it slides its way down. Vanilla is definitely present but harmoniously dialed back and wonderfully balanced with the very earthy and slightly herbal malt bill that is married to a refined yet secondary hop presence. Bitter to start but melded gracefully into sweet and creamy towards the middle and finish. Nothing really grabs me, which would indicate terrific balance.

M-> Very light, silky, slightly watery on the feel but still very smooth and flavorful with good carbonation. More light-medium on the body with a slightly sweet and not too dry finish.

O-> First time having this one and I enjoyed it. This is a Cream Ale that doesn't really attempt to be anything that it's not. Really loved the balance and the smoothness in this one. Pretty delicious and I haven't really had too many a cream ale in my day. I will likely be revisiting this one. Cheers!

Fluke828, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - wow, this is almost ruby red in color. Lots of bright orange, copper and auburn hues with almost an inch of foam on top. Super clean and much darker and richer in color than one might expect from the style.

Aroma - how many cream ales do you know that are dry hopped? This is the only one I know. Sweet and malty smelling with some nice citrusy hop aromas. It even has a bit of a spicy aroma, akin to a saison, to it as well.

Taste - this is like silk on the tongue. It's slick and sweet with some great hop bitterness as it glides through your mouth. Sweet Action also has a tanginess that hangs on as your go from sip to sip. Some floral and citrus notes run in the background but so does the malt profile. Nothing total dominates flavor-wise and the balance is spot on. Love it.

Overall - hoppier than your average cream ale but with a smooth sweetness that is expected of style. Very drinkable and delicious to say the least. Everything falls into place quite nicely with this brew and all I can say is that my first experience with Sixpoint in cans is a very positive one. If you've tried cream ales before and weren't a huge fan I implore you to pick up some Sweet Action as its a different take on this uniquely American beer style.
Would I buy more of it? - definitely. Great beer. Loved all 16 oz. of it and will certainly be buying more cubes!

indiapaleale, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of BMoldy
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper/pale gold in color, clear yet dark, with a head that starts off large enough but fades quickly to one significantly smaller. Weak lacing, though I'll chalk that up to the remnants of the Sehr Crisp that was just occupying my glass... Lots of piney hops in the aroma, with strong citrus notes backing them up. I have a hard time picking up on much else, which gives the impression that what's to follow is going to be something of a hop bomb. This, surprisingly –and, in hindsight, thankfully– is not the case. Balance is the key word here, as the forward part of the tongue is immersed in deliciously sweet barley, while the middle and back revel in hoppy bitterness. At the same time, the medium mouthfeel is buttery smooth, all of which makes Sweet Action a delicious cream ale. Finishes very clean, with both prominent flavors lingering for a little.

This is a beer that runs right up the middle. The balance is really something; the clash –can you even call it that?– of sweet barley and bitter hops is really perfectly matched, and reminds me a lot of this year's Aprihop. Very quaffable and tasty, though I personally prefer "The Crisp".

BMoldy, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What better way to enjoy a beer than super fresh? cans just hit the market less than a week ago and this bad boy says best before september 20th, so we are in good shape.

a - cracked the can and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. beer poured a deep amber orangish reddish with a creamy frothy head that left foam chunks on the side of the glass as it bubbled away. super sticky lacing. murky.

s - really REALLY appetizing. sweetness, vanilla, nutmeg, air freshener. I don't know what rutabaga smells like, but for some reason that word pops into my head when I sniff this brew. just delicious and creamy.

t - much like the nose, a wonderful sweet vanilla. cream ale to the core. finishes a bit macro-ish.

m - a little beery, kind of like the way a beer felt when you were in high school and got a beer at one of those shops that didn't ID you and you and your buddies pounded them until you yuked your guts out...ya know...like a low quality macro, but a little better.

o - overall this is a really great take on a cream ale...the mouth was a bit of a turnoff and makes me feel like this isn't something I could drink all night long without getting sick of it, but to have a pint of this, definitely.

cosmicevan, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of pratyk
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy Copper Color with a thin head. A good amount of lacing.

Smell: Bready and Grainy. Not that strong a smell though.

Taste: Hoppy taste to begin, sweet malty finish. Starts bitter but that vanishes quickly.

Mouthfeel: Medium Carbonation, pretty heavy, creamy mouthfeel but clean and easy to drink.

Overall: None of the flavors stand out but the brew is easy to drink and refreshing on a summer day.

pratyk, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of socon67
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Corsendonk chalice, this one pours amber and cloudy. A thin white foam settles fast as carbonation is visible. Nice lacing is left in the glass.

S - Scents of malt and grain, along with a grapefruit citrus smell. Reminds me or breakfast with a toasted english muffin topped with orange marmalade.

T - I really enjoy the sweetness that ends with just a little bitter finish. A little tartness of lemon also. Kind of a different vibe fro a cream ale, but I'm liking it.

M - Medium bodied but not a lightweight. Noticeably carbonated, though a smooth drinker.

O - Just a great product from Sixpoint and their canning releases are a win for me. There are woefully few top shelf cream ales and this is about as good as it gets. Great summer beer.

socon67, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of sweet malts and grains. There is also just a touch of hops and some bready aroma mixed in as well.

T - The beer starts off with some sweet grain and malt flavors and just a touch of hops. Through the middle, some sweeter malts and some bready flavors come through. The finish is a mix of sweet grains and corn with just a touch of hops that linger.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels really smooth and avoids feeling watery. Also does not feel empty at all. The finish is fairly clean.

D - Duper drinkable. The flavors stay interesting and complex enough while never feeling heavy. On the flip side, it also avoids feeling empty and watered down.

ngeunit1, May 30, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - hazy copper color with a short white head that left some thin lacing.

S - sourdough bread and earthy hops.

T - the hops are earthy and bitter and the malt background holds it nicely.

F - medium bodied and easy to drink.

O - this is unlike most cream ales I have had before.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 29, 2011
Photo of Yagman3000
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a newly available 16 oz can into a snifter.

Appears golden with a slight rose tint. Slight foamy residue rests in the middle of the brew.

Smells a bit bready and slightly sweet.

Initial taste is tgat of a sour style to me. The more I drink the more I get a bready flavor followed by a sweetish finish. I taste cherry with a slight citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is an interesting rise. Not too sweet... More subtle sour.

Interesting for a newly available 16 oz can as a serving means. Wouldn't run to get another 4 pack but look forward to sharing with others.

Yagman3000, May 28, 2011
Photo of SuperSpy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy copper. Not much head.

Herbal hops and peaches. very unique and intriguing.

light-medium bodied and thirst quenching. A nice hop bite coupled with a lightly fruity sweetness that has the flavor of peaches.

A great beer. Great refreshing flavor, mouthfeel and aroma. Just a really great beer all around.

SuperSpy, May 18, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's this past weekend. Served in a mini snifter.

Right off the bat, I'll say that I was quite excited to try this one, as it's been the number one Cream Ale for quite some time nice. Since most beers in this style are pretty awful, I was anxiously anticipating trying a good one. This delivered. Bigtime.

Pours a clear golden color with a really nice white head. Good retention and some swell lacing. Good so far. The nose was really quite faint. There was a touch of floral hops with a bit of breadiness. Pretty tame. Really tame, in fact. The taste countered with an explosion of flavor. Perfect balance between light bready/grainy sweetness and floral and herbal hops. Nice and delicate. Very refreshing. Best cream ale, by far. The feel backed that up. It was nice and crisp with a solidly bitter finish. Really well done. Enthusiastic thumbs up, Sixpoint.

Thorpe429, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer appears transparent and orange colored, with a good sized head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aroma is rather weak, with a light dose of malt. The flavor is really tasty, with a very subtle fruitiness and enjoyable malt flavors. This is by far the best cream ale I have ever had. The beer finishes with a healthy amount of bitterness, more so than expected. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. I can definitely see why this is the top rated cream ale.

Huhzubendah, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at redbones 4/18/2011

A - nice yellow/orange beer with a good half inch head that keeps well. good carbonation as well.

S - citrus and peach were in there. a bit of hops in the back too.

T - what a beer. great creamy taste to this. citrus, vanilla and peach. good bitter hop presence some malts.

M - great carbonation on this and it is superbly smooth.

O - quite a beer. on a hot day i could see myself going through a twelve pack of this and just wanting more.

celticfutblclub, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of wcintula
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally diggin' this beer, I haven't had it in so long. Got a very hay body of the orange/amber color, with a nice finger depth off-white head in a nonic pint. Smells very hoppy, like a citrus variety, grapefruit-y, and the taste is there too. It's got an English quality to it in the malt dept, more bread-y with of course, a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Very tasteful and refreshing beer, I can't wait to see it in a can.

wcintula, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Nice frothy 1 finger head gasses semi slowly over slightly hazy honey orange peach color.

Nose had some light fresh hops, light resin, light citrus and grapefruit, orange peel, light malts under that, nice balance.

Taste is weird malts, creamy almost cream ale like (well it's listed as a cream ale so yeah), light toasty pilsner malt flavors, then some nice grassy hips, light citrus, light earthy hops, light pine coming through too, finishes a little sticky, a little bitter but never gets too heavy, interesting malts as well.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall interesting, some interesting flavors blended well, nothing too heavy, little sticky on the finish.

jlindros, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice translucent orange color. It has a small white head on it, and leaves some specs of lacing behind.

S - It smells of light sweet malts. There are notes of caramel, a fruity sweetness, floral hop, and it had an earthiness to it as well.

T - The taste is of light grainy malt up front. It is sweet, biut not too sweet. There is a nice earthy hoppiness, and notes of citrus, bread, and some mild bitterness. It has a clean finish, with just a touch of light lingering bitterness.

M - This has a light-medium body and crisp carbonation. It is quite smooth and creamy. It's refreshing and coats the mouth pretty nicely. There is just a touch of lingering earthy bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down very easy, and I find it to be very refreshing. It has a nice sweetness, but the mild hop flavor balances it quite nicely. I like this one, and I would try it again for sure.

JizackFH, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Brianjames16
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent orange color. Has the appearance of a cream soda somewhat. Two finger fluffy white head. A bunch of bubbles floating up to the top from carbonation. Nice lacing sticks to the pint glass.

S- Butterscotch, caramel, malts and sweet honey like aromas. Faint aroma of hops and alcohol in the backround.

T- Suprisingly hoppy with a sweet honey taste. Hops give a good balanced bitter aftertaste.

M- Almost creamy carbonated mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy to drink.

D- Good drinkability. A nice brew to revisit in the summer.

Brianjames16, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange with a bit of haze. Full creamy head of a oaken hue. Quite a bit of lacing. Smell is piney with notes of citrus. Some sweet breadiness with fruit esters. Taste is superb. Good malty core with a touch of orange and cinnamon. Toasted grains and maybe some cornbread. Citrusy hops are plentiful and balance it beautifully. Clean dry finish with a bready toasted flavor lingering.
Feel is smooth a quenching due to the excellent hop blend. Medium weight and a mild carbonation. Excellent drinkability makes this a top drawer session ale.

scootny, Feb 13, 2011
Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,583 ratings.