Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

Not Rated.
Sweet ActionSweet Action

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

494 Reviews
THE BROS
98
world-class

(Read More)
Reviews: 494
Hads: 1,885
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 174
Gots: 326 | 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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (38) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sweet Action Alström Bros
Reviews: 494 | Hads: 1,885
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a lively white head that trails the glass. The smell was very nice with sweet flavors coming through such as orange and banana. The taste was much more hoppy than I was expecting but it was still well balanced and I really enjoyed this as a refreshing and flavorful beer. Sixpoint continues to impress. (328 characters)

Photo of Rideguy64
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It is claimed that this beer is a cream ale. I missed something then in the flavor. Came across more as a pale then a cream. Expected it to be a bit sweeter in its flavor. (171 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I was a little skeptical about trying this beer. I'm not sure what a cream ale really is, and the reviews for this beer - while good - didn't really pique my interest. However, since I'm on a quest to sample all of Sixpoint's major offerings, I decided to pick up this beer and give in a try. It was phenomenal. Here goes:

A: Like an English pale ale or an ESB. Pours a hazy orange-brown that leaves a one-inch head and moderate lacing. Overall about standard for the style.

S: While good, there's nothing really special about the smell, IMHO. Some people have said that this is hop-forward for a cream ale; I disagree. To me, there's a faint smattering of citrus hops balanced against a malt and yeast backbone. This beer is actually incredibly well-balanced. The hops give way to a grainy-cereal and caramel malt background. The yeast also adds a little bit of spice (smells like English baker's yeast). Very complex and well balanced, but nothing really sticks out (i.e., none of the smells are prominent).

T: This is where things get into high-gear. Prominent grassy, citrus hops give way to an incredibly caramel-malt aftertaste. Whereas the initial taste is bitter, the aftertaste is incredibly sweet and delicious. What's really phenomenal about this brew is that the sweetness of the malt totally destroys the annoying hoppy aftertaste that's apparent in some average pale ales. This is a very, very well-made beer.

F: Beautiful. Goes down perfectly - great beer.

O: Underwhelming at first, but the taste and mouthfeel are nearly perfect. I'm downing my third since starting the review. (1,622 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, served into a standard pint glass.

A: Glowing amber pour; slightly cloudy body as the beer settles into the glass; golden-orange highlights along the edges; a fluffy, off-white head forms on the pour, good retention; sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Very citrus forward - notes of freshly-peeled citrus rind and grapefruit juice are prominent; aromas trend more towards an IPA than a cream ale at the start; then a sweet, cereal-like grain note rises up, creating a nice base that supports and moderates the initial waves of citrus.

T: Much like the nose, the initial sip is dominated by hints of freshly-peeled citrus rind (orange peel) and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice; the initial puckering bite of citrus flavors are gradually tempered by the introduction of a sweet honey note, and the cereal-grain flavor of the underlying cream ale; a touch creamy through the middle, provides nice balance; the finish dries slightly, leaving a fleeting hint of honey and orange-like flavors; I can definitely see the "creamsicle" comparisons that many reviewers note.

M: Slick body, with crisp carbonation that cuts through to keep proceedings light and very refreshing.

O: While it may be difficult to place this beer squarely into any single style-category, one thing remains clear - regardless of what you consider this beer, consider it a supremely drinkable example. Smooth, light, and very refreshing, all wrapped up in a low-abv package that makes this beer very sessionable. Recommended. (1,503 characters)

Photo of Gperson
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Brooklyn at Berg'n. Made great first impression and my wife never wavered. I decided that the carbonation was tricking me into thinking that it was distinctive. (162 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Nose is lemony and hoppy with a slight note of chocolate, pours slightly hazed dark yellow color with a very thin light airy head. Tastes of light citrusy hops with the hint of lemon and slight bready malts. I like this beer, very drinkable and sessionable at 5.2% ABV. (269 characters)

Photo of thommo_nk
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Within a bawhair of the best beer I have ever had, no question!!! From a 330ml can this is other-worldly....the draft version must be intergalactic!!! Planetery!!! (163 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Oh man this is good. Bought from NY by a friend, this beer is delicious! It is not overly hoppy but has enough to balance the creamy side. Well put together and definitely worth drinking. Hop profile of the darker orange fruits kind of like Sculpin IPA but with less of the piney and more of the creamy. Great job Sixpoint (322 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Serving: On tap at Crif Dogs (Brooklyn), poured into a 16 oz plastic pint cup.

Appearance: Clear, light orange amber with good white head and lacing.

Smell: Big, dank and citrus hops atop some malty sweetness.

Taste: Immediate pop of grapefruit, spice, herbs and a bit of resinous hops. Caramel, malty backbone provides some balance, but the hops star. Moderately bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Crisp, hoppy and satisfying ale. (470 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as bold of a cream ale as i can recall, i love this thing. its got a richer and bigger malt base than many, a touch of caramel color to the mostly clear brew. the head is white and long lasting, and the nose shows some serious sweetness. i get honey and cereal grain, with maybe some milk sugar and enough hops for it to be balanced on the back end. the flavor is the same, with the majority of the sweetness coming up front. i love the bigger malt bill, it does so much for the flavors here and really takes the style to a place i have not seen it go before. the bigger body i think also helps it stand out from the crowd. carbonation is epic, and im left wanting more and more of this beer. not like any other cream ale out there, and i think these guys have done an expert job making base styles unique to their brewery. this is exceptional on all counts. (858 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pint pour: orange-golden body, hazy, nice carbonation and lacing.
Smells nice and orange peely, hoppy, yet nice sweet bread is there too.
The taste involves light orange citrus and bread malt that is not too sweet in the initial taste.. a smooth beer that holds its own. I like this. It seems the hop bitterness is what is sweet here. After not too long, this finishes like a light sweet roll brushed with slight hints of orange zest and honey, all with a fizzy yet creamy smoothness that balances the whole deal just perfectly.
THIS would be a perfect session. To be had again. (580 characters)

Photo of pep
5/5  rDev +27.9%

pulled this out of my fridge. Rough day in embalming, needed something that can be colder than a month old corpse.

Once again drank from the can itself.

It smelled hoppy, and maybe a touch of grass. But the smell wasn't too strong. This can be due to me drinking from the can.
Taste: all the pleasant taste from hops without bitterness. It starts off as sweet and creamy texture then it finish with a bold taste of piney, grassy hops.

This is a winner. I love this and its nice to have a cream ale that is not genny. (522 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all time favorites and a staple in my fridge. A brew that's truly pleasant on the palate. A sweet malt aroma is followed by a blend of flavors that are perfectly balanced. Fruity sweet and bready followed by herbs and spices and a hops bite. The feel is quite awesome; smooth, crisp, light, refreshing and delightfully creamy. (344 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/8/15. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with a nice fluffy off-white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. This cream ale has alot of IPA qualities, which I didn't expect. The aromas have alot of orange and grapefruit. Citrus notes are there. Some hints of caramel malts as well. Smells nice. More hops in the flavors. More citrus and malts. Lemon and lime zest. Some fresh pine too. Some bread and toast. Some honey is the mix as well. It's bittersweet. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light, but has a solid creamy body to it. There's moderate carbonation and it's fluffy. Very refreshing.

This reminds me of a light IPA or a pale ale, not really a cream ale. But who cares, it's still a fun beer to drink and it's very enjoyable. I've been diggin' Sixpoint lately. (809 characters)

Photo of snowmageddon
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a deep orange with an off-white head.
S: yum! I smell spicy, earthy hops, mango, toast.
T: grain, grass, lemon, bread balanced very well. A dry finish, but one where spicy hops and grain notes feature promintently.
M: medium carb and a medium-light body.
O: what a great beer. I will scoop these up again the next time i spot them. (340 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a nice rusty amber that is slightly cloudy and a deliciously sweet two finger head.

An aroma of caramel and roasted malts, are gentle on the nose and very inviting.

Sweet caramel, slight citrus, and a slight spicy hop profile are very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth as butter, though different than the stock cream ale smoothness.

Overall, while I don't necessarily agree with the "cream ale" status, it's an irrelevant issue considering this is delicious. (471 characters)

Photo of Chuck_Hammertrench
3/5  rDev -23.3%

How can I describe this beer? Every beer is an experience, let's not forget that. This experience, for me, is one of liberation and relief. I cracked open a nice 45 degree can of Sixpoint Sweet Action at 12:30 AM after working for 27 hours with only an hour or two of breaks and no sleep for the last 36. The first impression I got, as it passed over my tongue, was one of peculiarity. Is this just an old IPA? No, it's too fresh for that. Could it be a poorly done barleywine? Well it's a weak one if that proves to be the case. The malt overcomes the hops almost as soon as I register the mouthfeel, a slight tingle from the carbonation with a smooth finish, but it's not so sweet as to take away the slight sour character. It very subtly blooms into an almost fruity aftertaste.

Clearly, this beer is not to be trifled with, especially in a weakened state of mind. Perhaps a fresh taste would spark new views, but with this little sleep, it's just not the refreshing jolt I was hoping to find. I'd drink it again, for sure, since I still have several left, but I'm not sure that I would offer it to my mother-in-law. All in all, solid beer with a strange character. (1,171 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

A: A golden orange in color, with a little transparency, a nice white head at the top, a nice lacing around the glass as you drink this one.

S: Nose on this one consists of biscuits, caramel, brown sugar and some lemon as well, some nice spice on the tail end as well.

T: Just like the nose with more spice and creaminess on the end, the biscuits and caramel are present up front

M: Medium bodied, silky, and moderate carbonation.

O:Not a bad brew at all, well balanced and tasty as well, Sixpoint does a good job with the brews, I enjoyed the simplicity of this one with the good taste. (592 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weird skinny can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange with a one-finger off white head that sticks around a while. Moderate lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Inviting but somewhat faint aromas of grass, hops, and some buttery toast.

Taste: This beer has a lot of flavor for a hybrid-style ale. Grass and hops are up front, and there's some tasty bitter sweetness in the background. Really nice flavor profile. Flavors get slightly more pronounced as it warms.

Mouthfeel: The body is really perfect and adds a lot to the appeal. It has a nice medium-grade heft, and is smooth and very drinkable.

Overall: Excellent sessionable beer. Would drink again. It sort of tastes like a cream ale crossed with a fairly hoppy American pale ale or golden ale. Whatever it is, it's great, and will remind you of why you love beer. (839 characters)

Photo of Dave128
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange in color. Came from the tap with a 2 finger off white head. Lacing is moderate but that may be due to me drinking it so fast!

S - Grassy and hoppy. Not much on the nose but nothing bad.

T - Sweet up front with huge hop flavor on the finish. Don't get much bitterness making this a very well balanced beer.

M - Medium carbonation. Accents the rest of the beer perfectly.

O - A fantastic balanced beer. May be a new standard favorite. (454 characters)

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange golden with an off white head. Aroma is sweet bread and dough, vanilla, and some grassy hops. Flavor is similar with the addition of some orange. A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, only had a few cream ales now and this is by far the best of the bunch. First one that I have been thoroughly impressed with. Definitely will be returning to this one, a great option when seeking a sessionable beer. (424 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11/09/11 Second taste on tap. Not your grandfather's cream ale. Nothing too exotic, mind, but adventurous. Texture's right but taste is more assertive. Hoppier than a Genesee, my guidepost in this genre. Likeable, but heavy...bready on the belly.

2012 - At Rattle n Hum, NYC. OK. A bit on the heavy side for my taste. Balanced flavor and bitterness, leaning a notch to the sweet side. (385 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter at the brass tap midotwn tallahassee, Pours a copper orange with tangerine highlights when backlit. Head is comprised of big off white sticky bubbles and tattered sheets of spongey lace. Head deflates quickly in to a sheet of large bubbled foam. Aroma consists of bright grapefruit and citrus hops with some sweet mango mixed in. Aroma is strong though not complex but simple is good with this profile. Taste is hoppy with lemon zest and white grapefruit citrus dominates up front the beer trails off mostly after this as mid pallet is void of anything in particular and the finish comes up with a mineral and chalky dry finish. The hang is bitter and consists of a little pine and citrus. This beer smells tastes and drinks like a pale. Im not exactly sure what puts it into the cream ale category accept for maybe the lack of a malt backbone. That being said it feels intentional while drinking it not like just an under done pale ,but I do like my cream ales with a little lactose or dextrose which this seems to lack. The mouthfeel is light and crisp slightly fizzy but not to a fault. Not really what I was expecting at all from this style , this beer falls into the different but not bad category, A great poolside or beach option when looking for something crisp in a can. Overall not a bad beer by any means. Sixpoint delivers as usual. (1,382 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Orange with slight red. 2 finger creamy head. lacing falls apart though and sinks back down into beer.

S: Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, sweet grass. Reminds me of prickly pear cactus for some reason. The citrus hops fade nice into a subtly sweet malty, light and slick-smelling base.

M: Smooth, velvety, creamy, medium body. Medium carbonation level and slightly dry finish.

T/O: It does indeed taste like an orange creamsicle, but it has enough hop bitterness to balance the back end. Not too sweet, not too bitter, well put together. Too sweet to be an APA. More consistent with a light EPA with higher carbonation level that makes it taste crisper. Honey rolls, caramel flavors not pronounced but qualities of both found. Creaminess from the caramel; and, floral sweetness with a bready backbone from honey rolls. I could drink these forever. (853 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.99/12 oz can from Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Can BB 8 May 15 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma grassy and citrusy
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – stalactites of small and medium bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor of grassy hops, tastes very fresh; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Another very good brew from Sixpoint (435 characters)

Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.