Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 494
Hads: 1,886
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 177
Gots: 326 | FT: 3
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-04-2005

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/09/11 notes. Picked up a 4 pack of this for a family reunion BBQ while in NJ. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear orange-amber color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of head retention and lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of spices, fruity malts, light mint, and bready malts. Something slighly weird to me, which I'm calling mint for now.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, light spices, and oranges and citrus.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Best part of the beer, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good, and very interesting beer. I had 2 cans of it and that was enough for me. Not something I would pick up every time, but something I'd be willing to revisit one day. (814 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint can into a dimpled mug.

The color is a cloudy dark orange with a finger of foamy white head that is some pretty quickly and does not leaves any thing behind.

The smell is pretty hoppy at first with some citrus flavor and a touch of fresh cur grass.

The taste is hoppy but sweetness that is hidden in the background with the hoppy green flavor. There is some buttery flavor that is there briefly but gone.

The feel of this beer is a little crisp but dry as well. It goes down easy with a slight aftertaste that is nice. (543 characters)

Photo of uustal
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really bright and vibrant orange amber with a one finger white head. Aroma of sweet grapefruit, peach and mango. Flavor starts off with peach goodness. Not out of place at all for such a unique flavor to beer. Sweet grapefruit, crisp pine hops add a great balance of sweet and bitter. Hints of toasted grains as well. Creamy mouthfeel stays true to the style. Very light and crisp (388 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, best before Sept 20, 2011, courtesy of JoeBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

It pours a very hazy orange amber with a +1 finger of foam and brings some nice lacing.

The nose is mainly of oranges and bready malt, about in equal proportions. Nice balanced smell, for sure.

Orange zest in the taste along with some bready malt and a musty kind of flavour of grain. Smacking my moth after the swallow, I get a kind of spiciness which I can't pin down but it doesn't hurt the overall flavours at all.

Medium bodied with fairly light carbonation, it *does* have a creamy mouthfeel to it. Cream Ale, creamy mouthfeel. Hehe.

I like the unusual flavours going on with this beer and I'm having no trouble drinking up; very good drnkability..very nice beer! (749 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off white to approaching egg shell color head. Red orange center with yellow and gold in the edges. Some noticeable carbonation but doesn't seem to be crazy.

Pine, floral, bready malt and a peppery spice at the end of the whiff.

Much like the aroma the taste is more pronounced. I get the pine, citrus, then the floral meets a peppery spice and a bready malt to balance it all out. Not bad at all.

Light carbonation is noticeable on the tongue but works well. Light body, a little watery and very easy going down. It leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

Not a bad beer at all. Refreshing and this could be considered a summer beer. I wouldn't really call this Sweet Action; it's not crazy sweet, I get more of a balanced bitterness by the malt. It's worth a shot. (770 characters)

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

Poured in to my Sly Fox pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, burnt orange with a 3 finger of thick, foamy, slightly off white head. Head retains well leaving big sticky sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is orange zest, slight grainy and bready malts, a touch of spiced yeasy filters in.

T: Taste starts very citrusy, mostly orange, before a strong bready middle comes through, good deal of grain. A huge spiced yeast comes through with minor notes of banana. Finish is total orange citrus rind.

M: Lighter side of medium body, low carbonation, lightly slick with a sticky finish.

O: This is no cream ale. It's a decent beer but in no way shape or form a cream ale. I rated higher for taste but knocked it for style. (726 characters)

Photo of aficionado
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet Action is not as good as Righteous, but it's slightly better than Bengali Tiger.

I almost never drink Cream ales, with the exception of Climax Cream ale, which was good. With that said, I was pleasantly surprised with Sweet Action. It sounds silly, but it actually tastes creamy with notes of vanilla and milk, yet it also has a fruity hop backbone. The mouthfeel is almost spot on with high carbonation yet a rich, creamy feel which both create a balance with one another.

Overall Sweet Action is very balanced, drinkable, tasty, and fresh. The beer is not too bitter or sweet. It definitely grows on you so if you are not impressed with the first can then give it another chance and try to look for the delicate flavors and aromas. (742 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A thin fingers worth of fizzy off-white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a minimal splotchy lacing... The color is a medium orange... An ever so slight haze is present... Some medium sized moderate paced carbonation can be seen rising throughout...

S - Some orange zest... A slight bit of hops which seem to be a mix of citrus and floral... Some caramel... Touches of bready malts... Fresh cut grass... Very nice all the way around...

T - This is an exercise in balance... A bit malty... A bit bitter... Caramel... Bready malts... A touch of citrus hops... A touch of floral hops... Mild complexity and tremendous balance...

M - Medium bodied... Spry carbonation... Smooth... Clean... Crisp... Consistent sip after sip...

D - A great beer that I would gladly drink multiple of in a session... I don't buy many cases, but this one is case worthy... A true testament to balance between malt and hops... Very nicely done by a brewery that continues to impress me... (987 characters)

Photo of slammo
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a four pack at the Shoprite Metro liquor store in Jersey City. Cream Ale is not a style I drink a lot of so I was intrigued by it for this reason.

First off, cans are the way to go for me as of late. A variety of reasons for this, but it makes sense. The beer was clear, bright and inviting. The smell was lightly buttered.

Taste is refreshing and lightly hopped also. Bread with some citrus note in the back.

I keep this on hand as much as possible now and hope to have it in my rotation for the rest of the summer. (536 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no clue how this one is a cream ale, but all i know is it was damn good, poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 7/3/11

the pour was a nice light amber with a huge head of white that towered over the top of it. lots of lacing here. immediate hop nose that would not quite mixed with a mellow grain and a nice and light feeling across the palate. smooth and crisp with light buttery notes hidden under the crisp citrus flavor. nice dry finish was just what the doctor ordered.

overall this was about as clean and crisp as a session ale gets, no doubt. (552 characters)

Photo of renegadeburger
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this beer on tap in new jersey its funny i saw it in cans a bit earlier but decided to buy a different can instead then i saw it on tap and though i would give it a try

my sample came to me with no head on it at all i asked the bartender to pour one for me again because there was no head she said she could not do that i don't know why it was headless but i don't think that was a godo thing

anyways the aroma was great though i smelled mango and fruit and also some sweet malt in there so there was anticipation of good things

however the taste was good but just not great i had quite a few of the sixpoint brews and this one just didn't do it for me i feel in the aftertaste there is a let down so much promise on this one but no follow through in the aftertaste just a little bit of hops and then that's it

decent mouthfeel in the end light or medium bodied

overall a decent to good beer but after the first few rounds of really great beers from sixpoint this one was my least favorite not saying it was bad but in my opinon the other ones are simply better (1,072 characters)

Photo of rwmiscik
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first six point beer but it will not be the last. This beer pours a hazy brown color. It has smells of citrus like lemons and grapefruit. The the taste of this cream is great. It is very to style and has a great malt background to balance out the hops. overall I am very impressed with this and makes me want to try all the beers six point has to offer. (364 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden brown color with a big rocky off-white head that settles into a rocky cap with some sparse lacingon the glass.

The aroma is of a fruity yeasty note. A bit metallic, with copper standing out. There is a bit of a musty yeasty spice thing going on.

The taste is of a neutral grain flavor, slight hop presence and a nice fruitiness from the yeast. Has a metallic twang to it. The flavors don't pop but that is the beauty of a cream ale. Perhaps a touch sour in the finish.

Solid moderate feel, soft-ish carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate, has a bit of an astrigent feel in the finish.

A good beer that has a general fruity flavor to it. Quite balanced, neutral flavors. Good beer to BBQ with or tailgate. Very solid. (751 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head that leaves blotches of lace. The brew is cloudy with darker amber color.

Unusual hop bite for the style. I smell pine. There is a mild lighter malt nose as well.

The flavor matches the smell profile. Although the can states "more sweet", I find this beer to be more bitter, particulary during and after the swallow. Good body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. (392 characters)

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

Ok on to my favorite sixpoint brew sweet action. This is hands down the brew that turned me on to sixpoint. A wicked brew that is worthy of stacks in my fridge.

A- sweet action pours a hazy tangerine look with some fair spiky lacing on the sides of my pint glass. Carbonation is ripping through the glass as it calls me out

S- a light citric theme is crossed over with some buttery scents and even slight yeast presence. Some peppery scents finish out the brew and for me, make a mouth watering cameo

T- good fruit flavors with some caramel themes from the malt no doubt. The flavors of the brew are combined in a unique fashion that even has some bitterness flash over

M- creamy and carbonated to perfection. An M rating of utopia

D- this is my brew. It's delicious and can be slammed dunked in this RAINY summer. Love sixpoint! (834 characters)

Photo of 7ate9
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to soco7tyx7 for the extra

Med+ Orange yellow amber pours with a floof small bead head that sticks around a bit but leaves no lace
Caramel overripe apple pine grass weeds bread yeast...musky orange marmalade and a slight bit of banana even. likey.
More bread on palate with lots of toast on finish and a hint of pine on the exhale.
Lovely inviting texture with perfect carb. Really refreshing.
This is quite nice, flavorful but light, really refreshing. (462 characters)

Photo of david18
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was my original review of the tap version:

I didn't know what I was getting and no one was able to tell me so i was expecting the usual local beer strong offering (double ipa, barley wine, whatever). Once I got used to what I was drinking it is a really good session beer especially if you are local to new york city and you can get it fresh. I'd say it's up there with the Captain Lawrence Pale ale or the brooklyn ipa. Get it if you can find it.


I love the new Sixpoint cans but Sweet Action is still not my favorite brew from this brewer. (553 characters)

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color from can to chalice... decent clarity. Has a very good yeasty aroma. Almost Belgian-like. The flavor is outstanding and is lightly hopped, predominantly yeasty and mildly bready character. Mouthfeel is perfect... just about medium with a very nice aftertaste.

I don't know how this defines as "cream ale" exactly, however this is absolutely delicious and brewed to great standards! (407 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New 16oz sixpoint can poured into my sixpoint pint glass (I'm a geek like that)

Pours a light red with a thick stiff white head that doesn't stick around long

Smells strongly of hops with some tropical fruit smells peeking through

Tastes amazing, nice hop character upfront but nothing overwhelming, some slight peach and mango flavors come through with a bit of malt.

Mouthfeel is great light on the carbonation and not all that thick.

Overall great session beer one of my favorite summer beers. (501 characters)

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

Pours a hazy shadowed golden pale color, visibly carbonated, with a HUGE stiff off white head that resists fading and leaves an impressive amount of Belgian lacing behind. My first sense of the nose raised a crisp pilsner note of spice followed quickly by a fruity peach. The mouth is creamy smooth, nicely carbonated, with a substantial presence to the body. Full flavored, nicely balanced spicy peach and sweet malts. Clean crisp finish to the mouth while the taste lingers nicely. The 5.2% ABV really lends to the overall drink-ability. Found these 4pk cans at Premier Gourmet in Kenmore NY...$2.50 ea or $9.50 for the pack. Really nice offering from team Sixpoint. (668 characters)

Photo of Monkey962
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a cloudy sunset of colors. From golden yellow to a warm amber. A gentle pour yields a one finger head that doesn't stick around for long, including minimal lacing. A more vigoruous one gives a foamy yellowy-white head, with thick spiderwebs of lace that snake all the way down the glass.

Smell: Reminds me of a Belgian tripel with notes of banana, only more bitter. Also big notes of honeydew melon, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

Taste: This is my first cream ale, and perhaps I'm just not used to what one is like, but I was expected this to be a little more balanced with more malt character. Hop bitterness is experienced first with the sweet malts peeking though. The aftertaste is when the bitterness recedes and the malts really show through. They have a mellow sweetness like homemade white bread.

Feel: Minimal carbonation, and very smooth and silky.

Overall: With a name like Sweet Action I was hoping for the malts to be a bit more obvious and have more character. I had one prior to this review and the prominence of the hops made me think it was skunked, though its short stay in the freezer to cool it down probably numbed some of the malt flavors. The one at proper temperature was much better, however, and was a lot more palatable. I can see this being an excellent after-dinner beer on a summer evening. (1,346 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first saw this brewery on the Brewpub podcast. I like the spirit they put into the product. It was a nice surprise that they are distributing to Central New Jersey.

This beer looks like a red at first glance. There is a one-finger head, but that may be due to the bartender being generous.

I tasted lots of good malts and hops in the Six Point. There is a lot of citrus and carmel in each drink. The citrus came over the top in the after-taste and remained after.

I paired this with a BBQ pork sandwich, and it matched well.

I suggest buying this beer when it presents itself. (582 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, 5.2% abv. Best before Sept. 20, 2011. Hazy copper color. White, sticky head holds at a thin layer for a while, leaving some nice lace. Pretty good looking.

Sweet malt in the nose, with a hint of caramel. Maybe just a bit toasty. Floral, herbal and spicy hop aroma. An interesting combination.

Toasty malt. Not a great amount of depth. Hops come in earthy and spicy, and lend some interesting notes. Some tea-like flavors as well. Dries out at the finish.

Lighter body, with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. This beer seems to grow on me after a while. Some interesting flavors here. Worth a shot. (639 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy, yet dull copper with a smallish pure white head that sticks around for just a bit and laces okay.

aroma is of fresh cut grass, lemon grass, a little bit of bitter citrus, and some yeasty qualities that you'd smell in expanding pizza dough.

flavor is spicy, sweet, bitter, and a touch yeasty, all balanced very well. there is cracked pepper, lemon pepper, citrus zest, pizza dough, light caramel, raisin, and a few other flavors all working in harmony.

almost medium bodied with a slightly prickly carbonation that finishes crisp, yet finishes with a yeasty and spicy aftertaste.

overall, its a great brew. combines tons of different flavors and qualities with nothing dominating but everything working in harmony. doesn't quite fit into a cream ale category, I'd put this as a cross between a cream ale and an IPA maybe. (840 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light amber body pours out of the can into a pint glass. A nice fluffy head builds up to about two fingers and retains well.

S- Quite a bit of hops off the top, as I have noticed with the new Sixpoint cans, not quite IPA level. Hops lend floral, peach and zest. A nutty, caramel and buttery background to the hops.

T- Same basic elements as the aroma but mixed around in strength. Floral and earthy hops become more prominent as well as the malt in general. A nice grainy and raisin spice flavor comes into play as well.

MF- Creamy bodied ale with a high level of silky carbonation. Somewhat bitter finish.

Interesting blend of malt and hop flavor profiles, both are fairly prominent. Brings a lot of different things to the table and certainly worth trying. (765 characters)

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