Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 1,862
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 168
Gots: 312 | FT: 3
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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 robbrandes
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of axeman9182
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of MadCat
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.

Photo of camil1mj
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!

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
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....

Photo of Naugros
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of TerenceNyc
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint. Special thanks to jayli for this from our recent trade!


A: Pours a lovely deep amber color with loads of carbonation feeding a creamy, off white, two finger head. Retention was good and lace was relatively plentiful.

S: Clean aromas of biscuity malt, light citrus, floral hops, and a sprinkle of earthy yeast.

T: Taste mirrors the smell as described above.

M: Smooth and, well, creamy. Decent amount of carbonation and hop bite add some liveliness to the mouthfeel and prevent it from being too one note.

O: A really nice beer for this time of the year. Clean, simple, and refreshing.

Photo of n2185
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper-orange with a finger of white head that quickly vanishes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of orange citrus aromas with a hint of biscuity sweetness underneath. There are also some sweet bubblegum and banana aromas in there as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is some sweetness up front with bubblegum and bananas coming to mind. Piny hop flavors follow with a slight bitterness, and the beer finishes with a crisp, yeasty flavor.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this is a nicely crisp beer that has a lot of flavor but is still very easy to drink.

O: Definitely one of the best cream ales I've had. It's nice to see some low gravity, easy drinking beers that are also full of flavor.

Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can best before Sept 20 2011 into a nonic pint glass, off we go!

Out of the can a simple pale amber body almost orange in color with a two finger small off white foamy head. Fairly uniform for that head I would say. Body color though is also a little hazy, but otherwise we are looking ok.

Sweet smelling nutmeg, hints of cinnamon. Brown dry spices ripped from the grind right here, but nothing large from say a big winter warmer. Like a big fresh cinnamon stick. Not much else though, but very inviting indeed!

Taste is light bodied, mild hop and a surprising unexpected bread punch in the end. Very enjoyable, that taste hits in that order just described. Further brown spice notes are present but much more subdued in the palate. Feels a little wet, but nothing unpleasant.

Overall quite enjoyable, nothing like the Cream Ale I had at Bray's but a still great enjoyable beer. Reminds me more of a simple good English Bitter.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

you just gotta love 16oz. cans! this is a nice looking can.

It pours out slow with a bright golden amber color. The head is large and full 3" high but falls pretty quick. A decent look.

The aroma has a really unique and layered hop stylie, sweet fruits, dry earth and mild, slightly sweet malt tone underneath. The hops smell very fresh and very complex.

The can mentions the beauty of balance and this one has a really nice balance of flavor's. The hops impress me most, with a deep earthy tone and sweet, juicy, fruitiness. The dry hopping adds a really nice fresh tasting effect and of course as a dry feel to the already jazzy feel that also ends very smooth. Simple flavor's that are maxed out in complexity with eachother.

Overall, a wonderful brew that will be underrated i'm sure, because it's simple. The hops will not attack your face but they are a delight in any case!

Photo of ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the cloudy amber brew. Head fizzes away reasonably quick, with minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly spicy, with some piney hops.

Taste is a bit soapy from beginning to end. Pretty much follows the nose, sweet to start, moderate spicing in the middle, and closes with piney hoppiness, and a light alcoholic warming. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Had hoped for a bit more depth of malt flavor, but a good beer in its style.

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

A: A hazy golden amber color with a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly into a small patch of bubbles centered in the beer. Large carbonation bubbles can be seen shooting up from the bottom.

S: Sweet maltiness is most readily apparent with a little bit of caramel. Smells similar to a cream soda with a bit of citrus and light hops mixed in.

T: The taste is comprised mainly of light maltiness and even lighter yeastiness. There is some nice citrus notes present afterwards with a nice light hoppiness. Nothing is particularly overpowering but the flavors all work well together.

M: Lighter in body with a low-medium amount of carbonation that works well together.

O: Overall quite good, definitely one of the better cream ales I've had. I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of Tschnab
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice orange color with a bone white inch thick head and little lace.

S- Bready malts, apricot, sweet corn, spices.

T- confirms the nose, but adds a little bit of hops bitterness as well. Really nice, creamy mouthfeel.

O- Easily the best cream ale I've ever had. One of the smoothest, most quaffable beers I have ever encountered.

Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of uustal
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Photo of 9InchNails
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,862 ratings.