Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 494
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rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
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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 tat2dhllblly
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-light mahagony with an off white head that stands tall with swiss cheese size bubble clusters that stands an inch tall in my pint glass and lasts for 2-3 minutes and then subsides to a wee wisk across the surface while leaving lady finger lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell-Rich cara malts with a pine and citra foggyness.

Taste-Strong sticky, heavy caramel malt character with a strong, smooth citrus backdrop. Very pleasing and well balanced with a beautiful taste profile for a cream ale.

Mouthfeel-Heavy but without being aggresive. For a "cream ale" I would have expected a bit lighter feel but but I really enjoyed this one.

Overall-A high quality beer. I received as an extra in a trade and now I am in search of more. I see this beer and probably all of Sixpoints beers being just as sought after as Surly! (834 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks go out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is big on hops and citrus. Taste is citrus up front, a good bit of hops, some malts are present, bitter for this style. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (317 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: amber/gold with tiny bubbles floating upwards towards the surface. A thin layer of white froth forms below the head after its recession. Sticky white lace.

S: a pleasant blend of hoppy/floral notes and smooth malts.

T: malty, and hoppy; mildly bitter and a touch watery at the end. Everything is nicely blended and well balanced, but it lacks that deliciousness to make me crave every drop of this brew. Pretty sure it's a style limitation.

M: medium-bodied, perfectly carbonated.

O: well-balanced, smooth, clearly crafted by people in-the-know. But I'm not in love with the style. (588 characters)

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

First had: on tap at Silk City Diner, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a hazy golden orange, with a foamy head that receded to a patchy layer of bubbles. Smell of sweet malts and orange zest with grassy and floral notes. Biscuity malt taste in the background with flavors of fresh juicy hops up front, peach and orange blossom, sugary, grassy and slightly herbal. Comes off more as an APA than a cream ale. Very smooth and medium-bodied, incredibly drinkable. Fresh, crisp, sweet. (485 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) has been anxiously awaiting its chance to review the new Sixpoint CANs since their release was announced. I, like Sweet Sweetback, am hoping this will be one baadasss beer in a CAN!

From the sweet CAN: "Beer is Culture"; "Ah love is bitter and sweet, but which is more sweet the bitterness or the sweetness, none has spoken it. [-Sappho] Sweet Action is an idea; a concept. It is a simple representation of what makes beer great - the marriage of barley and hops, in a harmonious balance of sweet and bitter."; "Please keep refrigerated. This ale was dry-hopped with fresh hops."

Sweet Baby Jesus! The Crack & Glug revealed a Cream Ale unlike any Cream Ale I have ever seen. This dang sure wasn't no Genny Cream, which I still have an affinity for, BTW. Two fingers of dense tawny head with great retention and a deep-orangish amber colored beer with a slight haze says either APA or BUPGOO! Sweet! Not sweet was the nose, which was grassy, minty and floral. Cream Ale just got schooled, yo! Mouthfeel was medium and there was a soft (as opposed to sharp) bitterness in the mouth. Sweet! This is as excited about a CANned beer as I have been in a while! Finish was mildly bitter, enough to sustain a hops junkie like me, but still mild enough not to drive off the uninitiated. Will this be going into my cooler? Does my main man, Sweet Sweetback, mistrust "The Man"? Yo, bring it on! (1,403 characters)

Photo of afksports
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A few years back I didn't know a thing about craft beer. I know slightly more now, but probably still not much. That said, I know whether I like something or not, and I just can't get my palate to like Sweet Action Cream Ale by Sixpoint.

But I'm not going to slam it. In fact, I can give it a resounding compliment that I couldn't have given it a few years back. This is a darn good beer. Just not for my tastebuds.

It pours an orange hued amber - almost like cream soda - and has a fluffy head that reveals good sustained lace as you drink it. The smell is like beer and cream soda. There's a sweetness to it that's like sugar + burnt sugar. Almost... flan? There are some minor citrus hops and some pale malt along with the presence of cream. Whether it's lactic or not who knows, I'm not that sophisticated. This is like cream soda beer. And the taste follows the way it smells.

You start out with a bit of sugary malts that have an almond and butter character to them, then a bit of hops in the back that yield a clean finish. Cream soda beer, once again. Malty, sweet, and most importantly light. Light, indeed. It's supremely drinkable, and a low enough alochol by volume (5.2) that you can session this one.

For me though, I'll choose another. Still, cheers to Sixpoint. This beer is right in the wheelhouse for almost all of Brooklyn! (1,347 characters)

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. (992 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,177 characters)

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. (450 characters)

Photo of soze47
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,547 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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! (1,132 characters)

Photo of Fluke828
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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! (1,607 characters)

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! (1,368 characters)

Photo of BMoldy
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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". (1,159 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,211 characters)

Photo of pratyk
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (319 characters)

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. (575 characters)

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. (322 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (507 characters)

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