Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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88
very good

494 Reviews
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Reviews: 494
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rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 178
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 JonAdams
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful if unexpected beer. I have learned great respect for Six Point. This Sweet Action only reinforces that opinion.
Pours a bit hazy with a warm orangy- caramel tint, warm and full bodies looking. Head sticks around for a bit, once that gets sipped away there's a sticky laciness that stays on the walls of the glass. From the tap into a standard pint glass.
Even minutes after the pour there's a nice tingle from the carbonation on the tongue.
Flavor is hoppy without being hopped up, very little malt and no cloying aftertaste or coating.
Without knowing any better, I'd call this a pale ale, but I'm learning more every day.
Long after the sip, there's a tiny explosion of orange on the sides and back of the tongue.
Even 2/3rds of the way through the pint, I'm not sure that I can find anything that would remind me of a cream ale.
I will be back for another!! (871 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 07-13-2014
Freshness: Best by 06-17-2014
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Semi-clear dark amber beer, with a low head of white. Little in the way of lace, and head retention is low.

S: Pine hop aromas plus the smell of grapefruit. Really nice

T: The taste is a blend of sweetness from malts and hop bitterness, although it is more bitter than sweet overall.

M: Chewy in body and a low level of carbonation. It finishes pretty dry and moderately bitter.

O: To me I'd have guessed this was a pale ale instead of a cream ale. It was a good beer but not sure if they pegged the name or the style quite right. (684 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by date 5/7/15

never had a beer officially categorized as a cream ale. Here goes.

Pours semi hazy orange-copper color with fluffy frothy 1 1/2 finger head. Retention is great.

I pick up orange first in the aroma along with some sweet cream. Is the fact its a cream ale making me think so? Smells almost like an orange creamsicle which I love. Not overly strong aroma though after the first whiff.

The taste is right along the lines of its smell. I really get orange creamsicle. Its orange rind backed with sweet and smooth cream. A touch of bitterness keeps it from being overly sweet.

light body and silky smooth. Moderate carbonation. each sip makes the palate demand more.

Continue to be impressed with Sixpoint. This one is delicately crafted for sure. Hits the expectation of what I thought a cream ale would be and gives me a bit of a hop fix too. Thanks Sixpoint. (881 characters)

Photo of Rbodacious
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting.
Exceptionaly enjoyable on multiple fronts.
Crisp,smooth and yes,creamy.
Nice hop snap with a drenching silky finish.
Usually , when tasting a new brew that I have read about,
Especially a new style. I come through mildly unimpressed, if
not disappointed.
Not the case with Sweet Action.
This is what I hoped a cream ale would taste like, and more.
I only remember Genesse offering this style many years ago.
Sixpoint continues its meteoric rise on my
favorite breweries list. Thanks (501 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight earthy malt, hops, slight alcohol, and cream. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of caramel malt, hops, slight alcohol, slight cream, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend for a Cream Ale. (469 characters)

Photo of OldeSchool
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orange/amber color, very nice frothy head.

Aroma is definitely citrus; very pleasant overall.

Taste follows the aroma; this one seems more like a pale ale or a "mild" IPA than a cream ale. Decent balance of sweet and bitter; very easy to drink if you don't mind the rather prominent citrus undertone.

A decent beer all in all; not something I'd go out of my way to obtain again, but very refreshing on a hot summer day. (424 characters)

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

12 fl oz. skinny can, with a best by date on the bottom of the can May 08, 2015 apparently. A new beer to me from Sixpoint, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. BeerAdvocate identifies this beer as a 'cream ale' - not a style I am too familiar with, so I'm not entirely sure what to expect.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice bronze orange colored body, not unlike an IPA with three fluffy fingers of frothy khaki tan foam. Lightly cloudy; maybe some very tiny sediment visible in the glass. Head has some very nice staying power and good creaminess.

S - The aroma is fairly light, but it hold lots of good citrus, lemon, rinds, orange, some soapiness / creaminess, herbal / grassy, lightly bready.

T - Taste follows the nose - bready biscuit malts, herbal / grassy, grapefruit, lemon, light pine resins.

M - The feel is crisp and clean, lightly sticky hops on the palate, but it is a mostly clean finish.

Overall, a nice ale from Sixpoint, almost more akin to a lightly hopped pale ale in my opinion / experience. Either way, it is a very nice reliable offering with a moderate 5.20% abv. I would have it again.

Sixpoint Sweet Action ---4/5. (1,181 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bernie’s in Waukesha, WI. This pours a hazy, brown color with a slight beige head. The aroma is sweet with a hint of malt. The taste is slightly sweet and malty. Smooth and easy drinking. Very well made and delicious a nice little find at a bar, especially of draft. (278 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, nearing its best-before date (which makes this something like 9 months old by Sixpoint dating practices). Hazy, amber in color, capped with an almost creamy two fingers of foam. Sparse lacing. Sweet Action is quite hoppy for a cream ale, but age has faded the hop aroma of this can. A floral note hits first. Hard to identify any characteristics of specific hop varieties, and Sixpoint's website doesn't list the hop bill. Despite the age, this by no means smells stale, but still floral and fruity.

Flavor is nicely balanced. Solidly malty core but with more than a mild hoppiness (the listed 34 IBUs seems about right). Clean finish like a lager, but still mildly estery. Neutral hop character that is neither citric like an American pale ale nor tea-like/herbal like an English pale ale. Biscuity malt profile with a solid hop kick. Very fine bubbles that are just a bit prickly.

Sweet Action is a great quasi-sessionable beer, even when it's past its prime, as this can attests. Drinks like a hybrid between an American and English Pale ale. I will definitely have to try this fresh in the new 6x12oz. format and re-review. (1,139 characters)

Photo of BriantheBeerGeek
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before June 17, 2014. So.... not super fresh.

Appearance: Hazy orange with some floaties.

Aroma: Ooh.. Sweet honey like malts, orange, apricot, sticky brown sugar, faint pine, light tropical fruits, very nice smelling beer.

Taste: Unbelievable. So refreshing but not light at all. Sweet honey, apricot, tangerine, some hop bitterness, light lemon.

Body: BIG creamy mouth feel as expected.

Overall: This has been described as a cross between a pale ale, a wheat beer and a cream ale. It's that hard to classify. But who cares anyway? It's freaking DELICIOUS. Highly Recommended. You wont be sorry. (608 characters)

Photo of admiral
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

lots of flavours coming through - beautifully balanced!

aroma: bready orange/grapefruit/pine

taste: light brown sugar, orange, orange peel, orange candy, grapefruit, bready malt, slight raisins and spice with a hint of smokiness. Loved the taste and balance of this beer.

very enjoyable, achieving it's aims of a sweet and bitter balance. (341 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml can. Poured into snifter.

A: Looked like a Hefeweizen, amber very cloudy, medium head that
hung around quite a while, had floaters, lots of
lacing.

S: Lemon, cascade hop, hint of diacetyl.

T: Citrus fruits and wheat, yeasty, sweeter than a
pale ale, fruitier than a hefeweizen.

M: Creamy texture, minimal carbonation, very smooth.

O: As a fan of Pale Ales and a reluctant Weizenbier
drinker I’d say it combined the best of both beers. (451 characters)

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

Pours clear amber with a ring of white bubbles. On the nose I get sweet, bready malt with tropical citrus and apples, plus an herbal hop presence. The taste follows the nose but has a wider array of fruit: blood orange, apple, strawberry, apricot, along with that same sweet bread malt. It doesn't taste like any cream ale I've ever had, nor does it fit into any known category, but man is it tasty. Finishes slightly bitter with a medium body and good level of carbonation. (474 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml Can from Crystal Palace Wetherspoons, Glasgow (£2.49):
Caramel amber in colour with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that seems quite creamy once it settles. Some lacing & good retention.

Sweet malts & some subdued hops on the nose although the smell is definitely a very light on with only a few faint floral notes, some light caramel and even fainter still, some sweet fruits too.

Sweet with some malts that hint at caramel, some sweet fruits and a touch of bitterness coming through. There is some further caramel & biscuit flavours with a few lager hops.

Creamy but with a thinner body than I was expecting, it was probably light medium at best but it was exceptionally smooth and quite easy to drink with low carbonation and a wet finish.

Average but drinkable with the sweet and creamy feel being a highlight for me. The main problem was that both the taste & the smell seemed too light and basic for me. I'll stick with Bengali Tiger over this one every time. (976 characters)

Photo of wjbaxteriv
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've always loved the Six Point branding. Good looking cans, basic beer stats along the bottom, 16 ounces. Poured into my nonic imperial pint glass. Here we go!

The beer is a dark golden hue with somewhat of a semi-filtered look. Some visible particles floating around around giving it a rustic, homebrew type of bravado. I like it. Downside is there is very little head that leaves no lacing...maybe I didn't clean my glass we'll enough.

The aroma is fairly basic. Seemingly equal parts hops and malt (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) along with some yeast.

The flavor is where Sweet Action shines. A fantastically balanced beer with a very interesting and strong apricot note. A very clean finish with a green hop finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is full for the style (cream ale? I suppose...) and luscious. Velvety and we'll crafted. A standout for a beer of sessionable strength.

Sweet Action is an old friend. A very good, session beer that defies genre. That's fine by me, as the result is a distinctly delicious brew. (1,033 characters)

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a pint glass from a can

A - light amber color, can barely see through the beer.

S - very subtle smell, vague hop smell but not much to the nose

M - the feel goes great with the style, very creamy and unexpectedly thick.

T- this beer is very smooth, not a lot of different flavored going on just a good light sweet malt flavor with a hint of hops that give it a nice citrus finish.

Overall - this beer is a great "session" beer, definitely at the top of its style. One could drink several of these the only negative may be the price point at 9.99 for 4-16 oz cans. This one will be part of my regular rotation. (624 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured sort of a shade darker than most of your big 30' pack lite beers. The white head lasted a good amount of time.

I could not pick up any particular aroma with this one. I knew it was low in hops, so I was trying to figure out what scent I would be getting. If anything, I had a slight hint of fall flowers.

The taste was clean and smooth. In fact it sort of rolled onto my tongue and then down my mouth without causing a lot of excitement..

A nice beer, no real negative comments , just that this is not my style of beer (528 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very even but bright hue meets the eye with an almost orange color. The head was a thick film of tight knit bubbles.

The aroma was stale but sweet with a cream like nose. Dry malt, dry grain and dry cream all meet the nose.

The flavor is far less creamy that one would expect but it has an assertive malt and an almost burnt character. The cream is evident, but not overwhelming. The malt is dry and charred but not stout charred, just stubborn.

This is very easy to drink but is a tinge dry on the tongue.

I want maybe a little more cream and sweet but this has a character all it own that made it worthwhile. (616 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear, reddish amber - till you (unbeknownst-ingly) dump the hop sediment in.... thousands of hop and/or yeast particles in suspension - very hazy.... rocky, off-white head - dies in a few moments.... looks like unfiltered juice or tea

S: potent, sweet crystal malt (60?) immediately and light, fruity esters on the perimeter.... background hop expression, coming forth stronger at the end of a long, intent whiff.... overall, it smells like a hoppy Irish red.... very bright, potent, but generic, wort-y aromas

T: immediate impression - kinda like a sweetish British ale.... kinda cherry-like fruitiness pervades, bitterness is there, just squashed under the rolls of -ose fat.... sort of a tea-like hop flavor (polyphenols?)... the hops have a spicy orange or bitter grapefruit peel flavor.... no alcohol notes.... add a few dashes of bitters and a shot of bourbon and you may just have an old-fashioned here

M: fullish, soft and smooth.... dextriny, slight film left on palate.... i could see this being just too much for most people.... the mouthfeel just seems to suit a stronger ale

O: like a mediocre extract homebrew.... aside from the can stating this was dry-hopped, there was no indication of the level of nasty-looking sediment contained within... hmmm... wasn't a fan of this the first time I had this in '08 - gonna have a hard time recommending this one (1,375 characters)

Photo of mnrider
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can

A: Pours hazy golden. Thin creamy tan head. Little retention but leaves very nice lacing.

S: Pretty clean with hints of sweet fruits and floral hops. Nice, but could be stronger.

T/M: Creamy, peachy, malty, sweet. Bitter floral hops. Smooth, medium bodied with the
taste of melons.

O: Bitter and sweet. Well balanced. Smooth and easy to drink. Nothing too complex,
which makes for one of the better if not the best Cream Ales around.

Cheers!!! (459 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden colour with a small, creamy, light tan head. Nice.

Interesting combo of light, sweet malt and mild citrussy hop. Like a light pale ale to my nose but some sweet, creamy elements come through too.

The palate moves around a little with a balance of sweet, creamy malt and then a light pop of C-hop. Interesting and well balanced.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A solid beer. The cream ale doesn't really come through for me as the hopping is quite high for that style but it works nicely on the whole. (531 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows caramel, sweet malt, soft peach and floral hops. A little light on.
Similar flavours - lightish but still tasty flavours. Some sweet caramel, a little floral and spicy hops.
Carbonation seems a bit full-on. (250 characters)

Photo of BlackDog
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint defines Sweet Action as "part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale- all Sweet Action." I couldn't put it any better myself.

If asked to define the style after just one sip, I'd say it's a pale ale. But after the second sip, I'd say it's a cream ale. And after the third sip, I'd give up trying. And that's a good thing.

Sweet Action, brewed in Brooklyn, pours a dark, hazy pale with a creamy tan head. Retention is great and lacing is on par.

The 5.20% ABV is undetectable throughout the drink. 34 IBUs of hops come through nicely in the aroma, though, with floral hops mingling nicely with yeast and pale malt sweetness.

The taste upfront has a nice hop bitterness that initially has a crisp bite to it. But it quickly fades to a malty focus, with a peachy cream flavor that goes nicely with a dry, fruity ester finish. The crisp carbonation and medium body work together for an extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Appearance: 9/10
Aroma: 4/5
Taste: 9/10
Mouthfeel: 5/5
Overall: 18/20
<strong>Total: 45/50</strong>

Sweet Action has a reputation of balancing the bitterness of a pale ale and the sweetness of cream ale, and it does just that. A great beer brewed by a great brewery, enjoyable any time of the year. (1,242 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've always loved this style but I've never really enjoyed a single example I've tried so far lets hope this sets the bar anyway it pours a hazed light amber hue with a rather fluffy fluffy three finger ever present head and lacing everywhere,the nose is quite feint but I Do get herbal grassy hops along with barley,slight vanilla and grains,the mouthfeel is smooth medium bodied and quite satisfying on a hot night like tonight but the tastes are not up to par it's just grassy herbal hops,grains,barley,caramel malts and the finish is smooth and a touch sweet but not overly sweet and overall yeah it's a better option than The macro on offer but the flagfall ain't worth the ride cheers. (691 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy grass aroma. Pours deep ruddy amber with thick beige head. Head lasts a goodly time with nice lacing of glass. Hits the mouth with a citrus bite along with a light caramel note. Nice slight hoppy aftertaste. The can notes this is dry-hopped with fresh hops. Very nice! (276 characters)

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