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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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530 Reviews

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Reviews: 530
Hads: 2,015
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 23.92%
Wants: 186
Gots: 389 | FT: 4
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

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a golden light brown with a solid white head.

smells like citric hop, unexpected but i like it.

tastes like a higher quality Genesee Cream Ale! caramel-y malt with some hop bite to it.

goes down smooth but does have a slight aftertaste of alcohol.

a good beer, solid part of the Boombox. i have purchased a 6 pack of this before and enjoyed it. not a beer i would use as my go-to but good nonetheless

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sixpoint "Sweet Action"
12 oz. can, "BB18MAR2016"

Interesting beer. I'm not sure what all of the confusion about the style is. I know that they wrote about it "Part pale, part wheat, part cream ale - all Sweet Action" but it's clearly an American pale ale as the other styles just don't fit.

The body is a clear, fairly dark amber that fits into the style, beneath a frothy head of white that holds well and leaves some nice lacing behind.

The aroma expresses grapefruit, pineapple, and pine over a biscuity malt base - sounds like APA to me...?

The flavor follows suit, adding in some grassy hop character. It's 34 IBUs match the APA requirements, and balance it nicely. What wheat may be there adds depth to the malt, but doesn't come across as "wheaty". I'm not sure where the "cream ale" might come into play unless it's fermented cooler and then cold conditioned, which would give you pretty much what a clean American ale yeast would do.

In the mouth it's medium-light to medium, and gently crisp. Perhaps that's where the "cream ale" association comes from as it's less carbonated than you might expect.

Overall, a very drinkable APA that's got a little more malt character than many (I won't say most, but it's certainly richer than the best known APA).

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 24, 2015

12 oz can, tulip

A – Medium copper and quite clear. An inch of white foam with moderate-low retention.

S – Light grapefruit hop aromas, surprising in a cream ale. A bit of melon fruit as well. Lightly baked bread crust with a touch of crystal/caramel/Maillard malt aroma. Almost a cake-like impression.

T – Malt leads the way, baked crackers and bread crust, with just a light touch of estery fruit, maybe apples. Hops are low, with a bit of grapefruit, citrus, and herbal flavors.

M – Carbonation is slightly moderate-high, and it is fairly full-bodied. Seems like there’s a lot of residual sugar here, but it is not extraordinarily sweet. Balanced by just enough hop bitterness, moderate to moderate-low, which comes in on the finish. Fairly juicy throughout.

O –Very unique take on the cream ale, I really like the hopping. Not traditional, but that is not the intention. I could drink twenty of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Lorwhal
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer! Not what I was expecting! It has a fairly one note taste - but don't take that as a negative. I don't feel like it swings wildly between bitter or sweet when it moves through your palate. Its like, ah yeah that's beer. And then you swallow and are like mm yes. Beer. Mild sugar. A clean, fizzy ale with a hoppy note as you begin and a bit of sweetness. Fuwa-fuwa biiru. Gonna drink the heck out of this during the summer. Aww yiss.

Amber/Muted Floral/tasty beer goodness/Fizzy/yeah ok

Recommended for: laying in your yard in June with Weezer playing. Don't forget your sunscreen.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge shoutout to Shane and Sixpoint for providing me with a fresh sample of this brew. Tall skinny 12oz can poured into a pint glass. The aroma is pale malt and fresh hops. The taste like the aroma has some sweetness up front with some citrusy hops in the finish creating an almost perfect finish. Not too strong, not too hoppy, this is a really quaffable offering from Sixpoint that I will definitely purchase for tailgating during football season.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pies & Pints, Worthington, OH. Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: clear, light copper. 1 finger foamy white head, little visible carbonation. Leaves a thin ring of foam, but otherwise little lacing or retention.

Aroma: Really nice; resinous & floral.

Taste: Light, bitter arrival, tart/dry mid-palate, strongly bitter finish. Bitterness lingers, slightly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light, little carbonation.

Overall: Very much a light American pale ale [or an over-hopped light amber]. Very good summertime beer. Light, crisp. I'd drink it again, but won't be seeking it out. Seems similar to MadTree's Happy Amber and Goose Island Honker's Ale (though without the "English" feeling).

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Photo of RogueCBR
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deep amber color. Looks nice.
Smell: Smells nice. Not overpowering. Kind of a sweet smell.
Taste: Tastes good. A little more "nice" tasting than my preferred beers. Kind of has a hint of a fruity almost sour but not quite thing going on.
Feel: Has a light, thin feel to it.
Overall: Not exactly my preferred type of beer, but it's good. If I came across it at a bar, I'd probably grab a can and have them pour it into a frosted mug.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it on draft at work. First Cream Ale, but I'm still not sure if it's a true representation of the style. Lightly hoppy, sweet and smooth. Very balanced and drinkable. Light but not in a light beer way. Need to drink more. Good beer.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer! Look- pours with a nice creamy head, foam dissipates but rings on the surface. Color is a tan, honey gold. Smells- muted hops, with an underlining sweetness. Taste- great character. You get the sweetness, blend of malt and hops awesome balance. Feel- creamy! Great stuff!

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Photo of ONUMello
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orange with a one-finger head that settles to a fine lacing
S: Nothing in particular stands out but it's a nice blend of malt/hops/cream
T: Matches the nose. Malty, creamy with a refreshing hoppiness for the style, but no particulars stand out
M: Light-bodied but incredibly smooth and creamy
O: Rare that a beer's mouthfeel stands out as its best element but it certainly does here. Flavor-wise this is tasty yet average... but overall it's so refreshing I'll definitely grab more to sip while outside during the summer months

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

Thought it was like an APA at first, but this light bodied ale is deceivingly complex and tasty! Not sure what a cream ale is or what category to put this in, but it's pretty good. Sessionable and tasty, good summer beer.

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Photo of Andymac28
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The people looking for a cream ale are looking in the wrong place. Although BA id's this as a cream ale it is not. It's an ale as it says on the box but The dudes from Sixpoint say it themselves, "a beer that the brain cannot categorize but instead speaks directly to the pallet."
Sweet Action looks good, smell is nothing to rave about but not bad, but the taste! A little hop forward with an amazing honey like finish w just a little sweetness not a lot. Smooth and coating mouth feel. Perfect carbonation. Amazing beer! It's actually going to become my new everyday staple. Sixpoint makes phenomenal nectars!

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with a minimal tan head. Not a lot of lacing.

Very light on the nose with floral hops and biscuity malts. Not too much going on here.

The taste is light, refreshing and everything you want in a Cream Ale: perfectly balanced caramelly malts and light, citrusy hops.

It feels light and creamy with a fair bit of carbonation. Very refreshing!

Overall, this is going to end up in the regular rotation at my house.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Pours a light amber color with a thin head. No lacing.
S- Sweet with a little malty smell.
T- Wow. Haven't had a lot of cream ales, and this is the best. Nice malty taste with a great hop finish that sticks around for a while.
F- very crisp and refreshing with just enough hop pop in the end.
O- Pleasantly surprised. Not big on cream ales but I like this one.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Rideguy64
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of leantom
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Gperson
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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Photo of thommo_nk
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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!!!

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Photo of NinjaJesus
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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

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Photo of HipCzech
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.