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Sweet Action - Sixpoint Brewery

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510 Reviews

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Reviews: 510
Hads: 1,933
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 184
Gots: 348 | FT: 3
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 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!!! (163 characters)

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 (322 characters)

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. (470 characters)

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. (858 characters)

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. (580 characters)

Photo of pep
5/5  rDev +27.2%

pulled this out of my fridge. Rough day in embalming, needed something that can be colder than a month old corpse.

Once again drank from the can itself.

It smelled hoppy, and maybe a touch of grass. But the smell wasn't too strong. This can be due to me drinking from the can.
Taste: all the pleasant taste from hops without bitterness. It starts off as sweet and creamy texture then it finish with a bold taste of piney, grassy hops.

This is a winner. I love this and its nice to have a cream ale that is not genny. (522 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all time favorites and a staple in my fridge. A brew that's truly pleasant on the palate. A sweet malt aroma is followed by a blend of flavors that are perfectly balanced. Fruity sweet and bready followed by herbs and spices and a hops bite. The feel is quite awesome; smooth, crisp, light, refreshing and delightfully creamy. (344 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/8/15. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with a nice fluffy off-white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. This cream ale has alot of IPA qualities, which I didn't expect. The aromas have alot of orange and grapefruit. Citrus notes are there. Some hints of caramel malts as well. Smells nice. More hops in the flavors. More citrus and malts. Lemon and lime zest. Some fresh pine too. Some bread and toast. Some honey is the mix as well. It's bittersweet. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light, but has a solid creamy body to it. There's moderate carbonation and it's fluffy. Very refreshing.

This reminds me of a light IPA or a pale ale, not really a cream ale. But who cares, it's still a fun beer to drink and it's very enjoyable. I've been diggin' Sixpoint lately. (809 characters)

Photo of snowmageddon
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a deep orange with an off-white head.
S: yum! I smell spicy, earthy hops, mango, toast.
T: grain, grass, lemon, bread balanced very well. A dry finish, but one where spicy hops and grain notes feature promintently.
M: medium carb and a medium-light body.
O: what a great beer. I will scoop these up again the next time i spot them. (340 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a nice rusty amber that is slightly cloudy and a deliciously sweet two finger head.

An aroma of caramel and roasted malts, are gentle on the nose and very inviting.

Sweet caramel, slight citrus, and a slight spicy hop profile are very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth as butter, though different than the stock cream ale smoothness.

Overall, while I don't necessarily agree with the "cream ale" status, it's an irrelevant issue considering this is delicious. (471 characters)

Photo of Chuck_Hammertrench
3/5  rDev -23.7%

How can I describe this beer? Every beer is an experience, let's not forget that. This experience, for me, is one of liberation and relief. I cracked open a nice 45 degree can of Sixpoint Sweet Action at 12:30 AM after working for 27 hours with only an hour or two of breaks and no sleep for the last 36. The first impression I got, as it passed over my tongue, was one of peculiarity. Is this just an old IPA? No, it's too fresh for that. Could it be a poorly done barleywine? Well it's a weak one if that proves to be the case. The malt overcomes the hops almost as soon as I register the mouthfeel, a slight tingle from the carbonation with a smooth finish, but it's not so sweet as to take away the slight sour character. It very subtly blooms into an almost fruity aftertaste.

Clearly, this beer is not to be trifled with, especially in a weakened state of mind. Perhaps a fresh taste would spark new views, but with this little sleep, it's just not the refreshing jolt I was hoping to find. I'd drink it again, for sure, since I still have several left, but I'm not sure that I would offer it to my mother-in-law. All in all, solid beer with a strange character. (1,171 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

A: A golden orange in color, with a little transparency, a nice white head at the top, a nice lacing around the glass as you drink this one.

S: Nose on this one consists of biscuits, caramel, brown sugar and some lemon as well, some nice spice on the tail end as well.

T: Just like the nose with more spice and creaminess on the end, the biscuits and caramel are present up front

M: Medium bodied, silky, and moderate carbonation.

O:Not a bad brew at all, well balanced and tasty as well, Sixpoint does a good job with the brews, I enjoyed the simplicity of this one with the good taste. (592 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weird skinny can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange with a one-finger off white head that sticks around a while. Moderate lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Inviting but somewhat faint aromas of grass, hops, and some buttery toast.

Taste: This beer has a lot of flavor for a hybrid-style ale. Grass and hops are up front, and there's some tasty bitter sweetness in the background. Really nice flavor profile. Flavors get slightly more pronounced as it warms.

Mouthfeel: The body is really perfect and adds a lot to the appeal. It has a nice medium-grade heft, and is smooth and very drinkable.

Overall: Excellent sessionable beer. Would drink again. It sort of tastes like a cream ale crossed with a fairly hoppy American pale ale or golden ale. Whatever it is, it's great, and will remind you of why you love beer. (839 characters)

Photo of Dave128
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange in color. Came from the tap with a 2 finger off white head. Lacing is moderate but that may be due to me drinking it so fast!

S - Grassy and hoppy. Not much on the nose but nothing bad.

T - Sweet up front with huge hop flavor on the finish. Don't get much bitterness making this a very well balanced beer.

M - Medium carbonation. Accents the rest of the beer perfectly.

O - A fantastic balanced beer. May be a new standard favorite. (454 characters)

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange golden with an off white head. Aroma is sweet bread and dough, vanilla, and some grassy hops. Flavor is similar with the addition of some orange. A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, only had a few cream ales now and this is by far the best of the bunch. First one that I have been thoroughly impressed with. Definitely will be returning to this one, a great option when seeking a sessionable beer. (424 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11/09/11 Second taste on tap. Not your grandfather's cream ale. Nothing too exotic, mind, but adventurous. Texture's right but taste is more assertive. Hoppier than a Genesee, my guidepost in this genre. Likeable, but heavy...bready on the belly.

2012 - At Rattle n Hum, NYC. OK. A bit on the heavy side for my taste. Balanced flavor and bitterness, leaning a notch to the sweet side. (385 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter at the brass tap midotwn tallahassee, Pours a copper orange with tangerine highlights when backlit. Head is comprised of big off white sticky bubbles and tattered sheets of spongey lace. Head deflates quickly in to a sheet of large bubbled foam. Aroma consists of bright grapefruit and citrus hops with some sweet mango mixed in. Aroma is strong though not complex but simple is good with this profile. Taste is hoppy with lemon zest and white grapefruit citrus dominates up front the beer trails off mostly after this as mid pallet is void of anything in particular and the finish comes up with a mineral and chalky dry finish. The hang is bitter and consists of a little pine and citrus. This beer smells tastes and drinks like a pale. Im not exactly sure what puts it into the cream ale category accept for maybe the lack of a malt backbone. That being said it feels intentional while drinking it not like just an under done pale ,but I do like my cream ales with a little lactose or dextrose which this seems to lack. The mouthfeel is light and crisp slightly fizzy but not to a fault. Not really what I was expecting at all from this style , this beer falls into the different but not bad category, A great poolside or beach option when looking for something crisp in a can. Overall not a bad beer by any means. Sixpoint delivers as usual. (1,382 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Orange with slight red. 2 finger creamy head. lacing falls apart though and sinks back down into beer.

S: Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, sweet grass. Reminds me of prickly pear cactus for some reason. The citrus hops fade nice into a subtly sweet malty, light and slick-smelling base.

M: Smooth, velvety, creamy, medium body. Medium carbonation level and slightly dry finish.

T/O: It does indeed taste like an orange creamsicle, but it has enough hop bitterness to balance the back end. Not too sweet, not too bitter, well put together. Too sweet to be an APA. More consistent with a light EPA with higher carbonation level that makes it taste crisper. Honey rolls, caramel flavors not pronounced but qualities of both found. Creaminess from the caramel; and, floral sweetness with a bready backbone from honey rolls. I could drink these forever. (853 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.99/12 oz can from Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Can BB 8 May 15 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma grassy and citrusy
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – stalactites of small and medium bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor of grassy hops, tastes very fresh; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Another very good brew from Sixpoint (435 characters)

Photo of JonAdams
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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 -1.8%
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 +6.9%
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 +2.3%
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 -0.5%
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 -10.2%
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)

Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.