Sweet Action | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
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Sweet ActionSweet Action

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sixpoint on 03-04-2005

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Photo of D1noB
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slight citrus front that is followed by a cracker, toffee, nutty aftertaste, that puts a big old period on the end of the sip.

Taste Rating in Words: It's hop scotch with a big double footed stomp on the final hop.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark golden color with off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of caramel. Taste follows, slightly sweet and malty at first, more dry and bitter on the finish with lingering hop flavor. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer, resembles a sweeter APA.

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Photo of SipSipGulpGulpBurp
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great beer for someone who wants something semi sweet with some bitterness at the end. Very crisp, surprisingly refreshing, and WAY TOO EASY TO DRINK. which in my book is a great thing. For my personal taste I felt that the brown sugar/caramel was just perfect , and the IBU isnt too high. Leaves a pleasant sweet taste and slowly goes away.

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Photo of wedge
3.04/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3


Pours a clear amber color topped by a small off-white head that dissolves to a broken layer. Nose is malty and sweet - earthy spice, raisins, light grapefruit citrus, and a bit of cardboard. Flavor seems less sweet, but it's not as smooth as I'd like. Cereal and caramel play off of a woody/grassy hop bitterness and a watery finish. Medium bodied and dry. Mediocre.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body copper-y with red and orange hues and it's very crystalline. The head is minimal but shows some good lacing in the sides of the glass.
S: The aroma is very earthy of resin, apples, and fresh hops.
T: The taste profiles are very sweet, maple syrup, resin, citrus, pineapple, apple. The malts in the back are very well balanced.
M: The body is medium. Carbonation is medium to high. Bitterness is medium to medium high. It's a very good cream ale for me.
O: Last August I had my first Sixpoint which was a bit disappointing but this cream ale is something indeed.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Pier 13, Hoboken.

Aroma: brown sugar, bread, barley.
Taste: barley, citrus. tad sour. Vinegar.
Look: Dark Orange color. Medium head.

A little strange, but pretty good overall.


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Photo of daliandragon
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times and it has always been rock solid. Early greatness from Sixpoint. Dark golden in color with creamy, wet head. Nose is faint noble hops and bread malt sweetness.

Broad, crisp bitterness carries this beer nicely through the aftertaste. Citrus hops are medium low in power but high in flavor. Well balanced as well, however the real talent is in the mellow smoothness in the texture and finish. As good a cream ale as I have found.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz skinny can.Poured out a hazy, amber color with a small beige head. Smelled sweet with a hint of malt. The taste is slightly sweet and malty with a grassy hop bitterness. Crisp and sharp.

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Photo of Venice_Beacher
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First post so I am still learning the vocabulary.

A: Color is a rich golden hue
S: I experienced a comfortable nose but was expecting a hoppy pungent. Pleasantly surprised with some citrus.
T: taste was smooth without overpowering tastes, just some citrus, mellow taste. After taste hangs around and is not clean nor flavorful, just feel like another drink to wash it down.
M: medium carbonation
O: not bad beer overall but won't be looking for it in the stores.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color, clear, with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is bread malt and herbal notes. A bit like a pale ale with it's malt base, but smooth and creamy sweet. Light pine and spice in the hops aftertaste. A very good beer, one well suited for winter weather.

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Photo of MFMB
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this one. Sort of like a cream ale/ pale ale hybrid. good malt character that is balanced out with a piney hop kick. Ill call this a ICA , it is a bit of everything and while cream ales are a bit of a bastard style this delicious brew fits the style well, albeit hopier than anything in style that I have had.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On-draught @ Second Chance Saloon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Cost was $1 given their rather generous birthday special.

Head dies inside 30 seconds, but is coating and robust with classic cream ale frothiness.

Body is a clear pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast is visible within. Clean-looking.

Aroma is of copper malts, biscuit malt, and slightly piney hops. Suggests a coating brew with a simple but balanced flavour profile. Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste follows the aroma, with the malty sweetness emphasized by a coating mouthfeel. Soft enough, smooth, and wet, but its filling medium body holds it back from refreshing. Has English leanings what with the biscuity flavour and a hint of well-integrated diacetyl. I suspect English yeast. Butterscotch.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Overall, it's a drinkable pleasant cream ale, but discerning drinkers may find its simplicity off-putting. Cream ales aren't known for their complexity, but the best expressions of the style are far more intricate than this. Average fare from Sixpoint.

C (2.90) / AVERAGE

My second pour yielded a longer lasting head (~2-3 minutes).

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Photo of Kubishark
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Old Line Bistro. Looks rather copper, almost amber-orange in color, darker than the light gold I'm used to seeing for a cream ale. Smells like a pale ale to me, a good mix of bready malts and piney hops. Tastes similarly like a well balanced pale ale, with a little bit of bitterness and pepper flavors. Feels light to medium bodied. Overall a solid beer, went well with the burger I was having, but maybe not the most memorable beer I've had recently.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From labirratorium. In Teku glass. After dinner, with pok cheese. One month before bb date. Promises but feels a bit old, specially in mouth. Nice bitter feeling. To repeat fresher.

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Photo of Spikester
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a touch of orange. One finger of bone colored head. Lasts ten plus minutes with splotches of lace.
Smell is bready malts with some floral hops.
Taste is crisp hop bitterness with some good but limited malt support.
Mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a tasty beer. If this is a Cream Ale it is a very bold one.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of Feb 09, 2017

Appearance - Pours clear and bright, golden orange in color with an off-white, near finger width head that quickly receeds to a thin, broken layer of suds. Fair lacing, mostly spotty.

Smell - Hops that hit lightly on citrus, earthy and spicy hops with a hint of cattiness. Touches on caramel and slightly metallic. An odd, but not completely off-putting aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose a bit with predominant hoppy flavor that is mild but exhibits multiple flavors; citrusy, earthy, spicy and slightly woody. Malts sit beneath, adding a touch of bread and caramel sweetness. Light bitterness in the finish with faint grass and citrus pith.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Easy drinker with a slightly creamy texture before a crisp, mostly dry finish.

Overall - A fair, easy drinking brew. It won't blow you away, but there's enough flavor here to warrant a purchase on a nice, sunny day sitting under the sun knowing life is good.

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Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not really sure what this beer is as they don't tell you on the can. That is annoying.

Off white head with lace. Copper color.

Some sweet malts and herbal notes. Caramel and biscuit. Floral hops.

Light bodied. Ends a little dry.

A very mediocre beer. Not sure where they were going with this one.

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Photo of Spike
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On draught at Bloom's Tavern, Manhattan. Pours a yellow/amber with a one-finger, soapy head that disappears quickly. Smell is sweet and malty but so muted it's quickly lost. Tastes sweet, a little spicy, hints of honey and something metallic. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with some sharpness and a dry edge. Carbonation was high. Did not like this. Pretty anonymous ale/lager hybrid with none of the appeal of either style.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet Action pours a copper color with a big lacing head. Nice crisp aroma, with a subtle hopiness. The flavor is very crisp, sweet, and has a very subtle non bitter hop flavor near the end. Good body and feel, and very refreshing. Overall, its a very well put together beer with no frills, that is easy to drink.

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Photo of puck1225
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. A clear golden color with a nice thick head and good lacing. Earthy wheat smell. Taste is bread you and refreshing. Good summer beer.

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Photo of ntanp91
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can. Color is light copper with viscous clarity giving it an amber appearance. Half-inch white head with large carbonation bubbles. Smell is strong in pine and hoppy. Floral nose of hops followed by toasty malts. A pleasant balance of flavors between IBU and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth followed by a dry finish. A nice creamy, mellow ale.

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Photo of mschrei
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a smaller nonic pint glass. Moderately active carb with minimal foam and almost no lacing-Not sure if it's the style or that the best by date is in a week. Mild sweet malt smell that cones through more on the taste, accompanied by some hop notes. Very tasty and filling with a mellow bite on the mouthfeel. Sixpoint does it again.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The dream of a cream ale with BOTH memorable feel and flavor is realized! I've spent years looking, and this is it. Golden-copper body with a fluffy white head. Wonderful hoppy, floral, yeasty, grassy aroma. Flavor is wonderful for the category, with bitter pine resin and crisp citrus, bready yeast, pepper, and a touch of fruity sweetness. Feel is luscious and velvety, smooth and creamy. I was a little afraid I had my first served too cold, but the flavor and aromas were still outsized. Wonderful cream ale, good for both a hot day when something lighter might appeal but also a cold night when in the mood of something of significance. I have a feeling I'm going to be drinking a lot of these in the future.

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Photo of laketang
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12 oz. can bb dt. sept.15
clear amber in appearance small white foam head
mildly estery light bitterness. faint fruitiness.
crisp and clean, on the lighter end of fruity flavor
light mouthfeel, good carbonation, prickly.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a frosty peach color with a centimeter-thick off-white head. Head retention is fair, with good lacing left behind. Off to a fair start here.

Aroma: Dark fruit, plum, grassy hops, with some earthy malt round out a pleasant, outdoorsy aroma.

Taste: It tastes like a spring day, with bright floral and grassy hop notes making a presence right off the bat. Some nice earthy and biscuit malts keep it grounded, and well balanced. Nice little citrus, and orange peel finish to round it off. Pleasant to drink, sip, and worth savoring.

Mouth feel: Fizzy and abrasive to start, but settles down nicely. Carbonation is a bit harsh. The overall consistency of the beer is medium-thin.

Overall: It's a really fun brew. The floral and earthy notes make it taste like a warm spring day, which keep it a pleasure to drink. Hops and malts are well balanced as well. Sweet Action has been done well.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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