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Sweet Action | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
If you traced from 2004, you’d see that SWEET ACTION is a representation of our palates at any given point in time… it’s a vibe more so than it was ever one distinct formulation. This version, a juicy, blonde wheat ale, is the latest iteration in that story.

Added by Sixpoint on 03-04-2005

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Ratings: 2,320 |  Reviews: 598
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cole's. A creamy IPA. Lots of C-hop aroma and vanilla maltiness. Creamy head on medium golden soapy head,lace fresh. Really good hoppy flavour, a juiciness like a good American Pale Ale. Then this extra level of maltiness that sweetens the finish. Bottom Line:The beer works.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy orange with a 2 inch puffy white head that fades to a foamy, craggy cap. A very nice latticework of lacing forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of nice citrus zest and herbal hops with a slight honey smell as the beer warms. Taste is a nice balance between sweet malt and citrus zest and herbal hops. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good cream ale with a nice balance between the malt and hops.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a golden yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing is decent along with the retention. The smell of the beer has a nose full of Cascade hops. The flavors of the beer is citrusy with a good fresh flavor and bitterness in the back end. The mouthfeel of the beer is soft and creamy feeling, subtle carbonation and just smooth in general. Overall it's hoppy and clean, it's also refreshing in my opinion, I found it to be enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light amber-orange in color and has a half-finger high off white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of sweet fruits and pale malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus hops.
T: The overall taste is fairly similar to the smell and has some fruity flavors along with a mild amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light to medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

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

Perhaps connecting the dots of American brewing history, Sweet Action is a beer that is largely defined in the American pale ale ilk. Yet the intentional use of brewing adjunct grains take the palate on a journey through the indigenous and necessary styles of steam beer, cream ale and even British bitter.

Sixpoint's enigma of an ale glows in the glass with a deep goldenrod and mild honey amber hue that's scattered only by its calm haze. As it sheds a creamy, slightly tarnish head, hop aromas emit to captivate the nose and bring the senses near. Citrus peel, freshly torn pine cone and fragrant grass clippings frame the beer's lofty bouquet while its light coat of caramel, bread crust and nutty sweetness frame the opposite side of balance with the very first sip.

As the hoppy 'yang' bounces off of the malty 'yin', the beer's balance is woven together as the sweetness relaxes and the hops gently grow. Meanwhile, a backdrop of grain and starch is playfully cereal-like and facilitates the beer's trending dryness. With the caramel fading into a woodsy, toasty and somewhat peanut skn-like savory nature, the hops gravitate toward earthen bark, pine shavings and a piquant grassy bitterness.

Medium bodied through and through, the beer dries to a malty-dry balance, leaving lightly toasted caramel in its wake. This is just enough to prevent the stemmy, citrus peel nature of the hops from any IPA type of dominance. Though less spicy than the common American pale ale, the beer is somewhat of a rebel, refusing to take sides. Its part of its charm, complexity and intrique but also part of its schizophrenia.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
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).

07.21.17 Free pour from a Sixpoint representative at Malt & Mold Gramercy:


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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip glass, body is a glowing opaque orange with an ample cap of white foam that puffs up above the rim of the glass momentarily.

Mellow spiced apple aroma, some light yeast impression, otherwise clean and not overly aromatic.

Flavor also has an apple character, lightly sweet at first becoming bready like a buttered biscuit, then drying out with crisp and lightly bitter finish. The buttery diacetyl note is a little distracting but seems acceptable in small amounts. Might give another try down the road, but it's not my favorite from Sixpoint.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and a modest head that drops to a ringlet while leaving a bit of lace

Smell: Grapefruit with some biscuity undertones

Taste: Immediate blend of grapefruit and the biscuit with increasing fruity bitterness developing by mid-palate; nice blend of bitter fruit and crisp Germanic malt flavor after the swallow with a hint of sweet floral action on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a great drinking beer for a hot day (or a cold one for that matter); refreshingly crisp but with nice fruity complexity

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Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with over two fingers of fluffy off white head. Nice head retention and some lacing.

Smell: Bready malt with citrus and herb hop bitterness. Not too strong.

Taste: Very light and refreshing. A bit on the hoppy side for the style, but I'm loving it. Some malt with a light citrus peel hop bitterness. The finish is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a great beer. Nice and refreshing and perfectly hopped. I'm a bit fan.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium bright amber color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of semi-sweet caramel malt with light citrus hoppy notes. Taste is also a good mix between some caramelized malt with a light hoppy finish with subtle notes of citrus. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice session style beer with limited complexity.

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