Sweet Action | Sixpoint Brewery

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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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 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 emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's this past weekend. Served in a mini snifter.

Right off the bat, I'll say that I was quite excited to try this one, as it's been the number one Cream Ale for quite some time nice. Since most beers in this style are pretty awful, I was anxiously anticipating trying a good one. This delivered. Bigtime.

Pours a clear golden color with a really nice white head. Good retention and some swell lacing. Good so far. The nose was really quite faint. There was a touch of floral hops with a bit of breadiness. Pretty tame. Really tame, in fact. The taste countered with an explosion of flavor. Perfect balance between light bready/grainy sweetness and floral and herbal hops. Nice and delicate. Very refreshing. Best cream ale, by far. The feel backed that up. It was nice and crisp with a solidly bitter finish. Really well done. Enthusiastic thumbs up, Sixpoint.

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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 oberon
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles,poured from the tap into a standard pint glass a hazed light golden with a thinner but well retained white head.Mainly toasty in the nose with a bit of citrus and sweet-like vanilla wich was more pronounced on the palate.Flavors start out mildly sweet with some vanilla melding into a leafy hop finish.Not overly complex but it nicely blanced a good drinker.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 3/18/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, honey, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/grainy mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a great pale/cream ale hybrid style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral hops and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Nice frothy 1 finger head gasses semi slowly over slightly hazy honey orange peach color.

Nose had some light fresh hops, light resin, light citrus and grapefruit, orange peel, light malts under that, nice balance.

Taste is weird malts, creamy almost cream ale like (well it's listed as a cream ale so yeah), light toasty pilsner malt flavors, then some nice grassy hips, light citrus, light earthy hops, light pine coming through too, finishes a little sticky, a little bitter but never gets too heavy, interesting malts as well.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall interesting, some interesting flavors blended well, nothing too heavy, little sticky on the finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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 chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured golden with large, creamy, durable off-white head.

Mild mix of hops and bready malts with hops dominant in the nose.

More flavorful than the aroma suggests, and particularly more hoppy. Enough sweet malts to provide a solid base, an initially mildly sweet taste, and a finish that is only mildly bitter albeit with plenty of citrus and herbal notes from the hops.

o: very good flavor behind a lightly aromatic beer that seems like a cross between a cream ale and a PA.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.36/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a couple solid looking fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thin sudsy layer that skims the surface and leaving back a sticky ring of lacing. The aroma smells grassy and earthy with green citrus and sweet gains pretty much controlling this. As this warms, a real dank and earthy core to this emerges. Can’t really say that I’m overly enjoying this.

This taste is surprisingly hoppy, with a citric character here that leaves a good bit of raw and pithy feeling bitterness behind. This is filled out on the edge by malt sweetness, with a bready flush of flavor coming out strongest across the back. Hops return for the finish though with a dry and gritty bitterness that leaves an unpleasant aftertaste behind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp feeling throughout with some smoothness to this around the edges. I seem to be picking up good bit of an oily slickness as well to the body, which could speak to the amount of hops in this.

I get this beer in theory. A hopped up take on a Cream Ale. Unfortunately the hop profiles in these canned Sixpoint offerings are so inconsistent and this one displayed the same overly raw character to it that really turned me off from their Autumnation as well. I didn’t really care for this at all. This beer is much better on draft.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel, followed by a strong IPA-like burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is on the lighter side but creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style but hoppier than most which I consider a positive trait, this is a very nice flavorful lighter beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz tall can from the brewery. Color is an orangey amber with a modest foam in the New Belgium snifter. A more vigorous pour produces Spritzy and tangy on the tongue. Malty to start but a thin body. Rather bitter, lingering aftertaste with a woody note. A whiff of orange peel and chicken soup.

It's a little hard to review this as a Cream Ale, as the color and the hoppiness are more like an American Pale Ale. Well, there's a good question for you— what makes this a Cream Ale? Whatever it is, it's quite drinkable as a light and hoppy brew.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Silk City Diner, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a hazy golden orange, with a foamy head that receded to a patchy layer of bubbles. Smell of sweet malts and orange zest with grassy and floral notes. Biscuity malt taste in the background with flavors of fresh juicy hops up front, peach and orange blossom, sugary, grassy and slightly herbal. Comes off more as an APA than a cream ale. Very smooth and medium-bodied, incredibly drinkable. Fresh, crisp, sweet.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden orange to copper in color. The beer has a two finger tall dense and cloudy light beige head which reduces by about 20% but gets even denser. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of sweet and pale malts with hints of light fruits (mostly pear). There is a very light presence of citrus hops.

T: Mildly sweet from the sweet and pale malts with some definite light fruit (pear) presence as well. There is a very light presence of citrus hop flavors and some very light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This beer is really smooth + creamy and extremely easy to drink. I enjoy and have enjoyed this beer quite a bit over the last couple of years. Definitely a beer that you could drink throughout a session.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky ruby/orange color with a two finger white head upon pouring. Decent retention, reducing down to a ring of white. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: Nice bready and biscuity malt aromas up front, a hint of citrus in the middle, with caramel at the end.

T: Nice and bready upfront, which leads to a nice sweetness in the middle. There is a little bit of citrus as well, with a sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

O: A nicely hopped cream ale, one of my favorite so far. Could drink this one all day long.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention, & lacing

S: Cereal notes, crackers, some lemon & perfumy hop notes

T: Follows the nose, much dryness, a touch of flowery hops & grassyness up front. Grapefruit comes through as this warms, plus grainy & dry notes. Finishes grainy with red grapefruit & lemongrass

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, but not overdone. Turns creamy with great balance

Super drinkability, a new highwater mark for this style IMO. This is the kind of cream ale I would drink on semi-regular basis or more so

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