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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sixpoint on 03-04-2005

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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 THSdrummer
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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Photo of EMV
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear golden orange color. One finger of white head. Generous lacing.

S: Biscuity malts and grains. Herbal hops.

T/F: Dry malts and biscuits... notes of peach and apricot, and a surprisingly robust hop profile adds a nice bitterness. Herbal and slightly citrus hops, but this isn't a 'hoppy' beer per se. Generous carbonation. Finish is dry and clean.

O: Very nice, and hoppier than I usually see in a cream ale which really works here. Overall a very solid beer. Glad I snagged a sixer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Action brewed by Sixpoint Brewery, 5.20% ABV. This cream Ale pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell of this ale is rich with grains and malts. You also pick up on some nice hops in the smell of this brew. This brew has the look and smell of most cream ale's on the market. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on grains and malts. Then there is nice smoothness of hops. There is a lot going on in Sweet Action. I like how this brew is bold at first then smooth. This is a nice drinking brew. Sweet Action, has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I really like how smooth this cream ale is. The mouthfeel of Sweet Action, is rich, bold, clean, and smooth. Overall I'm giving Sweet Action a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Sixpoint Brewery did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sweet Action | Sixpoint Brewery. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, this beer's head is three fingers thick, with sheen lacing, and a clear deep amber body.

I smell grassy, earthy grains with a floral hop note at the end.

Tastes like the aforementioned, with a nice lemongrass flavor appreaing mid-palate to really liven up this already-tasty brew. Not too much in the way of hops with this one, but that's not really expected with this style.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with fair carbonation. Smooth and clean

I'll rate Sweet Action | Sixpoint Brewery with an overall 4.75. A damn good take on this style with a unique flavor to boot. Give this a whirl.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I tasted this blind I would bet money it was an APA. The smell is sweet toasty caramel malts and floral piney hops. The taste is really balanced but fairly light. Easy drinking everyday beer. Reminds me of a lighter Global Warmer. yb

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six-pack of 12 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. The canning stamp suggests this one is good for another three months. Poured right from the fridge into my Founders pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal clear bright amber with about a half-inch of eggshell head that quickly dissipates to a weak film and ring which leave minimal lacing on the glass. Mild, lazy visible carbonation present.

S: Some light caramel malt and bread aromas in the nose--rye is discernible--along with some engaging tropical and citrus fruit hop notes. Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit are the clearest. Just a touch of grassy and pine quality, along with a bit of cracked pepper.

T: Caramel and bready malt flavor with good rye presence right out of the gates. Also there at the front is significant hop flavor, with notes of grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruit all present. The middle has some building citrus hop astringency whose brightness balances nicely with the earthier malt bill. The close continues the nice balance established between the hops and malts, with bitter citrus rind/resinous pine playing against the caramel malt and rye flavors. Not quite ever sweet, this one finishes with a bitter, earthy sensation.

F: Lighter-bodied, this one is bright, only slightly creamy, and decidedly bitter in turns. I was surprised at the relatively low level of carbonation for a beer of this style: it never feels outright watery or flat, but it just doesn't quite have the creaminess I was expecting.

O: This one is kind of an anti-Spotted Cow. I was expecting something considerably sweeter and creamier, but this one surprised me with how astringent and hoppy it was throughout, as well as how bitter it was at the close. For those who are fans of pale ales and hoppier brews, this one should please. But if you're looking for something on the sweeter end of the spectrum--like Spotted Cow--this one will probably disappoint. For my part, I want a cream ale to feel creamier, and this one didn't quite deliver in that respect. Is it flavorful? Yes. But, in my mind, it's much more akin to a standard APA than a cream ale.

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

Look: Pours a transparent tangerine color with a two finger khaki head that sadly leaves no lacing

Smell: I get hints of grapefruit peel, mango, papaya and pine needles. A tiny bit of caramel malt and rye bread here and there. However pleasant it is - the smell is quite restrained however, and I really have to try hard to pick out certain aromas.

Taste: Upfront I'm getting notes of mildly bitter resinous hops and juicy grapefruit. A generous malt bill provides a sort of pistachio muffin, baked corn bread and caramel flavor to the finish, as well as notes of toasted pumpernickel and oatmeal.

Feel: Not as creamy as I remember, but still pretty rich. Medium body with low carbonation. Slightly dry upfront but tropical and juicy enough throughout the palate so as to create a refreshing and thirst quenching beer. This used to be SO frothy and creamy it was ridiculous, but I think they might have tweaked the recipe a bit.

Overall: I'm slightly disappointed as this beer is not how I remember. I used to go absolutely crazy for this but I think either the recipe or my palate has changed since last I've had it. It's significantly less creamy and thick then it used to be although it's still a good cream ale.

Overall it's tropical and malty with a decently heavy body and a nice bittersweet, resinous finish.

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

Appearance is clear copper with a thin, off white head that leaves streaks of lacing.

The aroma is freshly baked brown head, honey sweetness, some floral hop action with a touch of pine.

Upfront, you get a nice balance of biscuit and caramel, red grapefruit and pine. The finish turns sweeter as the honey note punches through, but then the finish is crisp and clean, with a touch of floral and pine.

The mouthfeel is medium-light, medium carbonated, smooth throughout. Very clean.

Another winner from Sixpoint. Categorically undefinable, but it doesn't matter. This is an all-occasions easy drinker with light but very enjoyable flavors.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.43/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear amber with massive beige head of foamy hills, leaving behind multiple layers of lacing.

Astringent metallic pine nose, with a very shy hint of sweet honey. With the appearance and aroma, I find myself so far wondering how this is a Cream Ale.

And my suspicions are confirmed at first taste. It's closer to a pale ale than a cream, but it's neither. Bitter, dry, piney with some toffee, and nothing like a cream whatsoever. Should be deleted from the catalogue, or renamed.

This misses the mark for multiple styles instead of passably achieving one.

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Photo of gerite
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker glass. A dark golden copper color with a thick white head and good lacing. Although classified as a cream ale, I thought it tasted more like an IPA. This could have been due to the dry hop process. A good crisp beer but not what I expected from a cream ale. I would have rated it higher as an IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, citrus, and hops. Not bad. Sweet and light-smelling.

T: Tasted of a good amount of citrus (grapefruit and orange), some malt, and a small amount of hops in the finish. A pretty solid flavor that's sweet and generally well done. It's not a complex taste, but it's definitely more robust than other cream ales.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is one of those lightweight beers that's easy to drink and likable. Worth a look.

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

This beer is a cream ale in the sense of that it's mostly because of mouthfeel, for me.

Drinks like an IPA though. Very well balanced. Perfect with a burger or wings.


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Photo of mkh012
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange with an inch of frothy white head.

Orange, pineapple, and canned peaches on the nose. The highlight of this beer.

Light to medium hop bitterness. Probably only about 30 IBU. Candied orange, hops, and toffee-like malt. Easy drinking and solid for a cream ale.

Having had this since, I have to raise it from a 3.91 to its current score of 4.06. It's a beer I find myself craving. Fruity hops with very little bitterness. Crushable stuff.

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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,264 ratings.
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