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 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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet Action was ok....very bitter. It poured a clear copper with thin white head that left some lace. The scent was mild with bitterness. The taste was more bitter than I anticipated with a sour dough bread like base. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a try but I probably won't go out of my way to buy it again.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - clear honey color with decent off white head, very good lacing.

Smell - Little bit of hops and orange peel, also some grapefruit notes. Very sweet malt smell.

Taste - very smooth malt flavor, little bit of sweet fruit and orange peel and lemon.

Feel - Sort of light feel very smooth with a little bitterness on the back end.

Overall - I was very pleased with this creme ale very well done the taste and the sweet smell.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can. Hazy, burnt orange colored beer with a frothy, white head. Aromas of grassy hops. Tastes of grassy/floral hops, some toffee, and toasted malt. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Bittersweet in the finish with some grapefruit/citrus notes. Hoppier than expected, more like an IPA than a cream ale in my opinion.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking to try a good cream ale, and this isn't it. Pours a nice clear copper wit h thin white top. Aroma hits with hops foremost when I was hoping for malt. Way too much hops in the flavor and aftertaste obscures what may be decent malt characteristics. Ultimately this is just a strange take on pale ale.

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

Served from the can, canning date December 2 2015, served at 39F into a 12 ounce tulip.

Nice clarified copper hue.

Nose is sweet malts, caramel, artisan bread. There is a feint scent of out of date malts and or hops behind it. Like what you get from a stale macro ale. But this is only a slight aroma. Not omnipresent.

Taste is slightly abrasive for a lighter lower ABV ale. Sweet Action does taste good. It's dry, malty, and the initial taste is smooth, but the hops linger in the aftertaste too long, and the hopping seems too powerful for a cream ale, or even an ale of this ABV %. I wish it were smoother.

Mouthfeel is balanced and this has a nice body and texture. This actually tastes like an ale in the 7% abv spectrum, mainly because of the abrasiveness of the bittering hops. Perhaps I'm just not a fan of the hops used, but everything else here is solid. The lacing and carbonation is near perfect.

Would like to try this on draft, or at least fresher. I think I would have a much different opinion of it. Keep in mind that I am tasting and reviewing this from the perspective of Sixpoint Cream, which suppose is Sweet Actions's older more refined, imperial brother.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange mostly clear body, big rocky eggshell white head with a steady stream of bubbles. Nose is raw grain and cream of corn with an earthy spicy hop flavor. Flavor is similar with adjunct malt base with a nice pilsner-esque touch, butter, and spicy earthy semi-bitter hops to finish everything off. Medium-full body, refreshing, mildly creamy.
Great, especially for the style. The basic and dirty adjunct grain/pilsner base is overcome and even made favorable by a good yet vague hop profile, with fantastic body and head. Quizzical, but delicious.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled back on 3/2/16. Comes in a 12-ounce tall skinny can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "CHEERS-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a deep honey-amber in color with a good 2-finger foamy/creamy whitish head. A decent amount of lacing was seen after each sip. Aroma is of floral hops and pine. Pretty much is said for the taste. Though labeled as a "Creamy Ale" is it closer to a APA than a Creamy Ale in my opinion. Has the typical hoppy finish but wasn't bad though. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

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

Bronze in color with a half inch of densely packed tan head. There's a light haze within the body. Light lacing on the glass. I smell a nice blend of light malt and piney hops. The taste leans a bit more towards the piney hop flavor, but there's light malt flavor to keep it from being in the IPA realm. The mouth is creamy and yet fairly quaffable.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance- Orange/amber in color, cloudy, and pours a fluffy two finger head.

aroma- Pine, citrus, and sweet bready/grainy malts.

taste- On par with the nose. Citrus, grapefruit, and little pine upfront followed by grainy malts, some caramel sweetness, and a nice dry bready finish that rounds things out.

feel- Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a dry finish with very little residual sweetness.

overall- Easy to drink, nicely balanced, and solid flavor. All the elements of this hybrid beer are present with grapefruit hops, pale malt and grainy malts being evident.

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Photo of Drinkzumbeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very delightful brew with a nice amber orange appearance. The nose has a wonderful bouquet of floral hoppy notes. There is a nice balance of rounded bitter hoppy notes and a bready malt backbone that has subtle hints of caramel. The mouth feel is the real winner here, with its nice crisp carbonation on the initial sip and then rounds out into a very nice creamy feel and texture on the finish. This is a very drinkable year round brew that would go down especially easy on those hot summer days by the lake. Cheers!

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Photo of JamesMN
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11/4/16.

Appearance: Medium caramel in color with great clarity and a thin topping of off-white foam.

Aroma: A bit of caramel. Not much there.

Taste: A really spot on cream ale in the malt department, subtle caramel and hints of toffee, and heavy handed with the hops. Clean bitterness throughout that pairs well with the sweeter creamy flavors. The right amount of flavor for 5.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body, a tad watery at times. Average carbonation for the style and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: When it comes to brewing a simple style like a cream ale, it's best to keep the recipe basic. That's what SixPoint has done here and it's paid off. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a very thin cap; very nice, long lasting lacing;

S: mostly peach and apricot, with a bit of light malt in the background;

T: lemon up front, with lemon pith bitterness mixing in quickly; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O:disappointing because I wanted a cream ale; having said that, it's a tasty beer - more like a low alcohol DIPA;

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Photo of Premo88
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into "craft beer glass" -- a wide-mouthed stick
(best before 20 May 2016 printed on bottom of can)

L: red-gold ... copper with a lot of red in it, 13 SRM printed on can; pushes up 3/4-inch head of offwhite foam, some sticking; keeps a thick collar and a slight skin; much, much darker than any other cream ale I've encountered

S: American DIPA caramel ... lots of hops mixing with the malt, pineapple, sweet grapefruit, but mainly caramel

T: much like the nose, comes off as a hoppy American DIPA with everything caramely and mangoey, though next to no bitterness despite the hop flavor; very sweet; a little cracker/grain flavor on the back end of swallows

F: fantastic ... relatively lightweight but full from a good amount of carbonation

O: a major disappointment for me personally -- I was hoping for a good grain bomb like most cream ales, instead I got a super sweet American IPA/DIPA with a lot less alcohol; fans of the caramel/mango-sweet DIPAs should buy this in droves, for at 5.2% ABV, Sixpoint has truly created a flavor-filled wonder here

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours bright amber with a cream colored foam cap that takes 3 minutes to reduce to a lacy, sticky film.

S: Bready, spicy, almost cake-like, some light toast, light resin and citrus. Malt aromas are medium, hop aromas are medium low, and the yeast aromas are low.

T: Starts with fruit in a blend of light tartness and sweet. A little acidity from the carbonation balances the light sweetness from the malt. The fruit flavor has elements of citrus, light stone fruit, melon, light spice and bread crumb. The fruit flavors come in and out of focus and as it warms the melon flavors become more prominent and more cantaloupe like. Fruit flavors are medium to medium high, malt flavors are medium.

F: Crisp, smooth, and refreshing with medium light body, medium high carbonation.

O: A very flavorful and delightful cream ale.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a great balance between malt and hop. BA lists it as a cream ale but I don't think that quite fits, it's a little too hoppy for that. It is truly a beautiful beer: an amber orange color with a thick white head about 3 fingers. The head dissipated after a few minutes but left a ring around the edge of the glass and lots of thick lacing right to the end. It smelled like grapefruit, lemon, and a little bit bready. Taste was awesome, the same flavors that I picked up in smell and in great harmony with each other. The feel was refreshing and light/medium, really crisp and fizzy. A really well balanced beer that was easy to drink yet complex enough to still be interesting.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and toasty balanced aroma of hops and malt. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass. Citrus hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Pale malt with hints of caramel, grains, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet hints of cream and sugar. A pretty solid Pale Ale like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, earthy, and bready Pale Ale like taste with a solid hop/malt balance. Juicy citrus hop notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Earthy hop notes of grass. Pale malt with bready notes of grains, cracker, caramel, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet taste of sugar and cream. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good brew. Nice balance of juicy hops and sweet malt. Much more like an American Pale Ale than a Cream Ale.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.86/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

By far one of the best pale ale / cream ale - hoppy ale's I have tried from sixpoint. The aroma that hits me first is super resiny pine, as well as toasted sesame seeds, and lemon peel. The flavor leads with a mild malt, that almost tastes like roasted corn, the the resiny pine notes come through, with a grassy, raw grain flavor at the finish. Hoppy flavor as well but not overly bitter. Nice resinous and citrus hop flavor with a bountiful level of sweet malt. Light body with vibrant carbonation. My favorite from Sixpoint so far!!!!

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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,254 ratings.
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