Sweet Action | Sixpoint Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
569 Reviews
Sweet ActionSweet Action

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sixpoint on 03-04-2005

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 569 | Ratings: 2,202
Photo of TangTKE402
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 16oz. can into a Guinness pint glass. A hazy, reddish/gold color appears, with a nice frothy 2-finger head and minimal lacing.

S: A nice aroma on this, with kettle-corn sweetness and an undertone of hop to add a fresh quality. It's snappy and inviting with earthy wheat and cut-grass smells.

T: Malt-forward with a buttery, if thin middle, and an herbal swallow. This beer has a good balance in that there aren't any major qualities that stand out. A light candy-apple mouth flvaor hints at the caramel malt, with an airy swallow that has hints of lavender and pine needle hop aromas.

M: This comes in a little thin, and doesn't leave much of an impression in the mouth once it's gone, but it's clean and a touch creamy, and overall good on the tongue.

O: A tasty beer that can be quite sessionable, but lacks the complexity and depth of other Sixpoint offerings.

 884 characters

Photo of UDbeernut
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can at the dutch, pours an amber haze, small head with minimal retention. Nose is lighty crackyness. Taste has sharp citrus bitterness mulded by undertones of sweet cereal and malt. Mouth is light and slick. Minimal carbonation. Tasty little cream ale.

 252 characters

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer was a hazy amber color with a small white head. There was a little bit of lace.

Hoppy aroma. Mostly herbal, a little citrus. Some sweet cereal.

Hoppy taste. Very piney, a little bit of lemon and grapefruit. Malt to finish.

This beer was a little too rough and medicinal for me. Definitely only one at a time.

 367 characters

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter. Best by date is illegible.

Hazy amber in color with a large creamy head. Left a watery lacing around the glass.

Lemon zest and some skunky hops.

Fresh lemon grass and a pinch of bitter hops. Malted barley and wheat finish.

Light body and medium level of carb.

I enjoyed the hop profile but this one isn't for me.

 361 characters

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Off tap this beer was a cloudy amber color with one finger of off-white head that retained itself fairly well and left broken lacing. The aroma was light, mostly biscuit malt, some sweet malt and a hint of vanilla. The flavors seemed odd to me for a cream ale. I tasted an indiscernible blend of specialty grains, sweet malt, a medicinal/herbal element, hints of spices and a finish of citrusy hops. Very complex and it went from a sweet start to a dry finish as I tasted it. But the medicinal element gave it a Dayquil element (as my gf put it) and neither of us were impressed. The mouthfeel was ok, the body medium/light and the carbonation good.

 649 characters

Photo of ShanePB
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip glass.

A: Golden honey brown body with a fluffy and creamy slightly off-white head. Lots of little bubbles sitting around atop leaving a nice retention cap along with some really nice tight lacing. A stellar looking beer.

S: Immediately sticky hop notes with some sweeter malts are evident. Not so much a caramel flavor with the malts, but certainly on the pale end. Sweet honey and some popcorn towards the end of the aroma. Fairly diverse and inviting although it's quite confusing as to what the taste will lean towards.

T: Buttered popcorn right away followed by some very oily hop notes. They're floral and somewhat bitter, no where near being a hop bomb; instead they add a dimension instead of being the focus. The sweeter malts come in towards the end with a touch of toffee flavor. On the back end and linger is a very resiny bitterness.

M: Slick, oily with some lower carbonation but still bubbly. It's easily medium-bodied and has a finishing creamy nature to it. I enjoy these meshing of qualities, it's certainly a change of pace.

This is really a well done beer, it's hoppy, sweet, malty and has some interesting other qualities to give a nice definition in flavor. I'm not sure why the buttered popcorn came in the taste. Generally this is a sign of diacetyl, which could be the case. Either way, it sort of hindered the taste for me. A solid offering nonetheless.

 1,424 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dense pumpkin orange offers a bready, bone white head that sat a finger high displaying a decent rate of retention. A slow and steady rise of effervesce within, with a fair, whispy lacing left behind. Per style definitely one of the better examples, a deep coloring and sturdy enough head leaves some lasting appeal.

S: Some small instances of metallic scents, damp grains and a very light strength overall.

T: The flavor was sharp at the start, damp grains and dried orange grinds along with some yeastiness and grassy notes that finished with some musky greenery (sage). Moderate level of hops per style.

M: sharp and tight, bubbly and malty.

O: Overall a decent cream. Loaded with speciality grains, perhaps a bit more so then my taste per style. Big flavor and body per style loses some of its easy drinkability ease as well.

 839 characters

Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber hue and is slightly cloudy. A tall fluffy head sits on top with big bubbles, fades fast to the smallest of collars producing minimal lacing.

Aroma is pretty much all malt with a biscuit malts and bread.
Hops are present but not very assertive maybe a citrus bouquet.

Taste is light malts with a bread and grain aspect. Hops have a mild citrus grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel is dry and thin with an off flavor. Starts sweet and finishes dry

Overall I'd say that its half decent.

 500 characters

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Molly Bloom's; served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a orangish-gold with two fingers of white head.

S: Smells very clean and a bit sweet. A hint of hop-kissed cereal grains peek through. That's about it.

T: Hoppier than the aroma suggests. There is a decent amount of citrus hops with a generous amount of caramel sweetness and a pleasent, rounded, malty and slightly yeasty finish.

D: Well-balanced and much more interesting than most in the style. Nice relatively heavier mouthfeel as well.

Overall: A pleasant surprise. I'm not particularly fond of cream ales, but this was a welcome change of pace. Another good beer, Sixpoint. 2 for 2 so far.

 659 characters

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very exceptional ale...

I was surprised to see this is a cream ale, but then again I haven't had many cream ales...

A - Hazy, unfiltered light amber

S - Floral-earthy tones with some citrus, caramel/candy sweetness, and vanilla creaminess...

T - Equal to the smell...a definite sweet quality but also balanced by a hint of bitterness. This is a beer I would love to have on CASK. I'm sure it would be even better.

M - Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Creamy smooth. very nice. very easy going down.

Overall - A really great beer. Totally not my style but none the less I would love to have it around always. Great beer. A slight english quality to it...I would love to have it on Cask or Nitro...would be amazing.


 732 characters

Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 6/29/11

Appearance: Hazy dark orange, starts off with a small head but it fades faster than average, minimal lacing

Smell: Somewhat sweet, with an interesting malt profile - bready, with some caramel and pale malts - some citrus as well as some grassiness, perhaps some corn husk

Taste: Kind of strange but undeniably good - bready, biscuity caramel malts at the base, some malt sweetness - citrus rind, and a slight hint of something tropical, but also a lot of grassy, herbal hops - a hint of spice - a nice mix of bitter and light sweetness

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between light and medium, smooth, could probably be a little more crisp but it works, refreshing

Overall: Definitely worth a try

This is unlike any other cream ale that I've encountered. Granted, I've only had three others, but Sweet Action stands out because of its interesting use of hops. It adds a nice balance.

 918 characters

Photo of Rutager
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks mikesgroove. Love a good can of beer.

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber with half a finger of frothy white head ...that must have had some shit to do somewhere else.

Smell. Grapefruit, a little yeasty, some light grains.

Taste. Citrus fruits and apples. Some funky yeast and light grains. A little bitter in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, smooth carbonation

Overall. Not a bad beer, just nothing too exciting. Easy drinking and pretty refreshing.

 470 characters

Photo of mountdew1
2.81/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a hazy orangey amber, with a 3 finger nice thick creamy white head. Head lasted a few minutes before leaving a thin layer, with some great clinging to the sides. Aroma was a bit strange. A tad of sweetness was offset by a bit of bitterness, but ended up to be a slightly strong sweet cream aroma with an undertone I couldn't place. Flavor was equally tough to place. Seemed to me to be strongly of a rice or corn flavor, not what I would expect for something called "Sweet" or cream. Felt decent, plenty of tickle from the carbonation, and was a decent coating. Overall this didn't do it for me. Not at all impressed, really seemed to be a low end macro almost, not a highly rated craft beer.

 738 characters

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Marcy Beverage. Pours a translucent golden orange color with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Smells sweet and hoppy. Whiff of citrus hops, namely orange peel. A bit herbal. Taste is sweet. Good amount of hop flavor with more of that spicy orange peel taste. Slightly bitter at the end with some herbal notes. Really crisp and easy to drink at a quick pace. Creamy mouthfeel. I wasn't in a rush to try this one since it was a Cream Ale, but it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. This seems to be a perfect beer for the warm months. Overall, certainly worth having again.

 590 characters

Photo of harrymel
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by: 17NOV11

A: Pours a rusty orange with a finger of off-white foam which falls quickly to a central cap of the same. Limited clarity reveals golden hues around the borders. spotty lacing.

S: Nice sweetness I was anticipating (definite lactose, unmistakable), and I like it. There's beer here, but I keep getting distracted by the cotton candy like sweetness of the profile. Some floral hints as well (can't finger the flower).

T: Nice sweet beer with hints of coriander and cake flour. There a bavarian yeast character here as well. A bit of a sour pinch on the finish as well.

M: Medium on heavy with assertive carbonation - appropriate. The finish is a little dry,but also creates a layer of phlegm in my oropharynx which sufficeth.

O: A good beer, I'm certain this would be the bees knees on nitro - absolutely certain.

 834 characters

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy reddish brown color from a 1 pint can with ABV on the label.
Massive two finger head from a mildly aggressive pour that dissipates slowly, leaving behind a very nice lace. Good head retention.
Aroma is all fruity (sweet esters), smells more like a rich dubbel or even a tripel.
Taste similar to the aroma is also more on the sweet side. Sweetness is evident upfront and only towards the finish was there some tartness. A relatively dry finish, which compliments the sweetness well. Balance is good, although it is more on the sweet side. Easy to drink with a lot of flavor.
All in all a very good canned beer. I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.

 674 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had the opportunity to try this beer again, I'm told the recipe has been reworked a bit. Resinous, earthy, light oniony hop nose with plenty of toasted bready maltiness to back it up. Firm earthy resinous spicy hop flavor with the same maltiness to back it up nicely. I'm not sure why both sites have this listed as a Cream ale, its more of a APA than anything, and its a damn fine beer if you get into the right frame of mind for it . I'm glad I revisited this! My rating reflects this session. <BR><BR>
9/17/2011 <BR>Pours a slightly cloudy deep reddish amber color with a smallish fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of earthy herbal hops and biscuit bready malt. Hints of lemony dish soap turned me off a bit. Taste is malty but not a sweet as I had expected from a cream ale. Lots of bitter earthy hops keep this less balanced than the side of the can would lead you to believe. Medium body and carbonation level, slick almost sticky mouthfeel. This one grew on me as I drank it and as it warmed, but I really don’t see the attraction here. Its not really a cream ale, but its a pretty good drinker.

 1,144 characters

Photo of xnicknj
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at tattooed moms in philly

Pours a clear golden orange with a thick crop of white head. Plenty of cloudy film and spotty lacing on the glass.

Scents of toasted malts with creamy caramel. Slightly sweet and hoppy at the same time.

Bitter up front with floral hops, followed by a sweet malt base. Faint milky malts with soft sweetness and citrus tones. Bready malt with light vanilla. Finishes crisp and clear with a faint note of hops.

Medium body, decent carbonation, faint lingering feel with sticky malts. I don't really enjoy cream ales but this is still a drinkable offering from Sixpoint (who have so much better to give).

 641 characters

Photo of jlenik
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: golden and cloudy. I would expect this more out of an oak aged ale. some head but I didn't pour too vigorously.

s: fruity with some sweet light malty notes. pear and honey notes as well.

t: bready malt flavor. minimal fruit notes, but it has a bit of sweetness to it.

m: a good amount of carbonation, any more/less and the beer would suffer. finishes dry.

o: I really like this beer and even better that it comes in pint cans! It is a great, refreshing beer with a lot of flavor from what I thought was a simple style.

 526 characters

Photo of andrewinski1
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Bendurgin for sending me a can! Poured into an imperial pint glass. There is a quarter inch large head with some nice lacing. The body is hazy red orange. There isn't much head retention except for a ring around the glass.

The aroma is sweet and I can faintly detect some bubblegum along with some fruitiness. Maybe it's a bit of pear. Mostly this smells like sweet malt.

The taste starts with some sweet fruity malt. The finish isn't exactly crisp as it has the same sweetness that is present throughout, leaving a malty aftertaste.

This is medium/light in body with not quite as much carbonation as I would prefer.

This is okay. It's pretty drinkable but a little sweet (I realize it's called Sweet Action). If I was to rate to style I might bump this up a bit, but I don't do that. This is just a mediocre offering that could be good for certain occasions.

 870 characters

Photo of Bendurgin
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a somewhat orange amber color with a thing layer of head that settles quickly.

Pretty hoppy on the aroma; grassy with a little bit of citrus with some lemon and a deep malt body. Seems to have a faint adjunct aroma here. The malt come through a little more on the pallet than the aroma would lead, letting the hops take a backseat. Caramel malts on the pallet with a very faint bitter finish.

The feel is light and the carbonation is medium. A solid offering here, really glad to see these guys a little more local.

 551 characters

Photo of bogus564
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, poured into a pint glass.

When I think of beer in a can, I tend to think of NASCAR beers. Improvements in technology, however, have made the taste of craft beers in cans much better than in the good old days. That said, here we go...

A: Very nice. Dark golden amber in color, with a 1 cm head that lasts a minute, if that.

S: It smells like I hoped it would. It has a good hoppy aroma, and there's also the sweet smell of caramel from the malt. Looking forward to the tasting.

T: Not what I expected it to taste like. I'm hit immediately by pepper. What follows is the hoppiness I was expecting, and it's somewhat creamy, not as creamy as I would be led to believe by something called a cream ale. That said, I like it.

M: I was telling my mentor that there's something off about this. I can't put my finger on it, but my palate is telling me that this ain't quite right.

O: It's alright, not what I would expect from a cream ale. Still good, though. Cheers.

 975 characters

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 16oz tallboy can to nonic pint glass on 8/23/11
*From notes

A: This is easily the darkest damn Cream Ale I've ever seen. It seems lightly filtered, yet it appears healthy as hell. A good pour yields a two finger head and killer lacing.

S: The bouquet here just destroys every other beer within the category. Floral hops and a creamy pale malt add a complexity not typically found in an easy drinking ale like this.

T: Pretty damn hoppy, all things considered. It's slightly bitter, but the hops really come through in an impressive floral essence. The malt backbone is creamy and rich, yet refreshing and insanely quaffable.

M: Killin' it. Thick, rich and on point.

O: What more can I say about Sixpoint's Sweet Action? The bottom line: this is hands down the best Cream Ale in America.


 805 characters

Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think this might be my second cream ale ever, so here goes. 16oz. can served in a tumbler. Pours a beautiful honey-orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity, and a rocky, 1.5 inch cream-colored head. Head eventually recedes into an 1/8th inch skim with some residual spots of lacing present during the tasting. Not much to the nose - a little grassy with perhaps a kiss of hops. I also get a slightly herbal quality. Taste expresses cereal malts, a light earthy bitterness and a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is light-medium; however closer to light. Carbonation is lively and evenly distributed from beginning to end. There is also a slight acidity that kisses the salivary glands. As I'm not overly familiar with the style, I'll start with the obvious. This is an easy drinking, simple beer that would be welcome at a barbecue. It has some pilsner-esque qualities with a little something else happening at the same time. That said, I would more likely gravitate towards an APA than a Cream Ale; however, a very respectable beer nonetheless.

 1,034 characters

Photo of nitro0292
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by - 9/20/2011

Pour produced a hazy orange brew topped by more than 2 fingers of chunky head. Terrific retention, with the head never disappearing and lacing all the way down.

Smell is citrus hops, with very light malt. Hops clearly dominate. Hops smell almost sweet.

Taste is citrus hops, with light caramel malts and what seems like Belgian yeast spices. Delicious. Not bitter, but not malty either. Balanced and appealing. Hops first, malt second, yest third.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, with a dry finish leaving the sense of yeast spice. Dry finish.

Overall, this is very, very good. I have already sought out this brew time and time again. It is a unique mix of citrus hops, sweet malt and some yeast character, all without excessive alcohol which makes this beer very sessionable.

Great stuff.

 810 characters

Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.