Sweet Action | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
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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 mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is straight copper with light tan head.

Smell is sweet, fruity, hop scents are all on the fruity side.

Taste is lightly fruity, not off flavoring, no discernable hop flavors but a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the bitter side, sitting on the tongue, kind of where the fruitiness of this beer does not play well for me.

Overall, solid cream ale, i like it more on the biscuit side (empire cream) but this is the hoppier more bitter side. Still well done.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can courtesy of myspoonistoobig. Thanks Michael. Pours a cloudy copper amber with a small light tan head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing. The aroma is caramel, some breadiness as well as some light citrus. The initial taste is sweet caramel, followed by some breadiness and some light grapefruit. Light bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can best by Nov. something, it's smudged. Reviewed on Nov. 7.

This one's a cloudy amber. Nice head at first goes quickly, some lacing left.

Aroma has notes of butter, pear, light citrus and cracker-like malts.

Flavor is a similar mix of characteristics. Pear and cracker notes, finishing with a dash of citrus hops and an earthy, yeasty note.

Mouthfeel is medium at first, then a bit watery. Somewhat light in carbonation.

Haven't had too many cream ales, but I like the smooth flavors here, and it's rather flavorful for the low ABV. A beer that's both easy drinking and good tasting.

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Photo of thain709
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy, honey kissed orange body...there was some carbonation bubbles racing between suspended sediment...a one finger, white head formed and fell to a thin cap...decent lacing was left behind

S - The dry hopping really adds to the nose...fresh citrus hops are abundant...as it warms, it becomes balanced by some bready malt

T - The flavors start off very nice...there is a caramel sweetness that is drizzled over some freshly baked bread...some cereal notes are playing in the background...then, the malt bill falls apart and becomes stale with a weird aftertaste...the hops try to fix everything...they bring a leafy presence with some citrus flavors, but come up short

M - Medium...not crisp nor light...metallic

O - Sweet Action started off on the right foot with the dry hopping and first sip...but something went terribly wrong...maybe a bad can? it was not past the best by date...maybe I should give this another shot?

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Photo of Jimmys
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: very hazy orange with a fluffy slightly off-white head on top. good retention and lacing.

S: very sweet and floral aroma. bright citrus. almost lemony. a firm american hop presence comes across. i really like the use of fresh hops for the dry-hopping.

T: bitter and crisp. similar to the nose, very citrus and american hop flavor. good hop flavor is balanced by an equal amount of sweet grains. a corny/bitterness lingers on the palate. not sure if i like it or not. a little bit sweet in the finish.

M: light/average carbonation on a light/medium body. wouldnt hate a bit more bubbles.

D: love good craft beer out of a can. especially a hogsleg. i could definitely sling a few of these back with ease. nice range with the malty/corny sweetness and the active presence of fresh american hops.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the can stamped: Best Before 17Nov2011. Sampled on November 5, 2011. The pour is a handsome medium amber with a small head. The aroma is decently hopped with a dash of meaty fruit like peaches. Some yeast hints. The body is quite good for the style at a little north of medium. The taste has this hoppy, honey-like, creaminess with low bitterness. Fairly easy to drink on the whole.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sir WoodyChandler for this CAN.

Hazy, dark amber in color, with a nice light tan colored head. Very wonderful lacing.

Aroma has a very pronounced citrus note to it, with light pine and some backing malts.

Caramel notes, citrus, pine, light sweetness and a faint nuttiness on the taste.

It's creamy, but light bodied. Very pleasant nonetheless.

Quite a nice style representation!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:yellow/orange shiny body, 2 finger white head,
outstanding lacing!

S: honey, nutty, buttery, light spice

T: big honey, barley/grain, smooth buttery finish
hint of bitter

M: med body, smooth and creamy mouth

O: A fine English Cream Ale! Most American
craft breweries forget this style, but Sixpoint
knocks this English standard pint for 6 runs.
Thrilled to see another great session brew available,
will buy again and recommend.


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

Another in trade from the East Coast.

16 ounce can poured into an imperial pint.

A -- Clear, orange-amber with a firm, light tan head that holds up well and leaves nice lacing. The last pour from the can belies dry-hopping, maybe even can-conditioning, as it clouded up the glass.

S -- Mix of citrus and spicy hops in a very fresh combo. The lightest of sweet, bready malt back.

T -- Biscuit malts with a touch of caramel hit the palate first, followed by some lightly tart, lightly spicy citrus from hops. There's a lingering, light caramel character in the finish and fruit tartness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is sort of spritzy, very crisp with a light to medium light body with good bitterness in the finish.

O -- A very nice quaffer that has a fresh character and a very cask-poured feel to it.

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Photo of SirRuss
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First up, cheers for this one Rhettroactive.

A - Amber body with an off-white head that shows reasonable-to-brief retention (M-), and leaves behind thin, sparse lacing.

S- Boldness reigns over complexity, but it is far from unidimensional. Soft spices are caught between relentless crossfire from sweet biscuity malts and fresh cirtus-herbaceous hops.

T - Reliable representation of the nose as the expected endless onslaught from both camps continues across the palate. Unfortunately the subtlety of the spices disappear, and instead a slight sour note emerges alongside an almost worty nuance.

M - Smooth well integrated carbonation hangs in perfect balance with the weight of the malts and the finesse of the hops. Alcohol presence is almost entirely absent.

O - sa few glitches, but at the very least this one's a solid session brew that does its style proud

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can’t say that cream ale is really a favorite style of mine but I’ve been a big fan of Sixpoint in general so I gave this one a shot. Wasn’t all that up my alley however. It’s a hazy dark gold beer with a decent head and solid lace. Aroma is definitely sweet and malty, although the hops are noticed, and in the tasting the hops are definitely more forward than is typical of this style (by far) but it is a Sixpoint after all. The flavor is sweet and a little spicy, with lots of biscuity malt as well. Mouthfeel is nice enough, creamy as expected, with medium body and good carbonation; overall refreshing and a good session candidate. I would almost always reach for a Righteous or Bengali Tiger before this one though. If you like cream ales I would definitely give this one a shot; a big step up from Genny or what-have-you, although the hoppiness makes this beer a bit untypical of the style. Lack of corn or other adjuncts (I think) certainly raises the overall quality.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.56/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold almost brown with a small off white head. Little lacing down the glass.

Smells of biscuit and toast. Very malt forward.

Taste follows the nose. Very malty with little hops involved. Very sweet caramel initial flavor with a touch of spice near the end.

Mouthfeel is fairly medium with good carbonation levels. Not as creamy as expected.

Too malt forward for me. I like my cream ales a lot lighter than this.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick light tan head that holds it shape like a cloud when popping out of the rim of the glass, and leaves nice lacing. The beer is an opaque, somewhat cloudy amber color.

S: Right off the nose, it has a wonderful buiscuity, malty, carmely aroma to it. On the second sniff, the citrus comes through strong, its like it was hidden the first time. I defiantly get more grapefruit the more I smell this.

T: It's funny, the taste follows the format of the smell. On the first sip, I get this big caramel/biscuit upfront, and it transitions into this smooth citrusy mid palate and finishes with a touch of sweet and a lingering grapefruit/tangerine taste.

M: Medium bodied with a nice full dose of carbonation, this beer is surprisingly smooth.

D: Amazingly drinkable, if this beer was easier for me to get, it would defiantly be my go-to beer that I'd always have some on-hand.

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Photo of afdempse
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty blond color, slightly hazy. Head foams up and forms a crown around the glass. Lace sticks to the sides.

Aroma is slightly vegetal with spice notes reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Fresh bready notes also.

Flavor begins slightly bitter. Malts seem understated, and there is a sour twang that prevails throughout. There also seems to be some coriander or similar spice in the mix, which feels out of place.

Medium-bodied, but slightly puckering due to the level of hoppiness. I expected it to tilt a bit more toward the sweet and creamy side. Decent drinkability, nonetheless.

Overall, a good beer, but confuses my palate. It tastes like an Abbey Singel. I enjoyed it, but it seems to miss the mark as a cream ale.

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Photo of Sjburns17
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy reddish color with nice head that stays for some time but goes fast.

S: Really nice smell kinda sweet in the front with some hops in the back. Sweet corn like.

T: Sweet in the front with pine citris hops comming through. Creamy smooth texture but really light.

M: Light and a little fizzy.

O: About average of a beer kinda homebrew tasting almost like too much water. Cant really pinpoint any flavors becuase they dissapear fast.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
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.


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