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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 Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.


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Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of nitro0292
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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

16oz Can

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a fair amount of hops. Although the cream ale sweetness is there, this almost seems more like a pale ale.. It finishes with a sugary sweet citrus and hop aftertaste.

Overall - I've been impressed with all of the sixpoint beers I've tried so far. I find they all kind of have a similar taste. Looking forward to trying more of their products.

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

16oz can at fridge temp poured into an SA perfect pint glass. best before 21OCT11.

pours out a cloudy deep golden/ light amber color with a nice thick, bubbly white head. eventually faded to a thin patchy layer. not much lace.

slightly pungent aromas of yeast phenols and herbal citric hops. a slight lager like grain just noticable.

wow, not really what i expected. kind of like 3 beer styles in one. mineral water, almost a lager like yeast, but also some almost belgian like yeast phenols. sweet grains, a snappy leafy, citric hop. slightly muddy finish that i wasnt too crazy about, something ive found in some homebrews.

light bodied and a light feeling beer. snappy carbonation. fairly dry.

overall, an interesting beer. definatly one of the better cream ales ive had, but its a style im not crazy about. not something i would buy again, but i like what sixpoint did with it, and its atleast worth a try.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pounder can with a bright amber orange slightly hazed body with a large light khaki head forming thick and rising well above the rim of my glass. Lacing is well banded and even down the sides of my chalice. Aroma has more great smelling cereal grains with a bit of orange peel and marmalade sweetness in the background. It's like hanging out in the grain room it really gives the experience of mashing in freshly cracked malts. Flavor wise it's interesting I was expecting something one dimensionally sweet, because of the cream ale style and the name Sweet Action. However this beer is all about the balance between the malts and hops and even more so in this case it's got a nice solid lingering citrus hop bitterness with each sip. Each sip has a nice malty diverse flavor not just sweet, but a blend of diferent flavors hit the palate. It's actually quite dry even semi spicy with a dry yeast nuttiness going on, it's hard to pick out the hops used here not typical alpha acid hops used in most micros today something earthier. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an even nice flowing carbonation really nothing harsh about it and like I said the dry finish only helps the drinkability. Overall a quality beer out of Brooklyn NYC, I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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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 RankRefugee88
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Pilsener glass.

A - Light amber with a white fizzy head. Clear and bubbly body.

S - Strong hop presence, sweet and light. Barley and bread finish the smell.

T - Very nice balance of flavor. Malts up front are rinsed out by a nice hop character. Very nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. I really like the subtle hoppy aftertaste.

M - Creamy mouthfeel as in the name, but a nice crisp finish that leaves the mouth dry at the end.

D - Very good drinkability. Light, refreshing and leaves you begging for plenty more. I would love to try this beer off of a tap.

Very nice, refreshing, well-balanced ale. Super light, would pair perfectly with pizza or bbq. Only the second Sixpoint beer I've tried but I've enjoyed both this and Righteous Ale very much. I don't mind the 16oz cans at all. In fact I like their different style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy cream ale? I am all over that!
Best by December 01, 2011 whoot new beer!

A - Looks kind of hazy bright amber brown with an impressive inch of head that looks pillow like and sticky. Tons of carbonation on this one. It's so pillow like it seems like I have to plow through just to take a sip!

S - Smells of sweet honey, a touch of citrus hops and a little bit of vanilla is hidden underneath.

T - Ow wow that's interesting the base of the cream ale mostly with vanilla hits with an aggressive hop profile that really sticks to the tongue. Pale malts make it hard to enjoy at first but the second and third sip they become timid and more drinkable.

M - Light to medium I found it pretty smooth bodied.

Overall it's hard to say I liked it since I had to really look around how aggressive the hops and pale malts clashing hit me in a bad way. Maybe it's the can that makes the malts so harsh?. Will have to try their other beers and find a favorite.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint size can into a pint glass, best before 9/20/2011

A hazy unfiltered looking marmalade color with a 1cm head that dissipates into nothing after a few sips. Bubbles can be seen dancing to the top if examined closely.

Sweet fruit and citrus on the nose like pineapple, limes, and grapefruit. A touch of bitter pine and a hint of astringency woven into the most forward aromas. Rounded out with some honey and pale malt sweetness. Some gingerbread and graham cracker in there as well.

Forward with fruity flavors of pineapple and lime/grapefruits, followed instantly by pale malts and gingerbread. Some buttery biscuit notes in there as well. Not much honey or graham cracker as the smell, and finishes with a touch of bitter piney hops.

Soft on the palate with a lighter medium body. Crisp with just a hint at carbonation.

Bright fruity aroma with a sweet malt backbone, and a flavor that follows. Crisp on the palate as well while remaining smooth. A great ale that retains it's approachability while still maintaining enough flavor and aroma to interest the serious craft drinker.

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Photo of u2carew
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz Tallboy can.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Settles to a thin, creamy lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Some haze with active carbonation. Copper in color.
S) Piney. Pungent earthiness. Subtle spice aroma of coriander and clove.
T) Possibly a Belgian cream ale here... Notes of banana and clove but very subtle under the mellow sweetness of the malt.
M) Creamy. Medium body. A slick tongue feel in the finish, like I just smoked a clove cigarette.
T) A pleasant surprise of a beer. I don't know if I would say it is a "cream ale". I see the characteristics but according to Sixpoint's website this is a golden amber - not sure if I agree with that either. A good drinkable brew.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One finger of beige head over translucent copper. Golden at the edges. Very hoppy on the nose, with resiny pine and grapefruit citrus. I even pick up some alcohol in the aroma. Flavors reveal the malt--a little sweet, but thankfully not too bready. The hops are really a swift kick to the palate. Medium sticky mouthfeel, which is something I love in a hoppy beer. Sixpoint is becoming a staple in my beer supply.

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Photo of ActonBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber gold, a little cloudy, head disappates quickly. Not a great pour from a can.

S - a little spicy and lemony. Strongly reminds me of a belgian wit.

T -cloves, lemon, and pepper. As it warmed lemongrass started to come out.

M - very smooth. This was the only aspect that reminded me of a cream ale.

O - More of a belgian wit than a cream ale. Not really sure where they got the idea to call this a cream ale. A decent beer, but not the strongest offering from Sixpoint.

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Photo of Adrianized
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass.

Appears a little cloudy, a nice light caramel color.  Half finger head which hangs around.

Sweet caramel malt, toffee, sea salt, and some light citrus and floral hops.

Upfront is a super smooth, sweet caramel malt.  It continues sweet, I get papaya and some mangos.  Finishes dry and with a piney bitterness.  Great balance.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and incredibly smooth and creamy.  Carbonation is  just right.

Overall this is a nice, well balanced, beer.  This is only the second cream ale I've tried, but it's the best.

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Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this at Julio's Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear burnt orange colour with a creamy one finger head that fades to leave a nice smooth halo and good wisping.

S - Malt sweetness followed by some nice floral hops and bitterness. Doesnt really smell like a cream ale though.

T - More like the nose. Starts with some upfront malt sweetness followed by the nice hoppy citrus bitterness. There is some light earthy/musky flavours.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation with a nice crisp super refreshing finish.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this beer. That being said I really didnt think this tasted like a cream ale. There was just too much going on.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing Cam. I can't think of more ways to say that.
Notes. Tonight. 8-11-11

A - Amber body, slightly cloudy, minimal white head. Nice look

S - lightly bitter, is that peppermint? It's ok, but some funny business

T - is that bubblegum? Light, crisp malts, dry, light-medium hop profile.

M - light, medium-thin, smooth.

O - don't know the style too well, but this seems pretty good for it. Some funny things reminding me of different types of gum, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear orange ish yellow. Not much head but well carbonated. Smells hopper than i expected. Smells a bit sweet as well. Tastes... Interesting. Sweet, creamy, low flavour profile. Well carbonated. The mouthfeeel is interesting. Overall the beer is much better than any other cream ale I've had. Definitely worth trying

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

Big thanks to jedwards for including this in his recent trade with me.

Slightly cloudy orange-amber with a nice looking head that fizzles away to nothing, unfortunately. Smells of that nice sweetness I expect from a cream ale. Not detecting citric hop elements at all, but I am detecting earthy musk hop elements in the nose.
Tastes a lot like a great mai bock that has been spiked with more noble hops than usual, but presents the creamy silky texture of an excellent cream ale. I don't really care about the style confusion, because I like where it has led me! A very good session beer that comes across as a better than average sturdy workhorse of a cream ale. It's definitely piqued my curiosity to see what else Sixpoint can offer, as it is the second time I've been pleasantly surprised by their better-than-average canned offerings.

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

Sampled from a can, best by September 20, 2011. Dirty copper orange in color with a deep, murky haze. Poured with a dense foamy white head with decent retention. Citrus grapefruit and orange aromas with spicy and malty undertones. Almost like a light belgian IPA. Creamy smooth with a tangy resinousness feel at the finish. A nice balance of sweet caramel malt and tangy citrus grapfruit hops with a belgian-like spicyness in the background. Very unique in every respect. Love the pint size serving. This was an excellent beer no matter what style is attached to it.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can into nonic pint.

A cloudy orange body with a light frothy cap. Decent chunks of lacing form from the bubbly collar.
Smells creamy sweet with some malt backbone-- nice hop bite on the back end here. Good amount of bitterness with a citrusy floral hop note to boot.

Really a tasty beer-- a giant step up from a majority of lagers, but if I went with my personal preference, I'd take a pale ale anyday.
As for a comparison to the general style-- this kills any other cream ale I've had.
This is quite sessionable and easy to drink. I could offer this up to any BMC drinking friend and they'd almost certainly ask for another.

The body is medium with a creamy feel. Pretty solid.

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Photo of John_M
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Al's in Hampden...

The beer pours a amber copper color with fairly good head retention and fair lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt and a hint of citrus. Flavor profile replicates the nose in this simple, one dimensional beer, except I do get something of a light cream flavor and creamy mouthfeel as well. Finish is a bit watery, but there are no off flavors. Drinkability is OK, at least from the standpoint of any heat from alcohol.

Truly the epitome of a "mehhhh" beer. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing to really recommend it either. The A- review score is a complete mystery to me. Based on some of the reviews I've read about this beer, I'm almost wondering if there was something off with the keg at Al's.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and cloudy appearance, with an orangeish copper hue. The head is thin and only lasts a moment as the carbonation throughout is minimal. The smell peaks my interest though, as a bright bouquet of hops fills the air. The aroma has a very citrusy character, like an orange marmalade. Enticing.

The taste does not overwhelm, in fact it's very clean and light, and doesn't really hit much until the finish. The citrus character is toned down a bit and lingers lightly at the back. The malt is not very sweet and in fact there isn't much bitterness at the end either. It's just very light and refreshing with some floral notes and the aformentioned citrus. I rate the mouthfeel highly, as it is thin, yet crisp with fine carbonation.

Overall this beer is a winner. I'm amazed just how drinkable it is. This is my idea of a great session beer (albeit a bit strong), because I could drink alot of it. It certainly is appropriate for the hot weather also. Too bad I only have one.

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Photo of suspect
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Yellow color with slight amber hues. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger head that disappears quickly to a slight ring around the top of the glass.

S: Spicy citrus aroma that smells to me like a combination of oranges and a spice from the spice rack I can't quite put my finger on. I really want to type coriander for some reason but I really don't think that's correct. Anyway, it smells delicious and with a touch of bread and funk mixed in for good measure.

T: Superb. The hops here hit first followed quickly by a light sweetness of malt, then quickly to a highly sweeter malt that completes the loop-de-loop of flavor. Such a complex flavor profile for a cream ale. Compared to most (any) other cream ale this one is tops.

M: Creamy coating of the mouth from the malt first and the bitter hop oils second. Perfect amount of carbonation, light-medium body. Aftertaste doesn't linger for too long but leaves me wanting more.

O: Another homerun from Sixpoint. 4-4. Each can I've had has been spectacular. Really, really impressed. Pair that with the beautiful decision to can the beer and my only problem is figuring out which four pack I want to bring home this week.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chalk up another win for canned beer. My perception of beer in a can continues to be reshaped. Thanks to bartrash for for sharing this with me. Can pours a beautiful orange-ish liquid with a meager head. This stuff is the epitome of drinkable. True to it's name, it does have a sweetness to it. Nice nose and mouthfeel....this is a GREAT summer session beer. How one could tire of drinking this is beyond me. If you haven't given canned beer a fair go lately, you're long over due. Start here.

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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
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