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Sweet Action | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
568 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

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 +4.3%
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 +3.1%
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 +8.1%
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 -6.4%
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%
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 +0.8%
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 -6.4%
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 +2.5%
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 +1.8%
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 +6.9%
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 +3.6%
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 -12.2%
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 +7.9%
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 +4.8%
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 +14.5%
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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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honeyed gold with a good head. An aggressive pour gave this one a dandy foam topper, and it stuck around and gave some nice lace. A bit of haze, not entirely clear. No bubbles rising.

Some toasted malt and some herbal notes in the nose.

OK, they hopped this one up a bit, which interferes with the creaminess of the style. But the bitter and the sweetness of the grain/malt work well together. Some bitter and grain in the finish. Creaminess? Umm...trying to find it. Not fruity like a pale ale, but has some nice sweet grain qualities. It works, although not exactly true to style.

Medium-lighter bodied.

I liked this, but not as much as other versions of cream ale. They did a nice job and kinda turbocharged the style. Very easy to put down these tallboys.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a shaker pint

A - Dark amber. Cloudy with little activity. Pours to a light creamy head that eventually recedes to almost nothing. Leaves some nice lacing

S - Sweet sugary malts, slight tart citrus from the hops

T - Malt really shines, has a bitter sweetness like and english pub ale. Hop balance is very delicate with definite citrus and pine notes. Super balanced

M - A bit creamy gives the beer a nice smoothness going down

O - A really great ale and super drinkable

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Photo of Kendo
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the can into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is hazed, dark-honey/amber with a 1-finger white head.

S: Light grainy malt with some florally hops. Not too strong in the nose.

T: Cereal grains underneath, with some faint fruitiness. Finishes with a good hop bitterness - dry, slightly lemony with a touch of grassiness. I get lingering sweetness AND bitterness. Nice balance.

M: Nice. It somehow manages to be both creamy and crisp at the same time.

O: Nice beer. Quaffs real easily after mowing the lawn. I'm not terribly familiar with this style (though I drank a lot of Genny Cream Ale growing up), and I know the guys at Sixpoint pride themselves on not necessarily brewing "to style" anyway, but whatever you call this, it's good.

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

A - Lemon iced tea colored with a thin white head. Slightly hazy.

S - Light floral hops and a bit of sweet spice. Very subtle fruit sweetness in the nose.

T - Semi sweet, bitter hops coming though floral and green. Smooth hint of light malt to balance with some sort of amber fruit essence. Nectarine or peach skin? Faint. Slightly dry hops in back end.

M - Soft and light with a semi dry finish. Easy drinking and clean.

O - Just enough flavor and body to offer a decent brew. Nothing is standing out here to me, but no gripes either. Smooth.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the first canned batch.

Pours a golden amber color with a half inch white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like spicy hops, sweet bread, and light caramel.

Taste opens up with bread and spicy hops. Moves into a huge bread flavor that is taken over by the spicy and herbal hops. This is a great beer and very crisp on the end.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, wish it was a tiny bit thinner, but nice carbonation.

Overall, its really great. Fantastic out of the can and better out of the glass.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pour is a hazy orange amber, with a faint pool of off white head.

S-Citrusy and earthy, plenty of hop aroma and some nice biscuit malt.

T-Very lightly hopped compared to the nose. Very malty with a nice citrus zing in the finish. Very nice and clean, if a bit slick.

M-Medium bodied, a little bit slick, crisp carbonation.

O-A great poolside beer, or beach beer, and I have had plenty in both places this summer. Low ABV, good flavor, moderate bitterness, terrific.


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Photo of JAXSON
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mikey! Pours a bright gold with a fluffy white head. Nose is citrus, hops, quite sweet, maybe a candy like note. Mouth is bright and a decent balance between lightly bitter hops, candied oranges, and light grains. Light, crisp body, light bitterness throughout, interesting candy sweetness. Nice stuff, if it was a bit drier I would push the score up.

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

Thanks to ShogoKawada for the grip of cans! Poured from a 16oz tall-boy into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

International orange liquid, somewhat cloudy with a lasting ivory collar and faint surface slick.

Simple malt/hop balance in the nose - faintly herbal with some orange zest. Very mild DMS as it warms.

Clean, gently sweet, with pure malt and mild persistent bitterness. Some mint and corn in the not-quite-dry finish.

Modest carbonation, light-bodied, and soft.

Good example of the style.

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

Can courtesy of Trevor. Thanks.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head and minimal lacing.

S: Starts off with a nice bready sweetness and a bit of biscuit malt. A light floral and citrusy hop aroma with just a faint caramel note. There might even be a little bit of honey to it.

T: Crisp and light with lots of biscuit and bread malts along with honey sweetness. Lightly hopped, but a bit more than your standard cream ale. Not much bitterness, but a nice bit of floral and citrus peel hop flavor.

M: The body is somewhat light with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Certainly one of the better cream ales I've ever had and a very nice, easy to drink beer. Perfect for the summer.

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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.
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