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Sweet Action | Sixpoint Brewery

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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:
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Added by Sixpoint on 03-04-2005

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml can into a Tulip. Paid £1.99 for a single can.

Pours a clear, bright, shiny, amber body with a generous amount of visible streaming carbonation. A dense, two-finger in height, cream coloured head hangs around for an age before slowly reducing to a thin cap, leaving thick sheets of sticky lacing along the length of the glass.

On the nose, sweet caramel malt leads upfront, followed by a harmonious amalgamation of hop profiles. Pine, grass, and floral notes are all easily distinguishable along with tangy stone fruit, and light citrus peel bitterness. Taste follows the nose, leading with sweet caramel and toffee underpinned by a robust, bready malt backbone that never completely fades. Mid palate, floral, grassy and citrus hops build with gently increasing bitterness, but are softened by the entry of peach, apricot, mango and tangerine before being allowed to dominate. In the mouth a light to medium body and soft carbonation give a satisfying feel that starts smooth and creamy and finishes slightly crisp and very refreshing. Towards the end just enough sweet caramel malt returns to mellow and balance the lingering orange peel and grassy hop bitterness.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. The sweet malt and bitter hop profiles are phenomenally well balanced allowing both to shine without one overpowering the other. It is incredibly easy drinking and hugely sessionable, I could drink this all day without ever getting tired or bored of those well rounded, robust flavours! Recommended.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color - 1 inch white head fades quickly.
Bright, pine, citrus in nose.
Sweet malt and weedy hops, oranges, very dry in the finish.
As they say - hard to classify....pale ale? cream ale?
Good beer, easy drinker

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Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent, orange-copper brew, topped by a modest off-white head with OK retention, leaving behind decent amounts of lacing.

Aroma is nice and bright: hop-forward, balanced against toasty malts. Pine and citrus from the hops; caramel malts coming across as slightly toasted bread. Slightly sweet, slightly spicy.

Flavor follows: thickly malty on the palate, with quite a bit of grainy caramel, a touch of brown sugar, and balanced hops (following the nose). Bit of a creamy flavor to the malt early and on the back end.

Very drinkable and easy-going.

This is a fantastic cream ale! Not sure if it's really true to style, but it's a balanced, flavorful ale clocking in at a relatively low ABV.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated BB03OCT2015 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with a thin off-white head that disipates rapidly. Initial impression is resin and citrus. Medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation complements the sharp hops bitterness - very refreshing. Dry, bitter finish.
So in all honesty, when I think of "cream ale" I think of, like, GENESEE Cream Ale. This is not your daddy's Genny. Frankly, Sweet Action (which, if you've been paying attention, is NOT sweet) is more in the IPA camp than the cream ale camp.
I'm a big fan of Six Point, but this isn't one of my favorites.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look; transparent burnt orange, thin white head that leaves a film and lacing
smell; orange cookies? (like those lemon wafers but with orange), a little burnt rubber, floral notes, hint of pine, complex and interesting, nice if not perfect.
taste; pretty well balanced medium roasted malt and hops, slight piney acrid taste somewhere in there but starts nice with orangy citrusy notes and finishes nice with more carbonated roasted malt/ biscuit..
feel; nice medium body full carbonation
overall; a very nice pale ale that entertains your taste buds

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

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Fruity, citrus, definitely different than other cream ales I've had.

Taste: Starts tingly with moderate citrus that then persists. Caramel malt flavor, finishes somewhat dry and citrusy. Easy drinking.

Overall: I was in Iowa so went to the store for some Sixpoint, which has recently started distribution there. I had Sweet Action at Citi Field earlier this summer so I was not surprised at the more pale ale-like flavors of this beer. It's good, not sure it should be called a cream ale, but who cares.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can bought at Belmont Station in Portland. Best by 16 June 2016, stamped on the bottom. I don't know the style too well.

Pours a pretty translucent amber with a medium sized creamy head and plenty of carbonation. Pretty looking beer. Smell is mild milkshakey, a hint of orange or citrus, a hint of pine. Interesting and nice, but a little mild.

Taste is sweet up front, but turns quickly to a surprising bitterness, that I don't associate with the only examples of cream ales that come to mind. I like it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, yet somehow still carbonated. Overall, tasty, refreshing beer. I'm not sad I bought a six pack.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 07/2015 served in a tulip glass

It poured a bright orange and clear with a 1 finger white head. Nose is spicy and hop driven with some sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side but slightly coating in the end, hop forward taste with some citrus fruit and nice carbonic acidity. My first cream ale and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] Has a nice reddish hue to it. The ber forms a 1/2 finger of white head. Just like all SixPoint beers it lists te ABV (5.2%), the IBU (34) and the best by date (03/13/16).

S: [4.00] Lemon zest. Pine.

T: [3.50] The name makes sense. This is really malt forward. The taste doesn't follow the nose. I was expecting a bitter taste. It is mellow and malty giving a crackery flavor. There is a caramel flavor on the finish too. The overall taste is a bit muted.

M: [3.50] Decent body and carbonation.

O: [3.50] The IBUs seems right because this beer has low bitterness. I was anticipating more bitter based on the nose. This is really mellow. I think that this is a decent every day beer. I was expecting/hoping for a bit more hop to it.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not much of an aroma off this one besides your run-of-the-mill bland malt. Pretty standard taste profile, malt flavors are pedestrian but inoffensive. Hope presence is muted. Being a cream ale it certainly finishes very smooth & is quite drinkable, but nothing you'll think twice about.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

a deep deep orange amber with a light head, smell citrus and pine resin very prominent and distinctive, taste light on start w slight citrus, medium length and a piney finish, overall length is medium and finish is light drinks much much lighter than it looks and with a light start and light finish, could qualify as a session beer, this beer has something too it that will have me trying more.

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Photo of rjd722
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid brew, struggling to understand it's designation as a cream ale but I still liked it. Hoppy, floral aroma and pours an amber-orange with light foam. Slightly bitter aftertaste from the hop oil, but smooth upon initial impact. Taste is slightly floral and maybe a slight citrus.

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Photo of thebeers
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange-amber color with a finger of white head. Sweet, bready malt aroma with fruity hops (tangerine and more), both of which continue to the flavor, with just a kiss of hop bitterness for balance. Pretty great.

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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was my first cream ale so I don't know a whole lot about the style, but I like this beer. its light on malt but the hops and the creaminess make this a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz tall can from the brewery. Color is an orangey amber with a modest foam in the New Belgium snifter. A more vigorous pour produces Spritzy and tangy on the tongue. Malty to start but a thin body. Rather bitter, lingering aftertaste with a woody note. A whiff of orange peel and chicken soup.

It's a little hard to review this as a Cream Ale, as the color and the hoppiness are more like an American Pale Ale. Well, there's a good question for you— what makes this a Cream Ale? Whatever it is, it's quite drinkable as a light and hoppy brew.

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Photo of I3eer
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bit heavier than The Crisp but still Summer appropriate. Still has that sharp hops I love there but offers a bit more heft than The Crisp which I feel is a better true Summer beer whereas this can be nice on the fringes as well.

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Photo of do_ob
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can into a pint glass. Pours a bright, vibrant gold and settles the same in the glass. 1/2 a finger of bubbly, white foam on top that dissolved down to a lacing after a minute or two. Decent carbonation. Very weak nose, but I get hints of bready malt and maple. There's a light hoppiness to the aroma as well. Light weight with a crisp mouthfeel. Light hops up front on the taste with a bready malt background. Fairly consistent taste all the way through. Finishes crisp and clean with a moderate wave of hops on the back end. Sweet, bready malt on the aftertaste with a decent hoppy bitterness.

Overall, decent. Not outstanding in any sense, but a light session beer that doesn't taste terrible. A surprising amount of hops on the back end make this one better than your average bear.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can't get past the hop oil that hits first and lingers late. I can taste a hint of the cream ale that lays beneath but the way the hop flavor comes on conjures up an image of a resin-like oil that floats on the surface of the beer. Feels out of place in this otherwise crisp beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into snifter best before date of 4/24/16

A: great clarity bright caramel in color little head that is gone in a flash

S: like a pine forest with a resin base but a little bit of sweetness almost like a doughy bready sweet smell

T: wow very hoppy smooth sweet pine and resin mostly from the hops and a light bit of fruit nice bit of bready sweetness

M: very clean and light invites you for another sip tingles on the tongue

O: This is what I dream a session ale would taste like this beer is amazing its hoppy as hell with a nice sweet end and very clean crisp feel to it. I am shocked to see this is a cream ale if that is the case lead me to more cream ales!

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

12 oz slim can poured into a shaker pint.

Golden amber with 1 finger of creamy off-white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Candied orange, caramel, bread, papaya, pine, and lemon.

Candied orange, tangy lemon, pine needle, and touches of papaya. Blended notes of doughy white bread, wheat, and drops of caramel.

Light bodied, creamy, clean, smooth, and balanced.

There is a masterful balance between the malt and the hops that makes this incredibly drinkable. Although the categorization on this one has kind of been all over the place, expect the flavor to be close to an American Pale Ale or American Pale Wheat Ale. Great stuff!

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alright. So, being from Southern California and trying a beer like this always makes me sad. This was a nice, light beer without being too light. The color was a nice amber color, and I was expecting a heavier beer because of the color, but let me tell you, man that thing was light and easy to drink. The dry hopping really sent it over the top in the flavor department.

This is one of the beers that would be my go to if I lived on the east coast.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I will start by saying I really like this beer even if my scores don't reflect it. Just don't think it is very true to this style, so I kind of split the difference.

Looks awesome. Copper colored with tons of fluffy off-white, almost tan foam.

Smells actually resemble an American Barleywine in a lot of ways. Hoppy, with fruity notes. Musty.

Some apricot, peaches, melon that are more sour than sweet. Floral hops. Solid bitterness. Probably more than the 34 IBUs listed for me. It lingers. Very earthy malts. Slight pepper spice.

Very creamy/full bodied feel, but still easy drinking.

Like every Sixpoint beer I have had in the lat year, this is a very clean tasting amd feeling brew. I continue to be impressed with the smoothness of each style. Even if this one is more like a pale ale or ipa (ESB even?). Try it anyway.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, Sixpoint! I had and didn't like this beer when I was first getting a feel for reviewing, nor did I realize this beer doesn't really have a style. Aaaanyways, 12 oz can into a regular glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. While the texture is a little rough, retention is fairly good. Streaks of lacing stick to my glass. (3.75)

Smell: This sure as hell doesn't resemble a cream ale. Well, maybe the appearance of fruity ale esters (like peach or apricot) vaguely resemble the style. It's fairly hoppy, with plenty of grassy hops coming to the forefront. Yet, I also get some good ol' fashioned 'Murican hops (ones that are pungent and Mosaic-y). I'm definitely intrigued: it's more complex than a lager, and seems crisper than an ale. Am I finally starting to 'get' this beer? (3.75)

Taste: It starts off with a healthy hit of Mosaic hops. This is dank and pungent-tasting, yet retains a fruity element. Quickly, it transitions into more floral hop qualities. Maybe a bit of white bread-like malts come through, but that's it. This has a defined and complex hop profile, without coming across as being overly bitter. I enjoy it a good deal, and I don't often enjoy a Mosaic-hopped brew. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Not the cleanest beer ever. It's a touch astringent on the back end, mainly. But it's still crisp and easy drinking. Carbonation is fairly high, filling the mouth without being excessive. (3.5)

Overall: This is a nice everyday beer that doesn't overdo the Mosaic hops. To me, this is more of a standard pale ale, but even calling Sweet Action that is selling it short. I could almost call it a beer without a style - it takes elements from both an ale AND a lager, yet it doesn't drink like a hybrid style. Sweet Action is Sweet Action, and that's all you need to know. A very, very solid beer for those who aren't militant style police. (3.75)

3.63/5: Whatever it is, it's tasty

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Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Color is crystal clear gold; big bubbly head. Ultrasmooth taste with a nice combination of hops and malts. Drinking it blind I would call it a pale ale or a hoppy pilsener. Doesn't matter, its money.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is damn good! Herbal/floral hoppiness with sweet sweet malts to go along with it. Loving me some Sixpoint. This and Bengali are staples in my fridge at the moment.

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