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

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Added by Sixpoint on 03-04-2005

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Photo of Premo88
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into "craft beer glass" -- a wide-mouthed stick
(best before 20 May 2016 printed on bottom of can)

L: red-gold ... copper with a lot of red in it, 13 SRM printed on can; pushes up 3/4-inch head of offwhite foam, some sticking; keeps a thick collar and a slight skin; much, much darker than any other cream ale I've encountered

S: American DIPA caramel ... lots of hops mixing with the malt, pineapple, sweet grapefruit, but mainly caramel

T: much like the nose, comes off as a hoppy American DIPA with everything caramely and mangoey, though next to no bitterness despite the hop flavor; very sweet; a little cracker/grain flavor on the back end of swallows

F: fantastic ... relatively lightweight but full from a good amount of carbonation

O: a major disappointment for me personally -- I was hoping for a good grain bomb like most cream ales, instead I got a super sweet American IPA/DIPA with a lot less alcohol; fans of the caramel/mango-sweet DIPAs should buy this in droves, for at 5.2% ABV, Sixpoint has truly created a flavor-filled wonder here

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours bright amber with a cream colored foam cap that takes 3 minutes to reduce to a lacy, sticky film.

S: Bready, spicy, almost cake-like, some light toast, light resin and citrus. Malt aromas are medium, hop aromas are medium low, and the yeast aromas are low.

T: Starts with fruit in a blend of light tartness and sweet. A little acidity from the carbonation balances the light sweetness from the malt. The fruit flavor has elements of citrus, light stone fruit, melon, light spice and bread crumb. The fruit flavors come in and out of focus and as it warms the melon flavors become more prominent and more cantaloupe like. Fruit flavors are medium to medium high, malt flavors are medium.

F: Crisp, smooth, and refreshing with medium light body, medium high carbonation.

O: A very flavorful and delightful cream ale.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a great balance between malt and hop. BA lists it as a cream ale but I don't think that quite fits, it's a little too hoppy for that. It is truly a beautiful beer: an amber orange color with a thick white head about 3 fingers. The head dissipated after a few minutes but left a ring around the edge of the glass and lots of thick lacing right to the end. It smelled like grapefruit, lemon, and a little bit bready. Taste was awesome, the same flavors that I picked up in smell and in great harmony with each other. The feel was refreshing and light/medium, really crisp and fizzy. A really well balanced beer that was easy to drink yet complex enough to still be interesting.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and toasty balanced aroma of hops and malt. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass. Citrus hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Pale malt with hints of caramel, grains, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet hints of cream and sugar. A pretty solid Pale Ale like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, earthy, and bready Pale Ale like taste with a solid hop/malt balance. Juicy citrus hop notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Earthy hop notes of grass. Pale malt with bready notes of grains, cracker, caramel, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet taste of sugar and cream. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good brew. Nice balance of juicy hops and sweet malt. Much more like an American Pale Ale than a Cream Ale.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.86/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

By far one of the best pale ale / cream ale - hoppy ale's I have tried from sixpoint. The aroma that hits me first is super resiny pine, as well as toasted sesame seeds, and lemon peel. The flavor leads with a mild malt, that almost tastes like roasted corn, the the resiny pine notes come through, with a grassy, raw grain flavor at the finish. Hoppy flavor as well but not overly bitter. Nice resinous and citrus hop flavor with a bountiful level of sweet malt. Light body with vibrant carbonation. My favorite from Sixpoint so far!!!!

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Photo of Apellonious
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can, with a coding that says something about November 4 2016, poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear amber orange, with a one finger head that moves to a lace fairly quickly. Active carbonation visible.

S - I get some dankness, tropical fruit, and some toasted grains.

T - Toasted grains and some pale malts hit the forefront, with some melon and orange hop notes.

M - There's some mild sizzle in the carbonation, but it transitions to a smoothness at the end. Medium light mouthfeel.

O - I honestly can't say the last time I had a cream ale (but it was of the Genesee variety), so trying to compare it to one is futile. This one comes across as a smooth pale ale with a touch of tropical bite that is imminently sessionable.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a dark honey color with a small head. The aroma that hits me first is super resiny pine, as well as toasted sesame seeds, and lemon peel. The flavor leads with a mild malt, that almost tastes like roasted corn, the the resiny pine notes come through, with a grassy, raw grain flavor at the finish. The mouthfeel is full and quite fizzy. Overall this is an odd brew - not what I would expect from a cream ale, but very enjoyable. There is a lot going on with this beer, but it also has that elusive quality of drinkability.

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Photo of morimech
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker than any previous cream ale I have had. Dark amber color with a finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Hoppy aroma of pine and citrus with some lightly toasted malt. Hoppy flavor as well but not overly bitter. Nice resinous and citrus hop flavor with a bountiful level of sweet malt. Light body with vibrant carbonation.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would never classify this as a Cream Ale. It's far too flavorful. In my opinion, it's an America IPA with an excellent hop/malt balance. A fine looking beer, it boasts a clear and bubbly medium amber body with a fat white head bobbing along the surface. The sweetness referenced in the name is certainly present in the smell: an alluring aroma highlights honey, peaches and pears. Crisp citrus and resinous hops are also present on the nose, but play a larger role in the taste, where they are well balanced by caramel and bready malt. The sweetness comes through here as well, in the form of peaches and dandelions. The flavor profile is remarkably cohesive, paying equal tribute to both malt and hops. A medium-light mouthfeel and medium carbonation do well for the beer's sessionability, and the finish is both smooth and crisp, a duet which pays homage to the fine balance this brew strikes. Light and bright, Sweet Action is a sure thing.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no idea why Beer Advocate classifies this beer as a cream ale. It is basically a pale ale. But a pretty good one, nicely balanced and just hoppy enough. My favorite from SIxpoint.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler.

L : Deep honey colored body with 60% transparency. The head forms 3 fingers with connecting lace left behind, and is off white.

S : Brown sugar - slightly burnt, grapefruit, orange, allspice, cereal grains - lightly toasted. A great nose with a great balance.

T : I was expecting a hop bomb but fortunately the malts win out on this one. Rich, roasted Amber malts, with some spice and peppercorn, fading out to nothing and then coming back with a polite wash of hop action in the form of white grapefruit. It ends somewhat bready.

Feel : mildly carbonated, semi dry parch, creamy and quaffable.

Overall : I wish I would have bought more. This is a great cream ale and it probably could replace a daily drinker such as a basic lager or ale. Yet it's so much more than that. So crushable!

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Photo of Nickholland
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is more pale ale than cream ale. Not a lot of malt presence, mostly a lighter hoppy ale. Actually I don't know why it's classified as a cream ale on this site, the brewery says it's an "undefinable" ale. Beautiful copper color and a great flavor nonetheless. Easy to session and would definitely buy again.

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Photo of dcotom
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce can into a TeKu.

A: A pretty, light copper color with a three-finger white head that lingered for a few moments, leaving some sticky lacing as it receded.

S: The first thing that hit me on the aroma was a strong hop presence that I was not expecting. Also some sweet malts and a hint of yeast on the nose. Very pleasant.

T/F: Has the sweetness and creamy mouthfeel you would expect from this style, with some resiny hops and a bit of bitterness on the finish.

O: Another world-class offering from Sixpoint. Perfectly balanced, very enjoyable either on its own or as a food accompaniment.

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Photo of Extol
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - orange in color. Smell - kind of smells malty and a little hoppy. Taste - mostly get slight hops and a creamy feel. Nicely done. Would have liked more malts or maybe fruit in it, but solid. Overall - nothing amazing. But certainly better than most.

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First off... this beer is great. I bought 3 6 packs and took them with me in the trunk of my car all the way back from Miami florida to michigan.

OK.. Smooth...refreshing and a crisp hoppy presence throughout the experience. Its just a very great cream ale.. in fact the best cream ale Ive had... ever. Has a distinct malty sweet backbone with a touch of hops and honey biscuits goodness that lingers on and on even a few minutes after a sip! Simcoe hops are definitely a big contributor to the bitter end of this delicious can of malty goodness. Best part is all of the malts (6+) Sixpoint used in this beer blend perfectly... sweet, citrus, resin-y, and refreshing on any day. A+

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. draft at a New York Rangers preseason game consumed with a cheeseburger and fries. First time trying the beer and the best I can say about it is that it's better than any American Adjunct that was available. Next time I'll opt for the Brooklyn Lager.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Such a unique beer. To me, just a super drinkable, slightly hoppy, I think english hops, with a nice slightly sweet body, almost vague vanilla flavors and an amazingly smooth lager like finish. Nice little bit of mouth coating creamy feel while still ridiculously drinkable.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass
L:Orange, amber color
S:Cream Soda mixed with sweet malt
T:Creamy sweet malt followed by pepper hop bitterness
F:medium light mouthfeel
Overall a good hop forward cream ale. Pretty easy to drink.

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

Look: Deep amber, hints of orange. Nice 1 inch head, but soon dissipated. Some lacing.

Smell: A lot of hop, pine, and floral on the nose.

Taste: Sweet and hoppy, floral and creamy undercarriage below the hops.

Feel: smooth and creamy, yet still carbonated.

An easy drinker.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -8.7%
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 +3.8%
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%
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 +0.3%
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 +2%
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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Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,282 ratings.
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