maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The final surviving can from a nice haul courtesy of AndrewNations in the SS BIF. 16 oz. aluminum cylinder, I salute you ere I consume you.
Poured into a glass that came in the same box, this is big, fluffy, yellow leaning towards orange. Runaway carbonation is readily apparent. Smell is brimstone hops mixed with grain husks & several pinches of allspice. Hop presence is startling for the claimed 34 IBUs. Hmmm.
Sweet Action is only the third cream ale Iíve ever had, & doesnít win me over to the style. Yawning disconnect between nose & taste, this is crawling with heavy, bready malts. Very grainy, soft herbal hops, tangerine. Thereís an oddness lurking in the aftertaste that isnít welcome, & I canít quite pinpoint it. Musty, with a side of margarine. Not terrible, but certainly knocks the taste a bit & ruins the cleanliness of the initial flavors. I love big cans, but 12 oz. of this would have been plenty.
The slight off-taste really brings this one down. I love a good session ale (whatever the ABV), but if theyíre not perfect, they can rapidly become suspect. This one is close, but the aftertaste really corrupts a good experience. Not bad, not good, decent enough.
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a thin white/tan head. Aroma is malty with light wheaty notes...mild toasty toffee. Flavor is very bready and earthy...light and crisp tea-like hop notes...refreshing. mouthfeel is light/medium with a bready/earthy finish that has mild sweet maltiness.
kassner (1338) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark golden color, hazy with a nice head. a distinctive odor and distinctive medicinal flavors. malts and hops for sure but canít get past this hint of pungent chemical solvents. may be out of date.
UDBeernut (1598) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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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Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from can at the Strange Brew Tasting on 02/18/2012. Copper-colored with a medium off-white head that burns away steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, grain and a bit of hops. Light body with flavors of grassy hops, grainy malt and fruit. The finish is short with a sweet malt aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can shared by a friend. Pours a hazy gold with a thick off-white head. Creamy sweet malt nose with grassy hops. Creamy and sweet malt flavor with grassy hops in the finish.
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a massive super creamy head. Aroma is all sweet. Not a malty sweet but more of a candy sweet. Taste is very balanced with a small bitterness up front and a nice sweetness on the back. The middle is all sweet flavors. For what it is, great beer.
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robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap pours a light brown with a khacki head. Aromas of carmel toffee and some slight cereal. Flavor is semi sweet with alot of malt pushing through. Body is medium and finish is a bit lingering
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a moderate pillowy head and lots of hop aroma. Before actually sampling this beer I would have thought that I poured a pilsner, it really has a great aroma. Pours a cloudy golden color, with a mild citrus flavor with a smooth almost creamy mouth feel and slight hop flavor.
AdamJackson (2344) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Purchased in a 4-pack for about $12 at Co-Op in Lebanon, NH. Poured into a Newcastle glass at 40 Degrees F
A - Poured a single finger head which dissipated quickly. The color is a very deep tan color but yet still very light. Itís a very hazy beer which I attribute to the delicious dry hops.
S - Caramel, sugar, almonds and orange peel. Very small citrus notes and very sweet. Thereís a deep mahogany wood character to this.
T - The caramel and orange peel are easy to pick up in the taste. Thereís a more strong pine wood taste thatís coming through now. Burnt brown sugar..maybe something more bitter like onions is hitting as well but itís nice. Thereís a hint of malt in here as well. It lives up to the name ""sweet action"" very well.
M - Light bodied and some really solid carbonation. The linger is pleasant and not overpowering.
O - A very decent canned ale. I bet this beer would have been better day-of fresh but itís a great beer overall."