Chad9976 (1157) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 16oz can into a lager glass.
Appearance: Dark orange color with a hazy body, although carbonation bubbles of different sizes and speeds are easily visible. Forms a good sized eggshell colored, frothy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Light confectionary notes of toffee and caramel, plus some more rustic aroma of black tea, honey roasted peanuts and floral hops.
Taste: The palate to Sixpoint Sweet Action is something of a contradiction. Itís quite complex (surprisingly so, in fact), but itís not all that robust or delectably delicious. It begins quite mild with a light nutty sweetness plus some candy flavor. It seems to turn on a dime into something quite stronger, though. Toffee, caramel, honey, and the faintest hint of citrusy hop bitterness all come through in the second half. It finishes much like it begins on a mild, subtle note with hint of herbal tea.
Whatís interesting is that throughout the entire palate thereís a barely detectable lager-like component at the core. Itís reminiscent of a Vienna or Munich-style lager or even an Oktoberfest. Slightly grassy, slightly lemony, a tad astringent, but aside from using the term "grainy" (which I hate), itís best described as an all-malt lager character. The aftertaste is a mild chalky bitterness and texture, but the beer itself is quite refreshing while itís in the mouth. Plenty of flavor to enjoy, but kept at a "lower volume" so as not to overwhelm.
Drinkability: While Sweet Action may have some lager character to the palate, its delivery is all ale for sure. The mouthfeel is a soft, medium-to-light body with an almost creamy texture. Despite all the carbonation you can see in the glass, it doesnít interfere with the drinking process as it goes down very smoothly. At only 5.2% ABV, Sixpoint definitely deserves kudos for being able to get so much flavor out of the brew. Technically too big to be a "session beer," but I could see most drinkers having no trouble with a 4-pack box of this over the course of a day or a weekend and still being able to function.
Tmoney99 (10551) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Poured hazy amber color with a moderate frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate hop sweet aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid refreshing brew for style.
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Sunswick. Pours a hazy golden orange with standard white head. Aroma is a fine balance of mustiness and pine-like hops. Flavor has an overwhelming taste of overcooked mac ní cheese. An odd elbow macaroni flavor lingers. A slight saltiness and dough flavor. Weird.
mcmisko (352) - New York, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange with a big off white head. Smells floral with sweet fruits. Taste floral, citrus, hay, and a little caramel. Smooth texture. Slightly bitter after taste. Overall, this is not bad, but nothing to go wild for.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz can poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a hazy orange with a huge creamy white head that leaves a nice lacing pattern all the way down the glass. The aroma is grassy, spicy, earthy hops, and some bread. The taste is sour citrus, light malt, and medium bitterness. The body is a bit too watery for my liking. Itís ok but nothing special.
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 (3049) - 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 (1349) - 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 (1654) - Moving to Jax, Florida, 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 (7898) - 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.