Brew Review

Beer Review – Sixpoint Sweet Action

We had several Sixpoint beers last summer (Bengali Tiger, The Crisp, Righteous Ale), but at the time, I was having some difficulty warming up to most of them. The Wookie will say that it was because I used to store my beer glasses in the same cabinet that held my spices (I would pick up a funky aroma whenever I nosed one of their beers). He was right, and I have since moved my glassware to a spice free cabinet.

My turning point with Sixpoint’s offerings occurred during a dinner at Casona in Collingswood, NJ with The Alemonger and our wives. During that dinner, I had a glass of the Sixpoint Diesel which proved to be a very well crafted and flavorful beer. My next Sixpoint eye opening experience was a brief taste of their Resin, a seriously hoppy imperial IPA.

After seeing the Sixpoint Sweet Action featured in an Esquire article a couple of months ago, I decided to add it to my “must try” list. Part of the reason for this decision is that (a) I really like the magazine and am usually pleased with their suggestions, and (b) much like Limpd, I am occasionally a sucker for pretty packaging and some clever marketing. How could anyone refuse something called Sweet Action?

Here is what Sixpoint has to say about this beer:

Ah love is bitter and sweet, but which is more sweet… 
The original Sixpoint style- hard to define, but perhaps that’s why people love it. Part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale- all Sweet Action.
And now for my review…
  • Appearance: Cloudy, pale orange color. Looks a lot like a German wheat beer. Very little foam or lacing. Lots of sediment floating throughout the glass.
  • Aroma: Good bit of sugary sweetness (think sweet corn on the cob). Mild, citrus hops.
  • Taste: Lightly carbonated. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Sugar corn sweetness at first, immediately followed by that mild hop bitterness. Pleasant bitter/sweet finish.
  • ABV: 5.2%

Overall, I really enjoyed the Sixpoint Sweet Action. Crisp, clean, and well balanced, this is a very drinkable and session worthy beer. Esquire summed it up perfectly when they called this “a perfect beer to swill with snacks like deviled eggs because its flavors will stand up to but not compete with the food for attention”. Well done Sixpoint!

15 replies »

  1. Nice review and photo. I didn’t get a chance to try the Tiger but I found the Crisp and the Righteous to be only okay and the Autumnation was just not good. So, I guess I need to give Sixpoint another try as well.


  2. Notes to G-lo:
    1 – This is the third time in the past 5 days one of my fellow Booze Dancers has admitted I was right …. NEW RECORD!
    2 – Please post the date when you moved your glasses so your fellow BDs and our readers can know the date that marks when your reviews were invalid. I already found two old reviews that say “The nose had hints of nutmeg and allspice” … LOL!!!


  3. So much for carefully orchestrated plans. I was mid-thrust in what I expected would have been the final death blow to Grendel in what was to have been a triumphant victory for all the Peoples of the Dusky Semisphere long terrorized by that hideous beast (all the more impressive given that was armed with only a government issue generic Post-it™ desktop dispenser). Then comes the telltale “ding” (actually a reasonably accurate digital recreation of the sound of a mature female Keta River Salmon slamming into and compromising the structural integrity of a hand-stacked 14 level inverted pyramid of individual Jell-O Brand™ dark chocolate pudding containers) alerting me to the presence of a new post by the BoozeDancers………..

    So Grendel lives to fight another day while I act the fool with his keyboard.

    As you know, I’m drawn to Sixpoint reviews given my genetic connection to all things Brooklyn, where I was born and raised to conquer the stickball “courts” and detest the Yankees. That said, I’m not in love with Sixpoint (nor Brooklyn Brewing) though each has a brew or two in their lineups that I enjoy. I wouldn’t count Sweet Action among the selections that I particularly like. It has some elements I enjoy but, in total, it’s a confused brew to me (and I know confused). Drinkable and versatile but not particularly exciting. The Diesel we sampled at Casona, on the other hand, was really intriguing. Very crisp and surprisingly dry. I’m also a fan of Resin and love the micro-silo cans.

    I’m thrilled that you’ll no longer be confronted with unexpected flavors of fenugreek and myrrh in your IPAs (that is, except for the ones brewed by DFH) and that’s the best superhero glass craftbeer pic yet.

    And now for something completely random……………….

    Meh…. maybe later.


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