Total Score: 8/10
Hats off to Shane at Sixpoint – soon after I posted my review of Sweet Action he got in touch and advised that in producing 5 million cans of Sweet Action they had never had any reports of infection, and that the export cans were pasteurized, so theoretically an infection is impossible. I felt like I owed it to Sixpoint (as I have high regard for their beers) to get a can from another batch and give it a re-review, and as it happens I found a fully enclosed and air conditioned bottleshop in Brisbane who sold it. Not only that – the can had been in the fridge the whole time with a BB of 01JAN16: Score!
Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Straight off the bat this looks different to the previous can I had with a clear deep amber and a billowy 1cm cream coloured head, very promising. 8/10.
S: Mild but sweet toasted biscuit malts, floral and citric hops. This is indeed less interesting than the funked-up (what I now suspect was a heat damaged) can, but in this instance, and given the Cream Ale style – a mild and slightly uneventful aroma is definitely the better direction to take. 8/10.
T: Citric hops upfront followed by a solid (but not at all sweet) biscuit base and some floral hop notes in the finish – which is a mid to light bitterness. Hint of peach in there as well. Balance is more bitter than sweet, the overriding sensation of this brew is how smooth and easy-drinking it is, especially at 5.2% ABV – goes down like a 4% session ale with a refreshing thirst-slaying aftertaste. 8/10.
M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied with a nice creamy carbonation… smooth work Sixpoint, Joe Camel smooth… 8/10.
D: After that last can of Sweet Action this is a pleasant surprise. In a nutshell: This is an easy-drinking, smooth Cream Ale that has a touch of hop bite towards the finish whilst still remaining sessionable. I like it. I like it a lot! I probably won’t get it again as my tastes now have gravitated towards “BIG” beer styles like Russian Imperial Stouts, DIPAs, Barleywines and Quadrupels [never say never Doc] however if you’re seeking a nice easy going ale, or you’re just over DIPAs (you crazy mon!) then Sixpoint Sweet Action will not disappoint you. 8/10.
Food match: Light BBQ fare – grilled chicken breast, potato salad, coleslaw, or really anything bird related – quail, pheasant, pigeon – Sweet Action has all the fowl bases covered.
The old review below:
It has been a while since I reviewed a Sixpoint brew, and that is a shame because I do admire their dedication to brewing and Shane from Sixpoint, who makes more than regular appearances on BeerAdvocate and whom I personally met at a beer festival in Sydney – it’s rare for a brewer as big as Sixpoint to have such a personal connection in the craft scene. Also their efforts to revive long lost styles such as Lichtenhainer, a smoky/sour ale from Germany, are to be respected. These guys really are passionate about craft beer. Anyway time for some Sweet Action!
Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Amber body, hazed with yeast particles floating around (BB is 07MAY15 – got to start pulling Plonk up on their out of date beers) with a 1 inch fluffy cloud cream-coloured head that holds up quite well. Apart from the yeast particles, which I don’t mind but others do, this looks good. 8/10.
S: Sweet caramel and corn, bready middle, and some Jackfruit/pineapple hop characters at the back. I know corn seems like the odd aroma out but this is a Cream Ale and corn is a perfectly fine brewing adjunct IMHO. 7/10.
T: Wow, this brew is either infected or there is an intentional sour twang, either way the upfront sour note gives this beer an intriguing angle. Following this is a caramel malt and bread centre, and it finishes with a citrus/herbal hop bitterness. If this is brew is infected it is certainly a fortunate infection because the sour blends well with the sweet and bitter… although it is still odd nonetheless. 7/10.
M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied with a light creamy carbonation. 7/10.
D: Yep it’s infected – the more I sip the more the sour note grows along with a big astringent aftertaste… will have to get this again to give it a proper review as I don’t think this infected can is doing Sweet Action justice… plus I imagine there is a nice, creamy session ale hiding in there amongst the infection. Still this is one of the better infected brews I’ve encountered – sort of a Lambic styled infection. I even finished the whole can! 4/10.
Food match: Null and void as this beer is infected.
Keep an eye out for the re-review in future, aka: watch this space.