Thursday, June 9th 2011
(Sixpoint Craft Ales)
Ahh...my first can of Sixpoint beer. I absolutely love this little brewery and am beyond excited by their foray into canning. No longer do I need to rely on sporadic draught availability at my local beer bars. Cheers to Shane and the crew down in Brooklyn for taking the leap to cans and making their delicious concoctions available to a wider, and more mobile, audience!
From the Sixpoint site:
"Sweet Action is an idea, a concept. It is a simple representation of what makes beer great - the marriage of barley and hops, in a harmonious balance or your mind, body and soul. The experience is transcendental. You must experience it yourself.
Sweet is from the barley malt - maltose - the sugar that coats your tongue like honey and reminds you of the sweet, relaxed side of life.
Action is from the hops - the bittering spice - the herb that brushes your palate clean with every sip and reminds you of the active, energetic side of life.
You have heard of the wonders and magic of the Legend, but have you experienced Sweet Action?"
Here we go...
Pour - wow, this is almost ruby red in color. Lots of bright orange, copper and auburn hues with almost an inch of foam on top. Super clean and much darker and richer in color than one might expect from the style.
Aroma - how many cream ales do you know that are dry hopped? This is the only one I know. Sweet and malty smelling with some nice citrusy hop aromas. It even has a bit of a spicy aroma, akin to a saison, to it as well.
Taste - this is like silk on the tongue. It's slick and sweet with some great hop bitterness as it glides through your mouth. Sweet Action also has a tanginess that hangs on as your go from sip to sip. Some floral and citrus notes run in the background but so does the malt profile. Nothing total dominates flavor-wise and the balance is spot on. Love it.
Overall - hoppier than your average cream ale but with a smooth sweetness that is expected of style. Very drinkable and delicious to say the least. Everything falls into place quite nicely with this brew and all I can say is that my first experience with Sixpoint in cans is a very positive one. If you've tried cream ales before and weren't a huge fan I implore you to pick up some Sweet Action as its a different take on this uniquely American beer style.
Would I buy more of it? - definitely. Great beer. Loved all 16 oz. of it and will certainly be buying more cubes!
Note - Sixpoint is currently canning four of their beers. These include; The Crisp (Pilsner), Sweet Action (Cream Ale), Righteous Ale (Rye Beer) and Bengali Tiger (American IPA). Collect and enjoy them all! Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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