Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale AleSweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale

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2,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,974
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 97
Gots: 662 | FT: 3
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SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Photo of RBrock16
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth, easy drinking pale ale. Quite tasty and sessionable, would be perfect on a hot day or at the beach

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly off gold color with a small head. Enjoyable.

Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Custom shaped 12oz drops a mostly clear golden brew to two tumblers with a frothy white head. Good retention of the cap before falling to a medium ring depositing a few sheets of lace.

S- Fairly hoppy here with mostly clean yeast besides a bread hint and some pale graininess. Lemon oil, orange zest, flower and herbal hop tones.

T- The yeast becomes slightly more present here with a breadiness and slight esters. Herbal, resin, floral, zesty citrus and a tiny hint of stone fruit from the hops.

MF- Light bodied with a very slight creaminess in the texture but mostly frothy. High end carbonation allows the zesty hops to come out and leads to a light bitterness lingering on the palate.

Easy drinking Pale Ale with floral and citrus peel hops in a frothy light body.

Photo of adtrick
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gold/orange color. Nice one finger head that lingered throughout the beer. Smells of tangerine and sweet fruit. Tasted more of the fruit and some pine with a hint of bitterness. The feel was a lighter bodied beer that went down real smooth. Overall I would drink this beer again, great summer beer.

Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really great Pale Ale. I had it on tap at Hammerhead Fred's in Panama City Beach, FL. I would put this up there in my group of favorite Pale Ale's, which are hard to find done well. The only ones that top this are Faction Brewing's Flagship Pale Ale and Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

Would absolutely purchase and drink again.

Photo of beerboy21
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine hop aroma. More malt than hops in taste. Not quite the "west coast style pale" it proclaims to be. Too sweet and not enough bitterness/hoppiness.

Photo of Adamanton
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moderate bitterness but nice citrus taste. Very clean. Tolerable IPA for someone that isn't into IPA.

Photo of WellsWay
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best session able apa in Georgia. Get it in the cans or on draft for the best ride :-)

Photo of nmorey
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had better IPAs. And worse.

Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First off, to those that complain it isn't bitter enough. It's not supposed to be. This is an APA not an IPA. This has flavor aside from just hops.

This is quite possibly the best beer I have ever bought at the price I paid for it. I paid less for a 12 pack of this than I did for a 6 pack of Sierra Nevada and I like this better! In some ways this beer runs quite a few parallels to the American Amber Ale territory and I'm quite okay with that! There are toasty malts, no adjunct flavors that I could detect, and wonderful pine/citrus cascade or noble hops. The flavors strike an almost even 50/50 balance, with a little bit of a sweet albeit dry finish. The mouth feel is thin as a pale ale should be and it lends itself really well to the overall character of this brew. I can't be happier with this beer. Will buy again! (and again, and again..)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall, a very balanced and tasty Pale Ale. I have had this beer in bottles, cans, and on draft. The flavor is always consistent. It's hoppy but without it ruining your palate. The mouthfeel is also light and not too overwhelming. Sweetwater 420 is probably one of my go-to local craft beers I'll order, especially if I don't see anything else appealing on a beer list.

Photo of drewsdad08
4.61/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The taste is phenomenal. Lately one of the closest taste I've experienced between bottled and draft.

Photo of huysmans
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hell of a good beer to drink out of the can on a hot day at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Since I could not pour it into a glass, not sure about the look or the smell, but it sure is a flavorful, balanced, chewy, and refreshing beer. Turkey legs and funnel fries were good companions.

Photo of mikecanfield
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very drinkable Pale Ale. Mild hops and ibu but very pleasant mouthfeel and finish

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Classic pale ale have loved this beer for ten years great

Photo of 420Dude
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of Sweetwaters best brews.

Photo of mikeg67
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Longhorn in Dalton, GA. Pours orange with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of ripe fruit, bready malt and hint of hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. OK brew.

Photo of Beerds
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Great transition beer from whatever you're drinking on into the wonderful world of IPAs. Scoop a few and try their IPA as well.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear light amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is mild. Aroma isn't very strong. Mainly bready. Maybe some slight citrus. Mainly bready taste with a slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Light bodied. There is a hint of citrus in the aftertaste. Decent beer. Definitely something I would bring a 6 pack of to a party.

Photo of Dusty6467
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer, but could use more hops and/or body.

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a nice golden color with a white head. Smelled hops and some citrus to it. Would have liked a more hoppy taste, but it went down smooth.

Photo of toti1972
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good medium range beer, I was very pleasantly surprised, nice clean golden colour, with a clean white head, cabonation just right to make it a very easy drinkable beer, fruity smell, a little weak but ok, taste sweet, fruity and easy, with just a little bitter finish which I enjoy. Greatly surprised. Very good EPA

Photo of Rfirelyjr
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn good beer...can't get it in Philly.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Dipping into one of Chicagoland's newest distributed breweries with their incredibly clever and mature pale ale. It pours a clear honey-brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, light powdered sugar, and a hint of sweet biscuit. The taste holds notes of orange peel, mild grapefruit rind, caramel, pine resin, and a vague notion of pinot grigio in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice enough pale ale, nothing special, but revisitable to a point.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/19/15 (Bottle) - Nice golden brown pour, with a generous white pillow head and decent carbonation. Floral aroma with strong hops scent. Taste is bitter and pleasant, distinct hops with a pine and citrus taste. Very dry going down. Overall very good EPA.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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