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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,911 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 2,911
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 90
Gots: 616 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Ratings: 2,911 | Reviews: 709
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.

Photo of ThirstyHrothgar
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just okay. Refreshing on a warm evening though

Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a slightly orange hue and a frothy head of foam.

Biscuity toasted malt, grain, subtle citrus, slightly grassy/floral.

Grassy/earthy hop resin sits abed a bready toasted malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, lager-like smoothness, very creamy and refreshing.

Overall, while aroma and flavor are light, the creamy smoothness of the mouthfeel keeps this interesting and going back for another sip.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly bland. I bought into the blanket the market hype. Should have read up first. In a blind taste test it could be a domestic lager almost. Semi sweet, very little hop bite.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date 06/11/2015 printed on the label. SweetWater just began distributing to my area, so this is my first beer from this brewery. Pretty sure this is also my first beer from Georgia. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere that I can see. Identifies itself as an 'extra pale ale'.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - It pours a hazy semi-translucent orange body with about two to three fingers of thick frothy white foam head. Leaves lots of good fluffy lacing behind.

S - A fairly subdued aroma, but it need not be overwhelming. Grainy malt presence with a restrained piney earthy hop backbone. A touch of honeyed sweetness.

T - Taste follows the nose: a simple, easy-drinking pale ale. Caramel / honey / bread malts, with a restrained piney, earthy, lightly bitter hop profile. Lightly bubblegummy yeast presence is also noted.

M - The feel is probably the best thing about the beer itself - smooth & clean, light-bodied & easy-drinking, with excellent carbonation. A perfect 'session' ale.

Overall, a nice first offering to me from SweetWater. I could definitely see this one being an all-day-drinking type of beer for hot summer days. Looking forward to more from this brewery.

SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale -----4/5.

Photo of rjs246
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really want to love Sweetwater because it's easy for me to find here in VA. But it just isn't in the cards. I will happily drink their beers when offered, but there are many better options available.

Photo of Glickj
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer paired with pizza

Photo of TBCE
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing to write home about. Not pleasant on the nose and lacks any real hoppy taste that I enjoy regarding IPA. Taste is average. I've bought it a few times when building a 6-pack, but likely won't venture to it again. It's just okay.

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

There are better extra pale ales out there but this will do if you are in the Atlanta area. Not a bad beer, decent taste for sure. The marketing is highly amusing too!

Photo of Klebe
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

IMO, a great representation of the style.

Photo of ER527
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Where's the hops? Damn. Disappointing

Photo of Beerma
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this beer. Light smooth very drinkable.

Photo of Rkpec12
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decent home state brewed beer. Nice curveball if you want one.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,911 ratings.