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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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2,876 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,876
Reviews: 700
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 85
Gots: 582 | 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: 2,876 | Reviews: 700
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.

Photo of cb173
1.54/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Ugh, very disappointing with so many taps in the SE

Photo of Shaler_Tate
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Only ok. Not great on nose and hops just didn't do it for me.

Photo of ncelauro
2.44/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Sierra Nevada pale ale is 3x better... and I usually trash SN

Photo of Pjd2
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean and crisp, refreshing not overly hoppy. Above average for me, thus a 4.

Photo of Csikic93
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nothing special but not terrible.

Photo of DrMullet
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden/amber. Slightly sweet herbal/pine flavor. Fairly mild and smooth.

Photo of AaronSprouse
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an in depth review is not nesc. (refer to rating) I wasn't a big fan of this beer, but it wasn't bad by any means. That coming from a guy who isn't really in to hoppy beers. love the label. love the look

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

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company. Poured from a tall can into a glass, this has got a d finger thick head with lacing, and a body,

I smell west coast hops, nothing really resembling cannabis despite the name of this product.

Tastes like the classic grapefruit notes of a west coast IPA, but this does not bring forth bitterness and gets rounded off mid palate by earthy malts. This is a pretty refreshing.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is clean and smooth. No lingering taste.

Overall, I'll give Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company a 4.25. This is a quenching brew that I'll probably grab again.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale brewed by SweetWater Brewing Company. This brew has an ABV of 5.40% The pour on this brew is a nice amber color with a smell white head.
Sweetwater 420 is a filtered brew, you can see right though it. The smell is rich with hops and grains. You also pick up on some malts in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavor. There is a lot going on in this brew. Hops is the first thing you pick up on, but it is not over powering to brew. The mouthfeel is, bitter, but smooth. Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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