Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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3.54/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
"420 Pale Ale." The flagship of Sweetwater Brewing Co. While some may be turned off by their "nudge, nudge" not-too subtle marketing tactics (420? What does that mean? ;) ), does their actual product stand up to any real scrutiny? I wondered that as I purchased a 12 pack of theirs that mentioned "tasty boxes" and "tight lines." I rolled my eyes too, BTW.
Appearance: 3.5: Typical small CO2 head. Very appealing color to this beer. Deep golden color that is eye-catching and would no doubt make it stand out among others of its ilk if poured from tap.
Smell 3.25: Bouquet is very subdued on this beer. I detect a malt smell and almost a honey-comb bouquet. No hops to speak of.
Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet with pleasant barley overtones. Middle is where a pleasing, grainy, malt character seeps in. Finish is almost fruity, with nice hop balance. Aftertaste is of medium length and focuses once again on the grains and I can pick out the distinct taste of Marris Otter.
Mouthfeel 3.25: Slightly too much carbonation for this style.
Overall 3.50: Good, standard beer. Flavor balance is well-tuned and refreshing. Those of us who are not hop-obsessed (not me!) will appreciated the focus on malt and grain balance present in this brew. It is slightly sweet and the sweetness is cloying, which interferes with certain foods (such as salty pizza, salty cheeses, etc.). Overall, however, this is a solid beer. Get past the foolishness of their marketing and there is a rock-solid center. Who'da thunk it?
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2013 03:33:45 | More by BeerDocT
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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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