Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by JohnL9013:
4/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
So here I was stuck in Atlanta at this really fancy restaurant and they have a wine list a mile long and yet they only carry the standard beers like Budweiser, Guiness, Bass, Sam Adams, etc. And the waiter can tell that I'm practically begging for something better when I asked him whether they had any dogfish head. Then he tells me he might have something I'd like, a local pale ale and brings me a sample. Immediately, I tasted it and told him to bring me a pint because I was really impressed with how good this beer tasted.
A: Boring Pale Ale style, no fancy glow or anything. Could be mistaken for a cheaper beer easily.
S: Not too bad of a smell, really, for a pale ale. This pale ale is knocking on the door of being an IPA, so there's a nice nose of hops.
T: The taste is really quite decent. It's mild, as expected, but has enough hops to take the edge off even my outrageous hop cravings. Overall, a very clean, well-hopped brew with a mild malt background for a slight balance. Don't expect anything crazy.
M: Pretty clean but a little over carbonated.
D: Extremely drinkable stuff. I'd feel very comfortable having a session with this beer.
Overall, I thought this was great for being a pale ale. I don't have too much experience in this area, but this beats the heck out of the Sierra Nevada for example.
Note: I later tried this brew from the bottle and everything above stays mostly the same but the flavor and aroma were simply turned down a notch. It's amazing what a difference on-tap makes.
Serving type: on-tap
01-04-2010 04:59:34 | More by JohnL9013
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4.23/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
One of my favorite beers. This beer is so unique. There is no other like it. I'm more of an IPA guy myself and while this is not an IPA, it is close. Very hoppy (for a non IPA). I live in atl and this beer is everywhere here. I feel sorry for those who cannot get your hands on this. It is truly a treat.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 03:22:05 | More by yardkl
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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