Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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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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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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