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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale AleSweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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1,847 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1847
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001)
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Reviews by Thur123:
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Thur123

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a medium orange/yellow color. A small amount of head fades quickly and I can smell musky hops from the bottle. The smell is, upon sniffing up close, sweet caramel malt with an herbal bitterness accentuated by a slightly fruity smell. A balanced nose for sure.

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The flavor is a present but mellow hop profile which is a nice blend of the smell. Bitter herbal hops flow into a sweeter more citrus rind like taste towards the end of the profile. The malt really rounds out the flavor by creating a tasty, mild and sweet base. In the end this is a better APA than I remember it being and kind of makes me feel bad for always going for the AIPA, but o well, a well made and tasty brew. Mouth feel leaves me satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 02:37:30 | More by Thur123
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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,847 ratings.