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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
good

1,846 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1846
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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The clarity is fine, brassy golden color. Good foaming with a stick lacing. Citrusy hop aroma with a hint of bready biscuity malt. Just as smooth as it is crisp, medium body. Citric peel hop flavor, solid bite of bitterness. Just enough malt to stay balanced, a bit bready. Semi-dry finish with a long lingering American hop flavor.

They aimed for west coast style and they did a good job at it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 01:47:30 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date. "Don't Float the Mainstream"

Appearance: Semi-hazed gold beer with amber hues. Head pours moderate and settles in a mere whisp of a lace.

Smell: Herbal/spicy hop aroma, citrus and a fresh pale malt sweetness too.

Taste: Medium bodied. Biscuit malt flavours upfront. This is followed by some pale malt sweetness and toasted malt notes. A hop sting pierces the palate with a herbal-like spicy character and grapefruit-like citrus flavours. There's a very decent crisp snap at this point. Brew drops suddenly and finishes into a bready dryness that lingers.

Notes: A lively, delicious and interesting brew. I liked it overall, and highly recommend it for the trying. A bit quick on the palate though (short lived flavour, I wanted more of it I think). Sliver medal winner at the 1998 World Beer Cup.

Enjoyed at Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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s: None

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,846 ratings.