Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale AleSweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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2,982 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,982
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 98
Gots: 668 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Photo of santoslhalper
2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearence: Pours a dull clear amber-yellow with no head. Perfect clairty, sparse carbonation.

Smell: Smells very malty, with almost no hop presence. Light smelling, with only hints of bread and yeast.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is weak. Very little hops, and all I can taste is a bread/corn flavor the doesn't do it for me. Nothing else. No complexity, not even tasty or flavorful. Light and boring tasting. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: I don't like it. I'm a fan of any Pale Ale, but an Extra Pale? What does that mean? Extra hops? Extra flavor? Nope. Extra weak.

Thanks, anyways, to rajendra82 for the bottle

Photo of ER527
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Where's the hops? Damn. Disappointing

Photo of Pantalones
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local restaurant earlier today. The waitress brought it out in a standard pint glass, filled almost up to the rim with just a thin layer of foam on top (though what was there hung around for a little while, gradually getting thinner and then almost going away entirely by the time the glass was nearly empty.)

Looks pretty nice. A bit of truth in advertising here--the color of this "Extra Pale Ale" is indeed paler than other pale ales I've seen pictures of, a clear medium-golden sort of color rather than dark gold bordering on orange/very light brown. It was a good bit lighter in color than the Yuengling my dad ordered. I may have to revise my score for appearance if I get to pour some of this myself and see what the head looks like before it shrinks away.

Smell doesn't blast you with hops from a foot away like an IPA does, but if you take a sniff (or even just move your face close enough to the glass to take a sip) it doesn't take any effort to pick up the pine-like smell. You can tell this is a hoppy beer right away.

There's more flavor than smell to this one. Piney to start with, followed by a little bit of slightly sweet breadiness at the end, leaving very little aftertaste behind (a bit of pine sometimes, but without the strong bitterness that comes along with it in an IPA.) I also picked up a bit of something almost minty-tasting on a few sips, which was interesting; I don't think I've tasted mint in a beer before. Toward the end of the glass you start to get hints of the breadiness again--the piney flavor comes in first, then when that fades away you get a bit of the breadiness and sweetness for just a moment before you're left with maybe a slight piney aftertaste. I was really surprised that I noticed so little bitterness considering how much of the piney and minty hop flavor was present--I kind of expected those two things to go hand in hand based on my experiences with other beers, but this somehow managed to have the hoppy flavors without the bitterness.

Feel was pretty nice. Not too fizzy, but at the same time never seemed watery or at all flat. Like the IPAs I've had, it seemed to clear food tastes off of my tongue when I drank some--particularly effective with the french fries and onion rings, I'd munch on a few fries then take a drink and the greasy salty tastes were completely gone, scrubbed away by piney hops. I don't know if that really falls under the "feel" category, but I had to put it somewhere, heh.

Overall, this was a nice beer to have with lunch, something different than the beers I usually drink that went very nicely with the food (no clashing of flavors noticed, despite how drastically different they were--piney/minty pale ale vs. salty fries and spicy chicken.) I'm glad I ordered it. It's easy to find in stores around here, so it's nice to know if I ever feel like drinking something more hoppy than the usual (and don't want to worry about the high bitterness that tends to come with stronger beers like IPAs) I won't have to go far to find a pint (or a six-pack) of this one.

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy amber with a thin wispy head,aromas of biscuity malt and somewhat floral.Taste is well balanced some lightly sweet bicuit malt and a touch of grassy hop in the finish.A pretty easy quaffer nothing spectacular but a solid well rounded ale,nice toasted malt and a decent hop bittering.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a terrific-looking bright orange in color with a beautiful off-white head that came up brilliantly and left tons of film on the inside of my Snoqualmie Falls pint glass.

Smell – The hops are laid back. They seem to be a mix of light fruits and spices with a little bit of herbs thrown in. The grain is a fairly good size. It is extremely mellow and matches well with the hop profile.

Taste – The spritzy hops are a bit bigger at the taste. They are fruity with some herbal notes. The grain is in the background now but does a good job as the supporting cast.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit shy of medium-bodied but very smooth and fluffy in the cheeks. I especially enjoyed the carbonation to this one. It is live but at ease in the mouth.

Drinkability – Boy, talk about a session ale! This went down like silk.

Comments – I liked this better in the bottle than I did when I had it on-tap in Atlanta last year. A big heartfelt thanks to UncleFlip for including this in the WTF BIF.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden amber color with a moderate light head which left a nice lacing along the glass.

The smell was high on the hops with the aroma consisting of citris fruits, as well as a slight caramel undertone.

The taste is fairly well balanced with hops and malts and is fairly sweet overall. The sweet taste holds throughout the tasting as there is amazingly little to no bitterness at all.

The mouthfeel is a little thin but the drinkability is very high as this beer goes down incredibly smooth.

Overall, this is a very drinkable APA and I could easily lose track of how many I've had.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber gold color with a very thin white head. Head dissipates quickly to just a ring of bubbles and skim of white.

S: Light grain malt smells mix and mingle with a great balance of hops and light yeast. Smells like really fresh beer...Mmm.

T: Tastes much like it smells; the malts are mated just about perfectly with light bittering hops. The flavors are solid and smooth, rolling over the tongue with a slight malty sweetness and finishing clean with a bit of a dry hop linger. There is a clean 'fresh' taste that makes this very enjoyable.

M&D: Light carbonations contribute to a light smooth mouthfeel that is really easy to drink. Very enjoyable; would be great on a hot sunny day.

Thanks to Maria for picking this up for me during her travels.

Photo of steelerguy
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Is it possible for a beer to be too clear? This was an amazingly bright beer, great gold color, nice white head, with moderate to high carbonation.

S - Nice citrus hop aroma that is complemented by some sweet smelling malt.

T - Much like the smell with a nice amount of citrus hops, but nothing that someone who is not used to hops would find offensive. Clean malt taste, not a lot going on but nothing bad. Had a little metallic twinge at the end, might be from carbonation.

M - A little over carbonated for the style, I think this made it finish a little bitter. Feels pretty thin also, but not really out of style, just very attenuated.

D - This is a beer I think would appeal to a lot of people and can be refreshing and quaffed with ease. Good session beer for sure.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz'er pours into my glass a bright golden orange with an inch of bubbly white head on top that leaves trails of lacing in its wake. Aromas of crisp, slightly toasty / slightly bready malts upfront with a caramelized backbone. Citric and floral hops dance their way into the aroma and bring things together nicely.

First sip brings crisp pale malts upfront with a toasted accent along with some sweet caramel nuances. Floral, herbal and citrus hop accents work there way in halfway through. Bitterness on the way down while remaining well balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and easy to drink while still having enough oomph to make you know it's there. Goes down easy and is quite enjoyable and refreshing. Overall, a solid APA here that I would drink again. Wish it was distributed out here.

Photo of blitz134
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its about time I reviewed this one, its basically my old standby for times when I am just picking up beer which I know I'm probably going to drink out of the bottle...I don't want anything too special if this is the case...

Pours a light orange, apricot color. Crystal clear body. Initially had a one finger off-white head that is now only a thin layer of bubbles. Lots of carbonation rising to the surface. Nothing impressive...

Smell is sweet. Caramel malt mostly. A bit of citrus and grassy hops works with the sweet malts to make a bit of a bubble gum aroma. Taste is initially light but I think the carbonation helps bring out some flavors as it sits on the tongue. Lots of bread malt in this. Has the bitterness of a pale ale, but not really the hop flavor. Only a little bit of resin hops come through.

Mouthfeel is really a bit thin for a good pale ale, but works for what I generally pick this beer up for. As noted in the appearance, lots of carbonation. It finishes fairly clean, but has some lingering bitterness. Overall a really drinkable beer, not so much due to the flavor, but because of how light it is, while still being a decent beer.

Photo of ROBORB
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft on 4:20 day at the Saucer. Pours a murky golden color with a 1 finger head. Aroma consists of citrus, floral hops and malts. The taste is dominated by the malt profile but there are some risidual hop taste. This is a great light beer that can be enjoyed without having to think too hard.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 2+ hour layover in Atlanta, found this place in Terminal B.

In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a small white head that left a bit of lace.

Sweet malt aroma, faint citrus hops.

Biscuit taste, a bit of grapefruit.

Crisp, medium-bodied. Nice enough beer to get me ready for my flight.

Photo of warnerry
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brown with one finger of white head. Head has good retention and leaves rings of lacing down the glass. Smells and tastes of biscuit malt, a bit of pine and citrus. Slightly bitter on the aftertaste, but not that intense. Overall a good pale ale, but doesn't really stand out.

Photo of Todd
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant gold with a lacy white head. Biscuity malt and citrus hop aroma, in that order.

This is a tasty summer quencher. Flat out. Starts with a nice balance between a toasty biscuity maltiness and a really fresh yet nonagressive citrus hoppiness. Faint bitterness lingers throughout, in balance with the rest. Not a complex "wonder what that flavor is?" brew by any means - just a simple, straight ahead light pale ale that tastes really really good. Appropriately medium-light mouthfeel, and almost infinite drinkability.

Southern Tier Hop Sun's Georgia cousin. Diggin' it!

Thanks to potsie for the bopple!!

Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a "Best If Enjoyed By" date but no abv%.

Appearance: The body has deep, slightly orange golden with a very slight haze. Its head is off white and tall. Its retention is very good and as I drink it makes lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and summery with a juicy lemon citrus and grassy/floral hop over pale sweet biscuity/bready malt.

Taste/Palate: There is a light base of bready malt with a touch of honey like sweetness mixed with juicy citrus hops. The hops have a lemonade like sweetness up front then floral and pine notes move in and add mellow bitterness. It finishes with a mild hop linger. The palate has nice lively carbonation and a very drinkable medium body.

Notes: This Pale Ale screams summer time cookouts and picnics.

Photo of Duster72
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a one finger head. Aroma is citrusy with orange and floral hops. Taste is surprisingly boring, with a very bland citrus/malt flavor that falls flat from inadequate hops. It's certainly not offensive, it's actually somewhat tasty, but the beer is just boring. I have left a glass of it sitting around where I forgot I was drinking it.

If you're in Asheville, NC, this beer is everywhere, and it's not a bad choice, but there are too many more interesting choices out there for me.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear tangerine honey amber pour with a short lived white head. Attractive island lacing. Aroma is an interesting array of fresh baked white bread with Cascade hops. Mouthfeel is good, mild carbonation without any serious hops bite. There is a taste of grain in evidence(very pleasant here). Taste is excellent. Very well balanced. Perfect blend of hops and malts. Hard to believe this was brewed in Atlanta, Ga. Can't believe I passed this one up during my many trips there. Not hoppy enough to be an IPA, but certainly bittered enough against some quality malts to be world class drinkable.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moving right along to their Pale Ale...420 Extra Pale Ale to be exact.
Pours a light copper color w/ less than a half finger of off-white head...disappears very rapidly w/ very little lace.
Aroma is quite pleasant for the style...quite a bit of fruity hops w/ a sweet malt mixed in.
The taste is enjoyable...a nice malt backbone, but more bitter than sweet at this point. Hop profile is very subtle, but definitely enough if not more for a Pale Ale.
Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than most of the Pale Ales I have experienced and the finish is very clean...carbonation could be a bit less to keep the drinkability high.
A solid APA...big thanks to Ding for this one.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, golden in color, small head, small carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and citrus hops

Taste: toasted malt and caramel, followed by a slight citrus hop finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet start with a slightly bitter finish, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A good sessionable pale ale that leaves a hoppy taste in my mouth. I could have four in a sitting. A solid beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrypirate06 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow-light orange color with a white head. The aroma is citrus and resiny hops. The flavor is grain and bready malts with lots of hop flavor including resiny and grassy hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearence: Darker amber with a thin white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Rough medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and mild citrus.

Overall: I have had better. Glad I tried it.

Photo of bsp77
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pseudo-pint.

Appearance: Burnished gold with a light cap and decent lacing.

Smell: Citrus, grainy malts, spicy & herbal notes.

Taste: Grainy, toasted malts with lots of spicy and herbal hoppiness. Some citrus as well. Somewhat bitter. A little bit of a distracting aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, body is on the lighter side of medium. Dry and crisp finish.

Overall: Solid but typical APA.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled 04/26/11.

A very light pale color with a small white head, what'd you expect. Nose is a bit light but hoppy and fresh with a bit of malt.

Taste is crisp and hoppy, a bit grassy like their IPA but obviously to much lesser extent. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with some sharp carbonation on the finish.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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