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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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1,845 Ratings
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Ratings: 1845
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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sweetwaterman

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetwater 420 Pale Ale. One of my first beers. Being the total square and not drinking till I turned 21 meant that I was late to the college beer scene. Had I had known that such a treasure was located here in Atlanta, I might have sprung for those store trips by friends over the magic limit.

420 was my first and still my favorite APA. The flavor is not as bold as Sierra Nevada (which I have heard it compared to), but is nice, crisp and refreshing. It has a clear, golden amber color with approx. 3/4 inch of lasting head. Not much of an odor other than a slight citrus tang wafting over the glass.

The ale goes down smooth, with a noticeable aftertaste, that, in my limited experience, I attribute to the hops. Nothing off-putting, just an observation.

Best if served cold, this beer is a godsend on hot Georgia summer days. It compliments light foods well, and I have even had it with some Havarti Cheese.

All in all, the guys that make it are awesome, and while there are probably bolder APAs on the market, 420 will always be a personal favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2005 03:18:48 | More by sweetwaterman
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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,845 ratings.