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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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2,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,665
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 73
Gots: 415 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Reviews by tomgeorgia:
Photo of tomgeorgia
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just really love this beer. Like an old friend, 420 never fails to please. An excellent example of a well rounded, well balanced pale ale. Great year round, just enough hops to make it different with a great balance. Wonderful color, great pairing with burgers or ribs.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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 mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Hoppin_mad
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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 tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +1.6%
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 Bitzer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +0.8%
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 markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of jonny1138
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of ROBORB
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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 TheAdamConners
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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 BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of warnerry
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -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.

Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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 CaeserTits
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,665 ratings.