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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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2,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 59
Gots: 224 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

On-tap at the brewpub in Atlanta. Creamy soapy head on a light grapefruit colour. Hoppy and cramy maltiness, and good lace. Freshness.Suitable carbonation. I probably had it at the right place, and on-tap. Well malted bitterness makes it decent drinkable.

02-10-2008 20:21:07 | More by Sammy
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

02-26-2013 02:00:41 | More by t0rin0
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-22-2012 22:00:42 | More by djrn2
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly clear golden color with a white head and a touch of lacing. The nose brings some pretty strong pine, floral, and citrus hops that work well together in tandem. The taste lays off a bit with some mild hop flavors and a bit of pale malt below. Light feel with good carbonation. This is an extremely drinkable pale ale with some nice characteristics all around.

10-28-2010 11:45:37 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-25-2011 03:14:16 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops and hints of biscuit malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced between the malts and hops; there are notes of caramel and citrus flavors. It has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and is also quite refreshing. I could easily have a few of these in a sitting.

12-27-2010 02:58:59 | More by metter98
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Bright orangish amber crowned by a light beige head that started out at three fingers due to an enthusiastic pour. The cap is moderately firm, hangs around for a bit and leaves a below average amount of lace in the end. I've seen better.

While the nose is pleasant enough, it could be more forceful. It consist of grapefruit zest tempered by sweet orange. Cascade would be my guess for at least a portion of the hop bill. Although it's a little on the one-dimensional side, it is in line with the style and gets the job done.

The beer is teasingly tasty at first, but the flavor profile and the body break down a tad too quickly for it to be a standout. The pale malt backbone could be a bit firmer and the top notes are simple, straightforward, cleanly bitter citrus zest. While the body/mouthfeel is relatively light, it manages to keep its composure throughout the entirety of each mouthful.

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale is an okay version that fails to impress in any one area, but still manages to be drinkable. A heavier hand with the ingredients would have resulted in a better beer. If I lived in Georgia, I'd probably stick with Sweetwater IPA. Bottle courtesy of au1sec.

01-20-2005 15:40:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured a crystal clear pale amber with a white head that cleared quickly leaving just a tad of lace. Smell was slight earthy, grass malts, with a hop hint. The taste was light and highly carbonated, but this is to be expected from an Extra Pale. This would make a good summer beer as it essentially goes down like water. No realy over bearing flavor profile anywhere, overall will give it another shot when its warm out.

01-11-2007 00:46:51 | More by mikesgroove
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Another pretty good beer from Sweetwater. Enjoyed durring a recent visit to Nashville. Begins with a promising display of pale straw and modest copper coloring, withstanding head retention and adequate co2 with lacing later. Smells typical of pale ales with distinguishable citrus crispness and lightened malt character. Tastes similar to most good pale ales, but with lighter malt additions without becomming thin or grainy. Citrus dominant in the nose and flavors with an efforvescent livelyness. Nicely bittered with American hops and beefed up with a light biscuity flavor and texture. Feels light and airy with a co2 prickle. Finishes very clean and crisp with a light lemony zest in the end.

10-23-2006 17:15:03 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-24-2012 15:38:37 | More by acurtis
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Quebec (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium slightly off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of hops is well balance with some caramel malt. Taste of caramel malt with a slightly bitter and citrus finish. Well done for the style but nothing extraordinary either.

10-31-2006 17:53:36 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is burnt orange in color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is quite floral with a light citrus component. There's also a tea-like note to it, which I'm still undecided on.

T: Like the nose, the citrus character is a bit light, but the floral flavors provide the bulk of the hop influence. Due to the highly floral nature of the beer, there's almost a honey feel to it.

M: The body is on the light end of medium with a crisp and plentiful carbonation.

D: This seems to be one of the quintessential beers in the south, and I can see why. Not my favorite pale ale, but a real easy drinker.

04-11-2010 04:26:54 | More by womencantsail
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-08-2014 02:54:00 | More by zestar
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-07-2012 20:43:13 | More by Texasfan549
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-13-2014 05:42:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-08-2013 00:47:26 | More by spycow
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

It's always a bummer to get local beers as part of a Beer of the Month Club shipment. =(

Appearance: Copper-orange in color, with tiny white sudsy bubbles comprising a thin head.

Smell: The scent is fairly tender, even after giving it some time to warm up and awaken. Still, though, there's a delicate aroma of light fruits (orange zest), bread, and honey.

Taste: Citrus hop flavor is low and nicely balanced with a modest amount of sweet malt flavor. A gentle grassy hop bitterness provides for a nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation (almost spritzy at times). Though it's a simple, mild beer, it is still crisp and pleasantly refreshing.

Drinkability: A good choice for a local session beer, and quite pleasant on a rather warm late-Winter day.

So, that's it. Another beer from Georgia.

And now, time to go back to... work.


03-01-2006 21:51:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

04-21-2014 00:15:03 | More by GRG1313
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3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

A: clear, light amber/straw hued color, with a small head.

Smell: Mild hops and citrus.

T: Hops are mild. Citrus flavoring provides a tart texture as appose to sweet. The hops provide more of a bitter taste and the tart citrus clash.

M: medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: I feel that the 420 and the Blue though the flagship beers are overall mediocre. This is a nice halfway between an IPA and APA but the flavor is a bit off.

08-14-2011 19:41:04 | More by kylehay2004
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

08-15-2004 17:01:58 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

A - Poured out a clear, golden/orange color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger, off-white head of big bubbles. It left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and burnt toast malt.

T - This is a good APA with piney/resiny hop bitterness, a touch of orange peel and sweet burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale that finished very dry.

D - This is a good beer. I'm glad I finally found a 420 Extra Pale Ale.

07-14-2010 23:24:51 | More by zeff80
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4.47/5  rDev +22.8%

From a fresh bottle, 2 weeks old. Gotta love their dating system!

Sweetwater's 420 Extra Pale Ale pours a hazy orange-amber body with golden highlights beneath a frothy 3/4" head of off-white foam. The head holds well and eventually drops but leaves a complete surface covering and some nice lace about the glass. Very nice.The aroma offers bright, fresh, floral & citrusy hops over a sweet, doughy maltiness. The body is medium with a delicate, fine, natural carbonation. The flavor delivers a combination of lightly tangy, citrusy and floral hop flavors and a bready, caramel & biscuit maltiness backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with a short lingering hoppy bitterness and a residual bready/biscuity maltiness. Very well balanced. Nicely malty and hoppy. Highly drinkable.

09-04-2006 19:55:49 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-16-2013 01:20:37 | More by SocalKicks
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3.53/5  rDev -3%

It looks nice, but if I were trying this blind, the nose would certainly not lead me to believe it was an APA. Very muted with a mild malt and sweet tone there that is just odd. Flavor is not too bad. Hearty, but not brash. I consider this an "old school" APA. You know, old school as in 6 years ago. Before we went for palate obliteration and all.It's easy to drink and nice. I'd be interested in trying it on cask as it strikes me as more English than American in style.

08-19-2012 20:46:43 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

Acquired from unclejedi through the Little Guy BIF, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, hops & fruity citrus and is very well-blended.

T: The taste is quite nicely balanced with flavors of hops, citrus & caramel all hitting at once and all complimenting each other. There’s a decent malt character and the hops presence strengthens a bit as the beer warms. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, I could drink quite a few of these over the course of an evening.

04-08-2007 01:43:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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