Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
Two months past the best by date.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with copper highlights and a frothy one inch cream head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving spotty lacing.
Grainy malt, mango, tart orange and a touch of cut grass form the aroma.
Flavor is initially subtle. Fairly sweet, lightly bready backbone has little malt character whatsoever. Tart citrus flavors underlie the weak malt, and the finish is a touch resiny and fairly bitter.
Body is worty and a bit full, with moderate carbonation. The stale malt character gives the impression of lower carbonation. Slightly astringent.
Fairly disappointing in both malt and hop presence. Pretty flat flavor.
01-16-2013 05:12:43 | More by barczar
4/5 rDev +9.9%
Fours across the boards. Sweet Water Extra Pale Ale has all the qualities of a perfect session beer, but leaves you fishing for that acme note to greatness.
Taste: Floral sweetness with a lazy bitterness coming on soft and sticking around comfortably. Almost a tad too light for a "extra pale ale" in my opinion. In comparison Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is much more astringent and earthy. 420 is sweet, remarkably sweet and palatable. No hot alcohol bite here. Session, session, session-in need of a new six pack.
Aroma: Effervescent hops with dried sugar cane.
Appearance/Mouth-Feel: Honey-comb yellow with moderate lacing. Gentle carbonation suiting the style perfect.
Overall, 420 seems light on the hops and heavy on the sweets. This isn't a bad thing by any means, as the beer proves to be justly drinkable.
01-10-2013 06:36:46 | More by FungusBrewer
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
Always a pleasure to enjoy a beer from the brewery that began my love affair with craft beer.
A. Pours a very clear golden copper color with about two and a half fingers of dense, foamy head. Head slowly sifts down to a finger and there it lingers. Lacing is soapy and sticky, leaving its legs all down the glass. Beautiful.
S. Grainy, grassy with a mild hop presence. Very earthy and musty. The strength of the bouquet is relatively mild, however. Almost has a skunkiness to it. It is a fresh bottle, though, pulled out of the fridge at Hop City, so I would be surprised if it were bad.
T. Corn, light pine resin, earth, grain. Tastes a bit like an adjunct, the malt bill is grainy and sweet. High and dry finish from some light hop bitterness. Not bad.
M. Highly carbed and crisp. The bitterness is one note and rides throughout the beer. Not the most rounded pale I have had.
O. A light, crisp, pale with dry bitterness. This in no way resembles the hop forward pale ales that have emerged in recent years such as Zombie Dust and Perpetual. An adjunct-like malt bill and one dimensional hop presence make this a classic pale. Which doesnt make it bad. Just not particularly impressive. I would say this is the least enjoyable of the Sweetwater year rounds for me.
12-29-2012 23:58:26 | More by siege06nd
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
a: light copper colored body, very translucent, short off white head leaves plenty of lacing.
s: light citrus hops, bread, grass
t: floral citrus hops up front, turns to a bready malt body with some earthyness on the finish.
m: good carbonation, medium body, short dry finish.
o: pretty mellow all around, nothing bad to say, it just doesn't jump out at me as one of the better apa's i've had.
12-29-2012 23:32:07 | More by match1112
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,268 ratings.