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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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2,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,462
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 66
Gots: 307 | 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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Photo of aepb1
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Light, golden color with a small white head

S- Very hoppy and a bit earthy in there too

T- Light sweet malt with a slight piney hop finish that's dry and crisp

M- Light mouthfeel that's quite mild

D- Smooth and easy to drink

It's a decent pale ale but nothing surprising here but a nice drinkability.

aepb1, May 15, 2010
Photo of abrand
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle out of the tackle box sampler brought back from FL by my mother. Poured into a pint glass.

The 420 pale ale pours an orange color with good clarity and a nice pillowy white head and some retention. A nice malt backbone to the nose with very subtle hop characteristics. Citrus fruits are faint, but present. Taste is water downed and some hints of malts and pines. Smell is much more dominating than the quaff. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. Not the best pale ale out there. Not much complexity or taste to it.

abrand, May 12, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Didn't get much of a head. Very thin lacing. But it does have a nice copper coloring.

S: Very weird smell. I am getting week old milk and nothing else. No hops anywhere in this. But still better than the skunky one I had before.

T: Really nothing special here. Just some semi sharp citrus notes with a soothing malt finish. Really aren't getting any hops here.

M: Well at least it scores some points here. It lays very nicely on the tongue with sharp carbonation.

D: Seems like a good summer beer. It has a lager feel with a bit of spiceness.

This has failed to impress me again. Stay away from it if it isn't fresh as it tends to skunk pretty easily. I must say their IPA is killer though.

generalnotsew, May 10, 2010
Photo of Thur123
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a medium orange/yellow color. A small amount of head fades quickly and I can smell musky hops from the bottle. The smell is, upon sniffing up close, sweet caramel malt with an herbal bitterness accentuated by a slightly fruity smell. A balanced nose for sure.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is a present but mellow hop profile which is a nice blend of the smell. Bitter herbal hops flow into a sweeter more citrus rind like taste towards the end of the profile. The malt really rounds out the flavor by creating a tasty, mild and sweet base. In the end this is a better APA than I remember it being and kind of makes me feel bad for always going for the AIPA, but o well, a well made and tasty brew. Mouth feel leaves me satisfied.

Thur123, May 02, 2010
Photo of haddon
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at flying saucer

pours a light golden wheat color with minimal head. good lacing down the pint glass

fruity notes... hops, grapefruit, orange, pine. must admit it is hard to capture all of the smell when you are drinking in a cigar friendly bar

orange dominates on the palate. hops, pine and malts are in the mix as well. good balance

light to medium body. decent amount of carbonation.

very drinkable beer. I could session this beer on a hot summer evening. nice drink

haddon, May 01, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My 100th different brewery reviewed!

Thanks to dmunroe for this one. Enjoyed with my supper, cheese fondue with some deli meat, salad and brie.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before June 6, 2010.

Appearance: A clear pale orange body with a rather generous head and lots of pockmarks.

Smell: A little faint but i'm able to pick out some earthy hops.

Taste: Good bold hops at first with grapefruit and orange. Has a sort of dirty, rough finish to it. Good bitterness through and through.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is just right and the body is fine. Feels fairly at ease in the mouth.

Drinkability: Drinks well and i might have it again though it wouldn't be my first pick.

Overall: I really liked it at first and then i kind of got bored with it. The taste is good but it is a quite average beer. Nothing bad really. Might have been a B if that harsh earthen finish would have been toned down.

papat444, May 01, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden beer, some nice bubbles coming up, small white head, not a lot of lacing.

S - Floral and citrusy hops profile, with some pine notes. A little grassy and bready.

T - Lightly citrus, mostly floral and grassy hop taste. A pretty light drink that's easy on malt.

M - Light body, crisp, quite carbonated.

D - This is solid tasting, not bad, could session this without any problems at all.

AgentZero, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange/gold color, nice carbonation, thin lacing across the top and around the glass. Very clear and crisp looking.

Smell is spicey, mild grapefruit, and bisquit-like malt.

Taste is nice and crisp, has a pungent spice underneath in the beginning with some sweet bisquit malt. Finishes very light on the hops, mainly a mild grapefruit, more sweetness than bitterness. Finishes extremely dry and leaves your mouth wanting either another sip or a glass of water from the dryness. Overall, the taste is crisp. This would be a good choice for a back yard cook out with friends who are not as familiar with craft beer. Would make a nice, unpretentious segway into the world of craft beer.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation on the tongue. And drinkability is good.

I've been running into alot of beers lately that I would prefer in really hot weather and this is one of them. Being it's late April, 'tis the season for these types of brews.

jzeilinger, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American Pint Glass) best before 4/7/10
A- This beer has a bright crystal clear copper body with a sea of tiny bubbles and a big head of rocky off-white foam.
S- The soft flinty note gives way to smooth green hops. The light dry malt aroma has a hint of toast underneath the hops.
T- The mellow green hop flavor has a slight pine flavor in the finish with a soft pale malt note the blends with the pine after each sip.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft light fizzy notes in the finish.
D- This has a smooth flavor but the malt is a bit soft and the hops are mild aswell. Easy to drink.

rhoadsrage, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear gold with a thick white head which only leaves the slightest amount of lacing.

S-Citrusy/piney hops and a touch of malt. Nothing overpowering in the nose.

T-The piney hop flavor really stands out at first and is followed by some caramel, and finishes with some nice biscuit malt. It is nicely balanced.

M-Slightly watery.

D-Session beer all the way.

This might not be the hoppiest or best APA, but it is still a solid beer and is very enjoyable. I think it would be a good beer to introduce a friend to the craft beer world. I would like to thank Sweetwater Brewing Company for having their 420 pint glass giveaway. I went to First Street Draught House to enjoy a pint and get my free glass and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope to drink some more Sweetwater in the future.

thegodfather2701, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light straw colored, very clear with a fluffy white head.

Floral notes and citrus fill the nose like all good pale ales should.

The taste is like peppery grapefruit juice, only slightly less bitter.

It's refreshing in the mouth, only slightly bitter, the sweetness of the citrus takes over before giving way to the hops in the finish.

I could drink this all night long.

RickS95, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Tiger Town Tavern in Clemson.

Very similar to the bottled version in all aspects, I'll elaborate a little bit:

Out of tap, the beer put up over an inch of foam on top of a distinct light orange color. The head left some decent lacing down the glass as it dissipated and I drank.

Hops all around in the aroma, a nice piney character, a bit of citrus and some pale malts following everything up. Pretty fragrant, too.

The major difference between the bottled and on-tap version is the increase in hop kick - of which I'm a huge fan. Piney, citrusy hops bombard the tongue with juicy bitterness up front, followed closely by some balancing pale malts that bring a sweetness and buttery feel to the finish of the beer. The mouthfeel is a notch or two below medium with moderate carbonation and gives a nice crisp yet smooth sensation while you drink.

Drinkability is still top-notch. Triple T's doesn't have the best beer selection in town, but I'm completely satisfied as long as they continue to have this on tap. I had a few the other night and never got tired of it at all. A very solid beer from Sweetwater, maybe the best they offer??? This is a mystery I'll have to get to the bottom of soon.

feelmefoam, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of Andrew, I finally get to try the legendary Sweetwater 420,

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange with a soft white head.

S: Green tea, bacon, wildflower honey, a weird complex mix, I liked it a lot.

T: Definitely has a real floral hop component, honeysuckle nectar. Nice light caramel malt type flavour for balance, quite nice.

M: Crisp carbonation, biting, medium-bodied, very easy to drink.

D: The standard bearer for Southern craft brews has made a fan out of me. This isn't a go crazy hop bomb like many of the new pales are trying to be. Just good, classic American Pale Ale.

Halcyondays, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden colored with a nice thick white head that goes rocky and laces big as it fades.

An interesting, mildly citrus but more earthy and musty hop aroma. Some nice sweet malt character balances this out nicely. Taste again is of earthy hops, with some nice hop spice and a nice sweetness that really does ensure this is not a one trick pony.

Nice body, nice feel, this is a well balanced beer that is very drinkable. Not hop-forward like many APA's I drink, a good bridge beer for any BMC drinker I would say. Bring a sixpack the next time you are throwing some shoes with your buddies.

ZimZamZoom, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of klkatz
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

at a baby naming in Atlanta. (my old stomping grounds for 2 years) - wasn't able to get a look at the 420's color. Come to think of it, in the 2 years I spent in Atlanta, I never had the 420 on tap...always in a bottle. This was no exception. I didn't have the nerve to pour the beer into a punch glass to see the color... and the plastic cups were blue... so we'll assume the color was average.

The aroma was a bit wheaty.

Taste wise, EPAs are an interesting mix to me. Not quite a bitter beer, not quite a lager. Somewhere in between.

Drinkability is great (Most Sweetwater products are).

The taste sticks giving it a decent mouthfeel. I'd have another.

klkatz, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with hints of orange throughout. 1/2" white head drops to a ring and leaves no lace.
Smell is malt, hops, some spice with a note of wet cardboard way in the back.
Taste is malt, hops, spice, citrus note with grape. Good balance.
Medium bodied brew with a medium effervescence. Warming in the throat. Pretty good stuff but no standout.

PorterLambic, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of dnjmed
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orange. thing but lingering head.

S- hoppy yet sweet smell. well balanced and smells of pine. makes my mouth water in anticipation.

T- Not as complex as I was hoping, but very still a solid brew. still well-balanced. good hop profile.

M- not much there.

D- light and refreshing with a good amount of hops to satisfy my palette. a good late afternoon beer.

dnjmed, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of DosBeerigos
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C. Clear
H. Golden light orange
N. Not a pleasant smell, more malt than hops

I am not horribly disappointed but still, this seems to be a very average Extra Pale Ale. I'm questioning what's extra about it? This beer seems to be a little too malty and not balanced well in the hop factor. Not a horrible beer but still not what I expected. Good entry level Pale Ale.

DosBeerigos, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of kdawg105
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good ale!! I had it tonight on the wonderful saint pattys day at a bar. Appearance was nice with a foam that didn't go away through the whole the whole thing. Smell was great it smelled strong of hops. The taste was very good with a true taste of hops. The mouthfeel is great very expectable with a extra pale ale. It has a great drinkability that you will surely enjoy. Yet again the ATL Georgia is on the map. Well world I say try this beer!!!

kdawg105, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of albern
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice APA with a good bready and interesting backbone. It pours a clear golden color with plenty of carbonation, decent lacing, decent head retention. The nose is sweet malts, tons of florals, almost a candied bubblegum sweetness to it. There are no hops present in the nose, maybe some herbal touches.

The taste is reasonably complex. The beer begins on the cracked grain dryish side, with a nice bready mid section, fairly light bodied and carbonated. Somewhere along the way the sweeter malts emerge and the beer finishes up a bit saltene, herbal, maybe a touch of cracked graininess. The beer has some floral tones, and gives you some drying, salty notes with more sweet herbal malts. The beer has some complexity to it, it is interesting, and worthy of a try. The aftertaste lingers a bit longer than I normally like.

albern, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For my 420th review, I figured there'd be nothing better than Sweetwater 420. 12 oz. brown bottle with "Best if enjoyed by 04.04.10" printed on the label poured into a Sweetwater 420 conical pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a huge pillowy head of white foam that falls away slowly to leave behind a thick cap and big, fat rings of lace all the way down the glass.

The nose is rather subdued, without much going on other than some faint piney/herbaceous hop notes and a little whiff of biscuit.

Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation, the palate is presented with a wonderful balance of flavor: up front, just a touch of sweet caramel malt, sliding down into a mellow base of biscuit that's met in the middle by a nice dose of piney, resinous hops and a powerfully dry bitterness, all of which carries into the finish that leaves one reaching for another sip.

Wonderfully drinkable and overall an excellent APA. A staple here in the South, and that's just fine by me.

superdedooperboy, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at Churchill's in Savannah.

Pours a clear dark golden coppery orange amber colt with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head with very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large rings of soapy lacing are left behind.

Slightly earthy light hop aroma with hints of pine needleand very faint citrus fruit. There's also some fain caramel malt but otherwise the nose on this beer is extremely bland and boring. Surprising reall.

Clean, crisp medium body that is more hop forward than the nose leads on to. Well balanced with a decent amount of dry earthy pine hops that linger throughout over the slight tropical/citrus fruit notes and a sweet caramel/biscuit malt backbone into a dry finish.

corby112, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of zebco
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark yellow, golden color. White, clingy head.

Smell: Plenty of hops. Floral & grassy.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Hoppy grassy taste. Not to bitter. The hops aren't overpowering at all which I like. Crisp, carbonated mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I really liked this beer. I would purchase it again no doubt.

zebco, Mar 07, 2010
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 2,462 ratings.