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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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2,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,796
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 76
Gots: 503 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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best before April 9, 2012

A: This is an extra-pale ale, not an extra pale-ale.

S: Sweet floral hops.

T: Sweet water. Fairly sweet, thin, characterless malt, although a faint graininess does poke through now and again. A decent amount of floral hops and maybe some resinous hops (or maybe I just expect them).

M: Thin.

O: The sweetness impairs drinkability. Otherwise, this would probably be a decent summer beer (at least if the abv were lower).

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my sister for getting the beer of the month subscription that this came in.

This pours one of the clearest pale golds I have ever seen with a frothy one finger white head that dies down and leaves a bit of lace. On the nose there is a grainy scent with a bit of grassy hops behind it. The first thought that came to mind for me was pilsner, which is strange. In the mouth there is a bready, doughy component with some more assertive hop flavor than the nose would indicate, but it's still a grassy taste. The body is medium and there is a decent amount of bitterness in the finish.

Overall this is a decent beer but is behind their IPA to me. If this were a point lower in abv the taste would make a bit more sense to me.

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Bottle poured into a plastic cup at the Gwinnett Arena before a Tool concert. It's the best thing they have and a steal at .25 more than the usual BMC. The pour was $7.50.

Pours a clear gold with a persistent whiteish head. A steady stream of carbonation keeps a nice cap on the beer.

Nose is a little grainy with floral hops thrown in. Smells nice for an APA.

Taste is the weak point. The hops are muted and the earthy, grainy undertones come out. Reminds me of a Cream Ale, but with a little more character.

Mouth is light and dry. Well carbonated.

Overall, a decent beer, but far from Sweetwater's best effort. However this could sit next to other "mainstream" craft beers as an approachable "gateway" beer.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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