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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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2,600 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,600
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 72
Gots: 359 | 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 Mississipping
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a completely clear golden-yellow color with a medium white head that falls quickly to leave behind a patchy, rocky head and a sticky ring.  Moderate lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Despite what the label says, I wouldn't compare this to a west coast IPA.  Subdued hops and a pretty solid malt backbone make this a pretty typical east coast IPA.  Earthy hops and a malty sweetness is just about all that's there. 

T: Taste follows the aroma quite well.  Malty sweetness up front manifesting itself in the form of very subtle caramel.  Earthy hops come out toward the end, but they are really pretty subtle too.  A bit of a bitterness at the finish. 

M: Lighter side of medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation.  Pretty watered down in mouthfeel and flavor.  Slightly sweet up front and slightly bitter on the back end. 

D: Goes down pretty easily, but it's not completely pleasant.  Pretty watered down and very subdued in flavor.  Definitely not comparable to a west coast IPA and definitely a little disappointing.  A Sweetwater beer for ya, though.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville. Mostly clear dark yellow body with a creamy one-finger off-white head. Very good lacing.

The aroma is very light. More sweet malt aroma than anything else, but a slight note of citrus hops on the backside.

The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely, with a heavy dose of sweet malt and equal parts citrus hops.

Medium to light mouthfeel that has a nice finish that contributes to a very good drinkability. Overall, an enjoyable brew that would hold up well in session.

Photo of secondtooth
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-amber, with a sturdy, full head of carbonation. Minor lace -- spotty but present.

Nose is slightly citrus-hoppy, with sweet malts adding further depth.

Taste is pleasantly on the hop-forward side, with bitter grapefruit tones that are tempered by a strong malt presence.

Not a standout, but more than drinkable, and an enjoyable brew well-done.

Photo of fsvan
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best by date of 11/29/11.

A- Deep orange. Slightly hazy. Minimal off white head.

S- Fairly subdued. Pine hops. A bit of adjunct maltiness to it.

T- Right in line with the smell. Pine hops, and that same slightly adjunct quality. Taste is more pronounced that the smell, hence the slightly higher score.

M- Medium bodied. A bit of thickness on the finish. Well carbonated.

O- An okay APA, but nothing particularly special. Not on par with their IPA.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure gold with a 1/4" of head. Great retention. The smell is of faint malt and grassy, earthy hops. The taste is fruity and sweet up front followed by light malt with a faint toastyness, and it finishes with grassy, herbal, citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean with very light carbonation.

Overall, it's not bad, but the flavor profile is very light. For an APA it's inoffensive and drinkable, but hardly pushing the envelope for the style.

Photo of pburland23
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a light, golden amber color. Nice thick off-white head with some sticky lacing.

Real nice aroma. Loads of citrus hops aroma. There is also some strong floral notes as well. Taste is stronger on bready malts than I expected, but the hops then take the forefront. Strong floral and citrus notes. Tastes and smells like an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Nice drinking beer.

Overall, a solid, drinkable, sessionable Pale Ale with a little extra oomph. Very enjoyable.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 9/12/11, so just after the best by date. Pours cloudy golden amber color with 1-2 fingers of a fairly dense white head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Small bits of lacing cling to the glass as well. Aromas of sweet caramel malt, orange, citrus, and grapefruit; with a bit of pine and spices. Decent aromas, but they are fairly weak. Taste of caramel, spices, citrus, pine, and a bit of grapefruit and other light fruitiness. Small amount of bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of spice, pine, and citrus. The initial flavors seem a bit subdued, but they are well balanced. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nice and smooth mouthfeel, with great drinkability. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Overall a nice pale ale that is very sessionable and quite tasty.

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 DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours a nice amber color with very little head and no retention or lacing

Smell: Floral hops are the first thing that grabs your attention and it has a bit of citrus and spice to it

Taste: Starts off with just a hint of fruit which is quickly gone and the floral hops notes quickly take over

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body

Overall: Really not that great of APA there was not one category that I was actually impressed with

Photo of gerite
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer was served in a pint glass. Nice golden amber color with a small half-inch head that rapidly dissipated. A slight amount of lacing but plenty of carbonation. More hops than a regular Pale Ale but not as much as an IPA. Overall a great summertime beer.

Photo of crhensel
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into shaker. Pours a nice amber color with a nice white head that fell very fast. Nose was of citrus and flowers with a undernote of some pine as well. It was a little lighter in body than I expected and a bit sweet at first, with a little bite at the end to make it crisp. Overall this was a very refreshing brew and very well balanced.

Photo of Merkur
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light amber color.

The smell is very floral and notes of pine are present, but not overpowering. A citrus lemony scent, as well.

The taste is very crisp and sweet with a dry, hoppy finish.

The beer is a little thin, but very easy drinking. Very well balanced

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Pensacola Bay Brewery branded shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a slight amber hue and a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind large spots of lace.

Smell: Floral aromas with a slight grassiness and a sweet malty backing and a bit of breadiness.

Taste: Begins bready and sweet, finishing with some citrus notes and a balanced hop spice and medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A good but not great pale ale. This has everything one could ask for in a beer of its style, but doesn't offer much to truly set it apart. This is a versatile beer that can go with a good variety of foods, though, and is common here in Pensacola and makes for a good go-to beer.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in tulip.

A: Slightly hazy golden color ranging from deep yellow to orangish/red. Small white head doesn't last long and leaves a thin ring. Haze remains after beer warms.

S: Pine and mild citric notes. Grassy and herbal. Maybe a little mint. Some crackery malt and a hint of caramel in the background.

T: Piney, herbal hops. Malt is right there to provide balance. Mild bitterness comes through and lasts through to the aftertaste. Sweet citrus and caramel come together to provide some sweetness before it dries up in the finish.

M: Maybe a little thin. Carbonation is low, but feels in sync with the rest of the beer.

O: Solid beer. I'd much rather prefer the Sweetwater IPA, but this is a nice APA. I picked up a sixer of this while in Savannah and enjoyed it very much. I've yet to have a bad beer from Sweetwater, I'd love to be able to pick their offerings on a regular basis.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a thinnish bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Smells of sweet grainy malt, orange and citrus round out a fairly mediocre nose. Taste is sweet grainy malt with lots of orange zest type flavors. Earthy with hints of lemon, different but not bad. Medium body, light to medium carbonation with a sweet almost watery mouthfeel. Nothing objectionable here but certainly nothing I would seek out again. If it were a hundred degrees out this might make a decent lawnmower beer.

Photo of Paincane
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber color with small short-lived head and nice lace
S: Hops and citrus
T: Nice subtle bitterness intertwined with citrus and fresh hops flavor.
M: Crisp and refreshing. Medium-bodied with lingering bitter finish that serves it well.
O: Delicious and refreshing. Great flavor and very enjoyable.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a golden straw hue with a nice eggshell white two-finger head that lingers and leaves bits of wispy lace.

aroma is sweet with some straw, lemony and orange marmalade. fruity with a bit of green hops.

taste follows closely with some sweet caramel malt. honey, citrus zest, a bit of herbal hopping. tastes pretty solid. a vibrant, flavorful pale.

mouth is smooth, a touch sticky, and a touch high on carbonation, making it a touch sharp. nice lingering bitterness that helps the mouthfeel.

delicious, flavorful, potent, but not overhopped or too malty. it's really well balanced, light, and flavorful. hits all the right notes. I've been fortunate enough to try this a few times, and I love it every time.

Photo of JoLight
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color with about a half inch of foamy white head which dissipates, but leaves lots of lacing.

Smells of grains, a bit of lemon, some hops, barely malt.

It tastes the smell as it smells. But with less lemon and more prickly carbonation.

Damn good.

Photo of eclipse54
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle from jyounger30; thanks Jay! Best by 9/28/2011 is stamped on the label. Into a Deschutes Mirror Pond pint glass we go...

Pours a transluscent, golden straw color with about a half inch of foamy white head. Head dissipates quickly, but does leave a bit of lacing on its way out. Smells of grains, a bit of lemon, some faint hops, and perhaps a bit of orange. Beyond that, smell is a bit "watery" though still inviting for a pale. Tastes similar, but is very balanced. A bit more hop character is noticeable in the middle, and there is a faint alcohol presence near the end, which seems odd. Still, the rest of the flavors are balanced phenomenally and lend some additional refreshment to the drink. Mouthfeel is smooth, and pretty typical of a pale. Overall, a solid offering that I'm sure I would revisit were I in the area.

Photo of GeorgeAldi
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold pour with a thin white head and no lacing. Aroma is lots of bready malts, accented by a nice amount of citrus hops. Flavor is sort of doughy, and a little sweet. Just a very slight bitterness, but there is a lot of citrus flavor in there. Palate is smooth and bigger-bodied than the ABV would indicate. I wasnt expecting much based on others’ ratings, but this one impressed me. Probably not as bitter as a traditional pale ale, but very drinkable. Good session-type beer.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with just under a finger of off white head that fades away quite quickly.

Smell: A bit sweet with some fruity notes, reminds me of honey a little bit. The hops are a bit herbal.

Taste: A bit too sweet if you ask me. As in the smell, I'm picking up a mild honey taste from the malt and the fruity notes. The hops are mildly herbal, but they're overpowered by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a really slick finish.

Overall: I would have liked this beer to be a little more balanced and the finish was way too slick. Don't really feel the need to have another.

Photo of matttttYCE
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 06/12/11, with a pen and paper because I was away from a computer at the time. Didn't get around to transferring from paper to BA because, frankly, I forgot about it and misplaced the paper for a little while.

Appearance - Moderately slow pour from a 12oz bottle with a best if enjoyed by date of 06/19/11 results in a finger and a half head of white foamy bubbles. Head dissipates after a while, not too quickly, and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell - Smell is very inviting with nice hop qualities. I feel like I'm getting a mix of nice fruity hops (like grapefruit), citrus hops (orange-like), and grassier hops. Also in there is a nice sweet pale malt and caramel smell. Smell is nice for a pale ale, but I'm not crazy about it. I'd say just above average.

Taste - Much like the smell suggests, sweet pale malt and caramel undertones, with nice hop qualities working together like more grapefruit, citrus, pine, and bitterness. Goes off pretty nicely for a pale ale. Not exactly what I would call a "west coast style pale" as they refer to it, but more hops than you'd expect for the style. Again, nice for a hoppy pale ale, but I think this is just above average. Either the hops that were used and their resulting flavors just don't quite do it for me or I just prefer my pale ales to be not quite as hoppy. If I was really looking to go hoppy, I'd go with an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Pretty nice mouthfeel. It's got a nice and smooth consistency (almost crisp), a medium carbonation, and a light-medium body, almost thin but nice and drinkable. Finish is a bit on the dry side and fades quickly but it isn't non-existent. If I had to use one word to describe this brew, it would be clean.

Overall - In general, a nice interpretation of the style. However, definitely not my favorite APA. With that said, would I have more of this again? Absolutely. Judging from the best by date, it wasn't exactly very fresh, but it was still good. Definitely worth a try, especially if you like hoppier pale ales. 3.5s across the board.

Photo of t420o
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Janderson91 for hooking this one up as an extra!

Best before: 8/17/11
Enjoyed on: 7/7/11

A- Pour produces a 1 finger head that recedes quick leaving very little lacing. Beer is light golden in color.

S- Fresh hops, biscuty malt, grains. Sells very clean and crisp.

S-Sweetwater Brewing made a beer that tastes like a beer with sweetwater (for lack of a better word) in it. It's a great elixer for a warm summer night. With sweet bready malt balanced well with some slightly bitter hops, this is very refreshing.

M- Good crisp feel

O- a great beer for a warm day or night. This would be an excellent summer session beer that I would definitely have regularly if easily available to me.

Photo of CBlack85
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boardwalk Billy's on East Blvd. Served in a pint glass

The beer is a crytal orange/amber color with about 2 fingers worth of off white foamy head that recedes rather quickly, leaving behind spotty lacing.

The aroma is mild and consists of piney and citrusy hops, and just the slightest hint of pale malts. Very light and floral

The flavor is citrusy and floral, with a nice balance of sweet, grainy malts. This is a light bodied, well balanced beer that is moderately carbonated. The beer finishes dry and slightly bitter. Very drinkable, a nice beer for a hot summer day.

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,600 ratings.