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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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2,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,665
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 73
Gots: 415 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours an orangey amber color with a white finger of foamy head. Decent head retention. Very good clarity.

S- smells of biscuity pale malt orange citric peel and floral hop notes.

T- pale biscuit malt flavor bringing some balance to the hops the beer showcases. Citrusy orange peel, lemon zest and a note of spicy white pepper from the hops with a moderate hop bitterness. Crisp dry finish.

MF- slick straight forward mouthfeel with a light body and average carbonation.

D- pretty darn drinkable.

Overall a solid pale.

Photo of Mississipping
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,665 ratings.