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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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2,428 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,428
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 64
Gots: 294 | 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 Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a tall glass, not quite as wide as a pint glass (it's all I had available at the time). Body is bright and clear golden-amber with a small head. No bubbles visible. Some lacing left behind.

S: Not terribly strong -- floral or spicy hops over basic cereal malt.

T: Gives me the impression of being slightly stale -- wet cardboard is there, I think. Basic flavor is a spicy hop bite over grainy malt. A lingering metallic flavor definitely detracts from the overall taste.

M: Low carbonation, light-to-medium in weight.

D: OK. That metallic flavor slowed me down, kept it from being quaffable.

Kendo, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle: This one pours a fairly clear , amber color. There was some white head and lacing to it. The aroma is quite good. Mainly citrus hops, with a few floral notes tossed in there also. The taste is quite good. Just enough bitterness with a good malt body. Very smooth drinking. A very well balanced Pale Ale, and a fine example of the style.

Boto, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden copper with a thin head which subsides rapidly with a small curtain of oily lacing.

Smell is fresh and hoppy with a touch of caramel and citrus.

Biscuity malt with the touch of caramel hits the tongue first and finishes with a decent hop bitterness. Citrus profile is orange peel.

Light mouthfeel seems a bit on the watery side though carbonation sems fine.

All in all an easy drinking ale, blanced and a good standby but lacks something to me. I will however drink it when available and it's also on tap at a number of local restaurants so I'd like to try it again as a draft. I feel it would pair well with food.

BlackBearForge, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber, white head. Light toast aroma and similar flavor with a hint of added biscuit. Light to medium body with a faint hop balance. Drinkability is pretty high, and I do declare it must have been their intention. This here's a session beer, which is exactly what this devil did when he went down to Georgia.

dedrinker, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub in Atlanta. Creamy soapy head on a light grapefruit colour. Hoppy and cramy maltiness, and good lace. Freshness.Suitable carbonation. I probably had it at the right place, and on-tap. Well malted bitterness makes it decent drinkable.

Sammy, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Short Version:
Decent ale with great hop smell but lacking in hop flavor/bitterness. One dimensional malty taste and finish.

Details:
After some palate cleansing and a break, my second beer of the Super Bowl evening was this Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale.

Expiration date is 2/13/08 so I'm catching it in it's 'golden' years but still technically fresh.

Pours a clear medium golden straw color. Adequeate sudsy white head that was short lived.

First nose was strong on hops. A bit brown sugary too. Hops were light grassy herbal, with almost sour hints (not sour as in spoiled. sour as it tart).

Body is on the light side of medium. Despite the hop nose, this beer does not taste hoppy at all. Is this really a Pale Ale? Not bitter at all. The flavor decidedly is malty and unremarkable. Not picking up any particular flavors I can identify other than 'malt'. Feeling the frustration of an unrefined palate right now. Need more training to pick out the particulars.

No lace to speak of. Card carrying member of the clean glass club it seems. Perhaps because of it's age?

Finish is quiet. Slightly sweet. Simple and short-lived aftertaste.

Decent beer you could put down six of. Drinkable for sure. Probably wouldn't buy it again unless I was selection limited.

Ingredients: Label calls out Pacific NW hops. Must have all gone in as dry-hopping.

AshevilleSippin, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Georgia brew is a bit of a cult classic in the South, for what that is worth. This brew is gold with a nice, fluffy sticky white head. Restrained aroma has floral hops, grains and honey-baked bread. Taste is not as hoppy as a lot of APAs, a bit thin, but some hop bitterness at the end to offset the earthy malt taste, a little sweet with some citrus in it.

A very easy drinking brew that's careful not to offend, but is very drinkable. One of the more sessionable pale ales in this age of DIPAs.

saintwarrick, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of Pointman
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - nice copper color - light head

S - not too much. Cannot pick up much hops or malt

T - Average for and Extra Pale Ale. Like the smell, light in the hops and light in the malt.

M - ok - metallic finish

D - well when you are stuck in the Delta Crown Room and you have a choice of Bud, Molson, Coors, Miller Lite and Sweetwater 420, it is VERY drinkable...lol. But to be completely frank, it is average.

Pointman, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of slatetupelo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper with an amber hue. Medium head with little lacing.

S - Aromas or pine, hops, and malts are all there but nothing special.

T - Malts and slight hops, kind of bland really. There's a odd aftertaste, almost metallic.

D - I could drink a few of these and they're usually available for under $12 a 12 pack.

slatetupelo, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle gotten from Green's in Atlanta into a pint glass.

A. Pours a golden color with a thin wispy head. Bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass aggressively. No Lacing.

S. Very mild. Mild flower-like hops and some malt. This is a very mild unaggressive beer.

T. The hops are mild. I like a more aggressive bite. The malt backbone is also mild. This is a thin tasting beer.

M. Very light tasting brew. Decent carbonation and clean finish.

D. This is a very good starter craft beer to introduce to the general beer crowd. I could drink them all day if it were a choice between this and Bud (They sell both at Wal-Mart in Atlanta). However if you are more than ankle deep into craft beer, try a Sweetwater IPA instead.

MarkSCCOT, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale pours a light copper color with a thin off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is floral hops, I was expecting something a little skunkier from the name. There is a strong hop flavor, once again primarily floral in nature with just a touch of bite. There is a good malt backbone. Fairly enjoyable. Worth a try.

Drew966, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of armock
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark copper color with an off white head

S - Is mostly hops with some malt

T - Malt taste at first then a good hop finish

M - This one has a medium body

D - This is a pretty good beer overall its worth a try not as hoppy as I expected but still good

armock, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of joekfsu
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper/gold with a 1 cm off white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is citrus mostly, but hints of hops and pine are present. Citrus initial taste with some maltness, aftertaste is hoppy. Light to medium body, almost no carbonation. Light and drinkable, standard beer when I'm in the south, but it doesn't beat out the high end hoppy beers.

joekfsu, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of clemsonbrewer
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale color. Thin head that leaves thin sticky lacing. Big hoppy nose with light pale malt smell. Very spicy hops taste with good pale malt. Nice hoppy finish that's dry. A good pale ale. I like sitting down with this brew after having a couple of strong brews.

clemsonbrewer, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer served in a pint glass during a tour of the brewery.

Nice copper color and a medium white head. Not thick.

Great hop smell.

The smell continues with the flavor of the beer. Great hop flavor but not overly piney or bitter.

This may be one of there better beers of this brewery. Most of their other selections are average at best. This is actually a very pleasant representation and drinkable brew. Not overpowering like a lot within this style.

If I am in the South and want a local brew. I would drink this for the night.

jneiswender, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. I feel like I say this in every post, but I love a crystal clear beer. This one has a amber body with a slightly reddish hue. The head fell almost instantly. Aroma is pretty malty with a bunch of caramel and a slight hop presence. The flavor matches the aroma nicely. Good and caramely with only a slight citrusy hop presence. This beer might be a bit older than I thought because the hops aren't as strong as I thought they would be. Medium bodied with decent drinkability.

drseamus, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a minimal whittish head that dissipated into a smallish ring. Average lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malt with some light hoppy citrus notes.

Taste is sweet, bready, malt surrounded by a decently hoppy citrus shell. Finishes with a abrupt hop bite that lingers. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with maybe a tad too much carbonation.

Nothing offensive to report here but it's just not very exciting either. Still a pretty quaffable, if simple, take on an APA.

Kegatron, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of mcallister
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Headless pour with only a little ring around the collar. Pale yellow in color and very lifeless.

Stone fruit and toffee in the nose but nothing really exploding out of the glass. Malt seems very sweet out of the nose. Peachy with netarine and a light grapefruit.

Just not much going on here. Lightly sweet cereal grain and toffee malts with light fruit aromas. Mouth is light....well I would have to say this is just too light. A very boring beer.

mcallister, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean pale orange-ish color with an off white head. Aromas of sweet malt and a hint of hops. In the taste, mellow sweet malt and just a hint of hops. A smooth, very small bitter mouthfeel and a sweet to small dry aftertaste. Light and refreshing, small amount of hops, but all round a easy-drinking, good beer.

OWSLEY069, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a recent trade with limesmut.

A: This extra pale ale is just that, a pale amber color that shows off some kolsch-like colors are the narrow points of the glass. The head neared three fingers in my Ommegang glass and retains a certain size as I drink it.

S: The nose is malty but has a distinct hoppiness that has floral aromas. The scent is exciting, stronger than I expected.

T: The first sip reveals a solid malty foundation, grainy with biscuity cereal flavors. The bready cereal flavors support some light hops, zesty but not as strong as you'd expect from the nose.

M: The mouthfeel is relaxed, a decent APA with nothing that makes it stand out in a crowded field.

D: I certainly wouldn't turn one down, but it doesn't push any boundaries for me.

akorsak, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a nice clear golden color with a frothy white head which quickly faded. Lacing was light but sticky.

Aroma was very sweet and fruity, not unlike Juicyfruit gum but with added peach.

Taste has a nice balance of sweet fruit, bread, and malt.

Mouthfeel was light, slightly slick and mildly carbonated.

This is one of my favorite new beers and a fine APA. I enjoyed this beer while on vacation in Florida and am saddened that I won't find it here in the midwest.

Monkeyknife, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden, slightly hazed with a solid, stick looking, small white head. Smells hoppy - floral, creamy orange, and peach balanced with biscuit-like malts and a dose of butterscotch. Light hoppy flavor and sweet grains to balance...very mellow all around. 420 you say? Easy drinking, medium-light mouthfeel and a dry, almost puckering bitterness in the end. A slight caramel-like slickness adheres to the tongue.

Very nice...a great session beer. Too bad its not available in the Triangle (yet).

wedge, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to unclejedi for the nice brew sent in the CEO BIF.

Hazy pour of amber, well carbonated brew, topped with a foamy cap of white. Sticky in the glass, too.

Juicy aroma of citrus, orange and woody resins. They’re all there in the quaff, and even a sprig of pine pops in there. This critter slides down smoothly and effortlessly. Thins a bit toward mid-bottle, but that’s nit-picking a bit.

Tasty GA brew, I’d have more in a heartbeat.

Vancer, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Emerald Coast Brew Fest in Pensacola, FL and also in bottle prior to the event. Poured a nice orange-gold with decent head that didnt last very long. Aroma and flavor is hoppy. Has a bit of citrusy taste with a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is good as is the drinkability. Good beer.

biggmike, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent pale ale. Pours out clear orange/gold with lots of bubbles and an OK fluffy head. Nose is nice hops with spice and a bit of malts. Taste is mild, but hoppy and yeasty with a bit of alcohol. Lingering sticky west coast hops on the end. Hint of biscuit. Mouthfeel is average, drinkability is slightly above that.

shivtim, Sep 05, 2007
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,428 ratings.