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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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2,604 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,604
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 71
Gots: 363 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of mklinger
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass. A thin wisp of head on a golden beer. Slightly large carbonation, left a bit of lacing. Fairly ordinary American ale/lager appearance.

Aroma was pretty muted. No real malt character, a slight bit of citrus hops, but really quite slight. Not much going on here.

Taste was a bit more complex (but not complex by any means). Both some malt, bitterness, and hop flavor. A simple, fairly ordinary but drinkable APA.

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

I got this as part of my BOTMC. It is light clear gold in color with a 2 finger white head. The aroma has sweet flowery citrus. The flavor folows the nose. It is pretty well balanced and has a nice, sweet finish. It is highly carbonated and is medium in body. A solid all around APA.

Photo of sbw138
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as part of my beer of the month club, which is pretty cool, just a side note.

Appearance - Pours extremely clear. Kind of a pale orange/yellow color. Alright carbonation, and left ok lace. I wasn't impressed with the appearance.

Smell - Citrusy, some hoppy notes coming through as well. Smells like it has a little more kick than your standard Pale Ale.

Taste - Pretty good taste. Nice citrus and hoppy taste. Almost taste like a good IPA.

Mouthfeel - Nice light body with good carbonation, not overly dry. Really great mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Nicely not overfilling. Light, yet satisfying. Would have another.

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Westmalle goblet.

The beer pours a pretty clear dark gold with a nice hint of orange to it. The head is creamy white rising about 1 finger. The head stays a couple minutes then leaves a nice cover, watery lacing.

The aroma is on the lighter side is wheat with a little hops.

The taste is very mild but would be a nice sessional. The taste is shockinly sweet to start then fades to some light bitter hops with a slight skunk finish that I can eventually get over.

The feel si very dry, very drinkable.

Overall, decent sessional but nothing I would actively search out again.

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask dry-hopped with Glacier at the brewery.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with a slightly bread-y aroma from the yeast. The hops are surprisingly muted considering the dry-hopping but what little exists impart citrus and floral aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bready pale malt flavors up front are joined by mild citrus flavors midway through the sip. The hops carry through to a mildy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I think I like this beer better on-tap. The thickness isn't enough to support such low carbonation.

Photo of L337ish
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours extremely clear. Kind of a pale orange/yellow color. Nice bubbly white head that doesn't fade too quickly. Also leaves some decent lace.

S: Citrusy, some hoppy notes coming through as well. Other than that, not much else jumps out.

T: Tastes pretty good. Citrusy like the smell, and a nice bitter hoppy finish.

M: Light body but nice carbonation, almost too much. A nice finish.

D: Non-filling and good taste make this a decent beer to drink. However I would probably want something else after about my 2nd one.

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

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours clear gold in color with a thick 1/2 inch beige/off white cloudy head; smells of malt, citrus, piney hops, pineapple, grass or yeast and faint spices in the nose. A very inviting aroma followed by good lacing that leaves rings.

Tastes of floral hops and malt up front, followed by grain, lemon, orange peel, yeast, and light spices. Nice malt and hop balance with a bitter finish and a nice light crisp feel to this brew; light to medium carbonation with a medium mouth feel to it, and a sweet malt finish that's bitter, but not too bitter.

The BOMC description was on the mark and pointed out the pepper and citrus hop taste that leads to the sweet malty ending. A very drinkable beer that went down very easy. I recommend this beer.

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

A - Is it possible for a beer to be too clear? This was an amazingly bright beer, great gold color, nice white head, with moderate to high carbonation.

S - Nice citrus hop aroma that is complemented by some sweet smelling malt.

T - Much like the smell with a nice amount of citrus hops, but nothing that someone who is not used to hops would find offensive. Clean malt taste, not a lot going on but nothing bad. Had a little metallic twinge at the end, might be from carbonation.

M - A little over carbonated for the style, I think this made it finish a little bitter. Feels pretty thin also, but not really out of style, just very attenuated.

D - This is a beer I think would appeal to a lot of people and can be refreshing and quaffed with ease. Good session beer for sure.

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 2,604 ratings.