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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at E McHenry's in Branford. We just started getting this brewery in the past few weeks. Comes out a golden color with a fluffy head that fades pretty fast. Smell is light, kiss of citrus hops and some malts. Very light flavor, quick hops on the tongue are a bit citrusy. Finishes with a grainy aftertaste, very fleeting flavor. Light, bubbly, a bit too thin and watery on the body. Overall no bad flavors but not enough flavor at all, felt like a light beer.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap with some meat lovers pizza. It was a little bitter, but not too bitter. It had an earthy citrus note to it. Overall I thought it was pretty good.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy copper to amber color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a gentle pace to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was there in some frothy gracefulness but that slid into the beer.
The smell started off with some nice sweet bready malts sliding into a light citrusy to earthy hop presence. Some floral notes open up as it warms.
The taste was basically the same adding some citrus zest quality with some light cracker-like qualities in it.
The mouthfeel involved a light body with a crisp cracker-like feel running into a decent sessionably sweet feel.
Overall, not a bad APA, but probably not really something to chase again. Thanks Sara.

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Photo of philbe311
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to welcome Sweetwater to Central PA... Here's my first experience...

A - A very slight half fingers worth of crisp off-white colored froth... Surprisingly decent retention gives way to a full creamy lush lacing... The color is a slightly hazed copper... Loaded with medium to quick paced carbonation...

S - Text book American Pale Ale aroma... A solid mix of malt and hops... Rich bready malts... A present but not overpowering hop presence... Lots of orange zest... Some slightly floral undertones... Rich and rewarding with good depth and complexity...

T - The palate doesn't present quite the depth or complexity alluded to by the aroma... Not bad, but quite average for the style... A mix of cereal grains along with rich biscuit notes... The hop presence takes on much more in the way of earthy tones... A slightly metallic finish...

M - On the fuller side of light bodied... Sturdy and crisp... A bit of chalkiness throughout... Perhaps a wee bit thin...

D - Excellent appearance and aroma got my hopes up a bit, but the flavor profile and mouthfeel are merely average... Not a bad brew, but not a must try... Still looking forward to more from the folks at Sweetwater...

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Photo of hopsputin
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy burnt bright orange color. 3 finger white head. its a nice pour

s: pineapple, strawberry, mango. theres a nice sweet caramel malt presence in here as well, with some freshly baked dough

t: follows the nose pretty well. pineapple and mango at the front of the tongue. there is a mild grapefruit bitterness behind that which fades to a bit of that caramel malt. finishes a bit watery and bitter

m: light mouthfeel with a very large carbonation level

o: a bit watery in the flavor. but, behind that is that mellow hop flavors which have the potential to be nice, but are a bit muted. its a tad overcarbonated as well. still, could see myself drinking a bunch of these

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up a few weeks back in Totowa, having never had this before. Sweetwater is new to this area and they had a tap takeover at the Cloverleaf recently as well, so I was hoping that this would be worthy of the recent buzz. While not a bad American Pale Ale, this went down way too easily without any memorable traits or flavors to it. With so many examples of this style to choose from, this would not be my first one the next time around!

The pour was decent, as this beer had a straw-colored hue, fluffy head that quickly settled into a thin web, with only a few splotches of lacing along the back side of my pint glass once I started to enjoy this. As light as this looked, it was that light in taste as well - some tangerine straw, English bitterness, and a macro-llike grain filler were what I picked up here. Thin with just enough carbonation, the aftertaste was slightly metallic with a bit of hop oils left behind. Everything didn't really mesh well together here and as much as I liked the "420" in the name, that's not what I was really picking up here.

While not a true session beer, I could see why people would down more than one of these in a sitting. This wasn't terrible as much it was underwhelming and both the malt and hops needed to be turned up a few notches in order for this to better measure up. I wouldn't reach for this again unless it was hot out and had nothing else available but mass-market beers. As basic a take on this style as one could find!

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange with amber hues and a thin bubbly head. Lots of bubbles from this bottle conditioned pale ale.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet Water 420 reminded me of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale in a couple of ways, namely in that they're both solid beers that a lot of people don't like to love so much. 420 pours golden and has just enough of a hop profile to remind you you're drinking a pale ale, but it's smooth on the finish and smells faintly of citrus. A good beer!

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Photo of aProtagonist
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Living in Atlanta for four-plus years, I found that this was the Official Beer (tm) of locals who considered themselves above the macrobrews but were too restrained to ever try something new at the bar. As for the beer itself, it's the world's most generic pale ale - straw gold, faintly hopped, and easy going down. I would never say no to it, but I'm proud to say I never actually bought one for myself.

A boring-ass beer for boring-ass people. It's not bad, but you can do a lot better, especially in Atlanta.

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Photo of CayseyW
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an absurdly drinkable pale ale. Doesn't have a huge nose or super complex elements, but it has decent balance with a very pleasant flavor profile. Not a "wow" beer, but definitely solid.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

sample at the sweetwater draft house and grill, hartsfield-jackson atlanta airport, terminal B. oct 17 2015

a: clear blond with white head

s: lightly hoppy nose with grainy malt

t: follows the nose -- mild orangey citrus notes with grainy, cheap, almost rice-like malt. easy bitterness

m: light-bodied with moderate carbonation

o: an okay pale

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a easy drinking and tasty beer. Clear, pale gold with a white head that stayed around the edges throughout the time the beer was in the glass. It has a nice pine and citrus aromas with a nice sweet smell. It tastes just like it smells but is a little lighter on flavor than the smell leads you to believe but that is too be expected in a lower ABV beer. Really nice and easily drinkable.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best if enjoyed by 11/29/15. Poured into a Monday Night Brewing pint glass. Hazy golden orange with a one inch bubbly white head. Sporadic carb bubbles that eventually die down. Frothy bubbles cling and slide down the glass while drinking. Smell is dank pine, citrus, and a little bready in the backend. Taste is not as hoppy as expected from the nose but still dominate for a pale ale. Citrus, lemon and slight grapefruit sweetness upfront with a great balance of malt. Carbonation is spot on. Great refreshing beer after a nice 15 mile bike ride. Cheers!

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden-amber color with good clarity. 1+ finger head is off-white in color. Head leaves a decent amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma is a tropical hop and caramel-y malt mix. A bit floral with lemon and orange as well.

Biscuit-y, caramel-y malt. Hops are fairly mild. A bit citrusy. Orange, and pineapple. Some floral notes as well.

Medium bodied with a slight bitter feel on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

A decent pale ale. Easy drinking. Not quite a full blown APA but hoppier than an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale gold with 2 fingers of explosive creamy white head. Good clarity with lively carbonation.

Dank greens, pine, bright florals, pineapple, and honey.

Pine and bright florals, Honey sweet malt backbone. Lightly dank with touches of pineapple. Finishes with grapefruit zest and pine sap.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, creamy, and semi-dry with a low bitterness.

A very smooth APA worthy of session-ing.

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Photo of Futbol15
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So the pint came out pretty flat. The smell was pretty decent and the taste was smooth. I was hoping to get the Hop Hash but the brewery was out...

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I first tried this one at a movie theater. It was poured from a cold bottle into a plastic cup (meh). I was instantly impressed with this brew for one key reason: cannabis. This one has 5.4% ABV and is classified as an extra pale ale.

Look-It pours a mildly hazy golden orange amber color with some thick white foamy head. The lacing is sticky and full.

Smell-It smells of glorious cannabinoids, which is to be expected in a way, because all hops are closely related to cannabis. However, this brew does not simply manifest the hops through means of bitters and alpha acids. Instead, you get a plethora of pungent turpines and oils. The malt aroma is fresh pale ale sweetness.

Taste-An herbal-like zing and some citrus zestiness from the hops dominate the palate. The malts nicely balance everything out and the carbonation pairs well with the mild alcohol content.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied and moist. It has a delicious resin coating on the tongue from the hops that are a close relative to cannabis. The coating lingers for a while and makes the next gulp that much more delicious.

Overall-This beer really surprised me and I haven’t tired one with such noticeable cannabis compounds save for Castaway IPA by Kona Brewing Co. It is delicious and refreshing and goes down so easy. Cheers!

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Photo of BamaPete15
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really like this, very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I like Sierra Nevada okay, but like Sweet Water even better. The bottle said extra pale ale, so I was expecting the bitterness to be stronger than Sierra Nevada. I was wrong, the bitterness in Sweet Water is just right. Tasted superb start to finish. This will be my go to Pale Ale until I find something better.

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Photo of Soulshiner7
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice white head forms thick over the amber-yellow body. Smells sweet, but not overly so. Easy to drink. Nice, simple flavor, with a taste that is strong but far from overwhelming.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L-Pours a light amber-yellowish color. Very thick head that stays for quite sometime.
S-Nice hoppy aroma. I can smell a hint of spice too, thats followed by a slight sweet smell.
T-Slight bitter and hoppy taste. It also has a spiciness that I can't quite grasp. All in all though, there really isn't much else.
F-Pretty thick, also its pretty carbonated.
O-420 is definitely a solid beer and I recommend it to both new and experienced beer drinkers(advocates). It has everything you're looking for in a pale ale. It isn't the most complex thing I've ever drank, but at the same time its easiness to drink is hard to top. Honestly, this beer is one of my go-to beers when I'm out around town. It's cheap, and "craft" enough to suit my taste buds. If you haven't tried it, I would give it a taste.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice pale ale. Had it on draft at the first night of my business trip. Very crisp and high,y drinkable. Would buy again it was available where I live

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Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange copper brew. Off white head with excellent retention.

Fairly neutral and unassuming aroma; notes similar to flavor profile.

Surprisingly malty brew, sweet with pale and caramel grains, kissed throughout by grassy, herbal hops with a touch of citrus peel. Fairly bitter.

Smooth, a little sticky. Wet finish.

This is pretty solid for an extra pale ale.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8/15/15 Home from Weinlein

Pours very nice. Kind of beer commercial looking. Deep orange yellow with great head, at least three fingers. It does fade fairly quick though.

The smell is kind of sweet. Pick up a little Belgium spice as well.

The taste is different. Kind of dry with a sweet note to it. I do feel like there is coriander or something kind of wit beer in it.

Over a its kind of different but I enjoyed it. Can say I'll be chasing more down but a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am in Georgia for business frequently and will have to try more of the local beers but so far the first I will rate is the Sweetwater420. Overall not a bad Pale Ale with a good smell but the overall taste is nothing special. Not sure if this is fact or fiction but I hear this beer has changed a bit over the years as Sweetwater has become more commercial. I am curious to hear from others who tried this beer 3 or 4 years ago to see if it is still the same beer.

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Photo of FootballAndBeer
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not an expert....yet haha, but definitely a fan of the smell and color, nothing too exceptional in that aspect but definitely memorable. Very easy to drink, have and will buy again.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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