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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Reviews: 731 | Ratings: 3,354
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Not much head retention. Smells like a pale ale, but very basic. Similarily, it tastes like a pale ale, but also a very basic one. No bells and whistles, no surprises here... but hey, sometimes simplicity is key.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks pretty enough, with a bit of cloudiness left over from the bottle conditioning. However, just entirely too hoppy for my tastes. Dominates both the flavor and the feel of this beer, which makes it no better than average to me.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Going back and adding a written review from an earlier rating.
A local offering for me, and a beer that I have been drinking for a long time.
Golden Amber pour with strong carbonation appearance. Minimal head.
Piney hop scent that has a refreshing quality.
Tastes a little sweet with floral hops.
Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Easy to drink.
A good local beer. Always realiable.

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Photo of CMG-PSU
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't typically drink Pale Ales but when I do, this is the one. The taste does not linger on your palate for too long, which I think is a good thing... so I don't get sick of drinking it after one or two.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured slowly into a shaker pint glass. Best before 07/23/15:

Appearance: Hazy gold-orange. Thin off-white head, some persistent strands of lacing. The haze began to coalesce a bit into yeast sediment towards the end of the glass.

Smell: Orange, fresh cut citrus, some tropical fruit notes.

Taste: Tart/crisp citrusy hops at the front, biscuit-like malt for balance, short citrusy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit sticky, light carbonation on the palate, a little thin underneath it all.

Overall / Drinkability: No one aspect of the beer really sings out, but overall, the individual components work well together and end up making a nicely crafted beer that is quite drinkable. I would not mind at all having another. A solid example of a APA.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with lots of floaties. Thick and fluffy one finger head, nice retention and lacing. The aroma was flowery, with a touch of citrus and sweetness. The flavors were rather muted, got some piney bitterness, but mostly sweet malt, a bit of a malt bomb, considering it was only three weeks old and kept in the fridge since being purchased. The mouthfeel was rather thin, but had nice carbonation. Overall, a serviceable beer, but nothing extra special.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 5-7-15. Threshold glass. BB 5-24-15.

Appearhace: Pours a dark gold/light copper with 2 fingers beige head, foamy. Lots of floaties! It better be bottle-conditioned. Ample, but not excessive carbonation. Nice lacing and retention. 1/8" cap of foam.

Aroma: Fragrant, citrusy and sweet. Mandarin oranges. A little touch of alcohol, though.

Taste: Nice. Tart, hoppy (but not too hoppy) arrival. Slight sweetness across mid-palate. Lingering mild resiny hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of mid-weight. Lots of carbonation. Pretty clean finishing for an ale.

Overall: I like it; a very good, serviceable pale ale, if you can get past the floaties.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the classic Atlanta beer to many out there. From the bottle, it pours a slightly off gold color with a small head. After you taste it, you understand why it is so popular. Enjoyable.

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Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Custom shaped 12oz drops a mostly clear golden brew to two tumblers with a frothy white head. Good retention of the cap before falling to a medium ring depositing a few sheets of lace.

S- Fairly hoppy here with mostly clean yeast besides a bread hint and some pale graininess. Lemon oil, orange zest, flower and herbal hop tones.

T- The yeast becomes slightly more present here with a breadiness and slight esters. Herbal, resin, floral, zesty citrus and a tiny hint of stone fruit from the hops.

MF- Light bodied with a very slight creaminess in the texture but mostly frothy. High end carbonation allows the zesty hops to come out and leads to a light bitterness lingering on the palate.

Easy drinking Pale Ale with floral and citrus peel hops in a frothy light body.

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Photo of adtrick
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gold/orange color. Nice one finger head that lingered throughout the beer. Smells of tangerine and sweet fruit. Tasted more of the fruit and some pine with a hint of bitterness. The feel was a lighter bodied beer that went down real smooth. Overall I would drink this beer again, great summer beer.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really great Pale Ale. I had it on tap at Hammerhead Fred's in Panama City Beach, FL. I would put this up there in my group of favorite Pale Ale's, which are hard to find done well. The only ones that top this are Faction Brewing's Flagship Pale Ale and Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of beerboy21
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine hop aroma. More malt than hops in taste. Not quite the "west coast style pale" it proclaims to be. Too sweet and not enough bitterness/hoppiness.

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Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First off, to those that complain it isn't bitter enough. It's not supposed to be. This is an APA not an IPA. This has flavor aside from just hops.

This is quite possibly the best beer I have ever bought at the price I paid for it. I paid less for a 12 pack of this than I did for a 6 pack of Sierra Nevada and I like this better! In some ways this beer runs quite a few parallels to the American Amber Ale territory and I'm quite okay with that! There are toasty malts, no adjunct flavors that I could detect, and wonderful pine/citrus cascade or noble hops. The flavors strike an almost even 50/50 balance, with a little bit of a sweet albeit dry finish. The mouth feel is thin as a pale ale should be and it lends itself really well to the overall character of this brew. I can't be happier with this beer. Will buy again! (and again, and again..)

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall, a very balanced and tasty Pale Ale. I have had this beer in bottles, cans, and on draft. The flavor is always consistent. It's hoppy but without it ruining your palate. The mouthfeel is also light and not too overwhelming. Sweetwater 420 is probably one of my go-to local craft beers I'll order, especially if I don't see anything else appealing on a beer list.

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Photo of huysmans
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hell of a good beer to drink out of the can on a hot day at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Since I could not pour it into a glass, not sure about the look or the smell, but it sure is a flavorful, balanced, chewy, and refreshing beer. Turkey legs and funnel fries were good companions.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Longhorn in Dalton, GA. Pours orange with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of ripe fruit, bready malt and hint of hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. OK brew.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear light amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is mild. Aroma isn't very strong. Mainly bready. Maybe some slight citrus. Mainly bready taste with a slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Light bodied. There is a hint of citrus in the aftertaste. Decent beer. Definitely something I would bring a 6 pack of to a party.

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Photo of toti1972
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good medium range beer, I was very pleasantly surprised, nice clean golden colour, with a clean white head, cabonation just right to make it a very easy drinkable beer, fruity smell, a little weak but ok, taste sweet, fruity and easy, with just a little bitter finish which I enjoy. Greatly surprised. Very good EPA

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Dipping into one of Chicagoland's newest distributed breweries with their incredibly clever and mature pale ale. It pours a clear honey-brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, light powdered sugar, and a hint of sweet biscuit. The taste holds notes of orange peel, mild grapefruit rind, caramel, pine resin, and a vague notion of pinot grigio in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice enough pale ale, nothing special, but revisitable to a point.

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

4/19/15 (Bottle) - Nice golden brown pour, with a generous white pillow head and decent carbonation. Floral aroma with strong hops scent. Taste is bitter and pleasant, distinct hops with a pine and citrus taste. Very dry going down. Overall very good EPA.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a slightly orange hue and a frothy head of foam.

Biscuity toasted malt, grain, subtle citrus, slightly grassy/floral.

Grassy/earthy hop resin sits abed a bready toasted malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, lager-like smoothness, very creamy and refreshing.

Overall, while aroma and flavor are light, the creamy smoothness of the mouthfeel keeps this interesting and going back for another sip.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly bland. I bought into the blanket the market hype. Should have read up first. In a blind taste test it could be a domestic lager almost. Semi sweet, very little hop bite.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date 06/11/2015 printed on the label. SweetWater just began distributing to my area, so this is my first beer from this brewery. Pretty sure this is also my first beer from Georgia. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere that I can see. Identifies itself as an 'extra pale ale'.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - It pours a hazy semi-translucent orange body with about two to three fingers of thick frothy white foam head. Leaves lots of good fluffy lacing behind.

S - A fairly subdued aroma, but it need not be overwhelming. Grainy malt presence with a restrained piney earthy hop backbone. A touch of honeyed sweetness.

T - Taste follows the nose: a simple, easy-drinking pale ale. Caramel / honey / bread malts, with a restrained piney, earthy, lightly bitter hop profile. Lightly bubblegummy yeast presence is also noted.

M - The feel is probably the best thing about the beer itself - smooth & clean, light-bodied & easy-drinking, with excellent carbonation. A perfect 'session' ale.

Overall, a nice first offering to me from SweetWater. I could definitely see this one being an all-day-drinking type of beer for hot summer days. Looking forward to more from this brewery.

SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of rjs246
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really want to love Sweetwater because it's easy for me to find here in VA. But it just isn't in the cards. I will happily drink their beers when offered, but there are many better options available.

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Photo of TBCE
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing to write home about. Not pleasant on the nose and lacks any real hoppy taste that I enjoy regarding IPA. Taste is average. I've bought it a few times when building a 6-pack, but likely won't venture to it again. It's just okay.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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