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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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Reviews: 689
Hads: 3,067
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 100
Gots: 722 | 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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Reviews: 689 | Hads: 3,067
Photo of bch1988
4.1/5  rDev +12%

I was almost ambushed by this beer. I was at Atlanta International Airport in a bar, and asked the bartender for something local so he pours me one of these....

Well, now anytime I down south I try to pick up this number. Its not the most crafty of craft beers, but I absolutely enjoy it.

It definitely has a fruity side but its an overall great summer beer. If you're planning to drink out of the bottle, give this one a consideration! (438 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: I was drinking this on tap at a cool eatery in Front Royal, VA. The place was dimly lit, but the golden color definitely comes through well. A nice, frothy head that dissolves quickly.

Smell: Light, almost breathy, with a little sweet, a little malty mixed together.

Taste: Not bad, very smooth, with a light, grassiness to it. Am I standing in a meadow? No, but the thought crossed my mind for a second.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth. Good.

Overall: A well-made Extra Pale Ale. I liked it overall, and it added to the atmosphere of the place where I was eating. I had this with quail. A good combination. I'd definitely get it again. Lovely on tap. (671 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.1/5  rDev +12%

12 oz bottle. best by 12/01. hazy golden color. about a finger of head dissipated quickly. medium bodied, smooth-very quaffable(word?). bold citrusy hops, a little floral. biscuity/bready malt balances nicely. a few of these would be great by the grill in the summer. (267 characters)

Photo of BB1313
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Best by 12/28/14. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with a subtle haze; some sediment floating around; fluffy white head that fades and leaves nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are faint with lots of grass. Lots of malts. There's not much of a hoppy/fruity presence. The flavors are very sharp and crisp. Very earthy. More grass. Hints of pine. Clean, but boring. Mouthfeel is great. It's light with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This beer is well crafted, but the aromas and flavors don't get me overly excited. Yes, they stay true to style. It's not bad, but it's not memorable and there are many other examples of the style that I personally enjoy more. (706 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best by 12/28/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent light orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: Light notes of floral, citrus, pine, caramel and sweet malt
T: The notes largely match the nose, though not to the same depth. Not much finish
F: Light, crisp and refreshing
O: A bit simple compared to many of the bold ales out there these days but at the same time it's nice to be able to relax with a beer that's tasty and not over the top (449 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: golden with a hint of orange color; big frothy off white head with good lacing; cloudy yeast sediment throughout the body

Smell: hints of fir tree aroma with a touch of orangey citrus

Taste: hoppy bite right up front that continues through to the end; on the hoppier side of balance, so an accurate example of APA; dry finish due to the hops overpowering the lingering malts

Mouthfeel: a bit juicy with good amount of carbonation.

Remarks: not bad overall; I got it while camping and was happy with it. (521 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Deep copper color and cream colored head goes together nicely!

Aroma has floral notes with a touch of pine!

Flavor had bitter floral and pine needle citric movements nothing is smooth or creamy on the palate just abrasive hops so far.

Mouthfeel is dry from front to back a bit off putting with ample carbonation,

Overall it is what is I'm not sure if I care that their in Ohio now! (385 characters)

Photo of sourd
4/5  rDev +9.3%

poured into a jar glass...be burley

lovely ruddy golden

light whiff of herbal pine...vague perfumy finish

grassy with slight earthy herbal hop tones. gently dry hopped

smooth mouthfeel, light on the palette...in a good way

subtle is the operative descriptor with this one. easy drinking with a perfect bitterness. definitely fits the easy going image of the brewery. perfect 420 beer to quench ones thirst. as to the negative reviews, maybe you just need to step back and chill on this one, youre definitely not getting it. (528 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%

From notes on 4/6/14

It’s very ok. Pretty average beer. Ended up buying a sixer. Wish I could have gotten a single. Taste is bitter earthy grass. Some malt flavors. Really, just ok. (184 characters)

Photo of Bravak
3/5  rDev -18%

Had at ATL during visit.
A - typical hazy yellow, creamy head with light carbonation.

S - Light, sweet malt with a hint of fruity citrus. Aroma quickly dissipated.

T - Simple and standard blonde flavor. Tinge of sweetness. Pleasantly quaffable.

M - Light carbonation with a residual sweetness.

Overall, pretty standard and a "safe" beer. Seemed lacking compared to what I expected. (389 characters)

Photo of JimmyLupo
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Sweetwater Extra Pale Ale is a misnomer- Extra implies something "extra." Perhaps extra Water?

This is a light weight IPA with a low ABV of ? ?

I couldn't locate an ABV listed on the bottle or label, but Beeradvocate lists it as 5.4%.

This is a tame IPA and on the light side. If you lean towards a light beer IPA, buy it. I prefer more IBU's. (347 characters)

Photo of jman42
3/5  rDev -18%

Had from a 12 oz bottle in a generic beer glass...

A = Pretty orange color. Crystal clear. Nice head and good lacing. So far so good.

S = Nothing overwhelming. Perhaps some slight hints of citrus.

T = Once again, kind of underwhelming.

M = Nice creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps due to its lack of taste, there are no lingering bitter tastes left over.

O = Didn't hate this beer, but I certainly didn't love it. No need to go out of my way to find it. (452 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy burnt orange color with a Khaki head and some good lacing i liked the look of this brew
S-Caramel and malt with some citrus hops
T-much like the nose it had a burnt citrus orange taste with some caramel malts some pine hops
M-medium carbonation some bitterness on the hops
O- an average PA not real flavorful more malt than hop but i would say give it a try (376 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Total Wine in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $15.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: July 30, 2014
Consumed: July 30, 2014
Misc.: Enjoy by Sept. 25, 2014

Poured a caramel, orange clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy off-white head. Below average spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down.

Really had to work for the smell, but got moldy wet hops, light orange rind, floral hops, citrus hops, orange zest and caramel wheat.

Tasted a bit better than the nose. Got tangerine rind, orange zest, floral hops, citrus hops, grass hops, caramel and some unknown spices.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Definitely more EPA than APA, but still just OK. (783 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a grocery store in Birmingham Alabama. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a pretty good head. Golden unfiltered goodness

S- Lots of hops here. A bit of caramel

T- Very good with a lot of finishing hops. Super easy drinking and not bitter like other IPA's

M- Dry and crisp

O- Very good. Like this one a lot. Wish I could get it in Canada

Food Pairing

I tried this wonderful IPA with... smoked beef brisket, it didn't go well at all.

Enjoy (484 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color of this beer has a haze of orange color to it. I could taste the hops in this beer. It has a malty taste to it as well. It was not that bad of a beer. It was not my favorite beer from Sweetwater but it was not that bad. It had a bitter finish to it as well. It also finished on the dry side as well. (309 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pint glass is holding a hazy of orange, a little copper and a two finger head.
S - Malty and biscuit, a bit of hops
T - Its about the same as the nose, A bit of a bitter finish.
M - Medium body and a finish on the dry side.
O - Its on the average side for pale ales, hop flavor really disappointed me. (308 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: clear, but with sediment suspended though out; copper colored; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a spotty cap; moderate lacing;

S: restrained; floral hops with some light malt;

T: even more muted than the scent; a little metallic; moderate lingering bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice to drink, but not memorable; the metallic taste was a little off putting; (447 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours slightly cloudy orange with a small white head that leaves some lacing. Smells of citrus and piney his, orange jumps out.tastes of slight piney and earthy hops with some citrus, but kind of opposite of the aroma. Beer is nicely carbonated very smooth, light body. Overall a very good beer. (349 characters)

Photo of BurningTreeMufen
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Light orangish-yellow with thin head. Transparent and a nice stream of bubbles. Medium lacing.

Smell- Malty with a little citrus.

Taste- Clean. Malty sweetness with a nice balance of light citrus and piney hops. Bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel- Light. Finishes with a slight bitterness. Nice carbonation.

Overall- An extremely drinkable pale ale that is enjoyable for all beer drinkers, from the novice to the veteran. (435 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into glass/ on tap second time

Honey colored with a white foam lid. A few lacings. Slight carbonation.

Aroma of citrus hops and bread. Hint of malts with the hops.

Smooth taste , mild hop bitterness in the beginning. Citrusy but a nice balance. Bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Clean finish and aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Very good beer. Recommended to me and I like it. Would definitely enjoy 420 again. Well crafted. (440 characters)

Photo of marshmarsh
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Libby "Craft Pub" glass. Best before date is 21 July 2014, consumed about a month prior to that date.

a - pours dark golden amber with a dark copper tint. Beautiful head, looks like freshly made whipped cream that someone poured too much vanilla into and turned it a slight brownish color. There's a lot of circular motion going on with either carbonation or sediment below the head.

s - Light lemon notes, can smell the hops. Cream soda. Smells lighter than the color, if that makes sense. Not much else coming through.

t - Creamy, savory start, hoppy middle, melon (cantaloupe, pumpkin) finish. Unfortunately I don't really like cantaloupe, but that's just a personal preference.

m - Creamy, bubbly, and lingering.

o - This beer has a great look, but the smell is simple, and the taste needs something a little extra. Overall it's not a bad beer, but it could use something more. (901 characters)

Photo of DelMontiac
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this gift into a pint glass. Nice light amber color and a pretty sticky two-finger white head that produces a little lace. Get an aroma of rising bread dough and some floral hops. Sweet smelling too. Flavors are white yeast sweet bread, with a tinge of caramel/vanilla, and a very pleasant mild, but slightly peppery and grassy hop nip. Nice feel and carbonation. I like this one a lot. Could drink several of these. (423 characters)

Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Came back after a day of hiking and geocaching and grabbed a 12 pack from Sheetz. Three of the bottles were Sweetwater 420. I drank two and enjoyed them both. I'm still not super knowledgeable about beers so I might be wrong on all of this.

It tasted a little like an IPA but not as IPA-ish. Much better colder than when it warmed up sitting on the table. I could see drinking this beer in the summer or the winter and I could probably drink more than one. (458 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7-5-15 - On tap at Park Grill Cafe in Millennium Park in Chicago. Great view of The Bean. 420 on tap on our walk to Soldier Field for the final Grateful Dead 50 show. Nice touch. Always a good choice. (212 characters)

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.