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: 680
Hads: 3,018
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 98
Gots: 690 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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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)

Photo of neenerzig
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got a single 12 oz bottle of this from a Publix in Osprey, FL, as I am currently on vacation there. Poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a mainly clear, slightly cloudy, medium golden/copper/amber color. Has a nice white head about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a medium sized to thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some spots and clusters of foam here and there on the beer's surface. Decent lacing. Mild aromas of caramel malty sweetness followed by some pine and citrus hops. Wish the smell would have been a bit more pungent overall. Has a good malty sweetness upfront with hints of caramel that gives way to a nice citrus and pine hop back bone. This has a bit more hop bitterness to it than a lot of other pale ales I have had. In fact, I'll go as far to say that this is closer to an American IPA than an American Pale Ale in my opinion, as I've certainly drank more than plenty of both of these styles over the past 9 years or so. Has an overall crisp, slightly prickly, yet fairly smooth and creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way you want a good beer to be on a warm night in the very late spring in Florida. Worth a try for sure.

Eric (1,249 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: solid orangy brown with not much of a head.
S: fruity, artichoke, warm and modestly earthy.
T: just a bit bitter, mild but very nice flavor, similar to the smell
M: a hair gritty, nice texture
O: a very decent pale ale with a slightly interesting flavor (257 characters)

Photo of CarolinaCraft
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Over all I would say this is a good Pale Ale. Nice golden color. I poured mine from a bottle into a glass and it actually had pretty consistent lacing on the glass. It has a mild bite of hops to it (not overpowering) and leaves a good taste in your mouth after you take a sip. I would say this one shoots right down the middle for me as a good pale ale. (353 characters)

Photo of ferociouswalrus
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Probable the "palest" pale ale I've ever had... it wasn't kidding about being "extra pale." Extremely crisp and drinkable with just a tiny hops edge, along with some pine undertones. Pours clear amber. Hit the spot on a summer day. (231 characters)

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

Pours an amber orange color with a nice 2 finger head that hangs around leaving some nice lacing in a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is of hops with a little malt. Mostly citrus and pine .

Taste is nice, following the nose. Get a little maltiness with the pine and citrus from the hops.

Mouthfeel is really good. Nice carbonation that cleanses the mouth.

Overall a good beer. Not as hoppy as an IPA but still a nice hopiness that gives this beer some real flavor. Most certainly will have again. (493 characters)

Photo of BrettMRogers
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-short but thick white creamy head. Golden orange color.

S-deep citrus notes. Can't describe the specifics

T-orangery flavor. Others I couldn't describe.

M-medium bodied and much carbonation

O-delicious extra pale ale. Drank it for lunch in savannah, ga (260 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear medium amber with a creamy white head. The head has moderate retention but leaves some nice lacing, aided with moderate carbonation. The aroma is mild, with mostly caramel sweetness dominating. The taste is also pretty mild, with some fruit and stronger, if less defined bitterness. There's a pretty good weight to the body and a little bite from the carbonation. A good pale ale. (398 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single bottle from Total Wine in Reston VA. Best by date is 6/23/14 so I'm drinking this one about a month and 1/2 before their claimed best by date.

For an "extra" pale ale its actually pretty dark. 1 finger head that holds pretty well.

Smell - Very bready and doughy. Not really noticing any hop presence.

Taste - Very pedestrian and ordinary American pale ale. Mild hops, moderate bitterness in finish. Slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel - ordinary and nothing good/bad

Overall - An acceptable pale ale but this one just seems like your typical well made pale ale from the craft scene 10-20 years ago. There are just too many better made and flavorful pales on the market today making this one very forgettable. Still an easy drinker but forgettable. (766 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 2" fluffy off white head that recedes slowly with significant lacing. Amber/golden color with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: a pleasant combination of caramel and toasted malts with some slight citrus/pine hop spice
Mouthfeel: light to medium body, somewhat watery, somewhat wet finish.
Flavor: somewhat malt forward with sweet flavors of caramel and biscuit. Earthy and citrus hops are subtle but noticeable.
Overall: 420 is an excellent session ale. Hard to criticize this beer. It presents as flavorful but not overwhelming to the palate. (554 characters)

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.