420 Strain G13 IPA
SweetWater Brewing Company

420 Strain G13 IPA420 Strain G13 IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,179
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,469
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.05%
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
453
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Georgia, United States
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89
Very Good
420 Strain G13 IPA420 Strain G13 IPA
Notes: G13 IPA is a strange new strain, indeed. We took the dank hop profile you’d expect from a hazy IPA, and married it with terpenes and natural hemp flavors. The result is a big yet balanced IPA that mimics the aroma and taste of a heady, green G13. G13 IPA is a sticky super-hybrid that’s ready to rip.

Pungent and dank aromatics on this terpene infused IPA fill the room once the beer is opened. We went with an aggressive dry hop schedule which interlaces nicely with the unique flavors to bring forward citrus and earthy notes followed by a resinous finish. This one’s fire!

Colombus and Simcoe in the boil and dry hop!
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can. Light amber, off white head that falls off. A bit hazy, but you can still see some carbonation rising up. Smell is dank, citrusy, maybe a bit of pine resin. Taste follows nose with a mild herbal streak thrown in. Sweeter entry, bitterness in the middle, finishes with that dank aftertaste. Feels medium bodied with decent carbonation. Doesn't coat the tongue and lacks a stickiness I kind of expected. Overall it is a good brew. Not one I'd come back to too often but as a change up, might grab again.

Sep 13, 2020
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good looking pour with a pale golden body with a slight haze, and a two finger thick durable head. The aroma is not as strongly "herbal" as the other beers in this mixed 12 pack. The smell had a bit of orange peel in it which was followed by some floral flourish. The taste was tangy, bittersweet, and delicate. The mouthfeel was slick and refreshing. Overall this was a solid offering all around.

Jul 06, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a slightly cloudy light amber color without much obvious carbonation. There's very little head from this pour and no lacing. A slight dankly hop hit to the nose begins the experience. Accurately described, there's a little hempiness to the taste which also provides a nice sharp dose of hops. Not bad, but a little body would make this one better.

Jul 03, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with some haze, lots of carbonation and a finger of yellowish head.

Smells of skunk, wet dog and weed.

Tastes of dank, delicious stickiness, and something citrus and umami at the same time.

Medium, juicy body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Waynesville, NC and am drinking it in Clyde, June 15th, 2020. Really delicious and unique brew.

Jun 16, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of hemp are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather dank with flavors of hemp and hints of citrusy hops, the latter of which mostly serve to lend a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is also somewhat dry.
O: This IPA does a very good job at showcasing the hemp in both the smell and taste, but isn't overpowering in any such way.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 06, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy light copper color, aroma of pine and citrus, hops and hops and more hops, nice white head with large bubbles that leaves good lacing in my glass. A little thin but good flavor.

Jun 01, 2020
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capehaze from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't like the hazy ( fake ) IPAs. And I'm not sure what a dank IPA is. But I can say, 420 Strain G13 IPA, with a 48 IBU count, is still an IPA. And that's a relief. Because I just bought a 6-pack based on Sweetwater's past history of making some pretty good beers, not great beers. And this is a pretty good IPA. Not a great IPA.

Looks dank, whatever that means. Smells dank. Must be dank. Tastes dank, with some citrus coming through, trying to go west coast. Feels dank, like its begging you to fire up a doobie.

After a few of these danksters, you'll be begging for a west coast hop monster.

May 29, 2020
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kimcgolf from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a foggy golden yellow with good white head and lacing that lasts throughout. Nose is a pleasant lemony-orange citrus with a hint of grapefruit that repeats in the taste. Good medium body mouthfeel and and aftertaste that maintains the slight tartness of the citrus. A very enjoyable IPA.

May 27, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

4-20-20 bottling date, ( as it should be) the G13 IPA poured a gorgeous golden amber sporting a dense, rocky head of bright white foam that stood a full inch above the goblet rim for a few minutes. Vigorous streams of carb bubble rise through the slightly hazy liquid. Very pretty beer in the glass and great embossed bottle.
I know the G13 cultivar quite well having grown it and this beer smells nothing like it. It does smell good - just not like a dank bud. But less citrus in the nose of my IPA is a good thing.
Mild herbal but not "herbal" aromas much like a good English Bitter almost Fuggles and Golding in hop profile to me with good malt balance. I just expected more skunky funk!
Some peppery hop bite on the tongue along side light malt flavor and body. Bittering is mellow appropriately to complement and not overpower the mild malt character.
A good easy drinking IPA with a dry, lingering hop aftertaste but a sad attempt at cannabis terpene name dropping marketing that falls way short of the dank mark.

May 11, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; deep gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a skim cap; nice thick rings of lace;

S: quite aromatic - could smell it a foot away; all cannabis;

T: flavor is a little more subdued; simcoe comes in first, then cannabis through the finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: nicely done; I would have preferred a little less cannabis in the flavor, but that flavor is kind of the point, right?

May 05, 2020
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Danker than your grandpa's basement. You can taste the wet hops in the fermentation chamber. Simcoe... Excellent example of why I love this hop. Danksters will delight.

May 03, 2020
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babaracas from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold, big soapy white head. Smell: grassy, cantaloupe (the outside of one), dank and resinous. Taste: pine, apricot, quite peppery and grassy. Medium bodied, fluffy / prickly. Nice.

Apr 01, 2020
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a heavy rocky headed (two finger length) straw gold ipa.
S- Smells literally like stuffing your nose into a jar of weed. Incredible. With that, there is some piney hop and slight fruitiness there as well. Altogether sour and funky.
T- Taste is fresh, sweet and subdued. Refreshing and bitter.
F- Solid medium bodied mouthfeel.
O- This beer is actually more than a gimmick in my opinion. It smells like straight kush which is hilarious and incredible, but at the same time its a great sipper. Sweet, fresh and enjoyable. An incredible drink to share with friends and share the story of the beer itself. Very nice.

Mar 28, 2020
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This actually smells like opening up a mason jar of some really dank weed. So be prepared for that ahead of time. I think the regular 420 APA from Sweetwater is solid and this expands on that. Taste is dank hops with some citrus and finishes bitter. Overall, another great IPA out of SweetWater. I would drink this again but I’d like try the 420 series Mango Kush if I can ever find it in the Chicago area.

Mar 27, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

In cooler at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. $ 2.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.125/oz). Reviewed 3/11/20.
Can bottom stamped “01/08/20”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light yellow, slight haze.
Body – Light yellow, opaque. When held to direct light, light yellow with many tiny particles forming a haze.
Head – Large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive center pour), white, medium density froth, average retention, slowly diminishing to an undulating eight to twenty-three mm crown rocky partial cap. Wisps of lacing remain as the head collapses.
Lacing – Fair. Large three-dimensional triangular sheets of tiny to medium bubbles hang on the inside of the glass. See also above.
Aroma – 3.5 – Dank and somewhat fruity with a touch of citrus. Weakens significantly with time.
Flavor – 3.25 - Begins a bit dank with faint citrus hints. No alcohol (6% ABV as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.25. Really weak in the flavor department although the general dankness hangs on and on. Never had the base beer so I can’t compare them. Good price for an unremarkable beer.

Mar 11, 2020
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with medium clarity, long lasting fluffy head that clings to the cup

Lots of hop character, pine, hemp, resin, tobacco, citrus, bready, cracker malt aromas. Very dank

Pine, hemp, resin from the hops and bread, cracker flavors from the malt but dominated by hop character. Dry finish

Medium body beer with medium carbonation, very creamy for an IPA, subtle alcohol warmth, leaves a lingering hoppy, hempy flavor

A decent beer but slightly under carbonated which takes away from the crispness and IPA should have. The lingering hemp flavor is a little overwhelming but overall this beer is technically sound

Feb 29, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Hazy gold. One finger of white foamy head with decent retention.

Smell: Sharp piney hops. Mild citrus undercurrent but it's so hoppy that it's hard to smell anything else.

Taste: Begins with a fruity and slightly resinous hop flavor, with bitterness sneaking in through the bottom. Slight metallic funk and a spiciness on the aftertaste, but none of the extreme weed that other 420 Strain beers are infected with.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth body with high carbonation.

Overall: This actually turned out to be a completely normal IPA despite everything on the bottle.

Jan 28, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, best by 2/9/20
Parish stemware

Golden blonde opaque with a creamy head of 1 finger, leaving hilly lacing as it descends.

Aroma of some faint clean cannabis, cantaloupe, and grapefruit. A hint of passion fruit.

The flavor has suggestions of mango but leans on the piney-bitter side, with a finish of harsh lemon rind and dry grass.

Feel brings hard water, harsh carbonation, and some polite resins at the end. Mild alcohol warmth.

Overall, not the cannabis bomb I thought it would be. There's nothing wrong with it inherently, but it's rather boring. I feel like I've had this beer a hundred times before. Perhaps a touch more cannabis. Lots of lingering bitterness. Would not return.


Updated scores : I loved Mango Kush and B Real so much that I came back and purchased the 12 can value variety pack and am trying this beer again. I like it much better this time. Not as good as the other three in the pack, but still a very tasty IPA. Recommended at least once.

Jan 15, 2020
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mjurney from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Light gold, cloudy. Lots of fine bubbles rising. Thick rocky head. Very good head retention.

Aroma:
Citrusy, sweet malts, fruity.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Citrusy, orange, a little herbal, onion. Sweet bready malt, some caramel. Bitter-sweet finish, semi-dry, lingers fairly long. Medium-light bodied, refreshing, crisp, slight sticky, carbonation bite.

Overall:
Just a simple IPA, it's good.

Jan 14, 2020
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pkalix from California

3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"this one is fire!" oh please... must be east coast stuff.... "malt flavor with natural hemp-type flavor".... hmmm.... this isnt what i asked for from Luekens Liquors to ship me for christmas, but oh F'n whatever....definitely pungent.... but for taste, it aint cuttin' it. all i wanted was the regulas Bass shit, guys.... if i want weed with my beer, i'll F'n smoke it, right? geezus christ. gimmick shit everywhere you go.... oh well, the review is for a 'beer' i am drinking....

Jan 01, 2020
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Maxkelly9

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap in pint glass. Slightly hazy with nice foam finish. Aromas not as ‘dank’ as from the bottle of Mango Kush I cracked from them. Hop content is near perfect and goes down very smooth. Love what Ive tried so far from 420 strains

Dec 31, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of some sticky icky which I haven't smoked, er, smelled since my youth. Taste is dank, fresh bud, some tropical fruit notes, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer worth trying.

Dec 30, 2019
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a hazy muted yellow with a half finger, eggshell white head of foam. Good lacing, poor head retention.-

Aroma: Spicy pine resin and spruce clippings. A little sweet clementine. Dank, musky, overripe mango.

Taste: Spicy lemon rind, dry crackery malt, honey, sweet clementine, white pepper. Midpalate coconut cream and pineapple jam. Ends on grapefruit peel and more dry cracker.

Feel: Medium body, medium carb.

Overall: Starts off juicy, ends dry and spicy. Bittersweet. Decent body. I tried their mango kush wheat ale at a friends house and was really impressed with it. This isn't as impressive but it's still a good AIPA.

Dec 27, 2019
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jettjon from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, this one’s a hazy yellow-orange with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades leaving a decent amount of lacing. Smells of strong citrus and piney hops and some sweet malt along with a slight hemp/marijuana scent in the back. Lots of citrus and pine bitterness up front, assertive bitter grapefruit character. Somewhat balanced by the malt but still very hoppy. A bit of hemp flavor on the back. Now what’s interesting here is that long after the beer if finished you will be tasting the hemp. So that’s either a plus or minus for you. For me, it was neutral. Mouth is good – crisp and quenching. Overall a very solid attempt at a “hemp beer,” very similar to Sweetwater’s other offerings but with a twist. Definitely will try again.

Dec 16, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Color is a hazy cloud of amber-gold, finger thick foamy white head with good lacing and retention.

Biggest note in the aroma is the dank cannabis smell, with citrus notes like oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines, along with some bread malts.

In the taste, there is smooth and pleasant smokey afterburn from the dank hops. Really good citrusy backbone too, quite juicy from pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines (perhaps among others). There are also some caramel and bread malts in the flavor. Body is medium-light in feeling.

Nov 18, 2019
420 Strain G13 IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 453 ratings