420 Extra Pale Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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420 Extra Pale Ale420 Extra Pale Ale
420 Extra Pale Ale420 Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 833 | Ratings: 3,903
Photo of Buck89
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Look: a slightly hazy amber color with a thick and long-lasting off-white head.
Aroma: mainly pine with faint citrus. Not very dank to my nose. Bready malt was there too.
Taste: more complex with herbal notes, resin, pine, and faint grapefruit. The malt was there but in the background. Medium bitterness.
Feel: light on the palate, medium bodied, and with a slightly off-dry finish.
Overall: pretty tasty pale ale, especially for the price.

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Photo of WJL2112
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from fresh 16 oz can.
Look was a cloudy gold color; very frothy head that lingered for a while with a bit of lacing.
Smell was of hops.
Tastes pretty decent for the west coast style, decent amount of bitterness.
Feel was good, smooth, very easy drinking.
Overall, a decent extra pale ale when I am looking for something sessionable.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An almost clear golden color. Not much head. Smell is neutral. Taste is mostly sweet. Light mouth feel with a smooth finish. Not exceptional but far above average.

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Photo of Gordono
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice sweet citrus aroma and a very frothy pour that produces a very nice resilient head that clings to the glass, and a taste that is surprisingly sweet and not to bitter.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a light amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight hop flavor
M-A medium bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A good Pale Ale

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Photo of MikeInWashington
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently I was in Atlanta, Georgia. I was looking for a craft beer that was local. I found this one and I was very keen to try it. I'm glad that I did.

Cascade hops (which come from my neck of the woods) make this a very tasty brew. I really enjoyed it so much that I will out and bought a 12 pack of this.

It's rare to find something that brings a taste of home when you are so far away. This brew certainly made me feel like I was drinking back at home.

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a fine-bubbled off-white head. Caramel in color and showing a lot of chill haze.

The nose is dank, citrusy, and a touch piney. Biscuity and honey aromas as well.

The flavor is pretty pine forward. Biscuity malt flavors. A faint hint of honey as well. Some citrus rind. It is a bit sweet and finishes not quite dry enough to remove the sweetness from the palate.

The mouthfeel is a touch chewy. Moderately carbonated. Some light alcohol warmth in the finish.

Overall, the aroma on this hints at a more interesting beer that your palate receives. It is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination and would be very nice with a juicy hamburger.

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Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet and citrusy. Some pine mixed in.

T/F: Sweet lightly toasted grains up front. Piney hops and citrus rind... modest bitterness. Earth and grass. Light bodied... well carbonated and smooth.

O: An easy drinking APA. Some hop flavor balanced by the sweet malts. Nothing exciting, but not offensive either. A good intro to craft beer.

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Photo of Holderness
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L — Pours a very slightly hazy orange body with three fingers of solid white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and lacing
S — Sunscreen, floral, honey bread, banana
T — Largely follows the nose with a little more grassy herbaceous hop character. Semi-sweet bready malt backbone
F — Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Easy drinking
O — One of the earlier ‘craft’ beers that I ever had, back in high school when I was down in Alabama with some friends. We all thought it was awesome stuff at the time, after all the Bud we had been drinking.


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Photo of 57md
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light straw color with about a finger of head. I thought that the nose would be very dank but instead it was sharp and piney. The flavor is mild with a dry bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of win007
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I so wanted to really like this beer - cool bottle with Sweetwater on it. It even says "bottle conditioned for fresher taste." But, seemed a bit bitter where the hops took over too much.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pale amber with an off white head that leaves a trail of lace.

In the nose is sweet biscuit malt with pine and citrus hops.

Taste green earthy hops followed by sweet malt with caramel followed by citrus and pine hops.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent copper-straw with constant bubbles rising to the top. Head is a finger of white foam with poor retention. Aroma is citrus, herbal hops and bready, biscuity malts. Flavor profile is citrus and tropical fruits with no real discernible individual flavors. Malts are bready and biscuity. It finishes with a mineral water taste. Mouth feel is fizzy and fuzzy with a modest refreshing quality. It has a medium-thick consistency up front, but breaks down to a thin consistency at the finish. Overall, simple and somewhat refreshing.


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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into pint glass in February 2019. The can had a drink by date of May 1, 2019.

Appearance: Gold color with light tan head. The head is very thick and there is nice lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of pine and citrus, as well as some hops and sweetness like honey. Overall the citrus aroma dominate the other aromas.

Taste: Good taste. There is a light hops and citrus flavor but with some sweetness as well. This is sweeter than other APAs or IPAs I have drank. There is a nice hoppy after taste. Overall very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Medium alcohol which matches the 5.4% listed.

This is a very good APA. It has a nice mix of grapefruit, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. I like the overall balance, and that the fruit & citrus flavors are pronounced but do not dominate the flavor. I tyically prefer APAs with more hop bite, but I would buy this again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderately hazy orange gold amber with a fairly dense creamy white foam head. Smells mild with mostly caramelized grains, slight honey caramel notes, a little bready, floral with subtle fruity esters. Tastes like honey, caramelized grains, bready malt, some floral piney bitterness, with dried apricot, orange marmalade notes, lemony citrus pith, with a refreshing mild minty dankness. Feels light-medium bodied, smooth with moderate tingly carbonation. Overall a nice west coast style pale ale.

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Photo of Nass
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a best by date on the back of the bottle. The pour is orange, the taste is slight citrus, slight lemon, malt, a little grassy, some floral, not bad but too much sediment & I am drinking it before the best by date. This is kind of easy drinking Cheers! B

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Photo of RMehrenberg
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish-yellow in color. Little bit of foam that dissolves quickly. Very mild scent. Taste is slightly bitter, few hops. Lingers on the sides of my tongue-reminiscent of seltzer water more than anything else. Not really bad, just very weak.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - massive, stubborn head atop a near-transparent yellow body.

S - herb, oranges, caramel.

T - follows the nose. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - a perfectly average ipa. Not overly dank. It’s an easy drinker.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium gold producing 1 inch of very short-lived, off-white head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is pale, sweet malt with floral and citrus hops. Taste is sweet with light pale malt, mild grapefruit/citrus hops, floral, fruit hints of apple and grape with a nice bitterness. Finishes dry.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man, what some flavor this American Pale ale has! This beer is bursting with excitement! The presentation is nice and simple. The artwork is a much welcomed down to earth design. Better than the current trend of psychedelic art you see with other craft beer brands. Smell is wonderful and pleasant, with aromas of bright tropical fruit with a lot of floral hints. You get a underlying toast and some depth. The taste is much the same as the aroma. Very hop forward with bright citrus notes. Taste is guava, and apricot fruit with a floral kiss. The malt lies underneath the fruitiness of this ale. The feel is nothing out of the ordinary. The hop residue stays with you for a while. I highly recommend you give this beer a try. It is absolutely wonderful and well put together. A fantastic brew!

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle best by 9/4/18. Light amber color, a finger of white head. Grapefruit smell. Medium feel. Grapefruit flavors with some biscuit malt underneath. I'm puzzled by the relatively low rating, this one nails the APA style.

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Photo of egrandfield
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, a solid, drinkable beer. Nothing more, nothing less. Name sort of pisses me off in that it reminds me of a fat old dude fishing on a boat and getting trashed. Really doesn't help the image. If they changed the packaging and name, would do much better.

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Photo of D1noB
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bready, crisp beer that is light on the hops. Rounds off in the middle, buscuit middle takes over the taste and hops sneaks in, in the middle.

Taste rating in words: A safe middle of the road drive.

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Photo of Beachbumobx
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love a fish on the label... this one of the best SweetWater beers out there other than the Hatchery series. Not bitter at all. Guess the "Extra" mean "more" pale.... it's not as strong tasting as other pale ale's. Good at beach, on deck, and in the living room.

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Photo of Purdom
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My go to beer. First of all, I love beer but I'm missing (or have) the bitterness gene. That is to say that I'm not a fan of bitter tastes (let's just say I don't spend a lot of time at Starbucks). I like a beer with flavor and just a bit of bite on the back end. I'm a fan of Czech pils and have made the pilgrimage to Pils. While this is not a Pils, it does have a great flavor profile without the pucker up bitterness that some craft brewers seem to delight in.

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420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 3,903 ratings