420 Extra Pale Ale
SweetWater Brewing Company

420 Extra Pale Ale420 Extra Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,313
Ranked #40,756
3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
420 Extra Pale Ale420 Extra Pale Ale
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maxpower from Missouri

3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper color, decent size white foamy head, light bready and citrus aromas, balanced malt and hop flavors. Light to medium body with a watery and somewhat thin mouthfeel, finishes with a mild bitterness, very average and middle of the road pale ale.

Jun 01, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed, bright gold appearance with a small white head and decent lacing. Herbal/floral hop aroma with soft grains in the background. Taste is a little sweeter and the hops a bit more citrusy than the expectations from the aroma.

May 30, 2020
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Johnsfolly from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the can clean, translucent amber. Poor head retention. Nose is balanced between bready and hoppy. Taste is very smooth with nice hop bitterness that lasts without astringency. I liked it a lot but would like to try one with a bit more foam and maybe mouthfeel.

May 30, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden with a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has some low toasted notes with low stone fruit. There is a low bit of dankness.

Taste: It has some grainy sweetness with low toasty notes and a bit of floral in support.

Feel: It has a medium body.

Overall, it has some light flavors with a crisp finish.

Apr 07, 2020
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste of pine and citrus with some hop bitterness at the end. Look is a golden orange/yellow with a touch of haze. Definitely a solid session beer at 5.4%. This is one of my favorites from SweetWater. Overall it is a well made pale ale that I would like to have again.

Mar 27, 2020
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osheamatth from New York

2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This IPA is god awful. I thought someone had just walked into the bar reeking of the worst weed I ever smelled. Little did I realize that my pint was put down in front of me at the same time. I she have nothing but scorn and I’ve summed it up already. A glass of skunk weed. The place I had it was sort of a dump so it could be how lines are cleaned or how old the keg was but until I try it again, this pan stands.

Feb 25, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears yellow, amber, nice head.
Smells slightly bready, floral, piney, citrusy.
Taste follows the nose, grapefruit and piney.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice ale that I would order again.

Jan 27, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Pours an amber-yellow with slight haze but mostly clear. Has a creamy white head about a finger-thick with decent retention and lacing.

Aroma consists of tropical hops, citrus, and bread malt backbone. Floral and herbal. Pineapple, mango, and citrus are the main notes in the aroma, while there are other notes of apricot, honey, caramel, biscuit, white grapes, and apples.

Taste somewhat follows the aroma, but there is a sort of mute bitterness to it. I can taste cereal malts well along with some pepper minty/peppery notes and grapefruit. But the rest of the notes in the aroma are in the background. Feel is medium-light.

Nov 16, 2019
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i've had quite the spot for sweetwater since they stumbled along to the midwest. picked this up at the gas station like you should any good brew. golden/amber color with a nice enough head going on, some bits of lacing. bits of pine, citrus and just plain ol hops hit the nose, some honey and bready malts keep things balanced and solid. and solid is just the one word that describes this one. flavor was balanced and hit all those marks it should have. grapefruit and various citrus peel things, bit of pine, an upfront bitterness that flows into a sweeter, caramel and honey biscuit backbone. decent body and a dry finish that make it quite drinkable. good for some sunshine, straight out the can and with some tunes. again, just a solid beer.

Oct 19, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is amber-yellow, slightly hazy (perhaps chill haze) topped by a tall, thick, creamy white head. The head recedes very slowly, leaving behind thick lacing. Well carbonated.

Aroma is tropical fruit, citrus, floral, very inviting.

Taste is like the aroma, tropical fruit, nicely bitter, citrus, grapefruit, apricot, solid grainy malt, herbal, some spice. Very well-done combination and well balanced.

Mouth feel is medium with good carbonation tingling the tongue.

Overall, a skillfully made, enjoyable, refreshing pale ale with a lot going in the flavor to keep it interesting.

(And, as with all classic non-SN APAs, underrated on this site.)

Oct 14, 2019
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BoiseBoiseBop from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Superb. Very excellent brew here. Great, dense and beautiful cream colored head that retains very well. Pleasant fresh aroma of dried tropical fruits and yeast, with subtle graham cracker.Get it extremely cold though for your best experience, as it gets muted as it warms.

Sep 13, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, 5.7% abv, best if enjoyed by: 09/17/19, C1930; purchased 6 pack off shelf... decanted into Belhaven pub pint)

L: rather clear, pale yellow-orange liquid; mountain of frothy off-white foam, bubble-bath sudsy, collapses into canyon-esque rockiness; couldn't fit entire bottle into glass on first pour... sediment adds a lil haze; a few crusty bands of lace

S: not a nostrilganger of SNPA, but close?... orange creme, white grape, hint of circus peanut?, underlying fruity-pastry malt; sweet and spicy hop resins... fragrant floral, perfumy aromatics; mellow potency

T: little underlying bitterness up front, clean cereal-maltiness; vaguely minty/peppery note, softly spicy grapefruit hop pop on the top of the palate; dry finish... herbal, pungent, elegant bitterness starts to take hold after a few sips; mellow peppery after-note... no element seems over-emphasized; nice balance

F: light-bodied with a mild chubby bounce; relatively rich resinous residue dusting the palate in the finish; faint spicy warmth lingering... ideal ranges for alcohol and texture

O: similarities and nods to SNPA all around, but arguably a (marginal) touch more refined in its attack; not an exact clone... first SweetWater beer I've tried; wasn't aware they bottle condition, but now I'd like to try some of their other core offerings (1431)

Aug 07, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

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

Pours a golden amber with a decent white, fluffy head. Aroma of hops, grain. Taste is well balanced, solid malt backbone backs up the hops without being too sweet. Medium mouthfeel with an appropriate level of carbonation - pretty well done and pretty enjoyable.

Jun 29, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer that reminded me of when I used to try these years ago, before I got into craft beers. Still very tasty. Pours a nice darker golden color with some nice fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Very good appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon and orange citrus zest hops, along with some malt, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose. Good amount of hoppy bitterness at the finish, just a little dankness. Good balance. Smooth, mild mouthfeel and good carbonation. Very enjoyable and I would definitely consider this sessionable.

Jun 25, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Jun 22, 2019
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WJL2112 from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -6%
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.

Jun 07, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

May 24, 2019
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Gordono from Nevada

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Apr 27, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Apr 14, 2019
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MikeInWashington from Nevada

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Mar 31, 2019
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Mar 31, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Mar 25, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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.


Mar 22, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Mar 13, 2019
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win007 from Texas

3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Mar 12, 2019
420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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