420 Extra Pale Ale
SweetWater Brewing Company

420 Extra Pale Ale420 Extra Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,367
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
83
Ranked #42,434
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
Reviews:
858
Ratings:
4,000
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SweetWater Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
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Year-round
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Sigmund from Norway

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

355 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 5.7%. Slightly hazy pale golden colour, moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of citrus, tropical fruits and flowers, hints of honey. Slightly sweet flavour, citrus notes, hints of tropical fruits, decent bittering hops.

Wednesday at 09:20 PM
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served cool into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $3.25 CDN. Listed at 5.7% ABV.

Appearance - Clear dark golden color. Two plus fingers of white head rest on top and dissipate slowly.

Smell - Leafy hops, some light mango and pineapple notes. Healthy dose of grain backing things up.

Taste - Leafy hops again, a bit of pepper, general citrus flavor with mango being the most prominent. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, with lots of bubbles, medium bodied and spritzy, zesty finish.

Overall - Solid pale ale, not my favorite, but well made and enjoyable. Wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Wednesday at 07:26 PM
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario 473ml at 5.7%.
best before date 25/01/22.
poured a 1to 2finger head into glass very slow carbonation.
taste is tropical fruits and pine with medium bitterness. the beer leaves a lace as you drink it.
overall a very easy drinking pale ale and enjoyable. to drink.
cheers

May 03, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by date : 8/22/21

Translucent orangey-gold, with slight white head .

Smell is mostly light pine,dank green onion, with hint of something fruity.

Taste is vague citrus,pine, and floral hop flavors, with hint of crackery malt.

Feel is light-medium, with moderate, lightly-prickly carbonation.

Overall, nothing stands out , but it is pleasant and easy-drinking.

Apr 29, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I have some fond memories of Sweetwaters 420 Pale ale. Using a small tasting coupon inside the beer tent, engulfed by mid-summer heat within Centeroo at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Sweetwater was somewhat elusive back in 2012. It wasn't until 2015 that I had the pleasure of retrying this in the mid-atlantic region. Today I saw it pop on the shelves because of yesterday's date, so it's time to revisit.

The beer pours a very lovely caramel colour, hints of gold and amber mix to create a hue that is eye catching. A natural suspension of yeast floats throughout the ale, though fine in density. A retaining head that is slightly creamy sits on top agitated by the rising fine carbon dioxide stream throughout the body. A scent of juicy hop resins suggest this beer has been dry hopped in its finish. Deep within the smell are malt notes, but no real alcohol notes.

Flavour profile is a classic west coast style pale ale, large ibu notes in the mid-30's(?) are a bit rounded by the malt-complexity of the beer. I do get a bit of a wheat note, but it is subtle and the hops really come through and whatever is used on the dry hopping is the most pronounced throughout the beer. At 5.7% ABV this is highly drinkable, very full bodied, with a medium mouth feel. The hopping, at least to me, doesn't create a overly bitter finish but you can tell you've consumed a pale ale. I am assuming this is the same house yeast strain used in their wheat blueberry beer Blue, as both the wheat notes and finish are similar in mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable and would go well with BBQ, cheese plates, long talks, someone playing Wonderwall, or throwing bags drinking this out of a red solo cup.

Apr 21, 2021
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden yellow with a white cap that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is mild, biscuits and hops. Flavor follows the nose but bolder. Feel is light bodied and well carbonated. Overall a nice pale ale.

Apr 05, 2021
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Tantonys from Maine

5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great afternoon brew! Comparable to Rolling Rock pale ale, but much nicer. Perfect hopping, gentle pale malts. Time to get the BBQ cranking and the horseshoes flying!

Apr 02, 2021
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Elemental19xx from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good pale ale. Right off the bat there is a surprising lack of hops, which i dont mind, just expected there to be a fair bit. This brew pours a lovely golden amber color with a thick lacy white head that hangs out for a minute before leaving. The smell is confusing to me, but there are citrus notes for sure, and maybe a lightly buttered cracker smell. Tastes very similar to the smell. The carbonation is light and it goes down smooth. Overall i would recommend this beer as a good all round anytime of day beer.

Mar 31, 2021
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:. Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a small white head and some fingers of lacing on the glass.

S:. Fresh toasted malt, a slight tropical hop, some pine, but a slightly weak aroma for the style. Some toasted malt, the bitterness is the main factor here.

F:. Medium body, smoother carbonation.

O:. This one is pretty old school but still solid.

T:. Strong floral and piney hops, a medium to strong bitterness,

Mar 20, 2021
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MrOH from Malta

4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden with chill haze, generous white head, nice retention and lace
Grapefruit, dank, tea, and piney hop aroma
Nice, light hop flavor, a bit of light malt underneath
Light bodied with good carbonation.
A very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Jul 21, 2020
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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
420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 4000 ratings