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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale AleSweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,551
Reviews:
786
Ratings:
3,679
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
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Ratings: 3,679 |  Reviews: 786
Photo of ejk99
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maddogruss
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours hazy golden body with small white head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet floral smell with some biscuits notes
T: earthy and floral notes with a subtle biscuity aftertaste
M: smooth and pretty crisp
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination; nice session pale ale

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Photo of lochef81
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delta490
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated Enjoy BY 03/08/16. Pours a clear, pale gold with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is a little citrus, a little resin, a little malt sweetness, but not much memorable stuff going on. Kind of thin mouthfeel; carbonation is on the high side of moderate. Almost tastes like an IPA lite, if there were such a thing. Very neutral finish - slight hops bitterness, but all in all a quite unremarkable beer.

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Photo of jshusc
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 2+ hour layover in Atlanta, found this place in Terminal B.

In a pint glass the beer was a gold color with a small white head that left a bit of lace.

Sweet malt aroma, faint citrus hops.

Biscuit taste, a bit of grapefruit.

Crisp, medium-bodied. Nice enough beer to get me ready for my flight.

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Photo of chossboss
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask dry-hopped with Glacier at the brewery.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with a slightly bread-y aroma from the yeast. The hops are surprisingly muted considering the dry-hopping but what little exists impart citrus and floral aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bready pale malt flavors up front are joined by mild citrus flavors midway through the sip. The hops carry through to a mildy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I think I like this beer better on-tap. The thickness isn't enough to support such low carbonation.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nyrblue2
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mshanecrowe
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color (nice!) with a thin fluffy head that has decent retention. Nose has faint tones of sour apple and lemon. The taste is slightly sweet and grainy with notes of fresh bread a nice little lemony hop bite. The finish is nice and dry. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Overall, this beer is easy-drinking and enjoyable without being overpowering. It would make a nice addition to any tailgating session since it won't destroy your tastebuds for a wide variety of foods. However, if you want a really flavorful, more assertive pale ale to drink and enjoy, I'd suggest a Sierra Nevada. It is superior, possibly cheaper, and more easily found.

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Photo of ninaturner
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It is orange with a light yellow hue. The head and lace are ivory colored and average. The laces and the foam are rocky.

Smell: It has a grassy citrus aroma.

Taste: It is a little bitter but not as strong as I thought it would be. There are some malty, sour citrus tones in every sip.

Mouthfeel: A little bit sticky at the end but for the most part clean.

Overall: I had no issues drinking it and would drink it again.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best if enjoyed by 08/17/10"

A: Dark honey color with a thick white head that is very well-retained. Definitely passes the "look test".

S: Bready pale malt, with some hints of sweetness. Hops seem absent at first, but show up with a little time out of the bottle. Nothing too bright or spectacular however.

T: Flavor is fairly sweet and fruity (esp. orange) for a pale ale. Not all that bready and less bitterness than many APAs. Malt is light but shows a little more as the beer warms. Relatively soft flavor, but not a dull softness.

M: Light and surprisingly under-carbonated despite the impressive head. Some snappy carbonation might compensate for the low bitterness.

This really just a different kind of APA than most out there. With the fruit flavors, it's almost like a toned-down version of Sweetwater's IPA. I like my Pales a little more bready and bitter, but this isn't a bad beer by any stretch. Light, but interesting enough to have a couple.

420's the flagship and pretty representative of Sweetwater's approach to their market.

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Photo of happygnome
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a golden orange color with about half an inchworth of pearl white lacing that dissapears fast laving a slight ring of lace around the edge of the glass tiny bubbles towards the center of the beer rise up quickly
s: grapefruit citrus hop bitterness biscuity malt backbone is detectable in the nose. a very inviting brew
t: biscuity malts dominate the flavor but towards thefinish the citrusy grapefruit hops really come in nicely
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this wish i could get it around here

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - golden copper color with good head and lacing
Smell - piney earth smell
Taste - same as the smell but not to much hops.
Feel - crisp medium body with medium carbonation
Overall - it's allright but nothing is get if I had an option

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Photo of _ascags
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bonis
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of albern
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice APA with a good bready and interesting backbone. It pours a clear golden color with plenty of carbonation, decent lacing, decent head retention. The nose is sweet malts, tons of florals, almost a candied bubblegum sweetness to it. There are no hops present in the nose, maybe some herbal touches.

The taste is reasonably complex. The beer begins on the cracked grain dryish side, with a nice bready mid section, fairly light bodied and carbonated. Somewhere along the way the sweeter malts emerge and the beer finishes up a bit saltene, herbal, maybe a touch of cracked graininess. The beer has some floral tones, and gives you some drying, salty notes with more sweet herbal malts. The beer has some complexity to it, it is interesting, and worthy of a try. The aftertaste lingers a bit longer than I normally like.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at First St. Draught House in town. Came out a bright gold with about a finger's width of head on it. Retention was decent. Fair lacing rings with each sip. Nothing spectacular in the nose. Some sweet floral scents, some slight corny smell, and not much else.

This is a really easy drinker. Very smooth, yet with enough crispness to not be watery in any way. Mellow flavoring. Light to medium hop bitterness. Not much there at all. All in all, I could see this becoming a great summer sessioner, whenever it arrives in bottles. Recommend.

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Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a tall glass, not quite as wide as a pint glass (it's all I had available at the time). Body is bright and clear golden-amber with a small head. No bubbles visible. Some lacing left behind.

S: Not terribly strong -- floral or spicy hops over basic cereal malt.

T: Gives me the impression of being slightly stale -- wet cardboard is there, I think. Basic flavor is a spicy hop bite over grainy malt. A lingering metallic flavor definitely detracts from the overall taste.

M: Low carbonation, light-to-medium in weight.

D: OK. That metallic flavor slowed me down, kept it from being quaffable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a great "in person" trade with GatorBeerNerd at Sexual Chocolate day 2011.

A: Mildly cloudy yellow, with a RIDICULOUS solid white head (I may have poured this a bit too hard... oops!), that stayed afloat throughout the session.

S: Mild citrus, sweet breadiness, and yeast.... all wrapped up in a package. Not bad!

T: Same as the smell, only more bready maltiness than I anticipated. Still, this had a mild orange flair, but.... the dough won in spades!

M: Thick and carbonated enough for the style. Nothing really to criticize here.

D: Sweetwater calculated this one perfectly: A cross between a pilsener and a hoppy IPA = something the masses will enjoy. I guess it's tough to argue with that!

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 3,679 ratings
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