Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale AleSweetwater 420 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

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Reviews: 758 | Ratings: 3,546
Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (Exp. date 05/09/17) ,into a Cigar City pint glass.Second beer sampled from a Spring Variety Pack.

Thick fluffy soapy white colored head with moderate retention and sticky lacing,that stands 2 fingers tall.Hazy gold colored body with distorted light showing through the glass,and moderate sediment.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get sweet breaded malt notes,with light citrusy hops to back it up.Small hints of piney hops,and earthy malts as well.Not a very big nose,but a pleasant aroma nonetheless.

On the palate I get bright citrus notes,orange peel,and grapefruit up front,sweet breaded malts in the middle,and some mild piney hops,and spices on the back end.Getting some lemongrass in there too.Definitely has an earthy flavor all the way through the sip.

The mouth feel is light,with a slightly dry finish,and a chalky texture.Mild oxidation on the tongue.

This is a pretty decent Pale Ale.Nothing out of this world,but a good solid brew.Would recommend at least a one time try,and would drink again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Champagne blonde with lively streamer and puffy white head. 4
Hints of herb + lemon but mostly crackery lager grain. 3.75
Saltines, then overripe grapefruit, pine needle, lime, and coriander. 4
Long salty, tart linger.
Light, crisp, slightly oily. 3.75

I understand now why this is both so popular + so low-rated: it’s an IPL. Though more honest to call it an English blonde: light body + aroma forward, juicy but insubstantial compared to a fully hopped APA. There’s something that reminds me of margaritas about the finish. Never going to step to St Lupulin (or, at 5.7%, Jarl either) but it must kill in 90 degree weather. 4.25

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is an inexpensive but still good pale ale I’ve enjoyed many time

Look: cloudy amber or apple juice color with a thin white head.

Aroma: Some pine and citrus

Taste: Fruity, citrus, piney hops. It is pretty good.

Feel: light body with some carbonation

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Photo of joekoz007
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the Atlanta airport Gordon Biersch into a pint glass.
Appearance is clear and gold with 1 finger of off white head and some lacing.
Aroma was slight with some light citrus and pine notes.
Tastes better than I thought it would. Nice hop bite at the start and finish with some cracker malt in th middle.
Well carbonated with a somewhat prickly mouthfeel.
Overall, the best beer that I have had from Sweetwater. Will drink again.

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

Had in Disney Epcot. Poured light orange with one finger head. nose was fruity. Taste was sweet cream blended with orange and tangerine. A touch of pine and sweetness backs off some to a deeper maltiness as it warms a bit Feel was a bit creamy but finished pretty clean. Had a sort of hoppy cream ale character. Pretty nice.

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Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a snifter appears clear copper with a white cap.

Aroma is citrus hops, slightly fruity with alcohol and neutral maltiness.

Taste is decent balance between fruity hops/alcohol and cereal grain sweetness. There is almost a pink bubblegum flavor to this before grassy bitterness fills out the finish.

Light in body with modest carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of puck1225
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Cloudy golden yellow with a good but short lived head, decent lacing. Subdued bready smell. The taste is ok but not remarkable, a bit of bitterness.

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Photo of txmilligan
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New addition at the store, so why not? Good pour, nice head, a bit dull in color. Still, cloudy gold looks appetizing. Strong, inviting aroma, fruity overtones. Tasty bitterness but a less than robust flavor. a bit of spice comes through. No noticeable aftertaste. A good beer.

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Photo of mattroc000
1.43/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

This is the worst beer I've had to date (09-25-16). It worked well in using it for cooking pancakes, but besides cooking, I would never get it again. It has a strong, bitter kick of many conflicting flavours from the beginning. While drinking, as well as the aftertaste, it is very acidic!

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

About 2 months old when consumed. Poured into pint glass. It pours a clear, golden-straw color with two fingers of bright white head and lacing with excellent retention. Not much of a smell: bready malt and faint hops. The taste features grass, lemon peel, and some sweet malt. It's medium-bodied and, in fact, fairly creamy for an APA, nicely carbonated, and with an ABV of 5.4% it is super-drinkable. Overall, it's a solid APA. I'd like to try it on draught.

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Photo of singletary
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours a nice Cooper color with a nice head. Smell is of hops and the taste is of hops but not overloaded with a hoppy taste. The feel is good a solid drink.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark yellow color with nice white lacing down the glass.
S: Very faint hop smell.
T: Mildly hoppy, with little supporting tastes.
M: Light bodied.
O: Another decently good Sweetwater product.

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

Best before date of 11/23/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and dull gold in color with a quarter finger, off-white head that quickly fades to a thin, broken layer of surface suds.

Smell - Kinda smells like lemon cake. Hint of soapiness too.

Taste - Fairly bland flavor. Mild lemon. Mild breadiness. Faint grain. Favors fade quickly and don't leave much of a finish, much less an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Slick, slightly silky texture gives this a smooth

Overall - Fair drinker, but mostly this is a pretty weak flavored pale. I know they can do better than this. It may be time to retire it and come out with an APA that has actual something that'll actually excite the taste buds, because this doesn't do it.

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Photo of grawp57
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had it at Chili's, no idea what it was. Clear and light in the glass with a nice head. Aroma is pleasant, but nondescript. Smooth on the tongue and easy on the palate. Very tasty, one of the better pale ales I have had in a long time.

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

Had this once or twice before when it was something out of the way to get, but now that I see it's in TX I'll try it again.
I recall it being a light pale ale with subtle flavor, and that's what it still is. Golden copper beer is on the thin-bodied side, light to moderately carbonated with a faint hop/ fruit aroma. Barely there.
Taste is basic pale ale, and not bad at all considering. It's just a hint of lemon/ citrus peel, and very light/ somewhat sweet malts. It is somewhat crisp.
Really it's like having a rough sketch-pad of a good APA before it's finalized. A good start, but lacking edits and necessary filling-in the blanks.
It's something I'd drink again after mowing the lawn, if it were in the fridge.
But aside from that, I'm not seeking it out for its flavor, which is lacking.

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
4.64/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sweetwater 420, brewed in the batcave, is the headiest of southern brews. The 420 has the feel of an IPA with a mildly extra sweet character and subtle headiness.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

What you'd expect from a shelf pale ale, it has a good balance between the hops & the malt but none of the flavors really stand-out beyond a little bit of grapefruit peel / citrus.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Single bottle copped at Total Wine and More. Basically, your average, run-of-the-mill pale ale. Nothing special. Pours a copper hue with minimal head. Faint notes of grapefruit linger here and there. Smooth, refreshing taste. Decent.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. I enjoyed this beer. It is a West Coast Pale Ale. Plenty hoppy but not as aggressive as it's bigger brothers. Smells and tastes grassy and citrusy. It never overwhelms. Drinkable. I had several if these in Georgia. My preferred beer.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.22/5  rDev -66.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I continue my tastings of hops-overloaded "beers".

This beer has all hops and no malts. Another reviewer wrote that the malt was noticeable.

No they are not. All I smelled and tasted was hops. Typical USA hopfest. Craft? Nope, just hops 24/7.

Another reviewer wrote that it tasted astringent. Excellent word choice. I could not determine the best description for the aftertaste, but astringent is more than close enough.

The aftertaste reminds me of how hospitals smell.

The hops batter your mouth until it is unconscious, then the astringent aftertaste kicks it into the gutter.

Typical USA "craft" - hops, hops, hops, hops, hops, hops and some hops. Hmmm, repetitive?


How did Germany ever learn to maker beer without all these USA hops geniuses???????????

Because they stayed with what works, not what is popular and the fad of the hour/month/year.

Germany also gives us BMW and Benz. Gosh, we better tell them that those "old" ideas will never sell today.

Really? MB just had their 10 or 12 th straight record year. I think they know what works.

Please, insert your WWII insult at this point. Great, thanks.

I will not be buying this hopsfest ever again. Thanks for the attempt Sweetwater, but it aint working for me.

All those who like this? Enjoy a few more. My hat is off to ya. This aint for me.

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Photo of omahawk
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really enjoyable American Pale Ale. Crisp, yet subtle hop bitterness. Nothing but drinkable. A perfect sessionable pale ale reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold with a bronze cast. Off-white head that leaves some lacing. Mild fruity hops aroma. Mild hops flavor over a tasty if not extraordinary malt backbone, the malt perhaps more assertive than I expected in comparison to the hops. Not dominant in any aspect of the flavor profile, but a reasonably well balanced and tasty ale. Slightly astringent finish. Best by date on bottle 07/19/16, and I had it on 25 May.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Beer #3 of 3x6oz flight. Lookin for light flight for lunch on a long crawl today. Tap to small mini-me wheat glass. Looks light pils-ish in color. Not much smell here but dude next to me at bar didn't deodorize..powerful dankness, could be beer..hmm taste is fairly bitter compared to what I thought the smell would lead me to. In southern FL on vacation and this has warmed up a bit too much. My fault. Gives me lots of pils notes though. Not a favorite APA. But this was an exploration and I'm not disappointed in tryin this.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBD 5/29/16. Almost clear, light cloudiness, golden pour with a touch of amber and garnet. Quite outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Very light nose of mixed citrus with a touch of spice. With a name of 420, one would expect a dank nose. This one is not.

Light body that has a smooth element. Good carbonation for the body with just enough mid effervescence and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is average - not bad, but not quite solid either. Intensity, complexity and balance are adequate resulting in a tasty pale ale but nothing really pops. It begins with a blended hop flavor that has subtle citrus notes then flows to a very mildly bittered middle. A hint of sweetness arrives to balance an equally weak bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of light hop flavor and bitterness.

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

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is hop driven. The taste is bitter hops. A solid beer.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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