Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale AleSweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.64/5
Good
3,679 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,556
Reviews:
786
Ratings:
3,679
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
1,155
Trade:
4
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 3,679 |  Reviews: 786
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub in Atlanta. Creamy soapy head on a light grapefruit colour. Hoppy and cramy maltiness, and good lace. Freshness.Suitable carbonation. I probably had it at the right place, and on-tap. Well malted bitterness makes it decent drinkable.

 255 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear, light amber/straw hued color, with a small head.

Smell: Mild hops and citrus.

T: Hops are mild. Citrus flavoring provides a tart texture as appose to sweet. The hops provide more of a bitter taste and the tart citrus clash.

M: medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: I feel that the 420 and the Blue though the flagship beers are overall mediocre. This is a nice halfway between an IPA and APA but the flavor is a bit off.

 443 characters

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am really surprised to see this one rated as low as it is. I mean, a nice crisp citrusy low alcohol American pale that's balanced without being heavy, distinct on the hops, and about as refreshing as one could imagine. Deliciously fresh, bursting with lemony hop aromatics and a hint of orange zest to the taste, great hot weather session beer, and I think easily my favorite beer I have had from these guys. No caramel malts getting in the way, it stays nice and light. Pale, like a pale ale should be but so few really are anymore, not trying to do too much, while simultaneously doing it all. Love it!

 606 characters

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops and hints of biscuit malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced between the malts and hops; there are notes of caramel and citrus flavors. It has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and is also quite refreshing. I could easily have a few of these in a sitting.

 616 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pretty good beer from Sweetwater. Enjoyed durring a recent visit to Nashville. Begins with a promising display of pale straw and modest copper coloring, withstanding head retention and adequate co2 with lacing later. Smells typical of pale ales with distinguishable citrus crispness and lightened malt character. Tastes similar to most good pale ales, but with lighter malt additions without becomming thin or grainy. Citrus dominant in the nose and flavors with an efforvescent livelyness. Nicely bittered with American hops and beefed up with a light biscuity flavor and texture. Feels light and airy with a co2 prickle. Finishes very clean and crisp with a light lemony zest in the end.

 697 characters

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oline73
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with just under a finger of off white head that fades away quite quickly.

Smell: A bit sweet with some fruity notes, reminds me of honey a little bit. The hops are a bit herbal.

Taste: A bit too sweet if you ask me. As in the smell, I'm picking up a mild honey taste from the malt and the fruity notes. The hops are mildly herbal, but they're overpowered by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a really slick finish.

Overall: I would have liked this beer to be a little more balanced and the finish was way too slick. Don't really feel the need to have another.

 683 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium slightly off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of hops is well balance with some caramel malt. Taste of caramel malt with a slightly bitter and citrus finish. Well done for the style but nothing extraordinary either.

 304 characters

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden/orange color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger, off-white head of big bubbles. It left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and burnt toast malt.

T - This is a good APA with piney/resiny hop bitterness, a touch of orange peel and sweet burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale that finished very dry.

D - This is a good beer. I'm glad I finally found a 420 Extra Pale Ale.

 492 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/6/2016. Pours a lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Great appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice standard American pale ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,593 characters

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -17.6%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 3,679 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.