Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale AleSweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale
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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

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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweetwater 420

LOOK: Pours a deep golden color with a white foam collar. Leaves behind some sticky lace on the glass. Good clarity, retention is about average.

SMELL: Leafy, citrus, weeds, and on the sweet end some malty caramel.

TASTE: Has citrus qualities but then becomes very earthy and resinous. Bitterness is medium to high. Lemon, pine, dank, a bit tangy from elevated levels of alpha acids. Sturdy malt foundations provides the sweetness to this water. Caramel, light toffee, and brown sugar tastes arise from the malts. Quite the tasty pale ale right here.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, finishes with a slightly dry hop bite. Pretty refreshing and smooth. Could easily sit down and drink a six pack of these.

OVERALL: A quite drinkable pale ale with good hop dankness or frankness rather. Drinkable and enjoyable. Worth swigging on a hot summer night, that's for damn sure. Doing GA proud on this one.

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3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"420 Pale Ale." The flagship of Sweetwater Brewing Co. While some may be turned off by their "nudge, nudge" not-too subtle marketing tactics (420? What does that mean? ;) ), does their actual product stand up to any real scrutiny? I wondered that as I purchased a 12 pack of theirs that mentioned "tasty boxes" and "tight lines." I rolled my eyes too, BTW.

Appearance: 3.5: Typical small CO2 head. Very appealing color to this beer. Deep golden color that is eye-catching and would no doubt make it stand out among others of its ilk if poured from tap.

Smell 3.25: Bouquet is very subdued on this beer. I detect a malt smell and almost a honey-comb bouquet. No hops to speak of.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet with pleasant barley overtones. Middle is where a pleasing, grainy, malt character seeps in. Finish is almost fruity, with nice hop balance. Aftertaste is of medium length and focuses once again on the grains and I can pick out the distinct taste of Marris Otter.

Mouthfeel 3.25: Slightly too much carbonation for this style.

Overall 3.50: Good, standard beer. Flavor balance is well-tuned and refreshing. Those of us who are not hop-obsessed (not me!) will appreciated the focus on malt and grain balance present in this brew. It is slightly sweet and the sweetness is cloying, which interferes with certain foods (such as salty pizza, salty cheeses, etc.). Overall, however, this is a solid beer. Get past the foolishness of their marketing and there is a rock-solid center. Who'da thunk it?

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Amber or copper color; the head is very white. Transparent beer, looks pretty carbonated.

Smell: Not much here. Few hints of pine but not strong, and not much else.

Taste: Again, not much here. Nothing is really standing out, I get a bit of the pine I smelled but no strong hops or malts. If I had to pick a flavor I'd go with the pine but really just beer flavor that comes through.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and carbonated. Easy to drink.

Overall: Nothing really stood out for me with this one. Not sure what else to say about it, guess I'm uninspired.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 47.3% out of 100 with 3,656 ratings
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