420 Extra Pale Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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420 Extra Pale Ale420 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Ratings: 3,743 |  Reviews: 800
Photo of AlesRTasty
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Mimi's Cafe. It was the only thing on tap that wasn't BMC and I had never heard of it so my curiosity got to me.
A - golden straw colored, no head when served to me
S - kind of weak, not much aroma
T - good, mild hop flavor, perhaps some grapefruit.
M - crisp, medium carbonation and light bodied
D - pretty good beer. Wasn't sure what it was when I ordered it but wasw pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of veech
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a half pint at the Knoxville Brewer's Jam. This is a very tasty pale ale that blends flavor and drinkability. A: Light to medium golden color with good head and carb. S: Hoppiness abounds in the nose with crisp clean smell that mimics the taste. T: Very much like the aroma, but milder than anticipated with hops balanced by just enough malted grain. M: Good, smooth with just enough viscosity to coat the palate and allow the flavors to linger. D: Very drinkable as I returned several times for refills at the Sweetwater tent. Hope to see this in the local market soon.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap when was back home in NC at a bar on Lake Lure, nice suprise!

Poured amber with a 1" white head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Fruitty & floral hops

T: Snappy floral hops & fruittyness up front. Finishes fruitty with a a good dose of peppery hops

M: Medium bodied, perfect balance & carbonation

Middle of the road take on the style with some nice flavor enhancements, this went down like mothers milk on a warm summers day! Liked this better than the bottled version

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Photo of AlexJ
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap poured chill haze amber with a thick head of white suds that has more than enough stick and lace. Impressive appearance for an APA.

Pleasing biscuit and peppery bread malt notes are shadowed by fresh citrus, floral, and herbal hops. Smells hoppy and fresh.

Flavor virtually identical, a generous toasty caramel and biscuit malt entry is met by citrussy grapefruit, sweet floral, and spicey herbal hops. Well hopped and very balanced.

Body is just below medium, with a crisp texture and smooth mouthfeel. A very drinkable ale. It's always 4:20 where I'm from.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice light orangish golden hazy color with a thick white head.

Smell. Nice and hoppy. Light lemony citrus aroma like cascade hops, quite nice.

Taste. A very nice flavor of hops here. the taste is overall the cascade hops, but nice and smoothe. Citrusy with a nice malt backbone. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Good and full mouthfeel, especially for the style. Very smoothe and creamy as well. carbonation is good. very nice

Overall a great beer! I think i could have this over and over agian and never get tired! I love the hop characteristic and i think the mouthfeel being so creamy and full is top-notch! I love this beer!

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful gold with a decent head, that has pretty good retention for its style.

The smell is above average in "loudness" and smells very herbal and sweet.

Its taste is very fruity, but not necessarily just sweet. Its sweetness is followed by a bitter bite, like most fruit. There is also a hint of wood or something roasted.

The bitterness lingers on for a long time. The beer has a full meduim sized body. Its very well carbonated.

This is by far one of my favorite beers, and its hard not to be biased. But it is nice to have some great microbrews in the Atlanta area, and Sweetwater's Beer Tour is one of the most fun local beer events I have ever been to. This beer is great to drink, and I will have a lot more.

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Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant gold with a lacy white head. Biscuity malt and citrus hop aroma, in that order.

This is a tasty summer quencher. Flat out. Starts with a nice balance between a toasty biscuity maltiness and a really fresh yet nonagressive citrus hoppiness. Faint bitterness lingers throughout, in balance with the rest. Not a complex "wonder what that flavor is?" brew by any means - just a simple, straight ahead light pale ale that tastes really really good. Appropriately medium-light mouthfeel, and almost infinite drinkability.

Southern Tier Hop Sun's Georgia cousin. Diggin' it!

Thanks to potsie for the bopple!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh bottle, 2 weeks old. Gotta love their dating system!

Sweetwater's 420 Extra Pale Ale pours a hazy orange-amber body with golden highlights beneath a frothy 3/4" head of off-white foam. The head holds well and eventually drops but leaves a complete surface covering and some nice lace about the glass. Very nice.The aroma offers bright, fresh, floral & citrusy hops over a sweet, doughy maltiness. The body is medium with a delicate, fine, natural carbonation. The flavor delivers a combination of lightly tangy, citrusy and floral hop flavors and a bready, caramel & biscuit maltiness backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with a short lingering hoppy bitterness and a residual bready/biscuity maltiness. Very well balanced. Nicely malty and hoppy. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very vibrant effervescant look. Lots of bubbles, good lacing. Solid two-finger head and a stout foam throughout the entire 12 ounces. Great amber hue to accompany all the other fireworks. Bitter bread aroma greets the nose. More hops than the more traditional English pale ale. A slightly above bar tase. Good resiny hops. Give the bready flavors a more specific rye tone. A tit bitter, American bitter I should say. Went well with my spicy jerk shrimp.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Much thanks to Spiffylubes for the opportunity:

Pours a robust gold with a medium white head (actually about the perfect sized head). Smell is fairly hoppy, floral, and citrusy. Taste is similar. Big hops up front, but a strange citrus twang at the end that wasnt very pleasant. kind of reminded me of the bad aftertaste of a highlife or something like that. Really hurt its drinkability.

Not a bad APA, but not one that i would seek out regularly.

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Photo of rodrot
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had medium gold appearance with a half inch head that left some sticky lacing behind. Aroma was malty, fruity and quite hoppy. Taste was a good balance between sweet, sugary malts and piney, grapefruity hop flavors. The finish had a nice mouth puckering bitterness. The beer had a medium body and was quite refreshing on a hot afternoon. Not a bad beer at all considering my other choices were Bud, Miller and Rolling Rock.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich medium gold color with a thin white head, sans much retention or lacing. Nose is slightly sweet, with lots of malt aromas together with decent hop notes. Slightly floral. Palate is likewise -- malty with good hop backup. A light/medium body and a slightly hoppy finish. A good APA, really. This isn't one of my favorite styles, but for what it is I enjoy it. Worth a shot, especially if you're into the APA-style beers.

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Photo of gbarron
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle.

A - light golden amber, perfectly clear, head is an alabaster white, tight bubbles, little lacing and decent head retention. Looks like a nice pale ale.

S - light aroma of American hops, slight citrus/pine. Balanced with light biscuity malt notes, a little dry grain.

T - extremely delicate flavors here. Nothing jumps up and hits you - a little bit of bready, yeasty malt with some light pine, citrus hop flavors.

M - carbonation is average, light body, dry finish.

D - very, very light and delicately flavored pale ale. Highly, highly drinkable with a couple of slices of pizza on a warm evening. Could use a little more "oomph," but a light, tasty treat.

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Photo of Abita45
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really solid pale ale. I would have liked to have tried some other selections from Sweetwater, but this seemed to be the predominant style on tap and in bottles in most places.

It has a nice deep copper color to it, and had a tight, dusty colored head that thinned out and dissipated quickly. Nice lacing and yeast trails after the head dissipated.

Medium hoppiness, but with a biting citrus taste to it, and a crisp, slightly lemony aftertaste that dries you out a little. It has a dry, acidic, mouthfeel to it.

Overall, I found this to be a solid pale ale. I liked the citric undertones and dryness of the taste. I drank quite a few of these both from the tap and from the bottle and really enjoyed them.

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

This beer pours a bright candy orange amber with a thin film of head surrounded by a dirty white collar.

Smelled of light and sweet grainy malts with a slight touch of cherry that fade to a doughy, herbal, woody and slightly oaky hop.

The flavor consists of a base of bread and marshmallow sweet malts that is taken over by a woody tree sap hop.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied and slightly dry with a light and tingly carbonation.

This one was really easy to drink with some prominent flavors that weren’t to aggressive.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to an nice yellowish orange color with a white head that dissipates quickly...but nice lacing that stays on long. Fruity, hoppy aroma of bananas and citrus. Taste is slightly bitter, but has a good mouthfeel and finish. Would be good for the golf course, beach or other activities calling for several beers.

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Photo of barleyman
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into 12oz. tulip glass.Initially very foamy recedes to very little foam. Light, clear amber has a citrusy delicate aroma. The smell is of citrus and hop, the taste is the same with a a light hop aroma and almost no malt taste. Not very complex and light for this style. Drinkability is very good due to light body.

Just a thought,


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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium orangish gold, clear and clean. Off white beige one finger head, medium sized bubbles.

S: Lightly fruity, raspberries, citrus, sweet malts.

T: Subtle apricot flavors, cooked yellow corn, dish soap and some citrus notes. Finishes with a minor bitter wash. Decently balanced between hops and malts.

M: Medium bodied with a fuzzy mouthfeel due to the carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer. Certainly drinkable but nothing mind blowing about this one.

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Photo of jettjon
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highs: Moderate taste, drinkability
Lows: Otherwise unremarkable

Pours a semi-translucent golden color, quite bubbly but carbonation settles down after awhile. I have to ding the appearance for the cloudiness; otherwise it would be quite an attractive pour. Head is one finger of white foam that fades at a moderate pace leaving behind decent lacing. Nose is hops and hops… not much else here. Taste is initially bitter, though not overly so, crisp, primarily of hops, fading to a moderate bitterness at the finish. Not bad but not great. Mouthfeel is good, watery, bubbly and refreshing. Drinkability is good: it’s a moderately bitter and enjoyable brew that goes down easily.

Overall: A good but unremarkable APA… worth a try.

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Photo of Higravity
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on vacation in Georgia a few years ago. My parents just brought back a six pack from there last trip that I couldn't go with. Pours a nice deep golden with a nice white head that laces some. Smells nice like like 60 minute I just had, citrus and grapefruit with a sweet soft malt balance. Nice flavor the bitterness is just deep enough but not overwhelming the sweet malts drive it through to the bloom of hops, citrus and pith nice and juicy IPA. Good stuff here I would drink it with a mouse, I would drink it in house.

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Photo of bort11
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Bonhoeffer and the Brews 'n' Tunes BIF. Poured into a matching 420 Weizen glass, also courtesy of Bonhoeffer. Color is a nice golden honey with a white head. Head was about a finger width leaving some lacing. The Smell is very pleasant and just a bit sweet. I can smell the aromatic hops, it's like honey with a bit of lemon. The taste was like honey, but not cloying. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly syrupy. Balanced carbonation. This is a pretty well balanced beer, and I wouldnt mind having more.

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming from Georgia, of course I'm partial to this brew. But seriously, what else do you want from an APA? Sweetwater's 420 delivers. Boldly balanced, with a slightly sweet start and a crispy "i want more" finish. Being the flagship of the brewery, it has been dropping panties for working on a decade. Pours a rich golden brown, smells of rich clean hops, glazy head. The beer drinks forever, like a fall. This beer never finishes. Just do yourself a favor and give it a go.
Great Beer. Period.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden color with a nice white head that dissipates with little lacing and eventually leaves no film. The smell is a nice citrusy hop aroma with some well balanced biscuity malts. The taste is quite similar to the aroma with the hops hitting you first and the malts coming later. It has a good mouthfeel, could be a tad thicker. Overall highly drinkable good regional pale ale.

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Photo of clickpush
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Best before date: 4th week of June, 2006 - drank on 4/28/06. Pours white fluffy .5 inch head with tons of visible carbonation. Excellent retention and lacings. Shares its color with the skin of a dark apricot.

Nose: I noticed apricot, vanilla, and banana aromas. This beer smells especially sweet and fruity with hardly any detectable hops or alcohol.

Mouth: Not nearly as sweet as it smells (it's not juice, afterall). Actualy, the beer is kind of sour with citrus overtones and a strong, bitter swallow that mellows out upon exhaling and pleasantly lasts for minutes in the back of the mouth.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

on tap into a pint glass.

bright golden orange with a touch of white head.

mainly hops in the aroma, with floral and some citrus. a touch of sweetish malts, and a bit of skunk (in all fairness, i was drinking outside on a sunny day).

floral hops in the taste as well, with a slight balancing malt sweetness. fairly light mouthfeel, and very drinkable. comes off as a decent ipa with some caramel malt backing.

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420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 3,743 ratings