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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

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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Reviews: 748 | Ratings: 3,490
Photo of aProtagonist
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Living in Atlanta for four-plus years, I found that this was the Official Beer (tm) of locals who considered themselves above the macrobrews but were too restrained to ever try something new at the bar. As for the beer itself, it's the world's most generic pale ale - straw gold, faintly hopped, and easy going down. I would never say no to it, but I'm proud to say I never actually bought one for myself.

A boring-ass beer for boring-ass people. It's not bad, but you can do a lot better, especially in Atlanta.

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Photo of CayseyW
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an absurdly drinkable pale ale. Doesn't have a huge nose or super complex elements, but it has decent balance with a very pleasant flavor profile. Not a "wow" beer, but definitely solid.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

sample at the sweetwater draft house and grill, hartsfield-jackson atlanta airport, terminal B. oct 17 2015

a: clear blond with white head

s: lightly hoppy nose with grainy malt

t: follows the nose -- mild orangey citrus notes with grainy, cheap, almost rice-like malt. easy bitterness

m: light-bodied with moderate carbonation

o: an okay pale

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

This is a easy drinking and tasty beer. Clear, pale gold with a white head that stayed around the edges throughout the time the beer was in the glass. It has a nice pine and citrus aromas with a nice sweet smell. It tastes just like it smells but is a little lighter on flavor than the smell leads you to believe but that is too be expected in a lower ABV beer. Really nice and easily drinkable.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best if enjoyed by 11/29/15. Poured into a Monday Night Brewing pint glass. Hazy golden orange with a one inch bubbly white head. Sporadic carb bubbles that eventually die down. Frothy bubbles cling and slide down the glass while drinking. Smell is dank pine, citrus, and a little bready in the backend. Taste is not as hoppy as expected from the nose but still dominate for a pale ale. Citrus, lemon and slight grapefruit sweetness upfront with a great balance of malt. Carbonation is spot on. Great refreshing beer after a nice 15 mile bike ride. Cheers!

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden-amber color with good clarity. 1+ finger head is off-white in color. Head leaves a decent amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma is a tropical hop and caramel-y malt mix. A bit floral with lemon and orange as well.

Biscuit-y, caramel-y malt. Hops are fairly mild. A bit citrusy. Orange, and pineapple. Some floral notes as well.

Medium bodied with a slight bitter feel on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

A decent pale ale. Easy drinking. Not quite a full blown APA but hoppier than an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale gold with 2 fingers of explosive creamy white head. Good clarity with lively carbonation.

Dank greens, pine, bright florals, pineapple, and honey.

Pine and bright florals, Honey sweet malt backbone. Lightly dank with touches of pineapple. Finishes with grapefruit zest and pine sap.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, creamy, and semi-dry with a low bitterness.

A very smooth APA worthy of session-ing.

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Photo of Futbol15
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So the pint came out pretty flat. The smell was pretty decent and the taste was smooth. I was hoping to get the Hop Hash but the brewery was out...

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I first tried this one at a movie theater. It was poured from a cold bottle into a plastic cup (meh). I was instantly impressed with this brew for one key reason: cannabis. This one has 5.4% ABV and is classified as an extra pale ale.

Look-It pours a mildly hazy golden orange amber color with some thick white foamy head. The lacing is sticky and full.

Smell-It smells of glorious cannabinoids, which is to be expected in a way, because all hops are closely related to cannabis. However, this brew does not simply manifest the hops through means of bitters and alpha acids. Instead, you get a plethora of pungent turpines and oils. The malt aroma is fresh pale ale sweetness.

Taste-An herbal-like zing and some citrus zestiness from the hops dominate the palate. The malts nicely balance everything out and the carbonation pairs well with the mild alcohol content.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied and moist. It has a delicious resin coating on the tongue from the hops that are a close relative to cannabis. The coating lingers for a while and makes the next gulp that much more delicious.

Overall-This beer really surprised me and I haven’t tired one with such noticeable cannabis compounds save for Castaway IPA by Kona Brewing Co. It is delicious and refreshing and goes down so easy. Cheers!

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Photo of BamaPete15
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really like this, very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I like Sierra Nevada okay, but like Sweet Water even better. The bottle said extra pale ale, so I was expecting the bitterness to be stronger than Sierra Nevada. I was wrong, the bitterness in Sweet Water is just right. Tasted superb start to finish. This will be my go to Pale Ale until I find something better.

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Photo of Soulshiner7
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice white head forms thick over the amber-yellow body. Smells sweet, but not overly so. Easy to drink. Nice, simple flavor, with a taste that is strong but far from overwhelming.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L-Pours a light amber-yellowish color. Very thick head that stays for quite sometime.
S-Nice hoppy aroma. I can smell a hint of spice too, thats followed by a slight sweet smell.
T-Slight bitter and hoppy taste. It also has a spiciness that I can't quite grasp. All in all though, there really isn't much else.
F-Pretty thick, also its pretty carbonated.
O-420 is definitely a solid beer and I recommend it to both new and experienced beer drinkers(advocates). It has everything you're looking for in a pale ale. It isn't the most complex thing I've ever drank, but at the same time its easiness to drink is hard to top. Honestly, this beer is one of my go-to beers when I'm out around town. It's cheap, and "craft" enough to suit my taste buds. If you haven't tried it, I would give it a taste.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice pale ale. Had it on draft at the first night of my business trip. Very crisp and high,y drinkable. Would buy again it was available where I live

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Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange copper brew. Off white head with excellent retention.

Fairly neutral and unassuming aroma; notes similar to flavor profile.

Surprisingly malty brew, sweet with pale and caramel grains, kissed throughout by grassy, herbal hops with a touch of citrus peel. Fairly bitter.

Smooth, a little sticky. Wet finish.

This is pretty solid for an extra pale ale.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8/15/15 Home from Weinlein

Pours very nice. Kind of beer commercial looking. Deep orange yellow with great head, at least three fingers. It does fade fairly quick though.

The smell is kind of sweet. Pick up a little Belgium spice as well.

The taste is different. Kind of dry with a sweet note to it. I do feel like there is coriander or something kind of wit beer in it.

Over a its kind of different but I enjoyed it. Can say I'll be chasing more down but a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am in Georgia for business frequently and will have to try more of the local beers but so far the first I will rate is the Sweetwater420. Overall not a bad Pale Ale with a good smell but the overall taste is nothing special. Not sure if this is fact or fiction but I hear this beer has changed a bit over the years as Sweetwater has become more commercial. I am curious to hear from others who tried this beer 3 or 4 years ago to see if it is still the same beer.

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Photo of FootballAndBeer
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not an expert....yet haha, but definitely a fan of the smell and color, nothing too exceptional in that aspect but definitely memorable. Very easy to drink, have and will buy again.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Not much head retention. Smells like a pale ale, but very basic. Similarily, it tastes like a pale ale, but also a very basic one. No bells and whistles, no surprises here... but hey, sometimes simplicity is key.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks pretty enough, with a bit of cloudiness left over from the bottle conditioning. However, just entirely too hoppy for my tastes. Dominates both the flavor and the feel of this beer, which makes it no better than average to me.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Going back and adding a written review from an earlier rating.
A local offering for me, and a beer that I have been drinking for a long time.
Golden Amber pour with strong carbonation appearance. Minimal head.
Piney hop scent that has a refreshing quality.
Tastes a little sweet with floral hops.
Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Easy to drink.
A good local beer. Always realiable.

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Photo of CMG-PSU
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't typically drink Pale Ales but when I do, this is the one. The taste does not linger on your palate for too long, which I think is a good thing... so I don't get sick of drinking it after one or two.

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

12oz bottle poured slowly into a shaker pint glass. Best before 07/23/15:

Appearance: Hazy gold-orange. Thin off-white head, some persistent strands of lacing. The haze began to coalesce a bit into yeast sediment towards the end of the glass.

Smell: Orange, fresh cut citrus, some tropical fruit notes.

Taste: Tart/crisp citrusy hops at the front, biscuit-like malt for balance, short citrusy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit sticky, light carbonation on the palate, a little thin underneath it all.

Overall / Drinkability: No one aspect of the beer really sings out, but overall, the individual components work well together and end up making a nicely crafted beer that is quite drinkable. I would not mind at all having another. A solid example of a APA.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with lots of floaties. Thick and fluffy one finger head, nice retention and lacing. The aroma was flowery, with a touch of citrus and sweetness. The flavors were rather muted, got some piney bitterness, but mostly sweet malt, a bit of a malt bomb, considering it was only three weeks old and kept in the fridge since being purchased. The mouthfeel was rather thin, but had nice carbonation. Overall, a serviceable beer, but nothing extra special.

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

Reviewed 5-7-15. Threshold glass. BB 5-24-15.

Appearhace: Pours a dark gold/light copper with 2 fingers beige head, foamy. Lots of floaties! It better be bottle-conditioned. Ample, but not excessive carbonation. Nice lacing and retention. 1/8" cap of foam.

Aroma: Fragrant, citrusy and sweet. Mandarin oranges. A little touch of alcohol, though.

Taste: Nice. Tart, hoppy (but not too hoppy) arrival. Slight sweetness across mid-palate. Lingering mild resiny hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of mid-weight. Lots of carbonation. Pretty clean finishing for an ale.

Overall: I like it; a very good, serviceable pale ale, if you can get past the floaties.

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

This is the classic Atlanta beer to many out there. From the bottle, it pours a slightly off gold color with a small head. After you taste it, you understand why it is so popular. Enjoyable.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 3,490 ratings.
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