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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Photo of webmanspidey
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this several times on recent trips to the Atlanta area. It is a crisp/clean APA with balanced hop smell and flavor. It is very drinkable and as sessionable a beer can get. It is not a "must try", but it is widely available in the Atlanta area and a few steps above the macro beers beside it on the menu.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my favorite tulip glass, a medium gold color. Semi-hard pour produces about a finger of foamy off-white head.

Smell is citrus, hops and bread. A little bit of a sweetness to the scent.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Nice hop profile with some bread mixed in. This brew is crisp and refreshing. Nice hop finish.

Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth across the tongue and down the throat.

Very drinkable brew. This has become my "go to" beer in most cases. Just a great tasting and easy to drink brew.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, thanks to AgingWarrior, into a pint glass.

Appears a golden orange with a one inch off-white head.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, floral, citrus, and piney hops.

Taste initially has some sweet malt flavors then a bit of citrus and floral hops come in and stay a bit until the finish where the malt reappears.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and easy drinking.

Pretty good pale ale overall. Could easily be a session beer.

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Photo of eporter66
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

420 Extra Pale Ale is an enjoyable beer. Yellow orange appearance, very nice flavor with a hint of fruit, but not overpowering. I was disappointed that there was not much of a head to this beer, but other than that it was a smooth and very drinkable pale ale. I have liked both beers (Georgia Brown Ale) that I have tried from Sweetwater, and hope to find more.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Translucent golden color with 2 fingers of creamy/fizzy head.

S: Citrus hoppy pronounced smell with a faint malt aroma.

T: Sweet finish that follows the name of the brewery. Generous citrus hop flavor with vanilla like sweet finish that is interesting. Taste is very similar to a macro lager with more hops and sweeter finish

M: Medium bodied beer where the creaminess of the carbonation adds to its feel.

D: Good drinkability. The beer looks like a macro and drinks similar to one with a creamier feel.

An interesting extra pale ale that borders on the line of average to good. It has a unique taste that is a hoppy version of a macro lager.

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

Thanks to khiasmus for this wonderful growler. I poured it into a standard pint glass it produced a fingers worth of white head that turned to a thick lace. The body color of this ale was a clear golden copper.

The aromas are slightly hoppy with a ton of malts that along with a nice bready yeast that fill your nose. The flavors are a twin of the aromas, very easy drinking with a light mouthfeel and a nice crisp bite in the end.

This is a good session brew, perfect for relaxing watching sports on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Thanks again khiasmus this was a nice change from all the big beers I have been drinking lately and a good one at that

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Atlanta airport.

Poured a clear amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium balanced aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable breer.

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Photo of racer2k
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden copper with a cake batter head that fades. Good lacing on the down.

S - Aroma of citrus with a light hop smell and a moderate malt oriented smell.

T - Not sure if the formula has changed due to the hops shortage but this was more malty and less hoppy than I can recall a year or so ago.

M - Malt first and foremost followed by some hint of hops and corn

D - Still a decent session beer

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Photo of bigone4
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clean yellowish golden color. Decnet head with some mild lacing in th glass. I had it on tap at the Greenville airport in SC. Taste is grassy with a citrus hop note in the finish. Slight biscuit scent. Sweetness of a pale malt mixed with the slight bitterness of hops. Smell is rather sharp. Citrus tones mixed with the malt tones make for a nice nose. Very easy drinking and enjoyable. Certainly can have a few of these. Decent brew and it would be a winner if it made it up the coast. Easy session brew with a nice dry hop finish. I would certainly drink another.

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Photo of daythree16
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Gold to copper in color with a 1.5 finger head that slowly fades leaving a good bit of lace.

Smell has a little bit of citrus with a pretty good malt backbone. There is also a touch of buttery diacetyl. Taste doesn't really have any of the diacetyl present. There is mostly some caramel malt and a very light hoppy citrus presence.

Mouthfeel is smooth and not very carbonated. Drinkability is good, but this one's not the greatest pale ale out there.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.06/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smells like butterscotch with some zesty fruitiness. Pours to a yellow orange with a nice two finger macro-bubble head. Taste is very earthy, but actually kind of bland. Nothing really stands out, hops or malt. Has a slight belgian twinge to it but otherwise is rather weak and unpronounced. Slight flat bitter finish but nothing up front. This beer is spineless. Mouthfeel has body but lacks carbonation. An unimpressive brew. Hopefully this is a bad bottle. I will try again if I get the chance to see if better
results prevail.

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Photo of boldcity2008
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, hops & fruity citrus and is very well-blended.

T: The taste is quite nicely balanced with flavors of hops, citrus & caramel all hitting at once and all complimenting each other. There's a decent malt character and the hops presence strengthens a bit as the beer warms. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, I could drink quite a few of these over the course of an evening.

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white head on a honey-yellow body with nice clarity. Low retention but good lace.

S - Spicy hops and a light malt aroma with a hint of mint.

T - Spicy hops, weak caramel malt and a bit of burnt/ toasted malt and nuttiness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, drinkable beer. Nothing extraordinary, the malt character is kind of muddy, but the hop character is nice, even if it is somewhat subdued.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served in a mug, on-tap from Vickery's in downtown Charleston. Had an amber color and a clear-ish consistency. There was a fair amount of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of malt and mild citrus elements. Not overpowering, but nice.

T: Roasted malt, citrus and some hops going down. Isn't the most complex of tastes, but is nice nonetheless.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a fairly well done pale ale. While it didn't blow me away by any means, it was a well made beer.

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Photo of n00tz
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Blonde amber body, light head dissipates quickly, almost non-existant carbonation.

S - floral hops and citrus.

T - caramel front with citrusy hops on the end.

M - not much carbonation somewhat thick hops with syrupy presence that stays.

D - If this is Sweetwater's front man, I suggest they switch. It's not bad, but I've had better Sweetwater offerings. Average beer, average drinkability

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

I had this on tap at Vortex in Atlanta. The beer was light orange / rich yellow color, clear, with a thin white crown. The smell is light and citrusy, not strong with hops but there's some grapefruit. The taste is muted but sweet, crisp and inoffensive. Very easy drinking, a good pale ale but not exactly stand-out.

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Photo of happygnome
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a golden orange color with about half an inchworth of pearl white lacing that dissapears fast laving a slight ring of lace around the edge of the glass tiny bubbles towards the center of the beer rise up quickly
s: grapefruit citrus hop bitterness biscuity malt backbone is detectable in the nose. a very inviting brew
t: biscuity malts dominate the flavor but towards thefinish the citrusy grapefruit hops really come in nicely
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this wish i could get it around here

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Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a small bubbly off-white head that recedes quickly to a ring and leaves little laving. The aroma is a balance of floral hops and caramel malts. There is also a definite grainy aroma in the smell as well. The taste follows the aroma with a heavy caramel malt backbone. The citrus and floral hops are present but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. This is an extremely sessionable beer that I've enjoyed for years and one that is a great fall-back beer in most bars in Atlanta.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LeftmindedRighty for the trade. Appears gold with a tall, off-white head that leaves lacing.

This is an excellent session beer. The malts and hops are in perfect balance, and the body is on the thin side. 420 starts with grapefruit hops and dry biscuit malts in the aroma. Both flavors carry over onto your palate with the addition of very lightly roasted caramel. Very clean flavor profile and of the self-proclaimed extra pale ales, this reminds me more of Steelhead's EPA than Summit's.

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

cheerful pint of sparkling pale ale
smells pretty typical for the genre. wasn't expecting anything fantastic.
the flavors (while typical apa), however, are vibrant and excitedly bursting from the glass. this was a very friendly companion to dinner and i'd have again on tap anytime. not so impressed by the bottled version though.

better try this on tap again--maybe i was just in too good a mood...

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clouded amber orange with a soapy tan head that fades quickly. Not up or on the edges of the glass, it just rises and falls like the waves on a beach.

The scent is slightly confusing. I get whiffs of malts and pale ale like hops but then there is also a v8 tomato scent. Nothing stands out except the malts which is both the alpha and omega in the nose.

Taste is equally weak and confusing. There are a bunch of players in this beer but none that differentiate themselves from anything else. The malts are the strongest flavor but compete with a light tomato, hop citrus taste and a sweet malt aftertaste. Not impressive but unique, I've got to admit the taste is growing on me.

This beer has potential but never gives up the goods completely. Lightly carbonated but not a clean crisp brew. The flavors and scents aren't well balanced. Despite its short comings this beer is ambiguous enough to go with most any dish.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap via a busty bar girl (thank you!) at the Juke Joint in the Atlanta, GA airport. Poured off the tap a light amber with orange hues and a fizzy, eggshell-white head that faded quickly. No lacing to speak of. Aromas were also faint , floral hops and...? The flavors were more impressive, floral and citrus hops up front, then a semi-sweet malt flavor suggestive of fruit followed by a bitter hop finish. Surprisingly more complex than the weak aroma implied. Lively carbonation on the tongue and a smooth mouthfeel. Light to medium body and very drinkable. If only the appearance and aromas were improved this would be a great American Pale Ale.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is awesome, it smelled great and was a three sip and its gone beer, their was a nice malt and just the right amount of hop bitterness in the end, just a tuch to much carobanation but if this beer was avalable in new york i would always have this one in my fridge, i only had the one so i gess that i will be in serch of more of theese.` damm good beer

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Photo of theghost3
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at Manuel's Tavern in ATL. Appearance is bright copper with a light beige head. Some lacing. Smell is OK, some bitter malts, yeast. The taste is good, citrusy & bitter with prevalent malts and very little on the hops. Mouthfeel is crisp. Overall a very drinkable beer. Easy to drink several on a hot day.

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

I picked a sixer up at the local Winn-Dixie. I went in to pick up some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but I guess they're not gonna carry it any more. I saw this one for the first time and decided to give it a try.

This had a nice mix of flavor with the sweetness being the most prominent. I could go for some more hop flavor but overall a quality beer that I would drink again.

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 3,576 ratings.
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