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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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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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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks nice, even in the plastic cup from which I last drank it for this review. It pours a nice orangish golden color, with a rather slight head that manages to have a good retention and lacing (again, even in a plastic cup). The slightly hoppy floral aroma is pleasant, and the flavor is a classic pale ale with a lovely hop-bitter finish. Nicely carbonated; overall very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of ABHatter
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from jtrockchalk. Thanks Again!
Aggressively Poured from 12 oz btl into 16oz tumbler produces a good one inch head which leaves some quality lacing on the glass at first but somehow manages to disappear towards the end of the pint. Hazy orange appearance with a fair carbonation. Nose starts out with a slight cream corn smell, followed up by mostly bready malts, orange peels, grapefruit with a faint hop smell. Taste is pretty damm good, Loads of sweetness upfront nice citrus fruits, good malty sweetness with a very mild bitterness to finish which leaves a very nice mouthfeel. Drinkibility is superb. This beer is well balanced, so it also appears to be a great quencher on a hot day.
Overall a very nice beer from Sweetwater, I look forward to trying some of their other offerings in the future.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear honey amber hue with a one finger light tan head that settles to an even razor thin cap.

Light sweet malts filled with a little bit of caramel and brown sugar. The hops provide a citrusy aroma.

Very light malts, with a touch of sweetness. The grassy, slightly citrusy, hops provide a delicate bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is somewhat clean, with a bit of the hops lingering.

Generally this is what's available in most places that serve beer other than the usual. Although you're generally locked into this choice, you're still making a good choice. Refreshing and recommended.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from SaintNathaniel, into my Stone pint glass.

A:mildly hazy orange with a thin white head with decent retention. A little visible lacing

S: Citrus hops with orange, floral notes and caramel malt sweetness in the back.

T: Starts off mildly hoppy with citrus notes (orange and orange peel) before a malty sweetness quickly takes over with caramel and bready sweetness. The finish is dry but disappointingly lacks in flavor

M: Well carbonated, nice finish but with no real taste

D: Drinks easy but i doubt i'd want another anytime soon

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Photo of ectomorph
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into the pint glass I got for free when buying a 6 pack this weekend.

A - Nice golden copper with light tan head that fades but leave light lacing.

S - Citrusy hop smell with a medium malty background.

T - A hoppy pale ale with a slight bitter aftertaste, but good.

M - Nothing bad or outstanding about this one.

D - Pretty high, great with burgers and fries.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a tap in Savannah and the big negative was it was in a plastic cup!oh well, I will ignore that I guess.
Poured heady, medium amber with ample lacing and the head lasted long time.
Very sweet in the nose with hint of hops, not as pronounced as i expected.
Taste was very, very sweet...a bit cloying with an intermingling of hops with a very sweet finish

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Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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