Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale

Rated 3.531 by BeerPals

Brewed by Sweetwater Brewing Company

Atlanta, GA, United States

Style:  American Pale Ale

5.4% Alcohol by Volume

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SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale, our most popular brew, is a tasty West Coast Style Pale Ale with a stimulating hop character and a crisp finish. 1st brewed on April 20th 1997. Specs – 5.4% alcohol, 6-packs, 12-packs, 15.5 Gallon kegs 1/2Bbl (US Sankey), 5 gallon 1/6th bbl torpedo kegs Grains – Munich, 40L, 2-Row Hops – Centennial, Cascade Awards – 2002 Silver Medal- Great American Beer Festival, 1997 – 2005 Creative Loafing Readers Choice – Best local beer, 1998 World Beer Cup silver medal, Top 10 Local beers – Atlanta Journal Constitution

ID: 6653 Last updated 5 months ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Most noted beer attributes

almond 50%
earthy 50%
mouthcoating 50%
walnut 50%
citrus 50%
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Overall Rank2731
Overall Percentile94.8
Style Rank53 of 2192
Style Percentile97.6
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.559
Weighted Score3.531
Standard Deviation0.591

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  • SIGMUND 6230 reviews
    rated 3.7 1 year ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    355 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 5.7%. Slightly hazy pale golden colour, moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of citrus, tropical fruits and flowers, hints of honey. Slightly sweet flavour, citrus notes, hints of tropical fruits, decent bittering hops.

  • CHOPZ 6673 reviews
    rated 3.4 2 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Very slightly unfiltered, so a mild haze, golden colour with a big frothy lightly off-white head, good retention and small foamy lacing spots. Decent hoppy aromas of light grass and cereal malts in the background. The mouthfeel has a nice dryish finish. Some grassiness lingers with hints of mint and spiciness. Not a bad, easy-drinking APA that is a notch above average.

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.3 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Tall can from LCBO. Pours a huge foamy off-white head and has a fairly clear golden orangey coloured appearance. Thick dirty lacing. Moderate carbonation. Aromas of citrus and pine hops, some mild yeast. Flavours of mild tropical fruits, citrus and pine, light grapefruit notes. Medium bodied and drying mouthfeel. Not too bad.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 2.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Forgot and thus the beer was served in a frosted glass, even the foam froze. Light amber, small foam. Light hoppy aroma, all killed by the cold. Nice bitter taste. (New Orleans 201505)

  • RICHSBEER 1871 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a golden color with a nice frothy white head that dissolves quickly. The aroma is light, with a little sweet and little malty mixed together, some citrus is also present. The taste is very smooth, with a light, grassiness to it, caramel, & citrus. The mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, good and light bodied.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Night out with Alexandria Brew Crewers and focused on dark selections, but I finished the evening with this. Orange amber with a dense head. Aroma is mild, caramel with vague citrus peel, maybe lemon. It also has a mild pale ale flavor, citrus balanced with sweetness, clean and not even in the vicinity of extreme. Good feel, except that I was expecting something hoppier and therefore stickier. Lots of dense lace down the glass.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 2.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Aroma is pretty light and so is the mouth feel and the taste. Maybe just a bit on the tiny bit sour side. Has some chalk after taste but not bad. Don't think I'll make a effort to try again.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 2.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    A crystalline bright orange amber in color. A big fluffy textured, white head rises above. There's some hang time on the head. And lumps of fluff cling to the sides of the glass for a short time as the head settles. The light is far too subtle for the style. A woodsy, floral tasting. Light bodied. Okay, just not a stand out pale ale.

  • HANTRAN 543 reviews
    rated 4.0 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Very little happening in the nose. Light copper body with a white, moderate head that leaves a bit of lace. Mouth is medium bodied and a touch under-carbonated for my tastes. Malts are a bit on the sweet side, some carmel, hops are citrus and pine, not much spice. Finish is a bit sticky and sweet. Overall a fairly mild APA but well brewed and very sessionable, and available in the only smoking bar at the Atlanta airport (concourse A).(airport pricing) re-rate on draft this time hitting the spot on a hot and muggy evening not sure what was going on before when I reviewed it from the airport in Atlanta but damn this is really tasty salad hop character a little hint of wheat body is just fine leaving decent lace completely drinkable just be a spot on

  • YANKEE2NYG 13 reviews
    rated 2.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    It has a nice aroma, and color but it is not as hoppy and bitter as some pale ales, which to me is a good thing. Not so bitter that you can't drink a few but is a little "dry" to the palate.

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