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RATINGS: 1050   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Our most popular beer. 420 Extra Pale Ale is a tasty West Coast Style Pale Ale with a good hop feel to it and a crisp finish. First brewed on April 20th, 1997 this beer has developed quite the following in the Southeast. Drink em if you got em

Medals: 2002 Silver Medal - Great American Beer Festival; 1997-2003 Creative Loafing - Readers and Critic’s Choice - Best Local Beer; Silver Medal winner at the 1998 World Beer Cup; Voted top ten beers in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Carastan 30-37

Hops: Centenial, Cascade


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Golden color,small white head that was short lived.Sweet fruity aroma with a nice hop presence.Very nice flavor of sweet malt then boom your hit by citrus and hops that don't get overpowering but blend nicely.The flavor is very good and just gets better as it warms up.The after taste is fruity and hoppy and just plain nice and refreshing.Easy drinking Thanks go to Brewbandit for this brew.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Pours clear amber with a moderate white diminishing head. Has a light hop aroma with a bit of citrus. Flavor is nice with mild hops but seems a bit too crisp and finishes dry. Good overall though.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Slightly hazy amber body with off-white medium body. Aroma is hoppy orange, not much else. Taste is floral, orange, earthy. Light-medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
layyze (28) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Light coppery color and a sweet aroma. Slightly hoppy and fruity. Light and fun.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Gold with a hint of orange, thin but lasting head. Aroma of hops, struck me as Cascade, a bit piney and grapefruity, but nothing over the top. Decent malt, but not spectacular. Exactly what I expected.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Bottle Hazy, copper-peach color with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit dull and rounded, with some faintly citric (grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine) hop flavor, pale malt, and powdery, dusty yeast. Hint of medicinal phenolics underneath. The front is somewhat sweet, then opens into a harsh astringency from the carbonation. There’s some citric hop and generic malt flavor, but they get buried midway through by a wave of slightly sour, medicinal phenolics. A bit of nuttiness on the finish. Decent body and mouthfeel, but the off-flavors are distracting. Thanks to goldtwins for the bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Nice floral, lightly hoppy nose. Color is a light copper, but fairly hazy. Is this a bottle conditioned beer? I see nothing on the label indicating so, and no sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so I'm inclined to think it is not bottle conditioned, in which case I believe the cloudiness to be a fault. Medium carbonation with a big frothy white head. Taste profile is rather timid. Light malt, light hops, light finish, light body...a bit of a metallic taste, perhaps this beer is a bit past it's prime? Maybe a fresher beer would be better? I acquired this beer in a trade, so I'm not sure of it's freshness. The label says enjoy by 4th week of November, but no indication of what year. Fair, but not great beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thejman454 (56) - cumming, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Another winner from sweetwater. It's good but definatly not there best.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4732) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Light amber colour with a thin white head. Smells of citrusey and floral hops. Medium-bodied; Strong hoppiness-decent balance with malt as well. Aftertaste fairly subdued, but good. Overall a decent APA, fairly good! I had this beer on draught at Summit's in Sandy Springs (Atlanta), Georgia on 25-September-2003.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2003
12 oz bottle, pint glass. Large, frothy head is white and slowly diminishing. Body is a pale copper and appears to be fairly thin. Light bread malts, lightly citric hops. I'm really having to sniff to pull out the aroma here. Moderately sweet throughout, lightly bitter throughout. Light acidity at the beginning. Fairly short finish. Very tame beer. Only a light fruitiness upfront keeps me from believing this isn't a lager. Medium body, soft carbonation, watery texture. The bottom line is: boring. 2nd place in my Atlanta pale ale taste off. While Sweetwater does okay for a local-to-me-brewery, I've not had anything exceptional, great, or even very good from them yet.


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