shigadeyo (3612) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another one from decaturstevo... Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale is golden yellow in color and quite clear - a very attractive looking beer! There is a moderate amount of visible carbonation with a sustained small white head/crown. The aroma is a sugary sweet with a floral honey quality to it. The flavor is reminiscent of slightly caramelized Goldenrod honey with a moderate bitterness (floral/resin hop-flavored mixture). This beer is light, crisp, clean, smooth, and well balanced overall. I really enjoyed it. I would add this to my list of great session beers and would buy it regularly if it were actually available in my area...
12 oz bottle, "Best if enjoyed by: Month 8, Week 4" - Year 2006?
KDorgan12 (169) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Citrusy noise with a bitterness at first taste but leaves a sweet honey finish...hense the name.
brianprentiss (691) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is one of my favorite standard pale ales. Good balance, right hoppiness, fun to drink.
brstp (201) - - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My go-to beer when I’m home in Atlanta. Nice yellow amber color, citrus hops in the nose. A little sweet and lacking bitterness for an APA, very strong malt though and a little citrus hops at the finish.
marksahara (79) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at multiple locations, including direct at brewery, and in 12 oz. bottle. Absolutely my session ale here, although they have seemingly tweaked their formula recently to include some wheat malt. Pours a nice clear golden amber with thick white crown. Not great crown retention but spotty lacing. Aroma is full of herbal and floral hop notes and a good bit of malt. Light citrus tones also detected but very weak. Flavour is lightly hoppy at first and finishing crisply and cleanly. A strong malt backbone can be tasted throughout the drink. Palate is a little lighter than medium-bodied with a lingering hop essence on the tongue after the finish. Pretty decent overall and always a good standard selection in Atlanta.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma of fruity hops and caramel malt. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Solid.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep amber, with a large, frothy head. Fairly bitter aroma, with a good hop/citrus nose. Medium body, with more malt than I expected. Fairly long finish, due to the sugars.
IrishBoy (4079) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from iowaherkeye, Thanks Joey! Nose of hoppy citrus; hazy gold with a small white head; flavor well balanced with caramel showing first, then the light hop bitterness, maybe too light for a pale ale.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Rather light in color for an APA. Somewhat light in the nose as well. Some light malts and a little bit of hops. Went down smooth, but I’d like to see a bit more bitterness and hops from the style. All in all, decent.
jlruthven (600) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Pickle Barrel pub in Milledgeville, GA. Exactly what a decent American pale should be. Lightly floral, extremely hoppy, a smooth brew with a slightly bitter finish. Matched up well with a jerk cod sandwich.