SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale

Since it’s April 20th, I figured this would be an appropriate beer to review. I’ve read a lot of positive reviews about SweetWater and they’ve expanded their distribution to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Although I’ve seen them on draft at bars, this is the first time I tried it and thought it would pair well with Mexican food (and indeed, it did).


ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “5.7% alcohol, 16 oz can singles, 6-packs, 12-packs (12 oz bottles and cans), 15.5 Gallon kegs 1/2Bbl (US Sankey), 5 gallon 1/6th bbl torpedo kegs.”

Random: This uses Munich, 40L, 2-Row malt and Centennial and Cascade hops.

This beer poured with a loose, one finger, ecru colored head. The head took a long time to dissipate and left spiderweb lacing on the can glass. The body was a clear orange with a lot of carbonation. The nose was quite fragrant. I picked up notes of grass, lemon flesh and lime peel with subtle pine sap. The taste was bright and the grassy hops came through first. Next, I picked up grapefruit and pine sap. At the end of the sip, a grainy note came through that was reminiscent of barley or oats. The body was thick for the style with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with grassy hops and the remnants of the malt coming through. This beer was easy to put back and had a lot of flavor that came with it. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the style.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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