Sunday has the best potential to be great beer day, despite not (currently) being able to buy it in the state of Georgia. On this day of rest I have spent the morning cleaning, sanitizing and filling bottles of beer, and to celebrate finishing my third homebrew, a lemon wheat beer, I am grilling up some flank steak for fajitas, and enjoying a pale ale, or three. To start of my evening, which is turning to be a more typical Southern evening with warmth and humidity that keeps weaker folk in the north than the mild temperatures we had been seeing.
To begin my Pale Ale Trifecta, I am starting with the local popular favorite of Sweetwater 420.
The nose is bready, with hints of grapefruit or generic citrus.
The color is a nice translucent orange hue with a crisp, thick, white head that is quite healthy and robust, only losing only minimal body after sitting for a few moments. A lot of carbonation is apparent.
Good balance between hoppiness and maltyness, with a slight leaning towards the hoppy side with an orange citrus flavor that, like the body, is light, and easily drinkable.
Overall this is a fine beer, although I’m not quite sure it warrants the popularity that it garnishes.