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Icehouse Edge - Miller Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 114
rAvg: 2.39
pDev: 26.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: daliandragon on 07-29-2012

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Photo of JH-Peters0126
3.98/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet not too sweet. Lots of corn. Have to drink this extremely cold. Feel the alcohol kick in within minutes. A good malt liquor or strong beer. Miller is not ashamed of its line of Malt beverages like STEEL or Olde English 800 (love their OE High Gravity) (263 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Icehouse Edge has a thick, white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance. There isn’t much lacing here. The aroma is of sweet, musty, wet grain, and the taste is of alcohol, corn, dank and heavy grain, a bit of hops, sugar, and other undefinable substances. Mouthfeel is medium, and Icehouse Edge finishes mostly dry, heavy, and harsh. This is a serious beer for hopeless alcoholics. Try some, if you dare.

RJT (427 characters)

Photo of MarkSmith86
3.31/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

to me for a higher abv icehouse this is a pretty good bang for your buck.. I purchased a 24 ounce can for 1.10 after tax.. It pours your typical american adjunct lager color.. yellow fizzy water id say.. the smell is of musky corn.. the taste is actually nothing but a regular icehouse with a little more punch but the alcohol is not noticable.. So overall i say it is a okay beer, i cant complain ive had worse.. I give it a thumbs up ! (437 characters)

Photo of Lordhelmit
3.23/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's an 8abv icehouse...no one buys these for their delectable taste! That being said, it's one of the best cheap beers with high abv. Better than steel reserve and better than EQ. Pours with a more impressive head than I would have thought, but after 90 seconds or so it's gone. Quickly receding lace. Smells sour. Like sour apple and corn. Taste is pretty much the same. It's okay honestly. (392 characters)

Photo of car2052
3.21/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 24 oz. can to pub glass.

A: Brilliant gold with a small white head and ample carbonation.
S: Light malts with a heavy alcohol smell. Little bit of sulfur.
T: Sweetness, dustyness, alcohol, yeasty. Very sweet.
M: Medium.
O: It does the job. If they could get rid of some of the sweetness, it would be better. Tastes like a Bud with more flavor. (357 characters)

Photo of keeganfrank
3.13/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden-brown beer with a thick, foamy head. Sweet, fruity aroma with dry grain and corn notes and alcohol esthers. Tastes of sugary vegetables and not much else. The initial few sips bordered on repulsive, but it somehow gets better if you keep drinking. Maybe my taste buds have gone into a coma. Lacks the offensive musty, metallic taste of some malt liquors but, other than that, isn't anything to write home about. It'll get you drunk and isn't that what malt liquor is for? (478 characters)

Photo of streetcommander
3.12/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing against the malt liquor category, not the lager. To call it a lager is grossly negligent and clearly a macro swill pipe dream.

Pours a beautiful amber caramel with a nice off-white head, half inch, hung around until I began drinking it. Clarity is impeccable.

Nose gives away its pedigree. Macro, adjutant, and lacking any real hop character. Again, when compared against malt liquors, it is period and proper. A nice ML nose.

Taste is well balanced and pleasant. Corn and rice dominate, with perhaps a hint of real barley noted in the first 10-12 ounces. Mild sweetness. Bitterness on the finish. Caramel and wheatbread on the belch.

Supremely quaffable. Not the best ML, but a damn good variation.

Price is icing on the cake. (745 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.1/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 24 oz. can stamped DEC3112-F07020418. Sampled on September 11, 2012.

It pours yellow with a tremendous, foamy white head that fades down after a few minutes. Carbonation galore.

The aroma explodes with grain, adjunct corn, and this odd sort of pear thing with a clean crisp, lightly hopped background.

The body is thin.

Grains are noted in the taste up front with a slight lingering alcohol bite moving in at the end. For the malt liquor style this is fairly typical although that pear thing was a slight bonus. (525 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Icehouse Edge brewed by Miller Co. This brew pours out a dark amber color with a small white head. Now this brew is 8.0 abv. The smell is sweet like male liquor. The tease is sweet as well it reminds me of a malt liquor even though it's a lager. I'm impressed on how smooth this brew goes down. There is nothing bad about this brew. I would get it again. Over all I'm giving this brew a 3 out 5. (395 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tastes a lot like many of the other not-so-bad malt liquors, but with a noticeable difference. It has an annoying metallic taste that just doesn't want to go away. Without it, it would be a great malt liquor. Or rather, it would be very inoffensive. It's right on the verge of being inoffensive. It's not nearly as disgustingly stale as the other ice malt liquor I've had, Bull Ice and it has a slight frothy yeast presence, but not to the excessive degree as Steel Reserve Triple Export. Haha! I bet you didn't think anyone could do such a serious comparison between malt liquors, but that's my job. I'm the malt liquor connoisseur.
I will likely never buy this again as there are definitely better malt liquors out there that are generally pretty easy to get.Though I wish they cost as little as this one cost me in the poorest, sketchiest part of Pensacola, Florida. $1.59/24 oz? Why is it that nothing costs that little in Austin? Except maybe Keystone or Busch. But I'd pay an extra 40 cents for an OE or a Natty Daddy anyway. It's worth it. They're noticeably better. Good flavour and more of it. This is relatively tasteless except for a hint of metal and yeast. Great for a bum. Not so great for me. I'm glad I got a chance to give it a try, though. Thanks, Florida. (1,280 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured a clean dark yellow with a thick and sticky white head, light lacing.

The smell is sweet and corny.

The flavor is mildly sweet with a touch of corn, no hops to speak off. The 8% is hidden quite well.

Has a touch of warmth in the overall thin and watery mouthfeel.

Not good, but does a good job of masking its strength, so its accomplishing what it sets out to, a tasteless high alcohol swill for those just looking for a cheap buzz. (444 characters)

Photo of beerlover1990
2.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh. It's not the best beer I've ever drank, but, not the worst. It kinda burns going down. It has a strong taste that I can't really get myself to enjoy. I drank the whole can because I hate wasting things. But, this isn't something I'll purchase again. I've never tried regular Icehouse, and after this, I don't know if I want to. (332 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Icehouse Edge
16 oz. can, coded "MAR3015 E07062251"
$3.29/4-PK @ Winn Dixie #0199, Jacksonville, FL

Poured into a "beer clean" Imperial "nonik" pint glass (I'm not sure that you're really supposed to put it into a glass... ?) it displayed a deep golden, almost brass colored body beneath a two finger thick head of frothy bright white foam. The head held shortly, bolstered by the rising bubbles from below, and then fell to basically nothing leaving but a few medium-sized spots of lace behind.

The aroma displayed apples and sweet, doughy adjunct malt backed by distant 'beery' hops.

In the mouth it was thin to medium/thin in body and crisp, as would be appropriate.

The flavor confirmed the yeasty apple esters, as well as the adjunct-based malt sweetness, and although it wasn't very bitter at all the alcohol cut through it quite easily leaving it raspy and a bit harsh, almost chemical-like. It faded quickly from the palate, leaving behind a drop of sweet malt and a brisk splash of drying alcohol.

At 8.0% alc./vol. it's got the strength of a malt liquor, but not the body or the depth of 'malt' flavor normally associated with the style... ... aaahhh, and it just occurred to me, perhaps that's why it's named "Edge". Or perhaps it gives you an edge, because if you drink this quickly the alcohol will certainly hit you just as fast (at least for the pint can) and you'll end up with a little "Dutch courage". Overall, given the intentions behind it, it's not bad but on a world-wide scale of beer with a 3 being about average it just doesn't meet that mark. (1,574 characters)

Photo of DirkDiggler
2.84/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste is sweet, corny. Good head and bubbly. Really reminds me of St. Ides without the harsh ending. Got a couple of these to start the weekend out before switching to higher end beer. Does the trick; it's got a punch to it and no lingering assault on the taste buds. If you're looking for a good malt liquor this is one to buy. (328 characters)

Photo of obrike
2.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

What?...it's an Icehouse Edge...jealous?

Picked up a big boy can at my local corner store while stopping in for milk on the way home.

Popped it and poured half into my Flix Brewhouse Anniversary pint glass. A very pale yellow, decent head...and yes, there was just a tad bit of lacing. I've seen worse.

A sweet, grainy scent...nothing more nothing less. To be honest, I was expecting sewage, so this was a nice surprise. A little booze on a deeper scent.

Hmm...taste follows...imagine that. No real hint of malt or hops, but a sweet grainy follow through. What gets me is the lack of a horrid aftertaste. What the? I thought this would be much more scary than it is....I take that back...i let it sit a a bit while washing the dishes...went back to it and the booze is quite present now...almost like lighter fluid. Still, overall, if you're looking for a quick beer buzz, drink cold...it is not half bad.

Certainly no worse than bud light or coors light...with a much bigger kick. (986 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.68/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, some green apples. Taste is not so good, alcohol is present, plastics, corn and grains, damn these 24 oz. cans.Feels light in the mouth and overall I got what I paid for, a cheap buzz. (265 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
2.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

24 ounce can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It has a golden body with thousands of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. It is topped by an inch of white head. It's actually a nice looking beer.

S - I get the aromas of alcohol and grain.

T - I get the pervasive taste of alcohol. The is some sweet grain taste, almost like sweet corn, that tries to combat the alcohol flavor.

M - Thin and watery

O - If I need a cheap beer I always look to malt liquors. They also have higher abv so I pick these up after work to relieve the stress of another day of hell. (566 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
2.56/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

24oz can no date into party cup

look is a golden orange typical for a 40, small frothy head. smell is buttery grain, corn, vodka. taste is alcoholic corn syrup, with a creamy body and mild carbonation.

tastes just like an adjunct with some vodka splashed into it. even ice cold this is a gnarly brew. avoid it. (312 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Let's do a little free association here shall we?

Dusty brittle bubblegum from an old wax paper baseball card pack. Stale apple juice. Damp musty dishrag. Solventy rubber cement. All these things and more.

Crystalline gold, stray rising trails of carbonation. There's a decent head on it at first, and a few minutes later a broken skim remains after the first few sips. For a malt liquor to have a head, not to mention lace in the glass, is no small feat. Kudos MillerCoors, you should be proud.

Sweet corn, soggy cereal grains, and that dull taste after you lick a few to many envelopes after the holidays. Astringency is the problem with this one, too harsh and one dimensional, shot through with a bit too much CO2. An utterly typical malt liquor, not exactly bottom of the barrel, situated instead in the vast expanse of mediocrity instead. Still gonna reach for Hurricane over this every time. Even Steel Reserve is better.

BBD: JUN 15 13 (951 characters)

Photo of vulgora
2.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

got this for $2 at a closing albertson's and i didn't know what to expect , i like ice house and have been drinking some malt liquors lately so that may have something to do with my i like this ,

its not a great beer but i found it to me quite smooth and refreshing for a high gravity malt liquor .
sure it has the corn smell but it didn't seem as strong as others , it was also lite and fizzy but not overly carbonated like a Busch .

personally i think it's better than Natty Daddy but not night and day better just a step above.

to me it tasted like a stronger icehouse , not just a rip off bottom of the barrel swill ( stack , camo) thats the real bad stuff .

in my opinion if you like icehouse you may like this , but you probably have to have to be a little used to the strongness of high gravity lagers .

its worth a purchase. frankly i think its the best high gravity next to shlitz vsl (899 characters)

Photo of JMad
2.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden yellow color with a thin off white head that quickly shrunk. The smell is of sweet and sour grains, not much else besides it's slightly metallic. The taste is pretty much the same as the smell, lots of sweet grain and some metal, no hop's detectable. The beer is thick with low carbonation and a kind of syrupy feel. This beer isn't as bad as the other 8% cheap beers but it's still not that great, don't want to bash. (438 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
2.53/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with a moderate, coarse white head, with fairly good retention. The carbonation presents a profusion of fat bubbles, which drift lazily to the surface.The lacing is thick and leaves an irregular tide mark on the glass walls.

Aroma: Solvent alcohols dominate the aroma, with lesser cooked vegetables and some faint grassy and herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with cooked vegetables, corn, and solvent alcohol. The alcohol is quite warming . As the taste progresses, there is some cream corn sweetness. Late in the taste, there is a wave of solvent alcohol. Finishes with a mild herbal hop presence.

Mouth feel: Zesty carbonation vies with a fairly full body to produce a pleasing effect.

Drinkability/notes: Its hard to complain when a twenty-four ounce can at 8% ABV is $1.99 plus tax. Would pair well with pizza, nachos, or a terrible thirst after mowing the lawn in mid-August. This is best drunk cold in a frozen glass. Cheers.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-four ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (1,067 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
2.51/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear, deep gold color. Lots of big carbonation bubbles pop up initially, though the foamy head doesn't stick around too long, and little lacing is left on the glass.

S: Not much in the nose. Some faint graininess and sweetness, along with some sour lagery notes and alcohol.

T: Faintly grainy malt flavor up front quickly fades into adjunct sweetness. There's a bit of nondescriptly herbal hop flavor and bitterness to keep things from being too cloying, though there is a touch of sweetness again towards the finish. Fairly clean for a malt liquor.

M: Medium mouthfeel. A bit slick, with active carbonation. Some dryness in the middle yields to a lightly sticky-sweet finish. Surprisingly clean.

O: Curiosity got the best of me when I bought this. It's not good, but it is a decent malt liquor. No terrible boozy, chemical, or fusel flavors puts this above many of its competitors, for what that's worth. (925 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a fizzy one finger white head. The head fade very vast to leave almost no lacing.

Smell – Bready, corny, and sweet. While it is a more classic malt style aroma, it is a little fresher than most and doesn't really have any metallic or papery smell. It even has a lighter lemon hop aroma. Not bad.

Taste – The taste begins of malt with some corn sweetness and a light citrus hop flavor. At the front it is smoother and somewhat pleasant, but then all goes downhill from there. At this point the citrus hop seems to give way to a metallic and alcohol flavor. These two flavors get stronger and drown out the nice flavors up front to leave a somewhat bitter, biting, burn on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is very average.

Overall – While the aroma and initial tastes were quite nice for a malt, the finish to the taste was rather offensive. Not the best malt out there. (1,070 characters)

Photo of psychonautica
2.42/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's good for what it is: cheap, drinkable beer that'll give you a quick buzz. Out of all the cheap ass hobo beer, this is one the easiest to gag down. (151 characters)

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Icehouse Edge from Miller Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.