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Icehouse Edge - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
60
poor

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 2.41
pDev: 31.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: daliandragon on 07-29-2012

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Photo of emerge077
2.54/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Photo of TMoney2591
2.28/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Finally found this stuff at a gas station whilst fillin' 'er up. It pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises corn, funky wheat, powdered sugar, and a faint hint of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strong vein of perfume-y vinyl. Nice. Real nice. Thanks for that one, there, guy. A bunch. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad little beer. I honestly didn't expect too much from it, but it's bad regardless.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of bright yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a medium to large patch of mottled very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amount of sweet corn adjuncts with a light amount of light fruit/apple juice. Hints of alcohol booziness and something akin to vinyl/plastic.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with moderate sweet corn adjuncts. That is followed by a harsh strong flavor of fusel alcohol which lingers in the finish (quite unpleasant). Also, there is a light amount of booziness towards the finish as well as it warms up.

M:Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Much worse than I expected and my expectations were pretty low. Much too hot and much too boozy.

Photo of woodychandler
2.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chalk this up to The CANQuest (TM) returning to its (admittedly) dark roots. Many of the early CANs were of a less-than-stellar quality, but it pre-positioned the madness at the explosion of craft CANs. This was on the shelf at my neighborhood bottle shop, literally out my back door and across a small parking lot. My "neighbors" know that I will try anything once and are always happy when I find something in their inventory.

The Crack & Glug revealed another "Greg Koch Special" - a fizzy yellow beer for this wussy. Two fingers of dense, bone-white head sat atop the liquid and had such retention as to slow me down. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was not just sweet, but ridden with corn. I have mentioned silage before in reviews and here was yet another unpleasant example. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was like nail polish remover. It had a cloying sweetness which coupled with its high gravity ABV made it a roaring hangover CANdidate. Finish was likewise cloying sweet and nothing that would bear repeating.

Photo of tdm168
2.16/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A small portion poured into a juice glass for appearance and aroma. The rest consumed from the 24 oz can.

A - transparent yellow with some carbonation bubbles coming up; thin, bubbly, loose, fizzy, white head that fades fast

S - grains, warm, faintly metallic

T - very warm, sweet, and grainy, faint metallic finish

M - warm, crisp, medium bodied

If I consider the style: this was average. It was grainy, sweet and warm as expected. It was high abv and sorta drinkable from the can. I won't buy it again, but it is a very cheap buzz.

Photo of flagmantho
2.12/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head pours two to three fingers of very fizzy white foam which subsides quickly. Par for the style.

Smell: sweet with a small whiff of corn and plasticy adjunct character. Not great but pretty clean for the style.

Taste: drier than the aroma, but with a definite corn character. There's a light bitterness here too, which is better than nothing. Not a great beer, but for a high-gravity malt liquor, I feel like you could do a lot worse.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a fizzy carbonation that comes out of solution pretty quickly. Blerg.

Overall: don't kid yourself; this is pretty low-quality stuff. But for a can of high-grav malt liquor, there's worse stuff out there. Note of warning: don't let it warm up!

Photo of harpus
2/5  rDev -17%

Photo of tone77
2.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.1/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.44/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of CraigTravor
1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev +40.2%
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

Photo of buschbeer
2.67/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Lukass
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bashiba
2.9/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
1.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

That's what i was thinking too. Really? Regular, everyday Icehouse doesn't produce enough bang for the buck? We have to give it an EDGE? Whatever, it's really hot outside and after the first few sips it'll probably be more or less fine.

Fills my mason jar with white head and a deep gold body. Head dies instantly with no lace. Nose is pure adjunct malt and some underlying evil. Amazingly, this does resemble Icehouse original, just eyes bleedingly worse. Oversweet, cloying, and doused in booze. Texture is thin and offers no protection from the taste. Like someone dumped a bottle of cheap grain alcohol in a barrel of Icehouse and rolled it down a hill to mix it up.

I drank Icehouse in college and actually enjoyed it, and still get it every once in a great while when I feel like slumming it, but I can't ever see trying this again. I have no better words, it's just yucky.

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
2/5  rDev -17%

Photo of Mattyb79
1.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of dertyd
1.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.15/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: It's clear golden body has slowly rising bubbles, bubbles that rise to the top where a wisp of white resides after the head recedes. There is one hilarious line of lacing on the glass, and it's shaped like a frown. :(

Aroma: Corn, and metal. Not as in Korn and Nu Metal. It sort of smells vulgar, and illegal, like there's some unsavory chemicals being used in the mash tun.

Taste: The taste is a little cleaner than the aroma. It has a touch of sweetness, from what -- God only knows. Corn adjuncts or whatever the hell you use to brew an 8% beer that cost $1.29 in a 24 ounce can. The finish holds a burn from the ridiculous amount of alcohol, and probably a burn from the unhealthy ingredients used in the brewing process.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat medium to light bodied, considering the ABV it's fairly smooth, thus the 1.25 rating.

Overall: You ever play Truth or Dare, and take the Dare and regret it? That's this beer. And now I'm $1.29 poorer to show for it. :(

Photo of jimmah120
2.56/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very cool can. Tattered aluminum design that tries to play to the PBR crowd.

Smell: Fresh biscuit malt. Not bad for a malt liquor

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely sour...extremely! Vinegar in a can. Good mouthfeel...nice carbonation.

Overall Drinkability: Pretty gross stuff overall. The flavor makes/breaks this. I feel like Miller could make big bucks marketing this stuff. It's cheap...high alcohol...and has a good design.

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Icehouse Edge from Miller Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.