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St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor - Saint Ides Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
54
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170 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 2.13
pDev: 36.15%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Ides Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-04-2002

St. Ides Premium Malt Liquor was renamed to St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor.
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Photo of Jason
2.67/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22 oz bomber in clear glass with a twist top, “High Gravity Malt Liquor” on the label. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Weathered golden straw colour, champagne like bubbles rise quickly to the neck of the bottle.

Smell: Thin malt with a mild cooked veggie and clean alcohol aroma.

Taste: Moderate body with a snappy carbonation, lean malt palate and a used and abused hop bitterness that has just enough strength to balance the cloying sweetness on the back of the tongue. Big kick of alcohol that is spicy and warming, it flexes that warmth all the way to the belly. Suggestions of cooked corn … creamed corn to narrow it down with an all in all clean flavour and an almost immaculate after taste.

Notes: High octane brew, aimed for people that want a quick and ugly buzz. Pretty damn good for what you would expect in a Malt Liquor. Not bad at $1.25 a pop … but remember you get what you pay for.

Photo of Retroman40
2.76/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22 ounce "Double Deuce" into a tulip style glass.

A - Pours out a golden color with a hint of orange with a one finger of foamy white head. The head retreats to a thick lace but is quite long lasting.

S - Corn and cooked grains dominate.

T - Definite corn with some sweetness with an alcohol finish.

M - Rather light for an 8.2% ABV malt. This coupled with the fairly high carbonation level gives it the type of mouth feel you expect in this class of beers.

O - The 22 has the same alcohol as three regular beers and gets the job done. Frankly there are times I'd rather have a DD of this than 3 crummy AAL's. A 40 of this stuff is a ticket to a quick night. Still, for what it is it isn't "bad" but don't get me wrong; it's still a long way from "good" too. This stuff is only for the experienced and the adventurous.

Photo of chugalug40oz
2.9/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I went to the local Stewarts down the road after class to get a drink to start me off for a night of monopoly with a friend, and as I was walking to the store I was mentally weighing the positives and negatives of buying the usual suspects. Big Bear or Olde English? When I walked to the cooler, though, I was shocked to see this beauty!!! At the price of an Olde English (about 3.60 and change), I could be swilling 8.2 percent malt liquor!

I was ecstatic as I brought my new drink to the counter, barely able to control my excitement long enough to get out the door with the cap intact on the bottle. I took a back-way to my buddy's house, deciding to sample this 40 the right way: in public, while walking in the shadows of a ghetto neighborhood.

My first impression as I twisted the cap was that this thing was no joke. The cloudy appearance should have given it away, but this thing is packing some heat, and the smell really lets you onto just how much business this thing is packing.

The taste was pretty satisfying, once you got past the initial shock of the sheer amount of alcohol this thing contains, with some pleasant notes of sweet grass and toasty grains, with a slight musky flavor as others have noted.

The mouthfeel was on par with other 40's I have had, with the slipperyness and astringency expected from the high potency in this particular malt liquor.

Overall, I would highly recommend this brew to anyone who needs to get a great buzz going on a budget. It is by far the most economical beverage I have seen (although Big Bear and Natty Daddy are close up there.) The taste is pretty decent. I suggest drinking this outside in the winter for premium flavor.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.45/5  rDev +62%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor has a medium, white head with surprisingly high carbonation. The appearance is clear and golden. Aroma is stereotypical American-style lager, but maybe with an apple character and certainly a grain smell. It does have a harsh taste with some bitterness, and it's nice to get some hop profile in a malt liquor. This has a heavy and full-bodied mouth-feel. It finishes crisp and refreshing, which is a bit of a shock. Overall, this is a good malt liquor, and it is probably one of the better ones on the market. Also, I liked the cute can design of a vicious dog clutching St. Ides Premium Malt Liquor in his mouth and the slogan, "Hold it down!" written across the can, evoking the quaint drive-by, gangsta, beat-down life-style that we all aspire to.

RJT

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +80.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(best by NOV 24 14 - poured into a balloon... fan-cy!)

A: crystal-clear, dying dandelion yellow liquid... spongy white foam that, for some reason, takes its time breaking down... maintains a thin collar the whole time, ring of lace at the top of the glass

S: lightly-toasted, lightly-buttery dense cookie/wafer... faintly sulfury/metallic note - typical macro lager (yeast) aroma... light lager malt note... super clean and mellow aromas overall, really not much fusel/boozy notes, if any

T: old corn pops w/o the honey sweetness, touch of pencil eraser, slightly popcorn (partially popped kernel) finish... very dry... not really boozy at all, wonderfully hidden... light metallic, old white bread crust aftertaste... mild bitterness throughout, however, not a ton of sweetness to offset in the first place... alcohol spiciness comes out late - has a moonshine-y overtone, but a stronger sugar biscuit undercurrent

M: medium-light body, soft, delicate (imaginary?) viscosity... finishes out level and dry... just enough carbonation tickling the taste buds, but hardly sizzly

O: I'm cracking up as I write this, but this, behind Old E, has gotta be my 2nd favorite malt liquor... dude, it's really not that bad if you pour it into a fat-bottomed glass - it's the can or the bottle that makes it nasty, no?... the high alcohol content lends some 'complexity' to the flavor, but the balance here is sick

Photo of BEERchitect
2.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok, one of those beers that I take home to Dad because he usually goes for the most abv. for the price. Not surprising that he liked it. More surprisingly, I thought it was fine.

The beer opens with a standard yellow-straw color with ample carbonation, lacking head retention after the initial efforvescent fizziness. Stark white and failing, the beer shows no lacing. A basic average look.

Aromas were fearfully light-striken at first, but then mellowed into a Saaz-earthy, pungent, floral scent. Those aromas quickly turned to a familiar part-pilsner, part-grainy scent that hurt the aroma

Flavors fares about as well. This time, the grain-malt flavor goes too grainy but with an empty sweetness that was a bit too distracting at time. The hop flavors were present but didn't do nearly enough to balance the beer as the nose indicated.

The texture hurts about as much. Quite grainy, mild astringent, and low-lying bitterness kept the beer from becomming memorable by any means. The heat of 8.2% made its presence known with a mildly numbing heat and prickle. Again, empty in the textures.

Overall, the beer was about as error-free as can be expected from a malt liquor. But the beer has a lot of voids where the characterful flavors should be. Not a particularly recommended beer, but servicable in a pinch... a seriously bad pinch.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.46/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Small bubbled yellow and orange beer out the can. Tallboy. Lacing even! Horrible aroma of cooked corn and vegetables, as if they were rotten before cooked.

Sweetened corn syrup like taste, mixed with solvent or industrial cleaner/fluid. Gasoline breath afterwards. Plenty of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Not watery, but bad tasting. Like they put a shot of vodka & a shot of gasoline together with sugar packets.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.66/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The can depicts a pretty effin' viscious wrotweiller biting into a 24oz. can of this stuff, you'd think he'd know better. Well, I can't lie early on in my drinking days I used to imbibe on the St. Ides Special Brews (original alcohol pops) leave me the hell alone Snoop used to sing in their commercials what do you expect from a thug rap loving eighth grader. Anyways on to the high gravity version of this malt liquor it appears a bright golden yellow hue with a vibrant white head leaves fine even lacing as the thick head dwindles pretty quickly. Aromatics...well I can't say this is any type of a beer delicacy very heavy on corn and rice along with alcohol in the aroma not good at all sweet smelling overall I guess. Taste...wow possibly the worst beer or malt liquor I've ever tasted I compare this one to paint thinner toned flavors with very sweet and alcoholic tones hitting you at once seems chemical as a whole no hop profile to be had just pure shit, awwgh cloyingly sweet with a slight metallic layer on the tongue and alcohol remains horrible. Mouthfeel fizzy textured heavy carbonation definitely could cause a gag reflex to occur on the typical drinker. Drinkability don't even rate this brew as an option to grab onto I was in a ghetto liquor malt and grabbed one for fun 99cents well the experiment is over this shit is horrible.

Photo of BrewMaven
2.93/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The one Brown Bagger out of the big three that I haven't yet tried..Was I unconsciously avoiding it?

Pours a deep, clear gold and builds a nice temporary off white head that recedes to a ring..all the while leaving a more than fair amount of splotchy lace.

The smell of this one was no big surprise with grain, slight corn and a hint of that airy mustiness I notice with a lot of the common malt liquors.

Taste was par also..slightly sweet, a crack of bitterness midway and a clean, sweet, semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel is north of thin with mild carbonation.

I'm sure I've said it before but this is levels above the mainstream macro lagers in refinement and drinkability. Cheers!

Photo of Wegomlegging
1.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I didn't look much at this since I really didn't care what it looked like, as most would agree. It's beer-colored. It smelled like sweet bad strong beer, which can be o.k. Sometimes. I must say the flavor forced me to end the experience quickly, which was also a o.k. Overall it gets you drunk, and quick. Don't worry, nobody takes it seriously.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, the Fogelsville, PA plant (formerly Strohs, and then Pabst) is long gone, and this is now brewed in Milwaukee, WI.

It pours a crystal clear gold body beneath a foamy white head that slowly settles to just a collar but leaves some nice lace.

The nose delivers a clean, moderately sweet malt with a gentle touch of fruitiness.

The body is full/medium, and it's at least somewhat smooth across the palate with a somewhat restrained carbonation.

The flavor delivers a rich, very straightforward, adjunct-enhanced maltiness drenched in one big-assed fat-fingered cheek-pinch of alcohol! There's no fooling with this one, its 8.2% abv is right out there! It's balanced by a low-level bitterness that's almost unecessary as the heat and drying nature of the alcohol seem to have that under control. There are some underlying leafy and grassy hop flavors though.

Overall it's not a bad malt liquor - it's clean and somewhat balanced with a big maltiness upfront; and then a lot of kick behind. Not great, but OK.

Photo of bditty187
2.61/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a relatively flavorful malt liquor beer, easy drinking, and respectable. St. Ides pours a peachy-amber-gold with a white head, of a good inch, with some retention. The nose is stale metal, sweet malt/corn, and fairly strong apples. The taste is sweet, applely, with some malt undertones. It is decent tasting and the mouthfeel is fulfilling. The high alcohol content is not noticeable. Again, this beer is not BA worthy but it is a good malt liquor beer. This is a “getting drunk” beer. If that is what you are looking for then… have at it.

I have no need to drink it again.

Photo of GuyIncognito
3.06/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 40 oz. bottle in a brown paper bag in a strip club parking lot.
A- couldn't see it through the brown paper bag
S- smelled like a blackout
T- caramel, stripper biscuit, elderberries, asphalt, no grapefruit, slightly boozy
M- felt like vomit before it comes up
O- it lives up to the hype, but only if you can find it extremely unfresh

Photo of tone77
2.44/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a clear 22 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malt and corn. Taste is rather yucky. Flavors of corn and alcohol. Not very pleasent in the mouth either. Drinkability is also low. Not much to recomend about this beer.

Photo of puboflyons
2.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

From the 40 ounce bottle no. Sep0709-DO5112102. Sampled on July 30, 2009.

Ah St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor; the last beer that did me in...made me hug the toilet...and caused me to pass out. And that was ages ago. I have not touched it since but I figured it was time to rate it so I had to twist off the top and dive in. It was unimpressive then and it is unimpressive now. It pours yellow with about two fingers of bubbly, white head and decent clarity. It looks like it is supposed to so I rate it average. The aroma emits a scent of corn, malts, and strong alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit better than water but still pretty weak. It tastes like a sour, metallic shot of alcohol and leaves a bad aftertaste. It is a cheap way to get a buzz if that is what you are in the mood to do.

Photo of emerge077
1.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Crap-in-a-Can-Crusade™ continues!

Where did this come from, hell if I know. Some random dingy liquor store i'm guessing. "OCT3111" on the bottom of the can.

Pale gold, slowly receding head of white soapy foam, rapid trails of rising carbonation. When backlit, the glass shows some suspended micro-sediment. Thin skim across the surface and even a little bit of lacing here and there.

Dishrag smell, musty and minerally, raw sweet corn, wet grains.

Ooof. Alcohol shows up on the first couple swigs, dull malt sweetness, dusty stale stick of gum from a baseball card pack. Grapey wine yeast. Harsh astringency, medium bodied with lower carbonation. Gross sticky saccharine aftertaste, bad taste and bad decisions. This ain't good. Had worse, but this is somewhere in the lower echelon.

St. Ides, gets your jimmy thicker...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcZ3Fs9758E

Photo of BierFan
2.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear glass 22 ounce bottle. Black and silver label depicts palm trees in a hurricane. No freshness date. Nothing about this says to me "delicious beer", but the side of the label assures me that it's "brewed with natural ingredients". I twist the cap and pour it into my trusty pint glass to inspect further.

Appearance: A hard pour produced a dark yellow beer that has little to no carbonation. Surprisingly though it has a big fluffy head, and decent head retention and lacing.

Smell: The smell is mostly alcohol. To make an odd comparison, the smell actually reminds me of a real boozy strong Belgian ale. Imagine if Maudite was brewed with corn and you have an idea of what it might smell like.

Taste: Imagine dropping a shot or two of everclear into a Busch Beer. Adjuncts and alcohol. Nothing repulsive in my opinion, but theres nothing good to talk about either.

Photo of flarnrules
3.95/5  rDev +85.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This 40 ounce bottle gives some dark reminders of its greek ancestry. I recognized it the minute I walked in the corner liquor store of my university. Drank some with my homies. I experienced an odd feeling of the most bizarre drunkenness within minutes of sipping this ghetto swill. Less than 8 ounces in, my motor and critical thinking skills had dramatically deteriorated.

When I drink this it makes me feel weird. For around 3 dollars a bottle, St. Ides HG malt liquor gives perhaps the best bang for its buck as far as experience. Interesting label; no smell; good taste; excellent drinkability; and the most unique feeling from ghetto swill you will ever experience.

Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

from the missing notebook!

The pour was better then I thought with a medium amber color and a head of about two inches that stuck around for a few moments before falling into the same path as the others with a crystal clear, dark color with tiny strings of bubbles that were coming up through the glass. Aroma is of corn, alcohol, wet hay, and just a mess. Really just astringent and not very appetizing at all. Every sip seemed to bring a similar reaction from me as I struggled to get this one down before finally pouring the rest out. Just not a redeeming quality as far as taste, and I generally do not mind the style terribly, but this was atrocious.

Photo of buschbeer
2.04/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It is a beautiful golden beverage. A shy inch of white head was seen out of the corner of my eye.

S - It smells skunked. I get a little grain and alcohol.

T - It tastes like Ice Cube smacked me in the mouth.

M - Thin but velvety smooth.

O - I have to Bow Down to this malt liquor. It'll make you Check Yo Self. You don't have to be Men of Steel or Natural Born Killaz to enjoy this beer. Stay True to the Game and You Can Do It. All you have to do is Do Ya Thang. Really Doe.

Photo of scottoale
2.58/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 99cent 24oz. can with a date code on the bottom and a caption that reads: "Hold It down"...wonder what that's suppose to mean ? Anyway, it pours a light golden yellow with a finger of white foamy head. To my amazement, the head had good retention and there was some decent looking lace involved.

The smell is sweet and malty with notes of corn adjuncts and hot alcohol when it warms up. Doesn't really smell all that bad, but it lacks any hop presence.

The taste on the other hand, not so good. Very, very sweet and cloying with a hot alcoholic over profile throughout. Tastes like sweet corn syrup , Nutri-Sweet and malt-beverage like alcohol...I've tasted worse, but not much.

With a medium body and good carbonation, the mouthfeel is pretty slick and smooth with an astringent feel on the tongue in the finish.

Drinkabilty...no thank-you, definitely not for me !

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 oz tall boy with a stamp of NOV0209, not sure if that is the brewed date or freshness date. "Hold It Down" proclaims the doggie on the can with a can in her mouth...that does not exactly make me want to drink this bitch! Pours a light gold color with a fluffy white head that fades at a reasonable pace for a malt liquor and actually leaves quite a bit of thin lace on the glass.

Nose is fruity as hell with tropical alcohol notes and a healthy dose of green apples. Booze is plentiful and there is a graininess to it that hints there were actual malts used in the brewing process.

Taste is most certainly alcoholic fruitiness, but there is a pretty stable backbone of cereal grains in there. Not as bad as I had feared. Clean finish with not alot of sweetness that lingers. Pretty good job of making a high ABV, light bodied lager and still be drinkable. I dont exactly like it, but I think I will be able to finish this can...barely.

Photo of biggred1
2.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Golden honey with a thin fine head that dissapates quickly.

S-Sweet malt and a faint corn flake smell.

T-Sweet corny flavor with a mild hop flavor to balance. Pretty straightforward and simple with a warming alcohol finish and not much else.

M-Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D-This beer is not as wretched as I had suspected,I guess it is what it is, a powerful swill at a low price.Not completely devoid of flavor but bland.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +64.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Tawny golden color, a touch of haze, with a large, persistent white head, lots of sticky, patchy lace, with rings down the glass walls, and lots of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of spicy alcohol, cooked corn, and a subdued hop note.

Taste: Sweet spicy alcohol dominates from start to finish; the alcohol warms the chest quite noticeably. Hidden beneath the alcohol, there is a mild sweet corn malt presence. There is a bit of hop bitterness at the close of the taste, which cuts the sweetness of the alcohol just a bit.

Mouth feel: Smooth and surprisingly full, pleasant, the carbonation is quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: Surprisingly good, malt liquor is considered to be a beverage of questionable repute at best, but this is a fine example of the style. Well worth a try at about $2.00 for a 40 ounce bottle.

Presentation: Packaged in a 40 ounce clear glass bottle with a screw cap, served in a Pilsener glass.

Photo of Phatz
2.43/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor is exactly that. As malt liquor goes it is certainly decent. I thought I was supporting local brewing as the address above is Fogelsville, PA. However, my can reads Milwaukee, WI. This can also reads 8.2% ABV
Anyway... Presentation is a badass black can, One pint size with a mean ol' dog staring you down.

Appearance: Average. Pours slightly orange, clear with a medium sudsy white head. Above average lacing for a Malt liquor. I think it is the protiens that leave the clupmy patches of foam floating around the top.

Smell: Very clean (water) aroma a bit of malt and some alcohol.

Taste. Sugar. Malt. Alcohol. Three words about say all I need to say. There is a bit of grain, corn I'd say, and nice malt and hop presence, but the sugar and malt definitely lead and the hop only balances the flavor in the end. The aftertaste is a bit bitter but other than that it is sugar and alcohol in. Exactly as a malt liquor should be IMO.
{{{EDIT The first time I had this I thought I liked the taste. Unfourtunately I had a 6-pack and NONE of the rest were even tolerable! I don't know what I was thinking but its too sweet even for my sweet tooth.}}}

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium bodied. Nice for a cheap malt liquor.

Drinkability: The sweetness is offset by just a bit of hop presence and the alcohol is nice and warming, so I'd say this is fairly drinkable for what it is, if you enjoy sweet malt liquors. The 8.2% ABV will catch up to you so watch out.

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EDIT
The first can I had seemed sweet but palatable. The last night I had one as a nightcap to finish off the night (after I was done with other reviews etc.) I was eating a bowl of Chicken and sausage gumbo and took a few sips of the St Ides, I hate to admit this but I threw away beer. It was terribly cloyingly sweet. I have a sweet tooth but this nearly made me sick. So the caution here is drink on a clean palate. Do not mix this beer with spicy food. I thought it’d make a cooling contrast, I was wrong.
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St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
54 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.