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

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St. Ides High Gravity Malt LiquorSt. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor

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BA SCORE
54
awful

156 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 36.74%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
St. Ides Premium Malt Liquor was renamed to St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-04-2002)
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Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

1.33/5  rDev -38.1%

Dec 12 11 stamped on bottom of 24 oz can poured into a mug.

Appearance - Pours big foamy white head that holds shape well and with decent retention. Patchy stick. Once the head is gone, it's gone - not even a small continuous paper-thin head. Clear dirty gold body.

Smell - Musky corn and alcohol. A bit of bubblegum. Not appetizing at all.

Taste - Sickeningly sweet. I dry heaved after taking the first sip. The musky smell combined with the strange artificial sweetness is going to do me in. We may have a drain pour on our hands. Has a musky finish and aftertaste. My absolutely first thought was "there must be sugar added" just by how unbelievably sweet it is for a beer that has no indications of being a novelty hybrid beer. Prominent booziness in the body.

Mouthfeel - Astringent, sticky, and solvent at the same time, some how. Not refreshing or appealing in any way.

Overall Drinkability - Even for someone looking for a nice small buzz, this has a chance of being a drain pour. Definitely not a tasting or session beer. Avoid.

12-13-2011 06:42:26 | More by ZenAgnostic
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -53.5%

07-28-2013 20:55:12 | More by TTripp725
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev +24.7%

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.

03-23-2002 06:08:05 | More by Jason
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jiffymon

New York

1.5/5  rDev -30.2%

02-13-2013 17:09:08 | More by jiffymon
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.48/5  rDev -31.2%

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.

06-02-2011 23:01:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.58/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

06-19-2006 22:09:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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acurtis

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -7%

03-08-2013 01:30:47 | More by acurtis
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BrewMaven

New York

2.91/5  rDev +35.3%

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!

02-15-2012 00:15:19 | More by BrewMaven
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Retroman40

Kentucky

2.76/5  rDev +28.4%

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.

02-01-2014 10:32:13 | More by Retroman40
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Wegomlegging

Virginia

1.38/5  rDev -35.8%

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.

01-16-2012 02:10:54 | More by Wegomlegging
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +40.9%

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.

08-04-2006 22:19:04 | More by NeroFiddled
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

1/5  rDev -53.5%

03-29-2013 23:11:00 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Razr86

New York

1/5  rDev -53.5%

09-11-2012 02:25:43 | More by Razr86
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -30.2%

08-04-2014 01:41:51 | More by dailyminefield
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.6/5  rDev +20.9%

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.

11-01-2002 13:41:05 | More by bditty187
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beergorrilla

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -18.6%

06-15-2014 23:39:41 | More by beergorrilla
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

1/5  rDev -53.5%

10-23-2012 19:00:15 | More by Eaglefan344
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cyrushire

Florida

2.5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-01-2013 07:47:53 | More by cyrushire
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GuyIncognito

Maine

2.93/5  rDev +36.3%

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

12-20-2012 17:43:54 | More by GuyIncognito
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dvmin98

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -7%

02-27-2013 21:45:12 | More by dvmin98
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lemonlime311

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -7%

02-02-2012 04:47:32 | More by lemonlime311
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

08-10-2009 21:34:58 | More by tone77
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pjkelley82

New York

1/5  rDev -53.5%

12-13-2013 15:46:38 | More by pjkelley82
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -7%

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.

07-30-2009 23:14:53 | More by puboflyons
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emerge077

Illinois

1.83/5  rDev -14.9%

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

12-09-2011 01:02:45 | More by emerge077
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St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
54 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.