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

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BA SCORE
55
awful

157 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 2.16
pDev: 36.57%
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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Photo of jeffduyedi
5/5  rDev +131.5%

jeffduyedi, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of dubmax
5/5  rDev +131.5%

dubmax, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of troobie
4.3/5  rDev +99.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

40oz. bottle (yes, I've had the 24oz. cans too).

First off, this is reviewed within the category of HIGH GRAVITY MALT LIQUORS.

Secondly, I'm reviewing this in an attempt to bring the number of reviews up to 10 so that this beer can have a home here.

I'm not going to pretend I can pull a bunch of flavors out of this. It is a high gravity malt liquor. You don't drink it because you are trying to "enjoy" it. You drink this fine beverage to forget why you are drinking this fine beverage.

For the amount of alcohol in this, it is quite easy to drink. Classic malt liquor flavor (probably my idea of the perfect malt flavor) combined with excellent carbonation. Superior holding strength on the flavor. Even when it warms up it is drinkable. Nothing offensive at all about this high gravity. In fact, you'll be more offensive after finishing a 40 of this. Quite possibly the best high gravity malt liquor out there.

troobie, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of 7beerphil
4.18/5  rDev +93.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Partially poured from the 24oz can into a pint glass. Has a deep yellow color, with an airy 1.5-inch head.

Ides has a strong alcohol smell, but is to be expected. Taste and mouth feel are on par for this type of brew. Flows down easy, but has a strong beer/high alcohol content taste. Not much hops/bitterness. Sweetness is key in the after-taste. This is totally unlike most OG malt liquors (Colt, OE, Mickeys).

Ides does it right, however. At 8.2%, you get feeling good quickly and at a budget price!

7beerphil, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of flarnrules
4/5  rDev +85.2%
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.

flarnrules, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of micahmye
4/5  rDev +85.2%

micahmye, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.9/5  rDev +80.6%
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

Bouleboubier, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of BeerBob
3.85/5  rDev +78.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew! what a relief, I thought that this review was going to be a real chore. St. Ides Malt Liquor is rather good and no unpleasantness either. Took mine from a clear glass 40oz and not a hint of skunk. St. Ides also carries the 8.2% alcohol by volume well, no burning or sharp taste whatsoever.

Starts with a soft malt then changes to a not too unpleasant sweet corn that is just a bit sticky. Aftertaste is mostly silky alcohol overtones. I have been through some real brewing alchemists nightmares, thankfully St. Ides was not one of them.

BeerBob, Jul 02, 2002
Photo of rrob311
3.65/5  rDev +69%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 40 ounce of this several years ago and took it with me to a party. I drank the whole thing and as far as I can remember, I got pretty buzzed off it.

A- Looks like beer, clear and slightly darker than a macro.

S- Smells good and sweet.

T- This beer tastes great for Malt liquor and is my favorite that I have tried. It is kind of sweet and it will get you wasted.

M- Mouthfeel is normal, good carbonation.

D- I can drink one of these, anymore than that would probably be overkill for me but then again I am a lightweight.

rrob311, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  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

RonaldTheriot, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +62%
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.

Pegasus, Aug 21, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev +62%

rderedin, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Boozyrican
3.25/5  rDev +50.5%

Boozyrican, Jul 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +50.5%

MitchCumstein, Jul 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +50.5%

paulish, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
3.1/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At the time of this review, this is the #31 top American Malt Liquor on the Top Beers - American Malt Liquor category. Also #71 on the Bottom of the Barrel list, that would make this, that's right, bad beer Thursdays. Baby is sleeping edition.

Beer is yellow and clear with a nice white head, lots of lacing, decent retention, moderate carbonation, looks like beer.

Aroma is super weak, smells sweet, not much else.

Well, beer doesnt' taste great but there is no aftertaste, tastes almost like nothing, mildly dry finish. Lead off is a mild sweetness, some alcohol, but the finish is nice actually. I don't hate it, I doubt I'd have it again but it is not poison, which is pretty good for the style. Nice.

drabmuh, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +40.3%
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of longbongsilver
3/5  rDev +38.9%

longbongsilver, May 09, 2013
Photo of dsnyder61
3/5  rDev +38.9%

dsnyder61, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of BlkHawkFan01
3/5  rDev +38.9%

BlkHawkFan01, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of GuyIncognito
2.93/5  rDev +35.6%
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

GuyIncognito, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of BrewMaven
2.91/5  rDev +34.7%
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!

BrewMaven, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of chugalug40oz
2.9/5  rDev +34.3%
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.

chugalug40oz, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of biggred1
2.9/5  rDev +34.3%
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.

biggred1, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Jarod
2.85/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

40 oz. No freshness date.

This beer poured a golden straw color that was crystal clear and very well carbonated. The head that was produced was very large and pure white in color, very think in appearance somewhat sticky and pillowy, it fell rather quick and left a ring around the edges and some light tiny carbonation bubbles on the surface. There was a sticky lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma was simple, cooked corn, grains, some hints of malt and alcohol. The taste had a carbonation bite to it, hints of light malts, some bitterness, lots of cooked watery corn, waves of alcohol were all through the taste, sometimes bitter, sometimes semi sweet, but the constant was alcohol. The body was medium. This beer has lots of alcohol, and once you get by the first few swallows and that corn taste, it is not a bad beer. A good beer if you want a good buzz - cheap. Not to shabby for its style.

Jarod, Sep 18, 2005
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St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
55 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.