St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor - Saint Ides Brewing Company
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2.6/5 rDev +20.9%
Rather than being 'the vagrant's choice', it looks like St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor is 'the rapper's choice'. Instead of including lyrics from any number of rap songs that mention this refined brew (I stopped counting at 30), I've decided to try my hand at a few lines at the end of the review. The question that Malt Likkapalooza VIII has been designed to answer is this: which one of these high gravity lagers is the 'craft beer drinker's choice'?
Dark amber topped by a French vanilla colored head of impressively rich foam. I'm not sure I want to know how the brewers produce such a good looking lid on such a cheap, high-ABV beer. Of course 99.9% of the people who drink this stuff will never see it anyway. It's even laying down a fair amount of sudsy lace.
The nose is pretty standard for the style, with almost no nastiness. It's sweet and corny and very mildly musky. I can tell there's alcohol present, but it's masked exceptionally well. And the lead widens...
This may be the fruitiest American malt liquor that I've had yet. I got a hint of it in the nose, but it really comes to life on the taste buds. Yeah, it's sweet. Yeah, it's simple. Yeah, it's potent. It's malt liquor! Were you expecting Duvel? Only on the finish is there any hint of a turn for the worse. My advice, as always, is to keep it cold for as long as possible and you'll be fine. A few of these in rapid succession and you'll be more than fine.
I hate trying to come with anything useful to say about the mouthfeel on a malt liquor. This one is competent enough, I suppose. It isn't the least bit watery, nor is it thick and sticky. Actually, it's probably just right for the reason this beer is brewed in the first place: it doesn't get in the way, but still gives you something to chew on.
St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor beats on Evil Eye Ice like a drum; from top to bottom, from back to front and from side to side. This is one of the most lopsided Malt Likkapaloozas in recent memory. I'm a little woozy right now, but here goes...
'this juice is da bomb, yo
i'm buzzin' like a beehive
chillin' it, swillin' it
i love it when the mic's live
'cause i be shoutin' it, toutin' it
to any who will listen
double fisted forties
and your brain be sizzlin'
06-25-2007 14:19:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
2/5 rDev -7%
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.
02-23-2011 02:22:45 | More by mikesgroove
2.45/5 rDev +14%
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.
01-14-2009 05:05:27 | More by BEERchitect
1.33/5 rDev -38.1%
Another fine malt beverage courtesy of Phil.
A: This one is a golden straw sort of color with a white head that disappears almost immediately.
S: Oh goodness, this one is not good. Corn, cooked vegetables, skunk, and alcohol up front. Actually, those aromas were pretty much present throughout.
T: Not a pleasant flavor either. The first sip (and each subsequent one) was tough to choke down. Alcohol, tons of corn, miscellaneous grains, and a synthetic/chemical thing going on.
M: The body is medium, for a malt liquor, I guess. Carbonation is quite high.
D: This was just awful. This one, I am glad I cannot purchase readily in California. Just to reiterate: awful.
10-11-2010 02:23:31 | More by womencantsail
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...
12-09-2011 01:02:45 | More by emerge077
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
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
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
3.1/5 rDev +44.2%
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.
11-04-2011 02:58:06 | More by drabmuh
1.15/5 rDev -46.5%
CAN you dig it? I discovered another CAN of beer to try.
""Hold it down!" What, is that some sort of defiant gesture to goad me to try? F**k you, doggy! I just had a pitcher of something arrogant enough to call me a bastard and say that I am unworthy. You think that I am scared of you?!? Back to your stinking kennel and stay there!
The nice thing about these macros is their head. I produced a solid two fingers' worth of dense, bone-white head with excellent retention off of the pour. The nose, on the other hand, smelled like liquid death. It smelled like a can of gasoline left out to near its flash point. Fusel alcohol to the max! Oof. The color was another winner. It had a beautiful shade of golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel reminded me of the last scene in "What We Do Is Secret" when Darby Crash realizes that he's gone a bit too far, but there is no turning back from the inevitable. His was a heroin overdose, mine was a stomach-wrenching sensation followed by a strange mellowness and a desire for another hit, I mean, swig. Powerful stuff. This was no playing around, certainly not meant for amateurs, and even I as a seasoned veteran could not wrap my liver around this beast. Avoid, boy! Avoid ... Aaarrrggh.
08-21-2008 05:43:30 | More by woodychandler
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
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
2.5/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
01-01-2010 20:38:07 | More by twiggamortis420
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
2.68/5 rDev +24.7%
I can't fully give this malt liquor it justice because this review is on VIVID memory. I can't even bring myself to spend the buck to sample it and throw it away. I drank A LOT of these in college, and it is also my wife's first memory of me. She walked into the house (w/ her friends at a house party) and saw me sitting on the couch drinking a St Ides (she always tells the story that I was holding it at my crotch like some giant phallic symbol). I remember this being really sweet compared to other malt liquors; real sugary. I also remember the dark gold hue in the bottle let you know that this wasn't watered down. There were also hints of fruit or berries, and I use to be able to down these with the best of them. Not anymore.
01-15-2008 19:30:42 | More by clayrock81
St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
54 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.