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

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BA SCORE
54
awful

166 Ratings
THE BROS
63
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 2.14
pDev: 36.45%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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 ZenAgnostic
1.39/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 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.

Photo of emerge077
1.79/5  rDev -16.4%
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 bigox420
2/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of xnicknj
2/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mdillon86
2/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
2.25/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of drabmuh
3.11/5  rDev +45.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.46/5  rDev -31.8%
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 cpolking
2.45/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark golden in color with massive amounts of carbonation, but there is only about one-quarter to one-half inch of foamy white head that dissipates rather quickly, but actually leaves a medium amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma is surprisingly akin to a Polish strong lager and much less sweet than I expected. There is some sweetness, fresh harvested dry fall grain, some straw and a touch of lager funk. Only a slight touch of green apple and no metallic notes.

There is much more sweetness in the taste, nearing cloying but just enough hops are in this to prevent cloying, barely. The taste is not as good as the aroma as an element of circus peanut sweet fruitiness enters in, and not in a good way. This is not really that good, it is borderline drinkable, but still on the drinkable side. Some high alcohol malt liquors taste so bad they are essentially undrinkable. I am glad I finally got to try the Ides, but when I am seeking out a repeat malt liquor, it won't be this one.

Considering it is a cheap malt liquor, I would give the appearance and aroma of this a 9 out of 10. However, I would give the taste a 3 out of 10.

Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -6.5%
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 womencantsail
1.36/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.45/5  rDev +61.2%
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 stimulus
1.36/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Consumed from a 40 ounce bottle taped to hands.

A: Bright orange, like most common malt liquors, and very high carbonation.

S: Very little to the smell other than a bit of corn and alcohol.

T: This is where it really goes bad. Tastes like corn, alcohol, and perhaps gasoline. Whatever the final potent flavor is, it certainly is not good.

M: A ton of carbonation; it doesn't go down very well at all.

D: A 40oz of this is probably more than anyone should drink, but at $2 a forty, and 8.2%, a fun but quite foul beer to play drinking games with.

Having consumed Natural Light before, as well as Miller and Bud, and even OE and Colt 45, this is by far the worst beer I have ever tried. Probably also the quickest way to get drunk on beer.

Photo of flarnrules
3.95/5  rDev +84.6%
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 twiggamortis420
2.49/5  rDev +16.4%
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 beer256
2.41/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

i used to drink this beer all the time when i was young LoL and have friends that still do.i think this beer is good if you need alittle liqiud courage or for a poor mans viagra.i dont know what they put in this stuff but if you just want to get drunk its cheap and works.

Photo of tone77
2.44/5  rDev +14%
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 -6.1%
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 Overlord
1.38/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A friend of mine (such a kidder) broke out one of these today.

Pours a golden yellow. Smells like booze and grain alcohol. Moderate white foam head.

Just an awful, awful flavor. Cereal grain, chemicals, and rotgut liquor. Ugh. So bad.

Drain poured most of it.

Photo of BierFan
2.18/5  rDev +1.9%
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 PintOHops
1.51/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 24oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears pale gold/yellow with high carbonation, no lacing, and no head. Smells of very sweet malt with metallic alcoholic notes. Some tart grape, some corn, mostly an over powering metallic alcoholic aroma. Very unpleasant, and as it warms it only gets worse.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of very sweet malt, hints of corn, and a very pronounced metal alcoholic flavor. Sweet stale hop like aftertaste, a little citrus notes as well. As it warms, metallic/alcoholic flavor only gets worse. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little bitey from the carbonation, and has a lite-medium body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This Malt Liquor is not drinkable at all. I would only be able to drink 1-2 24oz cans of this, ice cold and shotgunning it.Even so, I don't think ill be buying this beer again. I just couldn't get over the extremely overpowering flavor & smell of metal & alcohol. Save your money folks, there are allot of other easy to drink Malt liquors out there.

For me, there has to be some kind of pleasure in drinking the beer. Serving it nearly frozen to mask flavor and smell, then shotgunning it, doesn't cut it for me. Id like to know the beer I'm drinking is actually reasonable, and drinkable. Not recommended, try another Malt Liquor to get messed up on.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.45/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Blake
1.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not the greatest tasting malt beverage but it can surely deal you a quick buzz. Tastes like rubbing alcohol with a slight hint of grain. Pours out in a slick pale amber color, mild carbonation and little taste of good old American hops. Slides down the throat easy enough, as do most malt liquors, but the lack of good beer taste damages this one's appeal

Photo of Offa
1.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not very good but not as bad as I had anticipated.

Dark gold, slightly hazy, it has a medium white head steadily dissipating to a very thin ring.

The aroma is sweet stale corn, alcohol, cheap wine, and old apple peels.

The taste is alcohol, sweet, cheap white wine, with ghosty elements of white grape juice and stale corn, with a brief, alcoholic finish and almost no aftertaste. It is very bland after the first sip

St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
54 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.