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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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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 2.14
pDev: 35.98%
Wants: 8
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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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 73
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +63.6%
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 twelvsies
1.6/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

For a 40, it could be worse. Your typical malt beverage orange color, not much head to speak of. Smells a little rancid but you can tell there's actually some toasted malt in there, or some sort of cheap immitaion malt or someting, I don't know how they do it and I don't really care. Taste is a little less pukey than the smell, but really isn't appetizing. My friends convinced me to pound this big boy last night and on one other occasion this summer, and both times I've woken up extremely hung over. This stuff is bad for you. Only drink it if you're in 9th grade. Word.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
1.76/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours gold with a thick 3 finger head that slowly evaporates with little to no lacing. The only thing to say about taste and smell is overpowering cider. If not for the that, it might have a decent mouthfeel and drinkabilty, suprisingly smooth for the high gravity. If you like your cheap buzz drowned in ester, this is the best $1.79 you can spend.

Photo of kegerator
2.56/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

not bad at all for a malt liquor
poured a golden straw yellow color with a nice 2 inch frothey white head. The head dwindled moderatley and left no lace
Smell was of corn, alcohol and i detetced a slight lemony scent in the background
taste was grainy with a lemon hint. the alcohol was present and left a slight burn in the throat and chest. problem is at first tase it wasn;t bad but as you drink this beer it seems to get worse. It was creamy and light in the mouth and fairly drinkable.

Photo of TastyTaste
1.65/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Clear 40 oz. bottle. Straw yellow in color, with lots of visible carbonation when opened. Smell is of Corny skunk and a large dose of alcohol. Taste is really dominated by the high amount of alcohol and the cheap ingredients that were used to brew this swill (That is actually kind of insulting to swine). A cheap buzz, for sure, but will leave you hungover without fail.

Photo of TheDeuce
1.38/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

How I get stuck reviewing these malt liquors is beyond me....this drink is rumored to have been Tupac Shakur's favorite.

Appearance-Very dirty blond color, very fizzy head, surprisingly the head sticks around, I'm amazed.

Smell-Actually very clean, a little alcohol, slight grain and hops, nothing else.

Taste-Ugh, alcohol is prevalent immediately, goes down with a burning sensation, but that's not from any hops or malt my friends. That's fusel alcohol.

Mouthfeel-not good, thin and watery, and the awful flavor just makes it worse.

Drinkability-it's cheap but even for a malt liquor this just isn't good. 8.2% alcohol.

Overall-Quite possibly the worst malt liquor I've ever had. Although 2Pac was a great artist he could have had better choice in beer, even malt liquor for that matter.

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.33/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in New Orleans just to try something new. As with any malt liquor worth it's salt this was consumed in a clear 40 oz. Color is macro yellow with a medium fizzy head. Appearance is a little better than some of the malt liquors I've had. Smell is a sweeter variation of what is usually expected from adjuncts. This is the sweetest tasting malt liquor I've had. The taste is okay at first, but the sweetness becomes a little too much after a while. Overall, I consider this average for a malt liquor, it could be better or a lot worse.

Photo of 99bottles
2.2/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I saw that one of the Alstroms reviewed this, so I'll swallow my pride and fess up. I willing bought one of these this weekend while out with some friends. It was reminiscence !
40 oz. bottle. No vintage date (ha ha). Cost all of $1.75 at the gas station. I can't say how it pours because I took it straight from the bottle. Has a dark brownish gold color, like other 40s. Smell is of some strange adjunct, somewhat acrid smell. Rotten brocolli? I don't know. It's not as stinky as some malt liquors.
It tastes like malt liquor. Not good, but then again it serves its purpose. Thin mouthfeel, but very drinkable. The alcohol in this one is sort of covered. Not as astringent as OE or Colt. Syrupy malt dominates, I'm not even sure that hops are an ingredient. Pretty sweet. Didn't really give me a hangover either.
Basically, if you're in the market for malt liquor, this is one of the better ones. If you're in the market for actual beer, you wouldn't have read this review. Now spill some for the homies that aint with us no mo' ...

Photo of Frozensoul327
1.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Good Lord, this stuff is something else. Poured out with little head, and had a strong scent of alcohol and sugar. The brew was far too sweet for me and left me hung over less than an hour and a half later. I would go with any other malt liquor unless you are looking for a reason to get a headache.

Photo of tang214
2.67/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty darn good for a malt liqour. It has a straw color that pours with a nice creamy head that has decent staying power. It smells of mostly corn and adjuncts. The taste is initially good and smooth but quickly has some bite to it. The mouthfeel is slightly over carbonated but its nothing to be concerned about. It has good drinkability and is great for getting drunk on due to the high alcohol content. I don't care for many malt liqours but I will probably get this one again for when I want to get drunk.

Photo of Shiloh
2.48/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have a 40 sitting here in front of me and it has a mediocre taste and I doubt very much that I will finish it...but not because of the taste, which is passable...for me, its the ABV that kills this product( I can feel the headache starting already)...Bottom line is nice buzz for the price...but no thanks...

Photo of bditty187
2.61/5  rDev +22%
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 BeerBob
3.82/5  rDev +78.5%
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.

Photo of budgood1
2.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

as far as malt liquors go, this one is not too bad. poured in a glass, it looks great... dark gold, nice big foamy head. it doesn't have too much of the obnoxious adjunct aroma that other high gravity brews have either. it tasted pretty sweet also, which makes it slide down rather smoothly. there is nothing too harsh about this malt liquor other than the alcohol presence, but what the hell do you drink malt liquors for anyway? if you like your buzzmaker sweet and smooth, st. ides is the ticket. otherwise drink at your own discretion, and give your car keys to someone sane.

Photo of psugrad98
2.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden straw, almost no head. Moderate carbonation. Smells sweet with hint of alcohol and cooked corn. Somewhat malty with weak hop bitterness that doesn't take your attention away from the fact that this beer tastes like stale corn on the cob. Spicy alochol quality. Decent to get drunk, not a good sippin brew.

Photo of IrishRedRock
2.7/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best malt liquor, but does the trick...will eventually throw you on the ground, kick you a few times, then pee all over you. Exactly what a good malt liquor should do.

Photo of Jason
2.67/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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