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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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152 Ratings

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 2.14
pDev: 36.45%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | 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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2.75/5  rDev +28.5%

06-17-2012 11:11:44 | More by Kingghidorah
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -18.2%

06-11-2012 18:44:49 | More by mcss
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New York

2/5  rDev -6.5%

03-04-2012 07:29:49 | More by JDWEX1117
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2/5  rDev -6.5%

03-02-2012 02:28:27 | More by rydev24
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New York

2.91/5  rDev +36%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:15:19 | More by BrewMaven
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2/5  rDev -6.5%

02-02-2012 04:47:32 | More by lemonlime311
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4.18/5  rDev +95.3%
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!

Serving type: can

02-01-2012 04:44:14 | More by 7beerphil
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1.38/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:10:54 | More by Wegomlegging
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2/5  rDev -6.5%

01-09-2012 22:13:25 | More by animal69
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2.5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-08-2012 15:50:27 | More by TCgoalie
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2/5  rDev -6.5%

01-05-2012 23:22:05 | More by SirPlunkett
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1.33/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-13-2011 06:42:26 | More by ZenAgnostic
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1.83/5  rDev -14.5%
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...

Serving type: can

12-09-2011 01:02:45 | More by emerge077
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -6.5%

12-01-2011 05:23:44 | More by bigox420
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2/5  rDev -6.5%

11-29-2011 23:46:30 | More by xnicknj
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2/5  rDev -6.5%

11-25-2011 01:56:30 | More by mdillon86
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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev +5.1%

11-21-2011 02:37:57 | More by RedAleMan
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2/5  rDev -6.5%

11-15-2011 21:55:58 | More by ROGUE16
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3.1/5  rDev +44.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:58:06 | More by drabmuh
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1.48/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-02-2011 23:01:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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2.33/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 00:09:48 | More by cpolking
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:22:45 | More by mikesgroove
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1.33/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 02:23:31 | More by womencantsail
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3.5/5  rDev +63.6%
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.


Serving type: can

06-12-2010 21:37:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
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New Jersey

1.3/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 07:18:58 | More by stimulus
St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
54 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.