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Earthquake High Gravity Lager (12%) - City Brewing Company, LLC

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Earthquake High Gravity Lager (12%)Earthquake High Gravity Lager (12%)

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 1.65
pDev: 43.03%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
City Brewing Company, LLC visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zorro on 07-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 51
Photo of Lordhelmit
2.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

10.0% variety 24oz can

A - pours a light, pale yellow like light apple juice. Pours with thin white head which dissipates instantly. 2 minutes after pour not even a small thin head. Absolutely no lacing.

S - smells like a citrus cleaning product. Bitter apple. Definitely a citrus-y nose.

T - rotting apples as someone else said is a perfectg description. really not all that bad tho once you're halfway through. Taste better in a glass than a can.

M - watery thin. high cRBONation

O - yuck. $1.59 for 24oz at 10.0abv it gets its job done

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2/5  rDev +21.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.25/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of cjdubbz
1.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +112.1%

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3/5  rDev +81.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of eodiv
2.71/5  rDev +64.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Here in Ohio we get the 10% variety so I'm not sure how much that makes a difference.


You should know what you're getting into when you pop an Earthquake. This isn't a beer to be enjoyed, this is a beer to make you want to fist fight telephone poles and it does it's job.

It's much sweeter than its malt lager brethren which makes it a bit easier to stomach but it's still pretty harsh. Drink one on a dare or if you are on a super low budget looking to catch a buzz.

Photo of jeffduyedi
1.75/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of harpus
1.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DannyDan
1.85/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out an amber hue with a thin white head that leaves no lacing or retention. The smell is of alcohol, rotting apples, rotting corn and mildew. The taste is lots of alcohol, spoiled corn and sweet malts that leave a bad aftertaste in the mouth. The mouthfeel is burning alcohol and an unpleasant feel on the tongue. This $1.30 for a 24 oz. can was one of the worse beers I ever tasted and will never buy it again.

Serving type: can

Photo of foxyaardvark27
1/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of lokieman
1.03/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Positively the worst beer I've ever had in my life. I've had some other rough ones but this one take the cake. I would rate cave creek chili beer miles ahead of this one. Everything about this beer is absolutely horrible. Smell, taste, mouthfeel...all just plain disgusting. Makes me wonder what took so long for this one to be retired. Found this one in the crap beer ice bin at my local ghetto corner store. Never...I repeat...never again. Ice cold it's shotgunable...any warmer, good luck. You have been warned. Just writing about this beer brings back the nightmarish aftertaste...there is really no reason for this foul beverage to exist...it's that bad.

Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Kingghidorah
1/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of TooManyShots
2.3/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Basically its there to get you drunk in the cheapest way. It is, okay. Strong, very strong. The alcohol hits you immediately. The taste is comparable to whiskey. Not entirely, so I don't want the beersnobs attacking me. I enjoyed it, just not what I was expecting from a malt liquor. Yeah, you might taste something here but the dominant taste is definitely alcohol. You will get drunk, fairly quick, esoecially if you're a light-weight.
All in all this is for getting drunk fast. They obviously don't care about the taste. but I can accept that in this case. It gets the job done.
Wanna get drunk fast. This beers for you. Want something with an appealing taste? Steer clear.

By The Way:

This beer is no longer 12% they have lowered it to 8% and it IS still brewed. Just not as strong. Bummer for those cheap buzzes.

Photo of whatthehull
2.55/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint Glass

A - Merky golden sunset, no head and no lacing

S - Tons of malts, funky yeast, sugar, very slight, barley and tons of alcohol

T - slight hop, tons of bitter, sugar, alcohol, grains, rice, yeast and huge amounts of malts

M - Full bodied, no complexity, not very balanced, medium minus acidity and very long sweet/malty/boozy finish

D/O - I enjoy this a lot. Easy to drink, nice abv and a low, low price. Not a crafty beer or something I would drink a couple cans of, just a good getting tipsy beer

Final thoughts - $1.50 and 12% abv? Haha. This one is ok by me. Watch out for the hang over!

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1.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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1/5  rDev -39.4%

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5/5  rDev +203%

Photo of bobstad
1.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

Well, I'm here to ponder my joking mention to a turbaned, bearded fellow working at this apartment ghetto's adjacent Seven-Eleven; while purchasing a 12% Earthquake I was just getting to learn to like after enduring several of those: Saying to him; that if I went blind, that would be his fault.

The very next time I was in for another can; these are now Earthquake 8.1% there in otherwise identical 24oz cans.

I'd just decided the best way to deal with the 12% was by chilling that cold enough to be easily poured half into an used 12oz screw top bottle, for later. With a longer lasting larger head, this is essential with the 8.1%.

I'd don't really find heartening too much, the at first taste seeming flavor improvement of the 8.1% version; considering the price remains the same as when 12%.

I'd just started adapting myself to the 12%, I'd thought hitting the market after the devastating Japanese earthquake with all the still daunting implications from the nuclear disaster the quake engendered; an incredibly thoughtful product, marketing ploy and timely commentary on the species' ability to continually be figuratively speaking, shooting itself in the foot. After a stressful five millennia or so's devotion to the mastery of fire and salt: Metallurgy and chemistry in other words.

As far as taste, I can only call the original 12% "brilliant."

If you read William Henry Hudson's book Green Mansions; that suggests one way to create what seems like great beer. Women chewing grain to for the emulsification of that, whose saliva also ensures the alcoholic fermentation. "Hey, honey?"

Cheers; and bottoms up.

post script: I notice my review gives this great beer a D minor rating; which as D-F-A works out to a 1.666 GPA according to my $3 Radio Shack calculator.

GPAs can be deceptive, as one particularly cynical high school friend they graduated just to get rid of had a 0.9 GPA who also scored highest of anyone in school on the National Merit Scholarship test of our whole class of '69; who later mentioned flunking the army intelligence test was one of the most difficult things he'd ever accomplished up until then.

I think Earthquake High Gravity Lager is the greatest beer commercially produced on the planet; without doubt.

Anyone drinking anything else is so far beyond whimphood in the wrong direction there isn't even the possibility of such a word being invented for that.

If this were the only beer commercially available in the world, the whole earth would be doubtless revolutionized in a positive way. Far more than simply keeping me from wasting time, writing here.

Photo of MaltRoomAssoc
1/5  rDev -39.4%

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Earthquake High Gravity Lager (12%) from City Brewing Company, LLC
48 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.