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Icehouse Edge | Miller Brewing Co.

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Icehouse EdgeIcehouse Edge

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 127
Photo of drpimento
2.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma has mostly corn, but also some caramel. Flavor's quite bland; pretty much just neutral sweet. Body is ok. Finish is like flavor and boozy. Can't think of more than one reason to have more than one of these.

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Photo of MusaJames
2.86/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I fancy myself a bit of a connoisseur of the Malt Liquors. So when I found this beauty in a small supermarket I had to get it. Unlike a good number of her brethren this beer is much more enjoyable. Dark color and full flavor belie a daring drinkability without the hairspray overtones her sister carry. On a serious note if you are looking for a micro brew with hops galore find another beer.

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Photo of HopfaceMcface
3.37/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My old beer OE 800 40oz sliped through my hand and fell on my toe. As I hopped in pain I fell through my trailer floor. As I bottomed out waist deep in old seventies harvest gold vynal flooring. Then realizing in horror my soft landing was due to crushing a gaggle of feral kittens that had made the crawl space their home. I realized then it was time to downsize from 40oz. I still would not recommend this 24oz falling on a toe. Especially in flip flops. This wonderful beer has a penchant for buggery. Is wonderful warm with a straw. Pairs nicely with burning Chor Boy with a hint of Crack.

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Photo of GOBLIN
2.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I didn't buy this to get drunk . . . It's not about that for me. It's about keepin' $#!+ real son ! For real though. This is not a good beer. It tastes like regular Icehouse with a shot of vodka thrown in. Or . . . If you want you can consider it a vodka barrel aged adjunct lager. That might be your thing son.

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Photo of Jray17
2.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

If you're like me and your'e broke as hell but still want to go get drunk this is the thing. It's cheap as hell, it's got a good abv, but it tastes like someone took a half decent beer and poured sugar in it. So hey, you get what you pay for I suppose.

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Photo of LushessPuppy
3.94/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3 for 3 bucks in west Lebanon New Hampshire. Hell no sales tax neither. This reminds me of 99 cent oil cans of labatts. Best deal in town. I think hurricane is moor beery as this is sweeter. Goes down smooth . And I love the 3 for 3 bargain!!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

(24 oz can, left out for about 10 minutes before opening, poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: ultra-clear, light yellow-gold liquid, shade of amber on the edges... the foam is a tad spongy, actually taking a few seconds to collapse

S: wet pennies, phantom whiff of moderately toasty cornbread crumbs... dried honey crust shavings and the faintest of floral notes... to be honest, it almost smells like it was fermented with an ale yeast... no real boozy notes and fairly worty, with little intensity

T: hmm, uhhh, jeez... certainly tastes like its an ale, too (at first)... unmistakably sweeter than almost all of the other malt liquors I've had - I like a little sweetness in a malt-forward beer, but this is a bit much... hint of ash in the finish, in which the dryness sticks out more than the lot probably because 1) how sweet the initial pop is and 2) it seems truly quite sharp and dry... very quiet booze and spice on the follow through, but this taste is overall pretty one-dimensional... sweetness lingers

F: moderate roll-y blob on the palate with each sip, though it poofs out pretty darn dry right away... the thicker core body is something I would generally dig in other strong styles, but with these flavors, it's not a delectable combo... it's much like what a dubbel or quad should feel like

O: strange mixed feelings with this... it's not something I will endeavor to finish an entire can of again (but I did here!)... it's pretty much all caramel with burnt, corny ends, and an arguably sugary residual aftertaste... they can do better than this... it certainly sticks out among the bunch and I'm sure it has a special place in many a sweet-tooth drunks' hearts

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Photo of johnkevin
1.23/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If you're going to try it I can't stop you. It's nasty the worst beer I have ever had the misfortune to consume. It has a weird sweetness to it, almost artificial. Takes like oatmeal with a lot of alcohol. No amount of hops an cover the nastiness of this beer.

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Photo of jwc215
2.17/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

16 oz. can - Best by Jan 04 16 stamped on bottom:

Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass with minimal sticking.

The smell is of grain, raw alcohol and some husk.

The taste is very sweet - cooked veggies - raw alcohol.

It has a slick, rather unpleasant feel, though not too fizzy for the style. Booze lingers on tongue.

This one is rough, and too sweet, even for the style and cheap price. But, there are worse malt liquors out there.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.53/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with a moderate, coarse white head, with fairly good retention. The carbonation presents a profusion of fat bubbles, which drift lazily to the surface.The lacing is thick and leaves an irregular tide mark on the glass walls.

Aroma: Solvent alcohols dominate the aroma, with lesser cooked vegetables and some faint grassy and herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with cooked vegetables, corn, and solvent alcohol. The alcohol is quite warming . As the taste progresses, there is some cream corn sweetness. Late in the taste, there is a wave of solvent alcohol. Finishes with a mild herbal hop presence.

Mouth feel: Zesty carbonation vies with a fairly full body to produce a pleasing effect.

Drinkability/notes: Its hard to complain when a twenty-four ounce can at 8% ABV is $1.99 plus tax. Would pair well with pizza, nachos, or a terrible thirst after mowing the lawn in mid-August. This is best drunk cold in a frozen glass. Cheers.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-four ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of car2052
2.78/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 24 oz. can to pub glass.

A: Brilliant gold with a small white head and ample carbonation.
S: Light malts with a heavy alcohol smell. Little bit of sulfur.
T: Sweetness, dustyness, alcohol, yeasty. Very sweet.
M: Medium.
O: It does the job. If they could get rid of some of the sweetness, it would be better. Tastes like a Bud with more flavor.

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Photo of Treyliff
2.39/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

16oz can poured into a pint glass, no canning date

A- pours a pale clear golden color with a small creamy white head that retains for a while, eventually settling into a film

S- booze & grains, cooked rice, aluminum

T- sweet and grainy up front that starts out ok, but then turns into flavors of metal, creamed corn & grains. The finish is harsh

M- medium body with moderate pricky carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, some alcohol warmth hits the chet a few seconds after

O- not entirely offensive, it's pretty tolerable up front, but the finish is about as harsh as any other Icehouse beer

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Photo of arini10
1.66/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

This beer is only worth drinking if you are trying to get drunk. It tastes as sweet as you would expect from an 8% malt liquor that costs under a dollar for a tall boy. Really atrocious. That being said, if you are going to buy something like this, it is better than steel reserve or hurricanes.

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Photo of EverettHervey
2.16/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If you have a choice @ 2 for $3.00 between this and Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export... You're better off going with this, and that's all I have to say... about that.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled on 1/18/15 and slight this 24 ounce can that costs around $1.59. That should tell ya something BUT never tried it and had to do a review on it! LOL! Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in a vintage 10 ounce 'hourglass shaped' pilsner glass.

Pours a golden yellow in color with a very thin white cap layer. Some very light spotty lacing was seen but not a lot. The aroma is mostly of sweet corn and alcohol for the most part. The taste is pretty much the same with the sweet corn right up front with lots of alcohol taste. Hard to drink actually. Have to drink this one very cold and probably fast but it still isn't good. Guess if you want a fast cheap buzz then this is your brew. Not a fan. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Had to pour about half of my half out after several sips.

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Photo of JH-Peters0126
3.98/5  rDev +61.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet not too sweet. Lots of corn. Have to drink this extremely cold. Feel the alcohol kick in within minutes. A good malt liquor or strong beer. Miller is not ashamed of its line of Malt beverages like STEEL or Olde English 800 (love their OE High Gravity)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Icehouse Edge
16 oz. can, coded "MAR3015 E07062251"
$3.29/4-PK @ Winn Dixie #0199, Jacksonville, FL

Poured into a "beer clean" Imperial "nonik" pint glass (I'm not sure that you're really supposed to put it into a glass... ?) it displayed a deep golden, almost brass colored body beneath a two finger thick head of frothy bright white foam. The head held shortly, bolstered by the rising bubbles from below, and then fell to basically nothing leaving but a few medium-sized spots of lace behind.

The aroma displayed apples and sweet, doughy adjunct malt backed by distant 'beery' hops.

In the mouth it was thin to medium/thin in body and crisp, as would be appropriate.

The flavor confirmed the yeasty apple esters, as well as the adjunct-based malt sweetness, and although it wasn't very bitter at all the alcohol cut through it quite easily leaving it raspy and a bit harsh, almost chemical-like. It faded quickly from the palate, leaving behind a drop of sweet malt and a brisk splash of drying alcohol.

At 8.0% alc./vol. it's got the strength of a malt liquor, but not the body or the depth of 'malt' flavor normally associated with the style... ... aaahhh, and it just occurred to me, perhaps that's why it's named "Edge". Or perhaps it gives you an edge, because if you drink this quickly the alcohol will certainly hit you just as fast (at least for the pint can) and you'll end up with a little "Dutch courage". Overall, given the intentions behind it, it's not bad but on a world-wide scale of beer with a 3 being about average it just doesn't meet that mark.

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Photo of psychonautica
2.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's good for what it is: cheap, drinkable beer that'll give you a quick buzz. Out of all the cheap ass hobo beer, this is one the easiest to gag down.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.15/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: It's clear golden body has slowly rising bubbles, bubbles that rise to the top where a wisp of white resides after the head recedes. There is one hilarious line of lacing on the glass, and it's shaped like a frown. :(

Aroma: Corn, and metal. Not as in Korn and Nu Metal. It sort of smells vulgar, and illegal, like there's some unsavory chemicals being used in the mash tun.

Taste: The taste is a little cleaner than the aroma. It has a touch of sweetness, from what -- God only knows. Corn adjuncts or whatever the hell you use to brew an 8% beer that cost $1.29 in a 24 ounce can. The finish holds a burn from the ridiculous amount of alcohol, and probably a burn from the unhealthy ingredients used in the brewing process.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat medium to light bodied, considering the ABV it's fairly smooth, thus the 1.25 rating.

Overall: You ever play Truth or Dare, and take the Dare and regret it? That's this beer. And now I'm $1.29 poorer to show for it. :(

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.25/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of bright yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a medium to large patch of mottled very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amount of sweet corn adjuncts with a light amount of light fruit/apple juice. Hints of alcohol booziness and something akin to vinyl/plastic.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with moderate sweet corn adjuncts. That is followed by a harsh strong flavor of fusel alcohol which lingers in the finish (quite unpleasant). Also, there is a light amount of booziness towards the finish as well as it warms up.

M:Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Much worse than I expected and my expectations were pretty low. Much too hot and much too boozy.

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Photo of Everyday_Joe
1/5  rDev -59.5%

I didn't realize I was grabbing a malt but that is what I got. Very cheap but it tastes like cheap tangy, dry beer. If you have an acquired taste for malts, this is probably pretty good. If not, its not a good beer to drink and enjoy a movie. If you just want to get drunk...pinch your nose and guzzle it. Not for me.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Right off, this is a beer that must be drank as cold as possible. The color is quite pale and the smell and taste are dominated by adjuncts although when served ice cold the cold does a good job as masking the imperfections. There is no mouthfeel worth discussing.

Let's face it, no one is drinking this for the flavor or to savor the aromas. For an 8% malt liquor there is no real perception of alcohol as long as it's cold - really cold! If you're looking for something like this it is certainly worth a try. Seriously, if you don't like it you're out like what, a buck and some change?

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Photo of indigo87
1/5  rDev -59.5%

Wow this stuff is really nasty only got it cause its the only malt liquor available at the store that knows me and I lost my ID. Thankfully that is not a problem anymore I got it now but when I came to a realization that I had peed in a beer can as well as had a few with left over beer in it and I could not tell by smell or taste which one was the beer. I then realized this is some nasty shiz its like they bottled urine and I am never drinking it again. I even like 211 better than this slop.

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Photo of Lordhelmit
3.23/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's an 8abv icehouse...no one buys these for their delectable taste! That being said, it's one of the best cheap beers with high abv. Better than steel reserve and better than EQ. Pours with a more impressive head than I would have thought, but after 90 seconds or so it's gone. Quickly receding lace. Smells sour. Like sour apple and corn. Taste is pretty much the same. It's okay honestly.

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Photo of Clydesdale
2.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear, deep gold color. Lots of big carbonation bubbles pop up initially, though the foamy head doesn't stick around too long, and little lacing is left on the glass.

S: Not much in the nose. Some faint graininess and sweetness, along with some sour lagery notes and alcohol.

T: Faintly grainy malt flavor up front quickly fades into adjunct sweetness. There's a bit of nondescriptly herbal hop flavor and bitterness to keep things from being too cloying, though there is a touch of sweetness again towards the finish. Fairly clean for a malt liquor.

M: Medium mouthfeel. A bit slick, with active carbonation. Some dryness in the middle yields to a lightly sticky-sweet finish. Surprisingly clean.

O: Curiosity got the best of me when I bought this. It's not good, but it is a decent malt liquor. No terrible boozy, chemical, or fusel flavors puts this above many of its competitors, for what that's worth.

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