Icehouse Edge
Miller Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Malt Liquor
Ranked #67
ABV:
8%
Score:
60
Ranked #48,533
Avg:
2.43 | pDev: 31.69%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
174
From:
Miller Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  39
SCORE
60
Poor
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Photo of Buckeye55
2.74/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Yellow/gold pour with moderate head. Scent is sweet mixed with malt and alcohol. Taste follows, with the alcohol kicking in at the end. Light mouthfeel and a malty, boozy aftertaste

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Photo of Scott_G_Fisher
3.78/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Icehouse Edge is a decent high gravity lager, especially for the basement price of .99 per 24 oz. tallboy. About 48% higher in ABV compared to more traditional lagers, if one is wanting a buzz or to be intoxicated, less beer is required (saving on carbs) and the taste is palatable.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
3.29/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first time I tried this I didn’t like it, but if you drink more than one it will start to grow on you surprisingly. Amazingly it has a nice mouth feel and a decent aftertaste. I can’t rate it more than a 3.25. It just gives you a nice buzz quickly, But be careful it will make you sleepy. Drink more than one and I promise it will grow on you and you will start to love it. One of my favorite beers now.

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Photo of Brad007
2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a mild gold hue with a huge frothy head into my glass. Metallic, sweet corn in the nose with hardly anything else. Ditto for taste. Strong, metallic, overly sweet. Unreal finish, which tastes like corn flakes in a bowl of water. Seriously, there's at least one other "high gravity" lager that you can waste your couch change on. It's not this one.

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Photo of jkblr
3.68/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can stamped SEP0919 poured into a vintage bar glass at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin layer of bubbles and ring leaving a few spots of lacing. The aroma is faint, somewhat sweet with vague fruitiness. The taste is also sweet with a grainy, corn syrupy flavor and no appreciable bitterness. The finish is sticky and notably undry, but not terrible in the way of off flavors or tastes. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Overall, very good malt liquor. Lacking in the nasty off flavors, but far too sweet to be enjoyable. I will drink the other 3 cans from this $3.19/4 pack after pretreating them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes straight from the can.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.3/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank this one straight from the can. A pop of the tab and the aroma of corn and sharp booze hits the nostrils. A few sips in, and it's mostly cream corn and white bread, with a boozy fusel bite that lingers on the tongue. Decent cheap malt liquor.

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Photo of PMakowski
2.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

24 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - light yellow almost straw colored. Thin foam head and minimal lacing.
Smell - It's not far off from the aroma of other Miller beers, lots of stale grain, corn and yeast.
Taste - Straight corn. Overwhelming creamy sugary corn. Syrupy with a strong alcohol flavor. It's medium body and carbonation is medium-high. Sort of like a High Life which has been jacked up in flavor profile and alcohol. Some bitterness in the finish

Overall, it's not the greatest malt liqour, the alcohol isn't disguised at all and it's too sweet for me. Grade is a C-

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Photo of LogMoss
1.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Acquired from a gas station West of Atlanta in a 25 oz can for a mere $1.39. Poured Ice cold into a Weizen glass. Retains a decent frothy head longer than some other beers in its class, but does dissipate rather quickly. Very minute bubble strands trickle upward from the bottom. Color is darker than expected. Darker than a classic yellow straw with noticeable brown overtones. slightly off color brass is a good description of the color. Smell is okay actually, although nondescript. Certainly not offensive. Slightly perfumey but only barely. Smells like almost every other mass produced American Lager, which isnt necessarily a bad thing. Taste is much stronger than smell would indicate. Flavor is underwhelming. Much more bitter than i would expect from any ice beer, although not too terrible. Copper is heavy in the upfront flavor profile as well as the aftertaste. Aftertaste is quite bitter, metalic and unpleasant. The 8% Abv is quite noticeable in the taste, and it does have a boozy almost astringent quality with a slight alcohol burn going down. Slightly akin to a boilermaker with a cheap vodka and a cheap draft, although it does get just a little bit smoother and cleaner as the glass progressed. The mouthfeel is a little flat. Reminds me of a basic draft consistency that I would expect from an inferior beer on tap. Consistency is quite watery, although deceptively so, as you do feel slight qualities of prickly carbonation going down. You can tell the alcohol content is outpacing Icehouse's usually smooth flavor profile and obvious adjuncts abound to reach that magic number of 8% boldly proclaimed on the can, and it just seems like Ice house is punching above it's weight to be something that it's not.
Overall, this beer is well below average and leaves a lot to be desired, but is not an all together terrible beer like a lot of others in this class and pricepoint such as hurricane high gravity. I am of the opinion that Ice beers are unfairly kicked around, and I actually enjoy some of them. I dont mind classic Icehouse at all, but again the strong alcohol taste of this particular formulation is outside of icehouse's wheelhouse and the bitter flavor and aftertaste detracts from the smooth drinkability that regular icehouse achieves. Finishing the glass was more of a chore than I would have liked, but its hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes this beer so unsmooth outside of the alcohol taste, as otherwise, on face it seems to have some slightly halfway decent qualities. All that being said, you might fool maybe one or two beer snobs in a blind taste test with this one, as one may mistake the bitterness of this beer for a hoppy finish, as in recent years the average beer enthusiasts pallet has been skewed in the direction of accommodating much more bitterness with the modern IPA craze.
To me this beer comes across as unbalanced and a little crude. I will not be purchasing this again.

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Photo of cardfan212
2.07/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Drank from a 24 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - The bright silver can is fine, but the blue circles and splatters that randomly cover everything look lazy and bad. The word "Icehouse" is nicely sized, but the "Edge" is obnoxiously large. The alcohol content is proudly displayed and makes it quite easy to find what you're looking for. The can does get some points for its nice minimalist design though.

Smell - Like you took a normal Icehouse and boiled off some water. A really concentrated AAL-type smell, with wet grass and canned corn notes galore.

Taste - An oddly acidic sour hits you at first, but it slides into a disgustingly cloying caramel sweetness that finishes on a strong alcohol flavor that I'll describe as "soft liquor."

Feel - A medium body with strong, prickly carbonation that has a slight burn going down. Pretty typical for the style.

Overall - A cheap beer, and it definitely shows. Cloying and uncomfortable to drink, I can't see myself coming back to it. My roommate described it as "a pounder," but I don't see it at all.

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, best before 9/10/2018. Pours crystal clear deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light honey/nutty, and minimal herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity corn aromas, but not too overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and minimal earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light honey/nutty/corn, and minimal herbal/grassy hop earthiness. Very minimal herbal/grassy bitterness and alcohol spice on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light honey/nutty/corn, and minimal herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and minimal earthy hop notes; with a solid bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity notes present. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and spicy alcohol. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. No alcohol roughness. Lightly increasing warmth of 8% after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good malt liquor. All around good robustness of malt/corn and minimal earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV; with the minimally bitter/drying finish. This definitely improved as it warmed in the glass. Very clean and rich barley/grain flavors, with mild earthy hop balance. Not overdone on the corn adjuncts at all. A nicely enjoyable offering. Tasty and well made for the style.

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Photo of uglyparts
2.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

the epitome of american brewing. double ipas be damned, this is the kind of beer you wake up with sitting on the coffee table next to your couch at ten in the morning and think, fuck it, i don't have to work today. little do you know, it is tuesday, and you most certainly did have work today. but you're fired now. and so you crush the entire 24oz tallboy of sweet, sweet 8.0 abv goodness and stumble into the shower, awaiting the devil to kiss your eyelids good morning as you broach unemployment in the fetal position, alternating between stale donuts and ramen noodles for sustenance. two of these bad boys will cost you three bux at 7/11 but they are worth every penny. i've been drunk for two days straight and haven't been employed since january. life is what you make of it.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

1/14/18: 24 ounce can with a good until 6/11/18 date purchased at Shop and Save Market $1.49 + tax. Can poured into large flute, very clear golden yellow pour, soapy white cloudy dissipating head. Very sweet corn, apple and malt aroma. Mild taste, corn and malt, somewhat sweet but not as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Somewhat strong beer, though alcohol hidden while drinking due to the light taste and texture. Very thin and watery texture, very easy going down. Mild carbonation fades quickly. Overall OK beer for it's class and style.

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Photo of xolectic
3.49/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a standard dark yellow/faintly orange color for a malt liquor. Pours a nice dense, long lasting head.

Smells like a hint of booze and cereal malt. Very little to smell here. I'm used to macro beers but you hardly detect anything here.

Taste is surprisingly good even lukewarm. Mostly tastes like corn, even compared to other dirt cheap macro beers, but that's fine with me. Fairly syrupy and sweet but vastly superior to similar beers, e.g. Steel Reserve, Natty Daddy, etc. The booze is noticeable but enjoyable and very inoffensive for 8.0 ABV. There's no vodka taste like with Natty Daddy. Very little hop presence here, but what were you expecting?

Feel is not bad, no unpleasant aftertaste but still syrupy. The corn taste is the only thing that lingers. Finish is a bit boozy but still not bad.

A good beer to get drunk on the cheap and eat with junk food and pizza from the gas station. What more can I say? If you like a mild corny taste with a little booze, it might be right up your alley.

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Photo of huthuty
3.45/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice head and minimal lacing, pale but dense golden adjunct color.
Smells like dense cereal malt and alcohol and almost apple like vinegar.
Dense sweet adjunct malt dominates the taste along with alcohol
Overall a great choice if you want a strong beer on a budget

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Photo of JohnOmg1
1/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I rate this as a 1 because there was no zero! OMG! This beer is absolute garbage! Icehouse? If this is what you call beer then you need to go out of business. I've tasted paint thinner better than this. This stuff is horrible!

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Photo of Vinman29
2.07/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Icehouse Edge is a unique beer. Tons of alcohol. Very sweet. Low hops. Hard to drink fast, even if you want to. I've compared regular Icehouse to dating a stripper. Icehouse Edge is like dating a porn star. Really extreme for a domestic beer. All the traditional flavors are there, taken to a cartoonish level, with extra alcohol brewed in. This is the Ford Raptor of beers. Really hard to enjoy and relax with at home or a normal get together or party. This is the kind of beer I would buy in one of two situations; if I had a problem with drinking too much, or if I had just worked outside in blazing sun for 8 hours and wanted to chill out quickly. It is like a fire extinguisher to the face. You are glad it's there but only want it if your face is on fire. Crazy that this is a real product that has been around for a while now. I like it okay but unlike Icehouse, which is like the bad girl next door, Icehouse Edge has no shame whatsoever. It comes in big cans for a reason...

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Photo of taters21
3.16/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice golden color with a one finger head that recedes slower than most, bonus points here.
Out of the can, it honestly smelled like a fart at first which then turned into stale malt, yeast, some light apple.
Compared to other malt liquor this tastes incredible, it's still a bit too sweet but otherwise is clean, no metallic taste, no unusual bitterness, finishes malty yet somewhat crisp.
Mouthfeel is syrupy as always with malt liquor but better as the flavor is nicer.
Overall my favorite example of the style so far.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
1.73/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

In theory, this should be an improvement on Icehouse. They took the base beer and created more alcohol. Perhaps one might call it a Double American Adjunct Lager. Unfortunately, the adjunct grains that were in the original still make up the taste. The aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter. The high level of carbonation carves out any sweetness pretty quickly. In terms of Icehouse, I don't need this in my life any more than the regular.

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Photo of drpimento
2.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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 +17.7%
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 +38.7%
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 +16.9%
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 -13.2%
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 +62.1%
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 +22.6%
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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Icehouse Edge from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 60 out of 100 with 174 ratings