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

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Added by daliandragon on 07-29-2012

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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
2.12/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head pours two to three fingers of very fizzy white foam which subsides quickly. Par for the style.

Smell: sweet with a small whiff of corn and plasticy adjunct character. Not great but pretty clean for the style.

Taste: drier than the aroma, but with a definite corn character. There's a light bitterness here too, which is better than nothing. Not a great beer, but for a high-gravity malt liquor, I feel like you could do a lot worse.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a fizzy carbonation that comes out of solution pretty quickly. Blerg.

Overall: don't kid yourself; this is pretty low-quality stuff. But for a can of high-grav malt liquor, there's worse stuff out there. Note of warning: don't let it warm up!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of uglyparts
2.04/5  rDev -15%
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 HopfaceMcface
3.37/5  rDev +40.4%
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 Vinman29
2.07/5  rDev -13.8%
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 GOBLIN
2.84/5  rDev +18.3%
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 JH-Peters0126
3.98/5  rDev +65.8%
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 xolectic
3.49/5  rDev +45.4%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Icehouse Edge has a thick, white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance. There isn’t much lacing here. The aroma is of sweet, musty, wet grain, and the taste is of alcohol, corn, dank and heavy grain, a bit of hops, sugar, and other undefinable substances. Mouthfeel is medium, and Icehouse Edge finishes mostly dry, heavy, and harsh. This is a serious beer for hopeless alcoholics. Try some, if you dare.


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Photo of jwc215
2.17/5  rDev -9.6%
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 dbrauneis
2.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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 keeganfrank
3.13/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden-brown beer with a thick, foamy head. Sweet, fruity aroma with dry grain and corn notes and alcohol esthers. Tastes of sugary vegetables and not much else. The initial few sips bordered on repulsive, but it somehow gets better if you keep drinking. Maybe my taste buds have gone into a coma. Lacks the offensive musty, metallic taste of some malt liquors but, other than that, isn't anything to write home about. It'll get you drunk and isn't that what malt liquor is for?

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +44.2%
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 EverettHervey
2.16/5  rDev -10%
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 LushessPuppy
3.94/5  rDev +64.2%
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 markallmon
3.25/5  rDev +35.4%

Photo of TurboChief
5/5  rDev +108.3%

Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +87.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JamesStreet
2.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DirkDiggler
2.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste is sweet, corny. Good head and bubbly. Really reminds me of St. Ides without the harsh ending. Got a couple of these to start the weekend out before switching to higher end beer. Does the trick; it's got a punch to it and no lingering assault on the taste buds. If you're looking for a good malt liquor this is one to buy.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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 tdm168
2.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A small portion poured into a juice glass for appearance and aroma. The rest consumed from the 24 oz can.

A - transparent yellow with some carbonation bubbles coming up; thin, bubbly, loose, fizzy, white head that fades fast

S - grains, warm, faintly metallic

T - very warm, sweet, and grainy, faint metallic finish

M - warm, crisp, medium bodied

If I consider the style: this was average. It was grainy, sweet and warm as expected. It was high abv and sorta drinkable from the can. I won't buy it again, but it is a very cheap buzz.

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Photo of dertyd
1.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.21/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very cool can. Tattered aluminum design that tries to play to the PBR crowd.

Smell: Fresh biscuit malt. Not bad for a malt liquor

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely sour...extremely! Vinegar in a can. Good mouthfeel...nice carbonation.

Overall Drinkability: Pretty gross stuff overall. The flavor makes/breaks this. I feel like Miller could make big bucks marketing this stuff. It's cheap...high alcohol...and has a good design.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Icehouse Edge from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.4 out of 5 with 156 ratings