St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor
Saint Ides Brewing Company

St. Ides High Gravity Malt LiquorSt. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor
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Saint Ides Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Malt Liquor
Ranked #39
Ranked #30,740
2.22 | pDev: 37.39%
Sep 04, 2022
Feb 04, 2002
St. Ides High Gravity Malt LiquorSt. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor
Notes: St. Ides Premium Malt Liquor was renamed to St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor.
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Rated: 2.52 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Aug 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Broski1989

3.57/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
For the malt liquor category St. Ides isn’t all too bad if drank ice cold. It will get you loopy real quick cause it hits you like a ton of bricks, but then again so does the hangover….

Anywho it’s worth a shot for anyone whose in a budget, or has a few extra bucks left over to just blow. Blow it in a 40oz of St. Ides. You look even more cool consuming it in a brown paper bag
May 08, 2022
Rated: 2.64 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 14, 2022
Rated: 1.99 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 2.42 by Hazey92 from New York

Nov 10, 2021
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +84.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Drank from a 40 ounce glass bottle. Scores are based on the style.

Look - That label is perfect. It's a flawless design, and I love it. Yes, it's dated, but that's even more reason to love it. Good colors, good font, good everything.

Smell - Not much of anything, just a slight corny sweetness.

Taste - Buttery shortbread cookies and refreshing malt flavor. No off-putting bitterness and surprisingly little alcohol taste for the high ABV. An easy drinker.

Feel - Smooth and silky. Just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down good.

Overall - One of my favorite malt liquors I've had. I will always stand by Mickey's, but this definitely gives it a run for its money.
Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 1.25 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Jul 25, 2021
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +59%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
40 ounce clear glass screw top bottle poured into vintage pub glass. Dated MAR0821 (2 weeks from now) 8.2% ABV and listing the corporation address in Milwaukee, WI. The beer pours bright light honey amber in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. The aroma is cooked grain, slightly vegetable. The taste is sweet, slick, corn sugary liquor. Minimal to zero bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a decidedly undry finish. Overall, ok malt liquor. The diacetyl is not overpowering and awful here. Also not the cleanest example and not one I would purchase again.
Feb 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Ptrthrck from Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +118.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Shame this has such a low rating. Pansies.
Poured into a frosty mug out of a 40 oz bottle. Because... you can't get a good proper aroma in the 40. Sue me.
Aroma: wonderful, malty, hint of movie popcorn with butter. Is that really that bad when there are beers out now intended on tasting like peanut butter or smelling like grapefruit? No. Not at all. Cry about it!
Appearance: Wonderful head, like my ex gave before she wrecked my life and married some other guy in 4 months. In all seriousness, beautiful appearance in a mug. Looks like a macro beer in an advertisement. Darker color than most AALs. Instagram worthy.
Taste: Ice cold? Smooth, crisp, hides the potency of the girthy liquid quite well. Warmed up a bit? Good. Yes. Good. Don't be a stereotypical snob. There are floral notes here, along with some hoppy characteristics. Tastes like it would cost you 3 times more with some crazy label touting independence from the big bad macro evil guys. Because it is hip to be square. Right?
Buzz: You need a buzz rating. If you don't do one, you're lying to yourself... if you consumed a beer of high ABV and posted a review on some godforsaken website. Like I did! 10/10. Increases luck with the ladies, much added confidence. Hey, it's how I met my ex mentioned earlier, one St Ides and I was in 3 hour sex romps and meeting a totally dysfunctional family from the seventh layer of hell before I knew it! Don't take my word for it. Get you a 40 oz of St Ides today, before Pabst kills off this legacy brand to help fight "racism" or some such trite shit. It is good. And it gets you feeling like you discovered liquid weed. Also helps you deal with an insane sociopath destroying your life with her delusions! Incredible brew.
Feb 18, 2021
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Reviewed by JoKo from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear, dark yellow with minimal head that dissipated quickly, high carbonation. The smell is very malty, sweet aroma. The taste is malt forward as expected, caramel sweetness, some graininess, and a surprising slight hop bitterness, also boozy as the alcohol comes through with this one. Mouthfeel is crisp, easy drinkability, with a slight boozy warmness. Overall, dead on for the style of a malt liquor/strong lager. There is no pretense with this beer, it is exactly what you would expect.
Aug 16, 2020
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev +64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
40 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 4/6/2020. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Some fruity corn aromas, but not too overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/grains and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt/grains and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 5.9%. Overall this is a nice malt liquor. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt/grains and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very clean and nicely rich pils malt/grain showcase, with nice earthy hop presence/balance for the style. Not too overwhelming on adjuncts. A nicely enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected of Pabst.
Mar 04, 2020
Rated: 1 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Mar 13, 2019
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Rated by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

2.35/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Oh man do I have memories of this beer, lol good times.
Nov 29, 2018
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Reviewed by HelloImA7 from New York

3.1/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Purchased at some crummy gas station next to where my friend works. Drank straight from the 40.

This is pretty harsh stuff for the first few sips. It has a pronounced alcohol taste and it's pretty heavily carbonated compared to some of the other 40s I've tried.
Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 2.97 by anomalousclouds from New York

Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 1.5 by joeywheeler from Indiana

Apr 04, 2018
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 1.74 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania

Aug 12, 2017
Rated: 3.19 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

Jun 25, 2017
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

2.12/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
24 oz. can:

Pours golden with a white head that slowly dissipates, leaving little lacing.

The smell is of some fruity alcohol, some grain, some booze.

The taste is of booze with a general sweetness. It has a bland, hot finish.

It is rather harsh with some a hint of malty smoothness. Not too fizzy.

It's a cheap, hot malt liquor. It is what it is. Below average for the style.
Jun 24, 2017
Rated: 1 by fthegiants from California

May 03, 2017
Rated: 2.5 by mpenske from California

Apr 15, 2017
Rated: 2.28 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Apr 10, 2017
Rated: 1.85 by joemama76 from Virginia

Mar 03, 2017
Rated: 2.16 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 1 by Noelito76 from New York

Jan 25, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

2.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
A: The beer is crystal clear deep golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a few specks of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of corn and rice adjuncts, but these aren't as pronounced compared to adjunct lagers. A faint amount of bitterness is perceptible, and the hops mostly serve to cancel out the sweetness that you might expect in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although the smell and taste of this beer are a little bland, there's nothing really offensive about them and the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle
Jan 24, 2017
Rated: 2.33 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Dec 19, 2016
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

1.17/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
24 fl oz aluminum can acquired at a bodega in Brooklyn for $0.92.

8.20% ABV.

Yeah, that's pretty bad stuff. Syrupy thick, with a sticky adhesive mouthfeel that makes it rather off-putting when coupled with the high sweetness and corn adjunct-emphatic flavour profile. Ugh. I guess if we're searching for the good in it, there's some decent generic floral hop character.

Boozy, though not as egregiously so as the worst malt liquors. Difficult to drink in any case. This is definitely one to steer clear of, even within the budget high ABV category. Not the worst "student beer" I've tried, but one can definitely imagine this wouldn't taste all that different coming up.


03/14/17: Runs $3.50 per 40oz clear glass bottle elsewhere in Brooklyn. Happened to nab one since nothing else affordable for a friend's party was available.

Syrupy malty garbage best left for homeless men who might need its hefty bottle to double as a weapon, St. Ides is swill unfit for anyone outside the student demographic, but I suppose it's worth noting that it isn't metallic or's severely problematic, but flavour-wise there isn't anything egregiously way off. There's worse out there, but this is just downright bad.


05/17/17: It prompts one towards self-reflection when one finds oneself experiencing this beer for a third time. (Budget was again a concern whilst attending an event, and it was essentially this or a direly overpriced 6 pack of expired Magic Hat).

Cloying syrupy rotgut. The kind of beverage that would pair well with dumpster fire roasted rat and an improvised cardboard mattress pad. I imagine one day sociologists will link availability of this swill with antisocial behaviour amongst perpetually itinerant populations.

I should have left this on the shelf for the recidivists. Straight up abysmal.

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by wejohnsn from Texas

Jul 19, 2016
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Rated by BennyLeChef from California

2.16/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Gross, had once at 22, never again
Jun 28, 2016
Rated: 2.35 by Squire from Mississippi

May 22, 2016
Rated: 3.62 by leap89 from Massachusetts

May 17, 2016
Rated: 2.05 by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

Mar 30, 2016
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Reviewed by AfricanPete14 from South Africa

3.61/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This was a pretty good malt liquor. Drank out of the bottle, it had a very light yellowish brown color with a large head that receded quickly. Smells of corn and grain with a little bit of a honey sweetness. The taste is pretty decent with a a sweet corn taste with a very light honey aftertaste. It is well carbonated and it goes down smooth with a good alcoholic taste.
Mar 22, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

1.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5
Mostly yellow beer, substantial clarity. Aroma was rough industrial canned veggie and rubbing alcohol.

Lots of corn and cough syrup feels, cleaning products, fire alcohol water mouthfeel. Hella carbonated. Massive alcohol burn on this one. Not for the faint at heart.
Mar 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Raime from Korea (North)

2.7/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
St. Ides.

Friend from my younger years stopped by recently and we sat around smoking copious amounts of marijuana and he added malt liquor into the equation for himself. For whatever reason, he decided it would be funny to leave Ken behind for me. And since I leave no stone unturned and no straggler undrank I figured why the hell not.

Look - From the Twenty-Four ounce can hard poured into some random glass from my kitchen. This brew pours a see through yellow with clarity beyond clarity along side a monster frothy white head that takes up most of the glass. This beer demands multiple pours. Carbonation is higher than astronaut pussy. No lacing nor stick amongst a finished glass.

Smell - It really isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Has all the typical malt liquor processed sugar and corn but the alcohol somehow manages to keep itself tame and it doesn't make me want to vomit in my mouth already from your moms spaghetti based on the smell. Now the real chore...let's see how it tastes...* takes sip *

Taste - Again, it is really dominated by the corn and cheap mass amounts of sugars. It's like an ultra alcoholic version of the malt liquor Magnum that I remember drinking when I was 18 while partying with some less than desirable women in Toledo, Ohio just off of West Alexis road. Didn't catch anything luckily.

Feel - Super thing bodied with a killer amount of carbonation to block out the flavors which is what I've come to expect with this style. Alcogol finally shows up but it isn't that bad. Swallows rather easily.

Overall - As far as a .79 can of malt liquor goes this wasn't so bad. Not going to win any gold medals obviously but it is drinkable. Likely going to feel this one tomorrow. Oh well, reminded me if being a teenager long ago in a land far, far away. Take it for what you will.
Feb 13, 2016
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Reviewed by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

2.62/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Sometimes you just gotta summon your inner Eazy-E and drink a 40oz of the St. Ides. It's not as bad as it's made out to be but then again I do have a soft spot for malt liquor so I may be biased.
Jan 12, 2016
Rated: 2.43 by AmitC from New York

Dec 16, 2015
St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
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