St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor | Saint Ides Brewing Company

St. Ides High Gravity Malt LiquorSt. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor
BA SCORE
4%
Liked This Beer
2.15 w/ 199 ratings
St. Ides High Gravity Malt LiquorSt. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Ides Brewing Company
Texas, United States
pabst.com

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
St. Ides Premium Malt Liquor was renamed to St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor.

Added by Todd on 02-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,744
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
199
Liked:
8
Avg:
2.15/5
pDev:
35.35%
Alströms:
2.67
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
31
Trade:
0
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Photo of kraut6363
1.74/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.19/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwc215
2.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of fthegiants
1/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of mpenske
2.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
2.28/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of joemama76
1.85/5  rDev -14%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Duffman79
2.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Noelito76
1/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of metter98
2.69/5  rDev +25.1%
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

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Photo of von_kaiser
2.33/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kojevergas
1.17/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

F / AVOID

***
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 buttery...it's severely problematic, but flavour-wise there isn't anything egregiously way off. There's worse out there, but this is just downright bad.

D- / AVOID

***
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.

F / AVOID

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Photo of wejohnsn
2.75/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BennyLeChef
2.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Gross, had once at 22, never again

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Photo of Squire123
2.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of leap89
3.62/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of AfricanPete14
3.61/5  rDev +67.9%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.5/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of Raime
2.7/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.62/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of AmitC
2.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
1.8/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
2/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Photo of smithj4
1.93/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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Beer rating: 4% out of 100 with 199 ratings
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