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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Style:
American Malt Liquor
Ranked #85
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
54
Ranked #47,713
Avg:
2.1 | pDev: 37.14%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
205
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Saint Ides Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
54
Awful
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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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 205
Reviews by metter98:
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2.69/5  rDev +28.1%
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 chugalug40oz
2.9/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I went to the local Stewarts down the road after class to get a drink to start me off for a night of monopoly with a friend, and as I was walking to the store I was mentally weighing the positives and negatives of buying the usual suspects. Big Bear or Olde English? When I walked to the cooler, though, I was shocked to see this beauty!!! At the price of an Olde English (about 3.60 and change), I could be swilling 8.2 percent malt liquor!

I was ecstatic as I brought my new drink to the counter, barely able to control my excitement long enough to get out the door with the cap intact on the bottle. I took a back-way to my buddy's house, deciding to sample this 40 the right way: in public, while walking in the shadows of a ghetto neighborhood.

My first impression as I twisted the cap was that this thing was no joke. The cloudy appearance should have given it away, but this thing is packing some heat, and the smell really lets you onto just how much business this thing is packing.

The taste was pretty satisfying, once you got past the initial shock of the sheer amount of alcohol this thing contains, with some pleasant notes of sweet grass and toasty grains, with a slight musky flavor as others have noted.

The mouthfeel was on par with other 40's I have had, with the slipperyness and astringency expected from the high potency in this particular malt liquor.

Overall, I would highly recommend this brew to anyone who needs to get a great buzz going on a budget. It is by far the most economical beverage I have seen (although Big Bear and Natty Daddy are close up there.) The taste is pretty decent. I suggest drinking this outside in the winter for premium flavor.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.17/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

F / AVOID

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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

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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 Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +83.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(best by NOV 24 14 - poured into a balloon... fan-cy!)

A: crystal-clear, dying dandelion yellow liquid... spongy white foam that, for some reason, takes its time breaking down... maintains a thin collar the whole time, ring of lace at the top of the glass

S: lightly-toasted, lightly-buttery dense cookie/wafer... faintly sulfury/metallic note - typical macro lager (yeast) aroma... light lager malt note... super clean and mellow aromas overall, really not much fusel/boozy notes, if any

T: old corn pops w/o the honey sweetness, touch of pencil eraser, slightly popcorn (partially popped kernel) finish... very dry... not really boozy at all, wonderfully hidden... light metallic, old white bread crust aftertaste... mild bitterness throughout, however, not a ton of sweetness to offset in the first place... alcohol spiciness comes out late - has a moonshine-y overtone, but a stronger sugar biscuit undercurrent

M: medium-light body, soft, delicate (imaginary?) viscosity... finishes out level and dry... just enough carbonation tickling the taste buds, but hardly sizzly

O: I'm cracking up as I write this, but this, behind Old E, has gotta be my 2nd favorite malt liquor... dude, it's really not that bad if you pour it into a fat-bottomed glass - it's the can or the bottle that makes it nasty, no?... the high alcohol content lends some 'complexity' to the flavor, but the balance here is sick

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.45/5  rDev +64.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor has a medium, white head with surprisingly high carbonation. The appearance is clear and golden. Aroma is stereotypical American-style lager, but maybe with an apple character and certainly a grain smell. It does have a harsh taste with some bitterness, and it's nice to get some hop profile in a malt liquor. This has a heavy and full-bodied mouth-feel. It finishes crisp and refreshing, which is a bit of a shock. Overall, this is a good malt liquor, and it is probably one of the better ones on the market. Also, I liked the cute can design of a vicious dog clutching St. Ides Premium Malt Liquor in his mouth and the slogan, "Hold it down!" written across the can, evoking the quaint drive-by, gangsta, beat-down life-style that we all aspire to.

RJT

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Photo of Retroman40
2.76/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22 ounce "Double Deuce" into a tulip style glass.

A - Pours out a golden color with a hint of orange with a one finger of foamy white head. The head retreats to a thick lace but is quite long lasting.

S - Corn and cooked grains dominate.

T - Definite corn with some sweetness with an alcohol finish.

M - Rather light for an 8.2% ABV malt. This coupled with the fairly high carbonation level gives it the type of mouth feel you expect in this class of beers.

O - The 22 has the same alcohol as three regular beers and gets the job done. Frankly there are times I'd rather have a DD of this than 3 crummy AAL's. A 40 of this stuff is a ticket to a quick night. Still, for what it is it isn't "bad" but don't get me wrong; it's still a long way from "good" too. This stuff is only for the experienced and the adventurous.

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Photo of Jason
2.67/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22 oz bomber in clear glass with a twist top, “High Gravity Malt Liquor” on the label. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Weathered golden straw colour, champagne like bubbles rise quickly to the neck of the bottle.

Smell: Thin malt with a mild cooked veggie and clean alcohol aroma.

Taste: Moderate body with a snappy carbonation, lean malt palate and a used and abused hop bitterness that has just enough strength to balance the cloying sweetness on the back of the tongue. Big kick of alcohol that is spicy and warming, it flexes that warmth all the way to the belly. Suggestions of cooked corn … creamed corn to narrow it down with an all in all clean flavour and an almost immaculate after taste.

Notes: High octane brew, aimed for people that want a quick and ugly buzz. Pretty damn good for what you would expect in a Malt Liquor. Not bad at $1.25 a pop … but remember you get what you pay for.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.45/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok, one of those beers that I take home to Dad because he usually goes for the most abv. for the price. Not surprising that he liked it. More surprisingly, I thought it was fine.

The beer opens with a standard yellow-straw color with ample carbonation, lacking head retention after the initial efforvescent fizziness. Stark white and failing, the beer shows no lacing. A basic average look.

Aromas were fearfully light-striken at first, but then mellowed into a Saaz-earthy, pungent, floral scent. Those aromas quickly turned to a familiar part-pilsner, part-grainy scent that hurt the aroma

Flavors fares about as well. This time, the grain-malt flavor goes too grainy but with an empty sweetness that was a bit too distracting at time. The hop flavors were present but didn't do nearly enough to balance the beer as the nose indicated.

The texture hurts about as much. Quite grainy, mild astringent, and low-lying bitterness kept the beer from becomming memorable by any means. The heat of 8.2% made its presence known with a mildly numbing heat and prickle. Again, empty in the textures.

Overall, the beer was about as error-free as can be expected from a malt liquor. But the beer has a lot of voids where the characterful flavors should be. Not a particularly recommended beer, but servicable in a pinch... a seriously bad pinch.

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Photo of rydev24
2/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rhythmguitartz88
1.51/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

WOW this is kinda bad...in a word...yeah
so um ok...appearance was semi nothing...it poured a very light clear color and the can it came in looked like the cover for some lame japanese cartoon...the smell was not apparent at all i tried so hard that i managed to inhale some of it through my nose...i wouldnt recomend that...it stings...so yea moving on the taste was not very apparent either, carbination and a water-esque taste with a hint of bitterness. The mouthfeel wasnt much better than the rest of it. The mouthfell was very watery and carbonated. Drinkability was a 2 and thats only if you wanna get smashed on a low budget.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
1/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of ZOSO2192
1/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of troobie
4.27/5  rDev +103.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

40oz. bottle (yes, I've had the 24oz. cans too).

First off, this is reviewed within the category of HIGH GRAVITY MALT LIQUORS.

Secondly, I'm reviewing this in an attempt to bring the number of reviews up to 10 so that this beer can have a home here.

I'm not going to pretend I can pull a bunch of flavors out of this. It is a high gravity malt liquor. You don't drink it because you are trying to "enjoy" it. You drink this fine beverage to forget why you are drinking this fine beverage.

For the amount of alcohol in this, it is quite easy to drink. Classic malt liquor flavor (probably my idea of the perfect malt flavor) combined with excellent carbonation. Superior holding strength on the flavor. Even when it warms up it is drinkable. Nothing offensive at all about this high gravity. In fact, you'll be more offensive after finishing a 40 of this. Quite possibly the best high gravity malt liquor out there.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

from the missing notebook!

The pour was better then I thought with a medium amber color and a head of about two inches that stuck around for a few moments before falling into the same path as the others with a crystal clear, dark color with tiny strings of bubbles that were coming up through the glass. Aroma is of corn, alcohol, wet hay, and just a mess. Really just astringent and not very appetizing at all. Every sip seemed to bring a similar reaction from me as I struggled to get this one down before finally pouring the rest out. Just not a redeeming quality as far as taste, and I generally do not mind the style terribly, but this was atrocious.

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Photo of mabermud
2/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
1.17/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

i had this out of a 40oz bottle
i thought someone pissed in the bottle and re-sealed it
some chick that was hangin' said "you need to mix that with fruit punch, you don't drink it straight"
i bought some fruit punch and did some mixing
wow, the fruit punch cut the nasty taste and i was able to get through another 40...
next day - my stomach feels like there's a knot inside it - i had the worst craps ever - no mas... ever!

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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of wejohnsn
2.75/5  rDev +31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rye726
1.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Nasty yellowish color with a bubbly tan head. Looks to have a higher carbonation than average. Smells like alcohol and bad malt. The taste is badly bitter with some old cut grass in there. It has a syrupy yet heavily carbonated body. Perhaps drinkable if you are too drunk to taste anything.

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Photo of Overlord
1.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A friend of mine (such a kidder) broke out one of these today.

Pours a golden yellow. Smells like booze and grain alcohol. Moderate white foam head.

Just an awful, awful flavor. Cereal grain, chemicals, and rotgut liquor. Ugh. So bad.

Drain poured most of it.

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Photo of kguyty
1.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

For whatever reason, I am partial to malt liquor. St. Ides is defintely not one of my favorites. It should be, I like high gravity malts from time to time, but this malt makes me feel weird when I drink it. It starts off with a pungent first sip, and by the time I reach the label on the 40 I think 'hey, this stuff is not so bad, but the minute this brew warms up it takes on a harsh-metallic character. This beer makes me feel nauseated... no thanks St. Ides

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.19/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerpadawan
1.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ryseone
1.57/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is a drink that surely thrives on underage drinkers getting dumb adults to purchase it with the last 20$ they had. It is a harsh raunchy smell, with a fizzy spoiled fruit flavor. they taste is no improvement this is no beer and if you cant count hard ciders malt beverages should be no different. its a wine cooler after it went on a bender and got hung over.

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St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
Beer rating: 54 out of 100 with 205 ratings