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

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60
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197 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
197
Reviews:
82
Avg:
2.26
pDev:
34.07%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1/5  rDev -55.8%

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1.17/5  rDev -48.2%
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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1.17/5  rDev -48.2%
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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1.18/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

CAN you dig it? I discovered another CAN of beer to try.

""Hold it down!" What, is that some sort of defiant gesture to goad me to try? F**k you, doggy! I just had a pitcher of something arrogant enough to call me a bastard and say that I am unworthy. You think that I am scared of you?!? Back to your stinking kennel and stay there!

The nice thing about these macros is their head. I produced a solid two fingers' worth of dense, bone-white head with excellent retention off of the pour. The nose, on the other hand, smelled like liquid death. It smelled like a can of gasoline left out to near its flash point. Fusel alcohol to the max! Oof. The color was another winner. It had a beautiful shade of golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel reminded me of the last scene in "What We Do Is Secret" when Darby Crash realizes that he's gone a bit too far, but there is no turning back from the inevitable. His was a heroin overdose, mine was a stomach-wrenching sensation followed by a strange mellowness and a desire for another hit, I mean, swig. Powerful stuff. This was no playing around, certainly not meant for amateurs, and even I as a seasoned veteran could not wrap my liver around this beast. Avoid, boy! Avoid ... Aaarrrggh.

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1.25/5  rDev -44.7%

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1.27/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Always the worst of the malt liquors

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1.3/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Malt liquor serves it's purpose before you know what good beer is

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St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
2.26 out of 5 based on 197 ratings.
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