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

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St. Ides High Gravity Malt LiquorSt. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor

Brewed by:
Saint Ides Brewing Company
Texas, United States

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

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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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Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of kojevergas
1.3/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | 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.


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Photo of rye726
1.33/5  rDev -41.2%
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 womencantsail
1.36/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Another fine malt beverage courtesy of Phil.

A: This one is a golden straw sort of color with a white head that disappears almost immediately.

S: Oh goodness, this one is not good. Corn, cooked vegetables, skunk, and alcohol up front. Actually, those aromas were pretty much present throughout.

T: Not a pleasant flavor either. The first sip (and each subsequent one) was tough to choke down. Alcohol, tons of corn, miscellaneous grains, and a synthetic/chemical thing going on.

M: The body is medium, for a malt liquor, I guess. Carbonation is quite high.

D: This was just awful. This one, I am glad I cannot purchase readily in California. Just to reiterate: awful.

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Photo of stimulus
1.36/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Consumed from a 40 ounce bottle taped to hands.

A: Bright orange, like most common malt liquors, and very high carbonation.

S: Very little to the smell other than a bit of corn and alcohol.

T: This is where it really goes bad. Tastes like corn, alcohol, and perhaps gasoline. Whatever the final potent flavor is, it certainly is not good.

M: A ton of carbonation; it doesn't go down very well at all.

D: A 40oz of this is probably more than anyone should drink, but at $2 a forty, and 8.2%, a fun but quite foul beer to play drinking games with.

Having consumed Natural Light before, as well as Miller and Bud, and even OE and Colt 45, this is by far the worst beer I have ever tried. Probably also the quickest way to get drunk on beer.

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Photo of TheDeuce
1.38/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

How I get stuck reviewing these malt liquors is beyond me....this drink is rumored to have been Tupac Shakur's favorite.

Appearance-Very dirty blond color, very fizzy head, surprisingly the head sticks around, I'm amazed.

Smell-Actually very clean, a little alcohol, slight grain and hops, nothing else.

Taste-Ugh, alcohol is prevalent immediately, goes down with a burning sensation, but that's not from any hops or malt my friends. That's fusel alcohol.

Mouthfeel-not good, thin and watery, and the awful flavor just makes it worse.

Drinkability-it's cheap but even for a malt liquor this just isn't good. 8.2% alcohol.

Overall-Quite possibly the worst malt liquor I've ever had. Although 2Pac was a great artist he could have had better choice in beer, even malt liquor for that matter.

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Photo of Overlord
1.38/5  rDev -38.9%
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 ZenAgnostic
1.39/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dec 12 11 stamped on bottom of 24 oz can poured into a mug.

Appearance - Pours big foamy white head that holds shape well and with decent retention. Patchy stick. Once the head is gone, it's gone - not even a small continuous paper-thin head. Clear dirty gold body.

Smell - Musky corn and alcohol. A bit of bubblegum. Not appetizing at all.

Taste - Sickeningly sweet. I dry heaved after taking the first sip. The musky smell combined with the strange artificial sweetness is going to do me in. We may have a drain pour on our hands. Has a musky finish and aftertaste. My absolutely first thought was "there must be sugar added" just by how unbelievably sweet it is for a beer that has no indications of being a novelty hybrid beer. Prominent booziness in the body.

Mouthfeel - Astringent, sticky, and solvent at the same time, some how. Not refreshing or appealing in any way.

Overall Drinkability - Even for someone looking for a nice small buzz, this has a chance of being a drain pour. Definitely not a tasting or session beer. Avoid.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
1.42/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I didn't look much at this since I really didn't care what it looked like, as most would agree. It's beer-colored. It smelled like sweet bad strong beer, which can be o.k. Sometimes. I must say the flavor forced me to end the experience quickly, which was also a o.k. Overall it gets you drunk, and quick. Don't worry, nobody takes it seriously.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
1.42/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't think I've ever had this stuff before, may never again, but supposidly this is the king of ghetto juice. Pours a brownish golden color, no head. Smells a bit sweet, like corn syrup. Taste is quite skunky, high alcohol, like paint thinner and corn syrup. Mouthfeel sucks. Overall it's what you expect, and worse. I've had better 40's before, this ain't one of them. I will now attempt to finish it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.46/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Small bubbled yellow and orange beer out the can. Tallboy. Lacing even! Horrible aroma of cooked corn and vegetables, as if they were rotten before cooked.

Sweetened corn syrup like taste, mixed with solvent or industrial cleaner/fluid. Gasoline breath afterwards. Plenty of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Not watery, but bad tasting. Like they put a shot of vodka & a shot of gasoline together with sugar packets.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
1.49/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Yellow - gold color with a decent one and a half finger head. Lacing is moderate. A couple large bubbles cling around the bottom of the glass. Decent look . . . hell, if this wasn't a forty, I might even be excited.

S - Corn, alcohol and grassy hops.

T - Corn, musky grain, a bit of paint thinner and glue. Aftertaste consists of offensive chemicals that make paint thinner and glue seem like something to look forward to having.

M - High carbonation, thin body, mildly refreshment.

D - Poor. The little that I had was hard to handle.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.5/5  rDev -33.6%
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 PintOHops
1.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 24oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears pale gold/yellow with high carbonation, no lacing, and no head. Smells of very sweet malt with metallic alcoholic notes. Some tart grape, some corn, mostly an over powering metallic alcoholic aroma. Very unpleasant, and as it warms it only gets worse.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of very sweet malt, hints of corn, and a very pronounced metal alcoholic flavor. Sweet stale hop like aftertaste, a little citrus notes as well. As it warms, metallic/alcoholic flavor only gets worse. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little bitey from the carbonation, and has a lite-medium body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This Malt Liquor is not drinkable at all. I would only be able to drink 1-2 24oz cans of this, ice cold and shotgunning it.Even so, I don't think ill be buying this beer again. I just couldn't get over the extremely overpowering flavor & smell of metal & alcohol. Save your money folks, there are allot of other easy to drink Malt liquors out there.

For me, there has to be some kind of pleasure in drinking the beer. Serving it nearly frozen to mask flavor and smell, then shotgunning it, doesn't cut it for me. Id like to know the beer I'm drinking is actually reasonable, and drinkable. Not recommended, try another Malt Liquor to get messed up on.

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Photo of rhythmguitartz88
1.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

WOW this is kinda a word...yeah
so um ok...appearance was semi 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 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 ryseone
1.57/5  rDev -30.5%
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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Photo of twelvsies
1.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

For a 40, it could be worse. Your typical malt beverage orange color, not much head to speak of. Smells a little rancid but you can tell there's actually some toasted malt in there, or some sort of cheap immitaion malt or someting, I don't know how they do it and I don't really care. Taste is a little less pukey than the smell, but really isn't appetizing. My friends convinced me to pound this big boy last night and on one other occasion this summer, and both times I've woken up extremely hung over. This stuff is bad for you. Only drink it if you're in 9th grade. Word.

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Photo of kguyty
1.63/5  rDev -27.9%
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 TastyTaste
1.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Clear 40 oz. bottle. Straw yellow in color, with lots of visible carbonation when opened. Smell is of Corny skunk and a large dose of alcohol. Taste is really dominated by the high amount of alcohol and the cheap ingredients that were used to brew this swill (That is actually kind of insulting to swine). A cheap buzz, for sure, but will leave you hungover without fail.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The can depicts a pretty effin' viscious wrotweiller biting into a 24oz. can of this stuff, you'd think he'd know better. Well, I can't lie early on in my drinking days I used to imbibe on the St. Ides Special Brews (original alcohol pops) leave me the hell alone Snoop used to sing in their commercials what do you expect from a thug rap loving eighth grader. Anyways on to the high gravity version of this malt liquor it appears a bright golden yellow hue with a vibrant white head leaves fine even lacing as the thick head dwindles pretty quickly. Aromatics...well I can't say this is any type of a beer delicacy very heavy on corn and rice along with alcohol in the aroma not good at all sweet smelling overall I guess. possibly the worst beer or malt liquor I've ever tasted I compare this one to paint thinner toned flavors with very sweet and alcoholic tones hitting you at once seems chemical as a whole no hop profile to be had just pure shit, awwgh cloyingly sweet with a slight metallic layer on the tongue and alcohol remains horrible. Mouthfeel fizzy textured heavy carbonation definitely could cause a gag reflex to occur on the typical drinker. Drinkability don't even rate this brew as an option to grab onto I was in a ghetto liquor malt and grabbed one for fun 99cents well the experiment is over this shit is horrible.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
1.76/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours gold with a thick 3 finger head that slowly evaporates with little to no lacing. The only thing to say about taste and smell is overpowering cider. If not for the that, it might have a decent mouthfeel and drinkabilty, suprisingly smooth for the high gravity. If you like your cheap buzz drowned in ester, this is the best $1.79 you can spend.

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Photo of emerge077
1.79/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Crap-in-a-Can-Crusadeâ„¢ continues!

Where did this come from, hell if I know. Some random dingy liquor store i'm guessing. "OCT3111" on the bottom of the can.

Pale gold, slowly receding head of white soapy foam, rapid trails of rising carbonation. When backlit, the glass shows some suspended micro-sediment. Thin skim across the surface and even a little bit of lacing here and there.

Dishrag smell, musty and minerally, raw sweet corn, wet grains.

Ooof. Alcohol shows up on the first couple swigs, dull malt sweetness, dusty stale stick of gum from a baseball card pack. Grapey wine yeast. Harsh astringency, medium bodied with lower carbonation. Gross sticky saccharine aftertaste, bad taste and bad decisions. This ain't good. Had worse, but this is somewhere in the lower echelon.

St. Ides, gets your jimmy thicker...

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Photo of Frozensoul327
1.8/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Good Lord, this stuff is something else. Poured out with little head, and had a strong scent of alcohol and sugar. The brew was far too sweet for me and left me hung over less than an hour and a half later. I would go with any other malt liquor unless you are looking for a reason to get a headache.

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Photo of Offa
1.8/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not very good but not as bad as I had anticipated.

Dark gold, slightly hazy, it has a medium white head steadily dissipating to a very thin ring.

The aroma is sweet stale corn, alcohol, cheap wine, and old apple peels.

The taste is alcohol, sweet, cheap white wine, with ghosty elements of white grape juice and stale corn, with a brief, alcoholic finish and almost no aftertaste. It is very bland after the first sip

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