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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -11.5%
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 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 RonaldTheriot
3.45/5  rDev +52.7%
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.


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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 flarnrules
3.95/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This 40 ounce bottle gives some dark reminders of its greek ancestry. I recognized it the minute I walked in the corner liquor store of my university. Drank some with my homies. I experienced an odd feeling of the most bizarre drunkenness within minutes of sipping this ghetto swill. Less than 8 ounces in, my motor and critical thinking skills had dramatically deteriorated.

When I drink this it makes me feel weird. For around 3 dollars a bottle, St. Ides HG malt liquor gives perhaps the best bang for its buck as far as experience. Interesting label; no smell; good taste; excellent drinkability; and the most unique feeling from ghetto swill you will ever experience.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.49/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 oz tall boy with a stamp of NOV0209, not sure if that is the brewed date or freshness date. "Hold It Down" proclaims the doggie on the can with a can in her mouth...that does not exactly make me want to drink this bitch! Pours a light gold color with a fluffy white head that fades at a reasonable pace for a malt liquor and actually leaves quite a bit of thin lace on the glass.

Nose is fruity as hell with tropical alcohol notes and a healthy dose of green apples. Booze is plentiful and there is a graininess to it that hints there were actual malts used in the brewing process.

Taste is most certainly alcoholic fruitiness, but there is a pretty stable backbone of cereal grains in there. Not as bad as I had feared. Clean finish with not alot of sweetness that lingers. Pretty good job of making a high ABV, light bodied lager and still be drinkable. I dont exactly like it, but I think I will be able to finish this can...barely.

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Photo of beer256
2.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

i used to drink this beer all the time when i was young LoL and have friends that still do.i think this beer is good if you need alittle liqiud courage or for a poor mans viagra.i dont know what they put in this stuff but if you just want to get drunk its cheap and works.

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Photo of tone77
2.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a clear 22 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malt and corn. Taste is rather yucky. Flavors of corn and alcohol. Not very pleasent in the mouth either. Drinkability is also low. Not much to recomend about this beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.01/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

From the 40 ounce bottle no. Sep0709-DO5112102. Sampled on July 30, 2009.

Ah St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor; the last beer that did me in...made me hug the toilet...and caused me to pass out. And that was ages ago. I have not touched it since but I figured it was time to rate it so I had to twist off the top and dive in. It was unimpressive then and it is unimpressive now. It pours yellow with about two fingers of bubbly, white head and decent clarity. It looks like it is supposed to so I rate it average. The aroma emits a scent of corn, malts, and strong alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit better than water but still pretty weak. It tastes like a sour, metallic shot of alcohol and leaves a bad aftertaste. It is a cheap way to get a buzz if that is what you are in the mood to do.

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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 BierFan
2.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear glass 22 ounce bottle. Black and silver label depicts palm trees in a hurricane. No freshness date. Nothing about this says to me "delicious beer", but the side of the label assures me that it's "brewed with natural ingredients". I twist the cap and pour it into my trusty pint glass to inspect further.

Appearance: A hard pour produced a dark yellow beer that has little to no carbonation. Surprisingly though it has a big fluffy head, and decent head retention and lacing.

Smell: The smell is mostly alcohol. To make an odd comparison, the smell actually reminds me of a real boozy strong Belgian ale. Imagine if Maudite was brewed with corn and you have an idea of what it might smell like.

Taste: Imagine dropping a shot or two of everclear into a Busch Beer. Adjuncts and alcohol. Nothing repulsive in my opinion, but theres nothing good to talk about either.

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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 BEERchitect
2.45/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Blake
1.83/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not the greatest tasting malt beverage but it can surely deal you a quick buzz. Tastes like rubbing alcohol with a slight hint of grain. Pours out in a slick pale amber color, mild carbonation and little taste of good old American hops. Slides down the throat easy enough, as do most malt liquors, but the lack of good beer taste damages this one's appeal

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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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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 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 dsa7783
2.73/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a 40 ounce bottle from Orange, NJ...
Pours a medium-golden color hue with slight carbonation and a very minimal head with hardly any lacing...
Solvent, fuel-like aroma with hints of corns and grains...
Taste, likewise, was also very gasoline-like, and the alcohol was certainly noticeable on the tongue...
The infamous beer usually heard about in rap songs, this beer gets the job done if you're not trying to spend a lot yet drink a relatively high ABV beer...
Pretty standard for a malt liquor...

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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 biggred1
2.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Golden honey with a thin fine head that dissapates quickly.

S-Sweet malt and a faint corn flake smell.

T-Sweet corny flavor with a mild hop flavor to balance. Pretty straightforward and simple with a warming alcohol finish and not much else.

M-Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D-This beer is not as wretched as I had suspected,I guess it is what it is, a powerful swill at a low price.Not completely devoid of flavor but bland.

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Photo of NOOGIE
2.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation, 40 oz. bottle, little foam in the bottle. Typical 40 oz. malt liquor. Smell metalic, alcohol, and sugary. It takes like a normal malt liquor, full of alcohol and various other flavors such as numerous grains. St. Ides has a little sugary tastes, makes it sweeter than others. Mouthfeel not that bad and not that good either. Drinkability, nothing that horrible about St. Ides, but mine tasted a little od. Other than that nothing that special and nothing that bad.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
2.1/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My early college years and late teens were spent gathering a few dollars to buy a few of these 40's. We knew once we had about two or three we were almost done. No one liked to drink it straight,so we mixed it with juice. I believe that's how it got it's nickname "Crack juice".
The color golden straw,no head , come to think of it where was my head when I drank this stuff ?
The aroma was of malts and grains-nothing special. The taste was sweet & sour,malts,alcohol and something not of this world.
I meant that in a very bad way.
The finish is slightly bitter,metallic and the medium carbonation is fine;but nothing could save this beer.
A reminder of what some companies/Brewers will produce and call a beer.

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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 clayrock81
2.65/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I can't fully give this malt liquor it justice because this review is on VIVID memory. I can't even bring myself to spend the buck to sample it and throw it away. I drank A LOT of these in college, and it is also my wife's first memory of me. She walked into the house (w/ her friends at a house party) and saw me sitting on the couch drinking a St Ides (she always tells the story that I was holding it at my crotch like some giant phallic symbol). I remember this being really sweet compared to other malt liquors; real sugary. I also remember the dark gold hue in the bottle let you know that this wasn't watered down. There were also hints of fruit or berries, and I use to be able to down these with the best of them. Not anymore.

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Photo of rrob311
3.62/5  rDev +60.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 40 ounce of this several years ago and took it with me to a party. I drank the whole thing and as far as I can remember, I got pretty buzzed off it.

A- Looks like beer, clear and slightly darker than a macro.

S- Smells good and sweet.

T- This beer tastes great for Malt liquor and is my favorite that I have tried. It is kind of sweet and it will get you wasted.

M- Mouthfeel is normal, good carbonation.

D- I can drink one of these, anymore than that would probably be overkill for me but then again I am a lightweight.

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St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
2.26 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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