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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American Malt Liquor
Ranked #85
Ranked #47,690
2.1 | pDev: 37.14%
Saint Ides Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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
Photo of clayrock81
2.65/5  rDev +26.2%
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 +72.4%
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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Photo of ism
2.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

40oz can received as a holiday gift from someone who knows nothing about beer but knows I love it. In the interest of expanding my horizons, I chilled it and poured it into a highball glass. Its clear, pale yellow body sits underneath a 2-finger head of snow white foam.

The nose might be new to most, presenting apples and pears above a very slight mossiness, but it's not much different from Éphémère. It's the sweetness, really, in its cloyingness, that offends.

The flavor profile, or lack thereof, is singlemindedly sweetness, in the form of corn syrup. It isn't quite sickening when it's cold and at 12oz, but I was hard-pressed to finish the can especially as it started to warm up. Just like melted ice cream.

To its credit, it hides the alcohol extremely well. It has an impressive head considering the majority of its audience will not see it. The body is slightly sticky but is probably at the optimal point for the style. Serves its purpose but not much else.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.61/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rather than being 'the vagrant's choice', it looks like St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor is 'the rapper's choice'. Instead of including lyrics from any number of rap songs that mention this refined brew (I stopped counting at 30), I've decided to try my hand at a few lines at the end of the review. The question that Malt Likkapalooza VIII has been designed to answer is this: which one of these high gravity lagers is the 'craft beer drinker's choice'?

Dark amber topped by a French vanilla colored head of impressively rich foam. I'm not sure I want to know how the brewers produce such a good looking lid on such a cheap, high-ABV beer. Of course 99.9% of the people who drink this stuff will never see it anyway. It's even laying down a fair amount of sudsy lace.

The nose is pretty standard for the style, with almost no nastiness. It's sweet and corny and very mildly musky. I can tell there's alcohol present, but it's masked exceptionally well. And the lead widens...

This may be the fruitiest American malt liquor that I've had yet. I got a hint of it in the nose, but it really comes to life on the taste buds. Yeah, it's sweet. Yeah, it's simple. Yeah, it's potent. It's malt liquor! Were you expecting Duvel? Only on the finish is there any hint of a turn for the worse. My advice, as always, is to keep it cold for as long as possible and you'll be fine. A few of these in rapid succession and you'll be more than fine.

I hate trying to come with anything useful to say about the mouthfeel on a malt liquor. This one is competent enough, I suppose. It isn't the least bit watery, nor is it thick and sticky. Actually, it's probably just right for the reason this beer is brewed in the first place: it doesn't get in the way, but still gives you something to chew on.

St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor beats on Evil Eye Ice like a drum; from top to bottom, from back to front and from side to side. This is one of the most lopsided Malt Likkapaloozas in recent memory. I'm a little woozy right now, but here goes...

'this juice is da bomb, yo
i'm buzzin' like a beehive
chillin' it, swillin' it
i love it when the mic's live

'cause i be shoutin' it, toutin' it
to any who will listen
double fisted forties
and your brain be sizzlin'

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

Half of this beer was served in a pub glass and the other half from the can.

Appearance: The beer is the expected fizzy yellow coloration. The head is a thin white coloration with no retention.

Smell: The beer has the aroma of corn, grain and veggie water. Alcohol and a mineral smell make up the remaining smell.

Taste: The beers flavor is mostly grain and corn adjunct. Alcohol finishes the flavor the flavors.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a thin body and is super carbonated. The beer is not gag inducing but it isnt good. This is an acceptable vehicle to deliver 8% alcohol. This beer should be served cold and from the can. Drink this one fast.

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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 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 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 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 mrasskicktastic
1.49/5  rDev -29%
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 NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, the Fogelsville, PA plant (formerly Strohs, and then Pabst) is long gone, and this is now brewed in Milwaukee, WI.

It pours a crystal clear gold body beneath a foamy white head that slowly settles to just a collar but leaves some nice lace.

The nose delivers a clean, moderately sweet malt with a gentle touch of fruitiness.

The body is full/medium, and it's at least somewhat smooth across the palate with a somewhat restrained carbonation.

The flavor delivers a rich, very straightforward, adjunct-enhanced maltiness drenched in one big-assed fat-fingered cheek-pinch of alcohol! There's no fooling with this one, its 8.2% abv is right out there! It's balanced by a low-level bitterness that's almost unecessary as the heat and drying nature of the alcohol seem to have that under control. There are some underlying leafy and grassy hop flavors though.

Overall it's not a bad malt liquor - it's clean and somewhat balanced with a big maltiness upfront; and then a lot of kick behind. Not great, but OK.

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Photo of scottoale
2.58/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 99cent 24oz. can with a date code on the bottom and a caption that reads: "Hold It down"...wonder what that's suppose to mean ? Anyway, it pours a light golden yellow with a finger of white foamy head. To my amazement, the head had good retention and there was some decent looking lace involved.

The smell is sweet and malty with notes of corn adjuncts and hot alcohol when it warms up. Doesn't really smell all that bad, but it lacks any hop presence.

The taste on the other hand, not so good. Very, very sweet and cloying with a hot alcoholic over profile throughout. Tastes like sweet corn syrup , Nutri-Sweet and malt-beverage like alcohol...I've tasted worse, but not much.

With a medium body and good carbonation, the mouthfeel is pretty slick and smooth with an astringent feel on the tongue in the finish. thank-you, definitely not for me !

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.66/5  rDev -21%
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 Manosbeeroffate
1.42/5  rDev -32.4%
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 Phatz
2.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor is exactly that. As malt liquor goes it is certainly decent. I thought I was supporting local brewing as the address above is Fogelsville, PA. However, my can reads Milwaukee, WI. This can also reads 8.2% ABV
Anyway... Presentation is a badass black can, One pint size with a mean ol' dog staring you down.

Appearance: Average. Pours slightly orange, clear with a medium sudsy white head. Above average lacing for a Malt liquor. I think it is the protiens that leave the clupmy patches of foam floating around the top.

Smell: Very clean (water) aroma a bit of malt and some alcohol.

Taste. Sugar. Malt. Alcohol. Three words about say all I need to say. There is a bit of grain, corn I'd say, and nice malt and hop presence, but the sugar and malt definitely lead and the hop only balances the flavor in the end. The aftertaste is a bit bitter but other than that it is sugar and alcohol in. Exactly as a malt liquor should be IMO.
{{{EDIT The first time I had this I thought I liked the taste. Unfourtunately I had a 6-pack and NONE of the rest were even tolerable! I don't know what I was thinking but its too sweet even for my sweet tooth.}}}

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium bodied. Nice for a cheap malt liquor.

Drinkability: The sweetness is offset by just a bit of hop presence and the alcohol is nice and warming, so I'd say this is fairly drinkable for what it is, if you enjoy sweet malt liquors. The 8.2% ABV will catch up to you so watch out.

The first can I had seemed sweet but palatable. The last night I had one as a nightcap to finish off the night (after I was done with other reviews etc.) I was eating a bowl of Chicken and sausage gumbo and took a few sips of the St Ides, I hate to admit this but I threw away beer. It was terribly cloyingly sweet. I have a sweet tooth but this nearly made me sick. So the caution here is drink on a clean palate. Do not mix this beer with spicy food. I thought it’d make a cooling contrast, I was wrong.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of mentor
1.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Beer reviewed from detailed notes taken last night. It was the fourth and final beer of my evening and it really kicked my ass. I don't remember getting from the kitchen to the upstairs and woke up in the guest bedroom this morning.

Pours a sticky off-white (orangish) head over a mildly cloudy light yellow-amber liquid. Smells of corn alcohol and cardboard. Uh-oh, I'm gonna regret this one. The head has settled to a sticky thin layer and it's left decent lacing on the inside of the glass. A second smell is like stale bubble-gum. As if you chewed a piece all day, set it on the dresser when you went to bed, and stuck it back in your mouth the next morning. Sawdust dry.

Tastes sweet malty to start, then funky (funk gives me the willies). It's not a phenoilic belgian funk, it's more like a strong version of the hint of funk I find in Oktoberfests. The beer is dry and there is a bit of sweet fruity ester in there. Canned pear syrup, I guess. Md light body and highly carbonated. No thanks.

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Photo of Jarod
2.82/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

40 oz. No freshness date.

This beer poured a golden straw color that was crystal clear and very well carbonated. The head that was produced was very large and pure white in color, very think in appearance somewhat sticky and pillowy, it fell rather quick and left a ring around the edges and some light tiny carbonation bubbles on the surface. There was a sticky lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma was simple, cooked corn, grains, some hints of malt and alcohol. The taste had a carbonation bite to it, hints of light malts, some bitterness, lots of cooked watery corn, waves of alcohol were all through the taste, sometimes bitter, sometimes semi sweet, but the constant was alcohol. The body was medium. This beer has lots of alcohol, and once you get by the first few swallows and that corn taste, it is not a bad beer. A good beer if you want a good buzz - cheap. Not to shabby for its style.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Tawny golden color, a touch of haze, with a large, persistent white head, lots of sticky, patchy lace, with rings down the glass walls, and lots of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of spicy alcohol, cooked corn, and a subdued hop note.

Taste: Sweet spicy alcohol dominates from start to finish; the alcohol warms the chest quite noticeably. Hidden beneath the alcohol, there is a mild sweet corn malt presence. There is a bit of hop bitterness at the close of the taste, which cuts the sweetness of the alcohol just a bit.

Mouth feel: Smooth and surprisingly full, pleasant, the carbonation is quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: Surprisingly good, malt liquor is considered to be a beverage of questionable repute at best, but this is a fine example of the style. Well worth a try at about $2.00 for a 40 ounce bottle.

Presentation: Packaged in a 40 ounce clear glass bottle with a screw cap, served in a Pilsener glass.

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Photo of twelvsies
1.6/5  rDev -23.8%
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 PBRstreetgang
1.76/5  rDev -16.2%
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 kegerator
2.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

not bad at all for a malt liquor
poured a golden straw yellow color with a nice 2 inch frothey white head. The head dwindled moderatley and left no lace
Smell was of corn, alcohol and i detetced a slight lemony scent in the background
taste was grainy with a lemon hint. the alcohol was present and left a slight burn in the throat and chest. problem is at first tase it wasn;t bad but as you drink this beer it seems to get worse. It was creamy and light in the mouth and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.65/5  rDev -21.4%
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 TheDeuce
1.38/5  rDev -34.3%
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 Gagnonsux
2.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in New Orleans just to try something new. As with any malt liquor worth it's salt this was consumed in a clear 40 oz. Color is macro yellow with a medium fizzy head. Appearance is a little better than some of the malt liquors I've had. Smell is a sweeter variation of what is usually expected from adjuncts. This is the sweetest tasting malt liquor I've had. The taste is okay at first, but the sweetness becomes a little too much after a while. Overall, I consider this average for a malt liquor, it could be better or a lot worse.

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Photo of 99bottles
2.2/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I saw that one of the Alstroms reviewed this, so I'll swallow my pride and fess up. I willing bought one of these this weekend while out with some friends. It was reminiscence !
40 oz. bottle. No vintage date (ha ha). Cost all of $1.75 at the gas station. I can't say how it pours because I took it straight from the bottle. Has a dark brownish gold color, like other 40s. Smell is of some strange adjunct, somewhat acrid smell. Rotten brocolli? I don't know. It's not as stinky as some malt liquors.
It tastes like malt liquor. Not good, but then again it serves its purpose. Thin mouthfeel, but very drinkable. The alcohol in this one is sort of covered. Not as astringent as OE or Colt. Syrupy malt dominates, I'm not even sure that hops are an ingredient. Pretty sweet. Didn't really give me a hangover either.
Basically, if you're in the market for malt liquor, this is one of the better ones. If you're in the market for actual beer, you wouldn't have read this review. Now spill some for the homies that aint with us no mo' ...

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Photo of Frozensoul327
1.8/5  rDev -14.3%
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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St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor from Saint Ides Brewing Company
Beer rating: 54 out of 100 with 205 ratings