Earthquake High Gravity Lager ( 10% )
City Brewing Company, LLC

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2.36 | pDev: 37.29%
City Brewing Company, LLC
Wisconsin, United States
Earthquake High Gravity Lager ( 10% )Earthquake High Gravity Lager ( 10% )
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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.93/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep gold color with a super tiny white head. The head is gone almost instantly and leaves almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is sweet with a strong showing of caramel and fruit. Along with these smells comes a little bit of paper and hay.
Taste – The taste is rather sweet and malty with a big showing of caramel and light fruits mixed with a sorta doughy and bready flavor mixed with some cardboard tastes. As the taste advances the sweetness increases and the booziness comes to fruition. Toward the end, the booziness can be sensed more and more with more paper and cardboard coming to the tongue as well, and leaving one with a sweeter and more malty boozy taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the boozy and sweeter tastes, the feel is rather decent and makes for a nice easy drinking but still sipping brew.
Overall – It is a big brew with a decent flavor for the style. For $1.75 this is a good bang for the buck. It hits you hard, but is still rather easy to drink.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.42/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

16oz can poured into Duvel tulip. Picked up from grocery store as part of a $6 four pack. Can't find a date anywhere on the can.

Appearance - Pours 1 finger sudsy head with low retention. Clear medium gold body. 2

Smell - Can smell the musk even from a distance during the pour. *shudder* Up close there's bubble gum, powerful alcohol. It doesn't hide one bit. And some musky grain. 1.75

Taste - Acrid. Musky chemicals. Armpit. Stale. Gross. About as bad and as low of a score I can possibly give a beer short of it actually being infected. If this was one of those blind taste-test halloween house things, I'd label this Spicy toilet water. 1.25

Mouthfeel - Very unpleasant. Astringent. 1.25

Overall - Truly horrible. I'm being as fair as I can, and it's actually probably the worst tasting beer I've ever had out of the almost 700 ratings I've made, not counting the couple that were actually infected. 1.25

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Photo of Scott_G_Fisher
4.02/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Earthquake is a flavorful high gravity lager that I am impressed with, especially for the retail price of $1.19. I am an easily pleased drinker, opting for bottom shelf products due to budget, except for King Cobra (blah!). Packing a 10% ABV, and good taste for the price, one cannot go wrong for choosing Earthquake.

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Photo of Jordahn
2.2/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

Look, amber color like your average malt liquor

Smell, smells like a drunk guy lol

Taste, putrid and hard to swallow. Not satisfying at all. Very very sweet, alcohol taste. Hard to finish.

Feel, very thin, not carbonated enough. Must drink cold!

Overall, gets the job done. If you’re trying to get drunk, this is the cheap malt for you. $1.85 for a nice buzz. If you can manage to gulp it down, you’ll be happy with the end result!

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Photo of tokyo_sandblaster
1.39/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Good lord. Where do I start? I'm not a beer snob by any means, but I could barely down a tall boy. It tasted like beer fortified with wine to jack up the alcohol content to 10%.

But you don't buy a malt liquor for taste. You buy it to get drunk. And this one will do just that. Just be forewarned that it will greet you like a kick in the nuts.

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Photo of Duder_Jables880
2.97/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It's a very pretty pour, and you get a fun, malty, fruity drink. It might not be to all tastes, but this still blows Steel Reserve right out of the water for drinkability. And at $2.99 for a 4-pack, it's a powerful and affordable buzz.

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Photo of Brad007
2.79/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rated to style. Pours a crisp, clear golden hue with a thick white head into my glass. Extremely sweet malted grain in nose, which doesn't surprise me. Sweet, "corny" and inoffensive. I was expecting a little more bite at 10% but at least I can handle a few sips. Wouldn't recommend pounding these but if you really need to get drunk, just save your money and get liquor (since you likely won't purchase craft beer anyway).

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Photo of Joefromgeorgia
2.26/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It tastes like the gas station, if that makes any sense. Straight malt. A little heavier. Grab a natty daddy instead. This will do if they dont have any. Doesnt taste like a beer. Eh

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Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
3.48/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tested 6/23/19, 4pack 16oz $2.99 ( 78 cents a can tax included), can code 2488LX 2343FL
Looks and smells OK
Taste? it taste like wine almost: white grapes, apple and pear, little bit of floral
Abv is hidden fairly well. amazingly rather clean and smooth
Odd beer or is it wine or maybe a cider? it is drinkable, it's ok but not for me. I also wonder if these cans are 9 months old?

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Photo of jkblr
2.93/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

24oz can stamped 0379LX poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin layer of bubbles. The aroma is sweetish apple or pear and grain. The taste is sweet tooth diabetes sweet corn and vague grain. Syrupy, not a trace of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and completely and totally undry in the finish. Overall, not my favorite. It's cleaner that average, but just way too sweet.

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Photo of wl2bill
3.68/5  rDev +55.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like high gravity lagers in the right setting. This one was better than I expected from what I had heard about it. It was smoother than Steel Reserve. Judged it for what it is not beer overall. Natty Daddy is still my favorite in this style.

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Photo of Spikester
4.02/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep gold with three fingers of white head. Rings and swathes of lace appear as the level drops.
Smell is grain bin malts.
Taste is grain bin malts, sugars, some booze, hint of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and mostly sweet.
Overall a decent enough malt liquor. Rated to style.

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Photo of cardfan212
1.61/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Drank from a 24 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - The can looks like an energy drink designed for a teenager. Ridiculous and edgy, but I kinda like it.

Smell - Nothing at all.

Taste - Weird grape juice or dry wine vibe coming from this. It doesn't taste like a beer.

Feel - Thin body and really high carbonation. Combined with the vague grape flavor, it makes me think of a flavored sparkling water like La Croix.

Overall - Really horrible. Nothing malt liquor about this at all.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.3/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

(24 oz can, code 0528LT 0516FL; purchased cold... poured into a snifter)

L: near crystal-clear, yellowish brassy colored liquid; about a finger-high stand of white foam, collapses into chunky collar, crusty but broken ring of lace left at the top

S: more or less standard aromas for color and strength - pils malt, parking lot soot, mildly medicinal/vinous ethanol... bit of a toasty cereal sweetness soon emerges... weak overall

T: spicy booze very present upon first sip, malt rather thin, lightly spicy and fusel aftertaste, but fairly dry... mild phenolic spice persists long into aftertaste, that familiar vaguely-nutty grain note, and a very subtle background note of circus peanut... in subsequent sips, the malt drops away quickly each time with the dull booze pooling up to the top - results in a sort of bland balance, neutral and a bit watery in flavor expression

F: relatively easy drinking - not much heat from the booze; thin, light body with little viscosity, little carbonation... note: pretty big, sort of wide-mouth opening in can - took a sip out of it, let in a good bit of air

O: wasn't expecting any new flavors, just never noticed this one before... not one of the better ones; its booze character is just a bit off-putting, but not uniquely so

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +63.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

24 FL OZ can
Served in a Busch goblet

This wonderful elixir pours a brilliant golden hue. It is crystal clear and topped with an inch of quickly dissipating, white head.

The smell is grain with hints of alcohol.

The taste starts out a little sweet, but the alcohol taste cuts through it. There is just enough hops to prevent it from being cloying. The finish is slightly dry with warming effects from the alcohol.

Medium bodied and smooth as silk

I just need Barry White playing in the background while I drink this delicious malt liquor. As a malt liquor fan, I find it worthy of a brown paper bag.

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Photo of xolectic
1.82/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: Amber; much darker than a "normal generic lager". Decent head and little lacing.

Smell: Booze, but not as bad as some lesser alcohol beers. Sweet malts and corn.

Taste: Very sweet, even by malt liquor standards, and obnoxiously so. Alcohol taste is definitely high gravity, but not that extra step ahead of Steel Reserve that it should be. The extra sugar was all they could do to hide it. Hops must really be expensive because there's almost none here.

Feel: Syrupy HG taste. Thick and doesn't do down real easy. No strong alcohol aftertaste, which is commendable. Obviously there isn't any hops going down either.

Overall: It's $1.09 for 10 percent alcohol in a 24 oz can. Deserves accolades for making beer the cheapest source of alcohol vs. Franzia wine. Worth a try for fun, but won't come back, coming from a macro beer lover . This at least USED to come from the same "brewery" as Four Loko, and is still a better choice, but mine came from City Brewery, known for other 10% ABV classics as Camo Silver Ice.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.03/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce can into a Pint Glass.

Let’s get this party started! Some know that I’m a fan of HG Lagers and I like a Cheap Buzz on a Rainy Sunday Afternoon. So I’m being as honest as possible with this brew. For starters, this brew pours absolutely gorgeous for being a Lager...not Worldclass but very Outstanding! Nice deep Medium Honey Body, with some particles floating around. Transparent with decent clarity. Nice Soapy White Head that sticks around for a while. This looks exactly what I desire in a Lager...except the few particles bobing around.

The Aroma is slightly above par than other HG Lagers. Dense Sugar and Honey notes with a Rustic Grain approach. Slight Fruity Esters are present with a Cherry and Grape vibe. No noticeable booze going on. Smells pretty aight.

Da Flavah? Oh man...this hits the Palate with full force Sugar. The Fruit notes hit me second with a Cherry and slight Red Apple mixture. Some grains come through with a wet hay appeal. Some Astringency is there but not offensive. This finishes syrupy and wet...not like a Lager should. Aftertaste of slight witch hazel Astringency. The feel of this brew is decent. Nice medium body with soft carbonation.

Overall: This isn’t a bad Brew for being a Cheap HG Lager. No booze is detected and feels pretty good on the palate. Now I will pick apart what I dislike in this brew. The taste is one dimensional (not that it’s a bad thing) but that initial blast of sugar sweetness isn’t balanced. The syrupy finish doesn’t help either. When you have a sweet HG Lager, a dry/bitter finish would help cut that sweetness...this doesn’t give that option. I can’t argue, I bought this with a Steel Reserve and my till came under 4 dollars. If you want a decent HG Lager that isn’t too offensive, then this beer is worth a shot!

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Photo of six-percent-minimum
4.05/5  rDev +71.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a real good pour, dumped most of it (at a 45 degree angle) into a plastic cup from Target. Had a nice head on it, shame it dissipated so fast. This thing is Steel Reserve sweet, but that's what you get when you get a high gravity lager (as you know, the more sugar content in the wort, the more gravity. Oh, and sugars sweet.) She's way too light to drink in a cold winter, but a Las Vegas winter suits her just fine. Feels alright, it has about the carbonation you'd expect from a 2 liter of Mello Yellow if you left the cap off for a few hours at your kids birthday party, put it back on after the last game of laser tag, drove home, and left it in the fridge for a week. Smells like the sweat from someone who's been drinking MGD and watching sports, so not great. Overall its a beer, don't expect it to get you right, this is about 4 PBRs, but it could be a good pregame while you walk to your buddy's house.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.06/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Jeezus… This can looks huge.

A big solid pour releases a real impressive beast. Screaming bright and crystal clear body, but with a classic brass straw yellow body. Topping thick eggshell white head, three fingers and big retention, faint line lacing, take that all you NEIPA suckers! And a creamy top. This is one aggessive and good looking brew so far. Never would have suspected this on a malt liquor.

Keeping in mind with a rigueur de jour of the malt liqour vein here, the aroma is sort of unexpected. Faint candy apple, but with not much sweetness and a chemical weirdness that strikes as a sort of off kilter imbalance. Faint corn sweetness but also very subtle, with a dominant aroma that is hard to place, but seems like it should just… not really be there. Very… very odd. Sticky and pasty sensing.

Flavor is shocking for all the wrong reasons I was thinking. First sip is a typical adjunct feeling, but it's shocking how the palate is completely neutral and actually non existent. This is one of the few beers I have had in my life that has confused me. The mid palate doesn't even have a sweet corn or adjunct flavor, and it's advertised 10% abv doesn't even have much of an alcohol or fusel like sweetness. It's complete just a dry grain and not even a burn. The finish though is just borderline putrid. A large lingering burnt fusel flavor and worse off it LINGERS… long. Strangely follow up sips numb it, but creates a giant stomach pit of booze bomb straight to the head buzz. It doesn't even taste strangely boozy which makes it even more dangerous. Bitter corn, and almost plasticly sensing flavors to get through. Strangely not hard to drink, if you're not a lightweight, but even most malt liquors have a quality that defines them and this just doesn't. It comes across as some malternative beverage strangely and not even beer.

This is nothing more than the same vein of glorified bum wine, only reason to drink this is to get messed up. This doesn't even taste like malt liquor let alone carrying much beer like qualities. It's a straight up alcohol cheap fix buzz.

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Photo of IJReilly
3.3/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared to other HGLs served in cans only, this one is a beaut. Pretty easy going down, no unpleasant side effects. Those who give it a 1 are either not judging for style, or their priors were so great that the few ounces they have consumed confirmed their deep-seated biases. I hate Camo products. For those who say that this is equivalent, I wonder if they actually drank Earthquake and gave it a real shot. In a blind taste test, I would bet that a lot of these people would be embarrassed and swear afterward that they were only "joking." Reviews that are not really "reviews" but confirmation bias statements devalue the usefulness of this site.

Beer snobs: Actually drink the beer you are rating, rate to style, and have some minimal social science training that will prevent you from saying what you were prepared to say no matter what and will provide some minimal understanding of statistics.

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Photo of marc956
4/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than how I remember it. 1.50 at a local supermarket for a 24 oz of 10% malt liquor works for me! I do not recommend chugging it due to its high alcohol content but it's not horrible. Give it a try if you want a quick, cheap buzz.

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Photo of jwc215
2.16/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

24 oz. can:

Pours deep golden with a creamy white head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of some alcohol, some raw grain.

The taste is of alcohol. Some raw grain that is a bit bready. Enough malt to keep it from being just booze.

Surprisingly creamy and somewhat smooth considering the obvious alcohol.

It's a cheap boozy malt liquor. Alcohol held up by just enough bready malt to keep it from being just booze.
It's cheap and boozy.

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Photo of shaundrunk
2.76/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much when I bought it. It was only a dollar 85 after taxes. Supposedly the flavor is apple but I only noticed that after it was pointed out to me. To me it just tasted the typical "beer" flavor if that makes any sense. My rating may seem high to many but I'm largely factoring the cost. It's a good deal, I think. It's relatively typical foul tasting beer...but this packs a punch and I think is worth the cost.

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Photo of Schlitz74
1.04/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This beer is terrible the worst I have ever had, this was a drain poor way to sweet and made me sick, at least I could finish the Steel Reserve. This is not worth your time or money.

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Photo of HopHunter19
1.67/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A - can is your typical "hey, brace yourself bro" kind of a design. It even has an ekg tracing on it that coincidentally looks like a fib in spots, maybe an ironic statement? Or ironically unintended... I don't know.
S - biig fusel alcohol, green apple, sweet booze, sweet bread, minimal basic american hops
T - ohhh boy, well it's not that good... yea it's terrible. Big fusel alcohol. Some green apple sweetness. Rubbing alcohol smells like this tastes at times. I think its drinkable now because it's cold, and it's incredibly cold out and im willing to do anything to warm up.
M - medium mouthfeel, alc present and rank, aftertaste is retty rank rotting green apple
Overall - well my reciept was 6.30 total and the milwaukee's best was 4.30 or something like that so this duece duecer was significantly less than 2 dollars. If I was looking for a cold weather buzz on the cheap doing anything where something with less abv would freeze i'd go for this. Luckily that specific situation doesnt come up too often for me!

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Earthquake High Gravity Lager ( 10% ) from City Brewing Company, LLC
Beer rating: 61 out of 100 with 45 ratings