Earthquake High Gravity Lager (12%) | City Brewing Company, LLC

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Earthquake High Gravity Lager (12%)Earthquake High Gravity Lager (12%)

Brewed by:
City Brewing Company, LLC
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Zorro on 07-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Txmtnbiker
1/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ok ok I know what anyone would say why the FK would you, well just had gotten over the flu and my little brother had this in his house so I cracked it open! lmao empty stomach that $hit hit me so fast lmao naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasty bottom shelf garbage!

But it was strong too had a buzz shortly so I will put 10 of these cans in my boats cooler for Memorical day's party boating on lake texoma for unsuspecting drinkers who grab from my cooler muahahahahaha

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Photo of PatrickDavison
5/5  rDev +199.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer in the world. Makes you do silly things.

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Photo of Foxman27
1.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Yeldarb92
1.18/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Big_Mazz
1.03/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Tastes like pure gasoline, just awful

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Photo of Lordhelmit
2.05/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

10.0% variety 24oz can

A - pours a light, pale yellow like light apple juice. Pours with thin white head which dissipates instantly. 2 minutes after pour not even a small thin head. Absolutely no lacing.

S - smells like a citrus cleaning product. Bitter apple. Definitely a citrus-y nose.

T - rotting apples as someone else said is a perfectg description. really not all that bad tho once you're halfway through. Taste better in a glass than a can.

M - watery thin. high cRBONation

O - yuck. $1.59 for 24oz at 10.0abv it gets its job done

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Photo of Casp1119
2/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of mtomlins
1.5/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of spinrsx
1.5/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of GClarkage
2.25/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of cjdubbz
1.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +109.6%

Photo of DeeMalloy
3/5  rDev +79.6%

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1.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of eodiv
2.71/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Here in Ohio we get the 10% variety so I'm not sure how much that makes a difference.


You should know what you're getting into when you pop an Earthquake. This isn't a beer to be enjoyed, this is a beer to make you want to fist fight telephone poles and it does it's job.

It's much sweeter than its malt lager brethren which makes it a bit easier to stomach but it's still pretty harsh. Drink one on a dare or if you are on a super low budget looking to catch a buzz.

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Photo of jeffduyedi
1.75/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of harpus
1.5/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of DannyDan
1.85/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out an amber hue with a thin white head that leaves no lacing or retention. The smell is of alcohol, rotting apples, rotting corn and mildew. The taste is lots of alcohol, spoiled corn and sweet malts that leave a bad aftertaste in the mouth. The mouthfeel is burning alcohol and an unpleasant feel on the tongue. This $1.30 for a 24 oz. can was one of the worse beers I ever tasted and will never buy it again.

Serving type: can

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Photo of foxyaardvark27
1/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of lokieman
1.03/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Positively the worst beer I've ever had in my life. I've had some other rough ones but this one take the cake. I would rate cave creek chili beer miles ahead of this one. Everything about this beer is absolutely horrible. Smell, taste, mouthfeel...all just plain disgusting. Makes me wonder what took so long for this one to be retired. Found this one in the crap beer ice bin at my local ghetto corner store. Never...I repeat...never again. Ice cold it's shotgunable...any warmer, good luck. You have been warned. Just writing about this beer brings back the nightmarish aftertaste...there is really no reason for this foul beverage to's that bad.

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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Kingghidorah
1/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of TooManyShots
2.3/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Basically its there to get you drunk in the cheapest way. It is, okay. Strong, very strong. The alcohol hits you immediately. The taste is comparable to whiskey. Not entirely, so I don't want the beersnobs attacking me. I enjoyed it, just not what I was expecting from a malt liquor. Yeah, you might taste something here but the dominant taste is definitely alcohol. You will get drunk, fairly quick, esoecially if you're a light-weight.
All in all this is for getting drunk fast. They obviously don't care about the taste. but I can accept that in this case. It gets the job done.
Wanna get drunk fast. This beers for you. Want something with an appealing taste? Steer clear.

By The Way:

This beer is no longer 12% they have lowered it to 8% and it IS still brewed. Just not as strong. Bummer for those cheap buzzes.

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Photo of whatthehull
2.55/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint Glass

A - Merky golden sunset, no head and no lacing

S - Tons of malts, funky yeast, sugar, very slight, barley and tons of alcohol

T - slight hop, tons of bitter, sugar, alcohol, grains, rice, yeast and huge amounts of malts

M - Full bodied, no complexity, not very balanced, medium minus acidity and very long sweet/malty/boozy finish

D/O - I enjoy this a lot. Easy to drink, nice abv and a low, low price. Not a crafty beer or something I would drink a couple cans of, just a good getting tipsy beer

Final thoughts - $1.50 and 12% abv? Haha. This one is ok by me. Watch out for the hang over!

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
1.5/5  rDev -10.2%

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Earthquake High Gravity Lager (12%) from City Brewing Company, LLC
Beer rating: 1.67 out of 5 with 76 ratings