Side Pocket High Gravity Ale
City Brewing Company, LLC

Side Pocket High Gravity AleSide Pocket High Gravity Ale
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City Brewing Company, LLC
Wisconsin, United States
Malt Liquor
Ranked #48
Ranked #30,117
2 | pDev: 35%
Oct 27, 2021
Aug 17, 2009
Side Pocket High Gravity AleSide Pocket High Gravity Ale
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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

2.94/5  rDev +47%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Clear light gold, lively carbonation and fine 1" head that retains and actually laces for a while until retreating to a thin ring of foam.

Sweet white wine and corn syrup. Moderate alcohol smell.

Sweet white wine and corn syrup. Alcoholic in the way that NyQuil is. Sweet, oily finish.

Light-medium, high CO2 and rather smooth and not "hot" for the ABV

Not bad for what it is.
Oct 27, 2021
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

1.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
710ml can tried at a tasting:

Cooked vegetable. Grape. Syrupy sweetness.

Dec 24, 2017
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3/5  rDev +50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
40oz bottle from the local "get rid of your DTs" shop. I walked past multiple (shaking) people looking for the cheapest malt liquor money can buy. I was also factoring in the alcohol-to-price ratio, but alas, it wasn't needed: the cheapest beer also had the most alcohol. A foil labeled 40 called Side Pocket High Gravity

Getting back I notice it's from Wisconsin, so my expectations are raised slightly. Those 'sconnies know their beer. I didn't pour it into a glass because I'm not a heathen. Was expecting to have to chase swigs of it with bites of leftover pizza, but the taste actually isn't that bad. It's overly sweet and corny, but I was expecting that. No hint of alcohol except in the mouthfeel and in the burps, and I actually taste hops!

Buy this. Beer make you drunk
Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 1.79 by kguyty from Missouri

Mar 18, 2016
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.49/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of very light malts, not a lot there. Taste is alcohol, malts, hints of green apples and tobacco. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not the worst malt liquor I have ever had, but pretty damn lousy.
Nov 29, 2015
Rated: 1.28 by Giesch from California

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 2 by Derrill from Missouri

Aug 30, 2014
Rated: 1 by arealbeersbeer from Massachusetts

Mar 27, 2014
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Reviewed by BrewMaven from New York

2.57/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Very typical clear gold with minimal head and no retention or lacing. Rousing carbonation that settled after a bit.

The usual high gravity lager smells...corn and metallic.

Taste was more of the same..sweet, alcoholic and fairly smooth. Best when cold.

Mouthfeel was a step above water.

Just another cheap beer for a hot summer evening..I bought it out of sheer curiosity and because I really needed a quick buzz after a rough day.
Aug 18, 2013
Rated: 1.75 by bscalt from Minnesota

May 14, 2013
Rated: 1.25 by Wheelz

Jul 18, 2012
Rated: 1.25 by MammothTarantula from Colorado

Jun 07, 2012
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Reviewed by Blargimus from Colorado

2.85/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5
40 oz bottle poured into juice glass. No brown paper bag present.

Looks like carbonated urine.

It tastes and smells remarkably similar to a very cheap white wine. There's not a lot of bitterness, it's all just corn and alcohol.

Plenty of alcohol in the aftertaste. Smooth enough, though.

Hello friend. Would you like to get very drunk? Drink this.
Apr 08, 2012
Rated: 1 by brewyou2 from Oklahoma

Nov 14, 2011
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Reviewed by crossovert from Illinois

1.79/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
40 oz bottle. 1000th review.

Straight form the bottle (though I poured most of it for someone else). It pours a deep gold with a fluffy white head that dissipates moderately quickly.

Smells like corny mead. Lots of honey and alcohol and caorn in the scent.

The flavor is pretty shitty. On the front end it isn't bad, mild grain and hops but on the back end it is adjuncty and sickly sweet.

The mouthfeel is prickly at first then seems watery.

This is just a malt liquor contract brewed by a nearly anonymous and small marketing agency. Who knows it might share recipes with other or just have a minor tweak, it is run of the mill.
Sep 28, 2011
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Reviewed by MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.2/5  rDev +60%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
40oz bottle in a paper bag generally contributed by joshuaseresse. This is the last of the malt liquors left over from the malt liquor tasting earlier this summer. Served in a Cantillon glass - how's that for cognitive dissonance?

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, but no lace. There are streams of tiny bubbles rising throughout the dark urine-colored body.

S - Grape juice, fructose, caramel, grain, light fusel alcohol when it warms up but not too bad for the style.

T - Sugar, corn, white grape juice, cereal grains. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden, although this verges on cloying sweet after a few ounces.

M - Lower carbonation, medium-bodied, some grain to the texture, and moderate alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - This is actually pretty solid, and one of the better takes on the style that I've had. This one is a little bit too sweet for me to tackle the whole 40oz bottle. Not quite as good as Stack, as this one is lower in alcohol but doesn't taste any better.
Sep 19, 2011
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.28/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Appearance: Pours a clearish, golden-toned body with a frothy, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, chemically aroma of cooked corn, boiled apple cores, and melted sugars.

Taste: Starts off sweet, with tastes of substandard grains and sugar-dosed corn meal. Hint of fruitiness somewhat reminiscent of apples. As with so many (okay, almost all) of these malt liquors, it has that troubling, potentially-flammable chemical taste to it. Finishes near-hot, sweet, and chemical coated.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ugh. About as bad as any other malt liquor, so, if nothing else, these things are fairly consistent. The name does at least suit the beverage.
Feb 16, 2010
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

1.51/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1
The CAN identified the beer as an ale of the high gravity variety. I am unsure about its veracity, but what CAN I do? Onward!

I briefly got a finger of bone-white head before it dissipated into nothingness. Color was a deep golden-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was ungodly sweet underlain by a sharp alcohol quality. I remain suspect about this being an ale. Mouthfeel was medium with a very sugary taste on the tongue and suddenly it hit me - this tasted like Colt 45, an American Malt Liquor, which is a Lager-style. Who's zoomin' who, here? I am going to leave it simply because the CAN read "Ale" and I am in no position to argue. The finish had a unpleasant tobacco taste, like I was sniffing around an ashtray. Ooof. The really bad part is that it came in a 24-ounce CAN and I hated to do a drain pour. I didn't with Chelada, a recent "F" and I chose to bravely press on. Awful.
Aug 17, 2009
Side Pocket High Gravity Ale from City Brewing Company, LLC
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 18 ratings