Camo Silver Ice | Camo Brewing Company

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Camo Silver IceCamo Silver Ice

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Camo Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 62
Photo of JoshW
5/5  rDev +147.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clearly, the best malt liquor in existence. Appearance is that of a brew out of a fairy tale, golden flowing carbonated excellence.

Smell is what you would imagine smelling if you could smell the word perfection, only add in some malty awesomeness.

Drinking this beer is nothing short of orgasmic.. Goes down rythmic and silky, seamless, the nectar of the gods, Camo. If you haven't tried this liquid delicacy at this point in your life, I would do some SERIOUS reevaluation...

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Photo of walder
4.1/5  rDev +103%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

considering the abv and the price (a 24 ouncer for a buck) i figured id give it a far as appearance the cans all thugged out uhh idk looks like malt liquor, smells like an adjunct with a distinct smell of apples,tastes the same with a big kick of alcohol,actually pretty smooth and drinkable for the abv but times a factor here fellas once it started gettin to the bottom of the can and starts warmin up,like any malt liquor starts to be nausiating so either do what i do and pop it in the freezer beforehand or just gulp it down. overall a damn good malt liquor for the price i will definitly be buying this again

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Photo of shinerod
3.87/5  rDev +91.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don’t quite understand why everyone has such a problem with Camo Silver Ice. I just cracked open a 40 ounce widemouth and am finding it to be quite enjoyable. There’s an aroma reminiscent of grapes that is quite pleasing. The flavor is mildly hoppy and very smooth. I would compare this to a sort of microbrew in the taste department. At 10.6% ABV, you get your money’s worth, which is something I can’t say about many microbrews or common type beers. For the drinker on a budget, I wholeheartedly recommend Camo Silver Ice. Try it...I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

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Photo of iman99
3.8/5  rDev +88.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Here is the TRUTH about CAMO SILVER ICE 9.0% ABV

First thing is I have drank just under 300 different brands of beer from everywhere.

Now when it comes to dirt cheap beer this is the BEST that I have ever had!

This beer is worth buying every time.

The taste is smooth and refreshing, pretty good actually for such a cheap and high gravity beer. The taste is comparable to most of the commercial beers that you drink and you get a much quicker buzz for half the price!

I actually prefer the taste of SILVER ICE more than most commercial beers and it gets me feeling the way I want a lot faster and saves me a lot of money.

When it comes to beer this is what I buy. I do not waste extra money to buy a name brand beer that has half of the ABV it just does not make any sense.

All I have to say is I give this beer an overall 5, taste a 4 and everything else a 3 because beer is beer unless you are drinking micro brews which is what REAL BEER is... but I don't always have extra money to buy good stuff.

I read through the reviews. I thought that some people did not give a qualifying assessment for this beer. Look here. This is a CHEAP BEER. The truth is a lot of the products YOU DRINK are very CHEAP. Take a step back and really think and compare. This beer is good! (aside from discussing REAL BEER)

Stick to CAMO 9.0% Silver Ice. I am going to the store and get a 40 oz right now after I get done writing this review and that's for real!

P.S. (I edited my review)

I am back from the store and have drank a 40 oz of CAMO.

I would add that it has a slightly sweet taste. If you are not use to high gravity beer perhaps you may taste the difference, though this is thoughtful information for you, for the best experience pour Camo 9.0 into a glass mug that has a capacity of 24 oz (at least 16 oz) and enjoy this treat as a refresher for the end of your work day and relax watch T.V. or play video games , pre-game for the bars, kick back and read a book etc.

The feeling that Camo 9.0 creates is perfection ENJOY!

One last comment! The reason I specify Silver ICE is because the Camo Black Ice 10.5% is really bad tasting because it has such a foul first taste and going down is hard to get through and thus I say stick to CAMO 9.0%!

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Photo of troobie
3.56/5  rDev +76.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last time I had Camo Silver Ice it was 9.0% ABV. Good on Camo for having the stones to raise the ABV.

Remember, all ratings are within the style. It's a style that I'm very familiar with and passionate about.

A: Golden. Retains a semi-ring of lace with some patchy foam in the center. Slight lacing if consumed quickly enough.

S: Champagne mixed with Budweiser. Strong saltiness.

T: Amazingly simple for the ABV. Very balanced. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Nothing too strong. Nothing lingering. Nothing offensive. Bold but reasonably so. I can best describe it as a 10.6% ABV light beer.

M: Extremely high carbonation with a water like feel. The mouthfeel contributes in a large part to the lack of cloyingness.

O: Taking something that should be offensive and making it inoffensive is impressive. Steel Reserve 211 (Silver Label) is less enjoyable to me than this. Now consider that Camo Silver Ice is about 25% stronger and about 2/3rds the price of Steel Reserve 211.

Dear Camo,

Please start selling your products in Northern California.



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Photo of Maestro
2.91/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is some kind of science experiment. Let's see if we can make a beer that is strong as hell and still tastes much like the average American Beer.

The beer is quite sweet, with hints of apple cider. Probably plain old sugar was used in this brew. The apple comes through both in the nose and the taste. There is a general thickness to the mouthfeel. Overall, considering all things, this is fairly drinkable.

Go figure. A nice little joke someone is playing on the uneducated public.

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Photo of longbongsilver
2.85/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I know what you're thinking: "didn't you slam Black Ice??" Yes, I did. Since then though, I've heard from others who share my view of the lowly malt liquor as a category of brews who've remarked surprising things about Silver vs Black.

Curiosity got me. Hell, it's cheap, and I'm off work tomorrow.

Tall can to big mug. Got aggressive with the pour towards the end and still no head, yet it's very fizzy. A dirty yellow translucent. Smells quite alch-y, though not in a sweet way. Weird since it's now *stronger* than Black Ice, but whatever, maybe they finessed it somehow. A tiny bit of anonymous hop actually comes out. Drinkin' time...

Pilsner-yet-not-quite tones come through typical of cheap ass malt liquor. Just enough grain backbone to let me know it's there, and a bit of grape. Surprised the flavor, pleasantly so. Mouth on it oddly reminds me more of the Schlitz I tried than the other Camo, probably the fizz & weight.

Obviously it's not craft. But if you were expecting craft, there's no reason to even buy this. For what it is though...did Camo pull a Homer with this one? Why the hell do I... kinda *like* it?

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.83/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- 24oz canpoured a straw yellow with a slight hint of light amber to darken the brew. One and a half head dissipated rather quickly.

Smell- Very tart, with a hint of green apple esters and lets not forget a noticeable wiff of ALCOHOL.

Taste- Very adjuncty, which I can only better describe as skuny asting. Still very estery but minus the green apples. Ends a little buttery with of course some alchol to warm your body and dull your mind.

Mouthfeel- Alcohol and hops make up most of the palate. Would be light except for the alcoholic burn.

Drinkability- It could be better if the alcohol kick was a bit subdued. But could for getting drunk fast and cheap.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It pours a golden color. There is a lot of carbonation to both the head and body. The head is white and watery. There is not much retention on the head but the lace is very spread out. The smell is piney and little tropical fruit like. Both the taste and the aroma are adjunct. Very malty and sweet a little corn like there is some pine like tones. There is no real aftertaste maybe a little bit of a liquor.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

40oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It is gold in color and topped with an inch of white head that disappeared almost instantly.

S - I get the typical sweet grain and some toast.

T - I get sweet grains and alcohol.

M - Thin and slick

O - It tastes like most high gravity malt liquors, but the 9% raises the bar for those who are just drinking to get drunk.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought this 24 oz can for 75 cents on sale. Appearance i have to give average as there is nothing wrong with it. Corn oil golden with a small white head. Aroma mostly cooking apples for some apples and a bit of soap. Actually not as horrific as I expected. Taste again sour cooking apples with some rubbing alcohol. Palte thin yet sticky in an unpleasing way. Overall really not as bad as i expected. If you like cooking apples ( UK) you will tolerate this one. Way better than the awesomely bad Camo Genuine Ale.

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Photo of kguyty
2.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I enjoy drinking 40s; however I did not enjoy this particular 40. The appearance is a medium-colored golden/yellow. The smell was not particularily good and after the first sip I could tell why. My god, I had to power through this 40. Usually the bad ones taste better by the end, but even with a decent buzz this 40 kept me on my toes. Tastes very sweet... think of granulated sugar mixed with a little wheat and some water... Thanks, but no thanks Camo, there are much better 40s out there.

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Photo of Zorro
2.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I have a secret love of bad beers. Someone has to taste it first right? Imported from a Wyoming truck stop.

So...I never expected this $1 can of booze to be a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.

But I am Fair so lets pop the top and see what is in the can.

So like almost every malt liquors on earth it does a good job of looking like a Lager. Gold color with a decent white colored head that doesn't last.

Smell. Yeah...Denatured Alcohol and corn. There is a Fruity smell but no Identifiable Fruit. Every home brewer on earth knows the smell of beer fermented too hot.

Dare I taste it? After Superbrew 15 I am an Explorer in badness.It tastes better than expected. Flavor is Apple Juice, Everclear and Crackers. There is no Gag reflex or anything just the taste of your first failure at making a lager in a bad way. Still it isn't revolting. Dryer than most and intensely fruity. I can give this an honest 2.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is better than I feared. Still if you buy a can of this you know it will not be BCS.

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Photo of xtremejammn
1.93/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

For the price this is a half way decent beer, but other than that, ehhh.

A: Pours a corn yellow and settles a gold-ish yellow, and has a quickly fading head. Not impressive.

S: Smells a bit bland. Smells of cheap malts.

T: Ugh, tastes too off sweet for my taste, but it's drinkable enough to keep on drinking it. Although it has a quick bitter aftertaste.

M: Not too bubbly. Average.

D: A bit acidy going down, not too impressed.

Bottom line is that this is an ok Lager for getting drunk, but if your looking for quality, I wouldn't really reccomend this one.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
1.9/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this in a 40oz bottle at a local gas station because I want to try all or most of the Camo offerings because I have no idea. Needless to say, this one sneaks up on you with its 10.6% abv. Halfway through, I started feeling the buzz, and by the time I was done, I was definitely in a happy place. This morning... not so much.

If you're looking for a cheap offering with a high abv and don't have serious plans the next day, go for it. It has the ability to surprise, being a dryer malt liquor than others, but it doesn't take long to realize you're practically drinking ethenol-flavored beer.

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Photo of ronniebruner
1.88/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You always know youre in for an adventure when the beer is available exclusively in 40 oz bottles. This is the cheapest 40 I have ever had at $1.79, but I will say that it is better than most other malt liquors in a 40 oz bottle. Skunky taste, horrible coloring, excess carbonation, the usual. Malt liquor is usually terrible, this is no different.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
1.88/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Presentation: 24oz scary-looking can...xxXxx...What's that about? Triple x plus two? Oi...

Appearance: Medium-dark golden beer, capped with a soapy dark ivory head which fades to nothing almost immediately

Smell: Cotton candy, mixed with apples, brandy, and children's tears...ugh

Taste: A bit of caramel malt actually, with TONS of sweet adjuncty blech and a bit of alcohol...fairly big alcohol burn...It's honestly not as bad as I thought, but still, epic sadness

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied.

Drinkability: No.

Conclusion: Drinking this was the result of me losing a stupid bet...please not one of my friends pointed out, "This tastes like the floor of a bar...well, what I'd assume the floor of a bar tastes like." Pretty accurate.

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Photo of Mdog
1.88/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pale gold, decent head that fades out eventually.

Smell: Wet corn.

Taste: Starts with a little sweetness, then a kind of green apple/white wine flavor mixed with alcohol takes over.

Drinkability: Not something I'd drink regularly but not totally abhorrent either.

I figured I'd try one of the Camo products, it's not good but I can drink it. Exploring different styles than I normally drink is interesting, at least that's what I keep telling myself!

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Photo of tone77
1.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, not as malty as I expected. Taste is yuck. Overpowering flavor of alcohol, really nothing else. Feels yucky in the mouth and drinkability is awful. Overall one of the worst beers I drank in recent memory.

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.83/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought this as a joke. Ended up up not being as bad as I expected.

Appearance - Watery yellow and that's about it.

Smell - Like a traditional American Adjunct Lager with slightly more malts.

Taste - Watery, malty and very plain. Watery.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Extremeley drinkable but I don't really want to drink it all. It was ok. Not terrible for what it is; but still pretty poor.

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Photo of orangemoustache
1.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This man can pours a semi bright golden color with a medium sized bleach white cap that leaves some small amounts of lace. The nose smells of something a bit rotten,with strong notes of fermentation very apparent. I have had Malt liquor offerings that have been offered to the drain as sacrifice and I must say this one is drinkable,but that is about it. This is really not that enjoyable,it tastes like a watered down Chardonnay. Slightly rotten grapes and saw dust makes up the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is thin and watery...there must be a lot of very undiscerning alcoholics waiting to get paid on Friday to keeping this brewery in business...Drinkable once,but never again!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.76/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This review is part of Malt Likkapalooza VII, in which Camo Silver Ice will go toe-to-toe with a can of Jaguar High Gravity Lager in a fight to the death. I try to match up ABVs as closely as possible so that neither beer gains an unfair advantage. I'm guessing that more alcohol for the money is the biggest advantage one malt liquor can have over another; for most aficionados at least. I'm all about... uh... flavor though, so let's see how these two bad boys stack up.

Classic amber topped by a brighter white cap that looks good immediately after the pour. It's the creamier of the two lids and actually leaves quite a bit of lace-like lace. This is a pretty good looking malt liquor... not that most people will do anything other than swill it out of the can.

Camo's nose is more aromatic and slightly more musky hoppy. Although alcohol is a big part of the nasal profile, it isn't a deal-breaker by any means. There probably isn't a big enough difference between these two for different scores to be granted. Slight edge for CSI though.

This offering is more boldly flavored than its competitor. That isn't a positive in case you were wondering. I didn't mention it when describing the nose, but there's as much apple flavor here as in Jaguar. Unfortunately, the beer tastes like rancid apple chunks soaking in rubbing alcohol. Don't light any matches near this stuff.

The mouthfeels are indistinguishable from one another. See the Jaguar review for specifics. Almost no one drinks 'the vagrant's choice' for the mouthfeel. It's the brainfeel dude! An ABV of 9.0% will get you where you wanna go in a big hurry.

It looks like Camo Silver Ice has squeaked out a win in Malt Likkapalooza VII on the strength of its superior appearance. Again, most will never see the result of the fine craftsmanship that went into the brewing of this high gravity lager. Unless you have a masochistic streak a mile wide, I'd suggest steering clear of either one of these brews.

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Photo of TexIndy
1.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Got from Scoobydank as an extra ugly in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly BIF - thanks? Poured from a 16oz can into a shaker pint. This one didn't deserve one of my good pints so shaker it is. Was a clear light yellow color with some carb. No lacing. It had a small fizzy white head that quickly dissipated into nothing.

The aroma was not good. Sweet malt with I swear an overtone of wine cooler. Very sweet. The taste was just as sweet and just as bad. Wasn't gonna drink all this one anyway but it would have been too sweet to drink it all.

Overall, a really terrible beer and I feel sorry for people who think this is good beer. You are entitled to drink what you want but when I think of what they are missing in good beer it's a shame. This gives real beer a bad name.

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Photo of nicksta
1.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As it goes for the silver ice, original, and genuine ale the Camo Silver Ice would definately be the least vile. The fact that it is ice brewed and slightly more drinkable make it Camo of choice if it Camo is the only choice. It has a sub average appearance, slightly dark with a frothy head. Smell isn't anything special. The taste is that same old horrible sickly sweet taste only not as strong. The mouthfeel is kinda watery. The reduced taste, high alcohol, and ice brewyness increase drinkabilty. Alcohol hits you hard than the original, which is good because of the shitty taste. It is not like I am gonna come back to this unless I have to (maybe this weekend because I am paying off a speeding ticket) ,but for two bucks I was falling all over the place on the way to bed.

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Photo of trombonehero
1.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

At $1.39 for a 24-ounce can with 10.6% alc/vol, I knew off the top of my head this will probably be a bad experience. I was right. For $1 and change, you're getting the equivalent of about 4 "standard abv" beers. Since I don't like anything to go to waste, I will continue drinking (slowly but surely) the rest. It tastes like a carbonated watered-down cheap whiskey to me. If you are a broke college student wanting to get drunk on a budget, this is seriously a steal. I'd actually prefer Icehouse beer over the Camo as far as taste, and I don't even like Icehouse. You get what you pay for.

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