Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor - Anheuser-Busch
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Reviews by AustinBeerLvr:
3.5/5 rDev +44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured a 24 ounce can into an imperial pint glass.
This brew pours with a decent head that not surprisingly, quickly dissipates. That said, it's an inexpensive malt liquor, so what do you expect?
Although my experience with malt liquors is very limited, it's strange because trying out a few of them is almost like a morbid curiosity for a beer geek. Everybody knows they are pretty much supposed to be bad tasting brews that are noting more than a cheap, easy way to get intoxicated.
All of that aside, every style of beer must be reviewed for what it is and more importantly, compared to others within it. As stated above, I have limited experience with malt liquors, but based on the taste, this one isn't bad at all. There actually is some malt taste there, along with some white grape like fruitiness, corn, and a mild hop bite to balance out the sting of alcohol which is universal for the style, especially considering this one is >8% ABV. There is little aftertaste, and this one actually doesn't leave a lingering sting of alcohol that is unbearable in some malt liquors.
I am guessing at BA, we are all pretty much beer lovers who are supposed to appreciate beer because of the taste. I don't make a regular habit of drinking this stuff, but I am not going to lie---there is a time and a place for drinking a cheap, very high ABV, no-brainer brew that will make you feel good and fuzzy inside, and is ridiculously cheap. Honestly, of all the AB products, I actually consider this to be one of the best ones----decent taste (none of that terrible sour rice flavor of Budweiser), cheap price, great buzz, and overall easy drinking.
Serving type: can
01-08-2011 07:49:00 | More by AustinBeerLvr
More User Reviews:
2.71/5 rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
2013 Hurricane “Category 5” - Reviewed 1/13/2013
This is not your average slurricaine, this baby cranks up the storm to category 5. Weighing in at 6%, this is one of the most alcoholic 40's I've tasted thus far. This malt liquor goes by the mantra, "Be bold, be smooth, be powerful." Which are all also deciding factors when purchasing a sex toy. So lets sail close to the wind with this week's 40.
Appearance: The "Category 5" version of this classic libation has much less of the Lamborghini-Orange tinge, and more of a Municipal-water-yellow. Miles of head reduce to near nothing within seconds, so much for residual sugars... pshhh.
Smell: A familiar skunkiness greets the nostrils upon cracking this bumper. Sort of a stale cereal smell with a light hint of mid-grade chronic. After sitting a bit in the glass, the smell reduces down to an old corn stench.
Taste: The sweetness of the corn dominates and kind of masks the sh*ttiness of the rest of the ingredients. Copper penny notes peak out at intervals, complemented with lasting fruity pebble streaks.
Mouthfeel: Category 5 offers light carbonation to entreat the tongue, possibly to distract it from the feeling of the malt beverage congealing in your mouth. Despite this odd property and the pumped-up ABV, Hurricane C5 is surprisingly drinkable, sliding down the throat before you really understand what’s going on.
Overall: This 40 surprised me in both its alcohol content and its lack of residual sh*ttiness. Dare I say that this malt liquor is even refreshing? That remains to be seen, one can not know its true nature until he ingests one in its entirety; another property that 40's share with sex toys. I recommend this beer be paired with a Burger King Angry Whopper™ on an overcast spring day in order to allow the flavours of both to fully develop. This beer is not recommended for extended cellaring, unless ABV exceeds average range. Enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 16:50:44 | More by Newrad2
3.1/5 rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
To all of those who are knocking this beer, perhaps you should take a minute to consider that it's from a "blue collar" brewer. Anheuser Busch…red, white and blue… really?… seriously? Pick on a micro brew, why dont'cha? Budweiser has been getting America drunk for how long now? C'mon, it's just beer. It tastes like beer, it looks and smells like beer. Actually, it's pretty darn good for malt liquor. For those of you pedants complaining about it's lack of head… perhaps you should learn how to pour a beer.
I copped a buzz off of half a 25 ouncer and I'm likely to either drink the rest or cook with it. Think about it… the time wasted on a bad review could be spent drinking Bass, Guiness or Fosters. I mean, really, you like their Super Bowl commercials, right? They always make me smile and sometimes even bring a tear to my eye. OMG…this site is for connossieurs, right? If you don't like it why don't you drink a glass of water instead.
Serving type: can
05-18-2014 20:09:44 | More by articulatte
2.53/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
As a rule the idea of malt liquor does not excite me in any way. I even find the idea a little repellent based on past experience. That said, this one is not awful, but its not something I would recommend either.
Pours a moderate head that settles to a partial ring. Occasional spotty lace. Slightly hazed yellow gold with very fine carbonation. Aroma is non-existent. Taste-wise it's pretty much equally lifeless, maybe the merest hit of malt. A touch syrupy.
Uninspired, but not offensive. Good buzz factor at +8% if that is your mission.
Serving type: can
04-20-2014 15:48:29 | More by TerryW
Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
59 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.