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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
59
awful

275 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 2.39
pDev: 34.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hurricane High Gravity, a high end malt liquor, offers a very full-bodied flavor with a smooth, sweet finish.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2005)
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Reviews by Treath:
Photo of Treath
1.16/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is from a 24oz can.

A- A slightly darker yellow than a Budweiser. Leaves a good amount of frothy head and a tiny bit of lacing.

S- Musky corn, alcohol

T- It tastes like a very corn forward beer and alcohol. Very little, if any malt. Metal taste. Once it warms up, the alcohol taste is #1 and the corn is even more evident.

D- I don't find this too drinkable, unless it's super cold.

M- It has a good amount of carbonation, light although slick.

O- Overall, I feel this is just a high abv% corn based beer with no malt in it. I thought it would be a nice malty malt liquor, but this was not the case. I'm pretty disappointed in this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big ass 24 oz can, almost looks like one of those energy drink cans. "Born On Date" on the bottom of the can.

A- Weather golden straw hue, great clarity as the bubbles race to the top to keep the thin but sturdy white lace afloat.

S- Clean but strong alcohol aroma, smells of really cheap vodka. Anyone remember Mr. Boston Vodka? Faint maltiness and cereal grain in the nose.

T&M- Very smooth in a medium body, a tad slick on the palate ... I would have expected a crisper palate for the style. Slightly malty with a cooked corn and horse feed flavor. Mild hop bitterness, just enough to balance. Alcohol has a spicy and warming sting. Finishes dry and clean with a lingering alcohol.

D- Perhaps one of the best malt liquors out there, no real astringent qualities to this at all ... certainly the cleanest malt liquor I have ever tasted. Went great with some homemade spinach dip and ritz crackers.

Photo of SteveJeremy
3.05/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hurricane is a surprisingly solid malt liquor, arguably my favorite of the ones I've tried. Many of them are either far too thin to be enjoyed, suffer from a pungent taste if their temperature drops just a few degrees, or shamelessly bear their alcohol in the taste, making for an unappetizing experience (I'm looking at you, Camo Silver Ice and sighing whenever I see the Camo Black Extra 24oz can in my fridge). Hurricane doesn't provide an overcompensating palette of flavors nor does it find itself being too thin and basic to really be enjoyed on a level other than a dirt-cheap malt liquor. It's genuinely pleasing, packs a simple but refreshing taste to it, and provides a nice buzz if the can is drank fast enough. It's a marginally-winning combination.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser Busch Hurricane High Gravity Lager...
8.1 % alcohol/volume. Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

A- Eye catching deep yellow almost golden colored fluid with nice one inch head that falls to a pretty decent froth and ring around the glass. Leaves little to none lacing.

S- Heavy hints of corn straw and alcohol esters are upfronts. Light sweet malts in the back of the nose.

T-M- Taste is of strong grainy alcohol, slick sweet malts with a slight yeasty edge. Flavors are melded into a boozy sweet malted beer. Mouthfeel is decent with the strength of this beer smooth and slick with one hell of a bite from the alcohol.

D- For a malt liquor not to bad but for only light drinking occasions.

Photo of GameOfBeers
1.64/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Dmann
2.8/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, this one caught me off guard. I thought it was going to be another awfull malt liquor but it turned out to be not half bad. The pour was decent with a nice frothy white head that lasted till the end and the beer had a decent light amber color. The smell was pure grain and dingy malt as to be expected. But the taste was decent for a malt liquor....it had a very sweet malty front then it moved into a slightly grainy middle and finished with lingering sweetness that was quite agreeable for a malt liquor. If you want a smoothe malt liquor that is not half bad, take a stab at this one.

Photo of markallmon
1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of TimoP
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of badbeer
3.45/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, nice white head, actually leaves some lacing. Some corn and grain noticed in the smell, even some banana maybe, and a small hop presence. Taste starts out fairly clean but has a grainy and floral finish. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. I really expected this to suck, but I'm glad I tried it, it's actually alright. This could get dangerous considering what you get for the price.

Photo of Mora2000
2.05/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this canned greatness.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong corn. No doubt what this beer is brewed with. The flavor is very sweet corn with the slightest hint of orange citrus. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. For a macro-produced malt liquor this is not terrible, but compared to regular beers, this is one to avoid.

Photo of CBorg
1.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I bought it expecting it to be your ordinary, run of the mill flavorless cheap malt liquor. Boy was I wrong! The moment I got this stuff in my mouth I wished I had just left it in the cooler. One of my buddies described it as "liquid ass," and I don't think he was far off.

Photo of Franziskaner
2.79/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It looks like apple juice. There's odd golden brown color to it with excellent clarity and vibrant carbonation bubbles. No head whatsoever. Faint cereal grain lager yeast aroma. The taste is a mix of cereal grains. Like a sweeter version of honey nut Cheerios. The mouth is moderately carbonated and yet designed to be quite smooth.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark yellow to light copper color, white head. Too much alcohol aroma mixed with corn. Ugh. Can I knock appearance points for having to go to unsavory corner liquor marts to find this?

Smoother on the palate, but still, alcohol seems omniprescient in this. Cereal like grainness along the lines of Corn Flakes, sweet like, almost fruityness comes along midbottle. Thin body keeps the alcohol around in the mouthfeel.

Not horrible, but I can't imagine a locale that doesn't have something better to drink. And if you're poor, get a better job.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.93/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: 24oz can High Gravity another malt liquor during our sampling of varietal malt liquors, appears pale golden white head dwindles quickly leaves specks of lacing not too apetizing. Aroma: Chemical mix of alcohol corn and rice adjunct ridden tones with some creamed corn sweetness and evident alcohol at 8.1%. Taste: Cleaner in flavor than the last Camo consumed flows down with a touch of bitterness and corn and rice sweetness with alcohol being a dominant component of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit high body light-medium coats the palate with a layer of chemical lacquer. Drinkability: Well, not as bad as the worst malt liquor goes down with somewhat of a rough viscosity.

Photo of richkrull
1.2/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Dark orange color

S - Pretty bad. Heavy alcohol smell. Doesn't really smell like any type of beer.

T - Gross. this is not good. The alcohol overpowers any flavor that might be there. It's a little fruity but that's about all that comes through.

M - Ehh OK. Very thin, bubbly similar to an energy drink.

D - Almost none. This isn't even good to drink if you're looking to get hammered despite the high alcohol content. It takes forever to choke this down.

I don't recommend this at all.

Photo of LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big white head quickly dies into a pretty decent lacing above a clear light honey golden colored beer.

About all I could get from this beer was a light lemon and maybe a touch of alcohol in the aroma.

The taste is pretty much all sweet and lemony with a alcohol backbone. This light bodied beers' aftertaste is also lemon filled and leaves your mouth with this moist wetness.

Photo of brewQ
3.05/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Product is dirt cheap and the can is purposefully ugly.

The appearance is slightly darker than mainstream macros. Not much of a head.

Aroma is grainy, think ethanol. Taste is just as good as AB's top sellers! Take that for what it's worth.

The finish is strange- wavers between grain and alcohol...
Still, given the context of high buzz cheap swill this stuff is drinkable.
It is what it is.

Photo of RDW
1.25/5  rDev -47.7%

Photo of BrewMaven
3.25/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Every once in a (great) while, I like to slum it for a night when it comes to what beer I seek out. Since I've had decent malt liquors in the past, I figured this one deserved a shot....here goes.

Pours a nice clear suprisingly rich gold and grows a fairly large head of off white foam that did drop somewhat but remained for the whole session while leaving a more than expected amount of lace. Lively carbonation.

Smells of grassy grains and has slight hints of corn..a little metallic also.

Taste was, as seems to be usual for me, similar to the smell..prominent grainy malts, a twinge of metal although not enough to give pause, and a slight bit of heat in there too. A very clean drinking beer.

Mouthfeel was typical lager thin.

Could be a repeat buy for the warmer months to come..I'm finding that the big breweries' malt liquor offerings are better beers than their big selling mainstream name brews.

Photo of Retroman40
2.53/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours out a very pale yellow with a fleeting head and some surprising lacing on the glass.

S - Corn and cooked grain but not unpleasant.

T - Adjunct dominated with an alcohol finish that can be strong at warmer temps.

M - Very neutral with a dry finish.

O - To me this is one of if not the best in this class (high ABV/low cost). You really need to drink this one cold. The 8.1 % ABV is not all that evident and this one can sneak up on you fast. There are some really bad HGs out there and this isn't one of them.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.23/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$1.10 for a 24oz can of 8% brew! What a deal! I couldn't pass this up when I saw it at the gas station.

A - Orangey gold and pretty clear. Has a quickly fading 1 finger head of fluffy foam. Eventually, only a collar and some smokey bubbles lie on top of the beer.

S - Corny adjuntcs and the slightest whiff of alcohol. One of the least offensive malt liqours out there. Nice.

T - Sweet corn and some pretty decent hop flavors. This is the hoppiest malt liquor that I've tried by far. This actually tastes pretty damn good if you drink it quickly while still cold. Once it gets warm its all over....this one becomes pretty rot-gut once the crisp cold refreshing flavor turns to warm syrupy crap.

M - LIghter bodied than I would have guessed. Pretty neutral and unnoffensive...the alcohol is well hidden. Warmth = syrupy textures, so drink this quickly.

D - Pretty damn good. My favorite "high gravity malt liqour so far."

Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pale gold with a ton of bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - grains, corn, and warm

T - grains, sweet, metal, corn, alcohol, odd bitter finish

M - light to medium bodied, warm, decently carbonated

This is by no means a great beer, but when viewed by style it's not bad. It has some drinkability despite its off flavors. It's dirt cheap. If money's tight (like maybe you're a teacher and it's summer like me) then these are the kind of beers you look for.

Photo of dertyd
1/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.58/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hurricane HG pours a deep golden color (it's surprisingly dark for an American malt liquor) with a thick, but not very dense, head that drops quickly and leaves only minor lacing about the glass.

It's malty in the nose with a gentle, pleasing note of fruitiness and a sublime smudge of hop aroma. Some distracting alcohol slips in here and there, but it's not always present.

The body is medium-light, and it's delicately crisp in the mouth.

The flavor mirrors the aroma with a nice slice of apple-like fruitiness and a restrained, dull maltiness. The alcohol, however, is more apparent than it is in the nose, and it throws off the balance.

It's a lot better than the standard "Hurricane", but I still feel it falls short of the mark. It seems AB is going for a sharper, less 'flabby' malt character, but without that overly sweet maltiness the alcohol is just a little too apparent.

Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev +25.5%

Better than expected, smooth flavor, amber color. This is meant to do one thing and it does it well. Drink one of these and you will feel it. Weak aroma but that isn't unusual for malt liquors.

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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
59 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.