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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor | Anheuser-Busch

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Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2005

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Photo of exparte
1/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Faint spice and sweet malt aroma. It's exactly the same color as your piss when you're dehydrated. Head disappears immediately. Flavor of sweet malt and skunky medicine. Hides the alcohol pretty well. It's just plain awful but if you need to get drunk with the change in your couch this is the one for you.

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Photo of AllFineThings
1.03/5  rDev -58%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow, a C-, No Way! Really!

I'm not a beer snob, but I have to draw the line somewhere, I didn't know if I should put this in the gas tank, use it to kill weeds, or cockroaches.

I actually do drink some malt liquors, but this smelled and tasted like fuel, less calories, but a really strong alcohol aftertaste-pass on this one...

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Photo of MusaJames
1.07/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Hobo Krystal. Another beer that I wish I hadn't had any experience with(this beer was a standard for me for a long time). No defining taste except for alcohol, terrible smell.

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Photo of Treath
1.19/5  rDev -51.4%
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.

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Photo of rye726
1.2/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Goldish color with a white head. A bitter grassy nose makes me quiver. The taste is no better. Alcohol and old feed corn. The body is light and has enough carbonation for 80 ounces of liquor. And yes, this is liquor, not beer. It drinks like liquor as well.

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Photo of Overlord
1.2/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

There was a post recently about the glories of high ABV malt liquors, so I thought I'd relive the college days and grab one.

Pours a light yellow gold, surprisingly small white foam head that quickly vanished, leaving an ominous looking beer of that certain yellow color.

Smells like sweet grainy corn. Awful. Taste was also awful. Sweet corniness, and a husky, earthy bite to it that was pretty foul.

What was I thinking?

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Photo of richkrull
1.23/5  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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
1.23/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Aroma is - hello? Aroma! I don’t get a whiff of anything that resembles beer. It pours a clear yellow with a fairly thick and fluffy white head, but this is the brew’s strongest point. Flavor is at least present, but it is just malty, no complexity or depth, and leaves a tinny aftertaste. Texture is smooth, a bit thin, and barely fizzy at all. I bought it just to try something different. At least it helps me appreciate craft brews.

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Photo of Transatlantic
1.26/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Okay, I honestly thought these reviews were a little overdramatic...but oh was I wrong; so so wrong.

Poured from a 24oz can into my Paulaner mug (hah!)

A - A bit darker than your typical straw yellow macro. Nice fluffy head that dissipates faster than you can count to 3.

S - Like it was trying to be a macro beer but something went horribly wrong and a sour smell emerged (as if that wasn't enough).

T - Alright...this is unlike any beer i've ever tried. Let's say you take a can of macro beer, pour a bunch of water in it to water it down even more, then add some pure grain alcohol to it. Gah, i'm trying to type this description out while forcing this shit down. The alcohol bitterness just won't go away.

M - Despite the description I gave for the taste, it's not too watery.

D - I wish there was a rating below 1.0 because it needs it. It feels like i'm complimenting it by giving it that rating. You're going to need to be drunk off your ass before you drink any of this.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.27/5  rDev -48.2%

Had this one a few times in college, it's disgusting.

The alcohol is not hidden in the slightest, it sits overtop of a big corny sweet and slightly syrupy body. Very grainy and husky, and just not tasty at all.

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Photo of Floydster
1.33/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Tall can bought from the grocery store

Had never heard of this before but it was only a buck or two, so I figured I would try it and wish I would not have

Horrible smell and a sweet taste which is a really ba mixture with a malt liquor

Light brown color with no head, could not even finish the whole can it was so bad

Stay away from this even if it is high gravity

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Photo of hero27
1.38/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

16oz can.

Clear straw gold. Fizzy head that is gone in an instant.
ugh...aroma reminds me of nail polish. Alcohol & corn are the only things I can pick up..
Doesn't taste absolutely horrible, but very bland... flat, grainy cornflake flavor with a metallic twinge at the end.

Malt liquors like this really make me question why they put them in 16, 24, & 40 oz containers.. this would be absolutely awful if not ice cold. Thank God there's Alpha King in my fridge that can help me remove this vile taste from my mouth.

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Photo of EmericaMoon
1.38/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

No Hurricane used to be my favorite when is was younger. I used to grab a 40 of it and have a good time. Unitl i tried other beers and realized what i was drinking. This stuff is strong man infact maybe a little to strong at 8.10 abv. But the good thing about this beer is that it is very cheap and if your ever running low on cash and want to get drunk QUICK go and grab a High Gravity.

quantity not quality.

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Photo of flagmantho
1.4/5  rDev -42.9%

Poured from 25oz can into a pint glass. This is billed as "Category 5" -- yet somehow I don't expect to be blown away.

Appearance: light gold hue with no haze and light effervescence. The fizzy white head dissipated almost immediately.

Smell: light and sweet with just a little plastic. Mostly inoffensive.

Taste: sweet and plasticy with just a general off-flavor. Ugh, I'm really not fond of this. It's also sour -- and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel: very light body with a moderate effervescence. Not interesting.

Overall: this is just an unfortunate beer. Its flavor is bad *for the style*, which is really saying something.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.43/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a pale golden color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of sweetness like creamed corn and a little grass. Tastes a lot like corn and booze mixed together like ethanol or something would. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkability is well below average.

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Photo of nicksta
1.49/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Drink the worst beers first just to get them out of the way. It pours okay, light piss yellow with a fair head that doesn't die. The smell is, oh my god, sweet like Camo tastes, so gross. The taste is bad at best, sorta, not really sweet with a strong bitter taste that rounds it out, but try chugging and that old sweet taste rears its head. BARF! The mouthfeel is terrible- watery with carbonation that coats your mouth. With this taste and mouthfeel you know the drinkability is going to be shitty. There are much better malt liquors out there. Best case scenario this is an alternative to the Camos.

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Photo of srrn
1.52/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bought this can at the local gas station. This beer poured fairly well with a nice amber orange hue. For a cheap lager it looked good. Smell was corn with a bit of pepper. The taste was as it smelled, lot's of corn. I could not finish this beer and as it got warmer drinkability got worse.

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Photo of CBorg
1.56/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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Photo of keeganfrank
1.56/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Our corner shop doesn't have much variety, so I tend to try anything new that they get in. Dark gold-brown beer with not much head but lots of carbonation. Smells of musty corn and metal. It tastes, well, bad. Like watery, stale ginger ale with a hint of copper. I'm not picky at all when it comes to beer (you'll often find Natty Light or PBR in my fridge), but this is one that I won't ever be drinking again.

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Photo of altgeeky1
1.58/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased @ North Nashua Market Basket , can's born-on date exactly 30 days ago. As part of a beer-slum run, I bought this with some similar beers for the hell of it. Can looks like the energy drinks popular with the MTV crowd, therefore the 8.1% ABV is trumpeted on the front packaging.
Pours a lovely shade of... corn (mmm!) into a 22oz pilsner glass. Produces a 2 finger head with a 4 second half-life, settling to lace around the glass' rim. Very little visible carbonation afterwards.
Smells like a corn beer. If you've ever made a thin homebrew with corn sugar having replaced 60% of the malt extract... that's what you get. The carbonation that's not visible in the glass is apparent in the mouth (fizz bomb), and this overpowers all taste except the green-apple corn snap.
m- No body, strong fizz bomb with alcohol bite.
d- With less carbonation and less alcohol and a smaller container, this might be a Bud-Lite weak beer that at least serves as summer refreshment. Here, we have a not-very-enjoyable beer, whose primary mission seems to be intoxication for 99 cents.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
1.66/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I only put serving type as bottle because a 40 was not an option. I've actually had this a few times but that is probably because I'm in college and because I'm cheap. It pours a light yellow with almost not head. The taste is like licking a metal fence. It really does not go down well and the 8.10% can really put you on your ass. I'm still hungover and its 7pm. Thanks High Grav.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
1.67/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Piss yellow in color. the taste is pretty bad but let's be honest nobody buys this stuff for the taste. it's a cheap beer with a high ABV% which is just what you need sometimes.

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Photo of animal69
1.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- pours a dark golden "dehydrated pee in the morn. after drinking all night" color w/ a thick white head which quickly dissaptes leaving little lace in my pilsner glass

S- typical macro nose, vinous rice wine and alcohol

T- think BL+ a shot of cheap vodka, then throw in an ice cube

M- pretty thick for a macro malt liquor, plenty of co2 as well

D- prob. the most alcohol you can get for 5 quarters, wish i could give it a 0, esp. as it warms, if you're hard up enough to drink this do yourself a favor, dig up the other 3 quarters and get youself a vicodin

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Photo of xtremejammn
1.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For the price this is pretty damn good, for the quality...eh..Good beer for getting a quick buzz though....

A: Looks pretty average, pours a corn yellow and has a decently long lasting head with a sort of light brown body. Nothing special.

S: Smells a bit spicy, with cheap-o malts. Kinda drunk now.

T: Tastes spicy with a bit of a seltzer taste. I get an aftertaste of olives, along with a slight unpleasent dryness. Not impressed.

M: The taste makes it a bit hard going down, eh.

D: A slight acidic burn to the backof my throat after a drink. With the taste, some might heave.

Bottom Line, if you need a bit of a pick me up, had a bad day at work, and/or low on cash, this is your beer of choice. Although it's it's not much for taste.

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Photo of BeerBob
1.73/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hurricane High Gravity Lager pours a dark amber from a 24oz aluminum pop top can. Born on date printed on the bottom of the can is 06 JUL 05 for this review. Head goes to well over three fingers of light tan finely packed bubbles before turning ever so slightly rocky and collapsing to a firm cap of foam with a good amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.

Nose is a damp sweet corn adjunct with alcohol vapors. Palate is cloy sweet corn adjunct with the warmth of the 8.1% alcohol on the lips, the tongue, and the tummy. There is a bitter hops component to this profile but the bitter is battered down with the cloy sweet corn before much of an impression can be made on the senses. The level of carbonation is more than enough for a pleasing presentation pouring, but not strong enough to move this very viscus fluid away from the taste buds on my tongue, so the sting of carbonation is not a predominant factor with this brew.

Hurricane High Gravity Lager with its eye pleasing colour and a good head of foam complete with lacing plus the 8.1% alcohol by volume will win some beer drinkers over to the HGL side... but it’s once around the block for me.

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