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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 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 the_awesometeer
2.79/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Straw color head was white a thick but disappeared very quickly. The beer is extremely clear with no visible carbonation. The beer smelled very sweet to me with a hint of perfume smell, maybe a little soapy. The beer has little to no flavor, no strong sweetness or corn flavor usually common in these light beers. The beer is easy to drink though and very smooth.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A dark gold color, almost no head, 1/8". Aroma was sweet corn syrup and alcohol. A good amount of industrial aromas.

Damn alcohol is really the primary flavor component here. Nothing in terms of hops. A large amount of carbonation. Definitely not 100% barley, this one is heavy on the corn and alcohol. Barley and hops aren't all there.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
2.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

To be honest, I am attempting to tick all of the beer styles in existence. There are very few left and I am down to the rare ones I just can't find (Kvass, Happoshu, Wheatwine, etc.) and the ones I have been dreading (American Malt Liquor, Low-Alcohol Beer). I finally just bit the bullet and picked this one up from the Circle K and suppose I'll be seeking out an O'Douls in the near future.

Poured into a Mason jar, this one had about 2 fingers of white head on top of a clear, yellow body. All fizz is gone within a couple of minutes with no lacing. Just a slight skunky, metallic aroma, but nothing too offensive. Super malty taste, sweet with little trace of bittering hops. Mouthfeel is thin and sort of oily.

Malt liquor rules apply--don't let this stuff warm up, or taste goes south quickly. It is 25oz of 8.1% ABV, so this is not a bad option as a drinkable, utilitarian buzz starter. $2.75, by the way--that will help offset that damn $14 bottle of Chrysopolis Unblended Lambic (tick!) I bought the other day.

As other reviews have indicated, this is better than AB's mainstream swill. You can do much worse.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fizzy yellow appearance, with a small, almost non-existent head. Looks quite intimating, not really sure why I'm drinking this.

Malt is boring, beyond the malt there really isn't much to it. Which implies that there is nothing bad about it as well.

Taste is surprisingly non-offensive, and it is incredibly smooth to drink with low carbonation. A little bit scary considering the ABV.

To summarize, as far as cheap malt liquor for quick intoxication go, you can do worse than this. With that said, I hope never to drink this ever again.

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Photo of rgammon
4.19/5  rDev +71%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Full Flavor main Stream beer. If you normally drink a Light beer, you are not likely to enjoy this. 1 25oz or 1 40oz glass bottle is enough for most folks to drink and THOROUGHLY relax. And not spend much money. 2 25oz are under $3 and 2 40oz are under $5 locally

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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 Grahamale
5/5  rDev +104.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drink this beer and you are a true storm trooper! It is the ultimate experience a real beer connoisseur should weather over and over again. It will blow your mind over and over. Don't just stop after a good cat-5 , make it a cat-10, cat-15 or even a cat-20. Just feel the storm surge up inside of you and let the wind blow through your hair and the waves ravage your baunch. You are now part of the perfect storm and there is nothing you can do but just hang on. Be Bold, Be Smooth, and most of all be Powerful!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.68/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

"Category 5", although I'm sure this is the same product.

A : A nearly 100% transparent golden straw color, with an initial head of 3 fingers, which lasts about 90 seconds. It AUDIBLY fizzes and crackles down as loud as a Surge soda pop and eventually leaves ZERO head, ZERO lace.

S : This actually has a fair bit of yeast in the aroma, and call me crazy...but clove? Behind that is a strong antiseptic rubber cement aroma, and barley malts.

T : This isn't half bad. Very sweet, candy-like, with tons of hominy and toasted grain.

However...The flavor disappears as soon as it arrives, with no lasting aftertaste to speak of. The alcohol burn is there, and I can feel an instant headache coming on. If there is a finish, it's more of a feel, and it's a metallic antiseptic dryness.

F : Light bodied but creaminess and burn is created by the high alcohol. The finish is drying, but also very unremarkable.

O : Feel like getting drunk? Drink this. It's not going to offend you in the slightest, but it may give you an instant headache. When you're trying to drown sorrows (I'm not), the headache doesn't matter anyways I guess. A quintessential brown bag beer.

Edit : This was eventually a drain pour. Drink it ice cold!!!

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Photo of BelieveTheLie
3.13/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Considering what this is and how unbelievably cheap it is, it's a miracle. Like Jesus Christ himself turned piss into golden barley pop. It's really, really sweet, bit it's not offensive at all. Doesn't smell like anything, looks like gold, and tastes...dare I say...kinda good? My kind is blown, my entire world view is shattered and I will probably continue to buy this swill for $2.64 for a four pack of tall boys. I really hate myself for saying this, but thank you Anheiser-Busch? I'm so confused right now.

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Photo of Furlinator
2.92/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes grainy. There is an underlying sweetness, like cream corn. Surprisingly smooth considering the 8.1% ABV. Inexpensive and high alcohol content, this brew serves it's purpose.

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Photo of Libeertarian
1.74/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Color and clarity are fine. They look about like any other American Pale Lager or Adjunct Lager. Head is white, even, thin, and soon gone. Aroma favors "liquor"/alcohol and esters over "malt", and may be influenced by adjunct (corn I presume). Hops are non-existent or maybe masked in this brew. Perhaps the faintest presence in the aftertaste. Alcoholic sweetness carries the day. Feel is pretty standard and benign. Fairly smooth and crisp, decent carbonation, warming. I wouldn't recommend drinking more than one of these in a sitting, and that has nothing to do with its high ABV. It's just too sweet and lacking in beer character that I've come to expect from even the most basic adjunct lagers. 16 ounces was a struggle. I can only imagine what 25 would be like. I had a headache before halfway through, and I suspect the sugar more than I do the alcohol.

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Photo of gomezc310
3.47/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Loook for all u hating and underrating this beer, just be honest and grow sum balls and call it wat it is.....bottom of da barrel brew...its a cheap beer with a pretty good amount of alcohol by volume. ..this is basicly a perfect sample of bang for ur buck.. now I could waste everybodys time and compare it like other beers but but dats not da case....

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.76/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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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 ordybill
3/5  rDev +22.4%

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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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.03/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Photo of priwen
3.27/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, gold appearance. If poured aggressively, a head will appear, but then vanish almost instantly. Fruity aroma with the corn. Again, the fruitiness shows up in the taste, and the alcohol can also be detected. It sorta coats the mouth with an oiliness. Medium body. Fairly dry finish and kinda sour. Overall, it is what it is, and that is all that it is.

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Photo of Newrad2
2.64/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of articulatte
3.1/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Dugganheimer978
5/5  rDev +104.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All said and done this beer is great. If your homeless like me. On a good day I can make about $30 by pan-handling, on average more like $9, this beer is perfect. Being a lifetime alcoholic three of these bad boys (about $3,50) got me wicked friggin buzzed khed. For what Hurricane is, it's worth the price. It allows me to sleep drunkenly in below freezing temperatures, deal with my painful gout, teeth and side effects of hepatitis. This is the best bum beer ever. While some of my rival fellow bums spend up
To $5.00 on steel reserves and 4loko, I can get piss drunk off three cans for less than four bucks and still afford a couple mcChickens and a hit of dope. God bless America. "Hurricane, the homeless' Heady Toper"

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Photo of nicholas2121
2.76/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor aslo known as Hurricane High Gravity Lager. I got a 25 oz of this to do a review. Poured this into a glass. The Color is a drak amber. Small white head after the first pour. Smell was ok nothing to bad ...The tease was not the greatest but not the worst. You can tell the 8.1 abv in this brew. I will say this the can says be bold and it is bold be smooth and it is smooth going down. Mouthfeel was ok. Overall this brew is a 3 nothing good but nothing bad. I good brew if you want one or you are low on cash. I will take you where you want to go.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.09/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 25 ounce tallboy into a 10 ounce sampler. The label on the can assures me that this is a "Category 5" hurricane. I put the rest of the can in the fridge, to ensure it stays nice and cold. A moderate pour produces a short-lived frothy head of about an inch. The residual lacing is confined to a thin partial ring around the glass and a little islet of foam where the carbonation is most active. The beer is a pale straw-orange, with robust carbonation.

It has a pretty clean aroma and taste, with light maltiness and some aroma-flavors suggestive of corn mash, maybe a little bit of biscuity or cracker-like flavors, with the obligatory kiss of hops. Rather slick on the palate. The aftertaste is very clean, with just a little bit of earthy bitterness and sweetness. Alcohol warming is evident as the beer progresses, with some fruity alcohol aromas as the beer warms. Best to keep it cold!

This beer is very smooth for a malt liquor, yet is generally more flavorful than other AB products. It's basically like a Busch or Natural beer with extra alcohol, and well worth the $1.75 for the tall boy. This would be a good red beer candidate (i.e., a tomato juice beer). If I was homeless, this would be my go-to beer- been there, done that, with a few quaffs of Night Train and Old English "buzz bomb" 40s....way back in the day.

Note: my review stats might seem high here, but I'm judging the beer on what it is- cheap, strong lager beer for those times when you just want something light in body yet high in alcohol...or when you're broke. Cheers!

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Photo of Retroman40
2.53/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
60 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.