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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
59
awful

272 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 34.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev +4.2%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.1/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's been a while since Malt Likkapalooza III, so it's high time to abuse my liver yet again with a couple more high-octane brawlers. This can of Missouri's own Hurricane High Gravity will be facing off against the pride of Wisconsin, Four O Malt Liquor. If it wants to claim the ML IV crown, Hurricane will have to 'Show Me' what it can do. Let's take off the gloves and commence the pummeling.

Dark golden amber with very few bubbles, topped with a fine-bubbled creamy head of yellowed newspaper white. Thin sheets of watery lace appear above the surface of the shrinking cap. The two appearances couldn't be much different, at least in the context of the style. Despite my usual preference for darker looking beer, Four O wins this round.

The nose is on the subdued side and is grainy sweet with a surprising amount of musky, almost body odor funky hops. I don't smell ethanol per se, but it's obvious that it's there. Again, it's hard to imagine two more different malt liquor aromas.

Hurricane is not good malt liquor (yes, they do exist). Alcohol plays too big a part in the flavor profile and sweet corn plays too little a part. In fact, the beer isn't very sweet at all. It's crisply toasted grainy, alcohol spicy, hoppy bitter and dry, especially on the parching finish. I didn't plan on finishing the entire 24 ounce can and I'm not sure that I'd have been able to on a bet.

The body is medium for the style; no greater than that due to the brewers' decision to create a less malty, less sweet, more crisp and clean version. No worries about the carbonation. Despite the fact that few bubbles are visible, they're present where it counts... in the mouth.

I haven't yet granted the scores, but it's apparent that Hurricane High Gravity has blown itself out in trying to topple Four O. The direction that A-B chose to take with this particular malt liquor is not the direction that I prefer my malt liquors to take. This one is best avoided.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok seriously I had to. There was a forty of this on sale at the local gas sattion for a buck, cmon how can you pass that up, espeially when you have already had a long night. This review is gonna be messy I know it but what the hell right. Poured a dull orange straw color with no head and no lace. A decenr amount of of caronation coming up from the bottom. Smell was light grain and cornwith a touh of alcohol, not impressed, but was I expecting to be. Taste was rather bland as well, just a grainey malty cheap mess. Overall cmon man what do you expext. This was prety mch a forty, funny.

mikesgroove, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
2.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a pale golden color with a very short lived white head.

S: The nose is not as bad as I expected, but certainly heavy on the alcohol. There is also a lot of sweet corn and rice and a slight sour and metallic tinge.

T: The flavor mimics the nose for the most part with a bit of a mineral taste to it. The alcohol is fairly pronounced as the beer is cold but just becomes more apparent as it warms.

M: The body is light with a high level of carbonation which is pretty much standard for malt liquors.

D: This is not really any worse than other malt liquors I have had, but I would say there are better options out there in this category. The booze is a bit too noticeable for me.

womencantsail, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Glugs out a clear, orange-gold body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Seriously, why do I continue to subject myself to these things? Aroma of toasted, microwaved corn-based cereal and floral-scented chemicals.

Taste: Heated corn flavor with an odd sweetness. I'm not sure why I always refer to it as an "odd" sweetness, when the vast majority of these malt liquors has it. Let's start saying "off-putting sweetness," whaddya say? A needed hint of hop bitterness almost shows up, but is taste-blocked by a wave of chemical flavor. Ah well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Mercifully, it's not as nauseatingly tongue-coating as most malt liquors.

Drinkability: It's just barely tolerable, I think that's the nicest thing to be said of it. Paired well enough with a handful of salted pretzels.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -37.5%

largadeer, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of emerge077
2.9/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All this time searching and coming to dead end after dead end... does a decent malt liquor even exist? Hurricane isn't bad, but i'm gonna keep looking. Not the best name, probably just slightly less tasteful than Crazy Stallion, all things considered.

Pale orange, slow moving carbonation, served pretty cold. Rings of lace in the glass, thin skim across the surface that breaks after the first sip or two... not that it matters much really. Let's face it, you're reading a malt liquor review.

Smells like wet grains, slight musty dishrag notes at first. Minerally with a flash of apple sweetness. Alcohol is strangely and thankfully absent.

Flavors of apple and wet manila folders. Ritz crackers and vague sweetness. Light body and easygoing feel when cold. Dry and surprisingly clean aftertaste. Maybe not all that surprising, coming from AB: King of (consistently bland) Beers. Wonder what kind of adjuncts they threw in here to jack up the ABV. The cleanliness of this malt liquor is it's best asset, and it never becomes harsh like so many others. One thumb halfway up.

emerge077, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +47.9%
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.

Jason, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.93/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 02, 2006
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2/5  rDev -16.7%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
2.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this gem. Served, somewhat disgracefully, in a Darkness glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a razor-thin cap, thicker collar, and spotty lace. Largely transparent pale orange body. Surprisingly attractive for the style.

S - The smell is just terrible. Grain alcohol, plastic wrap, mineral water, cloying creamed corn sweetness. Not quite gag-inducing, but quite awful.

T - The taste is quite a bit better, thankfully. Surprisingly clean grains, fruity sweetness, and better-hidden alcohol. Not particularly great, but not off-putting either.

M - Grainy texture, zesty carbonation, medium body, somewhat watery, with a clean finish. Alcohol warmth is reasonable and on the lower end of the spectrum.

D - Surprisingly decent, although it'd still be a challenge to put down a 24oz can. I don't understand these 8% malt liquors either - you have to suffer 50% more to achieve the same level of inebriation. Still, this would be in the upper quarter of gas station offerings.

MasterSki, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of WesWes
2.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick fizzy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a faint pilsner malt scent with loads of adjuncts and a dry lager yeast aroma. There is little to no hop aroma present. The taste is below average. It has an extremely dry taste that barely resembles beer. It's crisp and clean, but it's devoid of any malt character. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is poor tasting beer. I'm not a big fan of malt liquors in general, but this one just isn't very good. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
2.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
2.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 fl oz aluminum can served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely low. Acquires at a Ralph's market nearby.

Served refrigerator cold. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a two finger head of no cream at all, fair thickness, and impressive retention - for the brewery. Kind of fluffy. Otherwise, the retention is above average - a solid two minutes - really not too shabby for an 8.1% beer. Colour is a clear dark yellow.

Sm: Stale barley, some cream, and some dull malts. A mild strength aroma. Not unpleasant, but certainly bland and boring. Uninviting.

T: Some cream on the open and finish, with some bland malts as the foundation alongside slightly stale barley. Here's a beer from Anheuser-Busch that actually has a body - who knew? Dominated by a crappy artificial malt character. It's quite dull and boring, with nothing of interest structurally or flavor-wise. Some sort of crisp malt note is okay. Imbalanced and badly built, but not as bad as I expected.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some stale cream, and a strange crispness. Overcarbonated. Too thick.

Dr: Hard to drink due to its low quality. Hides its ABV poorly. Very well priced if you're looking to get unconscious drunk. Might make a good frat beer. I wouldn't have it again.

That said, it's surprisingly unshitty coming from this brewery. A polished turd from AH.

D

kojevergas, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
2.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24 oz. can of an 8.1% brew, for $1.09, couldn't pass this up,

A: Good appearance, actually amber in colour, with a white head, which initially leaves lots of lacing, but by the end of the can, there is little to no head, even with a swirl.

S: Really nothing, besides a few corn notes, a little bit of solventy alcohol.

T: Tastes mostly of alcohol and a few grain notes, OK in the beginning, but then it becomes sweet and cloying.

M: The lightest 8.1% beer, that I have ever tasted, it feels like a light lager with a bit of solvent.

D: Not a bad macro, this will get you drunk in a hurry, but try to keep it cold, opposite of what I would say about most high alcohol brews.

Halcyondays, Aug 29, 2007
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2.25/5  rDev -6.3%

orangesol, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I CAN't believe that there is not a picture for this beer. CAN you?

It began with a finger of bone-white head, but it quickly reduced to mere wisps. The color was a deep golden amber with NE-quality clarity. Bubbles were evident in the beer due to his high clarity. It had a real BUPGOO look to it. Nose had a definite lager sweetness along with a fruity quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a berry-like sweetness - strawberry, red raspberry (along those lines) on the tongue. Finish was somewhat dry with that berry quality lingering well after the swallow. Frankly, not bad for a CANned malt liquor.

woodychandler, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

LXIXME, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Born on Date is 12 August, 2005 as if that matters for swill.

Pours an ultra clear gold colored beer with a nice puffy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is sweet with detectable herbal hops and the scent of corn and metal.

Taste is sweet but not excessively so and a strong taste of corn. And that is about it. There simply is no nuance to Malt Liquor. The best it can hope for is non-offending taste; this one does accomplish that. It is a good malt liquor and taste better than Budweiser in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is there wonder how much Malto Dextrin they put in the vat?

OK in the drinkability department. I can't say I would seek this out but if the choice is this or Budweiser I would pick this.

Zorro, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

tdm168, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of harpus
1.73/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Visual:
Clear, pale yellow body. Massive white puffy head; but then it went away. Big ol' bubbles rising within the glass - almost champagne-like.

Aroma:
Meh... Very bready and stale with the malt. Quite noticeable alcohol mixed with some funky cooked veggies (seems to be a reoccurring theme with these cheap high gravities). Absolutely no hops, just moldy bread in the nose and finish.

Taste:
On par with the aroma, only sweeter. Lots of malty sweetness and stale astringent notes. Quite bitter in the finish with veggie flavors all over the place. There is a funky yeast taste that seems to be riding on the back of the booziness. No hops. Dry/bitter aftertaste.

Overall:
Nope. Not enjoyable. No balance. No complexity. And I think I tasted more alcohol than there actually was in the beer; and that's saying something considering the abv.
Would pair horribly with everything.

harpus, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's funny because we only get a 6% version of this in Vermont.

Pours a medium yellow color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smells of corn adjunct with alcohol mixed in. Nothing impressive there. Typical malt liquor. Sweet smell by the way. Taste is much of the same except that it feels too thin to be good. Also, the sweetness is almost too much

Brad007, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of flagmantho
1.4/5  rDev -41.7%

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.

flagmantho, Aug 31, 2014
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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
59 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.