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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 290
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 20.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2005

Hurricane High Gravity, a high end malt liquor, offers a very full-bodied flavor with a smooth, sweet finish.
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Photo of hero27
1.38/5  rDev -45.7%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
2.2/5  rDev -13.4%
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." (925 characters)

Photo of sghert
3.76/5  rDev +48%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer out of curiosity. I was pleasantly surprised. For the money, it is probably one of the best cans of beer you can buy. I usually go for the ICE beers, and this is considerably better than those. I recommend that you give it a try, and the quick buzz never hurt either!!! (293 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
2.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

One more daring dash through the gas station. This beer was liberated from the can and poured into my pub glass. The beer was served super cold out of the freezer. My glass hasnt shattered yet so I guess it is time.

Appearance: This beer actually looks like a beer in my glass. The body of the beer has a golden yellow coloration. The head of the beer is a thin white coloration. The bubbling active carbonation helps maintain the head.

Smell: The beer has a spicey corney malty smell. The spiceyness has to be from the alcohol. The alcohol is smells sort of like Papov dilute vodka or something similar.

Taste: The beer is pretty two dimensional. The flavors are alcohol infused corn maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a body that is just shy of medium. The carbonation is active but not problematic. The alcohol is actually stinging. Yuck! Due to stinging alcohol this isnt particularly drinkable. It doesnt approach a sink pour but not good.
I wont be drinking this one again. (1,007 characters)

Photo of srrn
1.52/5  rDev -40.2%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of xtremejammn
1.71/5  rDev -32.7%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of idResponse
2.51/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

You know... for a bum beer, this isn't bad...

I'm used to swilling 211 or old english when i want to get crunk/drunk/blitzed/gone on a severe budget.

my preferred choice is rainier ale 40oz bottles...

but this stuff... it almost tastes like regular bullshit lager (budweiser/miller/etc)

i can actually swig this and not feel like a yak just pissed in my mouth.

this is my new malt liquor of choice. when i need to buy a beer for $1 and absolutely need to get trashed really quick, i'm drinking Hurricane High Gravity!

It has very little sour malt aftertaste, and doesn't feel horrible in the mouth. not great, but not horrible. i can stand drinking this stuff, possibly more than one.

When you're broke and need to get pissed, grab a hurricane! (765 characters)

Photo of BellsBum
3.18/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I am actually a true lover of good beer, having begun drinking it legally at 18, distinguishing flavors right away (fire brewed Stroh's, for instance, had a distinct flavor that was quite nice, despite its reputation for extraordinary hangovers. Today's Stroh's is not bad for a scag beer, but is totally different from the original.) Back then, I only could try, as an alternative, non-American beers like Becks, Heineken, Labatt's 50, and such stuff.
When I first tasted Guinness, the idea of beer became kaleidoscopic. I was still only 18 or 19 then, turned on to it by my great friend Angus McDove. It became my favorite drink, although a plethora of fine imports became available, until many many years later when the micro brewery movement began - for me, with Bell's in my home town of Kalamazoo.
With that said, back to Hurricane.
I'm rating it as a high gravity beer, not as a good beer.
Among high gravity beers, this is my favorite so far.
I've had some nasty ones.
Let's face it, AB is competing for the best market share among those who don't kid themselves about wanting a buzz when they drink. For some, the reason may be a recent going to hell of a relationship, for others it may be habitual. There may be a zillion variations of motive, but the buzz is the main thing.
With that in mind, Hurricane is the cure. It, so far, is the easiest to drink because it basically tastes like beer instead of chemicals. Cheap hops (I concede a certain possibility of insecticide contamination) contribute a bitter lid to the mason jar of leftover malt. But I like malt and I can taste it. I've had some sad examples of Oktoberfest here in my brewing town, as well as in bottles; Oktoberfest! when malt reigns supreme, only to taste as much malt as I do in Hurricane. That says something for the maltiness of Hurricane, at least.
So, I rate it high among beers meant to do what beers are really meant to do. (1,919 characters)

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
1.81/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Can't beat $1.25 for 24oz can. Pours an orange color different from your usual lager. Smells like cheap lager. Tastes like crappy malt liquor, grainy, corn like, corn syrup and fusel alcohol. Mouthfeel is like water. If you need a buzz go for it, or if your poor sure why not. Otherwise it's not worth your time or attention. (325 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.12/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sipped from a champagne flute.

A - Rich golden yellow with a three finger head that has fairly impressive retention and left a moderately size ring of lacing behind.

S - Strong rice, milder corn and sweat.

T - Pungent rice flavor with no hops whatsoever. It does have a funny alcohol taste, sort of like diluted isopropyl. Not good.

M - Thin, somewhat refreshing.

D - Not too bad. There are better malt liquor options, but the high gravity world require a less descerning palate. Not good for food. This is a crunk beer and nothing more. (552 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.11/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (1,954 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.45/5  rDev +35.8%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of karst
3.65/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This high gravity lager was served as part of a blind tasting and I found it very interesting! A little darker that most lagers at 3 SRMs and some head and attempts at lace dispite the 8.1% abv. I thought the taste very clean and a little smoother and more complex than I would have guessed. Some hops help the finish and overall add to an interesting high gravity brew. Hoping to tour A-B and try some more from their pilot brews.

As easy as Hurricane H-G drinks I can see how it could create some serious problems for those who don't respect alcohol. (555 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hurrican High Gravity Lager came in a sixteen ounce can, it pours a clear orange with a white head. Smell is okay, particularly for a malt liquor. Mild, maybe a little sweetness in the aroma. Taste is definitely sweet, much more so than I expected. Finish is inoffensive, some corn, some alcohol. Better than many malt liquors. (327 characters)

Photo of jettjon
1.93/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Highs: Price, 8.1% ABV
Lows: Acrid, chemical flavor

Pour: Pinkish/red orange yellow color with minimal carbonation. Thick creamy/fluffy head leaving plenty of lacing that fades quickly, leaving little residue. Nose is malty, grassy, and off-soapy. Taste is strongly of alcohol, straight upfront with a burning unpleasant chemical taste. I did not want to finish the 24 oz.. serving. Mouth is flat and watery; a bit sticky-sweet and cloying. Drinkability: ugh… why? I couldn’t finish the 24 oz. serving. Finish is wheat/grass/alcohol/bitter.

Overall: A purty strong malt liquor… plenty of bang for the buck. Unfortunately, I believe it is the worst "beer" I've ever tasted. Avoid. (689 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.92/5  rDev -24.4%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
2.51/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Crystal clear solid gold, actually looks like a nice clean lager, even had a white head there for minute which fell to a solid ring that didn't go away. Bubbles were plentiful and huge...looked like those aerator rocks one would put in an aquarium. Slight grain smell, nothing off-putting, no skunk. Taste is actually not bad for about two-thirds of the way. Tastes like a Bud with some flavor. Smooth, no malty or corny cloying sweetness. Then, the alcohol hits with a isopropyl light level of warmth. Feels a lot bigger than 8%. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish too, but nothing especially trying or delicious. Mouthfeel is ok, has a decent enough body. Drinkability is rough because of the finish and the fact that you've got to keep it COLD. If this warms up, well, you never let a malt liquor get warm. Dirt cheap. Interesting if only for the comparison with other AB products.

Bought this and a King Cobra at a little convenience store in NC (hey, popping the cap meant this stuff would be available, too) on the way home from spring break. I think the bill with tax was $2.20. (1,096 characters)

Photo of brewQ
3.05/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.32/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from 24oz can into imperial pint glass. No lacing. Nice head dissappears rather quickly into a ring around the beer.

Smells adjuncty. Also smells alcoholic. Reminds me of some corn whiskey I had as a youth on a golf course (I grew up in the backsticks of NC). That was pretty sour. This isnt bad.

Taste isnt awful. Pretty good actually. This is my third such "hig gravity lager" this week and this is probably tied for the best one (beware Ojo Malo!!!). Fruity and sweet. No hops. Tastes ricey. For just over one dollar, not a bad investment.

Not really that bad for the style. Worth the money in my opinion. (629 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.23/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the 24 ounce can a clear and dark golden colour with a big and fizzy/frothy white head leaving sparse lace. sweet corny aroma with a slightly fruity ethanol touch...such as fermented bananas. this is a pretty flavourful malt liquor...sweet maltiness tries to mask the adjunct flavour of corn...it's all sort of cloying in a sickly sweet kind of way, but kind of enjoyable, too. alcohol adds a fleeting peppery spice, and there is a faint note of bittering hops if one looks hard enough. a reviewer with an open mind should recognize that the "malt liqour masterminds" at A-B put some effort to make this more than just a high gravity lager aimed at one thing...getting hammered. but just a little more effort. the body is pretty full, giving a predictable slick and oily mouthfeel. finishes sweet...a hint of bitterness and very warming in the belly.

for malt liquors, i prefer mickey's...but in the HG category, this one has become probably the best i've tried....too bad for me. ;) (1,000 characters)

Photo of scottoale
1.96/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Saw this big ol' 24oz can of what I correctly guessed as being an AB product, when I read the ABV of 8.1%, my thoughts were: "this ought-ta-be interesting" !?!? The born on date just happend to be the day after I discovered the "Beer Advocate", so it's gotta be fresh (or something)!

It pours a very pale straw yellow, with a pure white bubbley head. Good carbonation, but the head dies quickly leaving a watery lace behind.

First thing I smelled instantly as the can was cracked open, was a sweet, almost rotten, stone fruit fragrance. Another good sniff reveals over-rippend apricots, candied sugar and alcoholic notes with a metallic-like finish. Kinda smells like MGD on steroids, too sweet.

The taste was the same except for the "hot" alcohol warming, which reminded me of everclear. Too sweet and too rotten fruity for me to enjoy.

The mouthfeel was about the only thing that was decent about this malt beverage...kind of creamy with a fair bit of body, the sweet after taste made me NOT enjoy this brew. One's too much for my likes, can't recommend... (1,070 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev +40.6%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of barleyman
2.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The little lady is always complaining about how much I spend on beer. And to be honest, some of the beers I buy are $10 for the 750 ml corked bottle. So, quite often, I'll bring home a case of this beer in 24 oz. cans, total cost, $16.50 for 15 cans. At 8.1% abv. thats a lotta bang for the buck. Sure it reeks of corn, but it is surprisingly drinkable, especially if you finish it before it gets warm. I think of it as Bud squared. No really, it is a ton better than the malt liquour we grew up with. (501 characters)

Photo of rodrot
1.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a darkish, clear yellow color, with a 1 inch head that dissipates quickly. It looks like the urine of a person who is sick with hepatitis or cirrhosis(I used to work in a hospital). The smell is awful, like chemicals, corn and adjuncts. The taste is actually not too bad, sweet with a very slight malt taste and alcohol burn going down the throat. It tastes basically like a souped up macro lager. The reason I'm reviewing this malt liquor is because they recently started showing up in stores here in NC and I wanted to try a few just for the hell of it. I think my money would be better spent on some craft beer instead. I'll leave this stuff to the dudes hanging out on the street corner. (707 characters)

Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
62 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.