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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 vulgora
2.93/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

look its a malt liquor , not just a malt liquor but a high gravity malt liquor

A - pale but not too thin
s - malty strong its a HG
T- well you'll need to get used to these , if you only drink thin beer you probably won't handle this but drink a veriety , drink some malt liquor , it becomes easier to drink

its sweet and harsh but not very harsh compared to most HGs but imo shlitz HG tastes better

M thin but girthy its easy to chug but will give you a full drink.

over all buy it if you want to party under $5 for 2 25 oz cans

steel reserve is more rugged , hurricane is a bit sweeter
bother arent bad

but the point about these is the value you can buy a 12 pack for $9 and 2 25 oz for $5 so dirt cheap


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Photo of Spikester
3.2/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent amount of white head that quickly reduces to a ring. A few lacings.
Smell is coppery corn with some grain also.
Taste is candy sweet with a smidgeon of bitter if you wait long enough.
Mouthfeel is fine for the style, slick and not over carbonated.
Overall a good Malt Liquor. However, I can feel a headache creeping up on me and I haven't come close to finishing this can.
From a 24 ounce can, I couldn't get my son to help me with this one.

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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 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 iman99
3.42/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hi well my old rating was 2.5 without the whole review and after closely inspecting this beer and drinking more and more of it and others my score has increased. I just drank one of these and honestly this is an amazing beer. I just bought a 16 oz for $1.06 some places they might be about $1.25 or so well anyways the beer tastes really good for 8.1 % alc and the buzz you get is very nice waaayyy better than 211 thats all i got to say. have a nice day

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Photo of buschbeer
2.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

24 ounce can
Served in a pint glass

A - It is gold in color and effervescent. I got about two inches of white head.

S - It is sweet smelling with some grain and grass aromas.

T - It is sweet with a grain-like taste.

M - Thin

O - If drinking a 24 ounce can on the way home from work were legal, I would do it. It is cheap and gives some bang for the buck.

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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 Serick507
2.7/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from a can into a weizenbier glass.

A: Deep yellow/ golden, moderate amount of streaming bubbles, no head to speak of.

S: Sweet, corn, small amount of booze, pretty mild on the nose.

T: Sweet, grain, more flavor as time went on,minimal amount hop bitterness on the end. The booze wasn't really apparent to me.

M:Light like water

O:For the style it's a decent malt liquor, pretty darn drinkable for the ABV. If your a malt liqour fan you would most likely enjoy this very much so.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.96/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 can for a dollar and a half

appearance is a clear bright yellow. smell is fusel alcohol with sweet grainy corn. taste is better than expected, sweet syrupy malt, corn and grain, with a heavy alcohol presence.

better than I expected but I probably won't buy again

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Photo of JoLight
2.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - light gold body, with a stark-white, one-and-a-half finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves some lacing.

Aroma - sweet, adjuncty, no malt, and some alcohol.

Taste - Sweet, grainy, and a prevalent punch of alcohol.

Finish - dry, crisp, refreshing.

Overall, this beer has too much of an alcohol flavor for my preference.

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Photo of jsisko01
2.28/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, perfect golden color with a half inch head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a nice creamy looking lacing.

Smell - Has an amazing aroma.. Very sweet, malty, lemony, and corny. After a few whiffs you can start detecting the alcohol though..

Taste - The high ABV surprisingly isn't as bad as I thought it would be. But it's still not enjoyable whatsoever.. lol. The malts aren't so present. All I really taste is corn and grains dominated by alcohol. Might as well go buy some liquor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - I'll never try this again. I didn't even drink half of a beer and I'm feeling sick to my stomach.

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Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Psychromatic
3.3/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary:
It's a cheapo beer, for sure, but it's probably one of the best in its class.

A: light straw color, with a bit of cream-colored head when poured. this disspates quickly, though.

S: a bit of ethanol tang, and mild corny notes.

T: a teeny alcohol burn within a bit of pleasant light corn-syrup sweetness; fades into a slightly sour but still not-unpleasant malt aftertaste.

M: light and gentle, just a bit of carbonation sparking upon the tongue

O: If one's strapped for booze-cash, this here is the way to go. There aren't many US malt liquors that are good at all when enjoyed warm (as is my preference) -- this is one of them. That's a high accolade for such a cheap brew; AB has done something very right with this mass-market product, though I have a feeling the name might not be such a good thing down along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts!

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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 davey101
2.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24 oz can into a big ass chilled mug.

A - Golden straw yellow body. 2 finger white head dies down to some edging.

S - Sweet corn and grain.

T - Corn and grain. A metallic and medicinal finish. Alcohol. Why is there so much alcohol? Its so thin and light in flavor and then BAM. Alcoholic warmth.

O - Pretty standard malt liquor flavor that gets pretty boozy in the end. Not a great beverage, but damn this packs a punch.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pale clear golden color with a brief spate of fizziness for a head, very minimal speckles of lace left behind as it recedes.

S. A brief moment of honeydew melon aroma that pulls back behind sweet corn and grainy mash aroma. No real alcohol hotness in the aroma here.

T. Somewhat boring and bland sweet malts with the fusel alcohol hotness that was missing from the aroma fully present in the aftertaste somehow. At least I didn't have to smell them.

M. Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation.

Surprisingly good compared to most of the other malt liquors I have tasted lately. And that oddball honeydew melon smell was actually quite nice.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 40 oz. bottle into pint glass

Appearance – A medium golden color with a slightly off white head upon pouring. The head faded fast and gave way to the light film and very little lacing.

Smell – Some corn and a bit of malty bread. Both lighter and mild.

Taste – The taste is mainly bready with a bit of biscuit and corn. A bit of sweetness is present initially then fades a bit toward the middle of the taste only to come back more at the end of the taste. With the sweetness that comes at the end, a alcohol flavor also comes in giving a little bit of “burn” aftertaste. While the sweetness is there throughout, it is not as sweet as many malt liquors out there and dryer in flavor.

Mouthfeel – Very light for an 8.1 % abv beer. The body is more like a standard 5% lager; light with a higher level of carbonation.

Overall – What can I say, kind of a standard malt liquor in flavor only a bit lighter in sweetness and body. It is very easy to drink due to its lighter qualities (sweetness body), although that may not be a good thing due to its heavier qualities (abv.)

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Photo of Reidrover
2.18/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Fred Meyer, S.Salem store. $1.19..yeah its been a bad day and i am broke. Cant believe i actually poured this into a mug!! But its bright,clear pale yellow with a artificial looking impressive creamy ,thick head. paper,corn and alcohol aroma Taste sweet malts but actually not as sickeningly sweet as expected..its a rather soft sweetness, some apples in there too.. Actually surprisingly OK in the mouthfeel..slight alcohol

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Photo of kojevergas
2.03/5  rDev -17.1%
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.


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Photo of DougieFresh3030
3.21/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty sweet malt bomb. Very thin mouthful. For 8.1 cant taste the booze. Malt covers the booze. Serve ice cold makes a difference. Can't beat the price $2.99 for a 4 pack of 16oz cans! This beer is a proper sessional beer when kicking back and hanging out with friends.

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Photo of welldigger888
1.78/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a BIG ASS can, fluffy white head that recedes fast and leaves little if any lacing.Crystal clear straw colored hue.

BOOZEY, in a bad vodka way, corny and livestock feed aromas as well.

Bad vodka blended with a grain based beverage, no hops or malt. Astringency abounds.

Medium at best bodied slightly slick alchol delivery system.

For the price I feel as if I had this coming to me, 2 beers worth for a buck what did I expect?

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Photo of emerge077
2.91/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

It's yellow with high clarity and active bubbles. For as cheap as it is it has good head retention.

It's smell is negligable. Grainy? Straw?

It's taste is vaguely floral and grainy.

It's light bodied and watery.

OK, the first sip of this beer was torture. But it got a bit better as my tastebuds got used to the idea. In this small window this beer needs to be finished quickly, because as it warms it becomes awful again. It makes me feel young again, holding my nose to drink the first few.

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Photo of AlimonyAle
3.84/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at a "quick stop" convenience store in Festus, MO on my way to Bonne Terre. When I got to my destination, I pulled out my Hurricane High Gravity Lager and poured it. Appearance was average, it looked like a typical malt liquor. Smell was grainy. Taste was smooth, smoother than Steel Reserve. No alcohol burn like the reserve. It was slick and coated my tougnue perfectly. I'd have this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of dankster
3.45/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

High gravity awesome!

no need to give details just because of the style but this ML by AB is one of the best to pick up for the price and ABV. at only $1.29 a tallboy. this is the cheap way to party! the taste is cleaner than most ML and a slight note of real hops is tasteable! does not give the after alcohol burn that most ML do.

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