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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: 4
Gots: 28 | 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:
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 Nerudamann
3.13/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a stein glass.

Look - golden color, clear, with about a quarter of an inch of foam at the top, that dissipates slowly.

Smell - highly pressured, fruity smell, kinda like a cider. In fact very fruity in smell, in comparison to what style this should be.

Taste and Mouthfeel - rather bitter start that subsides to a very pale and blank sensation. Mostly, not much of a taste at all. Texture is pretty well balanced in general.

Overall - not interesting at all, but ok in taste. I tastes more than nothing, but tastes less than foul. (557 characters)

Photo of BrewMaven
3.26/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Every once in a (great) while, I like to slum it for a night when it comes to what beer I seek out. Since I've had decent malt liquors in the past, I figured this one deserved a shot....here goes.

Pours a nice clear suprisingly rich gold and grows a fairly large head of off white foam that did drop somewhat but remained for the whole session while leaving a more than expected amount of lace. Lively carbonation.

Smells of grassy grains and has slight hints of corn..a little metallic also.

Taste was, as seems to be usual for me, similar to the smell..prominent grainy malts, a twinge of metal although not enough to give pause, and a slight bit of heat in there too. A very clean drinking beer.

Mouthfeel was typical lager thin.

Could be a repeat buy for the warmer months to come..I'm finding that the big breweries' malt liquor offerings are better beers than their big selling mainstream name brews. (911 characters)

Photo of tzieser
2.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: pours a straw yellow color with a thin white head. pretty typical. nothing shocking.

s: corny, grainy, cereal-like maltiness. no hops to speak of. alcohol is noticeably unpleasant.

t: begins to taste like a standard macro lager. you know, the usual grainy, corny malt flavor but with a pretty strong alcohol kick. not well balanced at all. i've had better malt liquour.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel; pretty bad drinkability.

good bang for you buck as far as alcohol goes (24oz can cost me $2) but I think I'd rather have a 40 of old english. i guess you get what you pay for. (575 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
2.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Fairly clear, copper color with no real head other than a very light whispy foam that shows up when first poured and then immediately disappears.

S - Grainy, sweet corn aroma with the definite malt liquor sweet, vaguely tart, ethanol kind of aroma. Not as fruity as some others, but there is that slight fruitiness. Very faint bitter grassy hop possibly.

T - Similar to the nose. Typical malt liquor flavors with a little less fruitiness and a touch more alcohol. Still has that overly sweet malt liquor taste. A touch more grainy and very faint hoppiness compared to other malt liquors.

M - Medium-ish body with average carbonation. Not as sweet/sticky/cloying as you might expect, but there still is that sweet, dry, sticky feel after drinking it.

D - Faintest hop kick and the body not being overly sticky and sweet help a bit, but I still can't drink much of this.

Notes: Pretty much what you expect from a mass produced malt liquor. A bit less fruitiness than others. It taste slightly different from the others, but it is really better or worse than other similar malt liquors. (1,092 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.43/5  rDev -43.7%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
2.83/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark golden color with white head that's gone in no time.

S- The smell is sweet with a bit of sourness in the background. I'm also picking a trace amounts of grains. It has a mild aroma.

T- Malty sweet with grains and a bit sour at a colder temperature. As the beer warms it becomes even sweeter with a big alcohol profile.

M- Maybe its just me but it seems thick with a high amount of carbonation.

D/N- I think a 24oz can will be enough. I guess this beer is ok. A friend of mine left a can at my house. I wouldn't buy it unless all I had in my wallet was 1.49. (578 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
2.04/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

My roommate brought this to me. What a guy! Poured into a pint glass and reluctantly consumed. The body pours a transparent yellow body with lots of visible carbonation and a small fizzy white head. The aroma is grainy, kind of wheaty and a bid medicinal. Something about a cough syrup aroma that doesn't sit well with me in beer. The taste and the smell may as well just be one in the same. Just grainy and medicinal. Bleh. This is kind of light and over carbonated and really boozy in the mouth. My roommate brought this to me and called it "the cheapest swill on the market." It's clear why. However, it does go down pretty easy, just as long as you close your eyes and open your gullet. (690 characters)

Photo of richkrull
1.23/5  rDev -51.6%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.5/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 24 ounce can into an imperial pint glass.

This brew pours with a decent head that not surprisingly, quickly dissipates. That said, it's an inexpensive malt liquor, so what do you expect?

Although my experience with malt liquors is very limited, it's strange because trying out a few of them is almost like a morbid curiosity for a beer geek. Everybody knows they are pretty much supposed to be bad tasting brews that are noting more than a cheap, easy way to get intoxicated.

All of that aside, every style of beer must be reviewed for what it is and more importantly, compared to others within it. As stated above, I have limited experience with malt liquors, but based on the taste, this one isn't bad at all. There actually is some malt taste there, along with some white grape like fruitiness, corn, and a mild hop bite to balance out the sting of alcohol which is universal for the style, especially considering this one is >8% ABV. There is little aftertaste, and this one actually doesn't leave a lingering sting of alcohol that is unbearable in some malt liquors.

I am guessing at BA, we are all pretty much beer lovers who are supposed to appreciate beer because of the taste. I don't make a regular habit of drinking this stuff, but I am not going to lie---there is a time and a place for drinking a cheap, very high ABV, no-brainer brew that will make you feel good and fuzzy inside, and is ridiculously cheap. Honestly, of all the AB products, I actually consider this to be one of the best ones----decent taste (none of that terrible sour rice flavor of Budweiser), cheap price, great buzz, and overall easy drinking. (1,650 characters)

Photo of happygnome
2.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

a: pours a dark golden orange color with about a quarter inch of head that fades fast leaving no lacing

s: sweet corn adjunct malts followed by booze

t: sweet corn malts lightly mask the booze

m: light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, you get what you pay for. if youre looking to get a buzz, this is fast and cheap. If youre looking for taste I would recommend leaving this one at the store (409 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser Busch Hurricane High Gravity Lager...
8.1 % alcohol/volume. Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

A- Eye catching deep yellow almost golden colored fluid with nice one inch head that falls to a pretty decent froth and ring around the glass. Leaves little to none lacing.

S- Heavy hints of corn straw and alcohol esters are upfronts. Light sweet malts in the back of the nose.

T-M- Taste is of strong grainy alcohol, slick sweet malts with a slight yeasty edge. Flavors are melded into a boozy sweet malted beer. Mouthfeel is decent with the strength of this beer smooth and slick with one hell of a bite from the alcohol.

D- For a malt liquor not to bad but for only light drinking occasions. (709 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
3.24/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24-ounce can into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Darker than straw, lighter than gold. Fizzy head which leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Active carbonation.

Smell: Light sweetness with a semi-high alcohol content. Very wheaty with some peach/apricot tones. Aside from the fusel alcohol, it could nearly be a Belgian trippel or quadrupel.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Really not that bad for a malt liquor. Only a touch less drinkable than Bud Ice. Mild carbonation reveals intense alcohol combined with a light maltiness. This brew is entirely average as far as the latter three categories are concerned.

Not too terrible. This was my divorce beer, but it's been a while since I re-tried it (as a refined drinker). Not too disappointed, it's worth the $1.09 it costs. (797 characters)

Photo of Transatlantic
1.26/5  rDev -50.4%
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.

Worst.Beer.Ever (1,001 characters)

Photo of EmericaMoon
1.38/5  rDev -45.7%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of animal69
1.69/5  rDev -33.5%
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 (562 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
2.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a deep dark gold with a thick white head on top. Good sticky lace left behind. Scents of cheap husk, dry grains, and lemon. The body is pretty full for the style and brewer. Pretty crisp as well. Flavors of heavy grains, corn, honey, light booze. Bitterness is low. This wasn't all that bad. Pretty good beer for campfires, tailgates, cookouts, etc. When cheap beer is in need, it's Hurricane indeed. (439 characters)

Photo of harpus
1.74/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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

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.

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.

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. (882 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
2.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this actually looks better than the original

A: poured a small amount for looks, a decient finger of soft drink like head which actually fell to a thin layer, and laced on the glass!
S: slightly sweet corn, actually a bit of malt and a bit of citrus hop.
T: better from the can than from a glass. lightly sweet corn and malt, grainy. a touch of alcohol.
M/D: thick carbonated water. drinks better than others ive had so far, but it could be the fact that its the first cold drink after work. (493 characters)

Photo of IJReilly
3.4/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best malt liquor I have had. Despite its high ABV, it's better tasting than many other A-B products I have sampled. And it's cheap. Give it a shot. See what you think. It may not suit you. But if so, ask: Is it really worse than some other (non-malt) macros you have drunk recently? If not, why shouldn't you keep it in your (occasional) rotation? (351 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.06/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

24 oz can without a born on date, odd for an AB product. Pours a dark gold color with a frothy white foam that fades pretty slow for a ML. Leaves some lacing as well.

Nose is frighteningly sweet corn syrup and tropical, solvent alcohols. Candied yams and honey are present as well. Bold, but I am not exactly looking forward to the taste of this one...

Sweet, but not as much as I had feared and the alcohol is a bit more tame...still looms large, but not unbearable. Fruity alcohol and the honeyed adjuncts with zero hop presence make for an interesting beverage indeed. The mouthfeel is actually pretty creamy and full bodied for a malt licka. Not bad, but is far from my favorite version of the style. Many of the "High Gravity" offerings are tough to choke down, unsurprisingly. (784 characters)

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

From 24 fl. oz. can no. 10055-NB64. Sampled on May 30, 2010. The pour is a highly carbonated golden yellow with a fizzy white head that shrinks quickly. The aroma has a tolerable malty note with a vague hoppiness too. The alcohol taste is better masked than I expected on this particular can. It really had a malted but corny flavor and left no aftertaste. Actually this was smoother than others I have had and I feel I should rate it higher than previous raters. (463 characters)

Photo of AllFineThings
1.03/5  rDev -59.4%
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... (331 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.83/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very interesting malt liquor and probably the best one on the market. Anheuser-Busch obviously took great care in developing this beer. It has a thick, white head, a deep golden and very clear appearance, and not many bubbles. Aroma is spicy and sharp, but faint. Hurricane HG has a very (and surprisingly) mild taste for a product with such a high (8.1%) alcohol level. This drink starts smooth and finishes so, but too much of this could definitely bring a person to his knees. Mouth feel is very heavy, but not unpleasant. I really like Hurricane HG.

RJT (568 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.08/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz can designed with one purpose in mind.

A: Light shade of amber with a full but brief white head.

S: A surprising amount of sweet malt and a little of that pent-up industrial alcohol smell. Not nearly as adjunct-y as most malt liquors but the industrial smell picks up if you give the Hurricane time.

T: Again, a surprising amount of malt. There are some unpleasant flavors - some soapyness and metallic characters - but mainly sweet caramel malt, with some alcohol on the finish. Where's the corn flavor I've grown to expect?

M: Somewhat watery, but good relative to other beers within the style, with a very welcome light level of carbonation. In other words, they didn't carbonate the shit out of this like they do most cheap malt liquors.

Uhhh....'surprised' is definitely the word of choice. I thought this would be poor at best. It's actually good for the style and would not even rank in the worst 25% beers I've had. Everything about this beer at first appearance indicates it will be mass-produced swill with only the bottom line considered. Not sure that some of that isn't true, but it might be the best cheap high-gravity malt liquor I've had. Further proof that AB has the capability to brew good beer (if that ever becomes their goal). (1,259 characters)

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