Hurricane Malt Liquor

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Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #91
Ranked #49,332
1.94 | pDev: 41.75%
Missouri, United States
Hurricane Malt LiquorHurricane Malt Liquor
Notes: Hurricane Malt Liquor is full-bodied and robust and offers a smooth, slightly fruity and slightly sweet taste.
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another downer, I had its high gravity counterpart, and while it was below average, it was much closer to average than poor. This one is right at the 2 level that separates poor from terrible. Pours mostly clear yellow. Aroma is sweet and grainy, but something is off. Taste is sweet in an unpleasant way, not overly sweet, just not a good sweet.

Jan 03, 2020
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nosuchluck from Pennsylvania

2.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This is by no means a great beer, but it is my preferred (lol) malt liquor! 25 oz can, ice cold, goes down smooth and easy. 2 cans for $3 at the local Weis... SOLD!
Seriously, it's malt liquor- but in my opinion one of the better ones offered. Cheers!

Dec 14, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev +80.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(40 oz, clear bottle, 'Category 5', 6% alc./vol., 18292 code... purchased cold, decanted into tulip)

L: crystal-clear, brassy-colored liquid, topped with loose, bouncy, off-white suds, which collapse in 2 min... actually several boogers of lace, gets chunkier with longer rings with each pour, also keeps a collar

S: dried grass, dried flowers, musty burlap/cardboard, soft hint of skunk; underlying hang of cereal-like graininess (Kix-forward), faint metallic overtone, dull presence of alcohol

T: dominant note front and center of a mildly-sweet hard candy with a dull citrus and/or butterscotch flavor - haven't tasted quite this shade of malt syrup-osity in any other malt liquor... kind of a champagne soda aftertaste, with a very delicate spicy phenol lingering, as well as a faint nutty husk note

F: with first pour, very little carbonation to excite the palate; even with subsequent pours kicking up a tall head, it doesn't translate to anything remotely prickly on the tongue... the body starts with a mild oily grip, but immediately thins out, leaving no impression of dimension... rather delicate warmth stirs after each sip

O: skunk not as bad as others... goes down pretty easy, and it grew on me, but I'd recommend drinking it colder to avoid the odd hard candy element - it's not that bizarre of a flavor for something like this, seemed to trail off, but lacks a secondary flavor to 'balance' it... at any rate, surprised at its relative quality - didn't intend to, but drank almost the whole bottle

Jun 19, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.47/5  rDev +78.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent malt liquor. Picked up a six of pint cans while out of town. Aroma is sweet fruit and corn. Flavor tracks, with green apple and grape making an appearance, with a grassy finish. Cheap, easy drinking.

Jan 30, 2019
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Christian_William from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +125.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My daily driver! Preferred beer in my book. I drink about 3 25oz cans a day. Don't know why i prefer over other beers. I dont get drunk on this beer. I don't know why my tollarence is so high.

Aug 23, 2018
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SugarShaneBarley from Idaho

3.73/5  rDev +92.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Perfect if you want to get hammered (make sure to get the 40oz) Love the taste but it varies on bottle to bottle. Sometimes I’ll get one and it smells and tastes like cough syrup, probably due to too much bleach during the sterilization process. Other than that, in Idaho, the ABV is 8.1% but I’ve seen others like NY, LA, NC, and CA that are locked in at 5.9% - 6%. Great malt though. Definitely recommend you to try it if you’re wanting to get drunk.

Aug 20, 2018
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MetalRocker94 from Tennessee

4.7/5  rDev +142.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Nice Golden with a Very Thick White Head.
Aroma -Sweet, Malty, Corny, Ricey, Lots of White Breadiness, Low Hoppiness..not much.
Taste- Very Sweet, Malty, Corny, Ricey, White Breadiness, and Decent Hop Bite.
Mouthfeel-Light-Medium with a Light-Medium Body.
Overall- Its a great Malt Liquor to try from AB-InBev. A nice well rounded Beer Flavored Malt Liquor with a slight Fruity Note. Better than King Cobra in my opinion. Would recommend.

Dec 14, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.05/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

(As "Hurricane" with "Category 5" on the label but the ABV listed at the top of the label as being 6% ABV - not 8.1% or 5.8% or 5.9% ABV as I've seen on other Hurricane branded beers).

"Malt liquor." 6% ABV. 138 kCal per 12oz / 577.39 kJ per 12 oz. 0.00 fat per 12 oz. 4.20 carbohydrates per 12 oz. .90 protein per 12 oz.

Ingredients: Water; Corn, Rice and/or Dextrose Syrup; Barley Malt; Hop Extract; Yeast.

Glass bottle in the classic 40oz format purchased at a 7-11 in Manhattan for $3.31 including tax and deposit. Clear glass. Branded black screw-off cap.

Pours a clear pale copper body - obviously filtered - below an off-white cap of mediocre consistency and above average retention (~5-7 minutes).

Aroma hints at graininess in addition to decently disguised corn adjunct, cheap 6-row barley, and pale malt. Inoffensive. Doesn't suggest a syrupy or watery beer, but I'm reading it as on the thicker side based on this aroma. Hop profile isn't completely absent; I think I get some mild grassiness. Suggests an innocuous malt liquor with no egregious flaws but plenty of shortcomings in terms of complexity, depth of flavour, subtlety, balance, and build. Aromatic intensity is below average. Doesn't seem boozy and I detect no off-notes.

Taste is indeed innocuous and inoffensive, which is high praise for a malt liquor. Sure, there's a bit too much 6 row and pale malt sweetness as well as corn adjunct, and it's a bit too thick, but it isn't syrupy or watery and it isn't cloyingly sweet or overly adjunct-emphatic. I've certainly had worse, and there's a slight scintilla of grassy hop flavour to its credit.

Certainly not dialed-in, but it's not imbalanced. Shallow and simple, but approachable and pleasant enough for a 6% ABV malt liquor offered in the 40 oz format. Let's be fair - there's far worse out there. This may be a bit insipid, but that isn't always a bad thing in the budget beer category.

Texture is slightly overcarbonated and crisp. Unrefreshing owing to its slightly syrupy feel and overly thick presence on the palate. Has too much weight on the palate for a beer as insipid as this. Not oily, gushed, tannic, astringent, rough, hot, boozy, or scratchy. This mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific flavours, but it also doesn't clash with the taste.

Overall, it's mediocre at best, but it's one of the better (least bad?) attempts at the style I've tried recently. $2.99 USD plus tax and deposit is as fair a price as you'll find in Manhattan for such an inoffensive brew, and this is probably up there with Ballantine XXX in terms of my go-to budget 40oz format brews. Many will shit on this because it happens to be brewed by Anheuser-Busch, but in a blind taste test I'm confident it'd outperform most competing brands. Judging it strictly to style, it's actually pretty decent fare and I won't mind taking down the entire 40oz bottle.

Low C+ (3.05) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Jul 20, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

2.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Aroma and flavor is corn/grains, mild fruit and a sweet/alcoholic finish. Kind of like a big industrial macro lager, not horrendous, it was passable.

Apr 05, 2017
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Rock_Glenn from New York

1/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The last time I had this, I drank two. I felt awesome, but I didn't really enjoy drinking them. At all. Pours a terrible yellow, goldfish color with no head and an unpleasant carbonation. Tastes of alcohol and rotting fruit.

Jul 10, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

2/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight nalt flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent beer

Sep 24, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

1.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of the local liquor stores has a buy one pizza get a 40 oz. For $1 deal.

Never saw this one, and I was hungry so I said fukkit.

Look - Straight from the bottle. Moderately clear yellow with a thin white cap and no lacing.

Smell - Sweet and a tad sour. The cheap grains are in force.

Taste - A touch sugary and sweet around the edges and the grain isn't offensive.

Feel - Light bodied with heavy carbonation.

Overall - Generic malt liquor.

Jul 17, 2015
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AmericanMechanic from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +106.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok let's face it. Malt liquor is not a good nor classy beer but we all remember high school. I gave this ghetto/white trash beer a high review for exactly what it is in its own league. Fuckin awesome. Looks like piss kinda smells like it with notes of dank malts grains and crackers. Taste is about the same without as much of that malt liquor funk like steel reserve which in positive is the worse thing in planet earth other than shiner Holliday chear. Come on people if you got $1.39 to spare get rocked by the hurricane

Jan 08, 2015
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Newrad2 from Virginia

2.3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Hurricane pours a radiant oompa-loompa orange with all the bubbles of a fizzy lifting drink. I think there's a little bit of corn stuck to the side of my glass. Head fades quickly with lacing reminiscent of a Taiwanese prostitute.

Smells like sour apples, charred oak, and freedom. It is quite hard to pay attention to the tasting while everyone else is watching midget porn on the other couch.

Hurricane tastes like America- From the mountains to the valleys to the broceans white with beer foam. Mild soapiness develops into sweet corn malt with a hint Fruity Pebbles on the back end. The flavor coats the mouth not unlike cough syrup - in that I will probably be tasting it when I wake up tomorrow morning. There are no hops of which to speak of, they're probably just being overpowered by awesome.

Pretty light on the tongue, but also slippery like two babies who are KY wrestling. This could also be due to the high number of times that I have pretentiously swirled my tasting glass around. Would like to have had more carbonation, but one malt liquor can't have EVERYTHING? right? can it? guys?

Wind up flashlight? check. Matches? check. Toilet paper? check. Now all you need it some way drown your sorrows due to the fact that college students and the federal government got the day off, and you just finished swimming home from the office. Look no farther than Hurricane Premium Malt Beverage. No screaming endorsements here, but it gets the job done, and isn't that what life is all about?

Jul 08, 2014
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Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

3.49/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ok, rating this as it is. A Malt Liquor. So it's not the most complex beer. It's not the most popular style. I'm fine with that. Well excuse the rambling, time to review this Farm Store Refrigerator Shelf Turd. Ok, this bottle is pure sexiness. Mmm, an H with wings screams buy me! Well this is a good looking brew (no sarcasm). It's a nice shade of yellow with a hint of orange. There was a one finger white soapy head that went away fast. Well let's smell this now. This smells like Western America, Grains, Fertilizer and Rust. Not much to it, but with Malt Liquor it's all about the Bold and Smooth body on it.
Still I go into this beast with an open mind. This tastes better than Bud Ice. The flavor is a lot better than the aroma. There is a first wave of grains and corn juice. There is a sweetness to this brew that is both sweet and tart. With this there is no hop presence only a sweet slightly fruity finish no bitterness. The body on this brew is medium-light and smooth. Carbonation is a bit rough but for $2.50 a Forty, who can argue?

Overall: This brew isn't awful. I have no problem killing the Forty. Bud Ice Forty though is another story. I gave this beer it's fair shake. I know what it is, sometimes I like to spend $2.50 on a single....Forty Ounce! This brew is Worth a Shot.

Mar 23, 2014
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Hartis from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +116.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love it it's something that helps me sleep and deal with my day!!
Love it love it love it it's got a kick, it's got a kick, it's got a kick, it's got a kick, it's got a kick
it's got a kick, it's got a kick, it's got a kick, it's got a kick

Jan 24, 2014
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Retroman40 from Florida

2.84/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ice cold 40 poured into a very clean glass after shoveling 6 inches of snow on 18 degree (5 degree wind chill) Kentucky day.

A - Pours a golden color with a 1 finger head that retreats to a thin lace.

S - Sweetness and corn. You don't buy malt liquor for the bouquet.

T - Adjunct dominated with some sweetness.

M - Decent carbonation level - a very clean finish.

O - I'll openly admit that I've like this stuff for a long time. I used to think it was just King Cobra in a different package but they are totally different animals. This is a malt liquor after all...inexpensive and gets the job done. Frankly I have always wondered why regular BMC drinkers don't go for this stuff since I think it tastes better than Bud or BL and packs a decent punch.

Jan 21, 2014
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aqualung23 from Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While my rating may seem high, remember that this is malt liquor. People drink malt liquor for two reasons: it's cheap and it gets you ripped. I don't really know of any malt liquor that is truly a pleasant drink, but given price, ABV, and smoothness, Hurricane is the best malt liquor available IMO. you can still get a 40oz for under $3 in many places, and because of this, if you're looking for a cheap buzz, you can afford an extra to pour out for your homies.

Dec 24, 2013
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Gingercheapskate from Virginia

3.05/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a six pack of Hurricanes last night for myself and some friends. Taste is a lot like Bud, just a bit stronger. The metal can doesn't really help it, but I've had 40s as well, and they've tasted pretty similarly. The biggest negative of it is that it picks up the taste of the can towards the bottom.

Mouthfeel is okay, as is smell. The appearance is what you'd expect, not tremendous, but not bad either.

Dec 11, 2013
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5


We used to refer to this beast as "Slurricane"

APPEARANCE: 1.99 a bottle. They gave me a paper bag and put the bottle in it. In traditional fashion it was consumed appearing in its usual guise, the aforementioned bag. Nothing less than an average appearance in this most exceptional case.

SMELL: Sweet corn, unified grains, and a sweet green apple taffy scent. Malt liquor in many ways is like candy for drunkards and enthusiasts alike.

TASTE: Grainy and somewhat sweet upfront, but balanced by an odd cooked vegetable hop and grain one-two punch. Some flaccid bitterness but nothing really balances much besides the drying cardboard finish. Definitely an exceptional and perplexing dryness in a mostly stale fashion.

FEEL: Light bodied, champagne like carbonation, and more than ample stale dryness.

OVERALL: Now listed at 6% abv, this is a cheap, accessible and easy to consume beverage. It's alot more of a beer than the fruit infused lagers taking over the market these days. I'd stick with this over many of the lime or berry infused alternatives, especially when money becomes tight. You can do much worse, sadly.

Jan 20, 2013
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atr2605 from New York

2.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a transparent yellow with a head that dissipates quickly
S-almost nothing. hint o sweetness
T-more of the same, bit off adjunct malt flavor and a strange after taste that is slightly metallic.
M-very light
O-cheap malt liquor. Definitely will not be seeking it out again

Dec 06, 2012
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.1/5  rDev +59.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking to tick this one for a while, but didn't want to take down a whole 40 by myself, a recent cookout at a friends house gave the chance to spread the pain. I'm going to give a detailed review. This was pretty much an average example of the style. It didn't have the harshness of most, and was actually almost pleasant. Most of the tasters found a slight apple taste that I didn't pick up.

This was surprisingly easy to drink and not at all unpleasant. If you're in the mood for a 40, you could do lot worse than grabbing one of these.

Oct 07, 2012
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jslice99 from New York

3.05/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed straight from the 40 oz bottle.

Not much of an aroma to it,light corn smell and some alcohol.

Taste is a little sweet, not terrible tasting.

Mouthfeel is light and it has a clean finish.

Overall its not a terrible malt liquor, it's decent for the style.

Aug 22, 2012
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MirkoCroCough from Croatia (Hrvatska)

3/5  rDev +54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear 40oz bottle purchased for three dollars American.

Decent golden color.

Not much. Bready with a faint whiff of alcohol.

Light malts and inoffensive adjuncts. Gets more boozy as it warms.

Full bodied upfront but finishes rather dry.

It's alright. Not very rough for a malt liquor but not something you would want to drink alot of.

Jun 08, 2012
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7beerphil from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +93.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


I did not pour this into any glass. However, i give it an average rating for appearance, due to the typical ML label design and the color of the brew.

Smell is also average, for the style, very faint corn notes. No hop presence here.

Taste is rather smooth and malty. Not at all harsh and it is rather pleasing.

Mouthfeel is kind of thick, but not offensive. Goes down easy.

This is an entry level malt, but a good one at that. I've you've only ever had Magnum, then you are in for a treat with this. Otherwise, it's basic. But good basic.

Apr 04, 2012
Hurricane Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 51 out of 100 with 249 ratings