Hurricane Malt Liquor

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Missouri, United States
Malt Liquor
Ranked #53
Ranked #30,259
2.03 | pDev: 40.89%
Mar 21, 2023
Aug 01, 2002
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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Rated: 3.71 by morsa_95 from California

Mar 21, 2023
Rated: 1.17 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Feb 14, 2023
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Had that one time at a party back in the day. I have had a wicked lot of beers from these guys, most of which are not at all good whatsoever, this included.
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Jan 01, 2023
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

1.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Purchased as a single tall can from Exxon for $2.99. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear goldenrod, with a minimal pale white head.
S - Slight ethanol on the nose. Corn flakes. Refined wheat.
T - Same as the aroma, but with a little bit of a metallic note (I'll blame it on the can). A little bit like dryer lint, as well.
F - Light-bodied, with plenty of carbonation. Really easy-to-drink, if you ignore the taste.
O - It's pretty bad, but one of the better macro malt liquors out there. Not as good as OE800, but better than Mickey's. I've had this before, but this is the only time I've gotten to actually give it a review. If you're pre-gaming before a big trip to a Goodwill to look for parts to build a space shuttle, this is the brew for you!
Apr 26, 2022
Rated: 2.58 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 14, 2022
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Rated by BMBCLT from South Carolina

1.17/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1
Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

3.12/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
L: A very nice clear, hold with a hint of amber and a full white head that quickly dissolves into a thin ring and islands
S: corn, malts, no hops or off aromas
T: okay. a mild corn sweetness with some apple or pear, a bit of buttered biscuit, and the slightest hint of hops.
F: mildly carbonated, slightly sweet at the front of the swallow, fairly smooth going down, and leaving a very slight pepper on your tongue and a slightly bitter sweet aftertaste
O: this is the driest and lightest tasting on the malt liquors I've tried. You can tell it shares the AB bloodline, in a blind test Hurricane could easily be mistaken for one of the Budweiser or Busch beers. If you like Bud, you'll probably like Hurricane.
Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
The head fizzled away fairly quickly, but there are still a large amount of bubbles forming an rising to the top to quickly have their gas escape into the world.

The nose is a mix of malt and weak brown sugar sweetness and metallic medicinal notes that are filling in for hop bitterness in an unsuccessful attempt. It's actually somewhat off-putting.

Luckily, the taste avoids the aroma's pitfall. It's actually not that bad. It has a little bit of toast mixed in with the sweetness that it brings. And it's not overly sweet by any means. There's a generic bitterness that I might argue is slightly woody (maybe it had some contact with some beechwood chips). There's a slight unripe banana note in the aftertaste.

The nose hurts this a lot, and warmth isn't its friend. But there were some parts that weren't so bad. Drinking fairly cold was better.
Oct 22, 2021
Rated: 2.46 by Mister_Faucher from Washington

Jan 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Reviewed by nosuchluck from Pennsylvania

2.19/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev +72.9%
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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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.47/5  rDev +70.9%
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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Reviewed by Christian_William from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +115.3%
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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Reviewed by SugarShaneBarley from Idaho

3.73/5  rDev +83.7%
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
Rated: 1 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jul 31, 2018
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Reviewed by MetalRocker94 from Tennessee

4.7/5  rDev +131.5%
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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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.05/5  rDev +50.2%
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
Rated: 1 by caburdette51 from West Virginia

May 04, 2017
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Reviewed by jzlyo from Iowa

2.24/5  rDev +10.3%
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
Rated: 2 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Mar 01, 2017
Rated: 2.93 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 3 by wejohnsn from Texas

Jul 30, 2016
Rated: 1.25 by jbf190 from West Virginia

Jul 23, 2016
Rated: 1 by dag1991 from Ohio

Jul 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Rock_Glenn from New York

1/5  rDev -50.7%
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
Rated: 2.17 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

May 18, 2016
Rated: 1.8 by IckyT2012 from Florida

May 15, 2016
Rated: 4.7 by jeffduyedi from New Jersey

Mar 13, 2016
Rated: 1.8 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Feb 28, 2016
Rated: 2.53 by Zylod from West Virginia

Jan 08, 2016
Rated: 1.42 by redbarnbikes from New York

Jan 08, 2016
Rated: 2 by KingQuinn from Illinois

Dec 12, 2015
Rated: 2.6 by GoodBeerCost from Illinois

Nov 15, 2015
Rated: 2.53 by RaginBowener from Virginia

Nov 05, 2015
Rated: 1.52 by Caleb2496 from Virginia

Nov 05, 2015
Rated: 2.41 by swimmatt from Connecticut

Nov 03, 2015
Rated: 1 by nuebs from South Dakota

Oct 05, 2015
Rated: 1.5 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Sep 28, 2015
Hurricane Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 51 out of 100 with 258 ratings