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Hurricane Malt LiquorHurricane Malt Liquor

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hurricane Malt Liquor is full-bodied and robust and offers a smooth, slightly fruity and slightly sweet taste.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1/5  rDev -54.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
1.06/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Fellow BA, Genaro picked this 22 oz wide mouth bottle up from a gas station in rural Georgia, so we were expecting this to be a top-notch "Craft" brew. Turns out to be a "Crap" brew. This has to be the most horrible malt liquor ever brewed. The pale yellow color is no warning for the nasty tasting corn-mealy malt. The hops must be the cheapest available. Sugary sweet and cardboard flavored. It's bland and offensive at once. The pasty and alcoholic aroma is offensive. Shame on the Busch family for producing this “beer.” Just whom are they trying to hook on this awful swill? I couldn't find the "Might cause Blindness or permanent liver dysfunction” on the warning label. Hiss Boo, absolutely horrible!

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Photo of Charthepirate
1.3/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

God awful. I'm normally not one to scoff at cheap beers, but this was truly awful. Drank mainly from the 40, but I poured a little out for review sake. No head, even with an agressive pour, and left this weird dotty stuff on the glass. Not a lacing, just.. gunk.

Smelled of nothing, slight fermenting corn smell.

For the love of god, do not let this beer hit your lips. The smell of fermenting corn comes even stronger on the taste. Fermented ass juice is most appropriate, no hops, no bitter, just ass. Finish is watery. only reedeming factor, the flavor is weak.

This beer is so flavorless it's easy to drink, but that's about it's only redeeming characteristic. Blah.


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Photo of GNR4life2
1.35/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I wanna be a young man again!! My buddies and I drank this all the time! We were "wiggers" and would getsix 40ozers for$10 bucks. I remember when we used to drink down to the label then fill it back up with orange juice!

A: I always like the look of this. I dont know why buy I just loved the golden white foam color.

S: Oh it smells god awful. Smells like a skunk pissed in a natural ice supply. Best to drink while holding your nose.

T: Very malty,heavy and disgusting. Just dont taste it. Swallow it quickly. But by your 2nd one you wont care about taste,

M:Heavy,hoppy,and "vomitty" taste.

D: I wouldnt really drink this again except for memories even then I would have to "beer pong it".

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Photo of rye726
1.41/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden yellow color with not much of a head. Like most malt liquors, I don't think this is meant for glasses. The nose has some corn syrup like malts. Very light though. The taste is of corny alcohol and not much else. Somwhat full, but not at all enjoyable.

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Photo of rgb2807
1.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is definitely the most drinkable 40 out there. Perfect for discrete high school gatherings. If you let this get warm it's like drinking cow urine. However, I think I'd rather drink cow urine than windex. (st. ides)

Hurricane is for getting wasted, and forgetting about the past, and nothing more. Its smoothness does make it easier to go down though.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Brutal concentrated urine color, no head, just rough adjunct malt liquor appearance. Aroma was largely alcohol and corny sweetness with the addition of some of the fragrance from a garage that specializes in doing car repairs/maintenance.

Very thin body, rawkus taste, alcohol so pronounced. Residual corn sweetness only seems to further contribute to the rough experience. No hops. Like drinking that corn based ethanol. 85 Octane. Carbonation is high, which usually can help alleviate a horrible taste from resonating too long, but here, it just seems like you get all the crap stuck in your sinus cavity because of it. The taste permeates your whole face and torso.

This is one of the tougher challenges to choke down.

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Photo of CBFanWish
1.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is nothing I'm too proud to drink. It poured a urine color and consistancy. Luckily it did'nt smell like that, but it wasn't much better. I had a bottle of skunk. That's all I smelled. The taste was grainy with mild adjuncts. Nothing good here. Move on.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
1.52/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drank this like it's meant to be drank, straight from the 40 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Golden yellow, cant comment on the head since it's straight from the bottle.

Smell: Skunky, metallic, boozy. Nothing appealing.

Taste: Ugh, it really tastes like mild soap. The finish is slightly grassy and metallic. This is disgusting.

Mouthfeel: Average for a malt liquor. Pretty high carbonation with a light body, easy to guzzle down if you hold your nose so you can't taste it.

Overall: If you're looking for a good malt liquor, avoid this and get a Mickey's.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had during a Halloween party that a friend was having. Someone brought several of these along for some reason. I poured myself a glass and off I went. It was about as pointless of a beer as anything I can remember. No head, kinda smooth but no flavor. Still haven't found a good tasting 40 yet.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
1.65/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a thin, fizzy head that disappears immediately. Some carbonation. Color of apple... well, closer to white grape juice. Aroma of artifical sweetness, apple juice fruitiness; sour, twangy alcohol and little else. Taste of more sour, just sour (!) alcohol and sweetened fruit juice suggestions. Sweet, adjunctly beeriness; nothing really to see here, folks (shudder). Mouthfeel is thin, watery, a bit of carbonated fizz. Mostly just water--hardly even an alcohol kick, just water... Drinkability? Just make sure you give it your best shot before it warms up. Pretty awful. I try not to be too hard on the malt liquors and review them in their proper context, but this went down the drain.

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Photo of rootbeerman
1.65/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

40 into an unamed glass for which reason im not exactly sure.

A: pours fizzy yellow, no head, not even over the etchings.
S: smells like fuel and cooked corn and vegetables.
T: like corn water, with maybe a hint of malt. but it is mostly watery, and is an easy drain pour.
M/D: mouthfeel of sparkling water, and the only reason it is drinkable is because it tastes so much like water.

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Photo of Kegatron
1.68/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

40 oz bottle spread amongst several of us on 2/3/10 to celebrate Deuane hitting the BIG 40.

Pours a clear gold, topped with a fizzy bright-white head. This sticks around for the most part with a foamy look. The aroma smells of light floral hops, corn bread, and that's about it. And that's probably actually giving it too much credit.

The taste is sweet with a mix of corn and bread. I also made the mistake of actually letting this sit on the palate to you know, actually try to pick up some flavor but was overwhelmed with a disgusting flush of raw vegetable character. Blech! The mouthfeel is thin and watery and seems more like something that I would rinse my glass out, instead of an actual beer that I would sit down and try.

I tend to not want to try beers of this caliber, so my rating might be skewered a bit towards the low side but what can I say, this was some pretty terrible stuff.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.68/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a super light yellow/white color with average head with average lacing and average carbonation. The dominate smell is corn and mild malts. First taste is light, sweet, and lcking in body and taste. After the corn, the dominate flavor is WATER. Not worth buying or drinking. AVOID!!

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Photo of harpus
1.69/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Clear deep golden in color with a large white head, which soon utterly vanishes, leaving only scattered patches of foam and no lacing. There are lots of fat, slow-rising bubbles, however.

Aroma: Typical lager aroma with sweet corn and a slight, light tropical fruit note, no discernable hop presence. Mercifully, despite the clear glass bottle, there is no skunk aroma.

Taste: Opens with a cooked corn note, and a faint alcohol presence, soon followed by a slight metallic hop presence, which lingers on and on.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with stinging carbonation, rather soda-like.

Drinkability/notes: This is not among the best malt liquors that I have had, but at less than two dollars, tax included, for a forty ounce bottle, it is hard to feel particularly bitter.

Presentation: Packaged in a forty ounce clear glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of ski271
1.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium-light amberish-yellow with a small, creamy, off-white, slowly-diminishing head. Smell is a lot of corn husk and good bit of alcohol. Some grain. Taste-wise, we got more corn here and some pretty nasty fusel-like alcohol followed by a light dry finish and a touch of citrus that barely sticks out from behind the lingering alcohol burn. It has a medium-light body, a watery but astringent texture and moderate-low carbonation. Yeah, this is a cheapo alright. No reason to ever buy this one again. This is not for the beer drinker, this is purely for the person that wants to get drunk.... and it's good for putting out in shallow pans in the garden to kill snails.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
1.73/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer really doesn't have much going for it. The alcohol content is not 8.10%, that's Hurricane High Gravity which really only has that going for it. It tastes worse and I think is only served as 40's. Try hard to steer clear unless you're really low on cash and just want to get sloshed.

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Photo of MagicHatter23
1.75/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I've decided to begin my beer reviews by starting at the bottom of the barrel. Bought a 24 oz can of this with the sole intention of reviewing it for this site. Malt Liquor has one simple purpose: intoxication at a bargain. This is easily deciphered by looking at the marketing on the can. The slogan for this beer is "Brewed for a distinctive bold taste." This is clever rhetoric from our friends at Anheuser-Busch. The feces/urine mixture in the bottom of an outhouse also has a "distinctive bold taste," not unsimilar to this beer. Also, the 8.1% alcohol content is printed in font the same size as for the name of the beer. Nice.
Beer had a big head with huge bubbles that quickly disappeared. No lacing at all. Has that semi-cloudy dark gold color that lets you know you will probably be vomiting blood after enough of these. Clean malt/rice smell. Tastes just like it smells - nothing really sticks out. My favorite part was the astringent aftershock where the alcohol can be felt throughout the mouth. Mouthfeel is unremarkable until the bite at the end.
I noticed on each successive sip that I was disliking this beer more and more. Back in my drunk-on-a-budget days I would have quaffed a 40 of High Life or Steel Reserve over Hurricane, Camo, or anything else whose name has to do with natural disasters/combat. Poured the rest of this one down the sink. The good thing about this beer is that the person seriously drinking this to get drunk couldn't care less about its taste. I believe this beer would be best enjoyed 3 at a time out of a giant multi-valved beer bong.

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Photo of BeerCon5
1.86/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a light golden color, with a good amount of fizzy white head.

The scent is of corn and grains not much else.

The taste is also corn and grains. Not much of an alcohol taste for the high ABV.

Light bodied, kind of watery and smooth, average carbonation.

I'm not really sure why I bought this. Though it's easy to drink for the first 20oz, the skunkiness starts to catch up, and is ultimately disappointing.

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Photo of ffejherb
1.86/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

40oz. bottle consumed in celebration of Deuane's 40th birthday on 2/3/10.

A - Poured a clear yellow, urine-colored liquid with huge bubbles of carbonation and a bubbly one-finger white head that disappeared rather quickly. Lacing? Nope.

S - Smells like... nothing, really. Air. Seems like there is some subtle sweet corn and mild alcohol, but that's about it.

T - Sweet, malty and corny with subtle alcohol notes in the background.

M - Light bodied and thin with mild carbonation, resulting in a watery mouthfeel overall. Finishes sweet on the palate with minimal alcohol warmth.

D - This as good as I had anticipated... not very. I can't imagine drinking an entire 40 of this. To quote Bubbles: "You can barely get 'er in ya, but my fuck it'll get you some drunk!"

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Photo of ElGordo
1.88/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh man. I bought a 40oz of this stuff when an actual hurricane was approaching North Carolina, but it did't really come my way, and it sat in my fridge for a couple of months. Aging probably didn't do this any favors. Drinking it directly from the 40oz bottle, still wrapped in the brown paper bag. Looks a rather sickly darkish yellow color, with a fizzy white head inside the bottle. Smells pretty bad - sour, slightly skunky aroma. Taste actually isn't that bad. Standard adjunct lager taste, with a bit more kick to it. Slightly thick mouthfeel. I'm gonna have some trouble getting the entire 40 down tonight.

Epilogue: I finished the 40. Then I had a bottle of PBR (baby steps, folks, baby steps). It tasted like a nice hoppy craft brew in comparison.

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Photo of Raime
1.99/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ahh, the Old Slurricane. For those who haven't had the pleasure(?), drink a couple of these sugared-down dandies and you might be slllurrrinnnggg your words. Or just puking. Now, Bud's other 40 offering is King Cobra, which is hideous, but this isn't as bad. I think it is because it is smoother and doesn't leave a stinging backbite. It is also higher in ABV, so maybe I was just too drunk to notice. I guess if I had to pick between this and St Ides I would take this (although I probably gave St Ides higher marks) since it is not as dirty sweet.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I decided to pick this one up cuz the store by my house was out of most of the things i liked, and i figured trying another malt liquor.

Pours out a rich dark golden straw with a decent sized head. I really think most malt liquors (the ones i've seen) usually have a nice hue to it.

Smell. Seems to have a cloying sweetness. Small honey aroma....this beers seems quite potent.

Taste. I kept it in the freezer for a while, and though it's quite cold, the alcohol gives it a warming sensation immediately after i take a sip. Taste has lots of cooked corn flavors. It warms and the sweetness comes out quite strong.

Mouthfeel. Alcohol gives it a full sensation. Balance is a bit off (but what do you expect).

Overall. I am enjoying this slightly more than i thought i would, and at $1.50 a 40oz, it was worth giving it a try. I would venture to guess this is one of the better malt liquors, but i am making sure to only have it as cold as humanly possible.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.03/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale pour, I think this might be the lightest of the malts I have tried over the last week, with the same fizzy white head that disappears almost instantly though the ever present streams of carbonation all seem to still be coming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is corn, alcohol, and a mess of wet hay. Just not what you want to come home to. This follows over to the flavor almost exactly as it was just all over the place, but maintained that almost day old bread like taste mixed with astringent alcohol and moldy cereal. Slick feel and just an almost gag inducing aftertaste. Just not built for this one at all.

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