Hurricane Malt Liquor | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
240
Reviews:
79
Avg:
2.21
pDev:
36.2%
 
 
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7
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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev +38%
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

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Photo of caburdette51
1/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of jzlyo
2.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of JLK7299
2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.93/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jbf190
1.25/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of dag1991
1/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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 cmbeddoe7997
2.17/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of IckyT2012
1.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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4.7/5  rDev +112.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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1.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

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2.53/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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1.42/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

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look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

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2.53/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Caleb2496
1.52/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

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2.41/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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Hurricane Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
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