Hurricane High Gravity
Anheuser-Busch

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From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Malt Liquor
Ranked #29
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
60
Ranked #30,608
Avg:
2.49 | pDev: 36.14%
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
200
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 23, 2022
Added:
Jul 28, 2005
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  63
SCORE
60
Poor
Hurricane High GravityHurricane High Gravity
Notes: Hurricane High Gravity, a high end malt liquor, offers a very full-bodied flavor with a smooth, sweet finish.
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Reviewed by migrations from Colorado

3.12/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This is the best cheap beer hands down for a few reasons.
Number one is the taste. When I was a heavy drinker I would buy Pitbulls, Earthquakes and Natty Daddys. If it was a particularly rough week I'd have to drink Camo. All those drinks have a terrible sour taste to them that makes you cringe after a swig. The only reason you want to get drunk is to hide the same your feeling. Hurricane actually tastes fine as long as it's really cold. It doesn't have that sour and sickly aftertaste at all (as long as it's cold.)
Number 2 is the strength. 8% is lower than a heavy IPA, but it's way better than a light beer. It gets you drunk. After a rough week 2 (or 3 if you don't have to wake up early the next day) of these will relax you quite a bit. The drunk is good too unlike some of the super cheap paint thinner cans you can buy.
That's really all you need to know. The 'look' and 'feel' of this beer aren't important. It's the price, the ABV and the drunkeness. Enjoy!
Sep 23, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

2.79/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Poured from an undated 25oz can into a pils glass.

On the pour I am honestly surprised by a 2 finger fine head. The body has lively carbonation as expected, is a dark straw to gold crystal clear, and is crystal clear. The head recedes to a decent covering and remains relatively fine, some lacing is left.

Aroma on the other hand is as expected for a "high gravity lager". Smells kind of like sweat fermented "green apple" off notes along with skunk which I guess implies some sort of hopping. An alcoholic note resides at the back along with a vague note of malt. Overall it just smells like yeast that was treated like an alcohol producing slave and worked way past its useful limits with low quality hops and a malt bill that's been watered down with adjuncts, likely rice or corn syrup.

Flavor is quite similar to the aroma with some harsh out of place esters and a hard to explain tartness, behind that a surprising amount of hop bitterness creeps in likely to cover up dirty fermentation notes. Alcohol is detectable and the only positive to that is that eventually the burning and inebriation covers more and more off notes making what malt is present on the finish more and more noticeable as you drink, which is about the only redeeming factor once you actually start drinking.

Feel is at first light any other full flavor AAL but the co2 bit is quite high, and the finish is quite dry but surprisingly drawn out despite the general thinness on the palate. Not the worst but not the best pretty average, but it keeps it drinkable.

Overall it could be worse, but this isn't a very high quality beer. It will get you drunk, it's cheap, and it's not the worst thing that's passed my lips.
Jul 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Splarp

3.63/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I find that instead of acquiring a taste for expensive craft beers, it's better to acquire a taste for cheap, high gravity beers. It's a lot cheaper and the money you save can be used for cheeseburgers. This beer fits the bill, it tastes better than Steel Reserve. While that isn't saying much, it's not bad and you get a lot of bang for the buck. I'm not going to pretend that I only drink for the taste. I like to get a buzz going, this one does it very effectively.
May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Mdog from Minnesota

3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
From a 25oz can:

Appearance: Clear gold, big head.

Smell: Sweet, boozy.

Taste: Sweet, fruity—apples & grapes. Little bit of corn underneath. Boozy. No weird aftertaste.

Overall: Traveling for work, must pick up a beer or three. But the beer selection is not great in this smaller city, so let's try a malt liquor. Hurricane High Gravity is not bad! Sure, it's not my first or fifteenth choice, but it's got decent flavor and no real ugliness that you can get with many high gravity malt liquors.
May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Broski1989

2.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
You ever felt down on your luck or had a really hard day at work and was thirsty? Look no further then your local gas station, dive bar, or local beer store and pickup a tallboy size or if offered 40OZ of hurricane. Why did anheuser busch name it Hurricane. Well.. it depends on the batch brewed but your bound to have a Hurricane effect either emotionally, physically or psychologically from drinking it. I’ll leave the graphic effects out.

Nevertheless it is on par with its other contenders for pour, taste, smell and overall quality. Which is in a class of its own. It’s not terrible by any means. If consumed ice cold and drank fast before it changes internal temperatures fast it is worth every penny. If your looking to get drunk fast and you have a few bucks in your pocket this is the go to malt liquor. If you have a few more bucks do yourself a favor a look to the cabinet where a tall boy or 40oz is about a dollar more. You’ll thank yourself Later
May 08, 2022
 
Rated: 2 by AmitC from New York

Mar 14, 2022
 
Rated: 2.5 by mpenske from California

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 2.73 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by yetijosie from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +67.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
honestly a solid product, doesn't taste bad as long as its ice cold, the price is right when im broke, and the reactions i get at parties when drinking these is priceless. usually 1 or 2 people try it and end up changing their mind haha! far from a bum drink if you ask me
Jan 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.19 by wl2bill from Wisconsin

Nov 12, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.16/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Light gold body, clear; lively carbonation; thick white head, dense and foamy. Very faint aroma; just touch of graininess. Respectable flavor; grainy, sweet, and bitter with a fairly prominent alcohol presence; phenol suggestion. Medium-heavy body; some sticky residual sugar notes; somewhat dry with a strong alcohol effect.

A basic American malt liquor. It hits the ABV style squarely, has great looks, but little distinctive smell and the taste, while not bad, doesn't lend itself to repeat visits.

Poured at 42 °F; canning data on bottom of the can: 21269
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

2.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25
Purchased as a tall can at Exxon for $2.07. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Bright & clear gold with a one-finger quick-to-disappear pale white head.
S - Ethanol and corn come through first. Cracker and grass.
T - Lightly-browned toast and generic cereal grains. Wet hay and ethanol on the finish. Fairly sweet throughout.
F - Medium-bodied, lots of carbonation. Refreshing, but you likely won't reach for another. Dense.
O - Aside from reviewing it, I would only have this beer on two occasions: either with a friend while splitting a frozen pizza, or alone in a deep depressive state. This beer is the plastic jug vodka of beers. Depressing, terrible, but not as bad as it could get. If you're looking for all the beer part of a 4Loko with none of the added flavoring, this is as close as it gets. Would buy again, and would recommend trying at least once.
Oct 12, 2021
 
Rated: 2.5 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Oct 08, 2021
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Rated by TacticalKris

1/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Worst "beer" i've ever had in my life.
Aug 28, 2021
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Reviewed by BCole281 from Texas

3.47/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
25oz can, poured into an Arcoroc nonic pint glass.

A - pours a golden yellow with a foamy white head and some lacing. Lots of small bubbles rising through the glass.

S - smells mostly of malts with some caramel. Very faint boozy and adjunct notes are present as well but are inoffensive.

T - True to the style, the taste is malt-forward with notes of caramel and toast mixed in. Some fusel notes appear as the brew warms. The sweetness of this HGML was softer than expected and is actually quite pleasant.

M - Medium-full-bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down smoothly with a dry finish.

O - Pleasantly surprised with this HGML. It's certainly much better than some of the others in its class. Tick completed.
Jul 01, 2021
 
Rated: 1.31 by tylerrmj

May 24, 2021
 
Rated: 2.22 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Apr 25, 2021
 
Rated: 2.01 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

Apr 11, 2021
 
Rated: 2.53 by GClarkage from California

Mar 09, 2021
 
Rated: 2.56 by nosnatef from Oregon

Feb 10, 2021
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

2.85/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Look: Pale yellow and clear. Two fingers of fizzy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet adjunct malt, slight citrus, slight metallic note.

Taste: Barely perceptible, crackery adjunct malt. No real hop flavor or bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated.

Overall: Classic cheap malt liquor. Not outright disgusting (at least when cold), but extremely boring so you can chug a tallboy.
Jul 21, 2020
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Reviewed by KACK1533 from Massachusetts

1.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75
A-B's take on other high gravity malt liquors. Appearance is average. Smell is sweet. Taste is sweet and malty at first, but then it gets boozy. On my tongue, it felt slick and buttery. Probably won't have this again.
Mar 31, 2020
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Reviewed by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

1.87/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
It is foamy but very pale. It straw and the head dissapears quickly. It smells metallic. The taste isn't strong but is sweet with a bad aftertaste. The feel is light and not bubbly enuf but bubbly. overall, good hurricane prerp.
Mar 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

2.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
Pours golden yellow with a one finger head.
The aroma is sweet cereal grains and not much else.
The flavor isn’t terrible, very sweet but not too offensive for the style. It drinks very smooth, dangerous at 8%,
Feb 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Much better than the original. While it still rates below average, it is miles better than the other. Best consumed ice cold. Pours a clear gold with a thin head. Smell is sweet and grainy. The taste follows, the sweet in this one is far superior to the taste of the original. If I rated it solely based on it being really cheap, it would probably be just about average
Jan 03, 2020
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Reviewed by CalebSipeMN from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +84.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Now, this review is not comparing this malt liquor to beers. This review is comparing this malt liquor to other malt liquors.

The Hurricane High Gravity pours quite well. It has a dark golden body and a small head.

The aroma it emits is one of sweet caramel.

The flavor also brings forth a sweet caramel taste, followed up by a bread-like flavor.

It is one of the smoothest and most appealing malt liquors I have tasted. Most malt liquors are consumed just for the alcohol percentage, this one actually tastes and feels good!

This malt liquor goes down VERY good.
Dec 08, 2019
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Rated by Germsmasher from California

3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
rotton banana , THUNDER JUICE, perfect for twenty something's..lol
Oct 20, 2019
 
Rated: 1 by Johnlippi88 from Tennessee

Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 2.66 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Aug 10, 2019
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Reviewed by itsmyroad from Alabama

1.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Look: Looks like your typical nascar soda
Smell: Mine smells awful
Taste: Tastes okay, its almost like a less carbonated steel reserve. Really mild for the alcohol content though.
Feel: Like a "smoother" steel reserve
Overall: I make a couple references to steel reserve, which is my goto 'cheap' beer, and yeah... Definitely would take steel reserve over this.
Jun 13, 2019
 
Rated: 1.45 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jun 04, 2019
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Reviewed by 8k7k6k5k4k from California

3.79/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I can't believe this beer was only a dollar and a half at my local liquor store! It's placed side-by-side with all the cheapo beers and malt liquors (Natty Daddy, Olde English 800, etc...). This malt liquor provides a surprisingly decent taste compared to the other counterparts that were place in the same area of price-range. I'd buy the canned version rather than the plastic 42oz bottle since I personally believe it tastes better.

Overall, this is an underrated malt liquor imho. Try it out for yourself! Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it tastes bad. :)
May 25, 2019
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Reviewed by PMakowski from New Hampshire

2.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
25 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - lots of bubbles, golden color. Foam is thicker than i anticipated.
Smell - not far off from Budweiser, stale rice and grains with some sweetness. Not too bad.
Taste - It's strong in terms of alcohol and it has some bold flavors. It's not that rough like some others are, and there is a slight (and I mean slight) hop presence. It is sweet, almost syrupy. Carbonation is high, about as high as a beer can get.

Overall, a little better than some others in this category. I wouldn't say i really enjoyed it but that's not really the purpose of it. There are plenty of great beers at 8% ABV. These are just barely drinkable and cheap to make so there is a market for them. Grade is a C-
Feb 22, 2019
 
Rated: 2.5 by freewill35 from Indiana

Feb 16, 2019
 
Rated: 2.7 by generallee from Virginia

Jan 08, 2019
 
Rated: 1.06 by LogMoss from Georgia

Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by gandres from Philippines

2.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:28 PM
24 ounce can poured to glass
Sight: Amber, appears clear, medium white head
Aroma: scent smell of malt
Taste: slight bitterness, some sweetness
Mouth feel: lively carbonation, good follow through, some tartness, dry finish, slightly bitter aftertaste
Overall: good beer, inexpensive, ok to repeat not look for
Dec 28, 2018
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.62/5  rDev +85.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Drank from a 25 ounce can. Score is based on the style.

Look - The can almost looks a really nice, borderline classy matte white when covered in condensation. As it is wiped clean, the silver luster underneath reveals itself in a spectacular sheen. Although the "Hurricane" text looks quite cheap and like something you'd find on a toy airplane or similar, the "High Gravity" text, the cursive "Malt Liquor," and the winged H logo lift it up to a fancier tier. If the can didn't instruct me to "be bold, be smooth, be powerful" and inform me that this drink was about to bring me "an equally bold experience" compared to a category 5 hurricane, I would give this can perfect marks.

Smell - Strong odors of sweetcorn, wet grain, fresh cut grass. Typical smells I'd expect from an AAL, but from a gas station malt liquor tall boy? This one has my attention.

Taste - Surprisingly hits you with a pleasant explosion of flavor. Most malt liquors have an instant or very quick repulsion to them, but this one is somehow enjoyable. Very sweet caramel and milk chocolate tones to start tamper down to a typical bready lager flavor that finishes on a weird combination of vanilla pudding and bell pepper. I am shocked at how much I like this.

Feel - Normally these high alcohol ultra-cheap beers have a bit of a sting to them, but this one is quite mellow and goes down easy. The normal medium-thin body you'd expect from a malt liquor, but maybe just a hair under the usual extra-bubbly carbonation in other examples.

Overall - I never though Mickey's would be toppled as my favorite malt liquor, but Hurricane might have just done it. Everything about this beer was a pleasant surprise to me. A weird amount of complexity and enjoyability out of a $1.50 gas station pick. To anybody who likes drinking bottom-shelf beer as much as I do, this one is a real winner, and if you get the chance, try it yourself.
Dec 16, 2018
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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

3.02/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Appearance:
Pours to one finger head that eventually falls to nearly nothing. No lacing. Clear light gold.

Aroma:
Cereal grains, cider, slight malt and alcohol, slight solvent/fusel oils

Flavor:
Clean and sweet. No hop presence. Slight malt at the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Medium. Moderate to High CO2. No astringency. Slightly sugary and warming.

Overall:
For what it is, cheap, clean, sweet alcohol beverage, it is OK. It is engineered for a purpose and fits that purpose well.
Nov 30, 2018
Hurricane High Gravity from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 60 out of 100 with 411 ratings