Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor

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Missouri, United States
Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #32
Ranked #29,989
2.47 | pDev: 36.44%
May 14, 2022
Jul 28, 2005
Hurricane High Gravity Malt LiquorHurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor
Notes: Hurricane High Gravity, a high end malt liquor, offers a very full-bodied flavor with a smooth, sweet finish.
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Ratings by Mdog:
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3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by Mdog from Minnesota

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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3.63/5  rDev +47%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Splarp

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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2.39/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
by Broski1989

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
2 by AmitC from New York on Mar 14, 2022
2.5 by mpenske from California on Feb 21, 2022
2.73 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 14, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev +68.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by yetijosie from Texas

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
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2.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25
by md3kcn from North Carolina

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
2.5 by mattjp03 from Alabama on Oct 08, 2021
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3.47/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BCole281 from Texas

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
2.22 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Apr 25, 2021
2.01 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on Apr 11, 2021
2.53 by GClarkage from California on Mar 09, 2021
2.56 by nosnatef from Oregon on Feb 10, 2021
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1.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75
by KACK1533 from Massachusetts

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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2.35/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

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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2.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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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4.6/5  rDev +86.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by CalebSipeMN from Minnesota

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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3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Germsmasher from California

rotton banana , THUNDER JUICE, perfect for twenty something'

Oct 20, 2019
1 by Johnlippi88 from Tennessee on Aug 25, 2019
2.66 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Aug 10, 2019
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1.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by itsmyroad from Alabama

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
1.45 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jun 04, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by 8k7k6k5k4k from California

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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2.81/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by PMakowski from New Hampshire

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
2.5 by freewill35 from Indiana on Feb 16, 2019
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1.06/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by LogMoss from Georgia

I am one who truly enjoys finding redeeming qualities in that which is under appreciated and overlooked, however there is simply none of that to be found in this truly hideous concoction.

Purchased west of Atlanta for a mere $1.29 in a 25 oz. can. Poured ice cold in a traditional Weizen glass. Thin soapy head dissipates very quickly to nothing leaving behind a single strand of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Many malt liqours are criticized for being too flat but this far exceeds that stereotype even freshly poured and ice cold.

Look is somewhat appealing. Slightly off color golden straw, but with a slight hint of light brown overtones. The smell is truly acrid. Atrocious. Similar to being behind a sanitation truck with your windows down on 95 degree afternoon. Its that bad, even cold. Stale moldy bread comes to mind. Taste is similarly disgusting. It truly tastes like garbage and thats what gives this selection such low marks even against the basement low expectations in this style and class of beer.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy saliva consistency. Some reviewers here have described the taste as "clean" and perhaps my sample wasnt fresh, but I would never use the word clean to describe this brew. The fusel is very apparent in this brew, not in an astringent burning alcohol way, but you definitely get the impression of adjuncts and byproduct.

I have found that properly pouring lower quality beers ice cold in a weizen glass at the correct angle and giving them a chance to head up and breathe can really bring out the very best of their qualities and true potential, if any is to be found. Removing them from their humble confines of tall cans and forty bottles can really enhance the entire profile of even the lowest quality of beers. This would not be the case at all with Hurricane. Even the best possible treatment could not save this beer, it still tastes like nasty 40 swill no matter how it's treated.

Attempting to enjoy this while watching Oklahoma's defense attempt to stop Alabama was a similarly futile effort. Taking this down was a truly laborious task. I felt compelled to pour it down the drain more than once, but I wanted to give it an honest try, as many beers have the ability to change your impression from start to finish and various points in between. This, however, did not. Bad start, bad middle, worse end.

Drinkability and smoothness are the main reasons I opt for this style and class of beer. However this had none of the redeeming qualities you can find in its budget oriented diamond in the rough contemporaries. Drinking this truly harkened back to the high school days of slamming flat, warm, low quality beer with no enjoyment of flavor or experience, simply pursuing the effect alone.

But perhaps the effect is this beer's selling point. After drinking a single glass It certainly impairs, but in a very rough and very dirty feeling way. None of the slightly bubbly giggly pleasantness one can expect even from its low quality cousins. A single can literally weakened the knees and had me faintly stumbling upon standing. But at 25 ounces and 8.1% ABV, this is the alcohol equivalent to drinking 4-12 oz bud lights in quick succession. So while it certainly delivers in that regard, it's not at all what I would describe as a pleasant buzz. Very heavy and dizzy inducing. Two or three of these and your night would likely end in the spins.

Some might argue that its unfair to judge a beer in this class so harshly and say "what did you expect." 'You get what you pay for", but for so many other offerings in this class you actually tend to get a bit more than what you paid for. Thats what I love about budget beers that are overlooked and underestimated. Even among high gravity malt liqours. So many of them perform so admirably in terms of smoothness, imminent drinkability, clean-ness and even flavor. I believe many of the cheapest beers would hold their own in blind taste tests against more expensive higher end lagers, with all but the most discerning of beer connoisseurs. Hurricane however, absolutely would not, and it lives down to all the stereotypes of poor, low quality malt liquor.

So if you find yourself at the end of the beer case in your local gas station with only 2 or 3 bucks to spare, eyeing the budget friendly varieties, or if your plan is to enjoy some forties with your friends in an exercise of campy irony, or if you just want a brief respite from the overt pretentiousness of craft beers today and simply want to enjoy a football game drinking the beer of the common man to feel how johnny paycheck lives, you would be much better served to reach for any of the other offerings on the shelf.

If you are unfimiliar with malt liquor and are simply curious to try it, please don't associate all malt liquors with this. Dont let this ruin malt liquor for you.

All things considered (smell, taste, mouthfeel, consistency, effect) this may very well be the worst beer I have ever tried.

Dec 30, 2018
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2.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by gandres from Philippines

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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4.62/5  rDev +87%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by cardfan212 from Minnesota

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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3.02/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by Skywave from Oklahoma

Pours to one finger head that eventually falls to nearly nothing. No lacing. Clear light gold.

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

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

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

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
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2.57/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by jwc215 from Arizona

25 oz. can:

Pours golden with a fizzy white head that stays a bit before fizzing down to virtually nothing. Minimal lacing.

The smell is of light malt and alcohol. Typical cheap malt liquor aroma.

The taste is of some bland light malt, wet cardboard, and alcohol - and water. The water would be the best part, but the water tastes like it came out of a slightly metallic tap. Alcohol and a slight hint of bland malt lingers in the aftertaste.

It's harsh, but not nearly unbearably so. While it makes a crude attempt at smoothness, the heat just kicks the smoothness to the curb. Watery, but not totally watery.

Even for the style, this is bad. I would take a Steel Reserve over this (and I normally don't like to compare one on one). There is something reminiscent of swamp-water, cardboard and raw alcohol that mixes together that shouldn't.

That said - if you REALLY want a cheap malt liquor and this is what's available...go for it... have no fear....and good luck!

Nov 27, 2018
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4.71/5  rDev +90.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by MetalRocker94 from Tennessee

Appearance- Deep Gold with Slight Orange.
Aroma- Sweet, Bold, Malty, Corny, Ricey, and Somewhat Hoppy.
Taste- BOLD! Extremely Sweet, Malty, Corny, Ricey, White Breadiness, Slight Citrus, and Somewhat Hoppy.
Mouthfeel- Medium-Heavy if not Heavy.
Overall Conclusion- One of the best HGMLs out there. A great offering from AB-InBev. Would recommend.

Oct 30, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +76.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Meash502 from Pennsylvania

My favorite . My go to .

Oct 30, 2018
1.43 by JWsimpleton from Oregon on Sep 09, 2018
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3.12/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by jkblr from Indiana

25oz can April 2018 (4 months old) poured into a fishbowl chalice at fridge temp 8.1% ABV. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with nearly white head that disappears completely in about two minutes. The aroma is faint with a little sweetness and some generic apple or pear fruityness. The taste is more sweetness, no offsetting bitterness and that same mild fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, highly carbonated and undry in the finish. The sticky after feel is more subdued than some other examples. Overall, good malt liquor. I paid $1.92 out the door for this buzz, so you can do worse.

Aug 23, 2018
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3.04/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(25 oz can, purchased cold... warmed to cellar temp, poured into a snifter)

L: crystal-clear, yellow amber liquid; finger-high stand of crackly white foam forms on pour, breaks down into thin, messy collar... a few thin, random streaks of lace

S: dry, malty aroma featuring faint essence of apple, pear, and/or grape; malt has perhaps a subtle light caramel note; vague cardboard note too... alcohol is relatively mellow, mildly fruity... smell has no pop/depth, but isn't totally dead

T: wow! - way more 'beer'-y (adjunct lager) flavored than I'd expected - it's only at the very end that a nip of the malt takes hold... finish is a touch watery... barely bitter; subtle metallic note as well... later a delicate bubblegum, vague clove note settles at the back of the palate; even later, an extra-dry golden raisin essence... remarkably dry all around

F: lighter side of light-medium bodied; a little more sizzly carbonation than one may find in other examples... once the carbonation settles out, there's really nothing to excite the palate here - dull, flat, dully dry and flat, barely any warmth or bite

O: I guess if one wasn't quite as enamored with the more 'richly' malty malt liquors out there, this one hits a nice middle ground... did not expect it to be this restrained - actually dumped about half down the drain, grabbed a Steel Reserve Triple Export I had waiting in the wings... probably best to drink this straight from the can, nothing to savor

Jul 30, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +76.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Stefan99 from California

Look: Bright Amber/Yellow
Smell: Very Faint grains and alcohol
Taste: Tart at the very beginning, light flavor with a hint of pineapple
Feel: watery and slightly carbonated
Overall: Awesome beer for the price, in my Top 3 malt liquors

Jul 18, 2018
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4.58/5  rDev +85.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by broadwayjoe from California

Been drinking this beer since 2013. Before that I drank Bud Ice and before Bud Ice I drank Bud Dry. When Bud dry was no longer available then I had to look for another. I’ve introduced many people to Hurricane, some not fans of malt liquor and some hard liquor drinkers and all were surprised. If you can drink Hurricane and maintain your cool than you are good to go and enjoy.

Jul 08, 2018
Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 60 out of 100 with 391 ratings