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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor | Anheuser-Busch

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2.42/5
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343 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hurricane High Gravity, a high end malt liquor, offers a very full-bodied flavor with a smooth, sweet finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,803
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
343
pDev:
35.54%
Bros Score:
3.57
 
 
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7
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Photo of sglooney316
1.57/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 25-oz. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: 5 Star Market & Liquor in La Mesa, Calif..
Price: $1.49
Purchased: Oct. 3, 2017
Consumed: Oct. 3, 2017
Reviewed as: American Malt Liquor
Misc.: Canned on May 8, 2017 (I think)

Recently was dared to review a King Cobra. Actually did not know that Malt Liquor was reviewable on Beer Advocate. Once I looked it up and saw I was, had to go with it. Once I saw that there were seven (seven!) other Malt Liquors at the next-door market, made it a point to review one each Tuesday until I run out. Typically am against all the big boy beers, but I am breaking that rule for this challenge. Next up was Hurricane High Gravity, which I had never heard of prior to seeing it with the seven others a few weeks ago. Currently ranked as the 80th-worst beer, which was better than Mickey’s (68th) and King Cobra and Old English 800 (both in bottom 30). I actually thought Mickey’s was pretty good for the style, but hoping this is better.

Poured a gold clear color with two fingers of frothy-to-fizzy white head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled red apple, pear, wet grain, honey, hints of green grape, popcorn kernels, some boozy malts and a smidgeon of spice (cinnamon?). That 8.1 pct. ABV seemed to be slowly creeping through, but wasn’t overwhelming. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted better than the smell. Not too bad. That 8.1 pct. didn’t taste like it. Got apple, pear, wet grain, green grape, popcorn kernels, lingering unknown spice (cinnamon? pepper?) and grass. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, clean finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A pretty solid American Malt Liquor overall. Not as good as Mickey’s, but much better than King Cobra and Old English. (Overall - 3.50)

3.60 | 82 | B

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.67/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dcall384
1/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was undrinkable! I think the only thing that liked it was my drain. Just taste like a sweet, alcohol mess. I guess if I was down on my luck looking to get hammered, I would grab this.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.01/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Non-beer-snob-reviewer
2.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is not the best or worse, but it definately does it's purpose. It will get you drunk and actually tastes good for a malt beer. If you are looking for a good tasting beer, look elsewhere. If you are looking to get drunk on a budget and taste is still a factor, then this is your beer. It does it's intended consequences, but still tastes much better than other brews in it's class.

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Photo of cambabeer
2.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of HalfFull
2.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Been years since I've visited a malt liquor and particularly one this robust. Alas the usual suspects on sale were a bit thin in inventory. So the Hurricane pours a moderate straw in color and has a typically average cap of foam.

Aroma is a bit boozy with a direct malt character that tells me this is serious. Had no idea that this was a Bud product. Taste is sweet and thick and shows some basic malt depth along with some gooey factor. No hops noted but just an in your face punch.

High Gravity is an appropriate name. It delivers that but not much else. Gimme some Old English any day.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.18/5  rDev +72.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Poured into a frosted mug, a deep golden color, about a finger and a half of white head, surprising amount of lacing.
Aroma - Not bad but not a whole lot going on. Vaguely corny and sweet.
Taste - Grainy, sweet and dry biscuity malt, corn flakes, light bitterness, alcohol is barely noticeable. Finishes clean and very smooth.
Feel - Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, slick, dry, light alcohol warmth.

Overall - It's hot outside, it's my day off and this is hitting the spot. Reminds me of a drier and smoother Steel Reserve. One of life's simple pleasures.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This is one of the better H.G. malt liquors I have tried. This neither good or bad, and it will give you a good buzz without a bad aftertaste.

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Photo of americancontrarian
1.47/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.16/5  rDev +71.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Thin white head, clear yellow body.

Smell: Same as below, but milder.

Taste: Mild grains, mild cotton candy. Tastes very similar to Steel Reserve.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation. Some sweetness upfront, finishes dry.

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Photo of xdrago
2.96/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm a smoker and I noticed that with a cigarette or cigar this beer has a nice smooth feeling. The harshness that others report is gone. The smell well not pleasant with a little tobacco is gone.

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Photo of Scooby6969
3.52/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a cheap ass beer for a beer, bourbon, and baseball lovin' american. Call it like it is boys. Absolute cheapest decent drink on the market.

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Photo of Determined_021
1.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of drpimento
1.55/5  rDev -36%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is a short lived fizzy head and a deep gold color. Aroma is corn, a little malt. Flavor's sweet corn beer tempered by a little carbonation. Heavy body. Finish is like flavor with lots of booze. I imagine there's a set of people that chug this to get where they're going, while i'm chugging it get it over with.

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Photo of dag1991
1/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of pricek3065
3.76/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigT80033
3.73/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A no frills, Get to the point beer. A true Alcoholic's beer! When you want a Buzz , there is nothing better,

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.28/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

From the get-go, let's clear something up... this beer is not supposed to be complex!

You may notice that my overall rating on this beer is much higher than the individual ratings such as taste, and there is a very good reason for that. Let me explain...

At 8.1% alcohol, and with a taste to match, this ain't you casual drinkers' beer. Nearly twice as potent as Bud Light, the standard party-beer, and just as cheap, it's a no-brainer for getting floppy-stupid-drunk at parties or on those lonely nights when you realize your life is a lie and no one will ever love you (obvious joke is obvious, I hope!?)

But in all seriousness, the point of this beer is OBVIOUSLY to get drunk, not to enjoy the notes and complexities of a sophisticated beer. I mean, it is call "Hurricane" for goodness sake. And to that end, this beer excels at what it's about, and that without having a particularly pugent taste.

So here's to you, mister raging alcoholic! And a beer that will do the job and isn't particularly repuslsive!

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Photo of Hans14
1.16/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

I love malt liquor but jeez im ashamed to say how many times ive bought this.

Look is straw yellow. If poured very short head thats gone as quick as you are drunk.

Smell corn and pennies.

Taste is the same. But Its almost if you made a boiler with cheap vodka.

Feel is slightly carbonated goes down rough very strong alcohol after.

Overall I've had a loy of these because for a buck and some change its a good buzz but its pure hobo beer. Ive actually been at the park and been offered this by a homeless fella.

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2.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Rivarol
2.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of MusaJames
1.07/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Hobo Krystal. Another beer that I wish I hadn't had any experience with(this beer was a standard for me for a long time). No defining taste except for alcohol, terrible smell.

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Photo of corywalston
1.65/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

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