Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor | Anheuser-Busch

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Hurricane High Gravity Malt LiquorHurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor

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Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.12/5  rDev +67.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | 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. I think this just dethroned Colt 45 as my favorite malt liquor.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.16/5  rDev +69.1%
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 +20.3%
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 drpimento
1.55/5  rDev -37%
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 J_T_Arlington
3.28/5  rDev +33.3%
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 -52.8%
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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Photo of MusaJames
1.07/5  rDev -56.5%
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 the_awesometeer
2.79/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Straw color head was white a thick but disappeared very quickly. The beer is extremely clear with no visible carbonation. The beer smelled very sweet to me with a hint of perfume smell, maybe a little soapy. The beer has little to no flavor, no strong sweetness or corn flavor usually common in these light beers. The beer is easy to drink though and very smooth.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A dark gold color, almost no head, 1/8". Aroma was sweet corn syrup and alcohol. A good amount of industrial aromas.

Damn alcohol is really the primary flavor component here. Nothing in terms of hops. A large amount of carbonation. Definitely not 100% barley, this one is heavy on the corn and alcohol. Barley and hops aren't all there.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
2.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

To be honest, I am attempting to tick all of the beer styles in existence. There are very few left and I am down to the rare ones I just can't find (Kvass, Happoshu, Wheatwine, etc.) and the ones I have been dreading (American Malt Liquor, Low-Alcohol Beer). I finally just bit the bullet and picked this one up from the Circle K and suppose I'll be seeking out an O'Douls in the near future.

Poured into a Mason jar, this one had about 2 fingers of white head on top of a clear, yellow body. All fizz is gone within a couple of minutes with no lacing. Just a slight skunky, metallic aroma, but nothing too offensive. Super malty taste, sweet with little trace of bittering hops. Mouthfeel is thin and sort of oily.

Malt liquor rules apply--don't let this stuff warm up, or taste goes south quickly. It is 25oz of 8.1% ABV, so this is not a bad option as a drinkable, utilitarian buzz starter. $2.75, by the way--that will help offset that damn $14 bottle of Chrysopolis Unblended Lambic (tick!) I bought the other day.

As other reviews have indicated, this is better than AB's mainstream swill. You can do much worse.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fizzy yellow appearance, with a small, almost non-existent head. Looks quite intimating, not really sure why I'm drinking this.

Malt is boring, beyond the malt there really isn't much to it. Which implies that there is nothing bad about it as well.

Taste is surprisingly non-offensive, and it is incredibly smooth to drink with low carbonation. A little bit scary considering the ABV.

To summarize, as far as cheap malt liquor for quick intoxication go, you can do worse than this. With that said, I hope never to drink this ever again.

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Photo of rgammon
4.19/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Full Flavor main Stream beer. If you normally drink a Light beer, you are not likely to enjoy this. 1 25oz or 1 40oz glass bottle is enough for most folks to drink and THOROUGHLY relax. And not spend much money. 2 25oz are under $3 and 2 40oz are under $5 locally

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Photo of mmmbeer89
1.67/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Piss yellow in color. the taste is pretty bad but let's be honest nobody buys this stuff for the taste. it's a cheap beer with a high ABV% which is just what you need sometimes.

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Photo of Grahamale
5/5  rDev +103.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drink this beer and you are a true storm trooper! It is the ultimate experience a real beer connoisseur should weather over and over again. It will blow your mind over and over. Don't just stop after a good cat-5 , make it a cat-10, cat-15 or even a cat-20. Just feel the storm surge up inside of you and let the wind blow through your hair and the waves ravage your baunch. You are now part of the perfect storm and there is nothing you can do but just hang on. Be Bold, Be Smooth, and most of all be Powerful!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

"Category 5", although I'm sure this is the same product.

A : A nearly 100% transparent golden straw color, with an initial head of 3 fingers, which lasts about 90 seconds. It AUDIBLY fizzes and crackles down as loud as a Surge soda pop and eventually leaves ZERO head, ZERO lace.

S : This actually has a fair bit of yeast in the aroma, and call me crazy...but clove? Behind that is a strong antiseptic rubber cement aroma, and barley malts.

T : This isn't half bad. Very sweet, candy-like, with tons of hominy and toasted grain.

However...The flavor disappears as soon as it arrives, with no lasting aftertaste to speak of. The alcohol burn is there, and I can feel an instant headache coming on. If there is a finish, it's more of a feel, and it's a metallic antiseptic dryness.

F : Light bodied but creaminess and burn is created by the high alcohol. The finish is drying, but also very unremarkable.

O : Feel like getting drunk? Drink this. It's not going to offend you in the slightest, but it may give you an instant headache. When you're trying to drown sorrows (I'm not), the headache doesn't matter anyways I guess. A quintessential brown bag beer.

Edit : This was eventually a drain pour. Drink it ice cold!!!

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Photo of BelieveTheLie
3.13/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Considering what this is and how unbelievably cheap it is, it's a miracle. Like Jesus Christ himself turned piss into golden barley pop. It's really, really sweet, bit it's not offensive at all. Doesn't smell like anything, looks like gold, and tastes...dare I say...kinda good? My kind is blown, my entire world view is shattered and I will probably continue to buy this swill for $2.64 for a four pack of tall boys. I really hate myself for saying this, but thank you Anheiser-Busch? I'm so confused right now.

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Photo of Furlinator
2.92/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes grainy. There is an underlying sweetness, like cream corn. Surprisingly smooth considering the 8.1% ABV. Inexpensive and high alcohol content, this brew serves it's purpose.

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Photo of Libeertarian
1.74/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Color and clarity are fine. They look about like any other American Pale Lager or Adjunct Lager. Head is white, even, thin, and soon gone. Aroma favors "liquor"/alcohol and esters over "malt", and may be influenced by adjunct (corn I presume). Hops are non-existent or maybe masked in this brew. Perhaps the faintest presence in the aftertaste. Alcoholic sweetness carries the day. Feel is pretty standard and benign. Fairly smooth and crisp, decent carbonation, warming. I wouldn't recommend drinking more than one of these in a sitting, and that has nothing to do with its high ABV. It's just too sweet and lacking in beer character that I've come to expect from even the most basic adjunct lagers. 16 ounces was a struggle. I can only imagine what 25 would be like. I had a headache before halfway through, and I suspect the sugar more than I do the alcohol.

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Photo of gomezc310
3.47/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Loook for all u hating and underrating this beer, just be honest and grow sum balls and call it wat it is.....bottom of da barrel brew...its a cheap beer with a pretty good amount of alcohol by volume. ..this is basicly a perfect sample of bang for ur buck.. now I could waste everybodys time and compare it like other beers but but dats not da case....

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It looks like apple juice. There's odd golden brown color to it with excellent clarity and vibrant carbonation bubbles. No head whatsoever. Faint cereal grain lager yeast aroma. The taste is a mix of cereal grains. Like a sweeter version of honey nut Cheerios. The mouth is moderately carbonated and yet designed to be quite smooth.

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Photo of flagmantho
1.4/5  rDev -43.1%

Poured from 25oz can into a pint glass. This is billed as "Category 5" -- yet somehow I don't expect to be blown away.

Appearance: light gold hue with no haze and light effervescence. The fizzy white head dissipated almost immediately.

Smell: light and sweet with just a little plastic. Mostly inoffensive.

Taste: sweet and plasticy with just a general off-flavor. Ugh, I'm really not fond of this. It's also sour -- and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel: very light body with a moderate effervescence. Not interesting.

Overall: this is just an unfortunate beer. Its flavor is bad *for the style*, which is really saying something.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev +22%

Better than expected, smooth flavor, amber color. This is meant to do one thing and it does it well. Drink one of these and you will feel it. Weak aroma but that isn't unusual for malt liquors.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hurricane is a surprisingly solid malt liquor, arguably my favorite of the ones I've tried. Many of them are either far too thin to be enjoyed, suffer from a pungent taste if their temperature drops just a few degrees, or shamelessly bear their alcohol in the taste, making for an unappetizing experience (I'm looking at you, Camo Silver Ice and sighing whenever I see the Camo Black Extra 24oz can in my fridge). Hurricane doesn't provide an overcompensating palette of flavors nor does it find itself being too thin and basic to really be enjoyed on a level other than a dirt-cheap malt liquor. It's genuinely pleasing, packs a simple but refreshing taste to it, and provides a nice buzz if the can is drank fast enough. It's a marginally-winning combination.

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Photo of priwen
3.27/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, gold appearance. If poured aggressively, a head will appear, but then vanish almost instantly. Fruity aroma with the corn. Again, the fruitiness shows up in the taste, and the alcohol can also be detected. It sorta coats the mouth with an oiliness. Medium body. Fairly dry finish and kinda sour. Overall, it is what it is, and that is all that it is.

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Photo of Newrad2
2.64/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2013 Hurricane “Category 5” - Reviewed 1/13/2013

This is not your average slurricaine, this baby cranks up the storm to category 5. Weighing in at 6%, this is one of the most alcoholic 40's I've tasted thus far. This malt liquor goes by the mantra, "Be bold, be smooth, be powerful." Which are all also deciding factors when purchasing a sex toy. So lets sail close to the wind with this week's 40.

Appearance: The "Category 5" version of this classic libation has much less of the Lamborghini-Orange tinge, and more of a Municipal-water-yellow. Miles of head reduce to near nothing within seconds, so much for residual sugars... pshhh.

Smell: A familiar skunkiness greets the nostrils upon cracking this bumper. Sort of a stale cereal smell with a light hint of mid-grade chronic. After sitting a bit in the glass, the smell reduces down to an old corn stench.

Taste: The sweetness of the corn dominates and kind of masks the sh*ttiness of the rest of the ingredients. Copper penny notes peak out at intervals, complemented with lasting fruity pebble streaks.

Mouthfeel: Category 5 offers light carbonation to entreat the tongue, possibly to distract it from the feeling of the malt beverage congealing in your mouth. Despite this odd property and the pumped-up ABV, Hurricane C5 is surprisingly drinkable, sliding down the throat before you really understand what’s going on.

Overall: This 40 surprised me in both its alcohol content and its lack of residual sh*ttiness. Dare I say that this malt liquor is even refreshing? That remains to be seen, one can not know its true nature until he ingests one in its entirety; another property that 40's share with sex toys. I recommend this beer be paired with a Burger King Angry Whopper™ on an overcast spring day in order to allow the flavours of both to fully develop. This beer is not recommended for extended cellaring, unless ABV exceeds average range. Enjoy.

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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
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