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 uziangis
1/5  rDev -59%

Photo of welldigger888
1.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a BIG ASS can, fluffy white head that recedes fast and leaves little if any lacing.Crystal clear straw colored hue.

BOOZEY, in a bad vodka way, corny and livestock feed aromas as well.

Bad vodka blended with a grain based beverage, no hops or malt. Astringency abounds.

Medium at best bodied slightly slick alchol delivery system.

For the price I feel as if I had this coming to me, 2 beers worth for a buck what did I expect?

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Photo of emerge077
2.91/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All this time searching and coming to dead end after dead end... does a decent malt liquor even exist? Hurricane isn't bad, but i'm gonna keep looking. Not the best name, probably just slightly less tasteful than Crazy Stallion, all things considered.

Pale orange, slow moving carbonation, served pretty cold. Rings of lace in the glass, thin skim across the surface that breaks after the first sip or two... not that it matters much really. Let's face it, you're reading a malt liquor review.

Smells like wet grains, slight musty dishrag notes at first. Minerally with a flash of apple sweetness. Alcohol is strangely and thankfully absent.

Flavors of apple and wet manila folders. Ritz crackers and vague sweetness. Light body and easygoing feel when cold. Dry and surprisingly clean aftertaste. Maybe not all that surprising, coming from AB: King of (consistently bland) Beers. Wonder what kind of adjuncts they threw in here to jack up the ABV. The cleanliness of this malt liquor is it's best asset, and it never becomes harsh like so many others. One thumb halfway up.

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Photo of 11millsown113
2/5  rDev -18%

Photo of mdillon86
3/5  rDev +23%

Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +104.9%

Photo of touchmeimsac
3/5  rDev +23%

Photo of I2uss
3/5  rDev +23%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
2/5  rDev -18%

Photo of nickfl
2/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TippySelenoid
2.75/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

It's yellow with high clarity and active bubbles. For as cheap as it is it has good head retention.

It's smell is negligable. Grainy? Straw?

It's taste is vaguely floral and grainy.

It's light bodied and watery.

OK, the first sip of this beer was torture. But it got a bit better as my tastebuds got used to the idea. In this small window this beer needs to be finished quickly, because as it warms it becomes awful again. It makes me feel young again, holding my nose to drink the first few.

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Photo of AlimonyAle
3.84/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at a "quick stop" convenience store in Festus, MO on my way to Bonne Terre. When I got to my destination, I pulled out my Hurricane High Gravity Lager and poured it. Appearance was average, it looked like a typical malt liquor. Smell was grainy. Taste was smooth, smoother than Steel Reserve. No alcohol burn like the reserve. It was slick and coated my tougnue perfectly. I'd have this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of dankster
3.45/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

High gravity awesome!

no need to give details just because of the style but this ML by AB is one of the best to pick up for the price and ABV. at only $1.29 a tallboy. this is the cheap way to party! the taste is cleaner than most ML and a slight note of real hops is tasteable! does not give the after alcohol burn that most ML do.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big white head quickly dies into a pretty decent lacing above a clear light honey golden colored beer.

About all I could get from this beer was a light lemon and maybe a touch of alcohol in the aroma.

The taste is pretty much all sweet and lemony with a alcohol backbone. This light bodied beers' aftertaste is also lemon filled and leaves your mouth with this moist wetness.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this gem. Served, somewhat disgracefully, in a Darkness glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a razor-thin cap, thicker collar, and spotty lace. Largely transparent pale orange body. Surprisingly attractive for the style.

S - The smell is just terrible. Grain alcohol, plastic wrap, mineral water, cloying creamed corn sweetness. Not quite gag-inducing, but quite awful.

T - The taste is quite a bit better, thankfully. Surprisingly clean grains, fruity sweetness, and better-hidden alcohol. Not particularly great, but not off-putting either.

M - Grainy texture, zesty carbonation, medium body, somewhat watery, with a clean finish. Alcohol warmth is reasonable and on the lower end of the spectrum.

D - Surprisingly decent, although it'd still be a challenge to put down a 24oz can. I don't understand these 8% malt liquors either - you have to suffer 50% more to achieve the same level of inebriation. Still, this would be in the upper quarter of gas station offerings.

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Photo of barrenbane
2.83/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 24 ounce can for $1.39 before tax. No freshness date.

A: dark yellow with an almost syrupy appearance.

S: smells of booze and corn, although it's quite mild compared to other high gravity lagers.

T: very smooth for the style. The alcohol is disguised quite well with corn and cereal adjuncts. In fact, this is the smoothest high gravity lager I've tasted.

M: medium carbonation and some thickness from the alcohol and adjuncts.

This is the best beer in its category. Far superior to other cheap 8.1% abv beers. If you're broke or homeless, this will do the trick.

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Photo of whatthehull
2.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted may 26th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a huge beer mug

A - funky almost see through golden/copper, four finger white fluffy head and head lacing

S - alcohol, dust, apples, earth, sugar, slight yeast and a weird kinda sour pungent smell

T - sweet and sour, apples, dust, alcohol and a slight bitterness

M - sticky, low acidity, short finish

D - drinks better than steel I will say that

Final thought - if you need to get drunk get simpler times lager. You get a six pack for 1 more dollar

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.62/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz can poured in a Budweiser pint glass.

Appearance - White seafoam head that disappears moderately quickly, and loudly. Sounds like Rice Crispies as the head dies. Clear copper-amber body with a small bit of carbonation.

Smell - Candy and corn. Clean, no off smells.

Taste - Harsh. Metallic. Bitter. Alcoholic. Metallic aftertaste lasts a few moments then the flavor vanishes. On subsequent sips, I notice trace amounts of underlying malty sweetness. Might make you shudder on your first sip, but actually not all that bad. Lives up to its name.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Slightly astringent.

Overall Drinkability - Not too bad for an American Malt Liquor. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this for tasting purposes, but if catching a quick buzz on the cheap is your goal, then it's an interesting beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.46/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark yellow to light copper color, white head. Too much alcohol aroma mixed with corn. Ugh. Can I knock appearance points for having to go to unsavory corner liquor marts to find this?

Smoother on the palate, but still, alcohol seems omniprescient in this. Cereal like grainness along the lines of Corn Flakes, sweet like, almost fruityness comes along midbottle. Thin body keeps the alcohol around in the mouthfeel.

Not horrible, but I can't imagine a locale that doesn't have something better to drink. And if you're poor, get a better job.

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Photo of Thanby
2.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright gold/honey with a generous foamy head that dies quickly.

The nose starts off malty sweet and moves into a typical pale lager character with mild hopping. I can't figure out what kind of malt or hops, though.

First taste is very sweet, moving into a very grainy body of sweet malt, then the ABV kicks in with a really boozey feel and the very mild hops round out the finish.

Medium body, characteristically smooth and a bit boozey, it leaves a sweet sticky aftertaste. For what it is, it's not bad, but still lacking in any special characteristics.

Also worthy of noting, the main label advertises this as a lager, but on the side of the can it claims the beverage to be an ale. Anyone else curious?

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Photo of obrike
2.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12er on a whim at HEB in Round Rock for 7.29.

Dull yellow color, typical for the style...small head the disappeared in an instant.

Adjunct scent...corn malt, a bit of of the tin can itself...but a slight whiff of sweetness, hmmm...

Certainly not the worst tasting malt liquor/bmc i've ever tried. Actually picking up some sweetness, maybe sweet malt. But, even with that, a pretty bland taste. Noticing the alcohol coming through a lot more as it warms.

Very carbonated, almost stings...does not do a great job of hiding the over 8abv, but hey, I don't think it's supposed to.

I think this beer is ok for those that want a great buzz in a short amount of time without having to hold your nose while shotgunning it.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.56/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a very golden transparent colour with a yellowish off-white one inch head.
Smells like cheap beer malt and metal.
This doesn't have much flavour at all. It's got a little bit of a bitter, metallic taste. It has a slight "bad beer" taste. There's some corn flavour in there, but somehow the corn flavour is far worse than that in other corny malt liquors. The aftertaste of this beer is really terrible. It tastes sort of like metal and terrible cheap cereal grains. This is far better than its primary competitor, Steel Reserve, because it doesn't taste like a fly-by-night operation at a dirty chemical plant. But it's certainly not good. It tastes like maybe they put too much effort into not making it overly sweet, but forgot to not make it gross.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.13/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a stein glass.

Look - golden color, clear, with about a quarter of an inch of foam at the top, that dissipates slowly.

Smell - highly pressured, fruity smell, kinda like a cider. In fact very fruity in smell, in comparison to what style this should be.

Taste and Mouthfeel - rather bitter start that subsides to a very pale and blank sensation. Mostly, not much of a taste at all. Texture is pretty well balanced in general.

Overall - not interesting at all, but ok in taste. I tastes more than nothing, but tastes less than foul.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.26/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Every once in a (great) while, I like to slum it for a night when it comes to what beer I seek out. Since I've had decent malt liquors in the past, I figured this one deserved a goes.

Pours a nice clear suprisingly rich gold and grows a fairly large head of off white foam that did drop somewhat but remained for the whole session while leaving a more than expected amount of lace. Lively carbonation.

Smells of grassy grains and has slight hints of corn..a little metallic also.

Taste was, as seems to be usual for me, similar to the smell..prominent grainy malts, a twinge of metal although not enough to give pause, and a slight bit of heat in there too. A very clean drinking beer.

Mouthfeel was typical lager thin.

Could be a repeat buy for the warmer months to come..I'm finding that the big breweries' malt liquor offerings are better beers than their big selling mainstream name brews.

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Photo of tzieser
2.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: pours a straw yellow color with a thin white head. pretty typical. nothing shocking.

s: corny, grainy, cereal-like maltiness. no hops to speak of. alcohol is noticeably unpleasant.

t: begins to taste like a standard macro lager. you know, the usual grainy, corny malt flavor but with a pretty strong alcohol kick. not well balanced at all. i've had better malt liquour.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel; pretty bad drinkability.

good bang for you buck as far as alcohol goes (24oz can cost me $2) but I think I'd rather have a 40 of old english. i guess you get what you pay for.

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Beer rating: 2.44 out of 5 with 351 ratings