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Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor | Anheuser-Busch

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Hurricane High Gravity Malt LiquorHurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor

Brewed by:
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 TippySelenoid
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%
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 +56.7%
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 +40.8%
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 +2.4%
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 -3.3%
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 +15.5%
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 -3.7%
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 +47.8%
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 +0.4%
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 -11%
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 +3.7%
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 +4.5%
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 +27.8%
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 +33.1%
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 shot....here 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 +0.8%
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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Photo of FreshHawk
2.08/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Fairly clear, copper color with no real head other than a very light whispy foam that shows up when first poured and then immediately disappears.

S - Grainy, sweet corn aroma with the definite malt liquor sweet, vaguely tart, ethanol kind of aroma. Not as fruity as some others, but there is that slight fruitiness. Very faint bitter grassy hop possibly.

T - Similar to the nose. Typical malt liquor flavors with a little less fruitiness and a touch more alcohol. Still has that overly sweet malt liquor taste. A touch more grainy and very faint hoppiness compared to other malt liquors.

M - Medium-ish body with average carbonation. Not as sweet/sticky/cloying as you might expect, but there still is that sweet, dry, sticky feel after drinking it.

D - Faintest hop kick and the body not being overly sticky and sweet help a bit, but I still can't drink much of this.

Notes: Pretty much what you expect from a mass produced malt liquor. A bit less fruitiness than others. It taste slightly different from the others, but it is really better or worse than other similar malt liquors.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.43/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a pale golden color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of sweetness like creamed corn and a little grass. Tastes a lot like corn and booze mixed together like ethanol or something would. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkability is well below average.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.83/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark golden color with white head that's gone in no time.

S- The smell is sweet with a bit of sourness in the background. I'm also picking a trace amounts of grains. It has a mild aroma.

T- Malty sweet with grains and a bit sour at a colder temperature. As the beer warms it becomes even sweeter with a big alcohol profile.

M- Maybe its just me but it seems thick with a high amount of carbonation.

D/N- I think a 24oz can will be enough. I guess this beer is ok. A friend of mine left a can at my house. I wouldn't buy it unless all I had in my wallet was 1.49.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

My roommate brought this to me. What a guy! Poured into a pint glass and reluctantly consumed. The body pours a transparent yellow body with lots of visible carbonation and a small fizzy white head. The aroma is grainy, kind of wheaty and a bid medicinal. Something about a cough syrup aroma that doesn't sit well with me in beer. The taste and the smell may as well just be one in the same. Just grainy and medicinal. Bleh. This is kind of light and over carbonated and really boozy in the mouth. My roommate brought this to me and called it "the cheapest swill on the market." It's clear why. However, it does go down pretty easy, just as long as you close your eyes and open your gullet.

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Photo of richkrull
1.23/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Dark orange color

S - Pretty bad. Heavy alcohol smell. Doesn't really smell like any type of beer.

T - Gross. this is not good. The alcohol overpowers any flavor that might be there. It's a little fruity but that's about all that comes through.

M - Ehh OK. Very thin, bubbly similar to an energy drink.

D - Almost none. This isn't even good to drink if you're looking to get hammered despite the high alcohol content. It takes forever to choke this down.

I don't recommend this at all.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 24 ounce can into an imperial pint glass.

This brew pours with a decent head that not surprisingly, quickly dissipates. That said, it's an inexpensive malt liquor, so what do you expect?

Although my experience with malt liquors is very limited, it's strange because trying out a few of them is almost like a morbid curiosity for a beer geek. Everybody knows they are pretty much supposed to be bad tasting brews that are noting more than a cheap, easy way to get intoxicated.

All of that aside, every style of beer must be reviewed for what it is and more importantly, compared to others within it. As stated above, I have limited experience with malt liquors, but based on the taste, this one isn't bad at all. There actually is some malt taste there, along with some white grape like fruitiness, corn, and a mild hop bite to balance out the sting of alcohol which is universal for the style, especially considering this one is >8% ABV. There is little aftertaste, and this one actually doesn't leave a lingering sting of alcohol that is unbearable in some malt liquors.

I am guessing at BA, we are all pretty much beer lovers who are supposed to appreciate beer because of the taste. I don't make a regular habit of drinking this stuff, but I am not going to lie---there is a time and a place for drinking a cheap, very high ABV, no-brainer brew that will make you feel good and fuzzy inside, and is ridiculously cheap. Honestly, of all the AB products, I actually consider this to be one of the best ones----decent taste (none of that terrible sour rice flavor of Budweiser), cheap price, great buzz, and overall easy drinking.

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Photo of happygnome
2.65/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

a: pours a dark golden orange color with about a quarter inch of head that fades fast leaving no lacing

s: sweet corn adjunct malts followed by booze

t: sweet corn malts lightly mask the booze

m: light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, you get what you pay for. if youre looking to get a buzz, this is fast and cheap. If youre looking for taste I would recommend leaving this one at the store

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser Busch Hurricane High Gravity Lager...
8.1 % alcohol/volume. Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

A- Eye catching deep yellow almost golden colored fluid with nice one inch head that falls to a pretty decent froth and ring around the glass. Leaves little to none lacing.

S- Heavy hints of corn straw and alcohol esters are upfronts. Light sweet malts in the back of the nose.

T-M- Taste is of strong grainy alcohol, slick sweet malts with a slight yeasty edge. Flavors are melded into a boozy sweet malted beer. Mouthfeel is decent with the strength of this beer smooth and slick with one hell of a bite from the alcohol.

D- For a malt liquor not to bad but for only light drinking occasions.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.24/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24-ounce can into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Darker than straw, lighter than gold. Fizzy head which leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Active carbonation.

Smell: Light sweetness with a semi-high alcohol content. Very wheaty with some peach/apricot tones. Aside from the fusel alcohol, it could nearly be a Belgian trippel or quadrupel.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Really not that bad for a malt liquor. Only a touch less drinkable than Bud Ice. Mild carbonation reveals intense alcohol combined with a light maltiness. This brew is entirely average as far as the latter three categories are concerned.

Not too terrible. This was my divorce beer, but it's been a while since I re-tried it (as a refined drinker). Not too disappointed, it's worth the $1.09 it costs.

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Photo of Transatlantic
1.26/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Okay, I honestly thought these reviews were a little overdramatic...but oh was I wrong; so so wrong.

Poured from a 24oz can into my Paulaner mug (hah!)

A - A bit darker than your typical straw yellow macro. Nice fluffy head that dissipates faster than you can count to 3.

S - Like it was trying to be a macro beer but something went horribly wrong and a sour smell emerged (as if that wasn't enough).

T - Alright...this is unlike any beer i've ever tried. Let's say you take a can of macro beer, pour a bunch of water in it to water it down even more, then add some pure grain alcohol to it. Gah, i'm trying to type this description out while forcing this shit down. The alcohol bitterness just won't go away.

M - Despite the description I gave for the taste, it's not too watery.

D - I wish there was a rating below 1.0 because it needs it. It feels like i'm complimenting it by giving it that rating. You're going to need to be drunk off your ass before you drink any of this.


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