Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor

If you’re a serious beer critic it’s hard to give any malt liquor a fair shake since you go into it with low expectations. I certainly was expecting the worst with Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor, but was genuinely and pleasantly surprised by how drinkable it was. Though far from a great beer, it’s definitely not an awful one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (818) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2013
I poured a 24oz can into a boot stein. It cost $1.57 ($0.07 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful dark gold/light copper hue. Crystal clear with massive carbonation visible, though it dies down rather quickly. It pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly fizzles away but does leave some trace lacing.

Smell: While nothing about this nose is particularly pleasing, there’s nothing overtly offensive, either. It’s surprisingly neutral with a generic fizzy yellow beer scent (though some of the mainstream macros are actually worse).

Taste: While I am not a malt liquor connoisseur at all (and yes there are plenty of them out there), I’d have to rank Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor as one of the better examples of the style. Though obviously brewed in the traditional macro adjunct style, it’s actually less offensive than some of the world’s most popular adjunct macro lagers. Instead of tasting of metal, cardboard or creamed corn, this brew is more in the neutral range with just the slightest hint of sweetness. I’d be hard-pressed to name any specific flavors, though. What’s odd is there’s an almost peanut butter-like taste in the aftertaste, and even a dash of honey.

It’s certainly less watery tasting than the mainstream macro "light lagers," and lacks the offensive off-flavors of some of the more notorious brands. The bottom line is: there’s not much here to taste but what you get isn’t horrible.

Drinkability: Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor does have some body and weight to it so it doesn’t feel like beer-flavored carbonated water in the mouth. And though fizzy at first it becomes rather tepid quickly which in turn creates for a surprisingly smooth drinking experience and almost no aftertaste. I could see this being quite refreshing on a hot summer day. Lastly, I am genuinely impressed by how well its 8.1% ABV is hidden. I’ve had craft beers of the same potency that didn’t mask their alcohol as well as this one does. I was actually able to finish the entire 24oz serving no problem.
 Grade: 4/10


  1. Good to see a review of this beer that is honest. 8.1% ABV, affordable, and drinkable.

  2. I agree with the first comment. The peanut butter reference was strange but when I smell/drink HHG with that thought in mind I can smell/taste what you are getting at. Thanks for an honest review.

  3. Thank You! Anheuser Bush for putting out a superior brand on the Natural Ice, at a somewhat reasonable price. Yet that much Stronger. P.S. Alcoholic and proud,

  4. It tastes like Miller Lite, it goes down like water, and it fucks you up like 211.

    The most that it costs is $1.25 for a 16oz can. 24 oz cans cost like $2.00, but you can find them for as cheap as $1.29 in northeastern PA for some reason.

    The point is, three small cans of this is drinkable bullshit is actually enough to get you completely fucked up.

    Three large cans will get you fucked up that much quicker.

    I only drank 211 when I started drinking malt liquor. That started stopping when I started drinking Hurricane.

    Out of all the malt lagers I've ever drank, Hurricane is the only beer that I honestly want to drink anymore.

    I mean 211 is cheaper and a little stronger, but in retrospect, Hurricane is just a better "beer." I mean, I don't like drinking Miller Lite, but if it could get me fucked up like Hurricane does, I would drink it on the sole principle that goes down like water but it doesn't taste as bad as all the other bullshit out there, where the only "legit" beer I can actually drink is fucking Yuengling, because it tastes like fucking bread and has a slightly stronger alcohol by volume content as far as Budweiser is concerned.

    That's why I drink Hurricane. It's the Miller Lite of high gravity beers, and it gets you fucked up like 211 does.

    Just to clarify I'm drunk off of Hurricane right now, and I guarantee you that there ain't no other beer on earth that I would rather be drinking right now then the Hurricane I am currently.

    A beer is only as good as the alcohol by volume content. After that, drinkability. 211 is like, a very strong lager with a very strong taste, and Hurricane is like a lite version of 211 with a very piss-watery taste as opposed to a very alcoholic root beer float, which is why I would rather drink this shit than 211 actually (as I hate root beer and drink 211 exclusively because it was my first malt lager, and it fucked me up like nothing else before it).

    Overall, I give this right here (that is to say, the SILVER CAN) 5/5, 10/10, 100/100.

    Best malt lager on the fucking planet. Bar none.

    I rest my fucking shit.

  5. For someone supposed hammered off cheap ass malt liquor your ability to type coherently is amazing.

  6. Hurricane is the bomb! Love it but it's hard to find at times..actually I find it at dollar general in my area.. I love it, never was a beer drinker until I tried this about a year ago..
    Too me it's a great beer..3.50 a 4 pack here.
    Usually 2 will do what I need it to do..fuck all that other craft beer bullshit..
    Hope they don't quit producing this beer..I would have to go back to platinum. . No comparison!

  7. Not saying much but Hurricane is the best Malt Liqour out there.Icehouse also makes a good one. All the others are like drinking lighter fluid.