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.
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.