stevencon (508) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2013
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Growing up in Florida Iím used to a hurricane every now and then but as a Seminole I know that the hurricanes are nothing to fear.
Chad9976 (1385) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
If youíre a serious beer critic itís 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, itís definitely not an awful one.
I poured a 24oz can into a boot stein.
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, thereís nothing overtly offensive, either. Itís 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), Iíd 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, itís actually less offensive than some of the worldís 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. Iíd be hard-pressed to name any specific flavors, though. Whatís odd is thereís an almost peanut butter-like taste in the aftertaste, and even a dash of honey.
Itís 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: thereís not much here to taste but what you get isnít horrible.
Drinkability: Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor does have some body and weight to it so it doesnít 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. Iíve had craft beers of the same potency that didnít mask their alcohol as well as this one does. I was actually able to finish the entire 24oz serving no problem.
Chudwick (2416) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
24oz can - pours clear gold with white head that diminishes quickly (not as fast as most macros). and thin lacing. Nose is sugar and caramel. flavor adds boozy fruit. if only we could upload images of facial expressions instead of written ratings, then you would see a legit "bitterface" except Iím not cringing from the bitterness, heavens no, itís from the foulness, granted it goes away with each sip. very boozy with some hop to it and cheap sweetness. Iíll finish it, but I hope to never have another. $1.49 + tax.
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2013
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Tall boy canned @ home picked up at Argonaut for $1.49 poured into my Avery Sour Fest snifter. Pours a clear golden orange appearance with little head. Big grape drank, cotton candy, fruity aroma. Tangy berry, rich grape drank, a bit boozy flavor. Prickly mouthfeel. Pass.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Can drank fairly smooth little bit from carb. Smells tastes sweet booze corn. Not bad not great.
ContemplateBeer (1716) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2013
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I wanted to listen to Bob Dylanís "The Hurricane" this evening, but had to settle for R.E.O. Speedwagon instead. Isnít that life? You have a set of plans, dreams, ideas, and all of a sudden you are listening to R.E.O. Speedwagon, a band you donít particularly care for. In continuing with the pseudo-theological theme of my malt liquor ratings, I find this theme of unmet expectations to be a perfect match for how the world wants to view the ideal Christian. News flash- we are human as well. We donít fart flowers, or speak only florid ejaculations (yes, my mind went there too) reminiscent of knightly courtship. But, I think thatís where we can draw the line of demarcation- the Christian reflects on his/her faults, and tries to amend them. Before I attempted to live a devout life, I found it painfully easy to justify just about any thing I did. When the world is subject to your personal sense of right and wrong, that is not a hard thing to do. Pope Benedict XVI sums up the matter well: "The dictatorship of relativism is confronting the world. It does not recognize anything as absolute and leaves as the ultimate measure only the measure of each one and his desires." Now onto a matter where subjectivity is suitable, and perhaps welcome- beer rating. Hurricane, according to my wife, smells "like rotten 7Up" which I think is eerily accurate from a non-beer drinker. The flavor is pretty sweet up front; mostly apple and tang; perhaps some detergent. The finish is reminiscent of wet bread with no real attempt to mask alcohol. Palate is medium, slick and fizzy. A "Hurricane" of nastiness.
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
24oz can from the ghetto in Riverside CA for $1.47. Pours deep golden with amber tones. Fluffy white soapy foam dissipates in seconds. Nose is heavy sugar, grenadine. Taste is harsh acid, paper, major hydrogen peroxide mouth rinse, really gross. Very chemical and astringent. Really nasty. Aroma not so bad - thatís the only thing going for it.
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
local score. Trifecta for the evening. Yellow, booze, 8%. Everything is in check. Corn, grape drank, butterscotch, can, high gravity. Yep. Iíd swear this is natty daddy.
ccex (1057) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Perhaps all that needs to be said about this is "Anhueser-Busch, $1.99 40 oz 8.1%" I I donít mind trying a new malt liquor occasionally, but I should have skipped this one. Taste is sweet. Flavor is corn, grans and alcohol. Body is thin, Looks non-descript. The only good thing I can say about it is that Iíve tried 2 malt liquors even worse than this one.
queenholly (3374) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle. Grainy fusel aroma. Clear golden with a small white head. Grainy fusel flavor. Overall...grainy, fusel, ick.