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The Crusher - The Alchemist

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The Crusher
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BA SCORE
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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 6.37%
Wants: 134
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Crusher is an American Double IPA that I started making years ago at the old pub. Hop heads were constantly asking for more hops. So, in the words of Frank Zappa, "Did you say you want some more? Well here's some more." While I enjoy hops with the rest of them, I still try to maintain some semblance of balance and drinkability. This beer is oozing with hop flavor and aroma with a very dry finish. Enjoy responsibly, this one can sneak up on you.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-05-2014)
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Jones153

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-28-2014 01:29:46 | More by Jones153
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.9%

07-27-2014 21:34:27 | More by jallen5076
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Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

07-27-2014 00:57:28 | More by vizzionman
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from the recent truck release. Poured into a Lawson's Finest snifter 7/26/2014.

A- As expected, beautiful hazy light copper body with a two finger foamy and effervescent white head that lingers for quite a long time. Rings of lacing remain as I drink the beer. Typical but welcome Vermont IPA appearance.

S- As soon as I cracked the can, waves of mango, grapefruit and floral scents bursts out, and has a lot of staying power even when poured into a glass. Quite simply put, this is a very intense and complex nose. Grapefruit, passion fruit, floral noses combine with a nice sweet caramel and bread pale malt backbone. Simultaneously aggressive on all fronts yet balanced together; this beer has a nose that comes in Double Sunshine proportions.

F- Almost just as good as the nose promises. Grapefruit and passion fruit notes hit up front, becomes balanced by a nice honey and caramel pale malt sweetness which is then buttressed by a strong floral and citrus finish accentuated by a floral bitterness that lingers. Very nice profile, excellent complexity and balance despite the ginormous amount of hoppiness. Well-executed.

M- Medium in body, straddles dry and resinous perfectly, almost creamy and close to the perfect amount of carbonation. For the strong, slightly boozy malt backbone that this beer has, it's incredibly drinkable.

O- An incredibly hopped up beer with a strong pale malt backbone; all components are rich and strong enough to balance each other out but without sacrificing any of the good qualities that each individual component of the beer brings. I prefer Focal Banger as far as Alchemist offerings go, but I actually enjoy this more than Heady Topper. Damn fine liquid.

Serving type: can

07-26-2014 20:08:08 | More by Stevedore
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-26-2014 17:55:48 | More by Ultimate
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Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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California

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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Texas

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.9%

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Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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California

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California

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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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The Crusher from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.