The Crusher - The Alchemist

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 773
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
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The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-05-2014

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.
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Ratings: 665 | Reviews: 48
Photo of jbellows
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer, to me, that really gives Heady a run for it's money. Great initial pop with a very nice smooth aftertaste. The hoppiness is certainly there and stays throughout. GREAT beer, I just hope they release it more often.

Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

O Fuck Yeah! Fuck Yeah!

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not quite Heady Topper but its still fantastic!

Photo of 1424IpA
4.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of Badliverglen
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Only had it once and similarly it's one of those beers I compare all others too.

Got it at a Lawson's sale in trade for a warm place to hang on a cold fall morning. From beer tourists.

Wish it was at last weekends sale...

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -12.9%

Ugly silver can shared by MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy pale with a decent sized long lasting head. Huge pine and resin with hints of earth and onion. Faint maltiness barely balances here. Resinous hop flavor with just enough crackery malt and a firm level of bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Fantastic brew!

Photo of cambabeer
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a trade, probably the only way I could get it here in Florida. This beer has a ton going for it and not much going against it.
Nice white head, and lace on the glass. Head dissipates somewhat fast but lace hangs on. There are visible floaters in there, which I really like, that were all sitting at the bottom of the can. Nose is sweet and bourbon mollassesy with some bubble gum and pecan nuttiness and toastiness. Hops and citrus smells are there. Taste is the same for the most part. Very crisp and yet creamy, oddly smooth and alcohol very present. Hops all over the after taste. This is extremely good. My only regret is I can't go to the store down the street and pick up some more.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Heady Killer for sure.

Have had 3+ cases of Heady and this edges it out slightly.

They know what they're doing out there.

Photo of ashadz
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Had from a can within 30 days of release with several people, everyone agreed this is worthy of 100pts.

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
2.5/5  rDev -45.5%

Not very good.

Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%

Huge thanks to Joe_Grizzly for sending me a tanker full of Alchemist brews, I actually hopped up & down in excitement when the UPS truck stopped in front of the house today. Slightly dented 16 oz. silver bullet, going down.

The pop & pour features a light orange beer with heady carbonation. A wave of calypso hits the nose before the I even get the tab all the way down: massive tropical fruits, sweet bread, mango, a whole island full of ripened fruit. Beautiful.

The Crusher hands your nose sweets while hiding the predator van keys in the other hand. Fallen fruit litter the palate, & there’s a nascent sweetness, but they’re accompanied by a razor of cleansing bitterness storming hard on its heels, very reminiscent of Heady (please ignore my stupid review of Heady, which was from the initial ‘bottling’ & not that great). Hard, searing citrus burns away the fruit like a morning fog off of Lake Minnetonka (“yeah, but that’s not Lake Minnetonka”). End-game is a quick peck of sweet malt, touch of pine, alcohol that grows as it warms. Sticky, gooey, dry. Which seems odd. Glad they put this in 16 oz. cans, & glad I didn’t have to share this one.

Was thinking of bringing cans to Darkness Day later this week, but I’m not sure there’s anyone out there I like enough to share this with. Yeah, I mean you. I usually despise “balanced” IIPAs, but The Alchemist got this one right. Not quite on the level with the elites, but a damn excellent brew.

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

16oz can purchased on 10/4/14 at The Alchemist's truck sale. Poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A - Solid golden amber.

S - Big juicy fruity hop aroma. A little dankness. Very intense and inviting. You can't help but smile after getting your nose in the glass.

T - Lots of citrusy, bitter hop flavor up front with a nice, resiny finish. It definitely packs a punch of hop flavor. Pushes hop flavor to a nice limit.

M - Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel until the end when you get a hint of the true ABV. Still finishes dry enough that you don't hesitate for more.

O - Fantastic beer. Really big on hop flavor while still being very drinkable and not muddling the hoppy goodness with malt sweetness. The aroma is very nice. I think of this one could arguably be classified as a "Triple IPA". I drank it fairly fast and I'm feeling the ABV. More flavorful than Heady, but at the cost of some drink-ability.

Photo of bluehende
4.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is wow. I don't know how they get a juicy DIPA at 9.6%. It would have been my first 5 except for the head that fades quickly. I would imagine that is due to all the hop oils in this beer. It might be impossible to get a 5 here, but man this is close.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Take Heady and Focal and add a few more bushels of hops...
Its more of everything-- hops, bitterness, alcohol... but oh so creamy and delicious.
As JK says--- enjoy responsibly, it packs a punch!

Photo of rlee1390
4.5/5  rDev -2%

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Good deal of citrus, grapefruit and grassy hops.

T-Starts with very good citrus, grass, rather tropical. Nice bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation with hop resins.

O-A great, must try DIPA. Not as good as Heady but damn tasty none the less.

Photo of jjdc
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%

Mango and pineapple nose. Lovely resiny hops with notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Balance and a lack of bitterness while offering huge, juicy flavor. For my money, this could be better than Heady.

Photo of MarcWP
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Can into Alchemist stemless wine glass.

Pours gorgeously turbid, orange juice hazy, golden amber hued light orange in color. Sports a pretty frothy two finger head that lingers nicely and leaves pretty lacing. 4.75

Aroma is full of "clean" citrus notes, mango, papaya, pungent herbs, watermelon, vanilla?(Wow), earthy peach notes like flesh that's not overly sweet , minerals, pear, and soft banana. Loving this aroma. Unique, has that New Zealand hop like kick with passion fruit even coming in briefly. Better than heady topper. 4.75

The taste presents a more bitter citrus character but with plenty of those tropical fruits that were on the nose. Also has that herbal edge from the aroma. Getting that passionfruit, underripe orange, pineapple, banana, white nectarine, rosemary, sweet spruce, guava, and even some elderflowers. Magnificent. 4.75

Mouthfeel sports a smooth, heavier light body and nice bubbly carbonation that doesn't aggress. Bitterness is well measured and keeps this double IPA in super drinkable territory. Really dry, not much residual sweetness. 4.75

This is world class. No doubt. Already liking this better than heady topper. This and focal banger I like more so that's something to say. This is F-ing delicious.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Hazy. Nice white head and some wisping. Medium collar.

Smell - Very citrusy. Sharp citrus and a little booze. Some cracker malt and pale malt.

Taste - Lots of citrus. Orange. Nothing sweet about it, really. Almost abrasive in its hop profile. Maybe astringent, too.

Mouthfeel - Very dry. Accentuates the alcohol. Light bitterness lingers. Medium carbonation and body.

Overall - As described, it's REALLY hoppy and citrusy. Nothing balanced about it at all.

Photo of founder26
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Got this thanks to a very generous fellow out of Vermont that's not on ba, but thanks matt!
im pretty sure these were canned a few weeks ago so this is very fresh, I poured half into a glass and drank the other half from the can.

Appearance: A bit lighter then heady, more of a bright citrus orange, pretty hazy but you can see through it just a touch unlike heady. looks great!
Smell: WOW! Just like having my first heady I get punched in the face with a huge amount of hops, citra to be exact. not much sweetness or booze in the nose, some malt but not too much, a touch of caramel sweetness and hop bitterness. I like the aroma on this more then heady.
Taste: : Follows the nose for the most part, very dank and more bitter then heady to my knowledge, but very smooth, the hop oils just linger in your mouth and make you crave more and more.
Mouthfeel: oily, thick, highly carbed, very nice!
Overall: I never thought I would have a beer that would beat out heady but i'll be damned if this hasn't. The only thing I can think of that would make it better is if the aroma didn't fade so quickly but that's about all I can think of. Amazing ipa something every hophead should try once in their life.

Photo of Mo_fro
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Crusher, Poured a tulip glass.
A- Has a deep apricot color and nice haze making it non transparent. A fluffy two finger rich creamy looking head. As the head recedes it leaves behind some chunky lacing the sticks well to the side of the glass.
S- The smell is of pineapple and apricot. Not a huge nose on this beer but what is there is very smooth.
T- Up front it has a big piney taste with little alcohol burn, as the alcohol fades a smooth fruitiness takes over. Again like the smell the fruit flavors are faint and play second to the piney and resin taste.
M- Mouth feel is crisp and light. The alcohol coats the inside of your mouth and cleans the tongue between sips.
O- IMO this is a great tasting beer that is smooth all around with a great balance of sweet and bitter. I find it hard to identify a particular taste that stands out in this one. I guess that’s a good thing.

Photo of MNishCT77
5/5  rDev +8.9%

16 oz. can gifted from GMRFx, unknown can date but purchased at the most recent Alchemist tent sale on 08/11/2014, poured into a small plastic glass at a BJCP study group, drank 08/27/2014 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see or read through), off-white head dissipates into a glass lacing that persisted throughout the drinking session, some chunky brown floaters in there but whatever; moderate alcohol legs for an imperial IPA

S: 11/12 - as expected, huge hop aroma right up front: super intense citrus and tropical fruit - mango, pineapple and papaya predominate; some alcohol and malt notes are also present but the hops are front and center

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a slight bitterness but is quickly overpowered in the middle of the mouth by huge pineapple, mango and tangerine notes (likely a heavy handed Citra dry hopping); some background grapefruit and peach; the alcohol is present in the taste with some minor malt characters to hint at balancing

M: 4/5 - full-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 9.6% is present but not overbearing (more like a single IPA at times); high carbonation for style/ABV and moderate carbonation

O: 10/10 - one of the best Citra-forward beers that I have ever had; on the DIPA level, I think that this surpasses HT and reminds me a lot of Surly Abrasive or Pipeworks Citra Ninja - so juicy, refreshing and just damn flavorful; I would drink this until the Holy Cows come home, wow!

TOTAL = 47/50

Photo of Beer4B
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Fantastic brew. Heady Topper on steroids. Similar flavor profile and nose as HT but beefed up with more hop presence as well as malt backbone. Still very drinkable and an amazing finish.

Photo of VTLocal420
5/5  rDev +8.9%

This is easily a top 5 beer for me personally, better than Heady for sure, this one is special, drive/fly for it if need be!

Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Cloudy pour, wonderful citrus/grapefruit/pineapple smell, prefer this to heady.

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

Did a blind tasting on 8/29/14 with the recent batches of Focal Banger, Rapture, The Crusher and Heady Topper.

The Crusher was slightly darker in color than Focal Banger with a hazy/unfiltered orange color. On the nose I got cream orange, slight piney-ness and resin. Not as complex as the other Alchemist beers I tried.

The taste was amazing. Super balanced throughout between the bitterness and sweetness plus a big mouthfeel.

Overall, this was my favorite of the four beers. I found myself continuing to go back for more. At 9.6%ABV it masks and balances everything extremely well. I hope they make this part of their normal rotation going forward.

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The Crusher from The Alchemist
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