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The Crusher - The Alchemist

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The CrusherThe Crusher

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 673
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 1.52%
Wants: 819
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by alaimoa:
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4.99/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review after my second Crusher. Was skeptical that it would live up to being as good or better than my favorite Heady but wasn't disappointed. I am at a 5 on both and it would be a tossup on which to buy cases of if they were both readily available. Simple answer is I'd buy a case of each.

Crusher has a very similar piney, floral, intensely hopped aroma and taste in a not overly bitter type of way. A bit less garlicky or oniony than heady on the taste and slightly more citrus to it. The feel is creamy and extremely drinkable. (532 characters)

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Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
2.5/5  rDev -45.7%

Not very good. (14 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,711 characters)

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The Crusher from The Alchemist
98 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.