The Crusher - The Alchemist

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666 Ratings

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 778
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews by bahnfire:
Photo of bahnfire
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank 1/2 from HF balloon glass, 1/2 from the can.

A: Pours a hazy orange, minimal head. Looks similar to Heady/Focal

S: Hops, lots of hops. Some citrus, some pine, some I can't describe.

T: Holy hops. Taste follows the nose. The first sip tasted very, very bitter, but after that it seemed to balance out and was straight hop deliciousness. Somehow very bitter but also balanced.

M: Mouthfeel similar to other Alchemist IPAs. Good carbonation and very drinkable. I am guessing it is conan yeast like Heady/Focal, but it doesn't come through like it does in those two.

O: I wasn't sure how I'd like it given the description. I didn't know if it would be super bitter or a little boozy/sweet due to the ABV. Its neither. While very bitter, especially initially, I actually find it quite balanced. It doesn't taste like Heady at all to me, which is neither good nor bad, but I found Focal (which I love) to taste very similar to Heady, so the fact that this doesn't is a nice surprise.

UPDATED: After working my way through my remaining cans of this, I feel this might just be my favorite DIPA ever. It is perfect to me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
2.5/5  rDev -45.5%

Not very good.

Photo of Stevedore
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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 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 beer456
4.31/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this at brewfest 2014. A nice beer that I wouldnt mind trying again as beerfest only gives you 4 oz glasses and the lines are VERY long at the Alchemist section. Even longer than the Lawsons section. A very hoppy beer and has areal nice alcoholic bite but not too powerful.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Curran, thanks dude.

Pours a hazy golden blonde color, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like a big ol blast of tropical fruit, some slight booze, lots of grapefruit.

This is much more grapefruity and citrusy than the other two Alchemist IPAs I've had- Focal and HT. A little bit catty, lots of dankness. A bit more of a malt presence than I expected, then again, it's 9.6%. The malt is less of a taste and more of a presence, per se- you can feel the heft of this one.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, but mostly dry, with a medium amount of carbonation.

Does John Kimmich brew a bad beer?

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 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 wethorseblanket
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixteen ounce can shared by Dan (thanks) via the truck sale.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow under a half-inch thick white head which lingers and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Juicy grapefruit and citrus with floral and fruity overtones.

T: Citrus and passion fruit along with mildly present malt backbone for good balance.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry, citrusy and floral.

O: Wonderful aroma. Wish I had an entire can to myself.

Photo of papat444
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a totally hazy yellow-orange body with a fat ring of lacing on the glass. Mango and papaya in the aroma but the flavor is so raw and good. Lots of fruit, some bitter, some sweet. Melon, hint of grapefruit and papaya are strong. This is so different that Heady yet almost just as good, if not as good.

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 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 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 Crookdrain
4.26/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to be in VT when this was released. Drank straight from the can, and then the next one into a Teku glass.

Appearance is light orange/straw - similar to Heady. Aroma is what gets this one going - like Heady, popping that can is like opening a bag of fresh hops. Wow - huge pine, lemon, pepper, and herbal notes. Taste - nice balance as expected from the alchemist. Malt backbone is solid, perhaps more noticeable than Heady. Hops are very piney and grassy, to me. Conan yeast is not subtle here. Alcohol is well hidden for 9.6%. Hops drag on the tongue after swallowing.

Great DIPA but personally, I'm still hooked on Heady. Nice to seek out and try. Beelzebub was the better of the 2 releases, though.

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 beerjunky413
4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried a 3 ounce sample at the 2014 vermont Brewers festival. Pours a hazy yellow/light orange hue with excellent carbonation and head retention. The aroma runs the gamut of tropical fruits with a Piney undertone, slight malt nose and just a hint of the high abv present. Tastes like a creamy mix of mango, papaya with several layers of hop flavor. The beer finishes incredibly smooth even though the mouthfeel is just so viscous and chewy. Another gem from Waterbury's (soon to be Stowe's) favorite brewer. This beer is worth seeking out.

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 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 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 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 Seanniek91
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a pounder into an Alchemist Will Becher.

Appearance- Hazy yellow/orange with nice lacing around the head.

Smell-Big grapefruit and citrus up front. Lingers into peaches and grapes, and finishes grassy. Super light hint of booze.

Taste- Straight peaches and citrus. Nectraines, pineapple, pears. Finish is lightly piney and grassy. No booze taste, but light heat is there.

Mouthfeel- Sharp, bubbly carbonation. Pretty full body. Light heat and dry finish.

Overall- Awesome double ipa. Its great but not as drinkable as Heady. Totally different level though.

Photo of sbrock22
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

The latest batch is even better than earlier versions. More citrus notes.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.31/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tallboy can courtesy of Mike....what a great guy.

Dark yellow..opaque...some webbing.

Smells of sweet sweet tropicality...pineapple is noticeable. Nose is awesome...very vibrant.

Just gobs of peach, pineapple, guava, and mango smashed into a pulp. Big malt support. Sticky and boozy.

Some great flavors, nice hop notes, and a real punch in my ugly grill. Were the booze not so unrelenting this might be a real gem. As is, it's a very good DIPA that falls short of great.

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.

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The Crusher from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.