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The Crusher - The Alchemist

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The Crusher
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BA SCORE
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321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 184
Gots: 29 | 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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bahnfire

Vermont

4.94/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

03-08-2014 21:51:22 | More by bahnfire
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The Crusher from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.