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The Crusher - The Alchemist

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The Crusher
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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 6.59%
Wants: 137
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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 +8.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 21:51:22 | More by bahnfire
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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.

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The Crusher from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.