Crusher | The Alchemist

188 Reviews

Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

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.

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Photo of SDavis108
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I thought overall this was a very balanced DIPA. Very unfiltered and was decent. I'm going to drink it out of the van next, I wasn't that crazy over it poured into a tulip but it was good....

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice Orange Haze when poured into a glass with little flakes of goodness at the bottom but I definitely prefer to drink straight from the can as I do with most of the alchemists beers. Has nice tropical fruity smell with a nice hoppy aroma as well. Has a very juicy yet hoppy taste with great balance of the 2. I has a nice crisp clean finish making this hands down the best DIPA I've ever had. Better then Heady and Focal in my opinion. This is definitely worth the trip to Vermont all day.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick into a tulip glass, orange haze, three very frothy fingers of white head. Some fair chunks of sediment here settling to the bottom. Leathery hops, hemp oil, pineapple, mango, the faintest whiff of alcohol. Bomb of bitter hops off the bat makes this a bit of a palate wrecker, though I get some resinous oils, burnt citrus peels and the like in there. Very full mouthfeel, clean finish, but dangerously delicious at 9%.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

no denying this is amazing beer, tough one to come by, thanks to my homie for shipping a can out for me. i really like this, its about what i expected it to be, and is right there with the others they make in terms of how awesome it is, worthy of its hype. the appearance is odd, at first its perfect, a hazy orangey honey colored dense beer with a tall white head that rises above the rim of the glass and holds on long, super pretty, but a closer looks reveals some really fishfoody sediment, unsexy, sloppy, chunky, and lots of it. hazy is cool with me, but this kind of obvious particulate in the beer is a problem. the aroma and flavor more than make up for that, heavy hops all the way, both oily and bitter as can be, but also with a biting orange citrus element to it, and a grassy herbaceous freshness, green tea sort of, powerfully alpha intense, and really the essence of the hop cone itself, its gorgeous. freshness is on point here, the citrus is distinct, and it packs a good bitter punch in the finish, and the burps are bitter too. very much an ipa, not a juicy bomb or a pure dry hop thing, whatever the kids are calling them these days, its a more balanced and overall more complete and better beer than anything that is trying to be its peer out there. some pine and orange in the finish too, oily and dank on the tongue, fluffy though, and absolutely wholly satisfying. this is famous for a reason, and while i wish my can wasnt all chunky, the flavor of these hops is what its all about! crazy its as strong as it is, it put me over the edge, but i ever detected it in the least. this was my first hoppy beer after a little beer hiatus, and man oh man it reminded me why i love beer so much. not sure i am prepared to call it better than heady or focal banger, but it certainly belongs on the same table. a rare treat to have ipa this well done!

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Photo of jwhancher
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 4-pack from the Alchemist while in Vermont a few weeks back. Stored cold since then. Pours a cloudy/hazy yellow with white head that eventually fades to a thin lacing. Smells dank, resinous with lots of pine & citrus hop aromas. Like most Alchemist beers I've tried, it's like opening up a bag of fresh hops. Just great if hops are your thing. Tastes is more bitter than other Alchemist beers but won't take the enamel of your teeth. All the hop aromas are packed into the flavor. At 9% ABV it's surprisingly light to medium but very refreshing. Aftertaste is pure hop resin. There is some very faint light malt character but is obviously in the background. No warming or solvent notes but the alcohol does eventually kick in. I feel like this beer is like Heady Topper on steroids. My only complaint is that this beer is not as approachable or one you can have two or three of without getting wrecked for the night (or day, if that's your thing). Completely in your face. Like the can states, "if you want some more?" Well, they definitely put in more hops. Cheers!

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Photo of craftaholic
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Straight from the can oh man oh man... This brew is dank and juicy and a true hop wallop. So happy I was able to have it on an unlikely whim. If you have the chance, seize it!

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured slowly straight into a 12oz snifter, a hazy, opaque fiery orange liquid turns to white foam at the top. Head formation peaked at three fingers, with just below exceptional retention. Lacing is prevalent after each sip. Aroma is decidedly light bodied, but hoppy. Orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit give a citrusy, fruit quality to it. Faint biscuit malt notes add a little strength to the aroma. Flavor profile opens up slowly, with notes of orange and lemon zest right on the front. As the flavor profile crescendos, and hits its stride, notes of grapefruit, and papaya add to the citrusy flavor. Biscuit malts mingle at the back, providing a little extra oomph to the otherwise hoppy flavor profile. Despite all the hops, flavor profile is balanced and - pardon the pun - crushable. Mouth feel is smooth, with a medium-thick thickness. It slips down smooth and clean. Overall, a delightfully quaffable hoppy beer. With the ABV sitting at 9%, and the overall balance of this beer, this may be one of the more dangerous beers out there.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of tonybonvechio
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep, rich gold with a 2-finger head that stays around for a while.
S: In-your-face hops.
T: Pushes the extreme end of hoppy. Citrus, pine, the taste lingers for a good long while.
F: Hits the back of your gums with stickiness and solid carbonation.
O: If hops are what you want, this beer gives it to you. So much bold flavor but still highly drinkable.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with a big bubbly head in my snifter. Aroma is huge tangy hops, tropical fruit and citrus. Taste is big passionfruit with a sweet light malt backbone, finishes dank and bitter. Texture is soft and smooth. Great beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip
From: My friend Charlie
Price: $3.13 (educated guess)
Purchased: N/A; Received Jan. 27, 2017
Consumed: Feb. 3, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: No COD

Was lucky enough to get 10 pretty sweet beers sent to me by a college buddy. Was really looking forward to this one, having head Heady Topper a few times and Focal Banger the other night. Expecting to be in the 4.40-to-4.55 range.

Poured a light-to-medium yellow hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up along the sides of the glass. Excellent foamy lacing. Almost perfect foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled Citra, Cascade, juicy grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach, tangerine, floral, herbal mints, hints of menthol and sugary candy. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted a little better version of the smell. Very sugary like I expected. Got Citra, Cascade, juicy grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, herbal grass, leafy hops, floral, unknown spices, mint, booze, passion fruit, sharp pine, lemon zest and lime. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Sugary, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was very good, just two sweet for me overall. Reminded me slightly of a Todd the Axe Man, but not nearly as good. (Overall - 4.25)

4.27 | 95 | A

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is glowy orange-y to yellow with a very minimal head showing a very weak retention and no lacing at all. And unfortunately, lots of this beer deposit appeared in this body which, for its looks, is quite terrible.
S: The aroma is a lot more hoppy than Heady Topper, having a less fruity and more earthy and resinous profile than its cousin. It's still quite good.
T: The taste has tons of fruitiness, having lots of citrus, specially orange and tangerine, lemon zest, resin and earthy feeling. Quite good actually.
M: While the mouthfeel isn't quite as good as heady, it still has a very velvety touch with an almost perfect carbonation. Bitterness is happily higher than Heady. :)
O: For hop heads, Crusher is a better option than Heady Topper but it still is a very good beer, totally world-class. Would like to have it again in the future.

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Photo of yasky
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dank herbal IPA here. Hazy light orange pour, 2 fingers of head and webs of lace. Dank aroma, pine, resin, caramel. Pine and orange up front, weed, citrus peel, caramel like malt balances this nicely. Medium body, slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Damn near perfect. Hazy and smells very dank. Pine needles and citrus on the palate with moderate bitterness. Very crushable despite the almost 10% ABV. Would smash again!

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Photo of Blackop555
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with light haze. Lots of suspended sediment. Medium, white, short lived head.

Smells juicy citrus and light pine. Hints of sweet malt, floral and vegetal

Bitter pine and some citrus. Lighter malt. Fades to grassy and vegetal with light pine dry. Full bodied with creamy medium carbonation.

I liked this better than heady. More bitter. Be near perfect if not for slight vegetal taste.

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Photo of CHickman
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank some from the can, then poured into a glass and it had a nice 2 finger white head that faded slowly and left good lacing but the amount of sediment floating around was off putting and almost disturbing.

Smells very juicy with a good amount of citrus hitting first, including lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, pineapple, sweet grains, malt, sharp piney hops and more citrus fruit. Nice, but not nearly as potent as I hoped for in the nose.

Tastes basically like it smells with a lot of juicy citrus hops hitting first, then comes the grapefruit, tangerine, lemon orange peel, pineapple, guava, lightly toasted grains, sweet malt, piney hops, bitter sour grapes and more citrus fruit. The balance is fine and it has a good amount of biscuit that compliments the hops well. More bitter and not as good as Heady Topper, in my humble opinion.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sample from a friends 16 oz can

fairly clear golden color, white head. big bold pungent hop aroma - piney, dank, citrus. taste is hop dominated, moderately bitter. sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of Boccu
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours burnt orange with a nice white head. Nice lacing with a nice white head that fades slowly. Aroma is pine needles, hops and citrus. Taste follows the nose with lemon zest. Bitter middle and hoppy finish. Very well made.

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Photo of Conscious_Palate
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Not quite as cloudy as the other Alchemist beers. Pale yellow with a thin head
S: Pine, resin, and citrus. A little alcohol on the nose
T: The taste is lemon and pine upfront. Juicy and bitter.
M: Sticky but a little thin tasting.
O: A good hoppy imperial

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Photo of sinclairbeergarden
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First off, this beer is amazing. Best one to date of all my BA ratings.

L- beautiful orange color. bright deep color.

S- hops, orange peel, earth, tarragon

T- bitter beauty, hop notes parking themselves in my retro olfactory, lemon peel, sticky green

F- thick, flavor explosion lasts and lasts, maintains a lasting flavor without it being simply bitter.

O- this beer is awesome. I am blown away with the quality and craftsmanship of this beer. This beer has everything I could want from a DIPA. wow, wow, wow.... exceptional balance...

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Photo of h0wdy
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Is a solid light orange that you cannot see through, isn't the best looking color but I can respect this none the less.
Smell: A nose of pine and orange.
Taste: Similar theme as the smell with a pine start to with ending on a tropical fruity note. The taste is a wider one then the smell though, I detected more fruits then just orange as read above.
Feeling: The first mouthful of this drink and I noticed the relatively high alcohol percent. Then with just a few sips and the feeling left me with a happy note.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting to try this one. Poured a murky tangerine color with a good amount of thick white foam. Nose is very dank and herbal with a faint tropical fruit background. The flavor is resinous and bitter upfront with some fruit sweetness breaking through slightly. The feel is smooth and thicker than most DIPA's. This beer is amazing and lives up to the hype! A bitter hop bomb with great fruit flavors to balance it out.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 8/13/16 at Musikfest. Profound hop profiles, but still drinkable. Super sneaky ABV, but it's more refreshing than Heady. Focal is still my favorite from Alchemist though.

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Photo of danh53
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exploding with hops. Dank, dank resin and pine, pithy citrus peel, grass, and herbal notes all cranked up on high volume. Mouth feel is medium to full with a light layer of slick resin to complement the bone dry hop finish. Well done. This a great beer to experience.

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Photo of SFSinga
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

like smoking a bong of hops
citrus with orange, grapefruit flavor
smooth perfectly balanced
pops up front, long slow satisfying finish
i didn't think anything would be better than heady but crusher just might be

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Photo of GabrielEVH
3.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer tastes like a slightly upgraded Dogfish Head 90 minute to me. It is quite sweet and the hop profile is too mixed for me to make out strong identifiable notes. Its a good beer, but I expect more from Alchemist. This is definitely my least favorite of all their offerings (I've loved everything else I've had from them). To each their own, but if I wanted this experience, I'd save my money and effort and just pick up a 4-pack of 90 minute.

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