Crusher | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-05-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,790
Reviews:
234
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.9%
 
 
Wants:
821
Gots:
391
For Trade:
11
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3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzed
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miska
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of threeviews
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can (NO freshness date!) into a The Alchemist branded Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - Pours a medium gold color capped with a soapy, 2+ fingers of a white head. Copious amounts of floaties makes this one of the uglier looking beers. (2.5)

S - Although not less appetizing, it is much less bright as compared to either Heady Topper or Ouroboros. Dank, herbal hops are followed by hints of orange citrus and overripe tropical fruits. Absolutely no alcohol on the nose. (4.0)

T - Another shining example of a DIPA from The Alchemist. Citrus rind herbal hops pop first followed by a conservative malt sweetness. Crusher finishes with a pleasant spicy, pine-sap stickiness that never overwhelms. Like most The Alchemist offerings, bitterness is prominent but far from overdone...nice balance. (4.75)

M - Medium-Full and drinks a bit heavier than some other 9+% ABV DIPAs. However, no alcohol burn detected in the chest. Carbonation is enough to open the palate and leave it dry. (4.5)

O - Since my visit to the brewery (~8 weeks earlier), I have had a good bit of time to evaluate Heady Topper, Focal Banger, Crusher and Ouroboros. Heady is the flagship for good reason but Ouroboros will get my vote for my favorite IPA from The Alchemist (with Focal Bangar would rank a close second). Well constructed and offered at a very reasonable price (limited availability withstanding). (4.5)

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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JebBelford
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

All around amazingly solid beer. Just slightly below Focal Banger and Hellbrook in my ranking of The Alchemist Beers.

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4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppity1
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one I've been seeking for a while

Pours a nice fluffy creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly fair lacing, very murky hazy carrot orange yellow color

Nose big citrus, orange peel, orange cream, some pith, tangerine, some creamy flaked malts oats wheats etc, just a touch of alcohol, maybe faint mango

Taste big orange cream, juicy citrus, orange juice, tangerine, some pith, a creamy flaked malt base and oats wheat, little toasty, rind, little sweetness, touch of mango. Finish gets a bit boozy, little alcohol fusel flavor which is the only downfall

Mouth is med bod creamy lush, fluffy carb, some warming hot booze

Overall petty nice, a lot less depth than many other big NEIPAs , lots of citrus and nice malt base, but alcohol is distracting.

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4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Grackos
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like orange juice.

Smells of oranges, citrus fruits maybe a bit resinous.

Tastes like it smells times 10. Citrus, orange, grapefruit and some dankness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry.

Overall this is a 4.5-4.75. Maybe top 3 DIPAs I've ever had.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This improves with each batch. I'm particularly enamored with this current batch, canned 7/11/2017. (The brewery staff mentioned it was canned the day of purchase which is how I know- still no date printed on cans yet.) Some heavy hoppy beers need time to 'ripen' but this is perfect right away.

It's dangerously smooth and fruity, with balancing bitter and malt properties. Drinking straight from the can, it's a beautiful experience until before you know it, you're holding an empty vessel and wishing for more. I look forward to picking up more in a few days, and can't wait to see how this beer continues to evolve for the better.

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4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eddie729
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sarge3130
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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