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

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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
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#169
Reviews:
297
Ratings:
2,149
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
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Photo of estruntz
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Branlott42
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdamofSoCal
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npolachek
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigKev23
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seanh99
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 911CROFT
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pdcleff
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Msussman328
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Greyvtrayn
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little boozier than I like but, its a beautiful amber beer with a strong citrus and floral smell. The finish is dry and leaves a grassy aftertaste. For a traditional VT IPA this is delicious and strong!

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Photo of DMC43
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PrynneCabin
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wandreotta
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dacrza1
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE: September 23, 2018... OCCASION: sampling another of Jeff's Vermont pickups--FYI, this one is the 8% ABV... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... pours quite a bright, hazy lemon-yellow body alive with flecks of sediment and tiny, busy bubbles... its head is nearly four fingers of sudsy, soapy, cavernous white that caves in on itself while clinging to the glass--almost too attractive to disturb with a sip... prolonging that, first sniff is thick with juicy resin, lemon citrus, pineapple, mango, and papaya--despite the label, Crusher doesn't suggest any semblance of malt in its aroma... though I would have loved to experience this at 9.6%ABV, the 8% in my glass is plenty rousing, bitter, and Pavlovian in its mouth-watering trigger.... so much so, that the aftertaste lingers almost into its next sip, despite its dry finish.... medium-bodied but a live mouthful... the resin slays the tastebuds, massive and resounding with lemon, grapefruit and mango elbowing everything else out of the profile... light like a Belgian, sneaky with its ABV, great as a dessertif or a nightcap... one of the best one-dimensional offerings I have had, singular in its mission and massive in its effect....

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - poured into an Alchemist IPA glass from a 16 oz can. Beer is lemon yellow in color, hazy, and has a beautiful three finger head with great retention and plenty of lacing. A real work of art.
Smell - a myriad of hoppy flavors, including (but not limited to) citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and a hint of sweetness.
Taste - incredibly smooth. Complex but not overpowering hoppy flavor right from the start to the finish. Despite the complexity, the flavors are extremely well balanced and has a clean, dry finish.
Feel - medium bodied, with below average carbonation. At 8% ABV, the alcohol in this beer is very well masked and barely detectable.
Overall - an incredibly easy to drink double IPA that is bursting with flavor. A real treat.

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4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CAN
Hazy dirty blonde; orange peel, dank, ganga, + hard candy; slight oyster cracker then ringing orange, slight resin, then jagged little bits of pith, some sparkly citrus candy, IBUs + some burn; greasy.

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Weirdly not a NEIPA - I forget that Alchemist does that. Very West Coast hopping. Brightens as it goes, but suffers after drinking a bunch of Other Half in the same session. Damn hoppy, if nothing else. Might need to revisit.

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Photo of meatface
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerman2017
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drumtgot
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boto
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was a white head that leaves some lacing. Nice nose of lots of hops. Citrus, tropical fruits and pine. Possibly a touch of breadiness too. The taste is very good. Just a bit of bitterness, but no real sweetness to it. A wonderful blend of all the aforementioned hops.

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

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruits up front along with a light bready malt and a touch of pine

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and tropical fruit notes along with a moderate bitterness. The bready malt and pine come afterwards. Bitterness builds with the pine notes but never gets out of hand. Finishes with lingering citrus and pine

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the softer side, but quite dry

O: A great DIPA that is super drinkable and well-balanced. Holds up fairly well, too, although that isn't necessarily advised. Seek some out

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Crusher from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 2,149 ratings