Crusher | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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1,716 Ratings
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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:
1,716
Reviews:
219
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
Wants:
821
Gots:
354
For Trade:
9
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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 Zuidman
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Tbeebe
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Khaack
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psychgawsple
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of A_Rad
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of paresis
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jondor
3.86/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donovansill
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ACarp
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tattoopunk031
2.51/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smelled like poop... no joke... taste was good, tried to get past the smell which was very hard. I would try it again if I could get and just hope that smell was a rare occurrence. Lots of sediment as well in this beer. This was also just canned this past week. Love all other alchemist beers but geez that smell....

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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 eagle109
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of angrybabboon
4.04/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/10/17

A: Medium golden orange with some tangerine - hazy with the signature Alchemist suspended sediment chunks - pours with a small white head, fades to a wispy cap, leave some nice streaks of lacing

S: Intensely hoppy, even for The Alchemist - rich citrus, orange, ruby red grapefruit, grapefruit - citrus flesh, zest, rind, and pith - candied citrus - extremely dank, straight-up weed - resinous weed and bright, sticky pine - juicy tropical notes - pale malts and caramel at the base

T: Hop juice - huge citrus, with orange and grapefruit - citrus flesh, oily rind, zest, and grapefruit pith - dank and resinous, weed, sticky pine - very bitter with lingering bitterness - lightly earthy with some hoppy spice, touch of pepper - some tropical notes but they are mostly overshadowed by the citrus and weed - some onion and garlic - light bread and caramel malts, some sweetness, some booze

M: On the full side of medium, oily, smooth, finish could be much cleaner

O: In Soviet Russia, beer crushes you

The Crusher is uniquely and absurdly hoppy. It lacks the bright charm of Focal Banger and the drinkability, balance, and overall magic of Heady. But it's memorable. And it's an experience.

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Photo of Zonk
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can may have been a bit old

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Photo of redsox6202
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopBomb515
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a big white head and nice lacing. Big hop soaked dank aromas. Notes of intense citrus, pine, dank and herbal green resin. Medium and dense mouthfeel, lush and smooth with a dry bitter finish. Simply stunning dank and world class DIPA.

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

Photo of Y2kyle86
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top alchemist beer in my opinion. Good aftertaste from the terrific hops.

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Photo of cmurphy7
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

talk about a hop bomb! love this beer. The initial smell will knock you back for sure and the first couple of sips are mouth numbing hoppy goodness. the only criticism I have of this beer is that the aftertaste can linger.

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

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Crusher from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,716 ratings.
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