Crusher | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

BA SCORE
99
world-class
1,853 Ratings
CrusherCrusher
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:
1,853
Reviews:
247
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
Wants:
830
Gots:
416
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,853 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of portia99
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bloodsnot77
3.12/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of LeeeMare
3.21/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Datdubj1988
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of EdFed
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neil2me
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BB79
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Derek
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly clear, with some yeast floaties at the bottom of the can. Pours a nice head and leaves some lace.

Big herbal aroma, some pine, hint of dankness and sponge toffee.

Big herbal flavour as well. A refreshing change from the trendy citrus. The sponge toffee sweetness provides some balance for the bitterness. Subtle hint of onion and garlic.

There's a hint of residual sweetness, with a drying alcohol finish and only a slight hop acidity.

 455 characters

Photo of Jmonah3
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcbeers
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.02/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a speigelau IPA glass.

A: lots of soapy white head with a fairly clear body with some floaties.

S: straight up crazy resin and just floral and fresh hops.

T: this beer is a delight its tongue rippingly hoppy. Lots of resin and vine like hops. Floral and flower right on your tongue.

M: Very aggressive this beer lets you know you are drinking it.

O: This is a solid beer.

 399 characters

Photo of thatche2
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Smell is really nice floral, earthy, and lemony hops that is really well balanced. Then, the taste bless you away with hop flavor.

Overall, this is an excellent double IPA with a ton of hop flavor. The hops come through a little aggressively (not as balanced as Heady), but I'm a hop head, so I love it. Malt backbone is light allowing the hops to some, and the mouthfeel is on point bringing everything together. Excellent.

 468 characters

Photo of WesMantooth
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasant aroma of peach, orange and other fruit. Flavour not quite as good. The bitterness is a bit on the strong side, but more notably the alcohol is surprisingly present. The fruity hop flavours are still there, but battle the booze a bit more than is ideal. It's a good beer, but it is not in the same league as Heady or Focal Banger. It probably suffers a bit as a result, because I opened this expecting (or hoping for) another gem, which is a hard expectation to meet. So, certainly very good, but not top notch.

 524 characters

Photo of Lorianneb
4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter the beer was a clear gold color. Tiny white head. No lace.
Aroma of citrus fruit, sweet fruit, and flowers.
Grapefruit, orange, melon taste A little pine.
Nice lingering bitterness.

 194 characters

Photo of joh02034
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grady61
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaxBrown718
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crusher is still impressive but does not even compare to Heady or Focal. There is just way too much booze in this beer. Super overpowering that it makes it difficult to drink in large quantities. There is so much hops that it over takes the palate with bitterness. 16 ounces of Crusher is too much of a good thing. Try it out for yourself, but I would still to Focal given the choice.

 384 characters

Photo of YvesB
3.99/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Crusher from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,853 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.