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Crusher | The Alchemist

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#206
Reviews:
310
Ratings:
2,213
pDev:
7.14%
 
 
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Photo of rockrob
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of folkstar
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date on the can, but this one's pretty fresh. Really excited to finally get to try this New England Classic.

Pours a deep, hazy orange with gobs of white head that rise up to about two fingers above the beer. As it settles, huge amounts of froth cling to the inside of the glass, while its weaker counterparts slip helplessly into the beer itself. As warned, I got my fair share of sediment in this can as well. No harm no foul.

Sweet, dank nose on this. Tons of herbal, grassy, piney hops compliment an abundance of grapefruit aromas. Really great contrast of sweet citrus and pithy hops, with a complex aroma that really embodies every great quality of a true, "old school" American Double IPA.

A re-emergence of similar qualities that were found on the nose... Sweet, juicy grapefruit, herbal hops, and some awesome fruity undertones reminiscent of pineapple. This beer is so incredibly well-rounded and is able to achieve an immense juiciness while also retaining a punishing hop presence that lingers in all the best ways with that pithy, bitter tail.

Surprisingly soft mouthfeel, with a low, almost forgotten carbonation that sneaks up on you a little more with each sip. A subtle boozy warmth accompanies a great residual mouth-coating and a smooth, crisp finish.

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Photo of ZipDipper
3.62/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greeny87
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyingmick
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jeffreytneal
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jrc1093
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No canning date (purchased at brewery on 3/8/19; presumably canned within a week of that time)

Pours a hazy dark orange huge topped with a thick, verging on creamy, white head. Great retention leaves plenty of soapy lacing, a faint, frothy cap, and an ample collar; all the appearance of a great-looking beer despite the sizable chunks of sediment floating around.

Aromas of ruby red grapefruit and peach skins are intense straight away, while backing notes of orange pulp, blackberry/blueberry smoothie, and dank eucalyptus round out a bouquet that's every bit fruity as it is saturated (albeit subtly) with herbal and ‘sweeter’ hop tones. Amazing exposure of hop diversity and depth.

Taste profile turns, with overripe peach now taking over and red grapefruit zest coming in not far behind alongside a dose of pulpy orange and herbal hops; lighter notes of blackberry and blueberry add further depth to the fruity profile; ample malt backbone bursts through intermittently, especially toward the finish.

Mouthfeel is quietly creamy, with a lighter body but a stiff, bitter crispness and great juicy character. Slightly oily bitterness on the finish, which only adds depth and smoothness to the juicy character; effortless, elegant, unbelievably drinkable, and really just a beautiful aspect of this beer.

Not your typical New England haze bomb, and certainly not your old-school IPA; this is a tweener in the best sense. Overwhelmingly hoppy and unique, this embraces the best of both worlds, with an incredible balance tying it all together. Just spectacular; I could drink this again and again.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmdbrews
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blaje
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beast464
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Choppin-Banana
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grimsbygate
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjones5045
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pinkylives
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned fall 2016; drank 9/17/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

Huge white head; frothy lace.

Pineapple, banana & dry grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Pineapple & faint banana flavors up front; dry grapefruit notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A touch too dry for my palate, but very nice.

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Photo of nhkrause
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kobo
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No canning date spotted, but I purchased this 5 days ago.

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale sort of orange I guess? Tall frothy light tan head. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Interesting. I was expecting a huge aroma but it's pretty subtle. Citrus, pine, tropical fruits along with some malt sweetness.

T: While the aroma was a bit underwhelming, the hop character in the taste is ridiculous. I think they put every hop in here. It's piney, garlicky, spicy, citrusy...tropical? It's not TOO over the top but there are a ton of hop flavors in here. Bitterness, yes, but not crazy. I honestly have a hard time describing it. It's just myriad hop flavors from start to finish. It's a little different sip -to-sip as well.

M: Fairly heavy, quite dry.

O: It kinda reminds me of Devil Dancer to be honest, but perhaps just better overall. Not as sweet, not as insane, better balanced. Don't get me wrong, still a ridiculous amount of hop flavors in here. It's like a joke beer that actually turned out really well.

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

Photo of WayneRooneyFan
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Alchemist's Crusher is what craft beer should be all about -- seizing the opportunity to create something memorable, rather than adhering to comfortable standards. Poured from a 16 oz. can to a typical pint glass, Crusher took on a dark pineapple appearance. The smell was incredibly balanced and inviting. The taste, however, highlighted the experience. The piney/dank flavor (some hints of fresh scallion) was complimented by muted, citrusy notes. I'm a big fan of Six Point's Resin, but Crusher steps the style up a level.

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Photo of HermitDan
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RockHop
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy apricot color with sudsy white head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is just straight fresh hoppiness. Bitter everywhere; up front, in the middle, at the end. Some light waves of peach, pine, and mango, but bitterness dominates. Dry and crisp. Good carbonation. This beer is all about fresh hops. Usually not a fan of overwhelming bitterness, but this is a great beer.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Crusher from The Alchemist
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 2,213 ratings