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:
1,758
Reviews:
225
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
Wants:
819
Gots:
377
For Trade:
11
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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JPeterson17
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Great IPA that packs a punch. I'm an Alchemist fan, and this is a great Imperial IPA.

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Photo of jsidonis7
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dheldman
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nucleosynthesis
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jeff1973
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of varian7
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of DevinK
3.79/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njcraftguy
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A slight let down for me. I love Heady and Focal and maybe I expected too much. A fairly tasty beer but nothing I'd go crazy tracking down. Not very well balanced IMO. Good - but not one of the Alchemist best.

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

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

Photo of Cparthemore
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baldy00
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brenden
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So thankful to have had a chance at a few cans of these, almost at random.

A: An absolute beauty, this thick and heavily opaque beer is a flaming gold with orange highlights. There's some sediment in this unfiltered looker. The head is a dense, heavy crown two fingers in height that holds up well and leaves similarly dense webbing fall the way down the walls of the glass.
S: Cracking this can open causes and explosion of incredible hop aroma. Some much tropical fruit and citrus, balancing pithy and sweet, mingles with herbacious and floral bitterness and, as if it needs more complexity, the malts add candy-like sweetness that balances as it should.
T: This is one of the most delicious beers a hophead could ever throw down his or her gullet. Citrus and tropical fruits come out almost simultaneously, the citrus perhaps a touch ahead. Neither note is one dimensional, though; notes are both sweet and tart citrus, flesh and rind and juice, lemon and lime and orange. Tropical notes of pineapple, mango, apricot are all presented in kind. The malt balance is such that sweetness is very present but does not diminish the power of the hops. To add to it all, this thing is all kinds of dank from the middle into a massively lingering finish.
M: This thing moves on the palate, dry without going chalky, hoppy as can be without going astringent, fairly thick in body but plenty crisp to cut through it. The finish, as the beer goes from semi-dry to somewhat dryer, is resinous and dank.

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

Photo of Greywulfken
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium-gold color and clear, save for a ton of floaties and sediment... Finger or two of ivory head trail some lace behind and slim into a foam cap. Aromas and flavors decidedly dankly tropical - like pine resin shellac on mango, papaya, and the like... Medium-bodied with some chew... Bitterness is fairly moderate but lingers well past the sip, overcoming the sugars and coating the tongue. Not sure of the hops or can date, but I liked this plenty, though I'd not put it on par with Heady or Banger, even understanding it was a different animal entirely.

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Photo of gbw5009
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a burnt hazy orange color with a slim finger’s worth of white foamy head, barely any lacing and kinda messy for what is there. The aroma starts off with sweet papaya with some mango warming up with some sweet to bitter danky onion. The flavor starts danky bittersweet. Onion, papaya and mango flow together to combine that danky to tropical fruit bittersweetness. Aftertaste is the same with a quick wet bittersweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation runs light, feels good. Light throaty hop burn without alcohol burn. Overall, really great beer, it’s really worth the hype. Maybe not Heady or Focal level, but this is up there.

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Photo of JJuva13
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Crusher from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,758 ratings.
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