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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#168
Reviews:
294
Ratings:
2,133
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
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Photo of kramerboy
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreenBayBA
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.

4 4 4.25 4 4.25

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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Photo of RollTide7
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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Photo of wordemupg
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of hughesm12
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Joemama73
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer in America

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Photo of Tracker83
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllOfTheCats
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TravisMason
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nathan419
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tobelerone
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of usurping
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer glows in a subtle golden hue. It is opaque with a number of floaters coming in the second half of the pour. A honorable head that quickly disapates with nice carbonation. Not as juicy on the nose as other brews from Alchemist but still checked the double IPA box. The taste is crisp but lacks any bite. A nice balance of flavors that put the hops forward but dont allow them to overwhelm the beer.

This is the second end of a four pack that is two weeks from the brewery. I like this better two weeks out.

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Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Healthy two plus finger head of eggshell white, nice density and retention, even surface maintained as it dissipates, the lacing is average, a few streaks here or there at best. Hazy light bronzed orange color, touch brighter yellow at the edges, bubbles aren’t quite beads but they do gather together in a grouping. Big nose first of malty mocha powder and vanilla icing then pine sap, candied orange peel and sweet tea leaf, the damp herbaceousness too high pitched to come off as outright dank, voluptuous peach, apricot, mango fruit of full ripeness, more approachable than complex. Full-bodied, sappy stickiness adds heft as well as extends the finish for a prolonged period. The carbonation makes a good effort but not able to keep the pace. Develops a metallic earthiness here with coal tar and pine sap in support. Sweet caramel, molasses to dinner roll breadiness. Has its moments of hoppiness but the sweetness wins in the end. Here as well the mango, nectarine, pineapple, peach fruit more like thick slabs than fresh, tart juiciness. Does not seem to be styled for those who prefer keenly dry and bitter IPA’s. No burn but towards the end of the can you feel the alcohol.

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Photo of KevinFinneran226
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Heftklammer
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevin_ipaking1
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SauceMcSauce
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Crusher from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 2,133 ratings