Crusher | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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BA SCORE
4.5/5
1,883 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
Ranking:
#119
Reviews:
254
Ratings:
1,883
pDev:
7.11%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
Wants:
832
Gots:
422
Trade:
8
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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a 16oz in a Riedel beer glass. Rich golden color with the slightest haze along with a thick, two finger head. Smells of hops, grass, pine, and spice along with papaya aromas. Smooth carbonation with a medium body feel. Taste of sweet nectar, pine, resin, bitter hops, and spice. A bit on the dry side, but you get that sweetness on the tip of the tongue and a long, bitter aftertaste. An excellent beer!

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holderness
4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a very slightly hazed golden straw body with a two-finger dense white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Good retention and some lacing
S -- Mostly floral, resinous, grassy, herbaceous hops with a hint of bready malt and booze
T -- Again, primarily focuses on a pithy, resinous, grassy, herbaceous hop profile with a touch of bready maltiness and a decent amount of booze. This thing is loaded with American hops
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium carb. Very long lasting, bitter, astringent finish. Crisp yet fluffy
O -- Phew! A super hoppy, west-coasty DIPA (although the malts are still a lot breadier tasting)

81/100

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Photo of Oakhtar
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mjmoney23
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MMartin
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Devin.

What's with the floaties? Apart from that, this is a solid looking beer. The nose is a blend of candied orange, some grapefruit juice, a little pine and some tropical fruit. There's papaya and passionfruit present. The palate opens with a blend of honey, citrus and tropical fruit. Juicy. Pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, a touch of bitter orange juice are present. A touch of alcohol is noticeable. Focus is more on the hop flavor rather than pungent hop bitterness. Medium light in body, drying, bitter on the finish, this beer is quite excellent.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcole524
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rypkr
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Cloudy apricot coloured with a nice pillowy head. Pretty inviting

S - Smells faint. Some pineapple and a pungeunt old sock aroma wtf. This is only a few weeks old.

T - mmm. Piney, bitter, very bitter, heavy malt alongside the big hop intensity.

M - quite great here. Drinks big, filling and frothy. Finishes oily and coating. Lingers like my ex from 11th grade.

O - good. I'd like some more dry hopping to give it some aroma and olfactory pressence. It's also a little musty tasting despite being quite fresh. Overall I'd drink it again but can actually think of shelf beers near me that are more enjoyable and light years less hassle to get to drink.

Tick tock for this one but don't really see any reason to come back to it unless it's handed to me.

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Photo of tstinz01
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SavageHopHead
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matthewp
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vutoq
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanEasley
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pprichar
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Crom45
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrfehon33
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of umichfan
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Relatively clear gold with a big white head that's sticky as can be.

Pretty old school pine and dank resin aromas, but with some more modern day fruit juices seeping out from beneath.

Same as with the flavor. Tons of pine and herbaceous notes followed by some moderate citrus and tropical fruits.

Feel is outstanding. Wonderfully light and smooth on the tongue but face puckeringly bitter as eff in the finish.

Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA fit for all, or at least most, lovers of the style in any form. Cheers and thanks Dave!

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Photo of srosj23
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bobbysproket
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of M1J77
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TPiwaron
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RealDeal
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Crusher from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 1,883 ratings
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