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): 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:
#135
Reviews:
288
Ratings:
2,099
pDev:
7.13%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dharmelink
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lewith
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jetobias7
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danch
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not as good as Heady and Focal Banger (the two other brews I’ve tried from The Alchemist) which isn’t a knock because not a lot of beers are. The most hoppy, bitter, and layered of the three imo.

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Photo of TangoJuliet
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a deeply hazy golden orange topped by a finger and a half of dense white head which has excellent retention
S: Smells of citrusy, piney, and herbal with some malt sweetness tucked in the back
T: Taste is citrus and pine with some herbal earthyness. Huge oily hop presence brings a lot of pine resin and citrus rind. Light malty sweetness struggles to come through but it's there. Swallow is a huge blast of citrus and pine resin with some citrus rind, earthyness and herbal notes.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with carbonation that is jut slightly prickly. The body is a little oily but this thing is packed with hops. This beer has a drying finish which is interesting and not entirely out of place.
O: Overall this beer is pretty nice. I like my DIPAs to be more on the refreshing side than the dry side but this one is still great. Huge and complex hop flavors are assertive but not overly bitter. Overall this is definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

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

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4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours copper amber with haze and suspended particulate matter. The frothy cap is modest but lasts the whole glass, coating it with lace on the way down. Fresh red grapefruit, mango, pineapple and green apple hops in the aroma. The taste is a citrusy hop assault with an unrelenting bitterness. Doughy malt provides impressive balance in the maelstrom. The mouthfeel is full bodied with mouth numbing hop cotton mouth and moderate carbonation. Very high eucalyptus bitterness in the eternal finish.

An impressive DIPA. Hoppy even by 2018 standards. A must try.

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

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

Can

A: Lots of hops with aromas of citrus and pine.

A: Gold color, hazy, with a moderate uniform white head that has solid retention.

T: Citrus rind, pine, slightly dank, followed by a bit of caramel malt sweetness with a noticeable hop bitterness through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; the quality of the beer is spot on. However, I'm not as much interested in piney DIPAs, especially those with as much bitterness as this beer.

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Photo of Kinnick21
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.35/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.64/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Crusher from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 2,099 ratings