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:
1,813
Reviews:
239
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.9%
 
 
Wants:
825
Gots:
398
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Rristow
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from can. Pours a golden orange with thick white head. Tons of sediment. Aroma is super fruity. Lots of orange, lemon, passionfruit, papaya, and grapefruit. Taste is moderately bitter but well balanced. Flavors of citrus fruit, floral and resin. Complex and excellent tasting. Goes down super easy.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of sdm9465
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Simon212
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a can of this.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice lightly hazy light golden hue with a big, rocky three finger head that faded to leave sticky lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of lightly juicy oranges, orange peel and oils. Hard swirling brings out an almost vegetative undertone alone with some stronger alcohol notes. Little bit of malt sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Very nice orange and citrus notes. More orange peel than juice, nicely bitter as well. There is a light malt backbone to balance out the bitterness on the finish. Very little bit of alcohol on the finish as well. Solid flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, fluffy, alcohol is present though hidden well for the ABV.

O - Overall this was a solid offering from The Alchemist. I enjoyed this one much more than Focal Banger. Somewhat one note, however, quite nicely executed.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bumchilly25
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beermanben
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a mice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice strong floral hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some sweet flavors of fruity citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Jasons483
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Dark gold, unfiltered hazy brew. Large chunky head forms, eggshell color. The standard Alchemist IPA look.

Holy pine, I smelled that from the pour. Good bits of mango, lemon rind, cantaloupe all come out after the initial whiff.

HOP BOMB. Taste is very similar to nose in the fruit flavors, maybe slightly less pine. Lemon, citrus, cantaloupe, some pine, hugely bitter. There is a surprising amount of malt in here on the backend that tries to balance out the hops but falls short. It's a little boozy for too, not terribly though.

Light to medium body. Well carbed brew with a coating mouthfeel. Slightest of warming from the booze.

Another great beer from Alchemist. I had extremely high hopes for this beer, it's not in the Focal or Heady level for me but it certainly didn't disappoint. Sometimes more isn't always better, but in the Alchemist's case it's never bad. I almost wonder if the malt bill was tuned down a bit to keep this at 8% abv, knocking out some boozyness and bringing out the hops even more would've made this insane?

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

Overall a good beer, but I found it to be pretty boozy.....takes away from the taste. Finish is a little bitter compared to others.

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Photo of Bluepitt1010
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alexcortez426
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of fitzy84
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An old friend from college surprised me with this beer when we met up at a party. Very appreciative since this is an awesome beer. Pours very cloudy orange-yellow with a thick, bubbly head and a little lacing on the sides. Aromas are not too powerful allowing you to enjoy the beer without too much of a smell overpowering the senses. Aromas of pine and refreshing orange citrus are what I could sense. Taste is great and follows the nose characteristics with some major orange juicy flavors with a bitter, slightly earthy aftertaste. Great texture to this beer; not too creamy, but a solid body with good carbonation. Overall, this is great across all dimensions, particularly in taste and appearance.

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

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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