Crusher | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

CrusherCrusher
BA SCORE
98.2%
Liked This Beer
4.5 w/ 1,860 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:
#118
Reviews:
249
Ratings:
1,860
Liked:
1,826
Avg:
4.5/5
pDev:
7.11%
Alströms:
4.4
 
 
Wants:
830
Gots:
421
Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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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

Photo of kricks77
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of i080054
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zbeattie6
3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of brewandbbq
3.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz undated can.

Pours clear gold with a decent head and retention. Aromatics lead off with pine and grapefruit with a trace of tropical fruit. Medium bodied with a tacky, almost chewy mouthfeel. Big pine on the palate with plenty of bitterness and grapefruit to boot. Some sweet malt with wet paper follow through. Finishes with a lingering bitterness, a boozy warmth, and some faint cardboard.

With no date on the can I have no idea how old it is and in this day and age I'm surprised the Alchemist gets a pass in this department. That being said I think this can is pretty faded and will revisit if I ever get a verified fresh can again.

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Photo of portia99
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bloodsnot77
3.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of LeeeMare
3.21/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Datdubj1988
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of EdFed
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neil2me
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BB79
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Derek
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly clear, with some yeast floaties at the bottom of the can. Pours a nice head and leaves some lace.

Big herbal aroma, some pine, hint of dankness and sponge toffee.

Big herbal flavour as well. A refreshing change from the trendy citrus. The sponge toffee sweetness provides some balance for the bitterness. Subtle hint of onion and garlic.

There's a hint of residual sweetness, with a drying alcohol finish and only a slight hop acidity.

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Photo of Jmonah3
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcbeers
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a speigelau IPA glass.

A: lots of soapy white head with a fairly clear body with some floaties.

S: straight up crazy resin and just floral and fresh hops.

T: this beer is a delight its tongue rippingly hoppy. Lots of resin and vine like hops. Floral and flower right on your tongue.

M: Very aggressive this beer lets you know you are drinking it.

O: This is a solid beer.

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Photo of thatche2
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Smell is really nice floral, earthy, and lemony hops that is really well balanced. Then, the taste bless you away with hop flavor.

Overall, this is an excellent double IPA with a ton of hop flavor. The hops come through a little aggressively (not as balanced as Heady), but I'm a hop head, so I love it. Malt backbone is light allowing the hops to some, and the mouthfeel is on point bringing everything together. Excellent.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells and tastes very, very hoppy with some definite dank/medical green leaves, some pithy grapefruit, pineapple, a touch of candied orange, and a solid, ever building bitterness. Piney on the back end. I think the fruity flavors are much more noticeable on the warmer end, and it is just a lot of weed when cold. It really works over your taste buds. This is probably the hoppiest beer I have had.

It has a pretty fluffy body, but a wouldn't describe it as heavy. Maybe a bit chalky. Tons of slick, oily resin.

I think this is more aggressive and less balanced than Focal Banger, but it's a great beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasant aroma of peach, orange and other fruit. Flavour not quite as good. The bitterness is a bit on the strong side, but more notably the alcohol is surprisingly present. The fruity hop flavours are still there, but battle the booze a bit more than is ideal. It's a good beer, but it is not in the same league as Heady or Focal Banger. It probably suffers a bit as a result, because I opened this expecting (or hoping for) another gem, which is a hard expectation to meet. So, certainly very good, but not top notch.

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Photo of Lorianneb
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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Beer rating: 98.2% out of 100 with 1,860 ratings
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