The Alchemist

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IPA - New England
Ranked #48
Ranked #186
4.49 | pDev: 7.13%
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
Notes: 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.
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osheamatth from New York

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

Slight haze with a golden orange hue with a typical Alchemist unfiltered with detritus swimming about. The nose is large and overpowering in a good way - prepping your tastebuds. Spicy, piney, earthen, skunky weed and tropical fruit notes.
The patience is rewarded with complex resin hop notes - fresh hoppiness, dried hoppiness fully crushing on the palate. All those nose notes are there but dare I say the aroma outweighs the taste. Finishes will a touch of malt and some bitterness.

Thursday at 09:44 PM
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy light Amber with a big bubbled head and very little lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, mango, and citrus pith hop aroma. Big peach esters. Also a fairly substantial candied malt character for the style.

T: Big pine resin, grapefruit, and mango/pineapple flavors. Substantial bready caramel malt balance. The bitterness is firm but never dominates.

F: Medium/light bodied, very dry, crisp finish.

Overall: I was really impressed with this one. I honestly prefer it to Heady, which is saying a lot. I cannot recommend this on enough.

Nov 07, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Circumstances: Pint can poured into a clear pint glass. No worries, there's not as much head expected as if it were a NEIPA. Expectations met, little head and little glass lace. I smell hops and for a reason. They're in there. This is likely the best tasting beer I've ever had. I also don't know another beverage with this much alcohol that hides it as well. Maybe not perfect in every category, but just about the best in the ones that matter most.

Jul 28, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A huge thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, pine. Taste is dank, pine, oranges, hints of mango, very bitter. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

Jun 04, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a tulip pint glass. Bitter, piney, citrusy, caramel, slightly grassy. Bursting with hop aroma and flavor. Incredibly well-balanced and drinkable despite the 8% abv. I think I prefer this to Heady and Focal.

Apr 04, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours yellow hazy orange/yellow. Not like the new haze but the original haze.
Smell is Danky citrus.
Flavor is sharp lemon lime citrus and pine. Finishes dry and bitter. Very old school tasting. Good but not amazing to me

Jan 26, 2020
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Gatch from Rhode Island

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

Picked up fresh from the brewery in December 2019 by a wonderful brother as a Christmas gift. Giving this huge props because it’s a West Coast IPA in a sea of hazy NEIPAs. Clean, fresh, delicious....this was the point of the spear of the beer scene not too long ago.

Dec 29, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yeah, this was old but like so many cans in my stash, I have no idea when this was brewed as there wasn't anything written on the bottom of it. This was a must-have because of it's rating on here and even though this was old, this was such a hop bomb that I had to take my time sipping this. Yes, this beer was quite intense but it was worth the effort to enjoy as the label was quite indicative of what the liquid was like!

Hazy, amber, and not topped off with a lot of head, there was lots of debris floating in this but surprisingly, the lacing left behind wasn't that thick at all. Hop oils. tropical fruits, weed, and nectar filled the nose as they could all be found in the taste as well. Lychee, passion fruit, star fruit, jack fruit, and orange blossom filled the palate as the taste was quite complex and rich while being dry at the same time. Hoppy, herbal, and underlying sweet, this had a subtle but long-lasting stickiness that was indicative of this beer's makeup as it was hard to put away; while being hard to resist at the same time.

Plenty of booze here but it was felt more than tasted although I could feel it creeping up on my well before I finished this off. A deep, fresh, dank pine tied everything in together as it was felt from the first sip until well after the last drop went down. If you like your beers to be complex and engrossing at the same time, you've found you're match here. This was a solid brew that deserves it's lofty rating on here even though I wasn't quite gung-ho about it as others on here have been. It's easy to see why this is so loved, as it's a must-have for anyone looking for the best of what a New England IPA has to offer. Just make the time to savor this properly!

Nov 30, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from egrandfield!
Yakima Valley Hops glass

Golden turbid blonde with an orange blush, creamy head of 1 finger receding to a ring, less lace than most Alchy beers but still pleasing to the eye.

My first reaction to the aroma is, "Holy Crap!", that's A LOT of hops. Like walking into a hop yard after a fresh rain. Tons of orange juice-y aromas, with some mango, flower, evergreen, and grapefruit. It's fantastic.

And the flavor doesn't disappoint, either. It's a nearly perfect juicy New England IPA, but still has that Alchemist palate scraping that can be a little too intense. The finish is just a little ashy but the rest of the beer is pure juice and hop cone. Grapefruit juice, mango, mangosteen, orange juice, pineapple, then fades to pine, grass, dirt, ash in that order.

Feel is juicy and creamy and acidic, really nice stuff, has a solid alcohol burn which right now is welcoming to me.

Overall, my favorite Alchemist beer by a mile, I've always enjoyed Heady but felt it was a touch overrated for what it is. Crusher is absolutely new wave Alchemist and I really really like it. Don't miss it.

Sep 13, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

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

West Coast meets New England. Strong, but not boozy. Very bitter, but with a hearty backbone. Goes down much easier than expected. Tbh, I think I might like this better than Heady.

Aug 12, 2019
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

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

This one is probably worthy of a full review... First great label - Fairly simple but the green and yellow really pop... Color is a slightly hazy mango-ish pale orange... Whipped white head with stellar retention... A bit of lacing clings to the glass... The aroma is everything you would expect - a wide array of tropical fruit and light pine... I could keep my nose hovered over the glass all day... Robust flavor with depth and exceptional mouthfeel... Big flavor but subtle mouthfeel... As expected a word class beer and exceptional IPA... Cheers...

Jun 16, 2019
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detpizzaboi from Michigan

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

Really vibrant hop bomb, feels much closer to a west coast ipa than NEIPA, incredibly drinkable, lives up to the name. Great beer. Citrus, white grape, sweet malt, earthy, dank, nice hop bitterness. Crusher.

Jun 14, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

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

Sampled at Stowe brewery and just had a can I brought home. Beer < 3 weeks old.
Poured a beautiful plumy small bead head on an opaque mildly burnt orange body.
Nose was orange and soft dank; flavor much fuller on fruit especially grapefruit as well as more noticeable pine. Super smooth easy sipper.
Another excellently crafted Alchemist IPA.

Jun 09, 2019
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

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

I picked up a 4-pack of this at the brewery on 20MAY19, and set out to quaff a couple in The 'Zebo on 27MAY19.

It was a deep golden color, like apricot jam. Had steady carbo, and a frothy, light-tan head. The topping was a healthy 1" and ebbed back quite slowly, with excellent lacing on the glass. Had a citrussy nose, with apricot and tangerine all over. Body was medium-plus, and it was rather smooth, overall.

Flavor had more semi-sweet fruit - tangerine and apricot once more, plus a smidge of bittering fruit, like grapefruit and pineapple. It was also resiny, dank and a little piney before finishing on the dry side. A wonderful mix, indeed! Prosit!

Footnote.... rather enjoyed my Memorial Day beers... but later on I bounded down into the cellar, stepped wrong on a step, and broke a small bone in my left foot... ouch!!

4.31/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


May 29, 2019
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, this looked green coming out of the can from all the hops, orange with a huge white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy with bits

S: huge hop aroma, grapefruit, pine, sweet tropical fruits

T: bitter pine and grapefruit up front, sweet malt, honey, tropical fruits

M: full and sticky

O: delicious with a sneaky amount of alcohol

May 13, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date on the can, but this one's pretty fresh. Really excited to finally get to try this New England Classic.

Pours a deep, hazy orange with gobs of white head that rise up to about two fingers above the beer. As it settles, huge amounts of froth cling to the inside of the glass, while its weaker counterparts slip helplessly into the beer itself. As warned, I got my fair share of sediment in this can as well. No harm no foul.

Sweet, dank nose on this. Tons of herbal, grassy, piney hops compliment an abundance of grapefruit aromas. Really great contrast of sweet citrus and pithy hops, with a complex aroma that really embodies every great quality of a true, "old school" American Double IPA.

A re-emergence of similar qualities that were found on the nose... Sweet, juicy grapefruit, herbal hops, and some awesome fruity undertones reminiscent of pineapple. This beer is so incredibly well-rounded and is able to achieve an immense juiciness while also retaining a punishing hop presence that lingers in all the best ways with that pithy, bitter tail.

Surprisingly soft mouthfeel, with a low, almost forgotten carbonation that sneaks up on you a little more with each sip. A subtle boozy warmth accompanies a great residual mouth-coating and a smooth, crisp finish.

Apr 11, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No canning date (purchased at brewery on 3/8/19; presumably canned within a week of that time)

Pours a hazy dark orange huge topped with a thick, verging on creamy, white head. Great retention leaves plenty of soapy lacing, a faint, frothy cap, and an ample collar; all the appearance of a great-looking beer despite the sizable chunks of sediment floating around.

Aromas of ruby red grapefruit and peach skins are intense straight away, while backing notes of orange pulp, blackberry/blueberry smoothie, and dank eucalyptus round out a bouquet that's every bit fruity as it is saturated (albeit subtly) with herbal and ‘sweeter’ hop tones. Amazing exposure of hop diversity and depth.

Taste profile turns, with overripe peach now taking over and red grapefruit zest coming in not far behind alongside a dose of pulpy orange and herbal hops; lighter notes of blackberry and blueberry add further depth to the fruity profile; ample malt backbone bursts through intermittently, especially toward the finish.

Mouthfeel is quietly creamy, with a lighter body but a stiff, bitter crispness and great juicy character. Slightly oily bitterness on the finish, which only adds depth and smoothness to the juicy character; effortless, elegant, unbelievably drinkable, and really just a beautiful aspect of this beer.

Not your typical New England haze bomb, and certainly not your old-school IPA; this is a tweener in the best sense. Overwhelmingly hoppy and unique, this embraces the best of both worlds, with an incredible balance tying it all together. Just spectacular; I could drink this again and again.

Mar 26, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned fall 2016; drank 9/17/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

Huge white head; frothy lace.

Pineapple, banana & dry grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Pineapple & faint banana flavors up front; dry grapefruit notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A touch too dry for my palate, but very nice.

Feb 27, 2019
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No canning date spotted, but I purchased this 5 days ago.

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale sort of orange I guess? Tall frothy light tan head. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Interesting. I was expecting a huge aroma but it's pretty subtle. Citrus, pine, tropical fruits along with some malt sweetness.

T: While the aroma was a bit underwhelming, the hop character in the taste is ridiculous. I think they put every hop in here. It's piney, garlicky, spicy, citrusy...tropical? It's not TOO over the top but there are a ton of hop flavors in here. Bitterness, yes, but not crazy. I honestly have a hard time describing it. It's just myriad hop flavors from start to finish. It's a little different sip -to-sip as well.

M: Fairly heavy, quite dry.

O: It kinda reminds me of Devil Dancer to be honest, but perhaps just better overall. Not as sweet, not as insane, better balanced. Don't get me wrong, still a ridiculous amount of hop flavors in here. It's like a joke beer that actually turned out really well.

Feb 23, 2019
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WayneRooneyFan from New Jersey

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

The Alchemist's Crusher is what craft beer should be all about -- seizing the opportunity to create something memorable, rather than adhering to comfortable standards. Poured from a 16 oz. can to a typical pint glass, Crusher took on a dark pineapple appearance. The smell was incredibly balanced and inviting. The taste, however, highlighted the experience. The piney/dank flavor (some hints of fresh scallion) was complimented by muted, citrusy notes. I'm a big fan of Six Point's Resin, but Crusher steps the style up a level.

Feb 20, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

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

Hazy apricot color with sudsy white head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is just straight fresh hoppiness. Bitter everywhere; up front, in the middle, at the end. Some light waves of peach, pine, and mango, but bitterness dominates. Dry and crisp. Good carbonation. This beer is all about fresh hops. Usually not a fan of overwhelming bitterness, but this is a great beer.

Feb 10, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tarnished orange in color with a murky, hazy appearance. Poured with a tall, creamy white foam with very good retention. Herbal, earthy, dank hop aromas with a hint of over-ripe orange. Medium malty aroma. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Pleasant, creamy smooth feel with light richness followed by boozy warmth through the finish. Herbal, dank hop flavors with a solid malty backbone. Medium high, spicy hop bitterness through the middle that taper to pinr hop flavors and boozy heat. Finished with lingering pine hop bitterness and light, prickly boozy notes. Dank and bitter with a enough malt to balance the hop character and a pleasant booziness. 

Dec 21, 2018
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muchos from Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L. Very hazy burnt orange color, thick froth head which recedes slowly.
S. Bitter citrus, pine, white bread, pineapple, mango. Yep, smells great.
T. Mild mango, piney, pithy, oranges, lemons and limes, green vegetables, a little more pine, light malt, white bread. Aftertaste is grapefruit and pine.
F. Leaning toward a full feel, resinous, dry.
O. Great balance between a soft sweetness and potent hoppy flavors, with a firm yet somewhat controlled bitterness. I'm not sure I've tasted a better IPA. Cheers!

Dec 18, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange with four fingers of long-lasting yellowed, antique white head. Heavy webbed lacing.

Green onion, pine, weed and orange citrus in the nose.

These elements continue to the taste where they’re joined by strong bitterness, as well as a solid malt backbone and some light nuttiness. There’s a hint of tropical fruit behind everything in both the aroma and taste, too, but it’s just about buried.

Full bodied, while maintained a soft, pillowy feel.

The pine resin just sticks to the back of your mouth in this one. I’m not a fan of the nutty element, but love everything else about this beer.

Dec 13, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


Can to Wine glass.

LOOK: Hazy yellow, with a big healthy white head. excellent retention. large bubbles and foam stick around through out.
AROMA: Metallic hoppy, pine, light citrus.
TASTE: more of the citrus and metallic flavors, but the pine takes off here and dominates. Nice at first, but gets sappy midway through.
FEEL: super creamy. there is a thickness to it, but it is very drinkable and "crusher-able".

Pretty good. I liked this better than focal banger or heady topper. It still has a sappiness that becomes unpleasant as you go.


Dec 11, 2018
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