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:
1,781
Reviews:
233
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.9%
 
 
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823
Gots:
388
For Trade:
11
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4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppity1
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one I've been seeking for a while

Pours a nice fluffy creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly fair lacing, very murky hazy carrot orange yellow color

Nose big citrus, orange peel, orange cream, some pith, tangerine, some creamy flaked malts oats wheats etc, just a touch of alcohol, maybe faint mango

Taste big orange cream, juicy citrus, orange juice, tangerine, some pith, a creamy flaked malt base and oats wheat, little toasty, rind, little sweetness, touch of mango. Finish gets a bit boozy, little alcohol fusel flavor which is the only downfall

Mouth is med bod creamy lush, fluffy carb, some warming hot booze

Overall petty nice, a lot less depth than many other big NEIPAs , lots of citrus and nice malt base, but alcohol is distracting.

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Photo of al2913
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lakamoso
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Grackos
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like orange juice.

Smells of oranges, citrus fruits maybe a bit resinous.

Tastes like it smells times 10. Citrus, orange, grapefruit and some dankness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry.

Overall this is a 4.5-4.75. Maybe top 3 DIPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of kool-aid
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This improves with each batch. I'm particularly enamored with this current batch, canned 7/11/2017. (The brewery staff mentioned it was canned the day of purchase which is how I know- still no date printed on cans yet.) Some heavy hoppy beers need time to 'ripen' but this is perfect right away.

It's dangerously smooth and fruity, with balancing bitter and malt properties. Drinking straight from the can, it's a beautiful experience until before you know it, you're holding an empty vessel and wishing for more. I look forward to picking up more in a few days, and can't wait to see how this beer continues to evolve for the better.

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Photo of WhackoMillah93
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of MFD657
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eddie729
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sarge3130
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pmarlowe
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned about a week ago.

A: Pours straw/light golden with two fingers of foamy off-white head. Excellent retention and a few streaks of lacing.

S: Bright and clean tangerine and candied pink grapefruit, whiff of dankness, and a mild backbone of pale malt.

T: Somewhat more muddled citrus hops and hefty bready malt with a bit of toast. Finishes with moderate sweetness which is at least partly offset by medium-light bitterness through the finish. The bitterness lingers fairly long.

M: Medium body with moderate creaminess. Medium-light carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth and a bit of alcohol bite to it.

O: Pretty tasty DIPA. The taste is a bit more muddled and bitter than ideal. This hides the 9% pretty well, though in general I don’t see the need for DIPAs to be approaching American Barleywine territory.

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4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of nuggetlover
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Received a 16 ounce can from my new friends Louie, Louis, and Al in Williamsburg, Virginia on June 26, 2017. Outstanding IPA. This was my first Alchemist brew and I wasn't disappointed. Can't wait to return the favor to my friends in Williamsburg.

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4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How does one segue seamlessly from The Eradication/Reduction of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody back into what really matters, namely, The CANQuest (tm)? Well, first, you have to jump into Mr. Peabody & Sherman's W.A.B.A.C. Machine, going back to the early-to-mid-1970's. There, a youthful Bro. Woody spent a LOT of time on his maternal grandparents' property, abutting a working farm. A young neighbor girl traded comic books & played tetherball with me. She grew up, married a fellow local beer aficionado & during a recent road trip to VT, they knew to bring me CANs! Viva The CANQuest (tm)! It pays to advertise.

From the CAN: "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.

The Crack! was exceedingly loud & when I peered in, I could see why. It seemed Underfilled with a good bit of head space between the fill line & the lid. I performed a gentle Glug into the awaiting glass, followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, French Vanilla-colored head with excellent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), which may have been a chill haze due to my reefer temperature being kept rather frosty. I shall keep an eye on this during the beer's CANsumption. Nose had the fresh, earthy vegetal smell of recently harvested dank before drying along with a sharp grapefruit citrusiness to keep me on my toes. Mouthfeel was medium, kind of on the thin side for the style. The taste was NBH, nothin' but hops! Big, juicy, citrusy, bitter, dank hops. Lots & lots of 'em, but without the astringency and graininess that CAN sometimes acCANpony this flavor, usually due to dry-hopping to the point of saturation & beyond. To say that this was enjoyable would be an understatement. As a self-avowed, self-described hophead, I live for this sort of thing. Finish was dry, almost enough to cause me to reach for my asthma inhaler, but not quite. Phew! Well, now.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JPeterson17
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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