Alchemist, The
Crusher American Double India Pale Ale
American Double/Imperial IPA
16oz, 4-Pack
Healthy two plus finger head of eggshell white, nice density and retention, even surface maintained as it dissipates, the lacing is average, a few streaks here or there at best. Hazy light bronzed orange color, touch brighter yellow at the edges, bubbles aren't quite beads but they do gather together in a grouping. Big nose first of malty mocha powder and vanilla icing then pine sap, candied orange peel and sweet tea leaf, the damp herbaceousness too high pitched to come off as outright dank, voluptuous peach, apricot, mango fruit of full ripeness, more approachable than complex. Full-bodied, sappy stickiness adds heft as well as extends the finish for a prolonged period. The carbonation makes a good effort but not able to keep the pace. Develops a metallic earthiness here with coal tar and pine sap in support. Sweet caramel, molasses to dinner roll breadiness. Has its moments of hoppiness but the sweetness wins in the end. Here as well the mango, nectarine, pineapple, peach fruit more like thick slabs than fresh, tart juiciness. Does not seem to be styled for those who prefer keenly dry and bitter IPA's. No burn but towards the end of the can you feel the alcohol.
4 out of 5