Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Company

Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt AleSleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale
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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Ranked #42
Ranked #22,245
3.76 | pDev: 11.97%
Apr 11, 2021
Jan 08, 2009
Very Good
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt AleSleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale
Notes: Called 'Dark Double Alt' on the label.

Seize the season with Sleigh'r. Layers of deeply toasted malt are balanced by just enough hop bitterness to make it deceivingly drinkable. Paired with a dry finish, Sleigh’r is anything but your typical winter brew.

An Alt ferments with Ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives Alts a more refined, crisp lager-like flavor than traditional ales. The Alt has been “Ninkasified” raising the ABV and IBUs. Sleigh'r has a deep, toasted malt flavor that finishes dry and balanced.

50 IBU
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3.84 by _derrr from California on Apr 11, 2021
3.76 by vienna_mantrap from Idaho on Dec 19, 2020
3.39 by evergreen_machine from Washington on Nov 30, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: Clear rich amber/ruby red with a beige head that settles down to a thin lid and leaves good lacing behind
Aroma: Warm brown bread, rock candy, earthiness, a little toffee, and some spicy hop notes
Taste: Follows the nose well and more or less, in the same proportions I got in the aroma – bready/candy/earth dominate with toffee and spicy hops weaving in and out of the frame. Finishes with bread and toffee along with light earthy hop notes and mild bitterness
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, slightly chewy at times, and mild dryness on the finish
Overall: I dig it. Although hoppier than a traditional Altbier (though I know they no longer refer to this beer as a Double Alt), it’s Ninkasi so not surprising plus I like the overall depth of this beer. Need a malt and hop fix all together in a winter seasonal – give this a run and it won’t disappoint

Nov 16, 2020
3.79 by Anacross from Oregon on Oct 31, 2020
3.63 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Oct 10, 2020
3.77 by ghasting from Washington on Jan 13, 2020
3.76 by MattSn from Oregon on Dec 23, 2019
3.84 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 16, 2019
4.04 by Houlio_99 from Connecticut on Dec 09, 2019
3.71 by BarrelAgedG from California on Nov 14, 2019
3.74 by MobBarley from Oregon on Nov 09, 2019
2.37 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 08, 2019
3.48 by JDoHo from Michigan on May 05, 2019
3.93 by heymikew from California on Dec 27, 2018
3.6 by procession7 from Netherlands on Dec 23, 2018
3.96 by grittybrews from Washington on Dec 21, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Smileynulk from Washington

I usually don't like dark winter ales. They are typically too bread-like and sweet for me. The Sleigh'r however is a wonderful hybrid between a winter ale, and an IPA. The bitterness from the hops gives a nice kick when it first hits your tongue. There is also all of the normal winter ale flavors that come through, the deep roasted malts, the spices, and the lingering sweetness.
This is by far my favorite winter ale. Originally picked up a 22oz bottle and drank straight from that, it was a good at that point, but not amazing. I decided to grab a sixer of it and tried it from a glass, and let me tell you, letting this beer breathe and expand does it wonders, would highly recommend drinking it from a glass rather than the bottle.

Picture of it in a glass and the bottle.

Dec 14, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, no carbonation, and a half finger of off-white head.

It smells of toasted malts, red licorice, slightly sweet.
At first, the taste is the same as the nose.
Then, there is a hoppy quality, that is dull and bitter. Also the flavours of a winter ale with all of the spiciness comes through.

Medium body, with a medium carbonation.

I got this in Medford Oregon today. Drinking in Redding, December 9, 2018.

Dec 10, 2018
4.16 by BoatKris37 from Idaho on Nov 21, 2018
4.08 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon on Nov 18, 2018
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3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by iguanodon from Utah

[Original rating 2016-12-22] Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, pine, alcohol. Taste of sweet caramel, dark malt, candied cherries, a little alcohol in the finish. The label doesn’t say ’Dark Double Alt’ but after seeing the name here I think that is an accurate description. A good winter beer with no spices or crap like that.

Oct 24, 2018
4.42 by SargeC from California on Aug 06, 2018
4.03 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota on Mar 05, 2018
4.75 by RB3 from Washington on Feb 16, 2018
3.2 by JelickNight from Washington on Jan 31, 2018
3.5 by Dschamp from Oregon on Jan 27, 2018
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3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BJB13 from Maryland

This definitely tastes more like a spicy winter warmer than an altbier.
Thin and crisp, mildly bitter and slightly roasty along with seasonal spice.
The finish is dry and a bit peppery.
Not bad if you like winter seasonals.

Jan 23, 2018
3.62 by Sellen from Connecticut on Jan 17, 2018
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 02, 2018
3.79 by TrueMetalJake from Oregon on Dec 30, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by nunitn from Arizona

A solid winter warmer. Nothing more, nothing less.

Dec 27, 2017
3.75 by DoctorEvil65 from Washington on Dec 23, 2017
3.75 by redleg64 from Michigan on Dec 14, 2017
3.75 by gruves33 from Maryland on Dec 10, 2017
3.18 by gboley from California on Nov 24, 2017
3.77 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Nov 11, 2017
4.35 by takusan1000 from Washington on Nov 03, 2017
4.35 by Shortbox81 from Washington on Aug 30, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 11/16/13. The appearance is a fairly dark copper/brown colored body with a somewhat thin less than a finger’s worth of head that dies practically within thirty seconds and leaves a decent amount of sticky lacing that eventually slides into the body. The smell has a somewhat rich dark malty nuttiness, there seems to be some spice that I can’t really tell what it is, just a sort of spiciness The taste is a mostly malty sweet, the spice from the aroma comes back to balance it a bit, an "altbier-like" malty aftertaste, somewhat dry finish. The palate is about a medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and for me as its just not harsh or smooth, just right on. Overall, good altbier for the most part, that I think I would come back to.

Jul 01, 2017
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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