Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt AleSleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by msubulldog25 on 01-08-2009

BEER STATS
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#24,555
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
608
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
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Photo of Smileynulk
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. https://imgur.com/a/G2xMY2F

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BoatKris37
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iguanodon
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[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.

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Photo of SargeC
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RB3
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JelickNight
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Dschamp
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BJB13
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Sellen
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TrueMetalJake
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nunitn
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A solid winter warmer. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redleg64
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gboley
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of takusan1000
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shortbox81
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
1.46/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

This is strange. This bottle is labeled as a winter ale, yet the description here says it is an Altbier. Did the recipe change since it was added, like the Hoss rye lager turned "Octoberfest" from Great Divide Brewing Company? They completely ruined that beer after that original was altered. Anyways, back to this beer.

With a nice magohany color, it’s…as weird as the way it’s spelled. It has the deep caramels and biscuits, but it’s too hoppy to taste anything else in this beer, like the worse version of the Claymore scotch ale from the Great Divide Brewing Company. It’s also a little too carbonated for the style. Overall, this is a very disappointing offering. I highly recommend the Back Home Gingerbread Stout from Golden Road Brewing Company. Other recommended beers for the wintertime is the Coconut Molasses Brown Ale from Duck Foot Brewing Company and the Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz pub glass
Pours dark, almost like a red ale, but thicker. Smells of malt and a hint of hopped bitterness. Tasted malt-driven, a little hoppy mid.. and light bitter back-bite. Smooth, light carbonation.

I bought a single of this beer, Feb 2016, but they were all gone when I went back to buy a sixer. I finally was able to get a sixer this past December and I'm glad I did. Pleasantly surprised at how this beer tasted overall.

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Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 608 ratings