Sleighor Double IPA | ReaperAle

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Sleighor Double IPASleighor Double IPA
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Sleighor Double IPASleighor Double IPA

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California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 10-06-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Dijeriduster:
Photo of Dijeriduster
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Like other reviewers I'm not sure on the vintage of this bottle. Got it on sale so that may be a sign...

A - Coppery to amber color with nice tan head developed on pour. Looks almost like a Scottish ale in color, very much diff from your typical IIPA (usually not as red)

S - Very malty with off cherry smells going on. I thought for sure this was a sign of an off beer - but other reviewers say the same thing so it might just be the beer?

T - Actually not as bad as the smell would indicate. Its warming after just 2 sips - at 9% no surprise. Its very malty and not very hoppy, odd of course for an IIPA. Kinda soury finish indicates there are some hops here, but overall the malt flavor dominates. Again its pretty close to an old scottish ale.

M - Pretty good actually. The high malt character of the beer gives it a good body - without being overbearing. Swishing produces a nice creamy body. Enjoyable mouthfeel.

D - Not as bad as I would have thought on the first pour. This isn't a great example of a IIPA, but its pretty good none the less given the well developed malt characteristics. Has some potential off flavors, kinda like a homebrew fermented as too high a temp. But oddly it is balanced by the malt profile making this an interesting beer on its own right. Would have been bummed if it was my IIPA for the night - but this follows a Sculpin from Ballast soo...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this beer in the past now its local so I picked a bomber up for myself.Poured into a small tulip glass a deep amber/bronze with a large clingy off white head.Hops are not really assertive in the nose,they are there but not assertive,a mix of dark fruit sweet alcohol and some resiny pine notes.Flavors are very balanced,a big some what sweetish malt really sticks out up front,the hops come in a herbal somewhat piney finish.Its not bad but its not in the higher tier of the style in my opinon.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a thick brown in color with an orangish hue and a nice tanned head that came up easy and left some cool-looking lacing on the inside of my Walking Man pint glass.

Smell – This is about half big citrus hops and half rich caramel malts, which makes it 100% awesome! It is full of rich butter and cream cheese and all of the smells are melded perfectly together.

Taste – The malts win out by just a hair at the taste but the citrus hops are still plenty noticeable and some bitter leafy flavors tag along for the ride. I can also pick up an unmistakable sense of alcohol.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full with an oily slick mouthfeel and a mild bitter middle.

Drinkability – Pop this baby on an empty stomach and you’ll be able to really appreciate it.

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Photo of Dmann
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very different double IPA but it is an outstanding brew in my opinion. The beer poured a dark red color with a very thick off white head that settled into a thick pillow of foam on the top of the beer. The smell did not jump out right away but after swirling the glass a little the extreme grapefruit-like hop presence was noticed along with a hint of pine. The taste really shone through and was very good. This is a super balanced 2IPA and although there is no shortage of hops, it does not totally envelop the slight carmel malt backbone. Also, many 2IPA's tend to be very dry hopped and acidic where this one is smoothe sailing all the way and very easy to drink.
The 9.1% is completly hidden and this beer is very well crafted. Allmost reminds me of a very hopped up Barleywine in some ways. Highly recommended!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Reaper Ales brew. 22oz bomber with a crazy skeleton reindeer on the label. Pours from the bottle an opaque blood orange color with a inch of off white head and spotty lacing. Aromas of thick, sweet caramel malts melting over a resinous pine cone hops. Some citrus wafts in with a cotton candy undertone. Inticing aroma here.

First sip brings a nice sweet pale, caramelly maltiness with a integration of dark fruity flavors. A touch biscuity as it flows into a wave of earthy, oily piney hops. Fairly strong, grating bitterness grabs the cheeks on the way down with a touch of citrus as well. Finishes with a bit of alcohol sting and a tough lingering bitterness. This one attacks the palate with a vengance while still having a strong malty profile. Not quite Old Crusty on the bitterness scale, but it's up there and I like it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. Mellow carbonation makes this one go down easily. Quite the interesting DIPA that was a nice change of pace. Suprisingly good balance but the stingy bitterness could be turned down just a bit. Overall, an enjoyable beer that I wouldn't mind having again sometime. Thanks to warriorsoul for sending the bottle my way.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two very generous BA's were kind enough to pass along this bad boy to me...BeerBeing and Wafflesauce...this one came from BB.
A semi-cloudy, bright copper color with a full finger of eggshell white head...a generous portion remains for a while and what recedes leaves some tight, sticky lacing.
More bittering hops in the nose than malt at this point...floral hops mainly and not so excessive which was a bit surprising. Absolutely no alcohol which is a real good sign.
The taste is great...huge bitterness, but a decent malt backbone keeps it fairly balanced while not real sweet and the alcohol is very well masked. You get that warming feeling right away, but goes down very easy for a double.
Mouthfeel is definitely above average...not cloying at all and the carbonation is fantastic.
My first Reaper brew and now I am really stoked that good ol' WS hooked me up with another...maybe I'll share with another fellow hophead...the wife will love it too.

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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this the same night I tried the Moylan's IPA. Thank God I had that one first. Bronze pour with a huge head. Full of hops in the aroma with a good mix of pine and grapefruit. Powerful hops in the taste, mixed with a sweet malt back. Hoppy kind of bitterseet finish. Nice.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy brown. The head is thin and wihte. It fades fast leaving only minimal laces.

It has a malty aroma. I dont detect nearly as much in the way of hops as I would expect from a double IPA. It has a slight cirtus aroma.

This beer has a piney taste. It also has a strong fruity flavor. It has a malty flavor. I dont think that it tastes quite like a Double IPA should taste.

This beer is slightly overcarbonated. It leaves a fruity, piney aftertaste. This beer is sort of thick for the style.

I doubt this beer would make a good session beer. It is slightly high in alcohol. Also, the flavor is not what you would expect from the style. I doubt I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bronze red beer with an aggressive head. I got almost three fingers of creamy head from the 22oz bomber. The beer is clear and looks like a IIPA should.

Smell is a little disappointing. It's mostly fruity (cherries) with a nice blend of caramelized malts. The disappointment comes from the lack of hops. There isn't much hop nostril sensation in any way, no citrus, no pine, just kind of lame.

Taste is a lot like the nose and very unlike a IIPA should be. Cherries mixed with a caramelized malt on top of a dry dusty bookshelf. Where are the hops? There is a light bitterness but I feel that this Reaper is D.O.A.

The finish is kind of dry and average at best. At least the 9.1% is barely detectable, which is the only thing keeping me from dumping it. This is a poor double IPA.

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Photo of sloejams
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boo! Yeah it's fucking Halloween. Also happens to be the day after I have a spooky looking bottle of ReaperAle's Double IPA. ReaperAle has this crusty-guy-in-a-jean-jacket-with-a-metal-band-patch kind of artwork going on. Thankfully, in this case the beer is much better than the label.

From San Diego, this is definitely a West Coast DIPA. It pours a bit darker than most. The aroma is all hops - the pine, the sweet = all there. The 9% ABV is well hidden in this, so it's worth being careful - it could catch up with you quickly. If you like hoptastic beers this is for you. If you like hoptastic beers and Judas Priest album covers - run out and get this now.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange/amber with a nice 2 finger white head that melts to very respectable, sticky lacing.
Aroma is pure fruits (cherries, oranges) and lots of pine tree.
It's funny how different everyone's senses are. My girlfriend smells fruits and has to search for the pine. I smell almost nothing but fresh pine tree oils and have to really search for the fruit.
Taste is a carmel/toffy malt that gets overwelmed quickly by the hops...again, mostly piney hops.
Aftertaste is definately hops but then that sort of melts back to the caramel malts. Nice....and nicely done.
You don't notice the 9% in the taste so you have to watch this could definately bite you.
I just had my second bottle (10/8/06)
Nothing to change here except its becoming a favorite and I'm going back for more so I will have it after December.

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Photo of gargoyles
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Double IPA, a very different taste with the pine and citric hops. poured a rich orange to amber color. You can taste the Pine and citris on the palate with a little sweetness which gives it some balance. As IPA is my preferred beer when not tasting new beers, i found this beer to be very palatable and would definitely have it again...

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yes, oh YES the Metalmonk is pleased... Earlier this week it was the dark and evil Samael (Avery's Samael oak-aged ale), today we are greeted by Slayer (or, rather, Sleighor), and with 5 gallons of the monk's own Holy Terror Homebrew currently bottle-conditioning in the cellar, it has indeed been a most delightfully doom-laden beer week in the monk's inner sanctum...


This bottle, purchased at the great Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA, pours out a dense foamy head atop a glowing burnt-orange color. Head retains long enough for a 9.1% beer, and leaves wild splotches of lace in its wake.

Aroma puts forth a total hops attack, almost one-dimensional yet there's a bit of bubblegum underneath...we're clearly dealing with another hop devil here...strong on the pine, sharp yet flowery, huge and fresh...

Unlike the aroma, the immense hoppiness in the flavor is balanced with a more detectable maltiness, attempting some kind of balance with its sweet and velvety tone. Plenty of stinky, oily, piney hops flavor comes through, riding on a thin bed of malt, with some juicy fruitiness and mild toastiness in the finish...granted, not as much depth as DIPA favorites Amnesiac (by Phillips) and the better-known Dogfish Head 90-Minute. But if you've got the hops bug, this'll quench that thirst, and fast.

Mouthfeel is adequate for the style and the intense flavors, moderately carbonated and very active on the tongue, slightly sharp, even a little dry. Could be a little creamier, as the finish is sharp and resin-y.

Perhaps Sleighor is too single-minded for some. But look at the name and label. This is meant to be a tastebud killer, in a good, damn-that's-crazy, hops-overload sorta way. Deal with it or get outta the sleigh.

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Photo of Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jon's bottle. No past due date, but I think the bottle passed its shelflife, not through a great hoppy aroma, not through appearance which was cloudy grapefruit with a white head and lacey, but through taste alone. Mouthfeel also fairly weak for a double IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reaper's Sleighor delivers a beautiful deep-mahogany body with a ruby cast beneath a creamy tan head that holds quite well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass. The nose is bright and welcoming with a sweetish, caramel and biscuit-like maltiness; some mild yeasty fruitiness; and a good dose of grassy, earthy, and mildly floral hops. It's just mildly zesty and then smooth and creamy across the palate with a medium-full body and very fine-bubbled, moderate, natural carbonation. Caramelish malt appears upfront, followed immediately by its grassy and leafy hops. Some more toffeeish flavors appear at the swallow as its bitterness begins to rise. Not surprisingly, it's malt fades quickly in the lingering aftertaste; but it's hop flavors and bitterness remain for a bit. It's really nicely balanced and drinkable; and it's 9.10% abv never shows! The double IPA designation might be questionable, but the fact that this is one tasty, well-balanced, and drinkable beer is not!

Additional note: This is the best beer I've had from this brewery and it's definitely worth trying for fans of IPA!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber color with a good half-inch of creamy off-white head that retains fairly well. Good carbonation keeps flowing for quite a while. Aggressive aroma of piney, grassy, resinous, floral hops is not unlike that of dank reefer bud (or, so I've been told). More piney, grassy hops on the palate, blending with a lightly sweet caramel flavor. Something somewhat foul lurking underneath pops out every now and then, producing a sour, slightly sulphurous note that disappears again immediately. Body is sticky and resinous, and just a little thicker than I'd prefer. Overall, a tasty, well-hopped double IPA that isn't completely overpowering. Nicely done.

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear, nice looking amber color and has a slight reddish tint to it. The head is a light vanilla color and is about two fingers deep. It stuck around for a little, but left a light coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose has all the initial earmarks of a solid DIPA. It features a sweet mix of citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. There's even a slight hint of dark fruit. Hops are strong, piney, and a little citric. There's a bit of a floral quality to them as well. It certainly smells like a nice, diverse mix of hops. Malts are easily noticeable and sweet smelling.

Taste: It is sweet and citrusy up front. It's primarily grapefruit and pineapple. Hops kick in immediately and provide assault the palate. They're definitely piney, a little citric, and bitter. Did I mention bitter? There's quite a bit of malt in there. It's sweet and has a nice, caramel flavor. It really does its best to balance out the strong, bitter hop flavor, but ultimately succumbs. This is really an interesting beer in that respect. Ordinarily, this amount of malt flavor would negate much of the hop bitterness in most beers. Not this one. The malts are ultimately slain....or shall I say sleighn? Alcohol is mildly noticeable and has a slight warming effect. It finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and really is a smooth beer. Carbonation is relatively active, but it remains smooth. I wouldn't characterize it as creamy, but they did a nice job here. Drinkability is good, but not spectacular. It's going down pretty easy, but I'm not quite pining for another bottle.

Sleighor's a solid DIPA, but doesn't quite fit into the upper echelon of the style. Frankly, it's a little too malt heavy for my taste. While it still retains an excellent hop profile and bitter flavor, it's just too malty for me personally. It's still a nice beer and is certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was very reminiscent of Stone's 10th Anniversay Double IPA... I actually gave that beer a good rating at the time but since then I've realized I don't like that kind of DIPA. This beer was just like it and it's not really my favorite type. It pours dark orange and smells resiny, oily, that's the best I can remember. It's all mixed with a thick smelling malt sweetness. I like to describe this phenomenon as soupy. It just had way too much sugar going on in the background trying to compete with the hops. The sweetness messes with the flavor and causes the body to be too thick. Not my favorite style of DIPA... I like drier IPA's

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was actually very impressive in appearance. It was a deep ruby red with a ginormous head on it that hung around forever. When it did subside it left behind a ton of sticky swiss cheese lacing.

The smell had much more malt than I expected as well as citrus and piney hops, but they were subdued.

This tastes more like a barleywine than an IPA. It actually has an earthy and grassy flavor and the aftertaste even tastes like a mouthfull of dirt, in an unpleasant way. It was bitter, but not overly bitter. There's way to much malt for my liking in an IPA.

Somewhat syrupy and full bodied. The finish is slightly bitter.

The syrupy texture and bad aftertaste make this a hard one to swallow.

This wasn't a bad beer, but I don't think it's an accurate representation of the style. The malt was overdone and the hops were more bittering than flavorful.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with great carbonation. The head is a big 2 fingers, off whits rocky and leaves great lace.

The smell is nice not real big but worthy of the style, mostly earthy hops with some toasty caramel malt .

The taste is real nice, a big beer with big taste but not supper hopy, much more balanced. Real nice, the malt character is real nice, slightly roasty, a bit of tost crust and some warm caramel.

The mouthfeel is very good, good carbonation, very nice body.

The drinkability is very good, a fine choice. Thanks Ken you are a trading Jewel. Prosit MK

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Photo of Mojo333
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a crimson red with dark orange highlights accompanied by a 2 finger soft creamy white head that left a clumpy lacing behind.

S: a big cascade hop aroma of grassiness with lots of citrus and pine.

T: Big pungent grapefruit flavor, makes you pucker. the grassiness of the cascade hops are bittering like in the victory hop wallop while the Columbus hops also shine strong with a similar notion to my favorite ipa Anderson valleys hop ottin. All 3 C hops represented here with some strong grapefruit note with a soft background of caramel sweetness trying to break through the pungent hoppiness. Alcohol becomes apparent as it warms but otherwise pretty well hidden for 9abv.

M: a light-medium fullness, oily with some hop resin with a prickly carbonation.

D: Well hidden abv with a big hoppiness is sure to be a big pleaser for hop heads. Nice drinkability.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a deep clear orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with some good retention and very good lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus notes with low caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some fresh bitter hops with some nice citrus notes with a nice malt profile with some sweet notes. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol notes are detectable. Very well done.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle.
Pours a slightly hazy amber and coffe hue with a puffy light tan head that leaves big pieces of lace on the pint.
Aroma of pine tar, caramel, resins, grapefruit and a toasted malt note.
Flavor has caramel underpinnings with a toasted and slightly roasted note followed by a crushinlgy powerful bitterness of resin and hop oil. Very powerful bittering and escalation.
Mouthfeel is full-on gritty, resiny hops with some caramel and dark fruity notes. Incredibly powerful bittering on the tongue. Really gave the tastebuds a workout.
Drinkability is good. Well made but have to bitter loving hop head to truly enjoy this one.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What better way to open the hoiday season than by sampling this double IPA sporting the label of a skeletal reindeer-driven sleigh piloted by the Grim Reaper dressed like St Nick.
This brew looks good; clear, black cherry soda color with a modest yet durable off-white head. Minor lacing. There's a lot of hops packed in there. It also has that dusty malt aroma I've come to equate with English style IPA's. Bits of fruit and spice also play at the periphery of the nose.
Medium/full with that dusty drying feel of an English IPA. Decent malt platform up front and hearty caramel sweetness. Then the hops swoop in and slather the tongue. Not the rampant citrus-and-pine tongue-searing hoppiness of other American mega-IPA's but rather like a jumped-up English IPA. I can best equate it to Fuller's IPA on steriods.
Overall, not bad. Definitely not your standard American double IPA. Pretty easy to quaff but beware the hefty %ABV. It took me a bit to get my tongue used to it, but Sleighor is pretty tasty and worth taking on.

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