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Sleighor Double IPA | ReaperAle

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Sleighor Double IPASleighor Double IPA

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California, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and sweet citrus, very nice.

T: The taste is loaded with hops bitterness that dominates throughout. However, there’s still a great balance as flavors of citrus and caramel along with a decent malt backbone compliment the hops presence. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, this beer is your quintessential hop bomb. I would love to be able to drink just this beer for a whole evening, which makes me appreciate the one bomber that I drank pretty quickly.

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Photo of northaustin
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a semi hazy copper with a fat finger of thick even white head. the head stays for a long time and leaves minimal stringy lacing.

smell is very malty sweet with a very heavy piney hop note. no alchohol. this is very pleasing.

taste starts off with a massive hit of sweet malts but quickly balances with a shit ton of piney hops that easily mixes in your mouth and perfectly masks the high alchohol content. nothing too complex about the flavor but there is certainly nothing subtle. taste the sleighor.

mouthfeel and drinkability: my mouth isnt left with a syrupy sweetness or overhop oilyness. it is also affordable and has a well masked high abv.

i should add that although the beers are great the labels are absolutely ridiculous. a grim reaper on a sleigh with a skeleton reindeer surrounded by flames?? on top of that it looks like a still frame from a nintendo 64 game.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served from a 22 oz bomber.

First off, when I first saw the label I said to my buddy, "What?! Is this beer called 'Slay-Whore?'" He laughed and corrected me. But now we still refer to this beer as Slay Whore. On to the beer...

It poured a clear amber with a frothy off white head. The aroma is strong with floral hops and cinnamon. The flavor is nothing less than outstanding. Floral notes along with nutmeg, malt, fruit and pine are all perfectly balanced. There are also light notes of chocolate. The fruit notes are mostly apple and apricot in character. It finishes with a great sweetness to balance the hops.

Overall this beer is excellent and I will be purchasing more very shortly. If you get a chance to try it, go for it.

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Photo of nriech
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle. Poured like a mildly darker IPA. The smell was immediately a bonus. This smells just like taking a handfull of fresh hops, rolling them around in your hands and taking a big whiff. Amazing! The freshness of it is just great!

The inital taste is a bit overpowering but as you settle in, its really not that bad. The taste is really good. Body is a little sticky but with all the hops thats all good. Drinkability is definately good. Alcohol presence is non-existant, if you can taste alcohol over the hops youve got more tastebuds than any normal human does.

In the end would buy again, good for a hop hankerin for a hunk of cheese!,, oh sorry, hunk of Hops!

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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 JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

Deep amber/copper colored brew with a thick (one inch) head of tight tiny bubbles. No haze.

Aroma is rich, piney, with some malt balance.

Taste is like the aroma, initial sweet malt with a rush of hops. Pine up front and grapefruit in the back.

Mouthfeel is coating without being thick.

Overall, a nicely balanced hop bomb that doesn't blow you away. I'll have another, please.

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Photo of lostbearbrew
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from trade with Drewbage. Thanks! Poured a deep red with amber notes. 3/4" head melted to small head of creamy foam.

This beer smelled awesome - chock full of citrus and strong pine, plenty of oils hanging out in the nose. Could smell a sweet, yummy malt, way deep down in there somewhere.

Taste - explosion of NW hops punching ya in the palate! Bitter, but that's not all- along with the load of pine needle being dumped on my tongue came some sweet malt and then the sharp, but not unpleasant twinge of alchohol. Some might call this unbalanced, but in this case, I think it is what a West Coast DIPA should taste like.

Mouthfeel was good, hops and resin made it a little chewy, but I like that. I'm loving the sting on the back of my tongue, from the hops, that keeps hanging on. I find this to be a personal mark of a really nice DIPA these days - thick, chewy, with a superglue on the tongue and roof of mouth effect.

Drinkability - tatse - many, alch %age - a few. Very good.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sleighor DIPA pours a darker orange amber color with a thick light tan head. Lacing is sticking all over the glass. Looks good, but smells even better.

Amazing fresh hop aroma. Tons of pine, with some pine needles, pine resin, oh...and some pine bark as well. Did I mention it has a light, fresh, pine scent? Yeah, it does. Some grass and grapefruit, but mostly Christmas tree. There is a touch a sweetness in the smell, but the bad ass Hop Monster slaps it around and sends it crying back to its mommy.

Where should I begin with the flavor? Let's see...take a piece of chewy caramel and roll it around it some pine sap, pine needles, and grass, then give it a squeeze of acidic orange juice. There you go...Sleighor in candy form. I don't think it would taste as good as the beer version, though.

Medium body with good carbonation. Dry, sticky finish with some bitterness. This isn't as bitter as you would think...but darn tootin' it's good. At 9.1% abv this isn't a sessionable brew, but I could see enjoying a couple bombers during an afternoon of football. I will have to grab some more on my next trip to VA.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Until I tried Sleighor, I was not a fan of ANY Reaper ales. But this beer is an exception. It has a hearty malt taste, and thanks to an infusion of some choice west coast hops, its very well-balanced and packs a punch. It pours a rich, creamy head and has good lacing. It fits right into the style of the other bold, in your face double IPA's being brewed in California. I was told this was a seasonal ale. Fortunately, it keeps appearing on the shelves of the better beer stores, even in mid-March.

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

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this one.

Pours a slightly cloudy burnt orange color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white creamy head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is slightly malty, hoppy, piney, and nice touch of citrus and caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, lots of pines, citrus. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, glad to finally get a bottle of this brew. Wish ReaperAle was not going out of business, they do make some tasty brews. Highly recommended.

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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 one...it 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 Tupperwolf
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber brown into my nonic glass with a thin, hazy yellow-tan head that fades to a ring after a minute or two, leaving behind soapy sheets of lacing. I'm not sure what I'm getting into with Reaper Brewing; I really hate the label but Californian IPAs are generally good things.

There are those hops I'm looking for in the nose - it's all about the hops here, floral and grapefruity for the most part; A few metallic scents, and at the finish, a few teeny whiffs of honey from the malt.

Yep, more tart hops on the taste buds; They're happily bitter, really a fruity, flowery and quite metallic taste that does everything it can to overpower the malts but can't quite surpress all of the honey-biscuit flavors there. Good thing, because this is a really well balanced DIPA, just how I like 'em.

Mouthfeel is good, a little watery at first until you soak up a bit of the hop oils; A swallow bubbles up good carbonation out of nowhere, which serves to swirl the flavors around the palate until swallowing again, leaving a slick, yummy, hoppy bitter aftertaste. Wow, 9.1 ABV? Where the hell is it? In my belly before I realize it, that's where.

This is a great hoppy beer - it didn't blow me away, but it sure does hide its alcohol well, and it hides it behind good tastes. A solid DIPA.

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Photo of mentor
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by nvsblman and shared with absolutesites on T-Day, 2005. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a light yellowish head over a somewhat cloudy apricot liquid. Smells grapefruity pith, pine, tangerine, and a hint of orange oil. My guess is Amarillo hops. Flavor is fairly well balanced. I find balance tough to find in styles where flavors are so potent and are accompanied by an alcohol sting. This beer is much better than the Yulesmith (by Alesmith) I just had. The sweetness blends into the hops much more smoothly, perhaps helped by a creamy thick mouthfeel. The malt is sugary-sweet and strong, but not over-done to the point of obtaining a sourish caramel tang. Tang is present, but I think it's from the orangey hops, not the malt. Thick mouthfeel and moderately carbonated. I really enjoyed this one.

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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 possumfollower2
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy cow! This thing is intriguing. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected but the malts. Oh the malts. Wow. I've never had an IPA or Dbl IPA that was smoky. I mean, I've had rauchbier before and this really reminds me of that experience. Maybe not as intense but the smokiness is reminiscent. The maltiness is robust and very roasty like a porter but balanced and managed very, very well with the big, not floral, hops. This a complex beer that develops and changes in the glass in the matter...of well, this posting. Very stoked. I'd put this beer next to the fire in mid-November with a good book in a the double stuffed chair. Oh, my chair is calling me.

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Photo of xymyl
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: This bottle was stored at 55 degrees F for 2 years prior to this tasting.

Dark copper/red with a huge frothy head with lacing and massive clumps. Looks like a dirty snow storm.

Aromas of fresh bread, bread crusts, toast, burnt toast, vanilla, caramel, nuts, pine tar, and pine sap along with a soft herbal background.

Huge caramel, and intense burnt notes mingle with huge hop bitterness and spicy notes kicked up by the alcohol, floral notes are more interesting as they are more integrated with malt. Overall those are the standdout points, this retains a strong IPA character even with so much integration and refinement over the storage period.

Body is full, would be difficult to drink a whole one very quickly, but given a few hours it proves quite a rewarding undertaking.

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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 MOB210SA
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool looking cap on the bottle. Not to mention the artwork on the label which is what probably caught my eye and drew me to the bottle.

1 finger good looking creamy head, light tan/cream in color. It stuck around for a while, eventually dying to a large ring. Impressive color a beautiful dark, burnt orange- hazy.

Sweet caramel and bready yeasts and sweet hoppiness. Nose really opens up with warming, super sweet candied sugars and sweet caramel maltiness. Besides that is smells decent.

Full bodied really smooth and almost syrupy, has a slightly dry finish.

A pretty nicely balanced malt and hop bitterness. Not near as sweet as the smell would lead to believe. Nice caramel and hop finish, with a nice alcohol kick. Worth my $5 I payed, I will try the others from Reaper. I guess sometimes you do get more than you pay for.

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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 allengarvin
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-mouthed chalice. Sleighor is a reddish-mahogany color, somewhat hazy, with a moderate head. The nose is appropriately hoppy, with lots of citrus character, backed by a solid sweet malty scent. Good balance of flavors, with a big load of resinous, citrus hop taste, though bitterness is kept in check allowing a rich maltiy-sweet caramel to come through. The yeast character is fairly fruity and quite discernible at the finish. Not nearly as dry in the finish as many DIPAs, but with a nice lingering bitter-sweet taste.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared with egajdzis...
Appears a hazy cloud of brown with a 2 finger white head and steady lacing.
Smell is of hoppy bliss and biscuity malts.
Taste is slightly thin but tasty. Hoppy smack with biscuits that bitter but well balanced.
Mouthfeel is sweet and medium bodied with a tiny bit of a buttery finish. Not too heavy and smooth.
Drinkability is good. Nice Double IPA.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this a few months ago, meaning to drink it fresh as I like to for my first time with any IPA/DIPA, to truly taste the fresh kickin' hops. Well I accidentally sat on it for about 3-4 months, found it and thought, "oh shit...I need to drink this."

First, the bottle. That label is pretty cool - the Grim Reaper cruisin around in Santa's sleigh, wielding his sickle towards one lone reindeer...actually, the skeleton of said reindeer. Nice.

The beer pours a hazy copper, with a thick creamy bubbly head. I can smell the hops already. I was quite surprised reading through some of the other reviews after I'd drank about half the bomber, with my fellow reviewers discussing the lack of hops and comparing this more to the English style than the American. The bottle I have seems to be more West Coast, but does not go overboard (which isn't a bad thing IMO) on the hops. Hops and sweet drizzled caramel in the nose. I expected a hoppier flavor profile given what I picked up in the aroma, but this is more of a malt monster at this point, though there is a substantial palate-torching hop bitterness in the finish. Mild citrus and thick, dark fruits in the aftertaste. Pretty damn chewy. Slow alcohol burn and a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. If you're an IPA guy, this is certainly worth seeking out. The best I've had from the Reaper Ales lineup.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/30/04- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22 oz bottle with a cool ass Slayer death dude ready to deliver his toys...errrr death. Damn, I need to go to church. No expiration date and poured into my Powerhouse Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Opened the bottle to find that lovely poof of cool steam rising in the air. After that, the bottle slowly overflowed all over my counter and floor. Thankfully I only lost about an ounce. After cleaning up and letting it settle down, I saw a beautiful foamy head, a nice cloudy amber color and great lacing. The only thing missing were those little cool circular rings that form in some quality belgiun beers.

Smell- Lots of floral hops everywhere. I'm liking this experience so far.

Taste- Quality DIPA. Not as bitter hops as I would like, but very tasty. Lots of grapefruity and semi-bitter hops. Even a tinge of some kind of roasted nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation that helps with easy consumption.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. Good price and a tasty beer. Not the best DIPA, but definitely above average. Will be hooking up with this one again in the future. (Me showing my devil horns) !!!

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Photo of cbl2
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$4.99 22 oz. 9.10% No best by date.


Pours a somewhat murky orange-brown with an inch of foamy tan head that has good retention.


Sweet ruby red grapefruit with hints of pinewood.


Lush, ripe, sweet grapefruit at first sip, that grows increasingly sweeter as this resides in the mouth. Very well balanced, and masking the alcohol nicely. Not as pure hoppy as most DIPA's I've encountered. An excellent beer, this is heavily hopped, though supplanted by a nice level of sweet malts. Enjoy!

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Sleighor Double IPA from ReaperAle
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