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Sleighor Double IPA | ReaperAle

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Sleighor Double IPASleighor Double IPA
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Sleighor Double IPASleighor Double IPA

Brewed by:
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 10-06-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Overlord
2.06/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Goddamn. I knew this beer wouldn't be good. Knew it. I see it all the time, undisturbed, at local stores. Bought it anyway. Under four bucks for a DIPA, how bad can it be?

Pours a brownish amber. Huge off-white foam head. Smells like medicinal soap and a bit of earthy hops.

Flavor is so, so off for the style. Dank, earthy, musty bitterness. Barely a hint of pine or citrus, if any. Just .. off. I have a 22 oz. bottle of this, and I'm about to drainpour the majority of it. I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up being my worst rated DIPA, ever, and forever. Mouthfeel is thin, for the head, very little carbonation.

This beer's failure is now complete.

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Photo of HoosBrews
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was slightly more red than orange. Decent nose, although a little thin for a DIPA. Taste is extremely dry. Second and third sips even drier with a slightly medicinal taste. Alcohol is fairly well hiden, but still not really a great DIPA...

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber in color with a small foamy head of about one finger in size.

Aroma is more indicative of a barleywine or old ale or double amber. In other words, mostly malt and hardly any hops. Strong alcohol aroma as well, which means this is going to give one massive hangover.

No hop flavor but some bitterness. Sweet and malty and not all that great. As far as double IPAs go, this is way down the list. Not enough hop bite and almost sickly sweet. Not very enjoyable and the abv is really evident.

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Photo of hoplover82
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Pours a hazy red color with a medium to small off white head that quickly fades to almost nothing with not good barely spotty lacing.

S-The aroma is more like a barley wine than a IIPA. It has a huge sweet malty caramel note to it. Barely any hops in the nose. Slightly oxidized. And some floral hops notes in the back. Seems a little astringent as well. big letdown indeed. Some fruity esthers as well.

T-The flavor is much the same with the hops shining a little more than in the nose. And some good chunky bitterness to balnce the carmel sweetness. Really should be catagorized as a barley wine style ale for sure. There is not enough hoppiness at all.

M-Full bodied and creamy with a slight dryness in the end. PLUS, when I cracked it open, there almost was a gusher, if I didn;t pour it right away!

D-It goes down ok, but It's not something I would want to have again.

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Photo of Mojo333
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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 womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a rich copper color with two fingers of white foam that quickly dissipates. Sadly, this is the best feature of the beer.

S: Some slight pine to the aroma and quite a bit of malt. Disappointingly mild citrus.

T: Much more malty than I would have hoped for/expected (more along the lines of a barleywine). I don't often use this descriptor, but it's very earthy--like dirt.

M: The body is medium but the carbonation is somewhat low.

D: This is another drain pour for me, I just couldn't get overly the incredibly earthy taste of this beer.

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Photo of danrodrigue
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very cloudy, can't see through the beer at all. Looks like a double amber to me.

Smell is very malty sweet, no sign of hops at all.

Taste is similar to a barleywine or double amber. Sweet, almost too sweet, Brown sugar and malt. Very dry finish, no sign of hops at all.

Not a big fan of this beer at all, I wouldn't call this a DIPA. Pass on it if you are seeking a hoppy beer.

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Photo of Hunter
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little confused at first...I thought by the label that this was a winter warmer, but saw the fine print that correctly calls it a double IPA.

Color is a deep russet with a thick tan head, bordering on cream, not foam. Pleasant enough to look at, that's for sure.

Aroma has the requisite hops, some undertones of spice and citrus notes.

Sharp taste on the tongue. Not just the bite you expect from a double IPA but something else I can't place and didn't particularly care for. This hangs around on the swallow as well. Maybe the high alcohol causes it?

A decent enough representation of the style. The brewery seems to be continuing to make strides in their ales.

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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 PatrickJR
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Amber colored with a slight haze. 2-3 fingers of light tan head rise with moderate retention. Some lacing.

S - Fleeting notes of pine are evident but the aroma is quickly dominated by earthy, spicy notes ranging from soil to chive to bark with mineral-y hints of rain and brine. There's a little caramel in the background with some butteriness. Overall weak with hop aroma and a little heavy with earthy smells.

T - Things start out dry with a burst of bitter herbs. A fleeting sweetness pops in and ducks out leaving a trace of buttery flavor before taking a nose dive into briney and earthy flavors. Salty grapefruit peels, rain soaked soil, and a little bit of smoke/wood dominate the flavor. This all comes together to form a flavor similar to an old, dirty sock. Sleighor finishes semi-sweet with a moderate to high herbal bitterness that lingers for a few minutes.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Fairly standard and decent for the style if a bit lighter.

D - Sleighor isn't that bad, but it isn't that good either. The abundance of earthy flavors is a bit off-putting, especially as these 22 oz warm. I'm sure this might appeal to certain tastes but it's a bit of an oddity for a DIPA and certainly devoid of standard pine and grapefruit flavors. Sleighor also isn't as intense as most DIPAs, but this is probably a good thing considering the sweat/dirt-like flavor. Probably not a repeat buy for me, but definitely a different side of the DIPA world to sample.

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Photo of Crosling
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep ruby red with a large and wonderfully laced head of foam. Nice lemony Amarillo in the aroma with hints of other citrusy, grapefruit, piney hops and a touch of caramel malt. Harsh hop flavor that isn’t really even that appealing and the malt backing is laughable. My natural hophead tendencies make me want to like this but it is very unbalanced and the bomber is very hard to finish.

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Photo of BlindPig
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- 1 1/2" light tan head on a clear deep amber orange body.
S- Citrus and pine hops with alcohol. Big malt backbone. Grapefruit and kind of grassy smell.
T- Weird taste. Big pine taste. Almost like they soaked pine straw in it. Big grassy flavor too. It's a bad hop flavor. It's not even to bitter.
M- Pretty full body and low carbonation.
D- Pretty bad. Can't drink this it's to grassy and tastes like I'm drinking pine tree juice.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of efisch
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a fan of this brewery's aesthetic (and beer!) so I opened up a thread about their absence in the forum:


Found some Sleighor at Hi-Time in Costa Mesa on Sat.

Had the Sleighor with dinner. Not what I remember it to be. I think the quality has slipped a bit.

Still looks like I remember. A nice darker amber. However it has a "spoiled" kind of sharpness to it's feel. And the aftertaste had an almost chemical feel to it.

Still a nice double, but not a purchase I would make again. Not until they have their own operation back up and running.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic glass. Appears a hazed rich amber color with about an inch of dense, lingering of white foam. Nose and flavor are of crackers, caramel malt, pine, toasted bread, not a lot of hop action going on here, hints of citrus such as lemon. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. No doubt, I'd pass this one by on my next trip to the paint store. There's so much better out there.

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Photo of Yesac
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No date on the label.. I hope its an old bottle because this wasn't any good.

A- Pours a murky dark amber. Two finger off white head that slowly fades.

S- Musty, faded hops.

T- grapefruit, weak hops and alcohol.

M- Even fruity taste is left on the palate, medium bodied and low carbonation.

D- This bottle just tastes faded.. not a typical DIPA from the color to the taste.

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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 BeerTruth
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to sirhc for this one.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a medium amber hue with a nice full bodied two finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a thin lacing after pour. Stickiness is good, spotty all over. Smell is, well, different. I first smell malt over the hops. Basically a spicey malt with a pine background. Taste, almost like I'm eating dirt, not very pleasing. Very earthy with some leafy notes. Ends up pretty dry, but not completely dry. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is lacking because there is something about the taste I'm just not liking. I won't be getting this one again.

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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 Ego
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$4.99 for a bomber bottle @ buy rite edison NJ

big head on the pour, 2 full fingers, copper tone with ample carbonation, decent lacing, clean and crisp looking with a big ass looking head imo...solid.

hoppy (duh), smells like amarillo hops (pine), the malt sweetness is hard to detect under the assault of the amarillo.. and that isnt a complaint, this isnt the most complex nose but damn it smells tasty

mouth etc...
a bit thin, very bitter twinge from the hops in a pine way, definite amarillo signature, the malt is covered by the over powering hops used here, with a mouth feel so thin this isnt balanced enough to carry this intense a hop kick. the hops are nice as amarillos arent shoved in your face too often but damn this isnt "sleighing" me at all. I found the only way to sip this is too get some of the head to fill out the body, if you wait it thins itself out way too much to be enjoyable.

I could smell these lovely hops all day, but I sure wont be drinking this all day. The alcohol isnt crazy up front but is noticeable. Overall all a decent stab but there are much better dIPAs out there.

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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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Photo of CWiggins
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a dense, high head of tan foam. The smell is dominated by floral accents, with piney hops and herbal notes in the background. I'm impressed by the taste; it's full of floral notes, more than most Double IPAs, while simultaneously hoppy and lightly malty. This emphasis on floral flavors is different: there's not as much citrus as in many examples of this style. Smooth mouthfeel; it's easy on the palate and doesn't "shock" the tongue with citrus and bitterness. Easy to drink; perhaps too easy, considering the high ABV.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into the sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness dating, but this brand hasnt been on the shelves in this area long at all.

A- this one is the darkest DIPA i have ever come across. deep reddish/copper colored body with a finger of tightly knit beige colored head. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- for a CA DIPA, this one shows way more balance than im used to. lots of caramel malts. a slight bit of alcohol, and faintly of hops. citrus and pine.

T- much like the nose, the taste is very balanced and almost malt forward. caramel malts followed by fruity and citrusy hops. a little bit of pine in there too.

M- medium bodied with ample carbonation. creamy and smooth.

D- very werid for a west coast DIPA. alot better balanced than the others i have tried. i was kind looking for a hop bomb and this was kind of a let down. oh well. probably wont be having this one again.

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Photo of SethB2
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to GClarkage for the sample.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Appearance is a brownish-orange color and is non transparent. A respectable amount of lacing clings to the walls from beginning to end. Smell is very good. I pick up floral and citrisy hops and a very pronounced sweet malt backbone. Almost a hard candy like waft too. Taste is holy hoppy shit, batman. It whacks you up front with a smack to the taste buds and doesn't let up until well after it is swallowed. The problem is that the malts that I picked up on the nose are nowhere to be found. To me, the smell vs. taste was a bit of a letdown. A little sweetness would help this beer exponentially. Mouthfeel and drinkablity OK, but not great. I'm glad I only have one, because two in a row might be a bit too much.

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