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 swanny28
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this bottle hidden behind some others at one of local haunts. the bottle is awesome an all skeleton version of roudoulf leading the reaper in a sleigh.

A: looks good nice rich copper color like the reaper melted a couple of pennys into this bad boy - head is a couple of fingers

S: Solid IPA smell lots of flavors

T: great double ipa taste. can really get the brown sugar in this one almost too sweet- pines and citrus

M: malts, brown sugar, hops, tingles in the mouth if you hold it there....very nice

D: easy to drink for a big 9.1 abv

pick one up - cheep, cool bottle, your buddies haven't had it - kind of a gimick bottle but the beer holds up to other good dipa at this price point

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Photo of matjack85
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this 22oz brown bomber bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $6.99. First time I ever tried anything from this brewery. No freshness date and not a lot of information about the beer on their website - just a lot of eerie Halloween music.

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color and makes a nice 3-finger off white head that lasts a few minutes and leaves tons of lacing.

Huge hop aroma - some of it floral but mainly a big grapefruit nose.

The taste is also a big dose of citrus and piny hops - 105 IBU's, but there js also plenty of sweetness for balance. Brown sugar and caramel flavored malt account for the sweetness while grapefruit is still the dominant bitter flavor followed closely by the pine.

Close to full bodied with the thick malt presence, but with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is only average - could have used more as I like my IPA's on the spritzy side.

I liked this a lot. The 9.1% alcohol was barely noticeable, so I had no problem having a 2nd and 3rd glass.

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Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a sudsy and fluffy head about one finger thick.

Some pineapple hops, but the nose is dominated by the brown sugar and caramel of the malt. Very sweet and malty smelling.

Powerful piney hops are the mainstay. Very bitter and biting. Definitely hop forward. There is a light caramel biscuit malt presence, but the hops are the highlight. Some alcohol comes through as well. Grassy pine resin aftertaste.

Decent feel. Carbonation is soft and smooth. The body is medium and almost feels like it's lacking somewhat.

Drinks fine. Lots of bitter hops that stick with you. One of these is enough and nothing really stands out to make me seek it out again. A fine DIPA that doesn't disappoint in the bitterness department.

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Photo of danrodrigue
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
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 beer2day
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-orange with 1/2 finger head. Still leaves a thin layer of foam halfway through the glass. Decent lacer.

Hops and alcohol dominate the nose as expected. Nice chewy aroma with lots of flowery resin. Alcohol burn in there, too.

Intensely bitter, even in the initial hit. Strong pine resin, slight oiliness. Very sharp bite at the finish, but the hops don't linger as much as with other DIPAs I've tried lately.

Feel is very nice. Not overly syrupy but lots of body.

Very nice sipper. I'd definitely get this one again.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a dark copper color. There is definitely some haze. Things are topped off by a short khaki head. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Sweet grapefruit upfront. Some caramel notes hit as well. Biscuit notes follow suit. The nose rounded out by some grassy/herbal qualities.

Taste: Grapefruit upfront. Definitely hop forward. Plenty of juicy hops. Behind the hop are some more defined biscuit notes. There are some caramel notes as well. The finish is drying with a lingering earthy/grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and velvety on the tongue.

This is a rock solid DIPA. Very easy drinking. The alcohol is well hidden. The hops aren't as aggressive as other DIPA's, but offer a nice smoothness. A good option for someone in need of a basic hop fix.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 jujubeast6000
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/4/2009 (bottle):

Pours a clear golden red brown color body, with a big frothy whitish color head, lasting. Very hoppy aroma, lots of citrus and dryness. Grapefruit, some pine but more sweet grapefruit than dry pine. Pine and citrus flavor, nuttiness. Very balanced, very tasty. Some dryness and grapefruitiness too. Somewhat watery, dry. Not too complex, but satisfying, very pale aleish with some hoppiness, but not much bitterness. Easily hides the 9.1% ABV.

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Photo of brauseboof
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper with only about a half inch of head.
Smelled faintly of yeasty bread with a whiff of the ethanol.
Quite malty up front, followed by a hint of bitterness.
Nicely balanced and somewhat creamy.
Quite drinkable, although not as much hops I was hoping for.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
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 Dijeriduster
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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 jbphoto88
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
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 Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
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 hoplover82
2.68/5  rDev -28%
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 allengarvin
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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 northaustin
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
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 Yesac
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
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 jbhuxley
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of the last DIPAs which is regularly available in my area which I have not tried.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours hazy and copper in color. Forms 1/4" of off white head which fades to a ring before the first sip.

The smell is largely dominated by an overwhelming presence of brown sugar with a hint of molasses. There is definitely a resinous pine presence, but I wouldn't call it strong.

Upon the first taste, the malty presence is most noticable. It is very interesting. It begins with toffee and butterscotch, but as the bitterness kicks in, I'm left with a burn caramel aftertaste. Not necessarily good, but not so bad either. The beer has it's bitterness, but I can't really taste the hops. The ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is interesting. It is not nearly as sticky or chewy as I would have expected from the smell and even the taste. The carbonation is much greater than I expected, but not at all unpleasent.

I have came close to purchasing this beer many times. But whenever I ask someone about it, they either have a negative indifferent opinion. In my opinion, it was decent and I am glad I finally got around to trying it. However, there are many better DIPAs out there in this price range.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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 atsprings
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel snifter a crisp bubbly orange with a frothy light-tan head that lasts and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine and citrus hops up front with sweet malts right behind. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet malts and pine hops that leaves a nice bitter pine finish. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a nice dryness and decent carbonation. This is certainly enjoyable, but not as good as many of its West Coast counterparts.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a darkish-red amber with a fomay white head. Aroma is very hoppy, piney with some citrus. Also a fair share of malty, brown-sugar sweetness exists in there. While the aroma is balanced, the taste is mostly hops, very bitter, a tad bit of aspirin with the piney resins of the hops mixed in. Definitely a malty flavor in there, but the hops quickly shut it down and take over.

If this brew were a bit more balanced, it might resemble an American barleywine, but its' not quite complete in this form. A solid brew, but those seeking more than hops should try something else.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark color for a DIPA. I'd classify it as an amber color, nice and clear, just dark. A kind of yellowy-off-white head forms on top. For my pour, moderately vigorous, it seemed inordinately huge, about 2 inches or so. Faded back to a nice tight disc, left only a little lacing. Looks nice, but the color is off. The smell is a nice mix of leafy sweetness, and some very pungent floral hops. I don't get a bit hit of citrus, maybe some lime and orange way in the back, but the pungent leafy smells and even the slightly bready, toasty, and crackery malt body seems to overpower the citrus. There's also a smell of tea, black tea, but it's kind of subdued. The smell again is something more like an Amber Ale. The taste starts off very leafy and almost herbal, a bit grassy, and a little piney. Then a sort of wash of bready, sticky, malty sweetness shows up, balanced with a pleasant bitterness. Then you get a kind of lime juice taste, with just a little rind mixed in. Comes back to leafy, but this time with a nice sort of sweetness, like sweet tea. Finishes resinous and grassy, and slightly dry. I'm actually enjoying it, but not quite as a DIPA. The body is a little full and sticky for me, but the alcohol isn't quite as noticable as I expected. The resins from the hops also contribute to a nice feel. The carbonation tickles throughout, but doesn't sting, gives an interesting feeling and contrast to the body. The drinkability is good overall. The alcohol doesn't seem too powerful, I actually enjoy this beer, but I have to say that as an Imperial Red, this is really great, as a DIPA, it's kind of stuck in the pack. Doesn't do much to separate itself except maybe to sort of defy style classification.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusty colored amber and nice, light tan head. But the foam does not last for long, quickly receding to nothing. Very rich citrus hop aroma. Not overly bitter, just rich in how the hoppy citrus scent envelops the medium melba toast aromas. Maybe some sesame seeds too. The taste stats with toasted crackers leading to a wave of smooth citric hop. Giving the palate a resiny and tangy feel. Theres a little metallic tint to this more astringent than i would like DIPA. The abv. is well integrated, and more like virtually unknown amidst this balanced DIPA.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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 cvstrickland
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The 22-ounce bomber bottle pours a brew that is sparkling-clear and copper-orange in color with three fingers' thickness of ecru-tinted ivory foam atop. The soft, fluffy head stands tall and sturdy, the fine cap of bubbles relaxing very slowly as it consolidates itself into a rocky, cloudlike structure of grainy pearlescent beads. Puffy, stringy bands of 3-D lacing hashmark the sip-lines that chronicle the passing drink.

The smell is sharply citrus-fruity with a sweet floral presence and a bit of sappy, woody pine.

The taste is quite floral and a twinge medicinal with mild astringent drying. Anorexic sweetish malts languish in the background, doing little for the taste or feel of the drink. A soapy chemical note reminiscent of Aqua Net hairspray throws things off quite a bit, and a wallop of alcohol pokes out unabashedly. As the encounter continues and the drink warms a bit, mild floral fruitiness tries repeatedly to emerge from the sticky bitterness and chemical-drying, only to be knocked flat by a bitter green herbal quality and a palate-grating sensation replete with dried pine resin and husky tannins.

The drink is light-medium in body with a sizzling spritz of carbonation. A fairly easy drinker given the ABV.

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