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 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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy head that lasts for the duration and sheets the glass with lace

Smell: Rich caramel tones with plenty of piney and floral hops

Taste: Opens with plenty of biscuit and a building caramel that is pushed along by the piney bitterness; after the swallow, the bitterness builds with a grapefruit and pine sensation with a subtle dark chocolate flavor emerging at the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation

Drinkability: Overall, a fine Double IPA with an interesting twist to the finish

Thanks, sirhc, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luminous orange-bronze with a tincture of scarlet. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a head only a DIPA could produce. Milkshake thick and at least as creamy, light caramel in color, it has already assumed the magma-like look that I love. It will undoubtedly take forever to fade and will regenerate the instant more beer is added to the glass. A copious amount of thick, bubbly lace is present in no discernable pattern. I never tire of this sort of appearance.

The nose has power and personality. Grapefruit zesty hops glide happily along on a languid stream of melted brown sugar. The appearance and the nose lead me to believe this will be one of those balanced DIPAs that are at least as malty sweet as they are pungently hoppy.

Good call. Both sides of the scales are weighed down heavily, yet still manage to achieve a grudging balance that should appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers (as long as they're big beer lovers). There's a significant malt presence with regard to flavor, but the mouthfeel isn't as correspondingly full. The usual suspects are present: caramel, toffee, dark butterscotch and brown sugar.

As I approach the midway point, hops have wrested control away from malt. The beer tastes decreasingly sweet and increasingly bitter with each mouthful. The actual hop flavor (white grapefruit pith and peel) doesn't quite keep pace with the bitterness and, as a result, this one doesn't 'wow' me. Resinous hop oils linger and caramel liqueur is along for the ride as well.

Lace update: there's very little glass visible since lace has expanded over all of the available surface area like lichen over rock. Although the mouthfeel seemed a fraction too light initially, it has firmed up with time and warming. It's now lush, plush and lightly syrupy, which I greatly prefer. There's more carbonation than is usual for the style, but not so much that it's a deal breaker.

It's apparent that ReaperAle has a thing for hops. Good, so do I. This West Coast DIPA starts out fairly balanced... and then the hops wear down the malt in a classic battle of attrition. If you aren't a card carrying member of 'Hopheads For Life', I'd suggest drinking something else. If you are, then saddle up, because Sleighor has what you're dying for.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
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 feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thoroughly cloudy, burgundy color, shining bold crimson around the edges..smallish beige head floats atop...
Aroma: fruity, dark ones, berries and cherries, zesty, spicy, but fitting in the English IPA mold. Definitely doesn't fit the style of some of it's Cali cousins.
Big bitterness up front in the flavor, a blitz of hops to be sure, and thickly bodied. Very potent, pungent mouthfeel, a huge delivery on the palate. Nicely fills the mouth and sends a lovely hop character up and down and over and around the senses. Juicy-licious! Malt fills in nicely, too, and the finish is fierce and long, bitter and fruity.
A bit of a surprise, but damn me for expecting the same ol' thing...this is a good one, very flavorful, and the alky-hol is showing it's colors before long. Tasty, and unique. I like it for what it is, and like it okay, thank you very much.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a huge fluffy head that clings to the glass. Thick lacing occurs.

Smell: the aroma is of candy sweetness, citrus, and piney bitterness.

Taste: the flavor was huge on the bitterness, and the candy-like sweetness in the background held this together. Orange citrus and noticable alcohol ties the sweetness and bitterness together.

Mouthfeel: medium - heavy in body. The mouthfeel was smooth with a light crispness at the start. The finish was long on the sharp bitterness and dryness.

Drinkability: nice drinkability, and overall this was quite enjoyable as it desensatizes your tastebuds. Definitely should be your last beer to have in a session.

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Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A canvas of oranges and yellows that blend in the center for a dense concentration of pomegranate. The beer glints to the light despite a still blurred clarity. Repetitive swirling is necessary to maintain its fuzzy pasta coloured head; the collage of dots and lines left as lacing make it worthwhile.

The beer may indeed contain a good dose of hops but none of that is apparent from the smell of things. If the aroma is any indication of things to come I should be expecting a gooey viscous monster of a beer amped with caramel and roast malt. The scales of this DIPA certainly seem to be tilting to the malt side.

The alcohol is striking, direct and outright. It is plenty strong enough to snuff out the hops. The aroma is soapy and borders on a number of household cleaning products. That not only distracts from other (more positive) aspects but also effects drinkability. There is no denying it - this is hot.

Lightly toasted, caramel laced malts extinguish that fire. The mouth is pleasantly coated with butterscotch pudding and caramel syrup. The hops finally come to life! Bitter grapefruit pith and tangy orange peel tip things back to the fruity side. I wouldn't toy with the taste, this is good.

There is much to be desired as far as mouthfeel goes. It doesn't have the body you'd hope for with something this malty. It doesn't have the lively bitterness or sharp acidity you'd enjoy in a beer this hoppy. It misses on both marks.

"Sleighor DIPA" may be accurately named (although not spelled) for what it does to the style; alcohol overwhelming hops definitely makes for a massacre. I've enjoyed ReaperAle beers in the past but the only thing being killed here is my expectations for their next few beers I try.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy ruby-amber color, it is topped by a frothy, long lasting, hop induced, two finger thick head that is a tan color. The aroma is pretty hoppy with notes of pine, a certain herbal quality and of course citrus (most notably grapefruit). The beer has lightly sweet malty notes of caramel up front, but then quickly moves to a solid astringent/ herbal bitterness that lingers in the finish. This beer is fairly light on the body, and could perhaps use a bit more malt to balance the ample hop rates. That bitterness really lingers on the tongue, interesting. This beer is a lot more aggressive, and tastier, than I was expecting from my limited sampling of this breweries wares. It seems a bit out of balance though, even for a double IPA, and I would like to see more of an emphasis on fresh flavor and aromatic hoppy notes as opposed to the bitterness. There is some hop flavor here though, there are notes of bitter herbs, lots of pine and a hint of citrus.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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 DrJay
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear, medium orange/amber with a big, dense, pale beige head. Clumpy lacing, good retention. Piney hops were evident as soon as the cap was popped, but this is backed up by grapefruit and biscuity malt. The hops are a bit powdery and resinous too. Caramel hits the palate first, giving way to a citrusy middle. Bitterness and pine resin grow into the finish and linger along with a bit of alcohol warmth. Seems a bit thin (body and flavour), but things are balanced fairly well and it's not overly dry. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinking for a double IPA, pretty well put together.

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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 Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer emerges from the 22-ounce brown bottle a nubilous mahogany with a Bunyanesque semi-creamy light tan head that last for weeks before its dissolution, the residual lace an obfuscating sheet to encircle the glass. Nose is ornamented by the hop floral spiciness, the malt sweet, citrus like in its crispness, start is sweet with a pertinent malt profile and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is stubbornly acidic and the hops militant in their presence with the aftertaste droughty and the bitterness long lasting on the palate, not a hop monster as I see-it, and it could use a bit more body but none-the-less a decent beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at AJ's back in May for $4.39.

Pours an amber color with a nice thick frothy head that sustains throughout the glass leaving a nice splotchy lacing. Nose is bready and of floral hops. Taste is very malty up front finishing with a nice blast of hops that lingers nicely on the palate. Mouthfeel is fairly full and lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is good as I am not tasting the high ABV as I sample. This is the best this brewery has offered up to date!

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Sleighor Double IPA from ReaperAle
3.72 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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