Sleighor Double IPA | ReaperAle

Sleighor Double IPASleighor Double IPA
129 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 10-06-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitchin' bottle. Pours a burnished dark copper with a nice sized, creamy, reddish brown head. Left decent lace. A little dark compared to other double IPA's.
Aromas of earthy flowery hops, sweet malt, caramel and a whiff of alcohol. The hops don't really jump out at you, per the style.
Bittersweet flavors. Flowery, grassy hops with a bit of resin, countered with sweet toasted malt, caramel, toffee and a hint of nuts in the finish. The bitterness lingered nicely and the 9.1 ABV was well integrated.
Thin to medium bodied, with a full, slightly rich mouthfeel. Almost a bit to much carbonation.
Lighter version of the style. Although that and the excellent job of hiding the alcohol lead to great drinkability.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber just like the BA picture. Hellish skull encrusted main ‘Heavy Metal’ label lists the beer as ‘Reaper Ale – Sleighor Double IPA’, very small print has it clocking the Quarter Mile in 9.1. No freshness date.

Appearance: Polished ruddy amber with a partially hazed but burnished cherry-wood body. Funky beige head that is a decent ½” thick to start with, but it soon breaks down to a broken scum covering that is heavy on the bubbles in the halo ring and weak on the middle pond covering. Retarded conditioning when the glass is tipped and righted.

Nose: Some toffee laden Twix fingers, without the chocolate covering, biscuit malts, husky grains and a healthy dose of raw and musty hops.

Taste: Bit strange this one, lots of biscuit malts, subdued caramel toffee and a light hop hint at the back end which transforms as the beer warms into a sweet musty bitter finish. Sort of weird.

Mouthfeel: Chewy feel, thick with an oily sliding raw hoppy texture. Bitterness lingers on the cheeks after the swallow.

Drinkability: I managed the Bomber, but I most certainly would have preferred a 12 ounce bottle of this instead I think.

Overall: Cost me $3.59, and just like the price I’m rather ambivalent about this one to be honest, not cheap, nor expensive, not great, not bad. Not exactly the “Reign in Hops” that I expected, more like a Boy George of D-IPA’s if I’m honest.

Nothing special for simple old me. Average at best.

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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 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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Sleighor Double IPA from ReaperAle
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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