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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:
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 Overlord
2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
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 -29.3%
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 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 CWiggins
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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 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 possumfollower2
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
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 JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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 jwinship83
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Vonerichs
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was actually very impressive in appearance. It was a deep ruby red with a ginormous head on it that hung around forever. When it did subside it left behind a ton of sticky swiss cheese lacing.

The smell had much more malt than I expected as well as citrus and piney hops, but they were subdued.

This tastes more like a barleywine than an IPA. It actually has an earthy and grassy flavor and the aftertaste even tastes like a mouthfull of dirt, in an unpleasant way. It was bitter, but not overly bitter. There's way to much malt for my liking in an IPA.

Somewhat syrupy and full bodied. The finish is slightly bitter.

The syrupy texture and bad aftertaste make this a hard one to swallow.

This wasn't a bad beer, but I don't think it's an accurate representation of the style. The malt was overdone and the hops were more bittering than flavorful.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cherry red and slightly cloudy with a creamy looking quarter inch head of yellow white bubbles. Aroma is big with hops. Definite pine-y quality. Big sweet malt and strong alcohol on the nose too. Smells like a big young barleywine. Flavor is a massively bitter, pine sap hop punch with some odd tastes mixed in. I get green grapes, gin and a hint of chocolate, but all jumping suddenly out and back between the huge hop bitterness. Bitterness is so big and long lasting its actually quite impressive. Syrupy mouthfeel, sticky and full bodied. I think its a bit too syrupy actually. One of the more bitter DIPAs I've had, which is saying something. Ill give it extra points just for that.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Golden brown from the bottle, deep amber with orange highlights in the glass. Generous pour produced a 1-fingered, off-white head that was creamy with tiny bubbles. Not great retention, but left some nice lacework behind.

A: This smells more like one of those IPA's that leans more towards barleywine territory. Toasted caramel malts, citrusy & piney hops, some earth, and alcohol.

T: Big, toasted malts remiscent of the caramel in the nose, but also come off quite bready. Citrusy hops are on display here, and boast some grapefruit, orange, and lemon flavors while also providing some resinous pine. Quite well-balanced, but I'd prefer the hops be more assertive, upfront, and explosive. The finish achieves adequate dryness, while the alcohol is too pronounced in the aftertaste. Hops also provide some nice spiciness on the end.

M: Medium-full in the body, smooth & creamy, moderately carbonated.

D: Less than decent drinkability for this particular brew, the presence of the hefty 9.1% ABV really hinders your ability to enjoy more than one.

Notes: A decent IPA that any hop-head such as myself would enjoy. But, when you are trying to compete for people's affections as a DIPA on the west coast, you've got to be something really special and memorable. Unfortunately, this one just doesn't reach the upper echelon of this highly-contested category. Good, but not great.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent golden amber with contrasting white head. Head dissipates quickly.

Nose is decidedly grapefruit & See's candies.

Palate is a good balance of both big malt and big hop. Prickly sweetness on the finish, reminds me of cinnamon and brown sugar. Overall it has a candied quality also, like many good IPA's.

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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this the same night I tried the Moylan's IPA. Thank God I had that one first. Bronze pour with a huge head. Full of hops in the aroma with a good mix of pine and grapefruit. Powerful hops in the taste, mixed with a sweet malt back. Hoppy kind of bitterseet finish. Nice.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes: 9/7/08 Reaperale Brewing Co. Sleighor Double IPA from a 22 oz. Bomber 9.1% abv.

-2 finger off white head after vigorous pour
-Deep dark red color
-Good hoppy nose
-Too many beers today haha, I'm halfway through this one and I'm straight faded.
-great DIPA FO SHO!

took me a couple of bombers before I really started to like this beer. But now I absolutely love it.

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Photo of SShelly
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber.

Pours a medium copper with a big fluffy white head and lots of retention.

Mild malt and hop aroma, nice citrus in the aroma.

Flavor is on the bitter side of balanced but not overdone, pretty creamy and smooth, with a fairly sweet finish. Leaves a nice bitterness that lingers on the pallet. moderatly carbonated.

A fairly drinkable beer, not amazing but probably worth keeping a bottle or 2 around.

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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 rkuhnel
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a rich copper color with a good sized off-white head and good lacing. Nose is of citrus and pine hops with caramel malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Favor is quite bitter and is of grapefruit and the finish is long and bitter. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: snifter. nice crisp clear orangish copper. nice off-white head, hint of orange. nice head retention, very well-developed lacing.

S: huge caramel malt aroma, some sweet citrus notes from the hops, like blood oranges.

T: wow! its got a lot of bite, tons of dry grapefruit with some honey notes, nice alcohol burn. A lot of hops, but a rather big malt backbone to mellow it out.

M: not very balanced, but most DIPAs aren't. nice palate, but could be maltier. nice carbonation level. full bodied.

D: ABV makes this a one and done for me. Alcohol burn was too much.

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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 prototypic
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear, nice looking amber color and has a slight reddish tint to it. The head is a light vanilla color and is about two fingers deep. It stuck around for a little, but left a light coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose has all the initial earmarks of a solid DIPA. It features a sweet mix of citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. There's even a slight hint of dark fruit. Hops are strong, piney, and a little citric. There's a bit of a floral quality to them as well. It certainly smells like a nice, diverse mix of hops. Malts are easily noticeable and sweet smelling.

Taste: It is sweet and citrusy up front. It's primarily grapefruit and pineapple. Hops kick in immediately and provide assault the palate. They're definitely piney, a little citric, and bitter. Did I mention bitter? There's quite a bit of malt in there. It's sweet and has a nice, caramel flavor. It really does its best to balance out the strong, bitter hop flavor, but ultimately succumbs. This is really an interesting beer in that respect. Ordinarily, this amount of malt flavor would negate much of the hop bitterness in most beers. Not this one. The malts are ultimately slain....or shall I say sleighn? Alcohol is mildly noticeable and has a slight warming effect. It finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and really is a smooth beer. Carbonation is relatively active, but it remains smooth. I wouldn't characterize it as creamy, but they did a nice job here. Drinkability is good, but not spectacular. It's going down pretty easy, but I'm not quite pining for another bottle.

Sleighor's a solid DIPA, but doesn't quite fit into the upper echelon of the style. Frankly, it's a little too malt heavy for my taste. While it still retains an excellent hop profile and bitter flavor, it's just too malty for me personally. It's still a nice beer and is certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Trueant1
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a nice thick white head. Leaves great lacing!

Smells above average for a dipa. I expect hops/florals, pine, alcohol, and some sweet fruits to come throuh in a good dipa...this one delivers. Very perfumy/floral.

Taste is a hop bomb that is creamy and smooth on the drink but becomes a typical dipa bitter bomb.

The bitte/oily hops are 93% and the malts are 3% and alcohol 4% of the flavors here.

This was a surpriseingly good dipa.
Try it.

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

A- Semi-clear light amber with red orange tints and an off-white head.

A- Heavy caramel malt aroma with citrus hops.

T- Very cirusy hops followed by some malty sweetness and a great amount of bitterness.

M- Medium body, good amount of carbonation. I found this very smooth.

D- I really liked this DIPA, it didn't feel as if there was a battle going on in my mouth, but it was very enjoyable. I did feel it was a bit overpriced, I can get otehr DIPAs that I enjoy a bit more for less. To be honest it was the bottle's label that attracted me.

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Photo of efisch
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
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 BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, orange color, white head one finger. Remarkable staying power. Good lacing, doesn't stick but stays about two inches above the surface level, billowing out from the glass.

Citric hops are dominant, backed by a strong enough caramel malt-sweetness that there is at least the semblance of balance.

Lots of power here; there's big zesty grapefruit-citrics that attack the tastebuds first, followed by plenty of malt sweetness as well, with flavors of caramelized brown sugar and toffee making themselves known.

The mouthfeel is thin, although it builds a bit as the beer warms, even getting a bit on the sticky-syrup side toward the very end. Highly carbonated.

As this baby warms up, we see the true colors here, basically unbalanced hops beating the malt into submission, leaving a stiff aftertaste and not hiding the alcohol particularly well. I enjoyed the hell out of it.

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