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