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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 prototypic
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -16.4%
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 +1.3%
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 -1.9%
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 -18%
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 +6.9%
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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Photo of charlzm
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Hollingshead Deli on 04/21/08. ABV reported at this time as 10.5%.

Pours nice shade somewhere between copper and bronze. Nice white head: very fine white bubbles form a pillowy, rocky head that lasted almost to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is hoppy (big shock there), with grapefruit and a little pine.

The flavor is dominated by piney hops, but it's a kinder, gentler hop bite than expected. For the beer to be this smooth and balanced, there must be a massive malt base hiding in the background. It only comes through as a hint of caramel with a trace of sweetness, but its presence is welcome.

Finish is a little oily and bitter, but it suits the beer. Alcohol is almost undetectable. Carbonation helps keep this one a little lively.

Well done, Reaper.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from LaBodega in Riverside, CA. for $5.99 (I think) in April 2008.

Pours a pretty orange-red with one of the better looking 2-finger heads I have seen on a beer. First rate!

Aroma is... ta-da... hops! Actually getting a mix of slightly grapefruity and orange along with some pine nose- hops from both ends of my spectrum. A nice mix. No real malt nose.

Flavor- at first taste, the sharp oily pine comes through (generally my less favored hop), but after workin on it a bit, the sweeter citrus notes come on strong, along with a nice malt base.

A moderately creamy mouthfeel helps this one. Not as extreme as some Double IPAs I've had, and honestly, that's a good thing. Recommended.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with great carbonation. The head is a big 2 fingers, off whits rocky and leaves great lace.

The smell is nice not real big but worthy of the style, mostly earthy hops with some toasty caramel malt .

The taste is real nice, a big beer with big taste but not supper hopy, much more balanced. Real nice, the malt character is real nice, slightly roasty, a bit of tost crust and some warm caramel.

The mouthfeel is very good, good carbonation, very nice body.

The drinkability is very good, a fine choice. Thanks Ken you are a trading Jewel. Prosit MK

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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 BeerTruth
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to sirhc for this one.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a medium amber hue with a nice full bodied two finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a thin lacing after pour. Stickiness is good, spotty all over. Smell is, well, different. I first smell malt over the hops. Basically a spicey malt with a pine background. Taste, almost like I'm eating dirt, not very pleasing. Very earthy with some leafy notes. Ends up pretty dry, but not completely dry. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is lacking because there is something about the taste I'm just not liking. I won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of DrJay
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
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 xymyl
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: This bottle was stored at 55 degrees F for 2 years prior to this tasting.

Dark copper/red with a huge frothy head with lacing and massive clumps. Looks like a dirty snow storm.

Aromas of fresh bread, bread crusts, toast, burnt toast, vanilla, caramel, nuts, pine tar, and pine sap along with a soft herbal background.

Huge caramel, and intense burnt notes mingle with huge hop bitterness and spicy notes kicked up by the alcohol, floral notes are more interesting as they are more integrated with malt. Overall those are the standdout points, this retains a strong IPA character even with so much integration and refinement over the storage period.

Body is full, would be difficult to drink a whole one very quickly, but given a few hours it proves quite a rewarding undertaking.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy bronze color w/ a two finger fluffy off white head, really good retent, thin lacing

S- sweet clean and inviting. pine, citrus, and then a lot more citrus, fresh citrus, memorable smell

T- hoppy, very hoppy. sweet citrusy that slowly gets tart, spicy hops, pine. caramel malt presence. bitter hop pine/citrus aftertaste

M- medium body, carbonation tickle, smooth

D- palate crusher for sure. very enjoyable, i'd have another. smell is incredible. must for hop heads, or anyone who enjoys a hop fix every now and then.

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Photo of ruinationation
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lil more than a two finger head that starts to dwindle immediately, looks pretty dark for IPA even a double. Dark ruby color, looks more like a brown.

Strong pine hits hard at first then an easy floral smell folows. Some citrus, grapfruit maybe. Alot of aromas going on here.

Piney skunk taste up front, not as hoppy as I would have thought or liked. Malt comes through and alcohol is there but not to harsh.
More bitterness in the after taste, like grapefruit.

Lets you now its not a fizzy light beer. Can tell the quality of the beer even if you don't love it.

Goes down okay, if you like the beer. It's always good to see whats out there but I'll just stick to my ruination and when called for bust out one of my Stone 10th annivesary IPA.

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Photo of instrumentality
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Until recently, I sensed anything but urgency to investigate the world of Reaper Ales. That all changed when I learned that Green Flash was no longer going to provide facilities for ReaperAle to brew their beers and, subsequently, ReaperAle production would be halted indefinitely. At that point, their brews turned from a mere curiosity to a necessary investment.

I recalled a conversation with BA's sirhc and goschool in which they both recommended Sleighor. I searched for it and came up empty. Long story short, I arranged a trade with sirhc and ended up with a couple of bombers. Tonight, I'll try one of them. If I like it, I'll save the other one until it becomes more valuable than gold, then sell it on eBay and retire comfortably with the money. If I don't like it, I will write up a bogus review, pump it up like it should be more valuable than gold, and then proceed with the eBay plan. It's not as if anyone outside of California will know the difference anyway.

A: Clear amber body and thick, creamy, bubbly, 3-finger off-white head; it looked as if I had filled most of my Stone IRS tulip glass with beer and capped it off with whole milk. Without interference, the head only shrank to about 2/3 of its original side with some remnants clinging to the sides of the glass. Only after swirling did it reduce to a halo and lace. (Note: this is a legitimate description - no need for eBay embellishment).

S: Piney hops with strong grapefruit and tangerine notes. Well-balanced. However, swirling, rather than revitalizing the odor, actually caused it to degenerate as the head dissolved. I started with a 4.5 rating for odor, but because of this decline, I had to drop it to a 4.

T: Alcohol and bitter grapefruit up front, a splash of sweet tangerine in the middle, and a bitter, piney, hoppy finish. This dIPA has more of a malty presence than most others I've tried. This quality shares an equal presence with the bitterness of pine and grapefruit. The tangerine factor is there, but it's just a brief streak of almost syrupy sweetness that quickly gets washed away by another round of bitterness. Decent flavor, but all of the flavors are just a bit off: the pininess and grapefruit are a bit too skunky, and the sweetness, while brief, is almost cloying.

M: Strong alcohol burn going in, bitterness cakes in with the finish. The alcohol burn would be fine were the other flavors a bit more appealing, and I'd prefer a cleaner finish.

D: Despite its shortcomings, the Sleighor is easy to drink for a dIPA, somehow managing to make its ABV and hoppiness known without being too overpowering. I feel this brew is underrepresented based on the majority of responses I've received, yet there's definite room for improvement. The sweet tangerine factor needs to be less syrupy and more balanced with the bitterness, or eliminated completely, while the bitterness is fine but lingers a bit too long.

Forget eBay. This beer is good enough for me to be happy to have another, but not impressive enough for me to try to utilize its potential rarity for profit or trade.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yes, oh YES the Metalmonk is pleased... Earlier this week it was the dark and evil Samael (Avery's Samael oak-aged ale), today we are greeted by Slayer (or, rather, Sleighor), and with 5 gallons of the monk's own Holy Terror Homebrew currently bottle-conditioning in the cellar, it has indeed been a most delightfully doom-laden beer week in the monk's inner sanctum...


This bottle, purchased at the great Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA, pours out a dense foamy head atop a glowing burnt-orange color. Head retains long enough for a 9.1% beer, and leaves wild splotches of lace in its wake.

Aroma puts forth a total hops attack, almost one-dimensional yet there's a bit of bubblegum underneath...we're clearly dealing with another hop devil here...strong on the pine, sharp yet flowery, huge and fresh...

Unlike the aroma, the immense hoppiness in the flavor is balanced with a more detectable maltiness, attempting some kind of balance with its sweet and velvety tone. Plenty of stinky, oily, piney hops flavor comes through, riding on a thin bed of malt, with some juicy fruitiness and mild toastiness in the finish...granted, not as much depth as DIPA favorites Amnesiac (by Phillips) and the better-known Dogfish Head 90-Minute. But if you've got the hops bug, this'll quench that thirst, and fast.

Mouthfeel is adequate for the style and the intense flavors, moderately carbonated and very active on the tongue, slightly sharp, even a little dry. Could be a little creamier, as the finish is sharp and resin-y.

Perhaps Sleighor is too single-minded for some. But look at the name and label. This is meant to be a tastebud killer, in a good, damn-that's-crazy, hops-overload sorta way. Deal with it or get outta the sleigh.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper with a small off-white head that turned into a lace.

The aroma of the beer was very pungent and dank - almost like bong resin. The hops were resiny and herbal.

The flavor of the beer was bursting with very resiny and intensely earthy hops. The maltiness of the beer had notes of caramel and some light biscuit notes. As I continue to drink the beer, the aroma gets stronger and stronger. That dank earthy quality gets more pronounced as well. It's interesting, but I think detracts a little from the overall quality. I will say, however, that this year's Sleighor seems more flavorful than last year's.

The mouthfeel was medium/light which helped the drinkability of this 9.1% brew. The carbonation was good, but just slightly on the lean side.

As Reaper Ales has ended their brewing contract with Green Flash, they are on hiatus, so... if you want a bottle of Sleighor, get it now.

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Photo of gargoyles
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Double IPA, a very different taste with the pine and citric hops. poured a rich orange to amber color. You can taste the Pine and citris on the palate with a little sweetness which gives it some balance. As IPA is my preferred beer when not tasting new beers, i found this beer to be very palatable and would definitely have it again...

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sleighor DIPA pours a darker orange amber color with a thick light tan head. Lacing is sticking all over the glass. Looks good, but smells even better.

Amazing fresh hop aroma. Tons of pine, with some pine needles, pine resin, oh...and some pine bark as well. Did I mention it has a light, fresh, pine scent? Yeah, it does. Some grass and grapefruit, but mostly Christmas tree. There is a touch a sweetness in the smell, but the bad ass Hop Monster slaps it around and sends it crying back to its mommy.

Where should I begin with the flavor? Let's see...take a piece of chewy caramel and roll it around it some pine sap, pine needles, and grass, then give it a squeeze of acidic orange juice. There you go...Sleighor in candy form. I don't think it would taste as good as the beer version, though.

Medium body with good carbonation. Dry, sticky finish with some bitterness. This isn't as bitter as you would think...but darn tootin' it's good. At 9.1% abv this isn't a sessionable brew, but I could see enjoying a couple bombers during an afternoon of football. I will have to grab some more on my next trip to VA.

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Photo of BlindPig
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- 1 1/2" light tan head on a clear deep amber orange body.
S- Citrus and pine hops with alcohol. Big malt backbone. Grapefruit and kind of grassy smell.
T- Weird taste. Big pine taste. Almost like they soaked pine straw in it. Big grassy flavor too. It's a bad hop flavor. It's not even to bitter.
M- Pretty full body and low carbonation.
D- Pretty bad. Can't drink this it's to grassy and tastes like I'm drinking pine tree juice.

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Photo of nriech
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle. Poured like a mildly darker IPA. The smell was immediately a bonus. This smells just like taking a handfull of fresh hops, rolling them around in your hands and taking a big whiff. Amazing! The freshness of it is just great!

The inital taste is a bit overpowering but as you settle in, its really not that bad. The taste is really good. Body is a little sticky but with all the hops thats all good. Drinkability is definately good. Alcohol presence is non-existant, if you can taste alcohol over the hops youve got more tastebuds than any normal human does.

In the end would buy again, good for a hop hankerin for a hunk of cheese!,, oh sorry, hunk of Hops!

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