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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Donít be fooled by the label depicting a Grim Reaper Santa Claus in a sleigh pulled by skeletal reindeer - this is not a Christmas Ale. "Sleighor" is an Imperial India Pale Ale. The intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma will dominate at first. To complement, the body has a complex blend of malt and alcohol flavors. The ABV is 9.1%, and the IBUís are pushing the mid 80s. The entire family of Cascade hops is used. Cascade, Centennial and Columbus are spread throughout the boil, and a huge sack of Amarillo for dry hopping. The hop combination gives this brew a distinct profile true to its IPA roots. The presentation is clear copper with a thick tan head, coupled with billowing citrus and floral hop aroma. "Do You Dare" to enjoy this fine ale from the Reaper? Brewed at Sudwerk for ReaperAle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Nice bold piney hop aroma. Pours out golden brown with nice tan head with mild lacing. Nice hop bite with citrus trailings that end with a flavorful bitter finish. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Bottle. Iíve been enjoying this one for a few weeks. A deep reddish brown color with a light brown head. A strong alcohol and deep fruit aroma. Caramel, hoppy, warming and complex enough to keep me coming back for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Poured with a head that would make Linda Lovelace proud. A very nice IPA, but it doesnít- at least in my mind- set itself apart enough to make a lasting impression. Still, a very enjoyable and hoppy brew. Thanks, SDalkoholic, for yet another trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Bottle, picked up at BevMo. Almost crimson in color with a thick, durable tan head that becomes some sort of just sticky mess. Nice aroma of sticky hops, caramel and biscuit. Sampled this along with some of the best IPAís and doubles the West Coast has to offer and this held itís own. Nice hop bite followed with a sweet toffee/caramel taste that balances out very nicely. Taste is almost full bodied with a nice strong warming finish. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (2268) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Deep amber color with a tan head. Aroma is almost spicy and definitely full of hops. The taste is sweet but hoppy with a hint of spice and an earthiness. The alcohol is present and the finish is a bitter hop taste that lets you know that this is an IPA, yet missing something... perhaps a bit more of a crisp fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Aroma is piney, hops, slight brown sugar. Body is a nice dark amber with nice lacing on the glass an a thin light tan head. Taste is pretty light for a Double IPA, but itís plesant. Not over-hopped, itís smooth and very drinkable. Taste starts out sweet like southern tea, then that moves out of the way for the hops that really do change style as you drink. Nice example of a solid Double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Dark brown-amber, nice herbal citrus piney aroma. Good caramel-like sticky malt character balanced by a recognizable dry ipa hoppiness. Not as hoppy as some other examples of the style, balance was very good and alcohol well hidden. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Dark amber color with a medium off-white head. Very sweet grape, pine and citrus aromas. Strong, bitter pine flavor with some citrus and grape. Very dry hops finish. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Deep, dark amber color...cloudy, with a medium off-white head. The aroma burst out with huge hop tones...grapefruit, lemon, pine trees, orange, and a gentle earthiness. The flavor was quite bitter...grapefruit, pine, caramel, with a sharply bitter, burnt/smoky aftertaste. The feel was on the thick side (not complaining) with a dry finish. Nice. My favorite from this brewery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 30, 2004
(22 oz bottle, $3.50) This is a very flavorful Double IPA, very bitter and hoppy, but it just lacks the smoothness and refinement of a well-crafted beer. Not saying this isnít a solid beer, itís just not quite at the level of the "best in show" for the category. The aromatic nose is malty, lightly roasty, and a bit carmely with some earthy mushroom, but itís not especially hoppy per se. And with the flavor, itís malty, sweet, and bitter, but itís also somewhat metallic, and again, lacks the refinement of the higher end beers. The finish is too sharply bitter for my tastes. It has all the components in place, but now just needs subtle tinkering to make this a world class Double IPA. The body is getting close to full bodied, but the palate, while dense and coating, is just not all that smooth. Deep amber color, or ruddy amber and light brown, whatever makes the most sense. Fairly cloudy on the pour, but becomes only slightly hazy as it warms. Light tan head pours to an inch or more, and when it finally settles down, easily tops the beer with a thin layer of head. Retention is excellent as the thin head layer never goes away. Quite a bit of dense lacing is left on the glass.

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