Don’t 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 IBU’s 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.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep cherry mahogany color with a creamy tan head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is surprisingly mild for an IIPA, but there’s a nice caramelish sweet malt scent with grapefruit hoppiness evident also. Flavor is much more bold with a rich well-roasted malt backbone and and nice biting hops to balance. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in both the aroma and flavor. Full, thick body and creamy carbonation. Very enjoyable, if not the top of the IIPA class.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a deep ruby color with a medium fading off beige head. Aroma is sweet and rich with hints of pineapple and citrus. Flavor starts burnt caramel sweet and fades into a rich sweetness that tames the tangy hop bitter finish. More barley wine like than IIPA (IMHO). 9% ABV very well hidden.
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