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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2010 22oz bomber bottle. Hazy brown-amber color, with a respectable, lasting beige head. Pleasant sweet West Coast citrus hop aroma. The taste is pretty straightforward IIPA, with a very clean mouthfeel. Nice balance between the syrupy high gravity malt and the solid hop bill. Full of flavor, but never overly thick and the alcohol is never offensive or disagreeable. Excellent clean example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear orange brown with an off white head. Aroma is floral, caramel, pine. Flavor is bitter, slightly floral, somewhat faded, hint of caramel. Lively mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5667) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Lightly hazed copper color with a small dense beige head. Grapefruit and caramel aromas dominate. Hints of fruit and earth in the background. Sweet malt and caramel in the front. Citric hops in the middle. Quite earthy in flavor as well. With all the earth it seems a bit unclean. A somewhat malt forward IIPA, wish the malt was a bit clearer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2009
deep ruby with a cream head. nose is piney citrus frest hops. decent thickness with hops and citrus notes tagged with a slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 28, 2009
courtesy of fiulijn - dark blond-orange colour with a persistent beige foam; nice lace; solidly hoppy with notes of flowers and cream; moderate carbonation and with a solid malt body; slightly sticky; very robust bitterness, long and very bitter flowery finish - a one-dimensional hop bomb

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmmbeer (1390) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2009
22 oz. bottler served in shaker- poured a mildly turbid darkened copper with shades of brown, low carbonation, very still thin white head with several frog eyes formed upon the liquid surface. Aroma of a caramel malt, piney hops, with a note of coriander. Hits the mouth with a high medium body, malt is there and tastes slightly toasted, hops come in the middle but are weak for a double IPA, finish is acidic. Iím not fearing the reaper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Too much malt and not enough hop! Knew when the wife liked it I would be disappointed.......(fish called wanda moment)....anyway...beer tastes ok, good drink just not what I expect from a DIPA at all. Its not crap like their stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2009
A little dissapointing for a double IPA. I would call it an imperial amber. Had an overwhelming caramel malt presence without anywhere near enough hops. Too mellow and mild. Lightly bitter finish with some burnt malts. Not bad though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours amber with a big head. Aroma smells a bit stale, it lacks the big hops aroma I would expect with a IIPA. Flavor is piney and floral,with a stronger malt backing than I prefer. A bit unbalanced. The ABV is well hidden. Forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Pours a rich brown. Typical soapy, citrus aromas. Nice creamy hoppy mouthfeel. A very mellow double IPA. Not very aggressive. I like it.

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