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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8964) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Orange amber pour with off white head. Nose is floral and citrus with some earthy pines. Caramel malt taste with licorice and ginger undertones. Rated 10/5/08

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8947) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
Jonís bottle looked great with cloudy grapefuit and good white head, it smelled very nice hops, bit it was weak taste, like sat in sunshine for at least a year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Sample at the "Beer Tasting on the Front Porch". The beer pours a hazy amber color with a medium thick and foamy off-white head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Grainy malt and fruit aroma. Medium body with flavors of earthy and grainy malt, lightly floral hops and fruit. Another beer whose character makes me question the age. The finish is toffee and more grain. Barely average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2007
22 oz bottle. Deep red-orange beer, thin white head. The aroma is lovely, sweet pine, a bit of herbal character, some light fruity hops over a lean pale malt base. The flavour is lightly hoppy, pine and soft floral/flowery hops. Earthy lingering bitterness. A nice, lean DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Good solid soapoy and oily hop leaf presence on the nose, with a flavor that is centered around caramel, some chewy malts and some sap/tree bark and wood. An OK beer but quite simple.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Any first impressions?
-An enormous head lasts over opaque reddish hues.
-Aroma is dusty, chemical, yeasty, and therefore mostly unattractive.
-Grapefruity and floral hops convince the palate to give it further inspection.
-The rich mouthfeel is rather sugary.

What if you dig deeper?
-The chemical nature of the aroma seems to dissipate with time, but not fully.
-Berries frolic around the hanging acidic character.
-Citrus fruit nicely come up after you get used to the phenols.
-Alcohol is well-hidden for its size.
-A problematic brew, but quite flavorful, so it is saved this time around.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8073) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
RBSG 2005. Dark amber, not quite brown body with a small off white head. Big double IPA with lots of hops and plenty of malt in both aroma and flavour. Resin is more prominent than citrus in my mind, and the alcohol is a touch more pronounced than ideal. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle from Cindireneís. Pours dark copper with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, hops, fruity, and some slight funky spicy hints. The flavor is hoppy, with a hefty caramel malt base, and some mid-palate yeasty spice, fruity tartness, and late earthy peppery notes. Very complex with well hidden alcohol, this one is rock solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
2007 Bottle bought 6/22/08. Pours with a foamy, avereage sized, off-white head covering a slightly murky, deep golden body. Nice lacing left by the head, but only waves of foam left on top as retention. Aroma is strongly of sweet toffee malts, with some plums, the hops are mainly spruce and pine like. Taste is angled toward malts with a somewhat odd yeastiness that I havenít expirianced in any other DIPA. Taste is much more East Coast style than West Coast DIPA. Not really enough citrus hops for my taste, but there is a nice balancing effect from the alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel with plenty of little bubbles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bomber. Poured translucent medium orange with a tall, well-retained cap of beige head and sticky lacing. The aroma picked up hefty doses of pine and grapefruit hoppage along with some dried grasses.. very sweet caramel and alcohol notes beneath. The flavor had a drier sweet caramel and candy surrounded by dried pine needle, grapefruit, and signature Amarillo bitterness. Rather rough transitions on the palate with a grainy feel.. medium-bodied.. very sweet, bitter, and boozy finish. Solid overall.

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