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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Pours a nice deep, dark copper ruby with a thick, sticky, and well-lacing off-white head. Aroma boasts fresh piney hops and a nice caramel malty backing. Starts full and malty, turning thinner and more bitter toward a dry, crisp hoppy finish. The malt seems to lose the battle and doesnít really put up much fight, just a little sweetness up front. Carbonation seems to be more airy than most beers and makes the beer feel too thin. Nice resiny grapefruit hop presence throughout though. A decent DIPA, just wish it were a touch thicker and sweeter. Thanks DarkElf!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2006
On Tap @ the Liarís Club. Clear copper color with creamy off white head. Sweet and hoppy aroma. Piney hop flavor backed by just noticeable malt sweetness. Really good tasting IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle, shared with Parksy. GUSHER! Leaping from the bottle, this beer is a hazy dark orange with an orange-tinted crown. Very malty toasty nose with underlying citrus hops. Palate is full of chewy toffee malt, lightly toasty, with oily grapefruit and light pine hops. Definitely a malt-forward IIPA, although the age of the bottle (unmarked) may have something to do with this (and the whole gushiness thing). Tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Bottle. Reddish-brown-amber color with a big beige head. Hop, spice, and an almost creamy aroma. A little roasted malt in the background, but this is big hops - spice, pine, citrus. Medium body - body almost feels like it has a bit of rye in it. Hides alcohol well - canít feel it until youíve had a few and want to stand up. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6781) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
This copper ale poured with a thick beige head and a floral aroma. It’s very hoppy with lots of citrus and pine lending a familiar northwest hophead aura. There is also a tasty caramel malt base that leaves a thick finish on one’s palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 24, 2005
Plain amber, creamy head, medium carbonation. Hoppy aroma at front with mat, butter underscore. Acidic, citric hop flavours. Hops are very intense here, palate killer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Bottle from Dark Elf. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of grass, sugar, citrus and malt. Tastes sweet with a nice amount of hoppiness. Palate is on the watery side, but otherwise this is a great IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle pours red with an orangish tint, large frothy sand colored head, sticky lacing, lots of bits floating about, with light carbonation. † Caramel and orange peel on the nose, along with hints of dough and alcohol. † Classic PNW hop flavor up front, with a smooth citrus flavor. † Slightly bready, seems well balanced. † Big body with a medium mouthfeel. † Lingering orange peel on the finish. † While there was some alcohol on the nose, none came through on the flavor. † Well crafted. † Thanks goes out to Enniskillen for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev, Dave B. and R. -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy, slightly bubbly, orange with an average size off-white head. Kind of a unique aroma, yes thereís tons of hops but it also has a salty smell to it -- itís different and very pleasant. Flavour is BIG juicy citrus hops and thatís pretty much it, stay far away from this one if youíre not a Hophead. Very dry and bitter and thereís a bit of an alcohol burn. Sure itís one-dimensional but if you like the hops then itís quite tasty -- a great IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Bottle: Wonderful reddish deep amber hue with a long lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has piney, grassy and grapefruity hops, orange zest, biscuit and pale malting, and dusty esters. The taste is bitter as expected but balanced by some sweet malt backbone and noticeable yeast addition. Moderate mineral like undertone works for this beer and the depth is very good for the style. The feel has a sharpness about it but isnít overpowering, dry astringent finish. Shocked to see it is 9.1 ABV for it is very well hidden, kudos! This is an west coast IIPA that would give Yulesmith a run for itís money, I canít believe the average score. What are you people drinking? THANKS Joe for the bottle, Iíll take another in our next trade!

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