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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2004
On Cask @ Green Flash WOW! The casked version of this beer is amazing. 2 lbs of Amarillo leaf hops stuffed in the cask make this IIPA an olfactory delight! Incredible grapefruit/orange assault on the nose and palate. Pours orange-amber. So hoppy you have to make sure your teeth arenít green! Rich malt profile with just enough sweetness balances the hop attack, and the alcohol is well masked. The best Reaper Ale yet! Hatís off to brewer John Stuart!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle. Amber color--good off-white head. Aroma is hops, and a lot of them, but not overpowering. Floral and citrus aroma. Flavor is malty with a dry hop finish. Very well balanced. Alcohol burn in the finish and aftertaste, but is very welcome. Smooth flavor. Excellent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours copper with thick, cream colored head with great retention and lacing. Aroma is pure floral hops. Flavor is citrus, flowery, with mild malt sweetness and bitter finish. This is a good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehinge (270) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pour is a murky orange with an off white head....laces well. Aroma is all hops and resin. The taste has hints of fruit at the outset and a balanced hop bitterness on the finish. One of the best IIPAís Iíve had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6220) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Hazy reddish brown, med. fluffy head, and some chunks of yeast floating around. Nice balanced nose of malts and hops, caramel malty tones and nice hops. Bitter punch on the first draw, and it continues throughout. Decent malt backing, if maybe a little thin, but with some nice malt sweetness. Hops diminish and smooth out as the beer warms. Good bitter finish, overall a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Poured a Poured a clear deep amber color with a large sized long lasting off-white head. Hoppy aroma. Nice and fresh, citrus and floral. Some fruity malt and alcohol notes. Acidic flavor with caramel underneath. Big bitterness running thorugh. Medium bodied. I didnít expect this one to be so good. I need to pick up some more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Pours a viscous, honey nectar with dense froth that is about medium height. Superb head retention w/ thick fluffy lacing that lasts. Strong aromas of spicy citrus rind that clear my sinuses. A thick and slightly creamy style IIPA with bright, pungent citrus rind consistant to the last sip. This is where Robo Hop lives w/ a strict upper hand. Overall: a ballanced brew with alcohol well hidden. Enjoyable. Nice job.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2006
22 ozíer split with my wife. Dark rusty orange with a respectable head. Brutally greasy hopped aroma ... holy hops (as Robin would say to Batman). Deeply salty, dry and earthy hopped, this is big, chewy, grassy hoppy brew. Big beer for big boys like me.


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