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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
Cloudy orange. Light but lasting foam. Big citrus aroma. Long lasting hop flavour and finish. The malt is just strong enough to let the massive hops float through your mouth. I like this beer better than most appear to. Delicious for hop heads without slapping you in the face. Alcohol? What alcohol.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6041) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Poured from the bomber a dark amber color with a beige head. Aroma hops, hops, and more hops, and a bit of caramel malt. Flavor was citrus hops a bit of caramel malts that was quickly ended by the hop bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Shared with Beerdrenched. This was a pleasant surprise after some disappontments. Pours clear bronze with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma has lots of floral and grapefruit hops, a nice malt balance and lots of resin. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation that doesnít interfer with the flavors. The taste starts with a bunch of sturdy thick caramel malts, then the finish brings in a healthy helping of hops that are mainly piny and woody - very resiny. Very well done IIPA and very hearty and bold on all levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 This beer pours a murky amber color with a fat, frothy, sticky head. The lacing was perfect. The smell hits you as you pop the top. Big hoppy goodness with orange, grapefruit and maybe a soapy kind of smell. The first sip jumps right to back of your tongue and messes it all up. Very bitter, but very, very nice. The mouthfell is rocking and the palate is rolling. After a tough day, this is just what the doctor ordered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
$5.99 bomber from the 45F refrigerator in local liquor store. Was really surprized to see this. Last brewed in November 2006, according to Chuck, the brewer at Green Flash. Deep amber color. Small to micro bubble head surrounds the surface of liquid. Hops aroma pops out at me, when I first poured it into my glass, but then fades to a very nice amount of oxidation and malty goodness I love with aged IIPAs. Lovely. A real pleasure to smell. Taste has a higher bitterness, but the grapefruit aspect has disappearance, and been replaced with a little oxidation. Very drinkable. Would like to do a side-by-side with Double Bastard, but Iím guessing Double Bastard would win by 0.1-0.2 points. Iím going to buy another of these delicious soon-to-be-retired bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5168) - 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.

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