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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Bright golden; nice head. Very rich, smooth and velvety texture. Alcohol is hidden fairly well, but itís definitely warming. Bold malt flavors and intense hops. Lofty aromas of honey, flowers and nectar. Healthy bitterness. Ballsy, tasty double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2005
[At RBSG 2005] An amber beer with a small beige head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy, but also with notes of caramel. The flavor is very sweet and very hoppy with alfa acids mingling in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (3272) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottle, provided by ClarkVV. Great nose. Citrus, orange, pinneapple, Some floral notes. Clean classic copper orange, good head and good lacing. Bittersweet flavor. Hereís where the grapefruit kicks in. Found some toffee/caramel in there. Medium to thick body, oily viscous mouthfeel, bitter citrusy finish. WOW, this one is a real pleaser. This is how I like them. Thanks Clark!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3215) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev, Dave B. & R. - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Slightly hazy amber with a small head. Aroma can only be described as WOW! - big, big hops with some dry woodiness. Flavour is hops upside your head - juicy and grapefruity, bitter as hell. This is a beer that makes no pretense at being balanced, but itís great just the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2006
22 oz., from Darkelf Ė Thanks Stephen! Head is big and thick leaving a beautiful lacing. Youíre getting the hops in the nose as well of course but thereís much more to it: spices like cinnamon and vanilla plus some sweetish dark fruits are what I can detect. Overall aroma is sweeter and more complex than expected. Flavor is fruity amd malty with a bitter finish. Medium to full bodied with a nice creamy texture. A nice surprise with an original character. Not your typical DIPA, thatís for sure.

   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 (5892) - 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 (1862) - Cupertino, 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Beautiful billowy creamy head with excellent lace. Perfect clear dark orange color. Aroma is hoppy bitter piney lollipop a tinge of Belgium. Flavor light toast strong resinous hop syrup good body and balance not very sweet. Warming alcohol. Excellent feel and finish coating your mouth with aromas going back to your nose as you breath. Grade A IPA.

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