RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Don’t 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 IBU’s 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.

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BarleyWino (3) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2004 does not count
I had this last night. It was pretty good, but not special. It also wasn’t, to my palate, really an IPA. It was hoppy, but the overall character was like Oggi’s Hop Whompus—only not as good. My wife and I agreed that it was more of an American Strong—she thought it was an attempt at an Arrogant Bastard copy. I agree; it also reminded me of Hop Rod Rye. Too much malt flavor and not quite enough grapefruit to be a true IPA, in my opinion. But I could be prejudiced by my preference for Oggi’s IPA and Stone’s Ruination, both of which have that sour finish. They’re much lighter in color, too. The flavor had a surprising lack of complexity given the 9.1% ABV, although I must say the alcohol was hidden well. Perhaps too well. Not much aroma to speak of. That’s a surprise, too, in such a hoppy beer. All in all it reinforced my impression of the whole Green Flash/Reaper line: The beers are fine, but why would you choose them when there are better examples of the same styles that are just as easy to get?

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.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Lightly hazed garnet body topped by beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, grapefruit, pine, floral, mild alcohol warming. Medium-full body, light sticky. Alcohol well hidden. On the milder side of Double IPAs, quite nice. Thanks DarkElf!

BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2004
22oz BomberFirst of all cool label, the grim reaper in a sleigh wreaking havoc! Clear and more red than copper with a thick head of froth. Hoppy biscuit like aroma with nice floral notes. Hops are all over the place. Body is full and slightly chewy. This is one bitter brew here. Hops exploding with flavor and finishing dry and bitter. Bitterness lingers long after the finish. Nice lacing as head retains well. Very much like other Double IPA’s from Cali. Close in flavor to Moylans yet almost as arrogant as the Bastard. Overall pretty nice. If you’re a hop head this won’t dissapoint.

Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2004
An interesting speciman. Nice reddish-golden color. Intense hoppy and citrus aroma. Full bodied, bitter, the alcohol and hops collide making it strangley balanced. Still its bold and flavorfull. Dry and spicey leaves a nice impression from this beer. A step above from their other beers.

sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Large tan head, excellent retention and nice clingy lacing. Lovely clear chestnut colored, red hued brew. Malty, spicey hop nose with some caramel notes. Med/full body, creamy. Caramel malts blend well with the hops. Piney, spicey with some anise notes. Finish is fairly dry, tastey. Nice DIPA, thanks cliff!

Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Thoroughly cloudy, burgundy color, shining bold crimson around the edges..smallish beige head floats atop... Aroma: fruity, dark ones, berries and cherries, zesty, spicy, but fitting in the English IPA mold. Definitely doesn’t fit the style of some of it’s Cali cousins. Big bitterness up front in the flavor, a blitz of hops to be sure, and thickly bodied. Very potent, pungent mouthfeel, a huge delivery on the palate. Nicely fills the mouth and sends a lovely hop character up and down and over and around the senses. Juicy-licious! Malt fills in nicely, too, and the finish is fierce and long, bitter and fruity. A bit of a surprise, but damn me for expecting the same ol’ thing...this is a good one, very flavorful, and the alky-hol is showing it’s colors before long. Tasty, and unique. I like it for what it is, and like it okay, thank you very much.

ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Bottled. Pours Dark amber with a lasting tan head. Over-the-top cascade hoppiness with a sweet malty balance. Bitter alcoholic finish. I would classify thhis more as an American Strong ale than a Double IPA. Good beer.

BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Densely clouded reddish amber appearance, good head formation. Piney, citrus, grapefruit aroma, mildly tropical. Strong hoppy grapefruit palate, peppery spice. Mild smooth creamy biscuity sweetness. Sharp hoppiness domintes, strong dry bitter citrus in the finish. Pretty close to Bear Rep Hop Rod overall.

beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Dark amber color. Medium bodied white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy, with a touch of wort (in a good way). A medium to full bodied double/imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are fairly bitter, grapefruity and citrusy. Touch of pine and floral as well. The 9.1 % alcohol is not very noticeable; this could be a very dangerous beer. Nice balance between the hops and malts. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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