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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
gyllenbock (9846) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle bought in Chicago in October 2011. Amber with a medium head. This beer reminded of a Barley Wine. Sweet with malt and toffee. Not that hoppy or bitter still a descent beer. Would like to try a fresh bottle.

3.8
bb (9789) - 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 - can’t feel it until you’ve had a few and want to stand up. Very good.

3.6
JoeMcPhee (9549) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2007
22 oz bottle. Deep red-orange beer, thin white head. The aroma is lovely, sweet pine, a bit of herbal character, some light fruity hops over a lean pale malt base. The flavour is lightly hoppy, pine and soft floral/flowery hops. Earthy lingering bitterness. A nice, lean DIPA.

3.2
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Good solid soapoy and oily hop leaf presence on the nose, with a flavor that is centered around caramel, some chewy malts and some sap/tree bark and wood. An OK beer but quite simple.

4.2
Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2006
On Tap @ the Liar’s 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
nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Poured a copper with orange hues with a very foamy and lasting white head. Laced beautifully down the sides with the speckled remnants of hops. The aroma was lemony with hints of ginger. Flavor was the same, bitter and hoppy, but citrus and again hints of ginger. Finish was smoother than other IIPAs.

2.5
SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Hey Look at Me! i have lots of extra money and a mr beer kit, now i’ve read that IIPA’s are popular, i’m going to brew an IIPA, give it a wicked name and sell it.. oh but wait, it fuckin sucks and is starting to turn after only weeks on the shelf. haha, fuck you you bought it anyways... -ReaperAle’s Brewmaster

2.3
JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle sample at the Front Porch tasting. Pours a clear amber with a medium beige head. Caramel malt nose with earthy hops and a touch of tartness. Caramel malt and grainy flavor with earthy hops and a bit of tartness before an afterness I can only describe as potato.

3.8
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
2007 Bottle bought 6/22/08. Pours with a foamy, avereage sized, off-white head covering a slightly murky, deep golden body. Nice lacing left by the head, but only waves of foam left on top as retention. Aroma is strongly of sweet toffee malts, with some plums, the hops are mainly spruce and pine like. Taste is angled toward malts with a somewhat odd yeastiness that I haven’t expirianced in any other DIPA. Taste is much more East Coast style than West Coast DIPA. Not really enough citrus hops for my taste, but there is a nice balancing effect from the alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel with plenty of little bubbles.

3.9
blankboy (7808) - 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 there’s tons of hops but it also has a salty smell to it -- it’s different and very pleasant. Flavour is BIG juicy citrus hops and that’s pretty much it, stay far away from this one if you’re not a Hophead. Very dry and bitter and there’s a bit of an alcohol burn. Sure it’s one-dimensional but if you like the hops then it’s quite tasty -- a great IPA!


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