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RATINGS: 322   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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4.3
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 aren’t green! Rich malt profile with just enough sweetness balances the hop attack, and the alcohol is well masked. The best Reaper Ale yet! Hat’s off to brewer John Stuart!

4.3
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
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
thehinge (292) - 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 IIPA’s I’ve had.

4.2
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.

4.2
BBB63 (6557) - 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 isn’t 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 it’s money, I can’t believe the average score. What are you people drinking? THANKS Joe for the bottle, I’ll take another in our next trade!

4.2
joshpiledean (316) - 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
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Had this from the bottle..........very hoppy, I love it! Poured a reddish amber color, with a nice little head. Aroma was hoppy or course, also had some spices in there as well. Flavor was also very hoppy and kinda dry, but it was still very enjoyable.

4.2
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Pours a tan light color w/ a large frothy well laced white head. Smells good big citrus hop aroma and a nice carmel malt undertone w/ oranges. Palate is thick creamy sticky good. Flavor is a big crisp citrus hop w/ a nice carmel malt backbone. Reminded me of ruinationw/ more malt. Very good stuff. Thanks to blake for sharing.

4.2
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.


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