Review – Reaper Ales Sleighor (Take Two)
A little over two years ago, I fell in love with Double/Imperial IPAs. The beer that introduced me to the particular type of Double IPA I like, was Reaper Ale’s Sleighor.
If you remember, Reaper Ale had some Halloweeny/Gimmicky bottles, and would either entice you or turn you off. The reason why I liked Reaper Ales Sleighor was because the beer was thick, beautifully colored, smelled like hops and fresh citrus, and packed a punch.
As quick as I began enjoying it, Reaper Ales lost their space at Green Flash Brewing in Vista, CA, and went on a 2 year hiatus. Sure, you could find a few spots in Southern California that had a few bottles stashed, but the thought that we would never again have this beer crossed my mind. Then in my online travels, I found out Reaper found a new home to brew their beer. Sudwerk Brewing in Davis, CA. At my local Bevmo, I found a stocked shelf of 22oz Sleighor bottles. With joy, I picked up a bottle, and wanted to see if it still tastes the same. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. I encourage all other Sleighor fans to give it a try to see if my taste buds might have changed. On with the review…..
Appearance: A gold/copper see through ale. After an agressive pour, you get a fluffy head, but after a minute, it fades to a pin stripe. Foamy lacing to the bottom.
Aroma: A faint pine odor, no citrus what-so-ever. Almost a whiff of cardboard.
Taste: Faint pine and strong metallic hops. Almost no sweetness, and the metallic hop sits on the back of your tongue.
Mouthfeel: Very thin for a DIPA, a bit high on the carbonation side.
Overall: This is going to make Sleighor fans cry. Perhaps it used to be a tweaked Green Flash Imperial IPA recipe that stayed in Vista and didn’t follow them to Davis. I MIGHT give this one more shot.
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October 5, 2009 @ 2:26 pm
Perhaps you got one of their early brews after acquiring the new location. I have been drinking this beer since finding it at BevMo a couple months ago and it is exactly as you described it at first. I’d love to hear what you think after giving it another try.. Especially since it’s reasonably priced compared to other DIPAs and Imperials.