Ninkasi Sleighr Dark Double Alt Ale

26 Dec

ninkasi sleighr

Christmas beer.  The name is synonymous with brown, malty ales usually spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon or something similar and this year was no different for the most part, except a few breweries tweaked some older recipes to give Christmas more of a hop-balance.  Ninkasi Sleighr Dar Double Alt ($2.87) is one example of just such a beer.  Full of flavor, smooth, crisp and with a high alcohol content, Sleighr is the perfect beer staying in from the cold and eating a Christmas dinner, below is info from Ninkasi.

On the bottle:
A delicious northwest seasonal brewed with winter in mind. A dark double alt, malty, nourishing and delicious, it’s sure to keep the winter at bay, and yes, Sleigh’r does rock!

Tasting Notes:
An Alt ferments with Ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives Alts a more refined a crisp lagerlike flavor than traditional ales. The Double Alt means that it has been Ninkasified. Regular Alts are 5 to 5.5 % and 40 ibus.Sleigh’r has a deep toasted malt flavor that finnished dry and has 7.2 % alc and 50 ibus keeping it in a perfect Alt balance.

  • Bitterness: 50 IBUs
  • Alcohol %: 7.2
  • Malt: 2 Row Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Munich Malt, Carahell Malt, Roasted Barely, Chocolate Malt
  • Hops: Nugget

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