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Dagger Falls IPA - Sockeye Grill & Brewery

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Dagger Falls IPADagger Falls IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sockeye Grill & Brewery visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This medal winning India Pale Ale is brewed in the true Northwest fashion. It has an intense hop flavor and aroma, with a dry bitter finish. It defintely has enough hops to “send you over the edge.”

100 IBU

(Beer added by: woodychandler on 02-11-2008)
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Reviews by woemad:
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3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can purchased at Pilgrims in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for $1.59. My first Sockeye beer, since they’re not distributed to Washington.

Poured a hazy shade of orange, with a big, creamy off-white head that left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Citrusy hops in the nose, and not much else, initially. As it warms up, a little bit of bready maltiness is detectable.

Citrusy flavor to start off with. I get more tangerine than grapefruit. There’s some more bitter hop flavor midway through, but it’s in the background. The malts provide a backbone and a little contrast, but not a whole lot else.

Medium bodied, and a little watery, though not to a deal breaker degree.

This is a relatively easy drinking IPA, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it on a 90+ degree afternoon. While I wouldn’t reach for it while having a big hankering for hops, I could have several more on a day like today. This would probably work well as a gateway IPA for getting someone introduced to the style. At a decent price, I’d buy it again.

woemad, Jul 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

juicebox, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good light orange appearance, frothy head. Big wafting citrus and pine aroma, hits 'em both quite nicely.

Good hop qualities first and foremost, big bitterness, but hops get first billing. Very floral, fresh mouthfeel to it. Alcohol nowhere noticeable, of course they kept it below 6%, which is a nice development. Went extremely well with the salmon. Malt bill is fine and all, but you've heard the typical caramel thing over and over.

This got my vote for the best beer in Boise. Would not hesitate to have again and recommend to those who love hoppy beers.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

JuniperJesus, Oct 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

LXIXME, May 24, 2014
Photo of MugOHops
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Haaahhhh-PY!! WOW! Bitter and hoppy. Thick. This brew will grab your attention quickly. The brew came in a chilled can, then poured into a tulip glass.

A: Deep golden, almost orange. A bit like a soft-amber ale.

S: The aroma was that ganja-y like smell you get from a huge, hops-forward IPA. Reminded me of my college roommate smoking a bowl. Delish.

T: Every last thing you expect from a big, hops forward IPA is found in Dagger. Very, VERY hoppy. Very, VERY bitter. Not as malty as some might like; which is to say that the malt does not balance the hops. But, I enjoy that. I want to taste 99% hops, 1% malt.

M: Thick! I prefer a lighter mouthfeel (think: Nooner from Sierra Nevada). Good carbonation.

O: Overall, Dagger Falls IPA gets a solid 4/5 stars. Fantastic IPA translation. It's a big, heavy, hoppy, smelly, wonderful IPA. Since I haven't heard much (in fact i've never heard of this brew at all) I am going to suggest that this is one of the most underrated beers out there. In the crowded field of West Coast IPA's this guy is in the shadow of more known/established IPA's and will need a good marketing campaign to get it's name out.

MugOHops, Mar 25, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bittercreek Alehouse in downtown Boise. They claim the IBU count to be a nice round 100...

This beer appears a hazy dark apricot hue, with one fat finger of fine foamy (alliteration, represent!) eggshell white head, which leaves a sudsy curtain of lace around the glass as it recedes, slow and steady-like. It smells of caramel cream, and bitter citrus, pine, and tropical fruit hops. The taste is intensely bitter pine and dried citrus rind, crackery melba toast malt, and a simmering herbal essence. The carbonation is just on the downside from average, the body medium weight and a wee bit zingy, as smoothness is in tough against the pervasive hop astringency. It finishes with a heretofore surprising tapering off of the bitterness, but with no appreciable increase in malt sweetness.

Hoooweee! Hop juice indeed. Tasty, and challenging to be sure, but the real story here is what happens when the malt falls by the wayside, especially in the venerable American IPA. Unbalanced may be fun, as in other indulgent pursuits, but you don't tend to go back for more.

biboergosum, Jul 19, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass. Half finger of head on a cloudy, dark straw colored body.
Smell is citrus and pine.
Taste has a strong bitterness with mild malt. Good balance.
Crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A solid IPA with a good dose of bitterness that's balanced nicely.

Fatehunter, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Schwegler, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

falconxman, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Nage37, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

serebeerdrinker, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Jaycase, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

fivetime, Jan 21, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RB

Picked this growler up last night... finally getting around to giving it a go. Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

1/2" foamy white head has very nice retention and lacing... the brew is a hazed orange.

I can easily smell this brew 2 feet away... pungent pithy citrus... minor pale malt with even a little bit of toasty presence... but this brew is all about the hops... unapologetic.

Huge bitterness... oily citrus zest... lite pale malts mid palate along with the noted toasty malt element... finishes long and hoppy... really pretty dry throughout.... Honestly, the only "real"
bitch I could even remotely come up with is the bitterness up front may be a touch high... but I would never complain.

I forgot how much I like this one... Any NW IPA lover would certainly put this into their rotation if they had access.

4/4.5/4.5/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Nov 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Travisnin, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

indy351, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

rrock44, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

1424IpA, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Varls, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Trish, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Jameswoody, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Dagger Falls IPA from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.