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Dagger Falls IPA - Sockeye Grill & Brewery

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Dagger Falls IPADagger Falls IPA

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88
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Underdogbisco, Nov 19, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +21%
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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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

MikeDAdams, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of dawn-bolen
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

True Northwest style American IPA. Hop aroma is strong and floral, bite is intense and satisfying. Malt character is present for balance but Simcoe is predominant in aroma and bitterness. This beer boasts 4 other hop varieties in the brew. Very nice.

dawn-bolen, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of paulmcc25
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Sockeye Brewery while on vacation visiting buddies.

Deep golden hue.

Smell is of huge pine. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced. Not too thin, but not like syrup.

Bitter! Wowsers. Bitter on both sides of the tounge. Good Lord. Very hoppy, citrusy, and I detected a hint of grapefruit???

If you are a hop-forward loving fan, this is your brew. If you love malt, this is not your brew. If you like a well balanced brew...again, go home. This is for hop heads only. I did detect malt, but not enough to balance this brew.

Very nice stuff coming out of Idaho the past five-ten years. Dagger Falls IPA should put Idaho on the craft brew radar.

paulmcc25, Apr 19, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden in color with a two finger head.

You know immediately you are drinking a major league IPA once you pop the top. The smell is of strong pine and citrus. Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum. Wonderful.

This is one of the more bitter beers i've had. But, that's what IPA's are all about. Dagger Falls is bitter with not much of a malt profile to counter balance. The taste is in-your-face hops. The bitterness stays around after the swallow. Wow.

Being from California and within an easy driving distance to the Sierra Nevada and Russian River breweries I can say that I have had some of the finest IPA's on the west coast, if not the whole country. Dagger Falls is now included. While driving through Idaho I discovered DF IPA from Sockeye in a store. I'm so glad I did. I don't know why beers like Pliny get all the attention when there are IPA's like Dagger Falls. Amazing. Folks in Idaho have themselves one of the better IPA's out there.

Great job, Sockeye.

Halos25, Apr 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

serebeerdrinker, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Jameswoody, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

apf, Sep 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

hunt6524, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

johnmac, Jan 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

IDABEERGUY, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of TheFugitive
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dagger Falls IPA is a total hop bomb with huge citrus notes

Poured into a goblet style glass

A: The appearance is a dirty cloudy orange, similar to a DIPA

S: Lots of pine

T: Tons of pine, hops and citrus. I was addicted after my first sip

M: Medium body with minimal carbonation

O: I was very pleased with this IPA. Now, how do I to get more?

TheFugitive, May 12, 2013
Photo of salvo
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper-red beer under a sudsy head that dissipated slowly leaving a lace-etched pint glass. Smell was all citrus: grapefruit and lemon: both candied lemon peel and fresh fruit juice.

Taste is big: all citrus and pine from hops at the start, then astringent drying finishing in bitter, bone-dry, throat-parching that requires another sip. Repeat. Sigh.

Another layer, perhaps some biscuit malt, would be a nice addition, but thats not the point. That would be another beer.

Wow: it was great being in Boise for fall hops season: so many local pacific coast style hop bombs. This one was really the best I tried out of eight recent big IPAs, fresh-hopped one-offs, and just plan crazy experimental beers (like the wild yeast and Emmett hopped pale-green Salmon River Wet Hop Wild). Perhaps it was being at the brewery, or the weather, or the fact that Boise State was winning big, but it was the perfect beer for the moment.

salvo, Oct 05, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a very impressive head; impressive retention that leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: One of those IPAs you can smell down the road - floral and grapefruity, with a hint of pine

Taste: Assertively bitter, from the get-go, with grapefruit pith and pine developing mid-palate; the malt makes a vague appearance in the finish, bringing just a touch of biscuity sweetness for balancing effect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A terrific West Coast IPA here - rather surprised it isn't in greater demand but that is the world of craft beer today where it is hard to break through the clutter without a gimmick

Thanks, JohnGalt1, for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JuniperJesus, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Jaycase, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

fivetime, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

KlayWey, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

4thelvofbeer, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Lorihall1, Jul 15, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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