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Dagger Falls IPA - Sockeye Grill & Brewery

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 116
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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Sockeye Grill & Brewery visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woodychandler on 02-11-2008

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
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Photo of MugOHops
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of paulmcc25
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of Bumpa
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just now tried Dagger Falls by Sockeye. One thing I look for is a GOOD BITTER, at 100 IBU this one has it. Nice frothy head of a very light caramel color, fairly cloudy amber-orange body. Taste has a very nice edge to it with a smooth finish. I've recently moved to the area and I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to give this'un a try. This one goes on my list even though I prefer bottles.

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Photo of Halos25
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of BryanReed
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go-to fridge stuffers.

Nice golden burnt orange color. Strong white head yields some of the best damn lacing I've seen. Amazing.

Smells great. Hops smack your nose with pine and bitter citrus. Just a touch of sweet maltiness.

The taste. Oh the taste.... Bitter. Pine and that lovely citrus pith. I love it.

Overall, I get caught up in trying to snag all the best IPAs that California, Oregon and Washington have to offer. All the while, I take Dagger Falls for granted. This is a freaking great IPA, and its brewed 2 minutes down the road. Sockeye has a winner here.

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Photo of salvo
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of TheFugitive
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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?

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.


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Photo of Redneckwine
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Brilliant orange to light amber, hazed over, persistent head, big time sticky lacing. Very nice look.

Aroma - Big fruity nose, stone fruits, sweet and piney, citrusy grapefruit pith and rind, some toasty/caramel sweet malts

Feel/Taste - Super smooth carb and feel, medium body. Taste is remarkably well balanced, yet ridiculously hoppy at the same time. Like the nose: stone fruits, citrus pith and peel, and pine resin hops pack a quite bitter punch; hops stick and linger for a long time. Providing some much needed balance are lightly sweet, toasty, caramel malts. Resin bitterness lingers on and on.

Overall - Really nice IPA, but you'd better be game for a bitter, hoppy slap in the mouth hole. I'm somewhat of a hop-head, and I even found it quite bitter. Thank goodness for that smooth, slightly sweet malt backbone! A badass IPA - good show, Sockeye! This is better than the vast majority of widely distributed IPAs I've had.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Can

Poured into a pint glass a very nice cloudy dark golden yellow/orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves tons of sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy with some nice citrus notes. The taste is very nice hoppy, slight touch of malts, a nice dose of citrus. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very nice IPA, surprised me. Definitely worth the buy.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler picked up at the brewery on Sunday 1/8/12. Poured into a Bridgeport pint glass.

A: Pours a relatively clear pale golden color, with a big fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time considering the format (growler).

S: Piney...grapefruit...grassy, bitter orange. Slight astringency, light malt backbone really lets those hops shine. Smells dry.

T: Right in line with the nose, very dry and bitter. Blood orange & ruby grapefruit, hints of starfruit, lots of pine & piney dryness, and a biscuity malt backbone.

MF: Dry, light-medium carbonation, lighter body. Refreshing.

O: Pretty bitter and very hop forward. I've reviewed this beer in 3 formats now. Once Sockeye - West opens, I'm hoping this beer hits the bottling line so I can pimp it out across the country.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with TheFugitive. 12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours hazy orange amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, floral, pine, grass, caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance under the bitterness; and zero cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great balance and complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: 23-oz. glass
From: Old Chicago in Boise, Idaho
Price: $5 (happy hour)
Purchased: Dec. 18, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 18, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel orange murky color with two fingers of khaki white head when I got it. Tons of thick foamy lacing on the sides. Great retention all the way down.

Smelled citrus hops, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, floral hops and sweet caramel. Very good overall.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got bitter grapefruit (citrus) hops, orange, caramel, Cascade hops and floral hops.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Just a very good beer. Boise definitely has some good beer.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy deep red pour. Decent sized light and fluffy off-white head. Fades slowly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing behind.

S: Mild citrus and mellow tropical fruit backed up with some caramel. Sweet and smooth.

T: Grapefruit, pine and some tropical fruit. Mainly pine I would say. Hop flavors aren't mind-numbingly strong but there isn't much malt to back it up either - a touch bready perhaps. Pine, resin and herbal hops on the back end. Even get a little garlic and onion lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and drying in the finish.

O: Tasty and relatively unbalanced IPA. Luckily the hops aren't TOO over the top. Nice variety of hop flavors in here but mainly the pine tends to stand out. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap an attractive, somewhat hazy dark amber. I’m not sure about the head, since the server didn’t allow for much of one, but it did leave some scattered lacing. Aroma is strongly hoppy and evergreen with an undertone of sour orange. Flavor is evergreen hoppy, like any really good IPA, and has a sour citrus undertone that is mainly orange with hints of grapefruit. Texture is quite fizzy and edgy, leaving a nice hoppy tingle.

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Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 10 oz. glass, frosted (ugh) $2.75, 11.10.2010.

One finger rocky white head, medium-fast dissipation, significant lacing. Cloudy deep gold body, no visible carbonation rising. Nose and taste featured quite a bit of citrus and tropical hop notes, more prominent as the beer/glass warmed, leading to a bitter, resiny finish. Malt bill is bready and caramel, nice balance to the aggressive hops. Medium mouthfeel, not much effervescence. A well made IPA, quite drinkable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with a hint of an orange cast. I like it.

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a kind of creamy-smooth aroma. Hops are quite citrusy in character; good, although the intensity is just a bit low.

Taste: very well balanced between bright, citrusy hops, sweetish malt and a kind of creamy character that I also noticed in the aroma. Smooth and balanced; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess for the style.

Overall: this is a smooth and easy-drinkin' IPA. It's not overly strong, but boy is it quaffable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came with a thick, rocky, tawny head with moderate retention. The color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. The nose was wonderfully hoppy. The mouthfeel was medium with a great citrus-hop presence on the tongue. The finish was lingeringly hoppy. I noted great lacing throughout.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Exactly what you'd expect from a western Idaho IPA. I'd catagorize this area's hop profile of choice as bitter followed by citrus. So expect your bitter hops up front and out back. There's some citrus in there, trust me! Cloudy looking beer and a good looking tight white head. This beer could be a lot better if the hop profile was more refined but instead it's just a bit overly assertive and not in a good way.

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Photo of Redrover
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this one in a can served in an old school pilsner at Bar Gernika in Boise.

The beer is gold with garnet tones. It has a thick and sticky beige head.

I like the aroma of pine, citrus and malts.

The taste is earthy with some pine resin midlevel bitterness. The beer is balanced with a clear malt backbone that adds a toasty counterpoint.

The mouth is workman like and a touch coating.

It is kind of an old school throwback IPA that went down easy.

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Photo of woemad
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a golden burnt orange color. A nice looking white foamy head starts and dissipates gently, nice looking foamy rings roam around the glass.
The smell takes aromatic pine smacking citrus to bitter pine blending and adding a touch of rye (I think).
The taste was mainly sweet through the hops yet still allowing a nice blend from the pine to bitter. I'm still pretty sure that's the rye that enlivens a light little touch of spice leading into the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel yields about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionable aspect to it. Carbonation runs nicely as an AIPA. Bitterness hits appropriate for an AIPA.
Overall, I dig this one, its good, I'd have again.

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Dagger Falls IPA from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
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