Dagger Falls IPA - Sockeye Grill & Brewery
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4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
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
08-09-2013 23:19:33 | More by brentk56
4.22/5 rDev +6%
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.
07-19-2011 20:58:17 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-20-2008 15:02:03 | More by woodychandler
4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
07-17-2013 04:33:38 | More by superspak
4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
06-16-2011 17:16:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.22/5 rDev +6%
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.
11-14-2010 02:22:24 | More by JohnGalt1
3.55/5 rDev -10.8%
On tap at Sockeye Brewpub.
A - Served a cloudy medium orange with a two finger light tan head. Good retention and spots of lacing left on the glass.
S - A nice orange and pine one-two punch.
T - More piney an grassy.
D - A bitter pine lingers. Thinner body with average carbonation.
O - Solid ID IPA. Nothing life changing, but I am always happy to try a new West Coast IPA.
04-11-2012 19:57:19 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
07-24-2013 02:04:19 | More by flagmantho
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-10-2011 01:29:27 | More by Cyberkedi
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-01-2013 05:55:02 | More by Dope
3.79/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
04-08-2013 18:50:30 | More by Redrover
3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
The site says "retired" but I just had this on tap in Boise, so I shall need to note that.
Anyway, this is a strongly characterful, hoppy, but rather intense and unbalanced IPA.
Hazy orange amber, it has a smallish foamy off-white head soon shrinking to a foamy ring, with a little lace.
Aroma is candied citrus, marmalade and grapefruit, sour green grapes.
Taste is resiny and bitter-sweet candied citrus with light caramelly raisiny sweetness at first balanced but quickly overpower by the astringent, medicinal bitterness of bitter leaves and citrus, which dominates the aftertaste and lingers. This brings down drinkability a lot. It is, though, at least somewhat different from the norm and the medicinal quality has promise if it is reigned in and balanced, etc.
08-16-2010 21:17:42 | More by Offa
3.6/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
12-18-2012 06:28:37 | More by Fatehunter
3.74/5 rDev -6%
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.
06-30-2013 23:22:43 | More by woemad
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-20-2010 17:46:56 | More by jdense
Dagger Falls IPA from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
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