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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
88
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Chucker17, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

bumchilly25, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

IDABEERGUY, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Rau71, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of woemad
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

DerwinWentworth, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of dawn-bolen
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
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 TheFugitive
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

spycow, May 03, 2013
Photo of paulmcc25
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
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 +13.9%
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  rDev +1%

Juno_Malone, Apr 15, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Redrover, Apr 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

rainydays2020, Apr 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

avalonct, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

fivetime, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Dope, Jan 01, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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%

BeerHunter76, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

JuniperJesus, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

KlayWey, Oct 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

falconxman, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

juicebox, Jul 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Lorihall1, Jul 15, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 11, 2012
Dagger Falls IPA from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.