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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
89
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Halos25

California

4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-18-2013 00:27:03 | More by Halos25
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Juno_Malone

Idaho

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-15-2013 04:48:33 | More by Juno_Malone
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Redrover

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-08-2013 18:50:30 | More by Redrover
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rainydays2020

New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

04-02-2013 03:30:42 | More by rainydays2020
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avalonct

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-08-2013 01:34:33 | More by avalonct
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fivetime

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-21-2013 19:55:20 | More by fivetime
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Dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

01-01-2013 05:55:02 | More by Dope
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2012 06:28:37 | More by Fatehunter
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-04-2012 04:00:22 | More by BeerHunter76
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JuniperJesus

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-29-2012 17:25:04 | More by JuniperJesus
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KlayWey

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-21-2012 18:41:01 | More by KlayWey
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falconxman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-26-2012 19:36:22 | More by falconxman
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juicebox

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-17-2012 23:40:24 | More by juicebox
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Lorihall1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-15-2012 17:07:44 | More by Lorihall1
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 19:57:19 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-09-2012 14:46:23 | More by Scotchboy
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Travisnin

Idaho

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2011 08:00:39 | More by Travisnin
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 20:58:17 | More by biboergosum
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 01:29:27 | More by Cyberkedi
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 17:16:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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jdense

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 17:46:56 | More by jdense
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +6%
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

Serving type: growler

11-14-2010 02:22:24 | More by JohnGalt1
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salvo

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 00:53:26 | More by salvo
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Offa

California

3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 21:17:42 | More by Offa
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2008 15:02:03 | More by woodychandler
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Dagger Falls IPA from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
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