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Sockeye Grill & Brewery

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Based on:
30 Beers
420 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 11
Visits: 26
Avg: 3.68
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3019 N Cole Rd
Boise, Idaho, 83704-5919
United States
phone: (208) 658-1533

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sockeyebrew

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Reviews: 11 | Visits: 26
Photo of stevoj
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

One of Boise’s breweries off the main track. Standard restaurant vibe, beer selection limited to six flagships and up to two seasonals/casks. Food is decent, place is usually fairly crowded. Patio, kids welcome, Wifi. Not my choice for best in Boise, but adequate.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Older bar/grill style setting. Bar area was out of date and tired looking. Just an overall dull vibe compared to the other places in Boise. Aside from that, the service was quick, friendly and knowledgeable. A barrel aged version of their winter beer is also available in bottles to go during our stop in Dec.

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Photo of jellikit
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A: pretty sweet little pub. Nothing flashy. Mellow.
Q: beer was good. Not outstanding. A couple of beers seemed pretty grainy.
S: service is good. Friendly.
Selection: pretty standard. Pale, IPA, Amber, stout, winter seasonal, Tripel.
All of my friends from Boise rave about the beer. Although it is good, definitely drinkable; it is not supreme craft beer.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This place is ginormous. I got lost trying to find my way to the bathroom to change out of my work clothes before headed to the airport for my flight home. I then proceeded to get lost again trying to find my way back out to the patio. There are back hallways, conference-sized dining rooms, halls lined with tables and a room with the bar. All of this is in addition to the outdoor patio seating.

The service was impeccable. If the bartender/server who took care of me wasn’t the owner or the brew master, then he’s one of the most knowledgeable barkeeps I’ve ever met. He kept my glass full and was very attentive even though it was an odd time of day to be eating and nearly nobody else was there.

The food is great. They have sweet potato fries that fully satisfied my craving for my favorite side dish. And they have a ton of salmon – all of it fresh – all of it delicious. The form I chose came in a sandwich, which was also quite good.

I get fuzzy when it comes to the beer. This obviously means I was not impressed with any or all of the offerings. I remember that one had won several awards, but I couldn’t tell why. If I remember correctly, my favorite offerings were a seasonal (can’t remember what” and the Power House Porter.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Checked this place out on a trip up to Boise. Really big place, seating all over. Service was nice, they took real good care of the kids, coloring books, crayons etc. . .

Drank the dagger falls ipa, loved it, bummed I couldn't get the barleywine though, but hey, its a pretty seasonal beer all around, so no big deal. Figured with a name like Sockeye, I should probably get the salmon, it was damn good as well. Their harvest ale was unique, one of the least hoppy harvests, but still good, an octoberfest and ipa hybrid at times.

A pretty unassuming place, right off Cole road, didn't have to wait long, I'd check it out again just for the dagger falls.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I like this place ok, been 3-4 times?

Atmosphere is ok, I've only sat in the bar-area though. Lots of growlers and cool stuff on the wall. Pretty private feeling usually, even with other patrons present.

Quality is good +. In my opinion Sockeye takes their products seriously and doesn't try to be too big.

Service is usually good, there is a guy there who has helped me a few times thats not extremely friendly but is knowledgable and efficient. Thats ok by me.

Selection is good, and they have the best selection of any brewery in Boise of quality hoppy beers IMO. I'd like to try more brews here. Their sampler is pretty cool in my opinion; good quality.

Food is above average. Love their fish.

Good place in my opinion.

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Photo of jdense
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Visited afternoon 11/10/2010.

Located in a dying strip mall in north Boise, the building is split into a rather large dining area with custom wood booths and a bar with a separate entrance featuring a 10 seat bar and about 10 tables. Given the time of day the clientele consisted almost entirely of regulars. 7 House beers were on tap, including a Kolsch, Porter, APA, IPA and an Amber. Apparently I was about two days early for release of their winter seasonal, which I understand is probably their best beer. Most of the people were drinking wine, maybe there's a local rule about drinking beer two early in the day. I saw several people having a late lunch, typical looking pub grub. I had an IPA and left. Wine and beer only. Service was OK, I was given tasters of some of the beers, pleasant help.While the brewer certainly knows how to make hoppy beers, the lack of ambience along with limited beer selection, makes this not a place I'd hang out regularly if I was a local.

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Photo of gixxerman
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

It was a long day and still about 99 degrees outside at 7:00 PM when I arrived, so I probably didn't catch the best vibe at this place.

The spacious outdoor area was empty (due to the heat) and it was not crowded inside either.

I ordered up a Dagger Falls IPA, nice and hoppy and hit the spot. For a closer I tried a Purple Haze Espesso stout, which was another tasty offering. I had eaten early, but the menu seemed to have some quality offerings and the food they brought out looked really good.

I sat at the bar, but did notice a few families inside eating (there is a sign on the door that says no one under 21 after 10 PM) so I guess they are somewhat family friendly, bring the kids early.

Seems like a cool place to come and enjoy the outdoor area and live music on a Tuesday or Friday.

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Photo of Japerrault
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a great brewery/restaurant. The staff seems to have a passion for good beer and are eager to answer questions and give suggestions. Samples were brought to the table without asking. All of the beers tasted were respectable and some were great. $3.00 pints while we were there. Purple Haze stout and Crooked Tail Harvest Ale were both exceptional. The "Widow Maker" IPA has tremendous hop aroma and big flavor from several hop varieties without being overly bitter.

I have had several items from the menu and have not been disappointed yet. Good portions and flavors, and the price is right.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Their motto was "Drink like a fish!" and if anyone was up to the task, it was me. I began with their highly recommended Purple Haze Stout, and then I moved to the Dagger Falls IPA. More on beer in a bit.

Out front, on the approach, was a fenced-in patio area to the left of the doorway and a small fountain to the right. Entering, the m.d.s. was to the immediate left and included a glass cabinet of logo items, among which were embroidered work shirts and growlers. To the left was the bar area with a Golden Tee machine and a red felt pool table, followed by high tables and captain's chairs. The "L"-shaped, green Formica-topped bar was all of the way aft on this side and the brewhouse was off to the right of the bar with the lavatories just beyond. Lots of black & white photos hung on the wall as a reminder that this was first and foremost sportsman's territory. I know how to fish and to hunt, but neither is really my bag, you dig? I just sat and gazed out the window, taking in the scenery, thank you.

My server that afternoon was Summer and a friendlier, more enthusiastic, knowledgeable hophead never existed in my estimation.

Beers: Their six (6) standards included Galena Summit Kolsch; Hell Diver Pale Ale; Wooly Bugger Wheat; Dagger Falls IPA; Angel's Perch Amber; and Power House Porter. The seasonals included Horse Thief Hefeweizen; Velvet Falls Cream Ale; Dubbel Tail; and the highly recommended Purple Haze Stout. Upcoming seasonals included Rusted Hook Rye and Stone Fly Wit.

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Photo of benito
2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I visited Sockeye on a Saturday night in early Summer. Strangely, I was the only person sitting inside the entire brewpub (there were a few tables taken out on the patio, but even so, this place was more or less empty). I should have taken this as my first sign and headed back to some of the brewpubs and beer bars in downtown Boise.

I'm not sure where to start with Sockeye because I don't have very much nice to say. I hate panning local craftbrewers outright, but this place is more or less unforgivable. They've got the ambience of a converted Big Boy: wooden booths with virtually no decorations on the wall, save a few old posters of Idaho's mountains lining the hall to the bathroom. Their food (which I can't fairly rate overall since I only tried a soup and salad) tasted like something straight from a can and bag, and then their beer...well, how do I say this diplomatically, at best their beers are overly malted, exhibiting what seems to be a ideological rejection of the hop, and at worst they taste like sweaty socks.

Fortunately, they have decent service and enough beers on tap--11--that even in a crowd of duds, they maanaged to put out a passable pale ale and porter. And again, I feel sorry for having pointed out so many flaws with this place, but caveat emptor--Sockeye, craftbeer or no, is just no worth your money.

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Sockeye Grill & Brewery in Boise, ID
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.