Dagger Falls IPA
Sockeye Grill & Brewery

Dagger Falls IPADagger Falls IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #2,872
Ranked #15,977
3.89 | pDev: 9.77%
Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Idaho, United States
Very Good
Dagger Falls IPADagger Falls IPA
Notes: 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
Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 153 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the more popular hoppy beers here locally for sure, i see it around in cans and on tap like crazy, but i am only now trying it for the first time. its a very classic ipa, right out of the 90s, with a crystal malt backing to some piney and bitter hops, not particularly unique in any way at this point, not a big dry hop nose or anything, just kind of a balanced and drinkable brew without any real aggressive elements, this was probably a little more captivating and attention grabbing when it first came out, less so in the context of modern ipa, i have found that with other beers from these guys too, but i still like the beer quite a lot, and cruised right through a pint of it. there is a nice clear light copper color to it and some shine from the tap, a decent inch of white head on it but not great retention in this case. aroma and flavor are balanced, not sweet from the malt but its presence is more robust than is fashionable now. the hops are piney but not overly fresh to me, and come on real late, as much bitter as flavor for me, and there is just a little bit of that mouth full of pennies copper complexion to it, not long lingering metallic or astringent, but it is there for a flash. mellow carbonation and a medium body, i like it as it warms up too, more flavor from the hops all the time, but still just equal with the grain. i guess this is a lot like a whole bunch of others out there in the world, but i get why its popular locally here in boise, and im sure ill drink my share of them. not as exciting as i hoped it would be though...

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear deep amber color with a huge billowy just off white head. The head has an amazing level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of fruity sweetness. There is a good showing of tangerine, barriers (blueberry and strawberry), orange, and some grape as well as a rather strong candied sugar smell. Along with these smells comes some light grapefruit and herbal hop as well as some hints of dough.
Tastes – The taste begins very different then I was anticipating… It starts with a rather strong bready and malty flavor which create a backbone taste for the brew. Upfront, there is a decent hop hit, being a mix of pine and grapefruit, which is accompanied by some sweeter flavors of dark fruit and tangerine. As the taste advances, the sweet tastes transition, with the dark fruit almost completely disappearing and the orange lightening, all while flavors of sugar and light tropical fruits come to the tongue. At the end there is a surge in the hop, with lots more grapefruit and a bit more pine coming to the tongue, leaving one with a sweeter and nicely hopped taste to linger in the mouth..
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of thickness and carbonation level. For the unique mix of hop, sweet, and malt the feel is rather nice, making for an overall flavorful, yet still easy drinking brew.
Overall – This is an interesting one... It has a nice bready and malty backbone, yet all the while was dank but citrusy in hop, while being sweeter but not overlay so in sugar/fruit. This is interesting and tasty beer! I like it!!!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can courtesy of Rnewt pours a lightly hazed copper color with a nicely sized cap of off white head, retention is decent, but lace is magnifico!

Nose is old school NW IPA, piney and citric with a fair to middling malt base. If I had to guess Id say chinook and maybe cascade...stupid guess Im sure. Pretty good, aroma though.

Flavor is neatly tied to the nose, goes down smooth. Tastes a little old school, the hops used are just not up to snuff with the new varietals. Id drink it again though. Thanks Rachel!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance had a shaded orange to copper color with a glazed over brownish tints closer to the center of the glass. There was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing here and there. The smell had a sharp grapefruit to citrus (slightly tropical and enticing) with a light pine weaving it’s way in the aroma. The taste was pure bittersweet arranging a nice orange flavoring to come out nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good acceptable sharpness normally tasted in an AIPA coming from the Northwest. Overall, pretty good AIPA that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of RandyCongdon
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a Red Lobster in Boise. The waiter told me my beer would be a few minutes. It turns out they were cracking open a new keg; so between that fact and that I was in the city where this beer is produced, I knew this would be fresh.

Look- Just like apple cider with a head. Cloudy, copper-brown. The head was 1/2 " high and white. There was thick lacing that clung to the glass in layers, so you could tell where each sip ended.

Smell- Citrus and pine. Very straightforward, with maybe just a bit of floral.

Taste- Much like the smell. Citrus and pine carried over well. Medium bitterness, very dry. Overall, I thought the taste was really good.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, smooth and creamy finish. The aftertaste persists leaving a bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue.

Overall- I was impressed with this particular IPA. As mentioned regarding the smell, it is a straightforward beer that should be received well by IPA -loving guests.
It paired very nicely with the battered shrimp that I had, as well as with the biscuits. I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Fowdy
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy darker amber color with a finger of head and nice lacing. Not much citrus but a good hop bite from start to finish. Aftertaste is pleasing.

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Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured in Piraat tulip. Dark gold, small off-white head, light scattered lace. Smell is cat pee hopiness, centennials. Taste is pretty nicely balanced between big hops and a little malt backbone, while still keeping the body from being too heavy. Enjoyed this one even though I generally like a lighter, brighter IPA.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned March 31st 2016.

It pours a hazy copper with 2 fingers of foam, long lasting foam. Lacing is good.

Grapefruit aromas up front, bringing a lot of bitterness to my nose. Malt is near zero presence but for a hint of slightly sweet bread.

A bitter IPA with strong citrus grapefruit biting my palate. Slight sweet notes in the middle with some bread and back to that hop bite in the finish which is pretty long lasting.

Medium body and carbonation.

Solid if one dimension like. I do like it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light orange appearance, good 3/4" white head. Lots of pine, lesser citrus, they really dropped a lot of c hops into this one at many stages I would surmise.

Bitterness is amped up, but it isn't all that, it has some hop flavors, green, fresh. Some crystal malt, not overdone thankfully. Great canned beer to take fishing, or pair with eating fish.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark semi-colored amber with a decent transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a frothy white head. Lacing seemed to roll around slyly in a sticky sort of slim foamy sort of way.
The smell started with a sly caramel malt running into some bitter citrus hops. Piney hops grace in and around a light herbal quality about it.
The taste was moderately sweet with a stellar bitter rind-like citrus to collide into the aftertaste slightly. The finish is quick and somewhat sweet yet bitter.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a slight sessionability about it. Carbonation runs somewhat light allowing the malts and hops to blend nicely and make a really great harsh to smooth feel in and around this beer.
Overall, I'd say this was a very nice AIPA that I could have again.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12oz can to my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes taken on 05/25/2015

Thanks to my bro for bringing this back from a recent Boise trip.

A: Crystal malt is evident on the pour as it reveals a much darker amber colored IPA. Nice clarity to it however and super heady. A mammoth amount of khaki tan froth walls up over head. Great retention noted and tons of sticky webbed lacing left tattered to my glass.

S: Smells fairly pungent with some resinous pine sap and a healthy dose of bready malt sugars with some light caramel sweetness. I get a trailer of leafy herbals and some floral action on the back side. Alcohol is noticeable and slightly stinging at the nostrils. Fairly well laced with pine …more so than expected.

T: The flavor has a nice pungent pop of piney hops up front and backed up with some mild herbals and a faint citrus twist. Plenty of malt action to go around with a spread of bread and caramel. Brings some good balance to the brew actually. There is a moderate amount of hop bitters to help dry and clean up the finish which has a kick of herbs and spices. Some pretty fair drink here.

M: Moderate filling body and a touch on the lighter side. Nice frothy spritz on the palate provided by the carbonation. A touch drying and crispness felt in the finish. Fairly clean with a small amount of resinous linger to it.

D: On point with the PNW style IPA. Not a whole lot to write home about but a nice little brew none the less. Light abv, easy drinking. I can see packing in a few of these on your fishing trip for sure.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ can
Served in a pint glass

Deep amber color. Hazy. Thick, frothy, beige head that coats side of glass

Resiny pine, bitter smell. I do get some caramel malt

Straight resin and pine flavor. Very bitter.

Full mouthfeel for an ipa

This ipa is geared towards the pine and bitter ipa lovers. Not my favorite interpretation of the style. I prefer juicy.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of BryanReed
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Zorro
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Quite aromatic I can smell it a yard away. Strong scents of grapefruit and pineapple. Lesser passion fruit and caramel scents. Little bit of pine board scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a savory and woody flavor. Medium bitterness. Strong tea flavor and doesn't tastes as fruity as it smells. Tastes decidedly woody.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent AIPA.

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Photo of Bumpa
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Redneckwine
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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 stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this (on tap at Papa Joe’s), lots of hop flavor without the overpowering tartness. Hazy amber with a small creamy head, mild pine bitterness, abrupt finish. Enjoyable and highly drinkable.

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Photo of MugOHops
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
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 BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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 TheFlern
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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 brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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 flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Dagger Falls IPA from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 153 ratings