Dagger Falls IPA | Sockeye Grill & Brewery

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Dagger Falls IPADagger Falls IPA
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3.9/5
Very Good
146 Ratings
Dagger Falls IPADagger Falls IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Idaho, United States
sockeyebrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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

Added by woodychandler on 02-11-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,229
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
146
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
35
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nmann08
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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 rab53
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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 stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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 outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Zorro
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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 JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RB

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

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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 Donkster46
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Dagger Falls IPA from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 146 ratings
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