Widow Maker IPA | Sockeye Grill & Brewery

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Widow Maker IPAWidow Maker IPA

Brewed by:
Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Idaho, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-09-2008

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Brewpub 09/01/2011. Review from notes. Served in a 24oz mug, waitress said this batch is 'close to 6.7% abv'.

A: Light golden amber color, not a lot of head, lacing, or carbonation. Head revives with a quick hardy swirl. Not opaque but not cloudy either.

S: Fairly muted at the beginning, grapefruit is prominent here, with floral/herbal notes and some orange citrus as well. Lots of sweet caramel malt and toffee in there too.

T: Again, good floral component and grapefruit hop flavors, with a good light malt sweetness, and moderate bitterness.

MF: Somewhat lactic/creamy lighter body. Moderate bitterness leads to some decent hop dryness but not overwhelming by any means.

O: A good IPA. Relatively unique, brews with this type of body, hop profile, malt bill, and feel remind me of a poor-mans version of Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widow Maker pours a gorgeous dark auburn color with some very intense red highlights along with a big fluffy, dense off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing behind.

The aroma is toffee, caramel, floral hops, grapefruit and oranges. Lots of good stuff going on here! Smells like it could be fairly strong but since the ABV is a mystery, we'll never know for sure, although I might know by how I feel once this bottle is empty.

Taste is a pretty hefty dose of citrusy hops along with some powered sugar sweetness and some toffee/caramel flavors. Its very bitter and tongue numbing and dry in the finish. Its leaning towards hops more than malt as far as the balance meter goes. It is not however too far to the hops to make it totally unbalanced.

Mouthfeel with this one is a bit light and certainly refreshing. A very solid IPA from Boise, Idaho and the first beer I've had from Sockeye.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange color, some carbonation, nice little creamy/fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, and citrus. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly sweet, with some malts, and citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty little IPA.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the growler fill over the weekend for about $12 ... I was told by Jason and the crew that Widow Maker is the new IPA that's replacing Dagger Falls... Too bad.. Dagger Falls is pretty damn nice... that said, I am digging the WM for sure. Got the growler, and am sharing it with Brenda and my carpool buddy. My share in my shaped SA glass.

2 finger creamy head.. fantastic lacing.. bubbles, crust, and rings of lace stick around until I finally rinse my glass... Brew is hop-hazed honey/lite orange... honestly very pretty.

Nose is American hops but without much of the expected Citrus and Pine hops... instead very floral and fruity...

Flavor is pale malts for a flash then.. the hop flavors come charging.. fruity.. and floral.. good malt backbone with a lighter hop bitterness... Very balanced from front to back... light/medium body with a creamy carbonation.

Really pretty nice.. I actually like the Widow Maker more than the Dagger Falls.

Widow Maker is apparently named after one of the most difficult rapids in the Owyhees.. This brew was not difficult at all to enjoy. I thought it was very smooth.. nothing was even remotely out of line.. and I am loving the floral hops in an American IPA.


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Widow Maker IPA from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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