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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Joseph James Brewing Inc. visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Imperial IPA has a large Hop Aroma and sweetness from dark caramel malts. This brew uses Simcoe and Cascade hops and is hopped at 5lbs per barrel. The brew is 9.3% ABV, 90 IBU's, and best enjoyed at 55F.

(Beer added by: glid02 on 03-06-2010)
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Reviews by kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Grabbed this because I'd never heard of it.

Bubbly, deep caramel... huge head, for a DIPA, that takes up half the glass. Massively sweet, fruity nose - all kinds of tropical, guava, especially, and orange... but also a musty, somewhat stale note that doesn't really sit well. Some hops, but they are buried under the fruit.

Yikes... this is weird... extremely creamy, mouth filling body gives way to an odd flavor blend - sweet caramel malt, very fruity (Amarillo, etc) hops, and a distinct lack of bitterness that is (usually) the hallmark of this style.. hmm... that said, it's surprisingly "light" and easy to drink, and the alcohol barely registers. At least for now. The finish is pretty basic, akin to having just drunk any malt-forward beer. Where did the fruit go?

Hop Box is just an oddity... I'm not sure if it is supposed to be like this or what, but points for being different... I don't think I've had a DIPA as sweet, fruity and easy to put back as this one... the nose is pretty average, but I dunno... I kinda liked it.

I also find this REALLY hard to believe at 9.3%.

11-04-2011 01:39:04 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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Ben7773

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-10-2014 19:24:48 | More by Ben7773
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

08-21-2014 16:19:02 | More by DaftPatrick
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mikechance

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

The beer has a very nice rusty orange color with a big head and lots of carbonation. I pick up grassy, lemon, and malt in the scent. It leans heavily on the malts for flavor compared to most IPA style beers. It goes down very easy with little to no aftertaste. It’s an interesting beer, but hard to compare big the West Coast hop monsters --- more Dogfish in style, but not in execution. An interesting beer, but nothing I will need to ever to back to.

07-14-2011 02:57:06 | More by mikechance
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Billolick

New York

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

12 ounce can w/o freshness info

Pours lighter amber, hazed golden. Off white fine head leaves ample fine sheeting

Resin infused hop nose with some citrus

More citrus on the tongue,along with hop resins and a slight alcohol burn

Middle of the road IIPA - a wee bit thin and lacks the depth of favors of the all stars of the style.

03-27-2013 02:00:50 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%

I was surprised to see this beer for sale in Texas.

The beer pours a orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a strong mix of orange and caramel malts. This smells a lot like a hoppy barleywine. The flavor is very similar with some spices in addition to the caramel oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure when this beer was brewed but it appears to have faded into barleywine territory. Still, it was not a bad drink.

06-21-2010 05:59:18 | More by Mora2000
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ehammond1


1.85/5  rDev -45.4%

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

Clear golden orange and amber with a thick, pillowy, persistent whipped cream colored head that leaves sticky sheets of lace all the way down the glass. Gorgeous.

Quite a strange aroma, and certainly not like any other DIPA aroma I've ever experienced. It's tough to pinpoint, but this smells like soured citrus and grapes, a bit of lemon, and some funky barnyard/wild yeast. Strange. This smells wild...literally. Below average for a DIPA. Strangely unique and somewhat interesting for a wild ale. Though, with a name like Hop Box Imperial IPA, I can't give it very high marks.

Again, this is a sour ale, and certainly no DIPA. Maybe they threw on the wrong label. The flavors consist of funky barnyard yeast, hay, grass, lemon, and stinging sourness. Sounds good, right? Well...it kind of is, but not for a DIPA!

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Identity crisis in a bottle. This must be seriously infected. This no longer even resembles any sort of IPA.

12-11-2011 20:00:45 | More by ehammond1
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.03/5  rDev -40.1%

Pours a little dark for my ipa preference, owes more to the color brown than it does orange or yellow. 1/16" of head isn't so impressive looking. Aroma is anything but hoppy. Not repulsive, just a kind of empty wet wood and earth kind of aroma.

Taste, a little more yeast estery than almost every ipa I can think of sans, flying fish maybe. Big malt base, low carbonation, heavy thick mouthfeel, hops just really absent from this thing.

And the kicker, this stuff is relatively expensive. Kick me in the balls and steal my wallet why don't you . . .

02-19-2012 05:51:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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glid02

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

Shared by jyounger35 - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pale malts, mild citrus hops, and light amounts of indistinct fruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by a good amount of hop flavors however the off fruit flavors come into things midway through the sip and carry through to a mildly bitter ending, stronger than they were in the aroma. Someone said it best when comparing it to apple juice - kind of a tangy flavor.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass although it would have been easier if it were cleaner.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer however I didn't hate it either. Worth a try if you see it around but not worth seeking out.

03-06-2010 15:27:00 | More by glid02
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense aged copper body with a thick bubbly beige and slightly sticky head that has a swirl of microbubbles in slow motion supporting it. The last pour has a hazy dense body.

S- The caramel malt sweetness grows as the beer opens with a green pungent note that is softer in the finish. When the beer warms quite a bit there is an alcohol aroma in the finish.

T- The sweetness of malt is softer than in the aroma with a green herbal pungent finish that has a slight mint quality to it and a pungent bite that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat as it warms and the sweetness coats the mouth after each sip.

O- The thick pungent hops don't have a lot of hop flavor or aroma and the nice sweetness of caramel malt reminds me of a barleywine. The bitterness in the aftertaste is just to strong compared to the rest of the flavors.

06-24-2011 21:15:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

02-10-2014 11:58:14 | More by richkrull
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.61/5  rDev +6.5%

Big soapy off white to light tan head just sort of sits there above a clear copper-golden colored beer.

Citrus to piney hops aroma pretty much drowns out a light caramel grain malt in the nose.

Light dryish citrus and pine taste with just a touch of caramel malts sneaking through.

A dryish aftertaste with a little bitterness sticking around on this medium bodied beer.

A decent enough hops taste, definitely worth a try.

04-12-2013 21:05:33 | More by LXIXME
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joeyjoey104

California

3/5  rDev -11.5%

08-11-2014 02:33:37 | More by joeyjoey104
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augustgarage

California

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

The liquid is a tangelo to tangerine gradient topped by a fist of dense creamy ivory. Immense tendrils of rocky lacing threaten to climb out of the glass. Superior retention.

Deep caramel notes are joined by a bracing herbaceous citrus-laden hop bomb in the nose. Faintly soapy, but inviting.

Bitter, pine-like palate entry is accompanied by grapefruit along with candied ginger and light caramel. The flavors are strong but could be better integrated. Malt seems a little excessive. Finishes medium-dry, earthy (pine-y), and bitter.

Rich, nearly syrupy mouth-feel, with a bit of heat from alcohol. Well carbonated.

A little rough perhaps, but a good beer none the less.

07-01-2012 23:12:28 | More by augustgarage
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-08-2013 23:49:24 | More by whatname
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ElGordo

Oregon

2.33/5  rDev -31.3%

Picked up at Whole Foods n Las Vegas before heading out to the national parks of Utah. Enjoyed in a plastic cup in a hotel room outside Bryce Canyon. Pours a golden-orange color with a pretty, creamy white head that leaves a good bit of lacing on the cup (surprisingly). Aroma is very sweet and fruity, big on tropical fruit notes and some esters more common in a Belgian golden ale than an IPA. It's possible there's an infection here.
Palate is thoroughly off for an IPA, and since no other reviewers noticed it, I'm guessing there's a bad batch or this case was left out in the sun for a while. Big tropical fruit esters up front, along with some nice hoppy bitterness with notes of grapefruit. Malt profile is subtle, light, and a touch sweet. Finish is a lingering fruity sweetness with just a touch of bitterness.
Body is overly foamy and light, especially for the style. Overall, I'm sure I got a bad or mistreated batch, but still, I can't recommend this at all.

10-25-2011 03:45:29 | More by ElGordo
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CWVegas

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-28-2014 09:32:19 | More by CWVegas
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

The Hop Box is a big beer...no questioning that. The appearance is clear orange peel with creamy off white head that is lacing slightly. The smell is a fresh hop leaning towards pine and malt. The taste is a bitter to start then brief zip of alcohol followed by a sweet malt finish. The mouthfeel is full body with smooth carbonation. Overall its not too bad....certainly would not be sessioning this bad boy....glad I tried it.

11-13-2012 01:03:41 | More by WoodBrew
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cjgator3

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

07-30-2014 03:01:27 | More by cjgator3
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.81/5  rDev +12.4%

Took a chance & bought a 4-pack. No freshness dating

Pours an effervescent bronze with a thumb of ivory colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Pineapple, breadyness & grapefruit

T: Pineyness, herbal hops, & a touch of grapefruit, then a little bit of pears & leafy hops. Leafy & woody hops as this warms & a bit of dryness & caramel, a bit more pear & grapefruit. Finishes dry, piney with leafy hops & a kiss of breadyness & a little bit of aspirin

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

A pleasant surprise, not great, but this would do in a pinch

12-20-2013 04:26:48 | More by russpowell
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hoppyhour

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-05-2014 02:59:55 | More by hoppyhour
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zonker17

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

06-10-2012 22:50:49 | More by zonker17
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rhino54

California

4/5  rDev +18%

05-27-2013 17:47:10 | More by rhino54
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -11.5%

05-11-2013 23:25:18 | More by GRG1313
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ggodzik

Nevada

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-16-2012 04:48:14 | More by ggodzik
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Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.