Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.45/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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%.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2011 01:39:04 | More by kkipple
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3.35/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: Pours with a head of about two and a half fingers. Golden, glowing orange color. On the lower side of active carbonation. Sticky lacing left behind at each level.
Smell: Grainy caramel hits first. Straw with some heavier saturated citrus fruits shows up on the body. The back end sweetens up a bit with some spiciness.
Taste: Caramel malts greet the palate. Pine and heavy citrus hop profile jumps the drinker. Grainy finish with some lighter, spiced notes which are pretty interesting.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low. Dry finish with some malt sweetness.
Overall: A pretty middle of the road DIPA. Nothing really stands out, too malt forward. Just feels like they didn't take any risks making this beer.
Serving type: can
06-17-2014 05:13:36 | More by KFBR392
Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.