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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 349
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 28.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States | website

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: glid02 on 03-06-2010

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.
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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up because I hadn't tried anything from this brewery before and it's a double IPA in a can. Looks okay on the pour but falls kinda flat from there. There's no freshness stamp from the brewery but there's a price label from the liquor store saying July 2015; optimal freshness may be an issue.
Sweetness hits too strong, which couples with a booziness that's too much. The initial bite of hops is actually quite nice, as is the finish. Most of the ride is lackluster.
I feel like there is some potential here. A double IPA in a can is an attractive product. As far as this can of beer goes, it's too sweet and out of balance for me to want another serving.

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Photo of pagriley
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Based on reviews I suspect a lot of batch variation goes into this beer. well, here goes:

Poured from 12oz can into snifter

slightly hazy pale golden with 2 inch fluffy white head
Big grape fruit and resin on the nose
Taste follows with a touch of malt sweetness to balance and smooth things
Medium bodied for the style and ABV

My can was labelled 8.2% and this was a very nice, traditional DIPA with lots of piney grapefruit hops and a strong backbone of malt to balance. Absolutely a solid beer - reviews seem all over the place though.

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Photo of stevoj
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Relatively smooth for a strong beer, orange amber with abundant creamy off white head. Hoppy, piney aroma leads to very astringent taste, sharp bitterness lingers long after. Still smooth enough to mask to the high abv. Nicely done.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Short review just because of the low comments.
Canned, 12 oz, 8.2%.
Really clear hop oils, dank "weedy" notes, spicy pineapple seeds and thick grapefruit pith. Gets a bit grassy towards the finish, but there's a lot of pine resin, too. Malt backbone is easy to ignore, this is not an overly sweet, sticky imperial IPA. Especially considering the dry aftertaste. Bitter, sure, but not the "medicinal"/aspirin kind.
Weird, they might've changed the way they make this brew. I can't possibly go lower than 4.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with a big creamy off white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet crystal malt with piney grassy hops and some fruit.

The flavor is sweet, slightly fruity, biscuit malts with lots of grassy piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, OK DIPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.02/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Way too dark for an ipa, came in looking like a brown ale. Here we go. . .

Aroma wasn't hoppy. You had one job.


Taste wasn't hoppy. You had one job. Lots of brown malt, yeast, cask like carbonation, hops hiding far away from this jurisdiction. Way too expensive for something this far below average.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip glass.
The appearance was a golden yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated immediately leaving some light messy lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer.
The smell had some light sweet to bitter citrus with a nice underscore of pine and balances into a light fruity spice.
The taste was sweet to bitter to spicy all blending the hops for a nice complexity.
The mouthfeel had a bittersweet citrus and piney hops pounding at my tongue nicely. It sat about a medium on the body.
Overall, this was a wonderful DIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy golden yellow color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: mild grapefruit and bitter aroma rises from the glass.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, pine, and some tropical fruits. Bitterness is strong and seems to just overtake the maltiness a bit. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving at the finish. Medium bodied beer.

Overall: a decent DIPA that is rather easy to drink, but one is usually enough in a setting.

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Photo of TBCE
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of foam, nice lacing upon dissipation. Smell is very hoppy, with lemon citrus and malt tones. Hops explode in flavor up front, with more citrus and even some pine on the back of the palate. Taste masks the relatively high ABV very well. Okay mouth feel, a bit too piney. Overall not bad, but not elite.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can
Slightly hazy pale amber body with a decent head and some sticky lacing.
Quite hoppy, in line with the DIPA style.
Fruity and piney/resiny qualities.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an orange/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the malty side. Taste is hops up front, tropical fruits, malts kicking in at the finish, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, it's no hop bomb, but it is a solid beer.

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Photo of Moose90
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a clear and bright orangey yellowish hue into the glass, there is an off-white colored head that fades quickly and leaves behind some nicely consistent lacing.

S — Smell is piney and light, with a grainy malt base underneath a piney and bitter aroma.

T — Medium rich flavors of honey and caramel play with a bitter piney astringency.

M — Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, light and refreshing, wouldn't call this an Imperial.

O — OK overall, just very light for an Imperial with little to no hoppiness.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

thanks to tenderbranson69 for this can, enjoyed from a willybecker chilled.

The color is hazy golden with 2 fingers of thick cream with avg sized bead with good retention. The smell has a strong pinesap type odor with hop fruitiness with light yeasty ester and lemon/lime aroma. The feel is creamy with yeasty moderately bitter entry into mid palate with medium carbonation light astringent quality which increases in the semi-dry finish.

the Taste is tangy, fruity with a slight bitter and grassy hop flavor with subtle malt sweetness with a light alcohol flavor mid palate and spicy hop accent with astringent quality lasting into the finish with light herbal/vegetal taste as it finishes. Overall not bad bu could be tweaked for more flavor and less astringency in the hop profile I like it alright but there are many way better examples of this style

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Photo of JimmyAloysius
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malt forward that is sweet and prominent with te simcoe hops shinning through at the end... Most people assume hop bomb when the read double ipa... Not every double ipa is supposed to be hoppy. The malt bill for his beer was very well done.

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Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Making this quick but this is a delicious, cloudy imperial IPA with a great juicy hop/rich malt balance. Bought the single can for less than $2, it's a steal. Get it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +18%

With added alcohol comes the inherent rebuttal of residual malt sweetness. Yet to keep the ale hop-dominant, a plethora of late addition hops give this Imperial IPA a juicy hop impression with understated complexity and balance.

Hop Box pours with a diffused golden-orange hue, capped by a moussey lather of foam. Its ripe and vibrant fruit impressions are leading with tropical fruit and fruit punch with citrus tones following closely behind. Its undertow of biscuit, caramel honey and shortbread give a sweeter upstart to the otherwise bitter beer.

The understated malt balance on the middle palate is modestly sweet and cakey. With fruit esters rising from its depths and the hop flavor fully in command, a marmalade togetherness comes about. But its the dry pineapple, mango, apricot, passionfruit and red grapefruit that carry the taste into finish.

With the sweetness fading, the hops and alcohol work in tandem to dry the beer in a proper IPA kind of way. With the bitterness of citrus pith and soft pine shavings growing, the finish is semi-dry, crisp and trailing with the aftertaste of fructose and citric acids.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured slightly chilled in hotel glass at the North American Patristics Society conference, 2014, Hyatt Chicago.

A: semiclear amber, good carbonation, very robust, creamy head
S: luscious hop aroma; grass, a bit of pine; lingers nicely; v. inviting
T: grainy, dry, very bitter flavor; booze comes through nicely; needs to be sweeter for the style
M: a bit rough in the mouth

I don't plan to return to this beer; there are much better IIPAs out there.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.4/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into dimpled pint, burnt orange in color, two finger head does not retain well after the one minute mark.

Smells: Pine, apricot, malt

Taste: Pinepple, apricot, malt, and a crisp hop finish that doesn't linger too long

Mouthfeel: moderate

Overall, this was a good buy for a four pack. I'll get this again, but not year round. This is too much of a summer beer.

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Photo of zac16125
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can into a tulip
no caned on dates

A: Pours a very hazy, nearly opaque golden copper with one fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus rind, some smokey malt notes. Not a bad aroma but certainly nothing impressive.

T: Flavors are pretty dull, some piney bitterness and sweet malts. A bit of citrus rind. Booze. It does grow on me a bit as I drink it though.

M/D: Full bodied, fairly smooth, carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, drinkability is average.

O: Meh, not horrible but not something Id purchase again.

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Photo of 57md
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper color with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly but left some lace behind. The nose is citrusy and hoppy. The malt flavor is upfront, but it is accompanied by a perfumey sweetness that is less than pleasant. The hop profile is strong, but it does not blend well with the malt.

For those who think that really hoppy beers automatically get high scores, I give you this offering - really hoppy, but NOT terribly good.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a very bright, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a tall, big bubbled, fluffy, off-white head with good retention and standing a solid inch. Aromas of tangy tropical fruits forward, with a subtle spice and bitter blend. Tangerine, mango, and melon seem to make up the forefront of the nose. Flavors are a bit more subdued, with the tropical fruit presence supported on a sweet and slightly buttery backbone. Very malt heavy palate, with a subtle bitterness being overpowered across the palate. Resin notes are there if you dig a bit, as well as some peppery and grassy characteristics, but the prominence of the rich, sweet notes dominates. The body is light and smooth, leading to a slick, slightly bitter finish. The aftertaste carries the most hops characteristics, with bitter and roasted notes throughout. A little off-balance for my tastes personally, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of JamesMN
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque orange glow with a lofty three-finger off-white head.

Aroma: Floury malt and orange zest.

Taste: Orange and earth hop bomb. Hint of grapefruit in there as well but the earthy character oversteps its welcome a bit and/or doesn't mix well with the citrus flavors here. The malt balances well but doesn't provide any unique flavor, just lots of 2-row flavor. Least bitter during the finish, with lingering earthy bitterness in the aftertaste. Thick but not all that robust at 9.3% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Full in body and almost chewy. Good carbonation and decent drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Just what the craft scene needs, another earthy/orange mess of an imperial IPA. Possibly half-decent fresh but I wouldn't know since there is no date on the can anyway. The only thing that makes this beer imperial is the ABV because the bitterness is on par with only an average IPA. The only positive is that there is a slight juiciness to the flavor at times. Would I drink it again? Unlikely.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Albertson's (Las Vegas, NV). 6.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in a small wine glass.

Pours a murky orange with a finger and a half of frothy head. Nice retention but not much in the way of lacing.

Nice nose of citrus and piney hops. Orange, mango, pine, lemon zest and biscuit.

Taste follows the aromas well. Mandarin, orange peel, mango, pine sap, bread, biscuit, floral, pepper and a touch of alcohol. A tasty blend that masks the near-10% abv well.

Oily, slick, medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter pine and citrus finish.

A well made imperial IPA. Deliciously balanced with the scales tipped towards those piney and citrus hops though there is a nice pronounced sweet bready malt backing. Perhaps not a favorite if mine but it is the best local brew I've had so far while visiting Vegas. Worth a try and I'll most likely grab more before heading home.

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Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.