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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of MLFrank


1.8/5  rDev -46.9%

Poured a can into a eight ounce hotel washroom glass, which I picked up from the bottom shelf of the local beverage store in a four pack, tasted horrible. Only resemblance to any IPA I have enjoyed is the aftertaste was a bit reminiscent of grapefruit. Back to the drawing board Joseph and James.

06-25-2013 00:51:25 | More by MLFrank
Photo of ehammond1

1.85/5  rDev -45.4%


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
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -41%

04-06-2014 22:32:54 | More by nmann08
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2/5  rDev -41%

07-08-2012 21:04:14 | More by Rollzroyce21
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2/5  rDev -41%

12-18-2011 20:20:18 | More by mhaugo
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2/5  rDev -41%

05-01-2013 02:59:57 | More by durlta
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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
Photo of beertunes


2.13/5  rDev -37.2%

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured an attractive, though somewhat typical, clean, clear light amber color with about an inch of just off-white head that had very good retention and good lacing.

The aroma was very sweet and somewhat malty, with just a bit of piney hops far in the background. Not what I'm looking for in an ImpIPA. The flavors were (very) slightly better, still very malt forward and sweet, with some pine and citrus hops showing up in the background. The beer had a very bitter (and not in the good way) finish that lingered too long to be enjoyable.

The body, despite the maltiness of the beer, was well on the thin side for the style and had that harsh finish I mentioned. Drinkability was OK, but with the other aspects being off-base, why have more than 1? Overall, not a very good beer, don't feel bad if you skip over it. That said, at $1.50 for a single 12oz can and less than $9 a sixer, there might be a place for this on those budget beer runs.

04-13-2012 19:10:18 | More by beertunes
Photo of BarrytheBear


2.18/5  rDev -35.7%

12 oz can courtesy of steepH20. Thank you, Chris!

Pours a yellowish light orange with a thin skim that doesn't hang round much. A little mutiny of fatter bubbles puddle to the edge like confused hooligans.

Nose is very light and highly malt focused with a soapy biscuit vibe. Where are the hops?

Meh. Big caramel maltines leads to an earthy, soapy, try-and-find-me-if-you-can unimpressive hop profile. Baby aspirin with a dash of Palmolive and weird aftertaste seal the deal.

Creamy and soapy and just, well, a bit out of focus.

At least the abv is hidden well, because the rest of this package should be sent for retooling. A below average double IPA for sure.

05-11-2012 00:32:01 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of mkennedy119


2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

10-28-2012 08:47:32 | More by mkennedy119
Photo of Murrhey


2.29/5  rDev -32.4%

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. I bought it quite a long time ago, so I have no idea if the can has preserved any of the hoppiness. Don't see a best-by date.

A- Four-finger head, cream-colored with tiny bubbles for a creamy look. Clearly the long waiting period did nothing to reduce carbonation. Light orange-brown color with very high clarity. Carbonation is not very active in the beer itself.

S- Big boozy beer. Wafts of caramel malts, brandy, brown sugar, and earthy, piney hops. Interesting aroma, surprisingly complex for what I expected.

T- Oh jeez. Washed-out hops, caramel. The time really did a number on this. Either that or it was bad from the get-go.

M- Medium to thick bodied. Sticky. Meh.

O- Was doing alright until the taste. I feel like this is more my fault for taking so long on it, but either way, no bueno.

07-17-2013 02:56:09 | More by Murrhey
Photo of ElGordo


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
Photo of kawilliams81


2.42/5  rDev -28.6%

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Cloudy dark orange. 2" creamy white head and lots of lacing.

S- All citrus, pineapple, orange, guava, grapefruit

T- WTF! Is this supposed to be sour? Has the sweet citrus notes at first but then sour notes over power this beer.

M- Medium body, very creamy, abv is not noticeable at all.

O- Just a mess of a beer. Not hop bitterness to be found and sourness is just weird.

12-09-2011 22:05:57 | More by kawilliams81
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

07-21-2013 00:22:46 | More by Smurf2055
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

12-19-2011 00:30:39 | More by Acaciaatrox
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2.59/5  rDev -23.6%

12oz can purchased at J.B.’s in Spokane for $2.99. This is the first beer I’ve consumed that was brewed in the state of Nevada.

Poured a bright, clear golden shade with a huge, rocky white head. Said head took forever and a day to drop, leaving lots of lace.

Bitter, herbal hop scents and a surprising amount of malt aroma. Not so sure about this one.

Egad! Big, withering herbal hop blast accompanied by an equally large malt maltiness. Yes, it seems appropriately balanced, but what does that matter when things taste this unpleasant?

Couldn't finish this one, so it is currently travelling towards a rendezvous with the Spokane River.

02-20-2013 02:30:24 | More by woemad
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2.6/5  rDev -23.3%

Pours a hazy amber with a lingering white head.
Smells like it may have gone bad - sour notes that are not entirely pleasant.
Taste pretty much like is smells- funky, sour, likley infected with something bad.

Overall, I hope that my bottle is the exception - I won't be buying another

04-25-2012 03:19:01 | More by smerrell
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2.68/5  rDev -20.9%

12oz bottle given to me by Destral, poured into my Darkness glass...Pours an ugly murky dark orange. Hardly any carbonation at all, no head surfaces except for a few sparse bubbles on the side of the glass...The aroma is super malty tons of caramel and bread, a little pineapple, no hops, a bit of alcohol. Doesn't smell bad, but no balance...The taste is terrible, at first almost devoid of flavor then comes moldy grass, stale hops, and alcohol. This is not a good combination at all. The feel is really light, a weird harsh finish.

This is a skip in all regards.

01-27-2011 00:30:46 | More by jrallen34
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

01-20-2014 21:54:47 | More by GABrew
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

03-14-2013 15:22:23 | More by ShanePB
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

I just can't rally seem to find a beer from this place that Iike...pours a murky copper with virtually no head and thus no retention or lacing. Smell does have some hops but a lot of caramel malt too, not too bad though. Taste was pretty much a very sweet and sugary caramel malt. Hops after that but nothing really dominant cause the sweetness just overwhelms everything. Mouthfeel was fuller but not too heavy. Overall another disappointment from joseph james.

08-28-2010 03:01:55 | More by bunnyhustle
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

02-16-2014 01:05:00 | More by sirsteve42
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

08-07-2012 04:21:34 | More by ejw127
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

08-22-2013 17:19:08 | More by C_S
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

05-20-2012 02:31:31 | More by grittybrews
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Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.