Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 326
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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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:
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 MLFrank
1.84/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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. (296 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
1.9/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.03/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 . . . (553 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.14/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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. (978 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.19/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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. (666 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
2.32/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (974 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.39/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (877 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (407 characters)

Photo of smerrell
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 (286 characters)

Photo of woemad
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (645 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (566 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it does have a very nice apperance on the pour with enormous jiggly spongey head, plenty of lace, hazy golden color. Nose is somehow light and weak with melon aromas and light pine. Low carbonation on the palate, really mild flavors, fruit rind, some malt, and more melon on the finish. Hides the alcohol really well but I'm struggling to see why I should have my liver labor through this high octane disappointment. (422 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
2.79/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (462 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a glowing dark orangish color with low carobonation presenting a small white cap that fades quickly. Head retention is a fail as it dissipates quickly leaving only a small white bubble, no lacing after first sip

S: Confusing. It has a big sticky, malty breadiness to it with a booze sting and pine rsin with floral notes

T: Hmmm. Breadiness upfront with a lingering pine needle, more bread perhaps some caramel, faded hops, booze sting comes in and its rather pungent. The finish is a bit syrupy, sweet, heavy and lightly bitter. It has a very distingueshed fresh cut grass with a unique pecan, nuttiness on the back blended with a soapiness. Interesting

M: Big body, heavy and sticky with a booze wallop.

O: Not a terrible IIPA but I have had better. This IIPA almost tasted like it was six months old. Like the hops were fading and making a transition to a big malty sweetness. I have had some old Pliney that tastes similar. (943 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A=Pours murkey copper in color. There was no head or lacing on this one at all.

S=The nose was overpowered by like a carmal malt backbone didn't really pick up to much else.

T=Was really sweet and sugary to much carmal malts and not enough hops didn't live up to it's name.

M=Full bodied don't think it was carbonated enough.

D= Really didn't like this IPA to much probably wouldn't try it again disappointed in this one. (425 characters)

Photo of jdense
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle hand carried back from Lost Wages from Lee's Discount Liquor, poured into Gulden Draak tulip 2.27.11.

Popped cap results in a small 'pftt' oh oh. Hard pour left barely a quarter finger of quickly dissipating head, then a thin broken layer on top of reddish medium amber cloudy body, no visible carbonatioon, flat as a pancake. Crystal malt, sweetish almost candi sugar, dominates the nose, some tropical notes, but alcohol is noticeable in the nose. Taste mirrors nose, very noticeable alcohol heat, not much bitterness on back end, once again ABV too noticeable. Mouthfeel much too light, little if effervescence with some cardboard notes. I'm gonna have a hard time finishing this bottle. Pass. (711 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

glass: Tulip

Appears with a deep slight cloudy, amber-colored body. Lots of bubbles and a frothy, tan 2-finger head. Smells sugary, with caramel. papaya and lemon.

Taste has a bitter punch upfront but is quickly dominated by sweet papaya, caramel and generally reduced, caramelized tropical fruit. The alcohol isn't hidden and adds the the sugary flavor. Finishes with a touch of bitterness, lots of caramel, alcohol and a bit of dryness.

Mouthfeel is lively with a semi-syrupy feel. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms and along with the growing sweetness, this is just a bit too much to enjoy. It was ok at a colder temperature but as the true flavors show, it becomes tiring and just not enjoyable. (722 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Tulip

A - An amber colored brew with a slight haze to it, and lots of tiny bubbles rapidly rising to the top, similarly to champagne. It produced a 1-2 finger head that looked somewhat creamy, and the beer left some very nice lacing on my Tulip.

S - Big grapefruit and papaya upfront. Lemon and orange juices as well. Caramel and some pepper like qualities. It smells like it's gonna be pretty darn sweet, which I don't like. I picked up some pie crust or cookie dough as it warmed.

T - The first thing I get is alcohol followed by dark fruit like flavors consisting of plum and cherry. Sweet caramel and cookie dough flavors come through in the middle. It finishes with lots of bitterness, and alcohol that lingers on the tongue long after you finish swallowing the beer. It's pretty drying as well.

M - Moderate crispness with a smooth/creamy feel and a full body.

O - Well, I was hoping that this wouldn't be too sweet but it is. I thought the malt flavors were too pronounced, and compete, if not dominate the flavor profile. It almost makes the flavor profile muddy as well. I'd probably only drink 12oz of this in one sitting, it just gets too sweet and cloying too me. (1,188 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden orange with a fluffy white head. Brown sugar, mild pineapple, citric hop notes, and a touch of grass. On the finish there is some noticeable alcohol. Quite sweet and sugary on the palate. Some pine bitterness, grapefruit peel, and a hint of orange. A little bit boozy, maybe some bread and toffee. A touch of perfume as well. (338 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating

A= Pours a deep orange amber color with a thin white head that falls fast and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S= Smells interesting to say the least. I would say the hops are present in a subtle way with some grapefruityness but the major player is sort of a buttery cheesy smell. Smells like a grilled cheese sandwich with a bit of sweetness and a light whispy hop character. Mostly grilled cheese however.

T= The taste is not like a grilled cheese luckily. A ton of sweetness for the hop character in it. Without freshness dating I can't say whether it is old or not. The balance is decent though there is still a hop character that comes off as on overripe fruit sort of taste with a bit of bitterness. Caramel malt is prevelent as well as some straight grainy sweetness.

M= The mouth I have no problems. A solid amount of carbonation and weight. The lingering sweetness seems to be a problem however.

O= Possibly an old can? Maybe just an overly sweet DIPA. This isn't a bad beer but it's nothing I would buy again. Cheap for sure and the flavors are somewhat bold so it could be a poor mans craft beer. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid is a murky brown with almost no head, the little head that was there disappeared rather quickly.

I could smell moslty toffee and caramel, with hints of alcohol and sweet grapefruit.

It tastes mostly of sweet caramel malt, with just a hint of some piney hops.

I think this beer tu'rned bad, it was thick, musty, a had little carbonation.

This one may have been on the shelf a little too long. (452 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to schmittymack for passing this one along.

This pours clear copper with a nice one finger offwhite head that sticks around well. On the nose there is orange, pretty pungent, with some with a big caramel backbone. In the mouth there is an upfront bitterness that returns along with some heat in a long finish. The body is very sticky.

Overall, I loved the nose on this one, but the taste just didn't seem as well integrated. (433 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a slightly hazy copper color supporting a steady head and nice curtain of lace. Smell has a nice aroma of hops, citrus with a good amount of malt to the nose. Taste is dominant in saline fallowed by a balance of grapefruity hops and malt with hardly any alchohol present considering. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad brew, but not exciting either. (382 characters)

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Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.