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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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 ms_adriana
1.08/5  rDev -68%

ms_adriana, Saturday at 12:16 AM
Photo of MLFrank
1.8/5  rDev -46.7%

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.

MLFrank, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
1.85/5  rDev -45.3%

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.

ehammond1, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -40.8%

nmann08, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Rollzroyce21, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -40.8%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of durlta
2/5  rDev -40.8%

durlta, May 01, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.03/5  rDev -39.9%

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 . . .

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of beertunes
2.13/5  rDev -37%

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.

beertunes, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
2.18/5  rDev -35.5%

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.

BarrytheBear, May 11, 2012
Photo of mkennedy119
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

mkennedy119, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
2.29/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

Murrhey, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of ElGordo
2.33/5  rDev -31.1%

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.

ElGordo, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
2.42/5  rDev -28.4%

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.

kawilliams81, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Smurf2055
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Smurf2055, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Acaciaatrox
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Acaciaatrox, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of woemad
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

woemad, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of smerrell
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%

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

smerrell, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

jrallen34, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of GABrew
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

GABrew, Jan 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

ShanePB, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

bunnyhustle, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of sirsteve42
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

sirsteve42, Feb 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

ejw127, Aug 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
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Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.