Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.
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3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a clear orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down.. Smell is of herbal hops, malt, and alcohol. Taste is of herbal hops and alcohol up front with a malty finish. The aftertaste is slightly vegetal like onions/garlic. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA in my opinion. I am surprised by some of the lower reviews on this one.
04-13-2012 04:01:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.9/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
08-23-2012 15:33:27 | More by womencantsail
3.25/5 rDev -4.1%
This poured out as a clear looking orange color with a white head head on top. The lacing is decent with a thin retention on top. The smell of the beer is moderate, it's can smell good at one point but the. Way too earthy at another. The beer has a decent taste to it. There is a bitter citrus blended with the malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated, would be better is the carbonation softer and if it had a more oily texture. Overall it's an average brew, could be better but it is drinkable. Was nice to try.
02-24-2013 17:22:03 | More by Knapp85
3.81/5 rDev +12.4%
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
12-20-2013 04:26:48 | More by russpowell
3.43/5 rDev +1.2%
Can enjoyed on my recent Arizona vacation, served in a shaker pint, the only glass on hand. Beer is amber and hazy with a nice white head, pretty hazy, some lacing, moderate retention, low carbonation.
Aroma is piny with a lot malt.
Beer is a malt bomb through and through, it is heavy, sweet, mildly bitter, light on hop flavor, not a repeat for me.
01-06-2013 21:52:38 | More by drabmuh
3.68/5 rDev +8.6%
I was surprised to see this beer for sale in Texas.
The beer pours a orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a strong mix of orange and caramel malts. This smells a lot like a hoppy barleywine. The flavor is very similar with some spices in addition to the caramel oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure when this beer was brewed but it appears to have faded into barleywine territory. Still, it was not a bad drink.
06-21-2010 05:59:18 | More by Mora2000
3.93/5 rDev +15.9%
Rich, murky, sweet hop bomb. Pours an medium amber in the Stella Artois tall glass. Bubbly and nicely foamed. Huge aroma of flowery hops.
For some reason, this is totally likeable to me, even though I don't seek the whip of the Hop Mistress. Rich and mellow along with the insane amount of hops flavors. It's powerful and boozy, it's rich and crazy, it tastes like something pulled from the garden, it's sweet and nasty, it's like a big wet dog jumping all over you. Hops! more hops!
From the 12 oz can bought as a random oddity at Total Wine. Nice thing about IPAs in cans-- you get that big poof of hops up your nose when you pop the top.
08-31-2012 05:47:57 | More by mactrail
3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
Received as an extra in a trade with snosage, thanks man! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. From 4/14/10 notes.
a - Pours a dark amber/brownish color with one inch of white head. High carbonation evident and nice lacing.
s - Smells if pine and citrus hops. Also some bready malts and hints of soap.
t - Tastes mostly of citrus hops. Hints of bready malts and some bitterness to it.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth.
d - Overall I thought this was ok, but a little bland. Some citrus hops and bitterness, but nothing special. Wouldn't actively seek out again.
04-16-2010 23:02:44 | More by mdfb79
3.6/5 rDev +6.2%
12 oz. can,
A: Pours a clear dark amber with a medium white head, leaves some sticky lace.
S: Some vegetal notes, lots of pine and citrus peel.
T: Has a solid malt flavour with a lot of pine and some ethanol. The heat is there, but is well contained and it works with the other flavours.
M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, certainly has some ethanol there, but never really gets in the way.
O: This is from a brewery that is 'just there.' The ethanol is prevalent, but never takes over the beer. Well made, these guys have just come into CA, so I'd like to see what they do next.
03-12-2012 05:49:01 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.4/5 rDev +0.3%
Pint served at Ales and Aces (Las Vegas). The bar is dark but the beer looked a clear amber/orange colour, on top sat an off white thin head that soon became a wisp and collar.
Hops and hints of pink grapefruit came across my nose.
The hops content killed whatever else might have been in the brew, no malt flavours could I find, some inkling of a citrus presence tried to appear, but got beaten back by the hops, which strangley didn't give the beer a huge bitterness like some hops can (and do).
A different beer for me, pleasant, but not a world beater.
05-24-2010 15:23:05 | More by BlackHaddock
4.03/5 rDev +18.9%
Another of Pinocchio's latest CANtributions to the ongoing madness known far and wide as The CANQuest (TM). My hat's off to you guys!
I recently hopped in a fox's box and we not only enjoyed it immensely, but we had lox and cream cheese for breakfast before watching the Red Sox at the White Sox. We then headed down to the dox to watch a ship on the rox while resetting the clox. Neither of us had chicken pox but she showed real moxie. Nox it off, I am told. Dr. Seuss lives!
The Crack reveled yet another beer anxious to greet me like an excited puppy, bubbling out through the opening. It was another brimful CAN and then the Glug was underway! I prefer to employ the dreaded invert-a-flow pour in which the CAN is held upside-down above the serving vessel and gravity does the rest. I was getting a massive amount of head, initially, and backed off. Once everything settled out, I had a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had an evergreen hoppiness underlain by a pleasant maltiness and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the mintiness of the hops was immediately evident, followed by the the sweetness of the malt. Finish was literally breathtaking as the hops seemed to suck the air out of my mouth. Yeah, let me take some of this to the beach!
07-05-2012 02:39:24 | More by woodychandler
2.78/5 rDev -18%
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.
05-20-2012 21:50:56 | More by barleywinefiend
3.55/5 rDev +4.7%
12 ounce can w/o freshness info
Pours lighter amber, hazed golden. Off white fine head leaves ample fine sheeting
Resin infused hop nose with some citrus
More citrus on the tongue,along with hop resins and a slight alcohol burn
Middle of the road IIPA - a wee bit thin and lacks the depth of favors of the all stars of the style.
03-27-2013 02:00:50 | More by Billolick
3.63/5 rDev +7.1%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense aged copper body with a thick bubbly beige and slightly sticky head that has a swirl of microbubbles in slow motion supporting it. The last pour has a hazy dense body.
S- The caramel malt sweetness grows as the beer opens with a green pungent note that is softer in the finish. When the beer warms quite a bit there is an alcohol aroma in the finish.
T- The sweetness of malt is softer than in the aroma with a green herbal pungent finish that has a slight mint quality to it and a pungent bite that lingers after the finish.
M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat as it warms and the sweetness coats the mouth after each sip.
O- The thick pungent hops don't have a lot of hop flavor or aroma and the nice sweetness of caramel malt reminds me of a barleywine. The bitterness in the aftertaste is just to strong compared to the rest of the flavors.
06-24-2011 21:15:30 | More by rhoadsrage
3.38/5 rDev -0.3%
Canned beer from Henderson, NV. This beer was bought as a single can at the Tustin Total Wine for less than $2. For a DIPA, that's a great deal, right? Ok, before I get ahead of myself, let's pop open the can and go on to the beer:
An inch of sturdy foam sits above this burnt orange beer. Eventually, the head drops and leaves polka dots around. The aroma has notes of a DIPA, with some pine and pineapple. However it looks that there's a lot of resin relative to the pine and pineapple. It's alright.
It's not as explosive as your typical hop bomb, but squint closely and you will find something develop. There's enough candied pineapple and orange to give you the DIPA experience, and yes, there seems to be some faded hops in the form of resin. Caramel is touched on. It's a full bodied beer which has a smooth texture and a modest kick of alcohol felt.
It's not the best DIPA to hit my lips, but its value is unquestioned per style.
10-20-2012 03:46:38 | More by DoubleJ
3.98/5 rDev +17.4%
LOOK: Pours a rich golden color with a slight haze. Soapy white froth covers the top with good retention and ample lace.
SMELL: Intensely piney, with a touch of grapefruit and herb. Really strong spruce aroma that is very expressive. A bit of pineapple and booze.
TASTE: In the flavor, lots of pine, citrus rind, alpha acids, and all things hoppy. Grapefruit juice and lemon also dial in. Bread and toffee like maltyness, which is cut short by the bitter hops. Quite hop forward, in a good way. There is little hint of the strength of this beer
FEEL: Medium bodied, light spritsy carbonation. The flavor of citrus rind and sappy pine are in the finish.
OVERALL: A solid double IPA with a unique hop profile. Easy to drink and has a good piney citrus character. Thanks to K Scarci for the hookup here. This is quite good indeed.
08-18-2013 21:20:39 | More by Stinkypuss
3.61/5 rDev +6.5%
Big soapy off white to light tan head just sort of sits there above a clear copper-golden colored beer.
Citrus to piney hops aroma pretty much drowns out a light caramel grain malt in the nose.
Light dryish citrus and pine taste with just a touch of caramel malts sneaking through.
A dryish aftertaste with a little bitterness sticking around on this medium bodied beer.
A decent enough hops taste, definitely worth a try.
04-12-2013 21:05:33 | More by LXIXME
Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.