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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of largadeer
2.52/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Photo of drabmuh
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.78/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.