Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 41 | 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:
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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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 KFBR392
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with a head of about two and a half fingers. Golden, glowing orange color. On the lower side of active carbonation. Sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Grainy caramel hits first. Straw with some heavier saturated citrus fruits shows up on the body. The back end sweetens up a bit with some spiciness.

Taste: Caramel malts greet the palate. Pine and heavy citrus hop profile jumps the drinker. Grainy finish with some lighter, spiced notes which are pretty interesting.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low. Dry finish with some malt sweetness.

Overall: A pretty middle of the road DIPA. Nothing really stands out, too malt forward. Just feels like they didn't take any risks making this beer.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of BierStein711
4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into dimpled pint, burnt orange in color, two finger head does not retain well after the one minute mark.

Smells: Pine, apricot, malt

Taste: Pinepple, apricot, malt, and a crisp hop finish that doesn't linger too long

Mouthfeel: moderate

Overall, this was a good buy for a four pack. I'll get this again, but not year round. This is too much of a summer beer.

Photo of zac16125
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can into a tulip
no caned on dates

A: Pours a very hazy, nearly opaque golden copper with one fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus rind, some smokey malt notes. Not a bad aroma but certainly nothing impressive.

T: Flavors are pretty dull, some piney bitterness and sweet malts. A bit of citrus rind. Booze. It does grow on me a bit as I drink it though.

M/D: Full bodied, fairly smooth, carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, drinkability is average.

O: Meh, not horrible but not something Id purchase again.

Photo of 57md
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper color with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly but left some lace behind. The nose is citrusy and hoppy. The malt flavor is upfront, but it is accompanied by a perfumey sweetness that is less than pleasant. The hop profile is strong, but it does not blend well with the malt.

For those who think that really hoppy beers automatically get high scores, I give you this offering - really hoppy, but NOT terribly good.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a very bright, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a tall, big bubbled, fluffy, off-white head with good retention and standing a solid inch. Aromas of tangy tropical fruits forward, with a subtle spice and bitter blend. Tangerine, mango, and melon seem to make up the forefront of the nose. Flavors are a bit more subdued, with the tropical fruit presence supported on a sweet and slightly buttery backbone. Very malt heavy palate, with a subtle bitterness being overpowered across the palate. Resin notes are there if you dig a bit, as well as some peppery and grassy characteristics, but the prominence of the rich, sweet notes dominates. The body is light and smooth, leading to a slick, slightly bitter finish. The aftertaste carries the most hops characteristics, with bitter and roasted notes throughout. A little off-balance for my tastes personally, but not a bad beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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 JamesMN
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Albertson's (Las Vegas, NV). 6.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in a small wine glass.

Pours a murky orange with a finger and a half of frothy head. Nice retention but not much in the way of lacing.

Nice nose of citrus and piney hops. Orange, mango, pine, lemon zest and biscuit.

Taste follows the aromas well. Mandarin, orange peel, mango, pine sap, bread, biscuit, floral, pepper and a touch of alcohol. A tasty blend that masks the near-10% abv well.

Oily, slick, medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter pine and citrus finish.

A well made imperial IPA. Deliciously balanced with the scales tipped towards those piney and citrus hops though there is a nice pronounced sweet bready malt backing. Perhaps not a favorite if mine but it is the best local brew I've had so far while visiting Vegas. Worth a try and I'll most likely grab more before heading home.

Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this at a good temperature with a mammoth, foamy, frothy, thick, cream-colored head that settled very slowly and plenty of lace. Color is a clear amber with many bubble trails. Aroma is mainly fresh hop composed of citrus and then resin. Can't hardly smell much else. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, mostly bitter with complimentary carbonic tang. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is decent. Finish is like flavor with bitterness being very long; not much sign of the alcohol. Too bitter without the balance for me.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Photo of Murrhey
2.39/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Photo of BrewTasting
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New recipe, more hop and citrus flavor. Now in cans. Joseph James is stepping up their game as of late, and just added 6 new 60BBL fermenters and a new production facility. Expect better things in the future. Hopefully more people start reviewing this beer again and taste the difference.

Photo of MLFrank
1.84/5  rDev -46%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Total Wine back in late April for $1.99. Received at TW on 4-11-13...no canning date.

Beer poured golden orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is nice, citrus hops are pretty good.

Taste is big on the grapefruit hops, some pine. The malt backing is there and is definitely not sweet like some DIPA's can be. This is definitely a hop forward beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is pretty good.

Overall this is a pleasant find at a reasonable price. I am pretty much around average when rating a beer so i was surprised to find it rated so low. Definitely would recommend if you can get it fresh.

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Piney, resiny, and citrus hops with some caramel and bready malts in there too.

Taste: Same as above with the hops a little faded than what I smelled. Nice mild hop bitterness that is balanced out by the caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a bit dry, medium bodied, tingly hop bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice DIPA here folks. Weird to see anything from NV here in New England. Especially since I found it outside of Portland, ME. Might have to grab me more of this brew.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a golden yellow with two full fingers of fluffy, creamy white head. Impressive in the glass. Nice lacing.

S – Big hop smell, piney, citrusy with some malt mixed in.

T – Nice smooth but not aggressive hop taste. Evens out with a bit more malt then expected. Citrusy and piney in the taste. Bitter but again now overwhelming. Has a little bite. Touch of caramel and alcohol at the end.

M – Mildly carbonated. Medium bodied. Left a nice light sweet flavor on the palate.

O – I liked this one. Hop Box is a nice brew. It is certainly not a hop bomb but it is a real pleasant drinker with some good taste. Winner for me.

Photo of LXIXME
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Billolick
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ocelot2500
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with a tight, white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of citric hop notes along with some floral notes.

Tastes of the citric hops upfront on top of an okay malt backbone. Hops lead off with citrus, herbal, leafy, and floral notes that are not overly bitter. The malts swing in with a bit of toasted bread and toffee to add sweetness. This tends to lean to the sweet side of the spectrum. A bit of heat is noticeable on the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is just an okay DIPA which doesn't really warrant a second look.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks merc...
The beer pours a hazy amber with a fluffy off white head that laces. The nose is caramel forward with a slight citrus hoppiness soon after (ugh barleywine?). The taste is surprisingly worse than the nose with potent sugar, a touch of booze, and slight hoppiness. I could imagine this getting better as it warms...but I'm not going to give it the benefit of the doubt. The mouthfeel is relatively sweet, with a very minor bitterness. It's not the worst DIPA I've had, but it's pretty close.

Photo of Knapp85
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
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 klkatz
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

smells - fresh floral...

appearance... slightly hazy,

has a good bitterness for IPA lovers... mouthfeel is a bit light - but is assertive upfront... good initial taste, but quickly fades.

what it lacks in mouthfeel it makes up for in taste and smell... they need to find a better balance...

good beer... would have another,

Photo of woemad
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.