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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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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PintOHops

California

2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 23:30:18 | More by PintOHops
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JosiahS

California

2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 23:28:11 | More by JosiahS
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Mister_Joshy

California

3/5  rDev -11.5%

05-30-2012 05:46:57 | More by Mister_Joshy
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Pamola

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-29-2012 18:30:11 | More by Pamola
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2012 21:50:56 | More by barleywinefiend
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grittybrews

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

05-20-2012 02:31:31 | More by grittybrews
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-11-2012 00:32:01 | More by BarrytheBear
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amart80

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-03-2012 01:26:17 | More by amart80
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flagmantho

Washington

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

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange-amber hue with a good effervescence and the minutest touch of haze. Head is two fingers of frothy orange-tinged tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: rich malty aroma with some piney, vegetal hops present. There's also a mild soapiness which is a tiny bit off-putting, but is strangely not entirely unwelcome.

Taste: right off the bat starts off with a big, sweet malt flavor but this quickly grows into an all-pervading mustiness. Hops are citrusy and earthy in character, and pretty well-balanced, I'd say. The mustiness doesn't bother me too much, but some might really disagree with it.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: an interesting and imperfect beer. I think they are on the right track with some of the flavors they've got going on here, but the soapiness and mustiness have got to go if they want an A-grade product.

Serving type: can

04-27-2012 19:09:45 | More by flagmantho
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smerrell

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 03:19:01 | More by smerrell
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keepitsimple1990


3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-19-2012 21:11:52 | More by keepitsimple1990
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-17-2012 00:28:58 | More by jjanega08
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beertunes

Washington

2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-13-2012 19:10:18 | More by beertunes
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 04:01:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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peabody

Kentucky

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

Pours out a darker amber well filtered and decent carbonation. Lacing on the glass.
Smell is grapefruit rind/pine and alcohol. Not really strong but def. there.
Taste is boozy at first then sugary malt and grapefruit rind leaving behind a sticky tongue.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but finishes like any good IPA.
This is not a great IPA but it is a very decent one.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 21:24:17 | More by peabody
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a 10oz beer stein, and the brew makes a durable two finger thick off white cranium presentation, and the body is cleanly filtered with a dark copper color.

The aroma is arid and quite hoppy. There is more of an orange appeal here, more so than a grape fruit characteristic. Slightly perfumy too.

The taste is overwelmingly in the malt's favor. Very syrupy, figgy, the hops are detectable by a slight lemon drop finish. This tastes like lemon tea on steroids times two!

Feels very thick, syrupy, oily, mildly carbonated, with warming with a dry finish.

Serving type: can

03-22-2012 03:15:56 | More by TheSarge
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

03-12-2012 08:11:03 | More by ptarmigan98
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: can

03-12-2012 05:49:01 | More by Halcyondays
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Beefytits4

Illinois

4/5  rDev +18%

03-10-2012 23:32:49 | More by Beefytits4
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EricCioe

Montana

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2012 01:50:20 | More by EricCioe
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jrcmlc

Illinois

3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-04-2012 23:40:14 | More by jrcmlc
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Travisnin

Idaho

3/5  rDev -11.5%

02-25-2012 08:40:01 | More by Travisnin
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jewellrunner

Missouri

5/5  rDev +47.5%

02-22-2012 00:55:09 | More by jewellrunner
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +18%

02-20-2012 00:03:05 | More by pirmannt1
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.03/5  rDev -40.1%
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 . . .

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:51:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.