Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.
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3.75/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a massive off white head that dissipated quickly to a nice half finger layer, leaving very little lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and pineapple with slight citrus and faint hops. Very little hop aroma for an IIPA, but smells good anyway. Flavor is sweet malt with slightly piney hops that present themselves mostly in bittering rather than flavoring. An unusually flavored IPA, but surprisingly balanced. Unfortunately the flavor does not cover the high ABV and there is a bit of boozy punch to the otherwise pleasant citrus hop and malt finish. Medium bodied redeemed by pleasant active carbonation. I enjoyed this for its eccentricity, but it is not quite to style for an Imperial IPA.
07-26-2012 03:24:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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
3.23/5 rDev -4.7%
Can poured into a Duvel tulip. No apparent dating on the can (was hoping for stamping on the bottom like Oskar Blues), but my local beer guys says it's a fairly new arrival so hoping it's fresh.
Looks very good. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a slight tint of orange. Huge 4-finger tan head that has excellent retention and leaves loads of lacing.
The aroma is malt-forward with very rich caramel malt. Just a slight notice of some pine and citrus hops in the background.
Uh, oh. Malt bomb. The malt is tasty but for a DIPA, I was hoping for some hops. Like the aroma, only a very slight notice of pine and citrus hops in the background.
I can't argue about the mouthfeel too much; medium thickness and it's not totally unpleasant to drink. If they could keep this rich malt mix and find a way to bring out the hops, this beer has potential. Not too great as is.
07-01-2012 23:39:28 | More by FanofHefe
3.65/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
The liquid is a tangelo to tangerine gradient topped by a fist of dense creamy ivory. Immense tendrils of rocky lacing threaten to climb out of the glass. Superior retention.
Deep caramel notes are joined by a bracing herbaceous citrus-laden hop bomb in the nose. Faintly soapy, but inviting.
Bitter, pine-like palate entry is accompanied by grapefruit along with candied ginger and light caramel. The flavors are strong but could be better integrated. Malt seems a little excessive. Finishes medium-dry, earthy (pine-y), and bitter.
Rich, nearly syrupy mouth-feel, with a bit of heat from alcohol. Well carbonated.
A little rough perhaps, but a good beer none the less.
07-01-2012 23:12:28 | More by augustgarage
2.85/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
06-01-2012 23:30:18 | More by PintOHops
2.83/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
06-01-2012 23:28:11 | More by JosiahS
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
2.18/5 rDev -35.7%
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.
05-11-2012 00:32:01 | More by BarrytheBear
3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
04-27-2012 19:09:45 | More by flagmantho
2.6/5 rDev -23.3%
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
04-25-2012 03:19:01 | More by smerrell
3/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
04-17-2012 00:28:58 | More by jjanega08
2.13/5 rDev -37.2%
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.
04-13-2012 19:10:18 | More by beertunes
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
3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
04-12-2012 21:24:17 | More by peabody
Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.