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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 349
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 28.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States | website

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 57md
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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

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Photo of JamesMN
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

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Photo of BrewTasting
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of MLFrank
1.84/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.56/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.39/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of klkatz
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
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,

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Photo of woemad
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright deep orange…tons of bubbles making it look cloudy initially, but I expect that to calm down and make this beer much more transparent…tons of off white head formed upon pouring and is slowing receding…(4/5)

Smell: Tons of hop aroma during the pour, deep earthy, piney hops…after things settle a bit, there’s that initial deep earthiness still very much in the forefront…citrus hops and earthy/caramel malts follow...like a sweet damp forest…faint pineapple back there…way more malty than I would have expected, this thing is full of sweetness and caramel…there’s a light robustness about this…(3.85/5)

Taste: Lots going on here…sweet malt beginning, followed by caramel malts…very malty for a “hop box”…strong, robust earthy and piney hops highlighted by citrus hops come through in the middle phase, but the sweet caramel malt flavor never really leaves…hop bitterness shows late in middle phase and lasts through out after taste…it’s got a good, solid, robust flavor that attacks my tongue…(3.99/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium to lots of carbonation…fluffs up a ton bring out sweet caramel malt taste…earthy bitterness (not citrusy or flowery, very earthy) left way back on the tongue in the finish…chewy, wet, flavorful…(4/5)

Overall: A very good beer…I’m not sure how many of these I could drink in one session, the higher ABV would definitely knock me off my ass after about 2…a very drinkable beer though, solid hop flavor and definitely lives up to the “hop box” label…it’s surprisingly well balanced by strong sweet caramel malt flavor and actually hides it’s ABV pretty well…this would be a great beer paired with a board game where there’s some strategy but is ultimately more luck based, something like Settlers of Catan…I wouldn’t want to have to put a puzzle together right now, but I could figure out how to defeat you with all my rock and lumber…(3.75/5)

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 3 finger head. Color is golden orange. Good retention. Pretty thick lacing.

S. Smells hoppy when first poured, but a bit off. Smell is citrusy hops with some musty earthy maltiness. Get some grapefruit and some breadiness. Overall the smell is of an average DIPA. A bit more musty and malty than some.

T. Pretty weak. A little bit of hop flavor and bitterness. Some grapefruity and other citrus hop flavor, just very little of it. Has a bready biscuity malt flavor with just a touch of sweetness.

M. Light/medium body. Pretty thin. Finishes with a bit of bitterness. Medium carbonation.

O. Really thin body, not much flavor, decent aroma. Nothing is overly bad about this beer, other than what is missing. For what is there it is an easy drinking DIPA with not much flavor.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a large snifter

Pours with a giant white head, fades slowly, seems to leave thick lacing. Cloudy, orange in color. Smell is pine and orange.

Taste is creamy with a weird twist, lots of hops but a more than equally large quantity of malt sweetness. It narrowly avoids cloyingness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Overall, it's pretty good, but not amazing.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it does have a very nice apperance on the pour with enormous jiggly spongey head, plenty of lace, hazy golden color. Nose is somehow light and weak with melon aromas and light pine. Low carbonation on the palate, really mild flavors, fruit rind, some malt, and more melon on the finish. Hides the alcohol really well but I'm struggling to see why I should have my liver labor through this high octane disappointment.

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Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.