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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 334
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 29.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 334
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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Hop Box is a big beer...no questioning that. The appearance is clear orange peel with creamy off white head that is lacing slightly. The smell is a fresh hop leaning towards pine and malt. The taste is a bitter to start then brief zip of alcohol followed by a sweet malt finish. The mouthfeel is full body with smooth carbonation. Overall its not too bad....certainly would not be sessioning this bad boy....glad I tried it.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Box

Appearance: The beer pours with a cream colored head with tiny bubbles and okay retention. The body of the beer itself is a nice golden yellow orange and slightly opaque. The reason it received a four and not higher is due to the fact that imperial IPAs should have more of a deeper amber coloring with a thick head and great retention.

Smell: the first note is a combo string piny hop and caramel character with a decent presence of heat right after and then some lingering floral notes.

Taste: an almost perfect balance of citrus hops, piny hops and caramel flavor. Not too sweet but It could use more bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body beer with light, sharp carbonation. Could use a little more body in my opinion.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer. For the price, it was an extremely well done imperial IPA. I would definitely recommend this beer to any imperial IPA fans.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of DannyHartman
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a very healthy head appears atop a pretty clear golden orange brew.... The head of this beer left plenty of trails during the drinking of it.

I take a whiff, and I get upfront dark caramel maltiness with piney and citrus notes like that of mostly grapefruit.

While drinking, I get a bunch of malt and bitterness.... There's tastes of caramel and grapefruit with a decent aftertaste of alcohol.

This is a well carbonated, medium-to-full bodied beverage that has an almost syrupy aftertaste left on the palate.

Overall, I was slightly disappointed with the hoppiness of this brew for being an "I.P.A.".... However, this brew isn't that bad.... Pretty cool that it's brewed out of my backyard, though.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. I can't find a bottling date.

A - Pours a copper-orange color with good clarity. Two fingers of cloud-like head rise above the rim of the glass. Shows great lacing.

S - Tropical fruits, pine sap hops, and caramel malt. Smells a bit sweet, with balancing hops.

T - Begins sweet with bready caramel malts. Bitter hops follow leaving a slightly astringent pine flavor behind. Mild alcohol burn on the finish reminds you that this is a big beer. I liked it less as I drank more.

M - I think much of the carbonation was lost in the huge head. Medium thickness.

O - I was initially impressed by this beer's appearance and complex aroma. The flavor has great hop flavors, but disappoints with an astringent and boozey aftertaste. Lacks carbonation despite the pillowy head. It wasn't terrible but I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.