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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of TheSarge


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

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

Manitoba (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

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


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +18%

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


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -11.5%

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


3/5  rDev -11.5%

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


5/5  rDev +47.5%

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


4/5  rDev +18%

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


2.03/5  rDev -40.1%

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 . . .

02-19-2012 05:51:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of jsh420


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

pours slightly hazy copper amber with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells of candy malt and candy fruit hops some pine

taste - this reminds me a lot of dbl crooked tree - bubble gum candy malt with pine and tropical hop flavors

mouthfeel is a medium body with low carbonation - very smooth

overall - with just a little more work this beer could be world class - it has convinced me to try more JJB offerings

02-19-2012 05:32:59 | More by jsh420
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Picked this up tonight at the COOP... shared a bottle with inflatablechair... Pours a pretty clear lite orange.... nice lacing and retention.

Nose is good... a fair amount of citrus hoppiness and a bit too much caramel maltiness for my preference.

Pithy bitterness is a bit minor up front but finishes big and bitter... perhaps blowing out mid palate hops a bit... still a little bit of citrus hops show ... a touch of sweetness makes the bitterness a bit more enjoyable... body and carbonation are about right.

I think this is a steal of a deal at less than $2/bottle, but it seems pretty muddy on the palate IMHO... Okay beer at a fantastic price.


02-12-2012 03:57:20 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of GPHarris


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

a - poured a two-fingers fluffy, light tan head into an english pub glass that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - big grapefruit and orange aromas with some floral hops in there as well.
t - big malt grains with some toffee and caramel in there. some citrus fights through as well. i would have liked more of a hop punch here.
m - medium and bubbly on the tongue.
o - incredibly drinkable due to it's balance.

02-06-2012 15:40:37 | More by GPHarris
Photo of ralphw56


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

01-31-2012 01:27:38 | More by ralphw56
Photo of Bookseeb


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%

Appearance has a slightly hazy copper color supporting a steady head and nice curtain of lace. Smell has a nice aroma of hops, citrus with a good amount of malt to the nose. Taste is dominant in saline fallowed by a balance of grapefruity hops and malt with hardly any alchohol present considering. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad brew, but not exciting either.

01-25-2012 03:02:12 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of ggodzik


3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-16-2012 04:48:14 | More by ggodzik
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-16-2012 03:17:54 | More by tclapper
Photo of imagese


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-15-2012 23:31:01 | More by imagese
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

A - Pours a brisk, carbonated amber hue, with a nice, two finger off-white head. Retention and lacing are a bit tamer than expected.

S - Smell is of ripe, candied orange and grapefruit peel, caramel malts, and hints of lemon.

T - Taste is of candied citrus fruits (the aforementioned grapefruit, orange, and lemon) with plenty rich, biscuity caramel malts, and a bit of pine and alcohol at the end. Hops are a bit tame for DIPA standards, but nonetheless, it's pretty tasty.

M - Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation. Not much "slick, hop oil" feel to speak of that's common in DIPA's, which makes this one too easy to quaff down for it's strength.

O - Overall, it's a decent contender in the competitive DIPA category, and it's cool to start seeing some craft beers out of NV. However, the hardcore hop disciples might find the hops too docile in this one. I enjoyed it though.

01-03-2012 06:34:31 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of indiapaleale


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

POUR: dark auburn in color with some reddish hues and a big, off-white pancake batter-like head on top. Clean in appearance with some serious lacing as that big head retreats into the hoppy depths.

AROMA: sticky and sweet with scents of pine needles, pineapple, Cara Cara oranges and ruby red grapefruit. This smells like a big, bold, hopped-up red ale.

TASTE: smooth and sweet with lots of sweet citrus notes. Plenty of hop bitterness and some astringency. The tongue is bombarded by an onslaught of IBU-laden hop rockets and caramel maltiness. As this warms a bit it really comes out just how easy to drink it is even at 9.3%. It's a tad bit scary.

OVERALL: a very nicely put together Imperial IPA from the folks at Joseph James. Not knowing much about this Nevada brewery we weren't sure what to expect. This was a nice surprise. If you like a BIG hoppy brew with a very generous grain bill to match than this is one to hunt down.

12-28-2011 02:55:56 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of Acaciaatrox


2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

12-19-2011 00:30:39 | More by Acaciaatrox
Photo of mhaugo


2/5  rDev -41%

12-18-2011 20:20:18 | More by mhaugo
Photo of ehammond1

1.85/5  rDev -45.4%


Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

Clear golden orange and amber with a thick, pillowy, persistent whipped cream colored head that leaves sticky sheets of lace all the way down the glass. Gorgeous.

Quite a strange aroma, and certainly not like any other DIPA aroma I've ever experienced. It's tough to pinpoint, but this smells like soured citrus and grapes, a bit of lemon, and some funky barnyard/wild yeast. Strange. This smells wild...literally. Below average for a DIPA. Strangely unique and somewhat interesting for a wild ale. Though, with a name like Hop Box Imperial IPA, I can't give it very high marks.

Again, this is a sour ale, and certainly no DIPA. Maybe they threw on the wrong label. The flavors consist of funky barnyard yeast, hay, grass, lemon, and stinging sourness. Sounds good, right? Well...it kind of is, but not for a DIPA!

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Identity crisis in a bottle. This must be seriously infected. This no longer even resembles any sort of IPA.

12-11-2011 20:00:45 | More by ehammond1
Photo of kawilliams81


2.42/5  rDev -28.6%

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Cloudy dark orange. 2" creamy white head and lots of lacing.

S- All citrus, pineapple, orange, guava, grapefruit

T- WTF! Is this supposed to be sour? Has the sweet citrus notes at first but then sour notes over power this beer.

M- Medium body, very creamy, abv is not noticeable at all.

O- Just a mess of a beer. Not hop bitterness to be found and sourness is just weird.

12-09-2011 22:05:57 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Exiled


4/5  rDev +18%

11-27-2011 01:01:20 | More by Exiled
Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.