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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 336
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 29.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

thanks to tenderbranson69 for this can, enjoyed from a willybecker chilled.

The color is hazy golden with 2 fingers of thick cream with avg sized bead with good retention. The smell has a strong pinesap type odor with hop fruitiness with light yeasty ester and lemon/lime aroma. The feel is creamy with yeasty moderately bitter entry into mid palate with medium carbonation light astringent quality which increases in the semi-dry finish.

the Taste is tangy, fruity with a slight bitter and grassy hop flavor with subtle malt sweetness with a light alcohol flavor mid palate and spicy hop accent with astringent quality lasting into the finish with light herbal/vegetal taste as it finishes. Overall not bad bu could be tweaked for more flavor and less astringency in the hop profile I like it alright but there are many way better examples of this style

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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 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 bamadog
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to alexgrahamlv for tossing this into a recent trade as an extra. I'm always excited to try beers that aren't remotely available to me. Review is from notes taken on 6/22/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is the cover of dark apple cider; does not have a head to start with, but a thin off-white ring and thin scum floating in the center of the surface; body is very murky, so I have no idea what the carbonation situation looks like; a few spots and strands of lacing are left holding on to the glass; personally, I like a cloudy looking beer at times -- keeps things lively.

Smell: Spicy and bitter hop profile and a muted caramel sweet maltiness; nose is big and robust, and actually pretty inviting -- typically I don't care too much for spicy hops, but this one is kind of calling my name through the nose.

Taste: The spicy and bitter hops are right up front, and fortunately, the spiciness isn't necessarily overdone and allows the bitterness to come through (kind of doing a better job than other beers with the spicy profile, a la Brooklyn's Monster, despite the fact that they're different styles, the hop profiles aren't entirely different, this one is just done better). The sweet maltiness remains muted and there's a fusel alcohol flavor that isn't masked well at all (I've had much bigger beers that have hidden the alcohol much better, and this aspect really brings the score down a notch).

Mouthfeel: Body is thick and syrupy and the carbonation comes across as soft and smooth in the thicker body; a moist stickiness is left on the roof and the belly is left warm from the acidity and ABV.

Drinkability: Meh, the nose is quite nice, but the strong unmasked alcohol in the mouth really doesn't serve it especially well; not bad, and I would definitely drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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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 BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint served at Ales and Aces (Las Vegas). The bar is dark but the beer looked a clear amber/orange colour, on top sat an off white thin head that soon became a wisp and collar.

Hops and hints of pink grapefruit came across my nose.

The hops content killed whatever else might have been in the brew, no malt flavours could I find, some inkling of a citrus presence tried to appear, but got beaten back by the hops, which strangley didn't give the beer a huge bitterness like some hops can (and do).

A different beer for me, pleasant, but not a world beater.

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Photo of zac16125
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can into a tulip
no caned on dates

A: Pours a very hazy, nearly opaque golden copper with one fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus rind, some smokey malt notes. Not a bad aroma but certainly nothing impressive.

T: Flavors are pretty dull, some piney bitterness and sweet malts. A bit of citrus rind. Booze. It does grow on me a bit as I drink it though.

M/D: Full bodied, fairly smooth, carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, drinkability is average.

O: Meh, not horrible but not something Id purchase again.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to snosage22 for this beer.

Pours a reddish orange color with a thick and hazy body but not much head.

Smell is of huge hops and malts. Lots of citrus and grapfruit, possibly some pine as well. Big malts in the nose too.

Nice tasting beer, big hops and bitterness balanced out with a huge malt backbone. Sweet caramel malts take over here.

Mouthfeel is very full but low on carbonation.

Drinkability is good, glad I got to try it.

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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 KFBR392
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with a head of about two and a half fingers. Golden, glowing orange color. On the lower side of active carbonation. Sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Grainy caramel hits first. Straw with some heavier saturated citrus fruits shows up on the body. The back end sweetens up a bit with some spiciness.

Taste: Caramel malts greet the palate. Pine and heavy citrus hop profile jumps the drinker. Grainy finish with some lighter, spiced notes which are pretty interesting.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low. Dry finish with some malt sweetness.

Overall: A pretty middle of the road DIPA. Nothing really stands out, too malt forward. Just feels like they didn't take any risks making this beer.

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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 chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can
Slightly hazy pale amber body with a decent head and some sticky lacing.
Quite hoppy, in line with the DIPA style.
Fruity and piney/resiny qualities.

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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 wedgie9
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Tasted in August 2010 from a bottle received as a trading extra. Pours a clear light brown with very little head, but just decent lace. The nose is caramel malt with good fruitiness, featuring mostly dried fruits, and a nice grapefruit hop aroma that sneaks in under everything else. The flavor has some sweetness up front, but is a little more bitter than expected from the nose with the citrus and almost raisin fruitiness coming through as well. The body is fairly full, but has somewhat of a watery texture with very little carbonation and a long bitter and fruity finish.

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Photo of Brewbro000
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that seems slightly darker than i would expect for an IPA. Almost no head and any that was there receded very quickly in my FW pint glass. Smells of sweet malts and caramel with only hints of any hop aroma. What hop aroma is coming through is piney and resinous with no citrus. Taste is similar to the smell being dominant in malt profile. I expected a more balanced beer but this one is heavy on the malt, light on hop flavor and the balance isn't ideal. Hops come through at the very end of each sip and this beer is starting to grow on me a bit. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, body is almost accurate but may be a bit to syurpy due to the malt sweetness. I would drink another but probably not much more than that.

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Photo of mikechance
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a very nice rusty orange color with a big head and lots of carbonation. I pick up grassy, lemon, and malt in the scent. It leans heavily on the malts for flavor compared to most IPA style beers. It goes down very easy with little to no aftertaste. It’s an interesting beer, but hard to compare big the West Coast hop monsters --- more Dogfish in style, but not in execution. An interesting beer, but nothing I will need to ever to back to.

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Photo of TBCE
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of foam, nice lacing upon dissipation. Smell is very hoppy, with lemon citrus and malt tones. Hops explode in flavor up front, with more citrus and even some pine on the back of the palate. Taste masks the relatively high ABV very well. Okay mouth feel, a bit too piney. Overall not bad, but not elite.

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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 FanofHefe
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of JMad
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid is a murky brown with almost no head, the little head that was there disappeared rather quickly.

I could smell moslty toffee and caramel, with hints of alcohol and sweet grapefruit.

It tastes mostly of sweet caramel malt, with just a hint of some piney hops.

I think this beer tu'rned bad, it was thick, musty, a had little carbonation.

This one may have been on the shelf a little too long.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured slightly chilled in hotel glass at the North American Patristics Society conference, 2014, Hyatt Chicago.

A: semiclear amber, good carbonation, very robust, creamy head
S: luscious hop aroma; grass, a bit of pine; lingers nicely; v. inviting
T: grainy, dry, very bitter flavor; booze comes through nicely; needs to be sweeter for the style
M: a bit rough in the mouth

I don't plan to return to this beer; there are much better IIPAs out there.

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Photo of jjanega08
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.

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