Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.
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3.93/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
08-31-2012 05:47:57 | More by mactrail
3.93/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
06-06-2013 00:47:09 | More by arizcards
3.88/5 rDev +14.5%
Slighty hazy when poured into the glass, with a little sediment floating throughout. Very thin head at the beginning, but it quickly disappears. Aromas of bananas, citrus, and tea leaves. The sweet malty flavors balance out the citusy hops very well. This is a relatively new beer for this brewery, so it shows great potential
03-28-2010 04:23:31 | More by IKHOURY
3.81/5 rDev +12.4%
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
12-20-2013 04:26:48 | More by russpowell
3.78/5 rDev +11.5%
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)
01-03-2013 03:13:51 | More by SerialHiker
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
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
Shared by jyounger35 - thanks!
Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of pale malts, mild citrus hops, and light amounts of indistinct fruit.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by a good amount of hop flavors however the off fruit flavors come into things midway through the sip and carry through to a mildly bitter ending, stronger than they were in the aroma. Someone said it best when comparing it to apple juice - kind of a tangy flavor.
Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass although it would have been easier if it were cleaner.
Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer however I didn't hate it either. Worth a try if you see it around but not worth seeking out.
03-06-2010 15:27:00 | More by glid02
Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.