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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

glid02, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheSarge, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this beer for sale in Texas.

The beer pours a orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a strong mix of orange and caramel malts. This smells a lot like a hoppy barleywine. The flavor is very similar with some spices in addition to the caramel oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure when this beer was brewed but it appears to have faded into barleywine territory. Still, it was not a bad drink.

Mora2000, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

The liquid is a tangelo to tangerine gradient topped by a fist of dense creamy ivory. Immense tendrils of rocky lacing threaten to climb out of the glass. Superior retention.

Deep caramel notes are joined by a bracing herbaceous citrus-laden hop bomb in the nose. Faintly soapy, but inviting.

Bitter, pine-like palate entry is accompanied by grapefruit along with candied ginger and light caramel. The flavors are strong but could be better integrated. Malt seems a little excessive. Finishes medium-dry, earthy (pine-y), and bitter.

Rich, nearly syrupy mouth-feel, with a bit of heat from alcohol. Well carbonated.

A little rough perhaps, but a good beer none the less.

augustgarage, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of klkatz
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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,

klkatz, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of RJLarse
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Hop Box at a beer store in Las Vegas. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bronze/gold color and hazy. Creamy off-white head.

Smell is a sweet scent, some caramel notes and a fruity pineapple aroma.

Taste is also sweet, some caramel malt flavors with a hint of sour citrus, and some alcohol heat at the end.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and cloying. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall a decent DIPA. ABV too high to be sessionable, My bottel says 9.3%. Frankly I think I'd like this one better in the winter season, but not bad.

RJLarse, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense aged copper body with a thick bubbly beige and slightly sticky head that has a swirl of microbubbles in slow motion supporting it. The last pour has a hazy dense body.

S- The caramel malt sweetness grows as the beer opens with a green pungent note that is softer in the finish. When the beer warms quite a bit there is an alcohol aroma in the finish.

T- The sweetness of malt is softer than in the aroma with a green herbal pungent finish that has a slight mint quality to it and a pungent bite that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat as it warms and the sweetness coats the mouth after each sip.

O- The thick pungent hops don't have a lot of hop flavor or aroma and the nice sweetness of caramel malt reminds me of a barleywine. The bitterness in the aftertaste is just to strong compared to the rest of the flavors.

rhoadsrage, Jun 24, 2011
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.

snaotheus, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

LXIXME, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Halcyondays, Mar 12, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Thirstygoat, Today at 02:43 AM
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.

WoodBrew, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of ChrisCage
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

FYI- My bottle states an alc/vol of 8.2%. Thanks again to my BA buddy alexgrahamlv for the trade!

A- Pours with a slight yeasty haze, but is mostly clear. The color is a rusty amber and provides me with a modest head, that settles rather quickly into a patchy film. Carbonation appears to be moderate as well, with lots of fine looking bubbles rising slowly to the top. The lacing is something that is lacking unfortunately, only leaving behind a somewhat oily film on my glass.

S- A good mix of hop bitterness, but not overwhelming for an Imperial IPA, along with some mild peppery spice, and sweet citrus and tropical fruits. There is more of a malt character to the finish than dry/bitter.

T- I don't think this resembles much of an IIPA flavor wise at all....the caramel/toffee sweetness of the malt is much more noticeable than than the hop profile, which is there, but is much more subdued than the stated 90 IBU rating. I find the finish to be more of a blend of the citrus fruit found in the aroma, plus a pine/juniper like flavor. The aftertaste does leave behind a more bittering character on the palate.

M- The carbonation is very mild, leaving this a smooth, creamy tasting brew with a medium body. The candy like malt, mixed in with the fruit is quite noticeable and really shine on the palate.

O- I actually quite like this, as I'm not a hophead! Hop Box reminds me a lot like my favorite style, English Pale Ale, with just a hint more hop profile. The alcohol is very well hidden IMO, and I'd have no problem drinking several of these on a warm evening on the patio, such as I did with this review. A decent beer, but I think the style that the brewery is going for needs to be tinkered with if this is what they want.

ChrisCage, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange-amber hue with a good effervescence and the minutest touch of haze. Head is two fingers of frothy orange-tinged tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: rich malty aroma with some piney, vegetal hops present. There's also a mild soapiness which is a tiny bit off-putting, but is strangely not entirely unwelcome.

Taste: right off the bat starts off with a big, sweet malt flavor but this quickly grows into an all-pervading mustiness. Hops are citrusy and earthy in character, and pretty well-balanced, I'd say. The mustiness doesn't bother me too much, but some might really disagree with it.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: an interesting and imperfect beer. I think they are on the right track with some of the flavors they've got going on here, but the soapiness and mustiness have got to go if they want an A-grade product.

flagmantho, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with snosage, thanks man! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. From 4/14/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark amber/brownish color with one inch of white head. High carbonation evident and nice lacing.

s - Smells if pine and citrus hops. Also some bready malts and hints of soap.

t - Tastes mostly of citrus hops. Hints of bready malts and some bitterness to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - Overall I thought this was ok, but a little bland. Some citrus hops and bitterness, but nothing special. Wouldn't actively seek out again.

mdfb79, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Flightoficarus, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Cheld
3.56/5  rDev +5%

Cheld, Yesterday at 04:16 PM
Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Billolick, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GPHarris, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a darker amber well filtered and decent carbonation. Lacing on the glass.
Smell is grapefruit rind/pine and alcohol. Not really strong but def. there.
Taste is boozy at first then sugary malt and grapefruit rind leaving behind a sticky tongue.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but finishes like any good IPA.
This is not a great IPA but it is a very decent one.

peabody, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down.. Smell is of herbal hops, malt, and alcohol. Taste is of herbal hops and alcohol up front with a malty finish. The aftertaste is slightly vegetal like onions/garlic. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA in my opinion. I am surprised by some of the lower reviews on this one.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of GallowsThief
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

GallowsThief, Apr 17, 2013
Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.