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Hop Box - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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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klkatz

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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,

Serving type: can

02-22-2013 04:25:38 | More by klkatz
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RJLarse

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 23:28:21 | More by RJLarse
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 21:15:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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snaotheus

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-23-2012 03:50:57 | More by snaotheus
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 21:05:33 | More by LXIXME
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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-12-2012 05:49:01 | More by Halcyondays
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-13-2012 01:03:41 | More by WoodBrew
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 02:05:50 | More by ChrisCage
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flagmantho

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2012 19:09:45 | More by flagmantho
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:02:44 | More by mdfb79
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Flightoficarus

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 06:34:31 | More by Flightoficarus
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Billolick

New York

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-27-2013 02:00:50 | More by Billolick
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 15:40:37 | More by GPHarris
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peabody

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 21:24:17 | More by peabody
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 04:01:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 23:52:29 | More by GallowsThief
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CWVegas

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-28-2014 09:32:19 | More by CWVegas
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mobrockman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

05-18-2014 20:16:27 | More by mobrockman
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mrcraft

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-22-2014 02:51:59 | More by mrcraft
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-26-2013 20:19:52 | More by Hopmodium
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cistercian12

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

07-05-2013 02:03:18 | More by cistercian12
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

03-19-2014 21:47:53 | More by IdrinkGas
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

05-24-2014 00:42:46 | More by Syracuse12
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SeaOfShells

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

03-29-2013 05:39:59 | More by SeaOfShells
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

11-06-2013 03:55:57 | More by brandoman63
Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.