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Hop Box | Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States
jjbrewco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop Box is our tribute to hops! Bury your nose in a glass and inhale. Pungent aromas immediately enrich your senses. Hop Box has both pine and citrus notes that arise from the bucketfuls of hops we add to the kettle and again into the fermentation tanks. We attempt to pack as much hop flavor and aroma into your glass as possible. Drink in the rich resinous flavors that elevate the heady aromatics. The hop box sips crisp and finishes dry with a lingering bitterness that begs you to take another sip.

85 IBUs

Added by glid02 on 03-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,804
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
384
pDev:
15.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
61
Trade:
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Ratings: 384 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of ms_adriana
1.08/5  rDev -68.6%

Photo of MLFrank
1.84/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poured a can into a eight ounce hotel washroom glass, which I picked up from the bottom shelf of the local beverage store in a four pack, tasted horrible. Only resemblance to any IPA I have enjoyed is the aftertaste was a bit reminiscent of grapefruit. Back to the drawing board Joseph and James.

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Photo of ehammond1
1.9/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Bottle

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.

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Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of durlta
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of colts9016
2.01/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A very pale yellow color, similar to a budlight. Extensitve carbonation and slightly cloudy beer. The head is egg color frothy and billow with good retetion.

A moderate hop aroma, citrus, floral, pine, oranges, perfume, and grassy. A sublte malty sweetness come in from the back ground.

A mild hop flavor with citrus, floral, pine, oranges and grass. The malt is lightly toasted and sweet.

The mouth feel is smooth with a general finish that does not last.

If this is a DIPA, it is a joke. this beer can barely be classified as APA. The hops flavor ( the lack thereof)is mild at best. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has more hops than this. Seriously you need go back to the drawing board on this one. The color of the beer should be a few tints darker. This is Not a DIPA, no freaking way you had one Job Put hops in the beer, one major job.

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2.02/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Way too dark for an ipa, came in looking like a brown ale. Here we go. . .

Aroma wasn't hoppy. You had one job.


Taste wasn't hoppy. You had one job. Lots of brown malt, yeast, cask like carbonation, hops hiding far away from this jurisdiction. Way too expensive for something this far below average.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 . . .

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Photo of beertunes
2.14/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured an attractive, though somewhat typical, clean, clear light amber color with about an inch of just off-white head that had very good retention and good lacing.

The aroma was very sweet and somewhat malty, with just a bit of piney hops far in the background. Not what I'm looking for in an ImpIPA. The flavors were (very) slightly better, still very malt forward and sweet, with some pine and citrus hops showing up in the background. The beer had a very bitter (and not in the good way) finish that lingered too long to be enjoyable.

The body, despite the maltiness of the beer, was well on the thin side for the style and had that harsh finish I mentioned. Drinkability was OK, but with the other aspects being off-base, why have more than 1? Overall, not a very good beer, don't feel bad if you skip over it. That said, at $1.50 for a single 12oz can and less than $9 a sixer, there might be a place for this on those budget beer runs.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.19/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz can courtesy of steepH20. Thank you, Chris!

Pours a yellowish light orange with a thin skim that doesn't hang round much. A little mutiny of fatter bubbles puddle to the edge like confused hooligans.

Nose is very light and highly malt focused with a soapy biscuit vibe. Where are the hops?

Meh. Big caramel maltines leads to an earthy, soapy, try-and-find-me-if-you-can unimpressive hop profile. Baby aspirin with a dash of Palmolive and weird aftertaste seal the deal.

Creamy and soapy and just, well, a bit out of focus.

At least the abv is hidden well, because the rest of this package should be sent for retooling. A below average double IPA for sure.

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Photo of mkennedy119
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of ElGordo
2.32/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up at Whole Foods n Las Vegas before heading out to the national parks of Utah. Enjoyed in a plastic cup in a hotel room outside Bryce Canyon. Pours a golden-orange color with a pretty, creamy white head that leaves a good bit of lacing on the cup (surprisingly). Aroma is very sweet and fruity, big on tropical fruit notes and some esters more common in a Belgian golden ale than an IPA. It's possible there's an infection here.
Palate is thoroughly off for an IPA, and since no other reviewers noticed it, I'm guessing there's a bad batch or this case was left out in the sun for a while. Big tropical fruit esters up front, along with some nice hoppy bitterness with notes of grapefruit. Malt profile is subtle, light, and a touch sweet. Finish is a lingering fruity sweetness with just a touch of bitterness.
Body is overly foamy and light, especially for the style. Overall, I'm sure I got a bad or mistreated batch, but still, I can't recommend this at all.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.39/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. I bought it quite a long time ago, so I have no idea if the can has preserved any of the hoppiness. Don't see a best-by date.

A- Four-finger head, cream-colored with tiny bubbles for a creamy look. Clearly the long waiting period did nothing to reduce carbonation. Light orange-brown color with very high clarity. Carbonation is not very active in the beer itself.

S- Big boozy beer. Wafts of caramel malts, brandy, brown sugar, and earthy, piney hops. Interesting aroma, surprisingly complex for what I expected.

T- Oh jeez. Washed-out hops, caramel. The time really did a number on this. Either that or it was bad from the get-go.

M- Medium to thick bodied. Sticky. Meh.

O- Was doing alright until the taste. I feel like this is more my fault for taking so long on it, but either way, no bueno.

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Photo of Smurf2055
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Acaciaatrox
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of largadeer
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of smerrell
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber with a lingering white head.
Smells like it may have gone bad - sour notes that are not entirely pleasant.
Taste pretty much like is smells- funky, sour, likley infected with something bad.

Overall, I hope that my bottle is the exception - I won't be buying another

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Photo of woemad
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can purchased at J.B.’s in Spokane for $2.99. This is the first beer I’ve consumed that was brewed in the state of Nevada.

Poured a bright, clear golden shade with a huge, rocky white head. Said head took forever and a day to drop, leaving lots of lace.

Bitter, herbal hop scents and a surprising amount of malt aroma. Not so sure about this one.

Egad! Big, withering herbal hop blast accompanied by an equally large malt maltiness. Yes, it seems appropriately balanced, but what does that matter when things taste this unpleasant?

Couldn't finish this one, so it is currently travelling towards a rendezvous with the Spokane River.

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Photo of Dodgerfan_33
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: little hazy with a orange yellow amber color with 3 fingers of head and lacy.

S: smells of sweetness, mall and a bit of citrus. Pineapple and Grapefruit. Smell is deceiving to taste. With hops as well.

T: Hoppy with a sweet caramel bite, bit floral but really can't taste citrus or hops, pretty dissapointing.

F: feel a bit of carbonation, not real heavy just not great.

O: very disappointed for this local brewery 8.2 ABV and 90 bitterness. Just not there. The hops is average at best. Does not taste like a west coast style IPA at all. Overall would not purchase this again. Very dissapointing.

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Photo of GABrew
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of MonkeyBread
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 384 ratings
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