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
Ratings:
380
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
15.29%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
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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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +17.6%

With added alcohol comes the inherent rebuttal of residual malt sweetness. Yet to keep the ale hop-dominant, a plethora of late addition hops give this Imperial IPA a juicy hop impression with understated complexity and balance.

Hop Box pours with a diffused golden-orange hue, capped by a moussey lather of foam. Its ripe and vibrant fruit impressions are leading with tropical fruit and fruit punch with citrus tones following closely behind. Its undertow of biscuit, caramel honey and shortbread give a sweeter upstart to the otherwise bitter beer.

The understated malt balance on the middle palate is modestly sweet and cakey. With fruit esters rising from its depths and the hop flavor fully in command, a marmalade togetherness comes about. But its the dry pineapple, mango, apricot, passionfruit and red grapefruit that carry the taste into finish.

With the sweetness fading, the hops and alcohol work in tandem to dry the beer in a proper IPA kind of way. With the bitterness of citrus pith and soft pine shavings growing, the finish is semi-dry, crisp and trailing with the aftertaste of fructose and citric acids.

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2.52/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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 mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Short review just because of the low comments.
Canned, 12 oz, 8.2%.
Really clear hop oils, dank "weedy" notes, spicy pineapple seeds and thick grapefruit pith. Gets a bit grassy towards the finish, but there's a lot of pine resin, too. Malt backbone is easy to ignore, this is not an overly sweet, sticky imperial IPA. Especially considering the dry aftertaste. Bitter, sure, but not the "medicinal"/aspirin kind.
Weird, they might've changed the way they make this brew. I can't possibly go lower than 4.

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3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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 mdfb79
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.

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2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden orange with a fluffy white head. Brown sugar, mild pineapple, citric hop notes, and a touch of grass. On the finish there is some noticeable alcohol. Quite sweet and sugary on the palate. Some pine bitterness, grapefruit peel, and a hint of orange. A little bit boozy, maybe some bread and toffee. A touch of perfume as well.

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4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another of Pinocchio's latest CANtributions to the ongoing madness known far and wide as The CANQuest (TM). My hat's off to you guys!

I recently hopped in a fox's box and we not only enjoyed it immensely, but we had lox and cream cheese for breakfast before watching the Red Sox at the White Sox. We then headed down to the dox to watch a ship on the rox while resetting the clox. Neither of us had chicken pox but she showed real moxie. Nox it off, I am told. Dr. Seuss lives!

The Crack reveled yet another beer anxious to greet me like an excited puppy, bubbling out through the opening. It was another brimful CAN and then the Glug was underway! I prefer to employ the dreaded invert-a-flow pour in which the CAN is held upside-down above the serving vessel and gravity does the rest. I was getting a massive amount of head, initially, and backed off. Once everything settled out, I had a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had an evergreen hoppiness underlain by a pleasant maltiness and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the mintiness of the hops was immediately evident, followed by the the sweetness of the malt. Finish was literally breathtaking as the hops seemed to suck the air out of my mouth. Yeah, let me take some of this to the beach!

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hop Box from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
3.4 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
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