Juice Box | Great Notion Brewing

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Brewed by:
Great Notion Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bursting with pungent American hops, with aromas of peach, mango, and passion fruit. Juice Box is brewed with over 4 pounds of hops per barrel, but the mellow bitterness and soft mouth feel makes this DIPA dangerously drinkable!

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 214
Photo of Beersnake1
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a great extra from Phil! Poured from fridge temp. Pours a hazy yellow with white head. Nose is amazing. Mango, pine, passion fruit, citrus peel, and a touch of spice. Taste is super refreshing. Tropical fruit, wheat, bread, spice, resin, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is fantastic.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a pint glass. Gift from a friend at work.

Pours pretty hazy, smallish head, not a lot of carbonation. Smell is tropical juice.

Taste is unsweetened tropical juice -- guava and/or papaya maybe. Slow, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Carbonated pineapple/orange juice with a pine punch on the end in both aroma and flavor. Hell, you could even say the same for the looks. Pine punch is orange right?

One of the classics from Great Notion, and still one of the best.


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Photo of mschrei
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gift from @lingenbrau. Canned on 2/20. Extremely cloudy dark orange appearance. Minimal head and lacing. Smell is mild tart citrus, orange, mango, hints of peach and grapefruit. Taste is gently citrusy. Peach and mango on the front end, orange and grapefruit underneath. More drying than mouth watering. Full bodied. Not overwhelmingly juicy and fruit flavored, very subtle for the style, well balanced and extremely easy drinking. Excellent beer. Thanks Phil!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the source. A big, assertive New England style brew. All the necessary flavors are present but it really backhands you with initial hop tang. One of, if not the best beer I enjoyed during an excursion to Portland.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma has dextrin malt, sweet vanilla and juicy hops. Taste is sweet and fruity with dank/sweaty hops and low bitterness.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Released 5/12/18; drank 5/22/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange/yellow appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice bright head; frothy lace.

Tangy pineapple & wheat notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Pineapple & dry wheat flavors; cane sugar notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Nearly perfect...but it's a bit too thin. Probably great on the golf course but I need a more pillow-y mouthfeel from the style. Still, flavorful & pleasurable. Glad I got a 4 pack...

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Photo of Radcpa
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very cloudy straw appearance with white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a great fruit and hops blend. Taste is also a nice blend of fruit and hops.

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Photo of amano_h
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This brew is so Mosaic, YCH might as well rewrite their hop profile description for it based on this beer. An orgasmic aromatic blend of candied mango, bubble gum, sweet tangerine peels, dried grass and some more candied fruit get right up to your face and all up in it. The candied mango and the grass prove more tenacious than rest of the elements as you let the brew sit, but the aroma admirably remains consistent throughout the entire drinking experience.

I'm going to go off on a limb and say that "dry-hopped mango juice" is probably the easiest way to describe this brew. Great Notion serves this beer in 10.5oz flute glasses because it's 9.2% ABV, but there's absolutely no hints of fusel alcohol or any heat detectable on this brew. But in the interest of science and because I like elaborating upon ideas: sweet mango, citrus peel, and light bread crust-like malt notes are present on the tongue.

Sticky, creamy, thick. Medium-bodied with a semi-slick consistency that envelopes your entire tongue. Clean finish and no heat despite the huge ABV and the amount of malt that must have gone in to balance out the huge flavors. Again, can't wait until their new brewery opens up and I get to maybe drink this on a semi-regular basis.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Opaque yellow-tan with a thick, creamy blanket dying to a soft collar.

Aroma features minty Smarties, and then matches the taste the rest of the way, which is actually a lot like fruit punch with a kick of peppery pine. I get the passionfruit and mango noted in the description, while also detecting notes of strawberries and watermelon, via a thin, crisp tangy fizz and semi-dry finish.

The accuracy of the name is kind of ridiculous.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crowler canned 11/16/2016. Shipped from Oregon to Colorado a couple weeks ago and kept cold in the fridge to settle.

Juice Box is a very hazy mango orange color with thin white head. It settles fairly quickly and leaves a fair bit of lace behind.

Aroma is fruity and fresh with great tropical notes. There is citrus and floral character in there as well.

Flavor is sweet up front with candied orange zest and mango. The bitterness of a double IPA just isn't there way you would expect. It's juicy fruit in a can.

Mouthfeel is balanced and incredibly drinkable. Carbonation is on point.

Overall an excellent double IPA and a great example of where hoppy beers are heading.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32oz crowler, served in a snifter glass. Pours a hazy medium yellow-orange body, one finger white head, plenty of carbonation and effervescence; super hazy with good retention and bits of lacing. Smells of massive orange and grapefruit juice; great juiciness quotient behind a minimal cereal malt backbone. This smells pretty much what you'd expect. Flavour is a rich juicy orange and grapefruit bite, with a light resin and grassy bitterness on the backend, which is pretty minimal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, smooth with such a great juicy finish. Hell of a juicy beer; it's pretty much capturing the extreme of the juicy IPA, it's almost bordering on ridiculous. Still, this is damn tasty and I enjoyed this a metric ton.

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Photo of catscadia
3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Showed up to the brewery with my growler wanting to get it filled. Was told they don't do growler fills (the fuck?) and got a crowler instead (only take home option). They pulled it out of the fridge (wasn't even canned on demand, like every other crowler I've ever gotten) and the can didn't have a date on it. Who knows how old it was. Beer itself is fairly smooth for how high of an abv it is. Smells quite citrusy, possibly the best ipa ive ever smelled. Initially juicy, but has a stale aftertaste that I can't get past. Could be because of the crowler dodginess. Doesn't live up to the hype for me. But it's a solid imperial.

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Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color. On tap at the brewpub.

Floral and tropical. Grapefruit and orange. Mango. Papaya.

Medium bodied. Light bitterness.

Another great dipa from GN. Massive fruit flavors.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Juicy, bit of biscuity, dank,
Taste: A bit of bigness and hint alcohol. Biscuity sweetness, dank, earthy. Chewy. Green. What makes this beer different is clear from the appearance with more malts coming through, and thus not having that bright hop quality that Jr. has.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had several pours at the Saraveza IIPA fest this year. The lacing is wonderful. Hazy orange look to it with minimal head. Beautiful aromas coming out of this one - papaya, mango, all the classic juicy IPA traits. This is on par with any other juicy IIPAs I have had. wonderful.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap when I was up there this past weekend and drinking a crowler of it now. I just don't know if you can make a better IPA than this. Pours hazy as hell and looks like a cross between mango juice and honey. A one finger white head fluffs up pretty nicely before settling down to a thin ring. Aroma is a juice grenade. Tons of mango, orange sorbet and just a dash of pine resin way way in the back. Taste is every bit as good as the smell and maybe better. Tons of mango, orange pith and light pink grapefruit with just a touch of grapefruit pith and caramel on the finish. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. This is goddamn near perfect.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery, Portland.
Turbid orange filled to the rim. 3.75
Stone fruit, guava, and a bit of herb. 4
Whole nut biscuit, then papaya smoothie, nectarine, blueberry muffin, bubble gum and grass with a long bitter linger. 4
Chewy, soft, medium, hot. 4

Quality, no doubt. But turning the volume up loses some nuance out of Juice Jr. Grows on me, but a bit of a hop bully. 4.25

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft and Crowler from the brewpub recently.. hazy light orange.. the brew delivers on the promise and has bunches of citrus and tropical fruitiness.. grapefruit, tangerine, mango and passionfruit are up front and unapologetic.. dig this one.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. crowler. Incredibly tropical aroma just when opening the can. Hazy orange body. Smell is all tropical fruit hops. Mango especially. Taste is juicy and tropical up front. Strong mango. Turns into a peach nectar flavor. Sweet. Low bitterness in the back end. Medium to medium heavy. This is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery.

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, of off white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is pure New England IPA, with an incredibly fruity, pulpy, juicy citrus and tropical fruit character, pineapple, kiwi, passionfruit, mango. Malt character is imperceptible, just a vague grainy atoms is present. The palate opens very citrusy and tropical with minimal bitterness. Fruity sweetness is amplified here, this has a ton of tropical fruit and citrus. Guava, passionfruit, mango, peach, orange juice ( full pulp) are present. The grassy hop trub character of the style rears its head on the mid palate where a vegetal bitterness and a grassy, chlorophyll like flavor is present by the baleful. The transition from a fruity sweetness to the grassy hop flavor is achieved with little grace, and ends up being disappointingly watery as well. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has a fruity and medicinal finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. All told - meh.

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Photo of dddddddd
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pour (read: not 100% opaque like many of the newer hazy IPAs). Melon, orange, peach in the nose. Taste follows with a punch of bitterness to keep it from becoming a sweet beer. Mouthfeel is soft with a slight carb'ed bite. Awesome beer!

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Photo of sukwonee
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This place deserves more attention asap. So much more aroma and flavor compared to Treehouse and Trillium hops. My fave was Juice Box, followed by Juice Jr and Ripe (in that order). Slightly bitterer than NE IPAs

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Lovely, yellow-orange color. The smell is all citrus and orange juice. The taste is full of the citrusy notes of the hops with just the right enough of bitterness to remind you that this is still an IPA. I hope to see this around more places!

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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub the other night.

The beer pours a cloudy amber gold color with fairly decent head retention and lacing. The nose was easily the most impressive aspect of this beer I thought, and there was a huge nose of mango, peach, citrus and tropical fruit. There's some underlying dankness as well that I thought added a nice element to the aroma profile. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, though I found the sweetness a bit much, and I thought the beer could have used some additional bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thin (surprising in a DIPA), but the beer delivers plenty of flavor, the finish is long, and drinkability is terrific (the alcohol is VERY well integrated into the flavor profile in this beer).

So, it's pretty clear that the brewer is aiming at making a NE style IPA, comparable to SOS (not as good, but it's made in a similar vein) and some of the IPA's and APAs made by Treehouse back east. I'm a fan of SOS and the IPA's/APA's from Treehouse, but it's not my favorite style (too much citrus and not enough bitterness). As with the stuff from Treehouse, I found myself starting to lose interest after the first glass. This isn't a beer I would seek out or likely order very often, but undeniably, this is a tasty effort from Great Notion. For those who are a fan of the NE style of IPA's, then this beer should be right up their alley. I would add that other than the alcohol level (a respectable 8.2%), I'm not exactly sure why this is characterized as a DIPA.

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Juice Box from Great Notion Brewing
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 214 ratings