Thursday, December 29th 2011
Hop Box Imperial IPA
(Joseph James Brewing Company)
Joseph James Brewing Company has canned three of their offerings thus far. They first began canning in September of 2011 and along with this Double IPA they've also canned their JJ's Craft American Lager and Fox Tail Gluten Free Ale - the nation's first canned gluten-free beer.
From the Joseph James Brewing site:
"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 5 lbs per barrel. The brew is 9.3% ABV, 90 IBU's, and best enjoyed at 55F. Serve in a 25cl goblet."
Here we go...
POUR: dark auburn in color with some reddish hues and a big, off-white pancake batter-like head on top. Clean in appearance with some serious lacing as that big head retreats into the hoppy depths.
AROMA: sticky and sweet with scents of pine needles, pineapple, Cara Cara oranges and ruby red grapefruit. This smells like a big, bold, hopped-up red ale.
TASTE: smooth and sweet with lots of sweet citrus notes. Plenty of hop bitterness and some astringency. The tongue is bombarded by an onslaught of IBU-laden hop rockets and caramel maltiness. As this warms a bit it really comes out just how easy to drink it is even at 9.3%. It's a tad bit scary.
OVERALL: a very nicely put together Imperial IPA from the folks at Joseph James. Not knowing much about this Nevada brewery we weren't sure what to expect. This was a nice surprise. If you like a BIG hoppy brew with a very generous grain bill to match than this is one to hunt down.
NOTE: there are now about a dozen canned Double/Imperial IPAs available in the US.
Posted by Russ
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