Essex (53) - Cardiff, WALES - JAN 4, 2013
Hot Box is an "Indian Smoked Ale", which basically has been defined by the brewers as an American IPA with smoked malts used to create a new style and flavour, to give the beer a great level of hoppiness as well as a nice smoked flavour akin to a Rauchbier.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into an Orval goblet glass.
Pours a mid-dark brown colour with a short lived white head. Clearly unfiltered, and it looks good.
Smells faint to me, but fairly smokey and hoppy.
Tastes like heaven in a glass. Very hoppy like an IPA but with an amazing malt presence that balances the whole thing out, and to top it all off it has smoke flavours too. It’s like some sort of crazy but awesome hoppy cigar. The smoke isn’t too overpowering though, none of it is. It’s just all perfectly balanced.
Overall this beer is brilliant. It’s so drinkable yet tasty at the same time. I love it and I wish I had more. zimbo (980) - SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Super huge mangolia head which stays and stay leavy sticky drifts all over the inner glass. Nice reddy brown slight slight haze colour. Appetising medicinal TCP nose. Lovely clinging radiating rye grip, dark chocolate, earth with a slight spritz end. Balance and complexity. Smokey too.
Sure works for me.
Two thumbs up. Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle at the Euston Tap, London shared with Tommy. Pours hazy, red-brown with a fine, beige cream head. Toasty bread nose, hints of smoke. Nice ham and peat flavor, medium sweet with toasty malts, light earth and pine. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately sticky on the finish with some toasty pine, light cocoa, dirt, peat, toasty bread. Great balance and depth. Theydon_Bois (21429) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at home, thanks to an IP with Essex Jim, 01/01/13.
Pours dark dark amber/chestnut brown with a thin off white head that assumes a frothy bubbleness clinging to the outer circle.
Nose carries juicy hops, pine, mango, light grapefruit, subtle background rausch.
Taste comprises hops, pine, grapefruit, mango, caramel malts, mineral tones, great blend of smoke, enough to be noticed, enough to remain a well balanced hoppy IPA.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, hoppy bitter finish with a touch of smoke.
Great stuff, the Tiny Rebel folks never seem to produce a dud !
Bis meine Straße ! jackl (8555) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle @ The Euston Tap. The pour’s deep brown with a medium light tan head. The aroma’s of rich leather, some woodland grassy meadow, light acerbic hop bitterness, mild berry. The taste is juicy hops, mild fruit salad. Field shrubbery, tropical pineapple and salt. These hoppy flavors are ballasted by a smoky, nutty malt presence. More leather on the long finish. Very flavorful. Smooth. Overall, I was worried Tiny Rebel would go overboard on the smoked aspect of this beer. My worries were unfounded. This is lovely, balanced stuff. Great.
Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is smoky, berry, fruity, taste is similar, dry, light spice. johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with a small head. Low carbonation and slightly smoked
with some presence of hops.Smooth, easy to drink with a gentle bitter finnish. Another good one from this brewery. Dashimus (258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
Pours chestnut brown, unfiltered with a thin off white head. Aroma is smokey, but quite faint, malt, fruits, mango and grapefruit. Flavour is moderately bitter and sweet. JorgeLee (2277) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle from Kris Wines. Lovely deep reddish chestnut character, thin white head. Nice hoppy aroma, main character that of the creamy malt hop interplay of these red/amber malt IPAs. The finish becomes more bitter, dry, pine. The smoke is very restrained, less of the rauchbier and more of a vague sensation of something slightly smokey in the background. Flavoursome and drinkable.