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Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 1,604
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 6.2%
Wants: 1,360
Gots: 283 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 10-17-2012

Bursting with 1.6 oz per gallon of American hops, Julius is loaded with notes of passionfruit, mango, and citrus. At 6.5% alcohol, it is refreshing and freakishly drinkable.
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Reviews: 199 | Hads: 1,604
Photo of troygreer
3.38/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The best way for me to describe this beer is, not what I expected.

Visually it is a great looking beer. Slightly murky orange with a white foam head. I had to dive right in.

The aroma was pushing a lot of citrus, not at all floral. I didn't expect it to knock me down with waves of citrus.

My first sip was a little off putting because the aroma did not match the flavor profile. While it is juicy, I don't get a ton of the mango that they talk about on the side of the can. That is a little bitterness at the front of your mouth but really, really faint. And the bittering hop is less than desirable.

I really wanted to feel the juiciness in my cheeks, instead I got a beer that leaves very little residual flavor and is borderline watery on the finish. I feel like this beer wants to be a lot more than it actually is. A strong citrus aroma that doesn't come through on the flavors and a hint at what could be a really good beer. (944 characters)

Photo of QueefLatina
3.75/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I have had this 3 times now, can, growler, and then growler again.

A: An orange haze, about half an inch of head, retaining well.

S: tropical goodness, lots of orange, mango, papaya.

T: A little hop bitterness up front, slight orange taste, lots of malt flavor, and not very balanced. This leans more towards the malty side, with you wishing there was more of this orange hop flavor that the can suggests.

M: very creamy, moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a huge let-down. I went into acquiring this beer with huge expectations, and thought that maybe my canned version was sub-par so I sought out the growler version. A good IPA at best, don't believe the hype, go after Tree House's other awesome offerings like the Curiosity series, Haze, Double Shot or the elusive Good Morning. (792 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy, herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a slightly better hop presence in the flavor in my opinion. (592 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body. Big white head with nice lacing and a chunky collar.

Smell - Orange hops. Metallic sort of aroma. Some toasty malt.

Taste - Tastes much better. Tropical fruits. Orange. Lightly toasty cracker malt. A bit of sweetness backs it up.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda creamy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is good, but I don't get the crazy high ratings it has. I could definitely drink lots of this and would be happy drinking it all the time, but not sure it's top 50 caliber. (566 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mdr4669 for these cans washing up on the shores of maximum12. Had a few samplers of Treehouse at tastings, but this is my first full pour. 16 oz. yellow/orange can that you won’t lose in the woods.

The pour is a well carbonated & dense orange. As advertised, this smells like a hot, barefoot afternoon on Terre-de-Haut. The only fruit that jumps out in the nose is orange, but maybe that’s just a byproduct of the eyeful I’m getting.

Julius is juicy. Whatever the taste, this beer is dripping with extra liquidity, & seems to stimulate my drool buds rather oddly. Bursting with fruitiness defined by peach for me, with low census counts of orange, citrus. Then the ends sticks you with a piney bitterness that lingers far longer than the career of anyone names Swarzak. Certainly easy to gulp, as this sixteen ounces isn’t going to live long.

In name & style, this wouldn’t seem out of place in another eastern breweries’ lineup (though that place is well south of Treehouse). This doesn’t reach into the holy firmament of IPAs for my palate, but the stickiness & staying power make it a really good beer. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4/5  rDev -14.5%

750 into a HotD tulip. Filled 11/28/14.

Definitely juicy. A little dank(?) but not in a bad way, just unique. Nice balance of hop and malt. This is good but not as mind blowing as I hoped. Happy I had the chance to try it but not sure I'd seek it out again. Perhaps a little fresher and it would be amazing. (308 characters)

Photo of pja786
4.04/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Tree House tulip glass.

Very strong citrus flavor and definitely on the tropical fruit spectrum. Could be just me, but wasn't entirely what I expected. I realize I'm probably in the minority here, but wasn't super impressed because, although the flavor was there, I was hoping for a little bit more of the hoppy bite. The citrus flavor was probably a bit too strong for my liking, but that obviously doesn't take away from this as being a finely crafted beer. Will say that I found the Curiosity 15 to be more to my liking. (554 characters)

Photo of dboon
4.05/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler shared by biggsbowler. Clear light yellow pour with a white head. Grapefruit hop aromas. Big grapefruit hop notes dominate. Sturdy malt backbone. Very good mouthfeel with a good body. (191 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.06/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is dark orange, extremely cloudy, with lots of white head, some large bubbles, decent retention, and a thick lace. Nose is heavy mango and citrus, with a bit of mango rind, lightly earthy, with notes of grapefruit. Flavor profile follows the nose to a T. Tons of tropical fruit, mango and grapefruit, with a citrus blast, low bitterness, a mostly creamy feel, a touch granule towards the back end with aggressive carbonation. Bitterness creeps up a little through the finish and lingers a touch. (504 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtdolla911 for this one. Enjoyed this the night before EBF Session 2.

Poured from a 750ml swingtop growler.

Looks quite nice with an orange-gold body, quite hazy and some drooping lace. Melon, mango and orange are predominant in the aroma. Flavor is very creamy, green hops, bitter but not too much, lush mango and tropical fruit, fleshy orange. Not an in your face IPA but has marked fruit flavors which make it delicious. (435 characters)

Photo of MissSarah
4.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Murky and glowing – like polished copper and sunshine

N: Tangerines and garden cucumbers

T: Julius is well balanced and drinkable - it smacks of juicy peaches and overripe honeydew melons

M: Medium carbonation (served from a growler) and awfully dry

O: Made for Central Park picnics and afternoons by the lake (318 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.17/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by drewone - Thanks.

A: Pours a hazy light-orange with an initial quarter-inch thick white head which fades to the rim leaving splotchy lace. (Possibly being biased here with the score due to a growler pour - but that is how it is).

N: Really nice tangerine, orange, and grapefruit present inside the zest. Tropical fruits also in the mix (passion). Floral and fruity. Really nice.

T: Balanced malts and hops. An enjoyable soapy-like quality with the up-front citrus.

M: Moderate body and barely medium carbonation (growler, yes). Not overly bitter or dry finish.

O: Nice with the best being the aroma. Interesting how a lot of east coasters seem to score this high. Not a west coaster style, but still a treat. (731 characters)

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.17/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To be completely upfront on my review:

This was acquired in a trade that was 'completed' around Jan 20, 2015 -- sent USPS. The package 'disappeared' from the tracking info within two weeks. They told the shipper it was gone, undeliverable, discarded.

Well, it showed up on my doorstep on May 19, 2015, box smashed to hell. BUT!! This one, the one I was looking forward to most in the beermail, made it! I didn't expect much, hell...a growler, 4 months old, undoubtedly sitting somewhere not refrigerated for the longest time...but then, I popped the cap after a night's chill in my fridge.

*slight gush* Oh my....there's still carb in this bad boy! Enough for a finger and a half or so of head upon pour. And it smells of fresh melons still!

The flavor was great on it as well, although probably not as sharp as Treehouse intended due to its origins, journey, and age. But it was still delicious! I would love to try this one fresh, now that I've had it in its pitiful, but beautiful, state as it was.

100% impressed even with the one that I got, a beer that I'll be thrilled to try again, especially in a can. (1,118 characters)

Photo of KSOZE
4.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't get me wrong - this is a fantastic IPA bursting with tropical fruit and citrus. However, with the hype behind it, I expected something a bit more. It was outshined by the double dry hopped fort point I had the same night. Drinks a bit thin, but it's very smooth and absurdly crushable. (292 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can into a snifter - 8 days old

L - Hazy orange juice. thick viscous pour, thin head but heavy lacing
S - Bitter orange juice with overtones of something else - reminds me very faintly of acetone? Something volatile, but I don't think it is anything fusel
T - Straight up orange juice to begin, with softly bitter hops coming in at the finish. Somewhat sweet malts, and again just a hint of something volatile I just can't place. Less perceptible as it warms up.
F - Very soft velvety carb. Medium bodied but smooth as silk

Overall, a very, very good beer, but with just a hint of something that is holding me back from going nuts. Very good none the less, but there is a volatile, varnishy / thinners note to the aroma and the back of the palate that detracts slightly. (783 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler I picked up at the brewery yesterday, the beer is a bright, hazed, opaque, orange-copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, sparse white head that coats the glass as you drink. Aromas of grapefruit tart and sweet, pineapple, pine and resin hops characteristics, subtle bready backbone, lemon zest and orange peel. Flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit on the forward tongue, with a mango/pineapple sweet follow, a subtle sweetbread backbone, and then a slow build of pine pitch, resiny hops profiles, and a touch of roasted characteristics. The roast helps to cut the building bitter and robust characteristics, keeping the beer very drinkable. Robust, smooth brew with a tart, drying finish. The aftertaste is a heavy blend of tropical fruits, with a grassy, piney undertone. Very robust brew, yet extremely drinkable. Great flavors, and worth the trip to the brewery! (895 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL growler poured into a pint glass

The body sits a bright orange color with a cloudy appearance. A firm two finger off-white cap rose and fell slowly, leaving some sheeting lace covering the glass.

Bright oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and tropical fruit--mangoes and pineapples, primarily. The fruits leap out of the glass. Some lightly toasted malt provide a firm foundation.

Sweet, juicy tropical and citrus fruits coat the palate. Waves of mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines. A blanket of malt hangs in the back. A very mild bitterness comes in late and lingers for a little while. The focus her is more on the juicy, sweet fruit and not the bitterness.

Smooth, medium body with a mild lingering bitterness that is counterbalanced by the big sweet fruit notes.

A very nice IPA in all aspects. I would prefer more bitterness to really fall in love, but that would be splitting hairs. This is a very nice beer. (944 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.21/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had this 4 or 5 times now and finally getting around to reviewing. Thanks to Cam for sharing this 750ml growler.

The pour into a snifter is hazy darkish orange with a finger or so of white head, retention and lace are great. This one is huge on citrus and tropical fruit hops, big time melon, mango and oranges stick out the most, with a little bit of weedy/leafy hop. Quite bitter with just a little bit of sugar cookie malt backing. Smooth, well-carbonated mouthfeel, the heft and bitterness of this is surprising for 6.5%. Could pass for a DIPA.

I prefer Green to this personally but still a pretty great IPA. (620 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, filled 3/16/13
Tree House snifter

A: Unfiltered cloudy orange color. Full finger of slightly off white head. Sticking round and leaving some nice lacing.

S: Fruit bomb on the nose! Big apricot, mango, papaya, and some pineapple. Some sweet malts are in there behind all the hops. Some pine like spice.

T: Nice bitter hops up front. Assault on the tip of the tongue of piney flavors that moves into the mid-palate and hangs out. Those are nice reisinous juicy flavors that you had the nose of as well. Finish is dry and there is some lingering pine notes. Almost puckers the mouth.

M: Medium bodied. Good mouth coating of hops. (637 characters)

Photo of RJB66
4.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe I got an old can but this brew is good but not as outstanding as everyone says it is. It's very drinkable but so are many other beers I've had that are much easier to get. I definitely want to try this again so it can get another shot at my Top 10 (253 characters)

Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My rating is based on batch variation. Sometimes the beer is a legit 4.5 and sometimes a 3.5.

When it's on its like straight citrus to your tastebuds (151 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 06/11/15 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one, finally got to try it. 16 oz. can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orangish-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of tropical fruits, citrus hops, fruity malts, oranges, mangos, zest, pine hops, taste is lightly bitter. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, some light bitterness.

Overall a very, very good beer, but I actually prefer their Hazy and Double Shot. The nose is outstanding, while the taste is a little less tropical and lightly bitter. Would buy it all the time if I could. (602 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.29/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- 16oz. can (canned 24-Jul-15) half poured into whisky glass, and rest straight out of the can, on 11-Aug-15

Thanks to marino13412 for the awesome trade.

I drank this along side Haze and could not taste the difference, but this one was juicier. Juicy peaches and mangos. Super dank, but it's surprisingly got a clean finish. I think I prefer this one a little bit more. (371 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.34/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml growler served in a Kuhnhenn snifter. Thanks to time4lunch for the brew.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger height of white foam forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film that leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: So juicy and vibrant. Fruity mango, pineapple and orange. Floral notes with a sweet bread malt body. Grassy with a mild citrus pith.

T: Really follows the nose. The mango is a little more juicy with accenting pineapple, pear and orange citrus. Sweet floral notes with a little bitterness from the light grassy notes. Minimal malt sweetness on the backend.

M: This is wonderful. Super light with just a little prickle from the carbonation. Sweet, fruity and floral on the finish. The drinkability is out of this world.

O: Absolutely crushable. I could drink growler upon grolwer of this stuff. Perfectly balanced with nod given to the hops to come to the forefront. (917 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- My second 750ml of this throughout the last week. Poured into two snifters with a slightly hazed apricot amber body. The head is white and foamy, frothy textured rising to about one finger. Decent retention and lacing is a mix of webs, sheets and spots.

S- A lot of melon and juicy cantaloupe bursts out of the growler as soon as it is opened. After some inspection a bushel of juicy tropical and stone fruits rises out of the glass. Mango, tangerine, peach and some citrus as well.

T- Becomes a bit more citrus forward here with a notable zesty bitterness coming to mind. Orange is quite big with a bit of lemon zest in there as well. The fruits from the nose carry over with mango, melon, cantaloupe, peach, apricot and general tropical fruits coating the palate.

MF- Medium bodied with a slightly creamy and frothy consistency. Carbonation still at a high level after a week in the growler. Finishes moderately bitter.

Very juicy fruity in the nose as well as the flavor but in the latter a nice bitter citrus zest hop feel opens up. Certainly a great "flagship" or staple of a brewery. I have had this a few times now and it seems to just get better and better. (1,172 characters)

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.