Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

341 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 341
Hads: 2,345
Avg: 4.63
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 1,776
Gots: 613 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Julius Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 341 | Hads: 2,345
Photo of Dustin013
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12/21/15 batch still going strong

A- Beautiful cloudy dark golden orange
N- Ton of citrus, slight tropical fruit
T- Pretty much same as the smell, citrus up front, tropical finish. Excellent.
M- Same as every tree house IPA, chewy and delicious.
O- This is another awesome beer by my favorite brewery (even though I can only get in trades). Only negative is it is TOO easy to drink!

 384 characters

Photo of Zonk
4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Steve!

Opaque with haze, but no floating particulate. Medium white head.

Orange and citrus nose, sweetish without leaning super tropical.

Again got orange and grapefruit, not much of the sweeter mango notes.

Medium bodied IPA.

Overall and excellent beer, I think it suffered a bit from me having a Doppelganger from a growler just before. The Doppelganger was much more aromatic.

 393 characters

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Tree House beer. Pretty much lived up to the hype. Smelled delicious and tasted the same. Too bad west coasters have a hard time getting this.

 152 characters

Photo of zshaft
4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark orange. hazy w nice lacing as the beer gets drank. nose of tropical fruits orange tangerine . taste is up front juice w mid and late palate gives way to light fruit like mango and papaya? taste lingers w bitterness going on long after sip had been complete. overall this is a great beer. personally I like most other treehouse better. to orangy for me. but would take over must other beers.

 414 characters

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.64/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow/orange. Nice head great lacing
S: like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
T: juicy fruity and citrusy. There is a hint of rindy bitterness and a touch of resin
MF: great mouthfeel. Easy drinking I would like a touch more bitterness
O: Great beer I get what the fuss is about.

 289 characters

Photo of sukwonee
3.72/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I honestly.... was let down by this beer.

I actually like this style of IPA. Love the hazy, unfiltered, low carb, mega dry-hopped IPA... but for some reason I was very put off by the "old" malt tasting.... flavor... of this beer. It tasted like an IPA that has been sitting around for about 2 months.

It lacked flavor and very muted nose as well. Date on the can was 1-21-2016 (so about... 11 days old)

This isn't a bad beer at all, but to call it world class? In my books - no.

 494 characters

Photo of TheKlevin
4.86/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As many times as I've heard people say it's like orange juice, nothing really prepared you for such a juicy onslaught of hops! I just wish it was easier to get. Nice and cloudy all citrus and hops on the nose and on the tongue.

 227 characters

Photo of danh53
4.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great orange and citrus flavors, passion fruit, bubblegum, and resinous hops add light bitterness from start to finish. Excellent mouth feel, so full for an IPA. This is worth the hype.

 185 characters

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.07/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange body with a decent white head. Leaves moderate lacing.
S - Citrus all the way with room for nothing else.
T - Follows the nose. I'm amazed at the flavors they pull out of these hops. I'd would have thought there would be orange juice or an extract of some kind.
M - Thick body, low carb.
O - This is unlike other IPAs. So I don't think it can be compared to a west coast or English IPA. It is worth seeking out..

 433 characters

Photo of SDDLSK
3.81/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a real technical review but here goes.

Poured a dark, sickly orange color that reminded me off extra pulp orange juice gone bad. The gf actually said "that looks f*****g disgusting" when I poured it. The aroma is pretty good, lots of fruit there. Taste was again citrus, lots of orange for me, not the hop profile I enjoy in my beers. No way did this come close to living up to the hype or its #10 ranking. Put this on a shelf in my store and I would walk past it everyday, just not my cup of tea.

 507 characters

Photo of beerwolf72
4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Intense citrus aroma starts as soon as it's cracked. Pours hazy with generous foam that slowly dissipates into fine skim. Obviously, orange citrus is the primary flavor, but it's tempered by dank, resinous hop profile. Very crisp with enough malt backbone to remind you it's not juice, just juicy. Mid-level abv means you can have a couple, if you can find them. About as good as it gets.

 427 characters

Photo of Nickwierda
4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God damn. I've had Julius on roughly 10 different occasions to this point and it has never tasted as good as this one tastes right now. It's roughly 3 weeks old, canned on new year's eve, and it's damn near transcendent. Definitely one of if not THE best IPA I've ever had. As soon as you start pouring, the aroma hits you like a ton of bricks: orange, pineapple, mango, fruity as fuck, with a little bit of bubble gum too. Taste starts with that yeasty bubble gum, like juicy fruit, follows mid-palate with the aforementioned fruits, and finishes with a soft bitterness - more of a dryness really. This thing is a straight up juice bomb, but it never crosses into that slightly too-sweet territory that I feel like the Grimm IPAs frequently do: that bitter finish keeps it from tasting too much like Orangina, which is a good thing. The bubble gum thing is a bit odd - adds kind of a hefeweizen feel - but it's not off-putting at all, and kind of acts as a Tree House calling card. Overall this beer is just flat-out delicious. The hype is absolutely justified.

 1,072 characters

Photo of michaelpearson
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Teku snifter glass with a solid two fingers of head from a can dated just shy of 30 days. Color is a turbid dark orange reminiscent of oxidized pineapple juice. Aroma is like burying your nose in hop pellets—intense. Contrary to the noted citrus, I'm getting more pine and resin with hints of candied orange peel and ripe honeydew. Taste is lush and full bodied, but the hop presence remains front and center. Flavor notes of clementine, and citrus juice, but that pithy hop presence is consistent and astringent, even against the backdrop of malt. Overall, I've had this twice from the same batch and felt the hop presence on this one backed off from the stronger citrus hop notes from a can two weeks fresher.

Final thoughts: I frankly have no idea what the Alstrom Bros loved about this hazy, unfiltered IPA, but hated about Bissell Brothers' The Substance IPA, another hazy New England IPA. These two, in my mind, are very similarly styled, but whereas Julius was praised, The Substance was stated by the Bros to be "a bit of a mess". All reviews are a matter of opinion—that just caught my eye as I had the two nearly back to back and both were terrific and certainly not 18 points different on a 100 rating scale.

 1,246 characters

Photo of Whimpers
4.64/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opaque dark orange color. Head lingers and leaves nice lacing. Smell is fresh citrus fruit especially orange. Taste is very bright citrus hops with a uncommon smoothness to entirety of the beer. The hop flavor is massively intense but it's delivered so masterfully here the beer goes down fast. Unbelievablely drinkable.

 320 characters

Photo of vicinandp
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Going to start this off by saying I was slightly underwhelmed with all the hype behind Julius and Green, by no means were these bad beers they just have been overhyped and like most things the hype is usually greater than the final product. First off the nose of this was an absolute citrus bomb, tons of orange, grapefruit, orange pith, just citrus fruit. I dont know who had to sell their soul to the devil because I dont understand how treehouse makes their beers have a mouth feel this good. Taste similarly follows the nose but not as juice bomb as I have experienced with some of treehouse or trilliums other beers. Good malt bill but not as much hop bite as I would like. Outstanding beer but I do believe its overhyped.

 727 characters

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

About the perfect blend of beer and juice, if that is possible. Looks like light orange juice, smell and taste are a juicy hop balance. Tried this alongside King Julius and actually prefer this one, as the lower alcohol taste makes this much more drinkable. With juicy IPAs and coffee/maple stouts, maybe beer is trying to take over breakfast now?

 350 characters

Photo of Bdawg1
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip
Nice hazy orange juice appearance
Smells very tropical and dank
Taste follows suit with the citrus upfront with very little malt or alcohol present!
Nice dense thick mouthfeel
Overall i could drink this brew everyday and have absolutely no complaints!

 292 characters

Photo of kalosjakar
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out looking like its some sort of tropical fruit drink.
Hazy with a foamy/slightly creamy head.

Grapefruit/citrus/tropical fruit aroma.
Taste is similar. Smoooooth and fruity.

Really great mouthfeel.
I find myself taking huge sips because its so drinkable.
Getting papaya now as its warming up a little.

Definitely the most flavorful AND drinkable IPA ive ever had.

 382 characters

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light, foamy, airy, and... peachy?

Yes this beer is hoppy, but not in the bitter sense, in the sweet peach flavor that its specific hops deliver. This super smooth brew is that way because of how outrageously juicy it is... medium feel and very soft bubbles make this a completely amazing IPA.

 297 characters

Photo of bol3by
4.26/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tried Julius with a friend after trading SoS.. First brew from Tree House and did not disappoint.

Two words: Orange Creamsicle

The mouthfeel and taste stand out most from this beer. Strong notes of orange with a creamy mouthfeel was uniquely particularly for an American IPA. Super smooth and very drinkable, does not rock the palate but something enjoyable for a cool summer day.

 382 characters

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Just like Alter Ego, this IPA pours a stunningly bright orange in color and extremely hazy in the glass. Again, it basically just looks like orange juice in the glass. A big and dense head of about 3 fingers thickness forms and never goes away, leaving a solid wall of lace down the glass.

S- Tropical citrus fruits and bursting, juicy orange hit the nostrils when you take a whiff of this beer. I would almost say that the scent lacks hops bitterness, but it is just masked by the juiciness of the same hops. Juicy notes preside throughout the beginning and middle of the scent, barely relenting until the very end. The back end of the smell shows a bit of the more traditional IPA bitterness, and it lingers just a bit after the sniff.

T- When the beer hits the tongue, there is just a brief instant of hops bitterness in the flavor before the orange and other fruit flavors move in. A touch of orange, tangerine, and mango lightly dance across the tongue with some mild hop bitterness in the background. The back half of the drink sees the orange flavor fade a bit with a slight ramp up of mild hops bitterness. The lingering flavor on the tongue ends up being a smoothie of citrus and mild hop bite.

M- Incredibly drinkable and fairly light on the palate, this beer is very thirst quenching and an easy drink. Neither the hops or alcohol creep up on you in this one. The drink itself is very smooth and the carbonation level is just right for the style.

Overall, this was a very pleasant drinking experience. The nice and subtle orange and citrus flavors, both in the scent and taste, make this beer somewhat unique and pretty delicious.

 1,648 characters

Photo of PCole
4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can poured into Teku glass. Canned 1/6/16 and consumed 1/6/16.

Look: Opaque orange; a bit darker than orange juice. Half to a full finger of off-white head. Dissipated fairly quick leaving behind significant and almost immediate lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mango, papaya, peach, citrus, bit of pine. Absolutely intoxicating aroma

Taste: Tropical and citrus flavors. Orange, mango, guava. Hops still cut through nicely. Finishes a pleasant bitter, with a surprising amount of heat. 6.8%'s nothing to scoff at, but I feel it more here than most beers in this ABV range.

Feel: Moderate carbonation and quite crisp, very pleasant. However, I cannot praise enough the lingering mouthfeel left behind. Creamy and velvety and very decadent. Unparalleled.

Overall: My first Julius and Tree House Brewing experience delivered on all levels. An unforgettable experience from start to finish. I also picked up Green which I am looking forward to enjoying and reviewing.

 969 characters

Photo of tconlon69
4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another solid IPA from Tree House. Green is my favorite but is very close. I really love the sweet mango and citrus taste to this beer. It has a subtle malt and creamy finish. This is along with green will be a constant addition to my IPA inventory. My favorite brewery right now.

 280 characters

Photo of Jason
4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

Pours an orangey (completely hazed over) hued, can was acquired fresh from the brewery and was in the beer fridge for 10 days. This hazed look is not to be compared with "milkshake" beers IMO though fresh from the brewery or cans that are decanted all of the way will make it look even more hazed. A lot of the haze is chillhaze though who wants to drinking this beer warm? Head retention is great. Fresh juicy orange zest & tropical fruit nose, the aroma is nothing short of epic. Smooth and very crisp, lush semi-creamy medium body. Hop bitterness is a piney, hop flavor is juicy an all with suggestions of guava, ripe honeydew, dragonfruit, & cumquats.

Way too much fun quaffing this back ... everyone should hunt this beer down.

 772 characters

Photo of Hopislovehopislife
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not the best Treehouse beer I've had but still outstanding. Slightly overhyped in my opening but still a world class IPA. Name speaks for its self, tons of citrus, orange. Grapefruit, pithy citrus. Aroma like all treehouse beers is off the chain. But what makes this and all treehouse hoppy beer insanely good is the crazy haze and mouth feel.

 343 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.