Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 142
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rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 6%
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Tree House Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of mattparentned
4.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Nice orange color, immediately sets off the tones of citrus and pineapple you will pick up in the nose and on the palate.

Most important thing to note is how unique this beer is. I've never tasted a brew with this much citrus flavor coming straight from the hops and not from adding juice or lemonade on the back end. Great to sip and enjoy, but refreshing enough to handle a lot at one time.

Highly suggested! (414 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Pours a turbid orange color with a great head of froth. The body has some glow and the head retains well.

S-Exactly what I want from the nose. Aromatic, ripe, exotic and juicy. Melon, citrus, pineapple. Love the wild yet structured hoppiness. A bouquet of hoppiness. A sweet, doughy maltiness rounds it out.

T-First I must comment in the beer's finish. After the initial flavors astound the taste buds, Julius finishes with an awesome, hoppy flavor that seems to be completely separate from the beginning. Every other aspect of the flavor is excellent as well. Freshly squeezed fruit juice hoppiness everywhere. Mango, abundant grapefruit, pineapple...everything I look for.

M-Very drinkable. The bitterness complements the hoppy flavors perfectly. Mellow carbonation. Juicy.

O/D-Finally got to try this. This one was very high on my hit list. Julius did not disappoint. Its just how I want my IPA to taste. The brewers are cool people too. Delicious beer.

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8/9/14

Finally got a full growler of this awesome elixir. It has the most unique, tangy hoppiness that is almost like bubblegum at some points. I absolutely love this beer. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful, hazy light copper, slightly orange. Pours out of the 750ml bottle with about an inch worth of head that reduces to a thin covering and leaves a thin layer of lacing on the glass. Poured into a Tree House tulip glass. The glass is very much worth the purchase by the way.

S - Can't imagine better. I love the fresh hop smell. I honestly compare it to Heady Topper.

T - A direct path fromthe smell. Wonderful fresh hops that remain fresh and do not change throught the experience. Fresh, day-old hops. Grapefruit is the first of the citrusy elements that comes to mind, but I can't pick out the individual flavors.

M - Velvet. A true pleasure to drink.

O - I ranked it a 4.5 but it could go higher. It's more than worth the initial investment of (well crafted) Tree House bottles and the cost of the fill - along with the drive from Boston. I have a 2 Litre in the fridge for a Memorial Day party and I'm tempted to dive into it right away. (959 characters)

Photo of Chazari99
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. Not too hoppy, and smooth, with very fruity undertones. A slight sour aftertaste, but not too problematic.

Looking forward to more, and trying many of their other offerings. This is, and will continue to be, an excellent beer. (253 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler filled this past Saturday

A- beautiful deep hazy burnt orange tones with a fluffy white head

S- Incredible aromatic combinations; initial sweet tangrine/passionfruit citrus burst with some bitter grapefruit rounding it out

T- Just waves of soft passionfruit, mango, tangerine, pummelo, grapefruit, fantastic

M- Full, lush mouthfeel but still dry enough to be insanely drinkable, very dangerous

O- Extremely quaffable, so glad I got a 2L! (450 characters)

Photo of BenderR
4.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my Favorite IPA and I'm glad I reside close by.

ST: I love the nitro filled 750 ML old school rubber stopper bottles. Love the graphics and the brewery quotes on the bottles.

A: Color - heavly cloudy, medium amber. Pours nicely with thick head. True substance to this brew.

S: Fresh, fruity, hints of pineapple. As beer acclimates to room temp it smells sweeter.

T: Great taste! As gets better as beer acclimates to room temp it gets sweeter. Good sipping beer. High notes of Fruits.

M: Intial burst of flavors when served very cold. Smooth and creamy for a IPA, again - after the beer warms up.

O: I love this brewery and especially this type of beer in particular. Great people and ambience of the brewery, I cant wait to try thier Curiosity and Curioisty two. However, this is my go to beer. (813 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.36/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler from Reagan1984. Served in a taster pint and shared with friends.

A - White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and leaves behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Hazed orange body.

S - Reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust actually, but with a tad more sugary malt sweetness. Massive citrus, light dankness and onion in the periphery.

T - The taste is quite similar, with loads of citrus, light tropical melon and mango, and some balancing brown sugar malts. Very low bitterness, as one would expect from a Citra-heavy brew.

M - Soft, growler-style carbonation. Medium body, no alcohol presence, and a dry, crisp finish.

D - A great brew that is supremely drinkable. A tiny bit sweeter than I prefer, but on the whole pretty excellent stuff. Would happily drink this again any time. The growler emptied in record time and I may have to ask Greg for a full 64oz next time he heads to Tree House. (920 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing-top growler, obtained fresh from the brewery about an hour ago.

A: Murky and hazy on the pour, like swamp water. Orange with tinges of ruby red. An inch and a half of white head settles shortly. Spotty lacing. This looks like something that came out of a juicer. Not the most appealing beer to behold.

S: Dank and tropical on the nose. Lots of mango puree, pineapple, peach, apricot, mandarin orange, grapefruit. Hemp and dank hop oils. Herbal and a touch oniony. Faint whiffs of a grainy malt base.

T: Fresh and bold hop flavors. Burst of mandarin orange, blood orange, and mango. Pineapple, apricot, peach, white grapefruit et al. Hemp seed. Pine resin. Firm and even level of bitterness throughout. Background taste of tropical esters and a hint of peppery alcohol. Malt base is barely perceptible, just faint whispers of caramel, bread, and grain. One last explosion of fresh citrus fruits and leafy bitter herbs toward the end rides it out into a lingering finish.

M: Medium body. The texture is creamy and slightly chewy, creating a little more substance, heft, and fullness in the mouth. Slight prickling carbonation.

O: So it looks like something that came out of a juicer. It won't win any awards based on its appearance. It also tastes like something that came out of a juicer, but in this case that's a good thing. This is extremely vibrant and fresh-tasting straight from the source. Comparisons have been made between Treehouse beers and the brews that Hill Farmstead creates. I would say that's fair. Both breweries make beers that have that hand-crafted rough around the edges feel, but with a freshness and 'pop' that really satisfies. If you find yourself in the area, it is absolutely worth the trek to this remote brewery. (1,761 characters)

Photo of HopChef44
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome!

Poured into a Treehouse Tulip from a 750ml bottle filled at the brewery today.

A: Cloudy bronze/amber color. 2 finger soapy head that hangs around and produces great sticky lacing. Exactly the start I look for in an IPA.

S: Great powerful nose on this one. Tropical fruits and pine are present. Nose changes as beer warms.

T: Delicious! Tropical fruits up front. Juicy Mango, papaya and more in the front of your mouth. Pine in the back leads to a great bitter finish that lingers.

M: light carbonation with a full body feel that leaves a delicious coating in the mouth.

O: Pretty close to perfect for me. I would drink this IPA all of the time. If I made one myself it would be modeled after this. It also doesn't hurt that the place is really cool to visit and the people are great! Tree House is going places and I'm glad to be along for the ride. (870 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -9.9%
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 ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Damian
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounces growler purchased at the Tree House Brewing Company, Brimfield, MA
Bottled on 02-23-13
Served in a pint glass

Super cloudy in appearance. This IPA beats even the hoppy Hill Farmstead beers in term of turbidity. The orangey, peachy, straw colored liquid was topped by a one-plus finger tall crop of soapy, eggshell tinged foam. The head fell rather quickly to a clingy ring of froth. Large drippy blocks of lacing cascaded down the top third of the glass.

The nose was perhaps the best ever I have experienced in an IPA. Incredibly fragrant and bright with intense fruity notes. Tons of peach, nectarine and apricot. Lots of tropical fruits as well. Mango and papaya were apparent. Good amount of orange peel. Quite sweet overall. The sweetness however seemed to come from the plethora of fruity C-hop notes rather than from a stiff malty backbone. Dank, resiny hops appeared as well.

The flavor profile was also remarkably impressive. Super strong peach, apricot and nectarine notes led things off. Lots of tangerine and candied orange peel as well. Semi-sweet pale malts were noticeable on the front end, but they were merely there for balance. Intense tropical fruit notes. Mango and pineapple were most apparent. The finish was dry, pithy and semi-bitter and contained strong white grapefruit notes.

The beer was medium bodied. Soft, creamy and pillowy with a fine, mellow carbonation. The first growler I had (which was consumed on the same day it was bottled) had a zippier effervescence to it, but I actually preferred the subtler mouthfeel on the three-day-old growler.

Julius is one of the best IPA I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Many people have compared Tree House Brewing to Hill Farmstead and for good reason. Both are located in bucolic setting and both produce some outstanding IPAs (along with other beers). Needless to say, I am extremely glad to have these guys located in state. (1,950 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 64 oz counter pressure filled growler into a Treehouse tulip glass. The beer was kegged this morning so an IPA doesn't get much fresher than this.

A - Unfiltered IPA porn. This beer pours a gorgeous hazy peach/orange body. Super hazy and holding it up to the light just illuminates that perfect color. Three fingers of an off-white head with sticky lacing and long lasting retention. Thick edging sticks around the whole time. I can't imagine a beer looking any better than this.

S - I had a few pours of this earlier and saved half of it to properly review later. When I reopened the growler I got a release of carbonation and with it a blast of rich and sweet tropical notes. In the glass I get layers of bitter grapefruit, sweet yet under ripe peaches, mango, and a faint touch of biscuits.

T - A rather unique hop profile that really makes itself stand out from other IPA's. Bitter grapefruit lead into super sweet concentrated peach juice. Its almost tropical, but the level of sweetness really points toward a peach or apricot for me. Finishes with a touch of clean crackers and a quick hit of bitterness. It starts off being very concentrated, juicy, and sweet but it quickly transitions into a very clean and refreshing finish.

M - Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. The level of bitterness is just perfect here, quick and intense but fades away pleasantly. Crazy drinkable.

O - For a beer that is being brewed out of a shed in a guys front yard in Central Massachusetts...this is just fucking phenomenal stuff. Totally impressed and left wishing I had purchased many, many more growlers of this. The next Hill Farmstead? Probably not. But I am very lucky to have this place so close to me. (1,729 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah! Just filled at the brewery about 2 hours ago... it's fantastic, can't wait to down this growler!

Gently pouring from the growler that's filled all the way to the tippety top, forms a film of liquid gold streaming between the sides of the glass and the main spout of liquid, when it finishes pouring a big frothy 1.5 finger head is left in the aftermath (excuse my pun), that sticks around for a while and leaves lots of soapy lacing like head exploded in the glass. The beer itself is semi hazy, with a nice golden light streaming through the reddish orange peach honey colored beer.

Nose is phenomenal! the bursting bright bodacious tropical fruits fill my nostrils and dance in the receptors, tangerine, light citrusy clementine, a bit of grapefruit and a little passion fruit all waft out in a big tropical fruit blend. A light wave of resin and floral hops come out next with just a bit of a malty base to prop it up. The more I nose, the more the huge wafts of pure grapefruit come out, it's like breaking the little juice packets on a fresh grapefruit. After a while I could practically confuse this for grapefruit juice.

My taste buds await their fate as they prepare for the awesomeness coming out of the glass. First wave of the beer actually brings a light sweet malty base that paves the way for the hops following quickly after. It doesn't take long for fresh grapefruit to rush in. Citrus and tropical fruit just entwine their juiciness with each cell of my tongue and saturate the deliciousness part of my tongue. Between waves of fresh squeezed grapefruit comes light tangerine, passion fruit, papaya, mango, tropical fruit you name it! Hint of a fresh hop resin and pure Citra awesomeness, maybe a little Simcoe, Summit, or Galaxy... it has those delicious profiles. Light bitter rind flavor coming from the mountain of grapefuit, some bitterness but not very bitter initially. I could drink gallons of this without feeling it. Finish is drier but juicy, again tons of grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed just lingering for a long time, like it doesn't want to part with my tongue and my taste buds sure don't want to part with it! A light bitter rind flavor lingering with more tropical fruit flavors, and a little mango and hint resin.

Mouth is med bodied, soft and fluffy at the same time with nice carb, and just a hint of hop oil resin.

Overall, heeelll yeah! Near perfect aroma, super delicious, very drinkable, etc. It's like a lesser boozy, lesser bitter, and lesser resinous version of most of the big Citra Hill farmstead beers, especially SS4 coming to mind, except I only have to drive a few minutes rather than few hours to get it! I can't wait until they expand and I can get a lot more of this growler of pure delicious zen! (2,766 characters)

Photo of bpk59
4.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Picked up a fresh growler from the Tree House brewery. Split a growler with my wife, she had half in a Tree House Tulip, I'm reviewing from a Tree House goblet (only a few left, go get one!).

Appearance - cloudy, straw-like orange beer poured a one finger foamy head that quickly dissipated. A nice creamy halo lingered throughout the session. Minimal lacing was apparent on the glass.

Smell - holy citrus Batman! Bitter citrus, like rind as Rudzud mentioned is at the forefront of the nose. Behind the citrus is a glorious hop scent. Easily my favorite smelling IPA.

Taste - Citrus. Oranges. Lots of oranges. Rind and zest. Ok, after the citrus explosion is a hoppy IPA taste I crave no matter the time of year, time of day, whatever. All day, to the face.

Mouthfeel - crisp yet smooth - perfectly carbonated. Drink this one fresh and you'll see what I mean.

Overall, one of my favorite beers ever. Light, sessionable, tasty and a hop and citrus explosion. It comes on tap every so often at the Cedar Street Grill in Sturbridge, that's currently the only place to get it on tap so if you're there and you see it, you know what to do.

I gave the growler to Rudzud as a birthday gift and told him "This holds up to Hill's Citra." Yes, Rudzud, he of the almost 1,000 reviews. Read his review and you'll see I'm not lying. Enough said. (1,339 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a birthday gift from BPK59 and poured into a tulip. Guess these guys only do growler fills on Saturdays. Secret recipe for this one I guess. Have a pretty good idea on the hop they used though.

A - Pours a hazy dark, kinda grayish, orange with a nice two finger head that faded somewhat quickly to leave some light side lacing and a thin cloud/halo. I chuckled when I poured it as the colour resembled that of Filmishmish. Could this be another ugly duckling type beer?

S - Aaaaand upon smelling it my initial thoughts are realized. An ugly duckling indeed!Mother of mercy...EXPLOSION of citrus rind. Orange, tangello, clementine, and tangerines. No malts, not getting any bready yeasts. Just pure, unadulterated hops. Holy fuck!

T - Uhh, yah. Where did this come from huh? So, like the nose it is an explosion of oranges and tangerines. Lots and lots of hop oils here, delicious hops. So much great orange and citrus notes. Super, super faint bubblegum buried in the citrus. Really cant convey just how well the citrus pops here.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very nice here. Solid carbonation, super sessionable with a lingering bitter citrus peel aftertaste.

O - Summit? Galaxy? I dont know, just as long as I can get this beer more often. So, this is good. This is very, very good. This is almost like a poor mans Hill Farmstead IPA, in that you don't have to drive 8 total damn hours for some. This IPA is, in my opinion, completely on par with a Shaun Hill IPA, minus the appearance. The nose, the flavours, out standing. Mind = blown (1,551 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.39/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml THB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First THB glass pours with a 1/2" beige head, over the totally cloudy orangey amber brew. Head is promptly down to an uneven skim, with slow-falling coating lace. Aroma is pungent oranges and tangerines. Wow.

Taste starts fruity sweet, tangerines in the middle, and then a orange zest bitter in the close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Nice one. (430 characters)

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.