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Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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281 Reviews
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Reviews: 281
Hads: 1,980
Avg: 4.64
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 1,530
Gots: 448 | FT: 10
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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Photo of ScaryEd
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy, copper-orange color with a 2 finger white head that dissipates very quickly.

The smell is an absolute hop monster. There is so much going on in the nose it's almost impossible for me to pinpoint every subtle aroma. There's definitely an alcohol sweetness present, however there are notes of tangerine, freshly-mowed grass, orange juice, some onion, and a bit of bready malt to top it all off. I love the smell of this beer.

The taste is surprisingly well balanced, with some pungent, onion-y like flavors followed by tons of tropical fruit and pine. On the back end the cracker-like malt really brings it all together. This is absolutely a citrus forward beer, but there is so much more going on that calling it that doesn't entirely do it justice. It's more malt forward than a lot of the top IPA's we all know and love, but in this case it's executed to near perfection.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with medium carbonation. None of the flavors linger for too long but I'm always looking for my next sip.

Overall, perhaps not as mindblowing as I was expecting given the hype. But this is still an absolutely fantastic beer that really shows that great IPA's can also have some complexity to them as well.

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

At under 7%... with the company is currently resides... this will certainly climb much higher in the ranking than where it sits today. The way an IPA should be...

Would rate a 5 on feel... but can't give it a 5 with how I feel now that I know when I won't get the taste of more...!

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a one week old can poured into snifter. I thought this was a good IPA, but definitely overhyped. I don't think it holds a flame to some other IPA options out there, especially in the NE region. While it's got a great smell and taste, it had a tad too much malt presence and was not as citrus or juicy as anticipated. Still a great beer, but not a 100 score for me. I had this next to MBC Dinner and it blew Julius away.

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Photo of WasupBeerQueen
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhh Julius. This is my favorite IPA from treehouse, by far. Dark orange, hazy, murky deliciousness. Immediately hit with nectarine, grapefruit, peach and mango. Feels creamy and has perfect carbonation. I could drink this any day, any time, and in any weather. Perfect beer in my opinion!

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Photo of -Rick
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a tropical fruit bomb. One of the best IPA's I have ever had. Taste is juicy mango/orange with a slight bitter finish. A must try!!!!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is hazy pale orange color with some clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Tropical, citrus, grassy, pungent, herbal, toasted, bready, and caramel malts.

Taste: Pretty much similar to the aromas. Nice juicy hop flavor, balanced malt backbone, slight bitterness, slight chewiness, and some yeasty notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, light bitterness, a little chewy, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice tropical and citrus juice bomb with a malt backbone to back things. I'll revisit this one in the future.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Orange in color and very hazy. Pours a two finger creamy textured head.

Aroma- Tons of tropical fruit, pungent onion, and dry bready malt.

Taste- Treehouse pretty much sums up the flavors you're gonna expect with this beer, but there's definitely a little more to it that tropical fruits. As noted in the nose there's definitely a oniony hop aspect to this that become seven more pungent with the acidity of the fruity hop flavors like orange and citrus. This adds to a lingering bitterness which can be mildly unpleasant at times. The malt is fairly hidden but there's enough of a dry cracker malt to balance the sweetness of the hops.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and incredibly smooth and easy to drink.

Overall- This is as good as advertised. As soon as you crack it open the intense hop aromas pour out and show what goodness it about to be had. The hop flavor of this beer is very intense with a diverse range of flavors ranging from sweet tropical fruits, acidic fruit, and pungent onion/garlic. This is pretty much a perfect beer, but the only knock I'll give it is in the taste where the fruit acidity draws out the bitterness at times. Other than that the flavor is amazing, its very drinkable, it has a great /smooth (almost) creamy texture, and the aroma is perfect. This is a must try beer at whatever cost it takes to get it.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a lot. Finally out of the can. Oh my lord this is still stupid good beer! Whatever it takes for you to acquire, just do it. It'll more than likely take the taste out your mouth. Cheers!

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AMAZING! This was one of the best beers I have ever had. Easily in the top 5. Insanely drinkable and the flavors and aromas jump right out of the can. My only minor issue with Julius is I wish it had a little more bite at the end. It goes down so incredibly smooth, almost too smoth. . . . Overall tho like I said easily in my top 5 along with heady, focal, pliny, SOS. . . Up there with all the big boys!

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Photo of pja786
4.04/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up a 6 pack of this at the brewery on 4/25/15.
A: Bright orange, hazy in color with a nice foamy white head.
S: Immediately i'm struck by strong orange notes that subside into some pine, grassy character.
T: The orange is definitely there, but it's not overpowering, has a nice sweet backbone combined with some mild piney hops. Very balanced between the hop kick and the sweetness. Almost no bitterness to it.
M: Extremely smooth, seems almost perfectly balanced. Medium carbonation, creamy finish.
O: Wow, I actually had a dream a few nights ago that I'd land a can of this and I ended up getting 6!!!! I thought i'd never try it. It's exceptionally smooth, balanced, and yet has a nice hoppy kick to it combined with the citrus component. 5's all around!!! This brewery makes me proud to be from Western Mass!!!!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.67/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Tree House tulip glass. Thanks AL for picking this up at the brewery today for me!

Pours a bright orange, super hazy body with a big thick white head that reduces slowly to leave pretty heavy lacing. Looks fantastic.

Lots of citrus on the nose.. orange rind, bright fruity hops, some resinous aromas, orange juice.

Wow.. very interesting on the tongue.. sweet citrus, orange, juicy notes, orange creamsicle, tropical fruit, followed by a nice subtle hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is absolutely PERFECT. This is one of the most delicious, drinkable beers I've ever tasted. Creamy, easy drinking, refreshing mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Perfect.

One of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. I can't believe how easy to drink this beer is, while being packed with flavor. Wish I could drink this every day.

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Photo of Kraj30
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is maybe the best their is. pours a dark hazy orange, aroma is just orange and orange zest. mouthfeel is unreal. the taste is epic citrus bursting through and beautiful on the palate. Everytime I have one I am more impressed.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome fruit forward IPA, citrus, peach, smooth and hoppy... creamy finish... just awesome! Put this on tap in my basement and i'm a 300lb alcoholic in no time!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Special thanks to Maverick74 for the high quality trade.

A - Deep, opaque peach juice body with a full two fingers of creamy white head. Nice lace and ok retention.

S - Sweet orange concentrate, ruby red grapefruit, peach nectar, mango. About as pure citrus as I've ever smelt in an IPA.

T - Really interesting; extraordinarily drinkable. Nectarines, white grapefruit juice, honey, peach nectar, and softly bitter grape leaves. Basicity malt finish. The net sweet profile is absolutely loaded with fruit, with just enough pithy and leaf-like bitters to balance it out.

M - Smooth and full for the style.

O - A delicious and highly accessible IPA that benchmarks what the best of the fruit-forward side of the style can be.

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Photo of dboon
4.05/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Gorgeous. Deep dark orange ball of haze. Cloudy, but at the same time not murky. Extremely appetizing.

S - Juicy tropical fruit blast. Lots of peach mango. So bright, so full of life.

T - Goddamn. More peach, lots of banana (in this batch). Almost hefe-like with the bubblegum and sticky sweet fruity flavors, but still retains that hop bite. Like the nose, such a bright and beautiful flavor. An absolute juice bomb.

F - Luscious and soft. Fluffy and billowing. Even the smallest sip fills the entire mouth, distributing the flavor masterfully.

O - Beautiful beer. Hits all the right notes. Insanely drinkable. Balance is prime. So unlike any other IPA out there. Not even sure I'd describe it as such. What it is is monstrously delicious.

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Photo of Shogun250
4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow, This beer certainly met the hype. Extremely drinkable. Glad to have a growler of this and will continue to search this one out. This is the only beer I have had that can rival the amount of citrus that comes through in HF IPAs. Amazing

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Photo of Tbub18
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Haven't typed out a review in a while, but as this beer is my first 5 Overall, a few words:
As soon as you get it open (I was lucky to try it out of a can) the smell of orange/citrus are pungent throughout the room. In the glass it goes, gorgeous orange color with a frothy white head that fades with time. The taste of this beer follows the nose 100%--its a tropical fruit explosion. One of my favorite parts was the mouthfeel--I wish I could give it a 6. Creamy, perfect amount of carbonation.
This beer is perfection. Trade for this/go to Tree House, just get some. I promise you won't regret it

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer will make you smile.

Think of the joy you got as a child out of a summertime Orange Creamsicle, then imagine that same joy being transferred in the form of an adult ice cream flavored beer.

Julius is a juicy IPA that tastes like fresh orange slices pureed into beer. It is one of the best IPA's on the market.

I know that Tree House has some of the most ardent fans in the craft beer scene, and at first I honestly thought that the hype surrounding this beer was due to strong hometown Homerism, but this one really lives up to its reputation as one of the finest in the game.

Two thumbs up.

Note: The taste drops off very quickly in a growler (within three days or so based on eight growler fills) but the flavor in the cans lasts for up to five weeks. Given the option, I would seek out the cans for the full Julius experience.

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Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brilliance in a bottle is an understatement for this highly reviewed IPA. Began the evening with a 750ml bottle from the previous weekend's batch. The color pours into my Hill Farmstead tulip glass a perfect pale golden tone. The smell of orange, grapefruit, and citrus fills the air immediately when opened. Freshly squeezed orange grapefruit juice with the mild bitterness of hop to give it that classic taste. A beautifully crafted IPA and easily one I will go out of my way to try again. Cannot recommend the aesthetic quality of this enough.


Revised Review of the recent can releases: While the aromas and juicy flavor is still intact, it does not have the same freshness feeling as I get straight from the growler or draft.

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Photo of founddrama
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Color: a marvelous gold yellow orange. Almost opaque but not cloudy.

SMELL: Aroma is great -- like citrusy blossoms.

TASTE: Big citrus flavor. Hoppy as hell but balanced, not overly bitter. Bright and sunshiney up front. Very pleasant. The easy comparison is Sip of Sunshine. Quite possibly better than. Really similar flavor profiles though.

FEEL: As for mouthfeel: not quite (like) "stout full", but pretty full for an IPA.

Thanks Steve!

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml growler and the first beer of an incredible bottle share. Amazing tropical notes and truly tastes like OJ mixed with an IPA. Incredible!

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Photo of Hop_God
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers on the planet. I have been lucky enough to travel the US for many years for me job and have tried most of the other brews on this top list and i always go back to thinking of how amazing this beer is.This is the BEST IPA ive ever had. I am so excited for them to begin canning in the next coming months and get my hands on some more.

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Photo of MikeHBerk79
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Invited to drink a glass with a friend who just picked up some beer at the brewery. Incredible. Fresh, citrus, amazing after taste. One of the best I've had.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.