Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 1,400
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 6%
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Gots: 213 | FT: 4
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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 macher0
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours bright copper with orange hues. Slightly frothy egg-shell head with low retention. Cloudy but not particles. Spotty laces. The nose is orange zest to start, then hoppy bitterness and nectarine. The taste starts with a hop bite that goes to very nice notes of orange zest, nectarine, malt, and ends with a crisp hop bite. This is not over juicy but more bitter, like orange rinds. This is smooth, moderate carb, and moderate body.

This is a phenomenal beer. This is at the top of my list, worth the hype, worth the price, worth the hassle. The orange is there but not sweet, it's zesty (591 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy murky orange peach color, with a thin off-white head. There is a bit of carbonation and some lacing. The odor is powerful, IPA, peach, orange, grapefruit, apricot, tropical fruits, passion fruit, clove, a little bit of pine. The taste is crisp, citrus, fruity, orange, grapefruit, apricots, juicy, floral, slightly grassy, slight spice, slight bitterness throughout. (384 characters)

Photo of themind
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A magnificent, citrus, somewhat thicker, legendary IPA. What a beer! Find this, buy this, seek this out as it is a masterpiece in the World of craft beer. (154 characters)

Photo of bjmartin14
4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/12/15 I believe:

Julius poured a murky, copper gold color with a frothy white head that has decent retention, and leave sticky lacing on the glass. The nose was pretty awesome; aromas of mango, papaya, malty sweetness, and hints of orange undertones (not as much as you'd expect from the can's labeling). The flavor profile is similar to the smell, but a little subdued, and sweet. My favorite part about this beer was the mouthfeel. Super creamy! A+ on that. Overall, I thought this beer was great, but I've had several different offerings that I prefer. Still was a treat to enjoy minus the slight disappointment. (625 characters)

Photo of Phillip13
4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A great IPA. This beer has a unbelievable taste from start to finish. It pours a wonderful orange haze into the glass with a citrus flavor that is as smooth and sweet with just a incredible bitter aftertaste. Just about the best beer I have ever had. ENJOY! (257 characters)

Photo of QueefLatina
3.75/5  rDev -19.7%
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 Aduff860
4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Heaven in a glass or in a can! Julius delivers on the hype. Truely wonderful beer. Not overly bitter, definitely a ton of citrus and tropical fruits in there. (158 characters)

Photo of Borkman18
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoying a fresh one from todays release on Treehouses' 3rd anniversary! My new fav. So much mango, papaya. A hint of cracker malt and then bam!!! You get a solid kick of bitterness. Well done. (193 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -8.6%
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 pinkard19
4.99/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I describe it as the best orange Witbier combined with the best IPA. And you get JULIUS. amazing aroma of orange and other tropical fruit. Taste follows the nose with the slightest malt and bitterness to balance off one of the best IPAs ever produced! (251 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.88/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

After the pilgrimage to Tree House and several growlers and cans of Julius, I feel ready to write a review of the best IPA I've had.

Beautiful hazy, bright, glowing orange with a pure white head. Truly incredible aroma of orange juice and zest, mango, and several other lighter colored citrus fruits. Some juicy strawberry comes through as well when it opens. There is a backdrop of dank pine and very, very slight resin. Almost no malt at all - just a slight breadiness that lays the foundation for the explosion of hop flavors.

They are working magic out there in Monson (579 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.59/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange, golden honey. Nectary.

S: Rich, over ripened mango. Tons of citrus and skunk pine.

M: Smooth, crisp, light-med body and refreshing.

T: Orange, tangerine, apricot, mango. Pine earthiness. Grapefruit peel and some hop florals. Lives up to expectations. (281 characters)

Photo of JonathanC
4.65/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Essentially one of the most drinkable IPA's i've ever had. It's smooth, fruity like biting into an orange peel.

I get notes of passion fruit, orange skin, mango, maybe even some pinapple.

Very bright citrus notes with just the right amount of hopiness and carb. It would be perfect to lay by the pool and sip on this on a hot sunny day. I french pressed some blackberry and blueberry into it and it just brought out more of the fruit. (436 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.59/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- dark brown/orange - assumptions are a B - still very pretty but this wasn't as beautiful as advertised
S - Damn, this is excellent- again just sweet sweet nectar
T - Appropriately named, this thing is straight juice. awesomely smooth - tons of orange, passion fruit mixed in a blender with added alcohol that is almost nonexistent.
M - forget it, hands down one of the smoothest IPAs ever consumed. Maybe under carbonated(?) my only half-complaint
O - It's orange and beautiful and beer - BUT it's maybe its too juicy, I prefer the sticky/dank smell and taste..just my own taste preference, still an incredible beer. (622 characters)

Photo of MissSmisje
4.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: pretty, dark orange with. Bone white head that leaves a good deal of lacing and a sizable collar
S: ripe, juicy oranges, some darkness
T: same as the nose, juicy sweetness, with just a touch of pith. refreshing. Like biting into an orange slice during halftime at a soccer game.
F: again, juiciness dominates. Light, but with some body from the sweetness. Some dank and pithy bitterness comes on the finish.
O: excellent. As close to an orange beer as you can get without actual oranges added. (499 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a can of this on a trade as an extra. Very simple cool can. Basically a silver tin can with a simple orange logo. Poured into a glass. Very cloudy pale straw body. Smells so good. Lots of citrus in the aroma. Just amazing aroma. Big fruity taste. Tons of citrus and orange come though. Fairly bitter as well. Absolutely excellent beer. (339 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Again I got this one from Hopsouras when he was on a business trip up in the NE. He said it had just rolled off the canning line when he was there and sent it express to me! Unbelievable! And it is Beeradvocates #1 American IPA. (I agree!)

A - Awesome dark orange color. Completely opaque with a perfect, fine white head and incredible lacing.

S - Super pungent hop fragrance with lots of orange, mango, pineapple, pine, and dankness. Absolutely amazing in the nose. Just like the best IPA should smell like. No getting around it there is a ton of hops squeezed into this beer.

T - Unbelievable flavor with the strongest orange, tangerine, passion fruit hop character predominant followed by mango, pineapple, dank, and pine notes. It is very smooth and refreshing with a light malt sweetness in the middle but very minimal compared to the hop blast. The hop bitterness is also present but not a wrecker like a DIPA, really just a nice palate cleanser.

M - Medium mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Perfect IPA feel with enough resin and malt to give it a good body but enough carb and bitterness to keep it crisp and refreshing.

Overall, I would agree with most tasters and say that this is the best (SINGLE) IPA I've ever had. Like I said the tremendous orange hop character is awesome and there is still a ton of tropical fruits, pine, and resin to really make your taste buds pop! The body and balance is great with the malt backbone. The bitterness is clean and crisp without any bite. I definitely stress the "single" IPA aspect since there isn't the alcohol, thickness, or bitter bite that comes with a DIPA but make no mistake they used "DOUBLE" the hops for this awesome beer!

Glass- Tulip (1,708 characters)

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.17/5  rDev -10.7%
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 JamesStreet
4.55/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from @NickWebster87. Poured into snifter
A- murky orange with huge, soapy, off-white head. Moderate lace as the glass empties.
S- orange upfront along with some mango and grapefruit. Really sweet citrus going on here.
T- orangey citrus with a bit more malt presence than expected. Great balance. Not too bitter or dry.
M- oh my goodness! Best feel ever on an IPA! So balanced and creamy.
O- my expectations were pretty high and this is a really great IPA. Not perfect, but definitely holds it's place up there with the big boys. (553 characters)

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

One of the best beers available today! This IPA tops the charts and frankly I can't see how it will be beat! Juice bomb! Holy oranges! Syracuse has a new mascot! The citrus component gives way for a crisp, hoppy finish. Almost no bitterness and/or dryness. Well done! (267 characters)

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed from 16 oz can (canned 5/6). This was everything I was hoping for. Beautiful cloudy appearance. Citrusy/piney smell. Perfectly balanced sweet and bitter taste. (171 characters)

Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One word to sum up this beer... outstanding!! As of late, even with the amazing beers I've been trying, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. The beer's flavors and aromas are awesome and it is ridiculously drinkable (straight out of the can, or served in proper glassware). Treehouse definitely killed it with this one! Cheers! (335 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally! The big, bad Julius. Got it in a 2L growler and cans at the brewery in early May 2015. Beautiful, and I mean beautiful, cloudy/hazy golden-orange color with a decent bright white head. Poured much better out of the growler than the can, oddly enough. Whole lotta citrus and other tropical fruit. Very soft and fragrant in both the nose and the taste. I get some malt, too, which was unexpected. Just not as much going on as I had hoped. Incredible drinkability and feel. Like cream. Good finish, slightly bitter and piney. To be honest, it didn't blow me out of the water like I expected it would. I think the growler was better. Still fantastic, though. (663 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to hoppymcgee for the hook up on this can! Thanks!!!

A - Poured a very dark orange; cloudy and opaque. A thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Orange, grapefruit, mango and a hint of caramel sweetness.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with juicy peach, mango, tangerine and passion fruit notes. A hint of caramel/honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

M - Medium body, chewy and oily. Light carbonation. The perfect IPA mouth feel.

O - This lived up to the hype for me. Hopefully I will be able to revisit this one at some point. (563 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2L growler poured into a Tree House tulip.

Creamsicle orange with pronounced haze and a finger of off-white foam. Enough residual lacing to give me flashbacks of previous girlfriends. Can't wait to dig in. The nose gives hints of guava, mango, and peaches. A hint of over ripened tangerines and fresh baked bread as it warms. The taste is an abundance of tropical juices, with some peppered grapefruit on the finish. The alcohol is barely detectable, and the mouthfeel is a tad creamy. At 6.8% abv, they packed a ton of flavorful hops in this beer, and it shows. If you find yourself in Monson, MA, do yourself a favor and pay a visit to Tree House Brewing. These guys have created a world-class IPA that lives up to the hype. I think I'll have another. Larrrrrrrrrge. (769 characters)

Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
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