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Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

427 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Aroma- Tanagerine, pungent citrus, passionfruit, a little bit of onion (although that maybe the citrus), and a bready malt in the background.

Taste- Lots of tangerine at first followed by a quick burst of pungency from citrus and a little onion. There's very little bitterness at all to the point of this feeling like a pale ale. Towards the finish overripe tangerine/orange with a bland crackery malt that makes for an awkward finish.

Feel- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, soft, but lacking the bitterness and bite I expect from an ipa.

Overall- This is very good/ great, but it leans way too much on the fruity side and its an inconsistent beer from can to can. Some have been absolutely great while some have been underwhelming. Granted this review is at 2 weeks old, but that really shouldn't be enough to hinder the flavor that dramatically. Definitely an interesting beer, one I will gladly buy a few of if available at Treehouse, but it won't be the reason I make a trip to Treehouse in the future.

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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 Drel
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a bad thing to say about this beer. Delicious citrus smell and flavor and amazing mouth feel. One of the most refreshing and drinkable beers that I have ever had

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

Great beer, awesome to have this one so close to home, drank a 750 within 24 hours of pour. To me this sits right next to Lunch by Maine Beer for best IPA. The only thing about it that turned me off at all was it sat heavy in the nose, awesome mango/citrus in your face but nail polish remover also came to mind. (and this is not a complaint for sure, it wasn't overwhelming) As for taste it's cleannn from beginning to end; Hop hits hard and then the fruitiness at the end makes you want more and more. Dank and delicious! Top 5 IPA IIPA

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In a world of IPAs that taste awfully similar, here is Julius. It may not be the absolute perfect tasting IPA I've ever had, but it really is a bit of a curveball from the average IPA flavor profile. Like it's name might possibly suggest, this baby is all oranges: orange rind, orange pulp, orange juice, Tang, orange gummy bears. The potency of the oranges becomes even more apparent as the beer warms to room temperature. I'd even suggest drinking Julius at a chill level closer to room temperature because the flavors really expand. From Tree House, I personally prefer Green, but Julius is a lovely little beast.

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Photo of Petegrieco
4.87/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't write many reviews but this beer deserves one
Hands down the best IPA available, maybe even the best beer in general.
High citrus notes, juicy taste, extremely drinkable. Have had several batches and it only gets better.

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

Look : Cloudy, on the Darker side of Golden.
Smell : Citrus, potent can smell from a distance.
Taste : Juicy, Oranges with pretty much no bitterness
Feel : smooth and light, can drink several no problem
Overall : Julius how I love you, Hype well worth it

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Waited 2 hours in line for this beer today. Add two hours to drive home. Kiss the wife and roll back the top on a very fresh growler. Poured into a tree house snifter.

Hazy opaque orange yellow. One finger settles to a white layer of tiny dense bubbles. Trace of lacings.

Amazing aroma. Mango, tropical hops

First sip, tropical hops on the middle and them the front of the tongue. A gentle,msmooth lingering hoppy bitterness aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Second sip the the tropical hops are all on the tip. Slight pine note on the third sip.

Silky smooth, tiny sudsing. Well made, smooth and delicious.

Excellent beer. I will be climbing back into the tree house.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.