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Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class
425 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
425
Ratings:
2,840
Avg:
4.63
pDev:
16.85%
 
 
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2,091
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BEER INFO

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 NAPO
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seriously, This is one of the best IPA's you would ever try. The juiciness and bitterness blend so well and its so drinkable for 6.8% its scary good.

A-Beautiful hazy Orange. almost a finger head with some lacing.

N-WOW! Tangerine,Mango,Passion Fruit making a party in my nose. Those hops characters are something else.

T-Those tropical fruits are just dancing all over my tongue. Tangerine,Mango,Grapefruit,Passion fruit, and got some peach in there too. The malts are very subtle. Just a perfect juicy beer.

M-So smooth. Alcohol barely detectable. Just awesome stuff.

O-In my opinion just PERFECT.

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

Treehouse is making some serious moves! I know Julius has been their flagship beer for a few years, but I finally got a few bottles a couple of weeks back. Unbelievably complex yet drinkable Imperial IPA. Poured into a Treehouse tulip. ALL of their beers have great lacing on the glass, but this one especially. Its a beautiful golden orange hazy glow. Mouthfeel is big and soft with great citrusy and grapefruit notes. The description they list on this beer is spot on. I get why people wait in lines for this beer. Its THAT good. These guys are making noise in this industry, and they are only getting better!!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1790th Review on BA
Growler to Tree House tulip
750ml

Thanks to Rudzud and Jlindros for this one

App- A very soft and hazy orange with a bit of peach pink in there. A bit cloudy and a bit dense in the center. A small one finger head was there and leaves some good cling down the side. A bit of a pond water top with random bubble patches. Looks good in the glass.

Smell- This is a good smelling IPA. A bit soft on the bombardment of hops, but instead is dominated by a lot of tropical fruits. The citrus notes really dominant and control the whole thing. A light alcohol wofts up on a big pull of the nose.

Taste- I really enjoyed the domination of the fruits on this one. Certainly controlled by the aggressive hopping on this one. The malts are subtle and take a while to find on this one. The dominate citrus is very well layered and one sip will give some mango while the next is a little peach and passionfruit.

Mouth- To me this was a balance of a medium to a slightly thin body with a very good carbonation level. Saturated by hoppy and floral remants the residual flavors are citrus dominated with a little bit of booze.

Drink- A very well layered and delicious IPA. Thank you Jared and Matt for giving me the chance to review this one. The floral and citrus work wonders together.

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Photo of Travitten
4.27/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. I don't get as much of the citrus notes as other reviewers. Malts seem to mask the hops a little. I could drink this all day. It is a wonderfully balanced beer. But don't expect a citrus bomb like Trillium.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
4.46/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a tulip. Enormous thanks to MattOC for this one.

Pours a hazy orange with a dense, frothy one-finger head that subsides over the course of a minute or so, leaving plentiful cobwebby lacing.

Smells...wow. Smells like orange juice laced with weed, if such a thing were to exist. Huge orange with pronounced mango and passionfruit underpinnings, as well as dank and earthy floral hop notes. Neck-and-neck with Bissell Brothers' The Substance for best-smelling single IPA I've ever had.

Taste follows the nose almost to a tee, and that is by no means a bad thing. Opens with a tremendous burst of fresh-squeezed orange juice, with passionfruit, mango, pine sap, and lightly toasted caramel malt appearing mid-palate. Initial sweet orange and tangerine note transitions smoothly into blood orange and ruby red grapefruit towards the mid- and back-palate, with a lingering citric and lightly earthy bitterness.

Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation, lush and slick.

Amazingly smooth, amazingly drinkable. Absolutely top-notch. Once again, huge thanks to MattOC for giving me this growler.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank you Kunckle Neil

Kinda orange colored? It was getting dark out. Smells like being teabagged by a hop monster. Or motor boating a hop goddess. I prefer that latter but the former seems to convey more "up in it" which is what I'm going for. Dank, dank, dank orange citrus aroma with an accompanying verdant leafy greenness. Tastes like it smells, I'm guessing that Julius is short for Orange Julius. Thick, heavy body laden with hop oil.

We did a comparison with Heady Topper and Julius emerged the victor if that says anything.

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

Special thanks to Matt (blckout20) for sending me a growler of this gem via trade. Cheers, Matt!

Poured from growler into Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Beautiful deep orange/amber color. Fluffy, white, inch-thick head which quickly dissipated, leaving white collar and LOTS of sticky lacing throughout. Zillions of very tiny bubbles. Nose is danky tangerine & mango citrus with hint of piney resin. On the palate, orange/mango & papaya/pineapple combos compete, as malt emerges. Alcohol is there, but barely detectable and well-masked by balanced by other goings-on. Mouthfeel is full, warm, ample, cozy, and inviting. Carbonation is subtle, but appropriate. All in all, a very favorable impression, even though the growler was 11 days old. I can't even begin to imagine how incredible this might be fresh from a tap. I hope to find out some day. Until then, add me to the long list of admirers at the altar of Julius.

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Photo of mrz200
4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

was the last person in the door at Treehouse on Thursday 3/28, and got both my Treehouse Growlers filled with Julius. This was to be my first taste of this one. I've had Green last fall, which is a pretty good IPA.

Julius is better. This is certainly on the short list of great IPA's that I've had. Certainly on the East Coast. It's a bigger hop punch than Maine's Lunch shoots for, and is right there with Flower Power in the "regular IPA" group.

On top of that, the folks at the brewery couldn't be nicer and are both excited and laid back with the goings-on at the Treehouse. The location is very cool, and I hope this crew keeps making Treehouse ales for a long long time.

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Photo of lic217
4.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orange/brown, with white head
Aroma: tropical fruit
Taste: mango, citra oily hope taste (weird description but I get the same flavor in heavily citra hopped beers, not sure if this has citra, but it has that taste), starts sweet, finishes bitter
Feel: good feel
Overall: really good bear, but a little to much like juice and. As it ages it gets more and more apricot taste, which I am not a huge fan of

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Photo of YeastInception
4.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours slightly dark orange with nice lacing. Aroma and taste is like a freshly cut orange. Imagine fresh squeezed orange juice without so much sweetness and acidity.

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Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtdolla911 for this one. Enjoyed this the night before EBF Session 2.

Poured from a 750ml swingtop growler.

Looks quite nice with an orange-gold body, quite hazy and some drooping lace. Melon, mango and orange are predominant in the aroma. Flavor is very creamy, green hops, bitter but not too much, lush mango and tropical fruit, fleshy orange. Not an in your face IPA but has marked fruit flavors which make it delicious.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.74/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler, about 4 days old. Pours a kind of hazy copper/orange. Small head. Smells nice. Citrus, tropical fruits. A little bitterness in the smell. The taste is very juicy, slight bitterness on the end. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit rind. A little sweet. Very nice display of hops. Nice prickly mouth feel. What a great beer.

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

I'm a bit torn in reviewing Julius after my second growler in two weeks: the first sample was everything I had imagined after the stellar reviews and ratings, but the second sample was like I was drinking a different beer (confirmed by the sender, a huge Julius fan).

Rather than try to describe both samples, I'll stick with the first batch and temper the ratings between the two samples.

Cloudy orange/yellow, just what I look for in an unfiltered IPA: even through the brown glass swing top growler, you can see the delightful cloudiness. A frothy one finger head reduces within a minute or two leaving splotchy lacing in the tulip.

Explosions of ripe tropical fruit assault your nostrils, maybe the nicest aroma of any single IPA I have sampled so far. Ripe mango, passion fruit, and nectarine are prominent, making your mouth water for the first sip.

The exceptional nose translates to the juiciest tropical fruit experience imaginable. Alcohol is so well hidden behind the mango blast, it is almost as if you are drinking carbonated juice with a delightful hop tang. Bitterness is moderate and long lasting, such a great beer to savor!

Mouthfeel is a nice medium, dry finish, carbonation just right.

When the second sample arrived, a peek through the growler revealed a non cloudy liquid, and the "mojo" simply was not there, though a nice smelling and tasting beer.
I would rate the first batch as a 4.90 and the second as a 4.10

Word is Julius is supposed to be canned soon: I hope that Tree House will be able to deliver a higher level of consistency than what I have experienced in my two samples. Higher volume production usually results in a lower quality product, it will be interesting to see what happens here. I would love nothing more than Tree House to be able to produce in cans what I experienced on my first sip of Julius: beer nirvana!

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Photo of MissSarah
4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Murky and glowing – like polished copper and sunshine

N: Tangerines and garden cucumbers

T: Julius is well balanced and drinkable - it smacks of juicy peaches and overripe honeydew melons

M: Medium carbonation (served from a growler) and awfully dry

O: Made for Central Park picnics and afternoons by the lake

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by drewone - Thanks.

A: Pours a hazy light-orange with an initial quarter-inch thick white head which fades to the rim leaving splotchy lace. (Possibly being biased here with the score due to a growler pour - but that is how it is).

N: Really nice tangerine, orange, and grapefruit present inside the zest. Tropical fruits also in the mix (passion). Floral and fruity. Really nice.

T: Balanced malts and hops. An enjoyable soapy-like quality with the up-front citrus.

M: Moderate body and barely medium carbonation (growler, yes). Not overly bitter or dry finish.

O: Nice with the best being the aroma. Interesting how a lot of east coasters seem to score this high. Not a west coaster style, but still a treat.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply awesome.

Purchased from brewery on 11/9, consumed 11/10.

A-mild carbonation, light orange hues.
S-Fresh cut grass and gasoline. Perfect.
T-Unreal!!! Perfect.
M-bitter, hoppy, crisp.
O-One of the best beers I've ever had. Period.

Similar to Stones Enjoy By series but without the ABV. Now if they would just brew more of it.

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Photo of GordonShumway
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Went there this weekend... which just happened to be "Julius Day"... This beer was outstanding worth the 2 hour wait to get my three growlers filled... The big call to this beer though the citrus I did not really notice... Will totally be buy this beer again in any case..

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy, herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a slightly better hop presence in the flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of frizzzle
4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Provided by an awesome trading partner Tadd!
Received this in a growler and poured into a tulip glass.
This was bottled 10/12/13. Approximately 1 week old.
Nice floral citrus scent, pours hazy orangeish color. Nice clean ipa, very refreshing and citrusy. This beer is awesome!
I wish I had access to this on a regular basis, it's one of those beers I can drink often and not get tired of it!
I highly recommend this one!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler (filled earlier today) into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Hazy pale orange body under an inch of softly frothy off-white head that settles into a ring and leaves delicate rings of lace. Quite nice.

S: Nothing but hops, with emphasis on tropical fruitiness - mango, papaya, lychee and grapefruit. Some pine and spruce resin as well. Complex and excellent.

T: Grapefruit and mango up front, with pine and floral notes behind. It's delicious, but a mix of extreme resinous bitterness and faint malt stickiness make for a rather heavy finish. Extremely flavorful, extremely tasty, but a little unbalanced.

M: Smooth, lightly-carbonated medium body. Excellent.

O: Terrific beer, and rightly acclaimed. I'm a little put off by the heaviness of the finish, but too much flavor is a wonderful problem for an IPA to have. Really happy it happened to be on tap during my first visit to the brewery.

Cheers!

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The amber liquid arrives with an impressive head that leaves gobs of sticky lacing behind

Smell: Very citrusy, with ruby red grapefruit tones

Taste: A hint of caramel, up front, and then there is an enormous wallop of ruby red grapefruit; floral and citrus flavor in abundance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit creamy

Overall: This IPA is the real deal - too bad the brewery doesn't bottle it

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Photo of wedge
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bright, hazed orange topped with a low, thick, creamy head. Delightfully pungent hoppy aroma: pineapple, grapefruit, pine resin, earthy greenness, clementines, and a little bit of toasted malt. Huge, sticky, lip-smacking hop flavor with loads of sweet ruby red grapefruit, pine sap, tangerine, and miscellaneous tropical fruits. Medium bodied and bitter, but very smooth and obviously supremely drinkable. Gloriously hoppy and one of the finest beers I had on my vacation home to New England.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Poured into a Tree House Willi glass.

A: Beautiful golden orange haze with a billowing white head.

S: Big citrus notes and a significant dose of pine that I wasn't expecting. A bit of tropical fruit but just tons of citrus and grassy, dank notes. Big, juicy, floral, resinous, citrus bomb.

T: Like the nose, huge citrus notes and a ton of pine dankness. Residual sweetness on the back end. Bitter, aggressive and in your face, but refreshing.

M: Absolutely spectacular. The best part of this beer. Soft, creamy and unctuous. I have never had a softer, more cloud-like mouthfeel on a beer that wasn't made by Hill Farmstead. Insane.

O: Simply excellent. I came in as a doubter, but Julius won me over. I ended up having three pints of it. A must-try.

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

750 ml growler served in a Kuhnhenn snifter. Thanks to time4lunch for the brew.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger height of white foam forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film that leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: So juicy and vibrant. Fruity mango, pineapple and orange. Floral notes with a sweet bread malt body. Grassy with a mild citrus pith.

T: Really follows the nose. The mango is a little more juicy with accenting pineapple, pear and orange citrus. Sweet floral notes with a little bitterness from the light grassy notes. Minimal malt sweetness on the backend.

M: This is wonderful. Super light with just a little prickle from the carbonation. Sweet, fruity and floral on the finish. The drinkability is out of this world.

O: Absolutely crushable. I could drink growler upon grolwer of this stuff. Perfectly balanced with nod given to the hops to come to the forefront.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler I picked up at the brewery yesterday, the beer is a bright, hazed, opaque, orange-copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, sparse white head that coats the glass as you drink. Aromas of grapefruit tart and sweet, pineapple, pine and resin hops characteristics, subtle bready backbone, lemon zest and orange peel. Flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit on the forward tongue, with a mango/pineapple sweet follow, a subtle sweetbread backbone, and then a slow build of pine pitch, resiny hops profiles, and a touch of roasted characteristics. The roast helps to cut the building bitter and robust characteristics, keeping the beer very drinkable. Robust, smooth brew with a tart, drying finish. The aftertaste is a heavy blend of tropical fruits, with a grassy, piney undertone. Very robust brew, yet extremely drinkable. Great flavors, and worth the trip to the brewery!

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.