Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

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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 SilkyGJohnston
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I like to think of Dr. J like the Kool Aid guy. Everyone wants it, and when it smashes through the front of your house, it doesn't even matter because it makes your day better. Color and smell make your mouth water, taste doesn't let you down either, superior drinkability. Delicious.

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Photo of Ryno82883
4.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As far as those Juicy DIPAs, this is it. I can't imagine what King Julius tastes like as the prince himself was that damn good. Beautiful orange color, great smell, best taste and mouthfeel.

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

This is obscenely delicious, if it counts as a pale ale i guess. Beyond juicy, and zero transparency, an amazing nose and a wonderful yet light body. Meets hype. I can see why people call it watery, and too light on flavor, because it is. But this is the new style. Again, almost unfair to call it a pale ale by the classic definition

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Photo of Soneast
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a gravy-like, pale orange color. Develops a foamy 1/2 inch caps of suds, that sticks around for several minutes. I rated the appearance pretty high just because of what it is. Most IPAs would suffer with this appearance but being one of the new crops of NEIPAs, I think ti fits the part better than many. The aroma is very hop forward. To my nose, the overwhelming aroma is freshly peeled orange. But there are a lot of delicious fruity notes in addition. One might call them "tropical" but I can't put my finger on one specific fruit. Either way, this has very juicy and mouth watering aroma. The flavor is, well, orange juice. Well, more complex than orange juice really, but it is very reminiscent of the delicious breakfast beverage. It does have a nice citrus quality and an almost spicy character. There is a bitterness, but it pretty much drops off the palate immediately, mostly just serving to balance the overall fruity character of the beer.The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It has a lot more body than your typical West Coast IPA, though not "thick" by any means. Quite a unique mouthfeel for IPAs in general yet really bring home that "juicy" quality. Overall, just an awesome and fairly unique beer, one I would drink on the reg, if possible.

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

My first Tree House Brewery beer and review. Very curious over the hype on this brewery and was lucky enough to score a can in Nashville, Tn! Pint can dated 01-21-16 so not quite a month old.

L - Poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Full 2 finger off white head. Opaque murky muddled orange. Good carbonation.

S - Big citrus nose. Not much else.

T - Very pleasant but not what I was expecting and unlike any IPA I've had. It's pretty tasty but very minimal upfront hop profile. Orange, peach, mango, followed with a slight bitter finish reminiscent of the white skin between the fruit and the peel of an orange or grapefruit.

F - Nice full mouthfeel. Very smooth.

After seeing Tree House beers quickly rise to the top of the ratings ranks, I assumed foul play (or at least the proud people of Monson, MA giving overly generous ratings to their local brewery). After finally being able to sample some of the goods, my opinion has changed, but not by much. I was hoping that this was one of those beers that makes you close your eyes and just melt away. Maybe it is for some. It just didn't do it for me. Still a solid offering that deserves to be in the top 250 for now.

I hope this review, at the very least, eases the curiosity of the out-of-towners that may not get to sample this anytime soon. Don't offer up any of your cellared treasures in trade.

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

L - evenly opaque orange
S - citrus fruit, a bit of tropical
T - get the sweetness from the fruit, and a nice hint of bitterness at the end, very smooth!
F - a nice thick mouthfeel for an IPA
O - excellent!

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottom Line: If you get this fresh from the brewery (either growler or can), it is absolutely worth the hype. Most of the aspects of this beer have already been well covered below. A few thoughts: Don't be in a hurry with this one - some of the more subtle fruit flavors like peach come out as it warms up a bit. Perhaps what I like most is the balance between citrus/fruit flavors and the hoppy bitterness --nicely proportioned. If I had to choose only one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it (although still need to try Tree House's King Julius and Juice Machine).

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Photo of DCRealAleGuru
4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptional beer. Pours a perfect orange color with thin lacy head. Flavor is full of candied citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is probably the weakest point of the beer, but we are really nitpicking here. Cheers!

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

Big on the plush fruits and hazy body - lots of juice with a malty enough base to even suggest some chew. A really delicious brew that deserves a rank with many of the best. Certainly not something you pass up on if you haven't tried.

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Photo of mpsimpso
4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly delicious and not overpoweringly hoppy like many IPAs. Definite citrus flavor and smell. Quite refreshing and not overly dry or bitter.

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Photo of Zach136
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours opaque golden rod, small white cap good lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Assertive orange juice, with a hint of grapefruit zest, and dank earthyness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a hint too much hoppy grittiness and apparent bitterness if I'm splitting hairs.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque orange color with a thin white lacing ring.

S - Intense vinous, orange creamsickle aroma. Period.

T - Follows the nose - vinous, orange creamsickle with orange resin on the back end.

M - Medium body.

O - A great beer but a tad overrated, IMO.

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Photo of Dustin013
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12/21/15 batch still going strong

A- Beautiful cloudy dark golden orange
N- Ton of citrus, slight tropical fruit
T- Pretty much same as the smell, citrus up front, tropical finish. Excellent.
M- Same as every tree house IPA, chewy and delicious.
O- This is another awesome beer by my favorite brewery (even though I can only get in trades). Only negative is it is TOO easy to drink!

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Photo of Zonk
4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Steve!

Opaque with haze, but no floating particulate. Medium white head.

Orange and citrus nose, sweetish without leaning super tropical.

Again got orange and grapefruit, not much of the sweeter mango notes.

Medium bodied IPA.

Overall and excellent beer, I think it suffered a bit from me having a Doppelganger from a growler just before. The Doppelganger was much more aromatic.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Tree House beer. Pretty much lived up to the hype. Smelled delicious and tasted the same. Too bad west coasters have a hard time getting this.

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

pours dark orange. hazy w nice lacing as the beer gets drank. nose of tropical fruits orange tangerine . taste is up front juice w mid and late palate gives way to light fruit like mango and papaya? taste lingers w bitterness going on long after sip had been complete. overall this is a great beer. personally I like most other treehouse better. to orangy for me. but would take over must other beers.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.64/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow/orange. Nice head great lacing
S: like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
T: juicy fruity and citrusy. There is a hint of rindy bitterness and a touch of resin
MF: great mouthfeel. Easy drinking I would like a touch more bitterness
O: Great beer I get what the fuss is about.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.72/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I honestly.... was let down by this beer.

I actually like this style of IPA. Love the hazy, unfiltered, low carb, mega dry-hopped IPA... but for some reason I was very put off by the "old" malt tasting.... flavor... of this beer. It tasted like an IPA that has been sitting around for about 2 months.

It lacked flavor and very muted nose as well. Date on the can was 1-21-2016 (so about... 11 days old)

This isn't a bad beer at all, but to call it world class? In my books - no.

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Photo of TheKlevin
4.86/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As many times as I've heard people say it's like orange juice, nothing really prepared you for such a juicy onslaught of hops! I just wish it was easier to get. Nice and cloudy all citrus and hops on the nose and on the tongue.

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Photo of danh53
4.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great orange and citrus flavors, passion fruit, bubblegum, and resinous hops add light bitterness from start to finish. Excellent mouth feel, so full for an IPA. This is worth the hype.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.07/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange body with a decent white head. Leaves moderate lacing.
S - Citrus all the way with room for nothing else.
T - Follows the nose. I'm amazed at the flavors they pull out of these hops. I'd would have thought there would be orange juice or an extract of some kind.
M - Thick body, low carb.
O - This is unlike other IPAs. So I don't think it can be compared to a west coast or English IPA. It is worth seeking out..

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Photo of SDDLSK
3.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not a real technical review but here goes.

Poured a dark, sickly orange color that reminded me off extra pulp orange juice gone bad. The gf actually said "that looks f*****g disgusting" when I poured it. The aroma is pretty good, lots of fruit there. Taste was again citrus, lots of orange for me, not the hop profile I enjoy in my beers. No way did this come close to living up to the hype or its #10 ranking. Put this on a shelf in my store and I would walk past it everyday, just not my cup of tea.

Had to edit because the first rating was way to high for me personally. Gave in to the hype and didn't want to rate it poorly, but honestly, there was nothing good about this beer except the smell for me.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Intense citrus aroma starts as soon as it's cracked. Pours hazy with generous foam that slowly dissipates into fine skim. Obviously, orange citrus is the primary flavor, but it's tempered by dank, resinous hop profile. Very crisp with enough malt backbone to remind you it's not juice, just juicy. Mid-level abv means you can have a couple, if you can find them. About as good as it gets.

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Photo of Nickwierda
4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God damn. I've had Julius on roughly 10 different occasions to this point and it has never tasted as good as this one tastes right now. It's roughly 3 weeks old, canned on new year's eve, and it's damn near transcendent. Definitely one of if not THE best IPA I've ever had. As soon as you start pouring, the aroma hits you like a ton of bricks: orange, pineapple, mango, fruity as fuck, with a little bit of bubble gum too. Taste starts with that yeasty bubble gum, like juicy fruit, follows mid-palate with the aforementioned fruits, and finishes with a soft bitterness - more of a dryness really. This thing is a straight up juice bomb, but it never crosses into that slightly too-sweet territory that I feel like the Grimm IPAs frequently do: that bitter finish keeps it from tasting too much like Orangina, which is a good thing. The bubble gum thing is a bit odd - adds kind of a hefeweizen feel - but it's not off-putting at all, and kind of acts as a Tree House calling card. Overall this beer is just flat-out delicious. The hype is absolutely justified.

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Photo of michaelpearson
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Teku snifter glass with a solid two fingers of head from a can dated just shy of 30 days. Color is a turbid dark orange reminiscent of oxidized pineapple juice. Aroma is like burying your nose in hop pellets—intense. Contrary to the noted citrus, I'm getting more pine and resin with hints of candied orange peel and ripe honeydew. Taste is lush and full bodied, but the hop presence remains front and center. Flavor notes of clementine, and citrus juice, but that pithy hop presence is consistent and astringent, even against the backdrop of malt. Overall, I've had this twice from the same batch and felt the hop presence on this one backed off from the stronger citrus hop notes from a can two weeks fresher.

Final thoughts: I frankly have no idea what the Alstrom Bros loved about this hazy, unfiltered IPA, but hated about Bissell Brothers' The Substance IPA, another hazy New England IPA. These two, in my mind, are very similarly styled, but whereas Julius was praised, The Substance was stated by the Bros to be "a bit of a mess". All reviews are a matter of opinion—that just caught my eye as I had the two nearly back to back and both were terrific and certainly not 18 points different on a 100 rating scale.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.