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Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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341 Reviews

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Reviews: 341
Hads: 2,345
Avg: 4.63
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 1,776
Gots: 613 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 Jkolls
4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW. Lucky enough to have a friend share a can with me. Magnificent IPA.

appearence: very opaque orange-yellow

smell: Orange, more orange, some other citrus, and hint of the piney American hops.

taste: incredible. sooo juicy. Full of orange-y flavor but still maintains its slightly bitter start.

feel: thick smooth orangeness.

Either the best or 2nd best beer I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Johtro
4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Holy haze! Never seen a non-homebrew this thick
Smell: Strong floral like any fresh IPA
Taste: Wow, did not expect the mango (I did't read the can first), great finish and linger.

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Photo of Notserp107
4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look : Thick murky orangish yellow
Smell : Strong citrus (Orange/grapefruit) notes light mange and pine sent
Taste : Strong citrus with mild pine resin (not to sappy)
Feel : Creamy thickness

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

Opened another can of Julius to enjoy during the football game. The smell is a fantastic mixture of orange and apricot. The look is that of a orange-red-brown and slightly cloudy with micro bubbles. The taste is a perfect, juicy, complex smack to the taste buds and its drinkability is making it difficult to save any in the fridge for another day. One of my favorites.

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Photo of DannyS
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can poured into 16oz. CLBC/Jameson snifter

Look - almost opaque orange with half a finger of bright white head that fizzles into a foam collar. Spotty lacing. Looks raw, rustic, and untamed. What NE/VT-style IPA should look like.

Smell - sweet citrus rind, cut grass, and pine. I've gotta dig for it, but it's an appropriate bouquet.

Taste - Orange orange orange! Nice hit of bitter to start, mellowing into bright, sweet orange rind and pine. Definitely not the most intense flavor hit I've had on an IPA, but still quite good. Gonna be belching orange peel all night.

Feel - I get that soft carbonation is their thing but I so wish this was fizzier. Mouthfeel is thick, velvety, and smooth nonetheless.

Overall - Perhaps I had spent too much time riding the hype train for this one, but it was actually a tad below my expectations. Don't get me wrong; I thoroughly enjoyed it, don't regret buying it at all, and would gladly buy it again if I were in the area and had an hour to kill waiting in line, but I went in expecting to be bludgeoned with oranges and got something much more well-rounded instead. Still recommend it if you can get it.

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

Poured 11/28/15 from a 64oz growler that was filled at the brewery on 11/27/15, into a large mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep cloudy gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong citrus flavor along with notes of caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering floral hops bitterness comes in. The hops bitterness is comparatively weak at first but it strengthens as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is heart and brings an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is quite clean for the style.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Patrick. Canned 11/05.

Pouring a hazy orange with a dense dirty white head with very good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is a giant blend of tropical fruit with mango, papaya, passionfruit , cooked oranges, fleshy, pulpy and delicious. Doughy malt is present. The palate opens with a riot of hop flavor, just tons and tons of fruit. Mango, peach, papaya, baked oranges galore with a definite doughy malt character, a little bit like cereal? Not unlike other New England IPAs I've has on this trip east, it's a little messy, lacking in the clean bitterness that ties together all the hop flavors. What bitterness is present is a little minty/ spruce like, interesting but a touch unfocused. Medium in body with a beautiful creamy carbonation, this beer had a long finish, mostly fruity with a little bitterness on the finish. Interestingly, the bitterness does also have a mild astringency, mildly aspirin like. Solid. I'd drink a ton if I could.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz Can!

Appearance - Murky orange hue.

Smell - Citrus and dank.

Taste - Citrus and dank. Delicious.

Feel - Perfect carbonation. Medium attenuation. Very drinkable.

Overall - Very good IPA! Highly recommended!

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Photo of GregA135
4.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one juicy IPA! Loved this beer, for being an IPA it was super easy to drink, perfect amount of hops and bitterness. Poured a cloudy burnt orange color; smelled of citrus, orange, tropical fruits; tasted amazing! Had bits of mango, orange, and grapefruit taste. Everything about this beer is perfect! I need more Tree House in my life!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Nov-11-15

Pours a thick pulpy-cloudy orange-gold with a big three + fingers of frothy beige that settles to a scummy cap. Good retention; sticky dirty-looking lacing. (4.25)

Fruity and bright. Tropical fruits, cracker, green slightly herbal funk. (4.25)

Mango puree and piney weed. Macerated papaya, lime, passion fruit, spruce tips, mango, orange creamsicle, tropical bubbilicious, slightly herbal bitterness in the finish. (4.75)

Smooth, soft, creamy, medium body, light-medium carbonation, very drinkable. (4.5)

Really amazing beer.
This is a nice looking, nice smelling, great tasting/feeling IPA that will make you wonder how so much fruit flavor can come from little green buds on a vine. It pours pretty nice out of an attractive can. The immediate punch of hops hits you upon opening the can. The aroma is subtle but layered with lots of tropical fruit and some earthy green backbone. The flavor, though, is incredible. Sweet and thick, creamy and soft there is tons of mango, some mandarin, overripe melon, pungent pine/herbs/marijuana. The whole thing drinks like a milkshake and makes you want to just slam it.
What I find impressive here is the balance. Every feature seems to be cranked to 11, but I don't think anything really steals the show or overshadows the rest (although there is a wave of mango and dank, bitter "pungentnessness" at the end of each swallow.). Every sip brings a wave of experience and each time I thought it would overwhelm. All it does is make you want more. I could seriously chug the can (and I'm no Bluto--Animal House, not Popeye).
I would absolutely have this one again. Worth searching for until you find it.
Made me audibly groan upon smelling/tasting it. (4.75)

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

Cracked open a can and poured into a Tree House tulip.

Look: A murky burnt orange hue. 1/2 inch head that dissipates. Lacing on the glass.

Smell: Dank citrus with a little pine. Certainly lives up to the name with a lot of orange juice and orange zest/rind on the nose. Tropical fruits as well.

Taste: Citrus, mostly orange, bready malts with lightly lingering bitterness. I liken it to biting into an orange -- skin and all. Bitter, juicy, delicious.

Feel: Mellow carbonation creates an almost creamy mouthfeel. Coats your palate sip after sip with a light bitterness.

Overall: I'm spoiled, because this is truly a world-class IPA that is pretty easy to get a hold of if you live in MA like I do. Stands up to most of the big dogs in its style. Always a treat.

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Photo of dd43
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You'd be hard pressed to come up with a better, more succinct and appropriate name for this beer than Julius. Children of the 80s like myself will harken back to the flavor of Orange Julius when trying this beer. In short, it is god damn amazing.

Beautiful, luscious and thick haze. Prominent and resilient frothy white head. Massive citrus aroma on the nose, orange/tangerine in particular. Crisp mouthfeel, no alcohol bite whatsoever, and that amazing creaminess that Tree House just crushes every time. I don't know if it's their water treatment or what but it's just wonderfully soft while delivering all those big juicy hop flavors.

There aren't any negatives I can offer on any of the Tree House beers I've tried. Honestly they don't just make consistently good beer, they make consistently world class knock your socks into next week beer. The only downside even remotely worth mentioning is you need to drink their hoppy stuff quickly as the freshness is so off the charts that waiting a few weeks will cause a noticeable drop in flavor punch.

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Photo of RLVineh
4.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Juicy, that is all i can say. Amazing beer, nose is fruity and tropical, mango comes out beautifully. Taste is fruity with almost not bite from the bitterness, just hoppy and orange and mango. Absolutely fantastic

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Photo of hasher
4.52/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this the second time fresh (3 days after canning). Much better this time. Dark hazy orange color. Great blend of citrus smell and flavors. Subtle fruit aftertaste. Light carbonation, easy to drink without the heavy bitterness of a typical IPA. Excellent IPA from Tree House. I will be enjoying this over the next couple weeks.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler (11/14/15) into a Tree House teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a fluffy, 2.5 finger powder white head with great retention. Beer is a cloudy and pulpy orange. Lacing is stringy with great cling. Fantastic everywhere except the color.

Nose is citrus, starfruit and cane sugar. Tropical fruit notes of papaya, starfruit pine and grass throughout. Aromatic. Delicious!

Opens sweet citrus, pine and cane sugar. Bready with a smooth malt body in the middle. Biscuity throughout in a way I haven't tasted before. More citrus, pineapple, starfruit and papaya towards the middle and end. Tropical fruit on the finish. Outstanding!

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and quenching in the mouth and goes down soft and watery. Dry finish with a sticky, dry aftertaste. Super drinkable. Carbonation and feel are just right.

This one certainly lives up to the hype. Although I'm not a fan of unfiltered-looking beers, everything else about this beer is top notch. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Remdawg23
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic! As soon as you open the can, you get that citrusy/mango aroma and the taste is just as good. Very smooth for an IPA. Mine of the best beers I've had

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Photo of NWSREM
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can -poured into glass. Appearance is hazy orange with fluffy white head, and decent lacing. Smell is amazing, orange, apricot and mango. Taste is very juicy and tropical orange and mango, with nice hoppy finish. I don't get much bitter grapefruit taste so it seems sweeter than most IPA's. Feels very creamy and juicy. Overall, a great IPA that rivals the best I've had, but with a unique take on the style.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky dark orange. It doesn't get by on its looks, but it does have nice fluffy off white head. Faint aroma of melon. Definitely get a lot of melon, honey, and honey dew in the taste. A little bit of papaya and bitterness on the finish. Flavor is a bit underwhelming and lacks some of the juicy intensity that I enjoy, but it has a very nice soft mouthfeel. Overall, I like Julius, but it's far from the best IPA I've had and it's definitely not the best beer I've had from Tree House.

UPDATE: I am getting more citrus and a touch of bitterness. However, there's still some jello like sweetness from the combination of malt and mouthfeel that's kind of off putting.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.92/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alright. The IPA at the top of the heap for the moment. So stoked to be able to try this. After several cans, I think I'm ready to sketch some thoughts.

Rather than go through the parts, I'll start with the sum: Julius is fruity as hell. But, to my palate, there's just not enough depth of hop flavor, nor balancing bitterness. It suffers under the weight of its richly decadent body, fruity esters combining with sweet malt to make this more like sweetened hop cake than bracing, refreshing IPA. I say all this with some reserve. Julius is not a bad beer in the least. And my guess is that this is exactly the sort of beer the brewers set out to create, so mission accomplished there. For me, though, it just doesn't work as well as so many other beloved IPAs.

Now, as to the parts themselves, Julius is a deep, dark orange in the glass, darn near opaque. Under artificial lighting, it's not especially attractive. It has a nice foamy head to start, though retention isn't great (unlike its intrastate rivals, Trillium, whose brews tend to have head for days). The nose is the strong suit, at least at the start, offering a nice blast of peachy fruitiness, with perhaps some citric notes thrown in too. Unfortunately, once all those dry hop volatiles evaporate, J. gets a bit oversaturatedly fruity and, rather surprisingly, malt forward. Palate is heavy, dense even, and drinkability is not especially high. There's some backing bitterness in there, but it's restrained, letting the fruity esters and hops dominate. In the end, Julius is befitting of its name, reminding me of some tropical-flavored iteration of an Orange Julius, thick, fruity, rich.

So cool to try this brew, which in some ways typifies the NEIPA. For me, I'd gladly sacrifice some of that oversaturated fruitiness for more drinkability and more depth/acuity of flavor. But, for those in the mood for some fruity hop excess, this'll do the trick.

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Photo of Dope
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Canned 11/4/15. A week old.

A: Pours a cloudy orange. Big tall...orange head? It's kinda tan-orange I swear. Great head retention. Fairly limited lacing.

S: Tropical fruit/citrus bomb. Oranges, pineapples, papaya, mango, everything. Very bold, very inviting. Smells like a nice juice blend, you'd never expect this to be beer.

T: More of the same. Big orange juice presence with lots of pineapple and mango to back it up. Huge hop flavors but almost no bitterness up front. Decent caramel sweetness in the middle. Light wave of drying bitterness in the finish gives balance to the initial sweet, fruity flavors. Lingering oranges (peel and all), light grapefruit and great mango flavor.

M: Medium bodied, soft and smooth. Extremely drinkable.

O: Geez. Amazing fruitiness, on par with drinking actual fresh fruit juice. Great citrus and tropical flavors. Surprisingly low bitterness, just enough to balance it out on the back end. Combining this with the soft, smooth mouthfeel puts the drinkability at about a 37 out of 10. Stunningly good beer. Easily the best IPA I've ever had. Heady is the only thing that I've had that is close but that's a different style altogether. Just incredible and a must-try for anyone who even pretends to like IPAs.

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Photo of tonytone
4.62/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a can of this for the first time last night. It was a really good beer but not mind blowing by any means. I still prefer Heady, SOS, Pliny and Hopslam to this. That said, I'd definitely drink it again if I came across it but I won't go out of my way to trade for it again. Looking forward to trying the other TH beers though.

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Photo of BrewRaider
4.46/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An overall great beer. The hazy, opaque look is fantastic, and the aroma is pungently pleasing. Flavor is very tropical fruit -- different than Heady which has more of a grapefruit character (nd which I prefer). Still really delicious. 7% ABV drinks like 4% -- outrageously smooth. The Tree House boys definitely know how to brew.

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Photo of govlady
4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a bright hazy orange with limited foam
S - as soon as you crack this open you can smell the orange, citrus, peach, mango, one of the best smelling IPAs ive ever smelt
T - wow, just a giant fruit bomb that takes over your mouth. one of those beers that gives you a chuckle. juice bomb, citrus, orange, mango.
F - perfect mouthfeel. so smooth, low to moderate carbonation, so drinkable, the fruit coates the mouth as you drink, so good
O - one of the best beers out there. just so delicious. depressing that TH is so far away.

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Photo of allezvousen
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect IPA in my view. It takes a couple of cans to truly appreciate this brew because I initially thought it didn't live up to the hype after the first can/sip. And this is partly due to its complexity. I love the fruit in this but what separates this beer from the rest is the herbal character. You almost feel healthy drinking this. Go drink this before Tree House expands further and, God forbid, something changes about this beer (knock on wood).

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Photo of emount91
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a beautiful orange murky color. decent head retention. smell is very very juicy and tropical. pretty much how the can describes it: oranges, peaches, mangos, plus im getting a hint of bubblegum. taste matches the smell perfectly. big blast of citrus and tropical juice, but rounds off very nicely into bubblegum and peaches. feel is spot on perfect, perfect carbonation, and dry despite the amount of juiciness. knock out brew from Tree House, glad I got a hold of this.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.