Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 1,383
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 1.93%
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Gots: 207 | FT: 3
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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 Jwale73
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BColton1 for being a great growler mule. Served in a standard pint. Pours a dull golden orange with a slight haze to the clarity and a dense, rocky, two-inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a consistent 1/8th inch cap with textured, semi-concentric bands of lacing revealed as the brew recedes. Nose expresses citrus, a slight piney aroma and a hint of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also an herbal character, but not overly bitter, a light toasted malt quality and a hint of spice. Great mouthfeel on this beer - medium-light in body with a creamy texture (almost reminds me of a cask offering) and a trace of oiliness. Overall - these guys are killing it. Julius is top notch - not a bitter hop bomb, but a complex and extremely drinkable American IPA. (813 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%

Big thanks to Deuane for cracking this growler open at Campground Brewdown.

A - Pours hazy peach orange with a beautiful one and a half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a thin white film, leaving sticky webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of freshly zested tropical fruit, a whole field worth of fresh cut grass, sticky pine resin and some mild caramel sweetness. The hops are so strong but not totally over the top.

T - Starts off much more balanced than the nose. The piney, grassy, tropical fruit hop punch is there in spades but the slightly sweet caramel malt is there to hold it in check for the most part. The finish is nearly identical but the bitterness does eventually win out, leaving the palate quite dry.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel with plenty of dryness backing it up. The hops meld amazingly well with the base grain.

O - One of the better IPA's I have had in recent memory. The hops are intense and yet they don't destroy the palate. Now that I have friends in the area I am really looking forward to visiting them in the near future to try all these beers on-tap. (1,155 characters)

Photo of bjmartin14
4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
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 pmarlowe
4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second canned batch (?). Canned about a week and a half ago. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy darkish orange, with two fingers of orange juliuis-tinted, exceptionally fine head. Extremely murky. Superb retention and wide swaths of lacing.

S: Loads of citrus (orange juice, tangerine), a bit of malt, some lemon. Apricot as it warms. A bit muddled.

T: Incredibly juice like. Candied orange, some mango and white grapefruit, a strong floral note, an undertone of pale malt, and a mild, nearly moderate, bitterness towards the back end rounds this out a bit on a long-ish finish. Apricot as it warms. Again, the flavors are delicious but a bit muddled.

M: Medium-full body and a crisp, medium carbonation that cuts through it.

O: Delicious. This is almost more like drinking orange/mango juice than beer, and I say that in a not completely negative way. But that means I’m not entirely sure how I feel towards it. In any case, it’s not quite a god-tier IPA like Alpine Nelson or Heady, but it’s very tasty. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Ljudsignal
4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,114 characters)

Photo of GordonShumway
4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.. (272 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml flip top growler that was filled at 515pm today!

poured into a pair of HF wine stems.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with large bubble creamy white head that 3 fingers tall. Lots of thick lacing and head has good staying power.

Smell: Tropical fruits and citrus. Hint of bready malts.

Taste: Almost moderate bitterness level. Orange peel, tangerines, and tropical fruits. Especially mango, papaya and pineapple. Light juicy pine resin.

Mouthfeel: light bodied almost a medium body beer. Moderate carbonation. Creamy and juice mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall: This has a strong reputation and it is just as good as any Hill Farmstead IPA in my opinion. I get the Orange Julius thing that the brewer was going for every time that I burp, all I taste is oranges and orange rinds. (791 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of Yourahoser
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Just fantastic. Cloudy and orange. Loads of citrus fruit flavor. Just a touch of sweetness on back end. Easy to drink with just a touch of bitter. (150 characters)

Photo of BenderR
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my Favorite IPA and I'm glad I reside close by.

ST: I love the nitro filled 750 ML old school rubber stopper bottles. Love the graphics and the brewery quotes on the bottles.

A: Color - heavly cloudy, medium amber. Pours nicely with thick head. True substance to this brew.

S: Fresh, fruity, hints of pineapple. As beer acclimates to room temp it smells sweeter.

T: Great taste! As gets better as beer acclimates to room temp it gets sweeter. Good sipping beer. High notes of Fruits.

M: Intial burst of flavors when served very cold. Smooth and creamy for a IPA, again - after the beer warms up.

O: I love this brewery and especially this type of beer in particular. Great people and ambience of the brewery, I cant wait to try thier Curiosity and Curioisty two. However, this is my go to beer. (813 characters)

Photo of djgustafson
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can into snifter.

L- Pours a cloudy, murky orange with a bubbly two finger head that sticks around for a bit.

S- Aroma is a mix of tropical fruit and citrus, with a healthy note of dank hops. One of the more impressive IPA noses I've ever smelled. Smells like mango, orange, and hops.

T- Taste is more of the same. Strong orange rind and mango flavors hit the tongue first, followed by a really great hoppy bitterness. The taste lingers on the palate and encourages another sip. Perhaps slightly less bright than the nose, but this is truly an exceptional flavor profile.

F- The consistency is reminiscent of orange juice—just replace pulp with hop oils. Slightly thicker than other IPAs, and it totally works.

O- I tried hard to find faults in this beer and show how hype can impact a beer's ratings. Nope. Didn't happen. This is an unbelievably good IPA, and it's amazing how much flavor is packed into such a relatively low ABV. Seek it out. (959 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
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 (430 characters)

Photo of Chazari99
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. Not too hoppy, and smooth, with very fruity undertones. A slight sour aftertaste, but not too problematic.

Looking forward to more, and trying many of their other offerings. This is, and will continue to be, an excellent beer. (253 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
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! (1,864 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is hazy pale orange color with some clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Tropical, citrus, grassy, pungent, herbal, toasted, bready, and caramel malts.

Taste: Pretty much similar to the aromas. Nice juicy hop flavor, balanced malt backbone, slight bitterness, slight chewiness, and some yeasty notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, light bitterness, a little chewy, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice tropical and citrus juice bomb with a malt backbone to back things. I'll revisit this one in the future. (684 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL swing top growler purchased from the brewery a few hours ago. Pours a murky brownish amber with a 1/4 inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a big whiff of tropical fruits. Pineapple, peach, mango and citrus hops. Smells fantastic. The taste is a lot like the aroma. Big pineapple and peach flavor. Bitter mango with hints of floral hops. I'm surprised this one is only 6.8% because it seems to have a bigger alcohol presence. However it works perfectly with the tropical fruits and is still insanely drinkable. Bitter orange peel at the finish. Heavy, oily mouthfeel. Fruity, bitter and hoppy. Great IPA. Overall, hype warranted. (640 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy but luminescent apricot colour. A nice foamy head recedes rather quickly leaving a thin ring around the edges of the glass.

Smells pretty sweet with a lot of tropical notes like lime, mango, passionfruit, and orange. The sweetness is mostly fruity, probably from light caramel or crystal malt. A bit of dank/grassy aromas in the background.

Tastes much like it smells, with a slightly more resinous flavour. It starts sweet with mango & lime, then moves toward passionfruit and a bit of resin. There's a little more dankness than the nose, which lends a hint of something like onion.

Fantastic pillowy mouthfeel, nicely carbed, with a medium body that's slightly dry on the finish. (702 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
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 JamesStreet
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
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 wedge
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of popery
4.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks, jlindros. The beer is bright orangey gold in color. It's quite hazy, which I rather like for an IPA.. Not that I really dislike clear IPAs. Eh. The head is white and fairly vigorous for a growler pour. Lots of lacing. Good retention. Even after a few minutes and many sips, there's still a solid coating of bubbles on top. The aroma is massively juicy and full of hop flavor. Citrus for days. I remember reading BuckeyeNation use the term "electric tangerine" in a review; that would be a very apt descriptor for this beer. It smells like tangerine juice with a healthy shot of lime. There's also pineapple, kiwi, raspberry, grapefruit and pine. It's like a wonderful citrus drink spiked with a tropical fruit background. Mouthwatering stuff. Little malt presence, which is just fine with me. Taste is similarly big on juicy hop flavors. Pale malt sweetness is well in the background. Tangerine, grapefruit and lime hoppiness dominates with tropical fruits providing highlights. Moderate bitterness. Fairly dry. Tangerine rind finish. Extremely easy to drink. Light, pleasant feel. Seems like normal carbonation. Some hop oiliness. Each sip makes me want more. I feel a bit bad not sharing this growler, but I'm also glad that I didn't. This is a fantastic IPA, fully deserving its acclaim. Tree House continues to impress. (1,331 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
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 M_chav
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
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 jcflorian
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an elite beer in every way.

Taste, Smell, Appearance.

I prefer this to Heady Topper any day of the wk.

Strong fresh squeezed orange taste that I really enjoy. Hops are perfectly suited for this IPA (212 characters)

Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.