Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 1,383
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 6.01%
Wants: 1,207
Gots: 206 | FT: 2
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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 TimZebGir
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%

Open passionpineapplegrapefruit,
Bubbles make an alcoholic soda,
Drink one, drink two,
Drink a whole bottle,
And tell your mom how much you love her.

A: Orangey haze with thick foamy head (3/3)
S: Sweet passionfruit and pineapple nose (11/12)
T: Passionfruit dominates with grapefruit. Still trying to figure out what that after-taste is but I get it in a lot of IPAs it is similar to finishing some salsa and it is mildly unpleasant . Can't taste after second sip. Otherwise perfect. (18/20)
M: Medium bodied and bubbly, super wet but a little dry on finish. (5/5)
O: A delightful IPA defying the piney hop bombs with a very rich complexity. I like fruit, and I like beer. This guy has both in spades. (9/10)
46/50 (719 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 16oz can poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A=Amber to copper, thick white head that slowly dissipates and rings the glass, lacing sticks to side of glass as I sip.

S=Citrus hits you first including orange, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon peel. Some pine and resin hiding in there too. Was expecting a bit more oomph based on all the reviews I have read, but still great!

T=Mostly citrus with nice malt backing and balance of bitterness, malt sweetness, and citrus and resinous hop flavors.

M=Lighter than expected body with moderate carbonation, smooth as silk.

O=Great citrus forward IPA, not my absolute favorite, but I would never turn one down, exited to try their other offerings. (700 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

can enjoyed from a treehouse taster. pours thick murky nectarine lace is sheets of foam on the glass. nose is straight up oj. tangerine/nectarine. what a flavorable ipa. super easy drinking. super delish. worth hunting down. (224 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah! Just filled at the brewery about 2 hours ago... it's fantastic, can't wait to down this growler!

Gently pouring from the growler that's filled all the way to the tippety top, forms a film of liquid gold streaming between the sides of the glass and the main spout of liquid, when it finishes pouring a big frothy 1.5 finger head is left in the aftermath (excuse my pun), that sticks around for a while and leaves lots of soapy lacing like head exploded in the glass. The beer itself is semi hazy, with a nice golden light streaming through the reddish orange peach honey colored beer.

Nose is phenomenal! the bursting bright bodacious tropical fruits fill my nostrils and dance in the receptors, tangerine, light citrusy clementine, a bit of grapefruit and a little passion fruit all waft out in a big tropical fruit blend. A light wave of resin and floral hops come out next with just a bit of a malty base to prop it up. The more I nose, the more the huge wafts of pure grapefruit come out, it's like breaking the little juice packets on a fresh grapefruit. After a while I could practically confuse this for grapefruit juice.

My taste buds await their fate as they prepare for the awesomeness coming out of the glass. First wave of the beer actually brings a light sweet malty base that paves the way for the hops following quickly after. It doesn't take long for fresh grapefruit to rush in. Citrus and tropical fruit just entwine their juiciness with each cell of my tongue and saturate the deliciousness part of my tongue. Between waves of fresh squeezed grapefruit comes light tangerine, passion fruit, papaya, mango, tropical fruit you name it! Hint of a fresh hop resin and pure Citra awesomeness, maybe a little Simcoe, Summit, or Galaxy... it has those delicious profiles. Light bitter rind flavor coming from the mountain of grapefuit, some bitterness but not very bitter initially. I could drink gallons of this without feeling it. Finish is drier but juicy, again tons of grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed just lingering for a long time, like it doesn't want to part with my tongue and my taste buds sure don't want to part with it! A light bitter rind flavor lingering with more tropical fruit flavors, and a little mango and hint resin.

Mouth is med bodied, soft and fluffy at the same time with nice carb, and just a hint of hop oil resin.

Overall, heeelll yeah! Near perfect aroma, super delicious, very drinkable, etc. It's like a lesser boozy, lesser bitter, and lesser resinous version of most of the big Citra Hill farmstead beers, especially SS4 coming to mind, except I only have to drive a few minutes rather than few hours to get it! I can't wait until they expand and I can get a lot more of this growler of pure delicious zen! (2,766 characters)

Photo of von_kaiser
4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
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! (204 characters)

Photo of MissSmisje
4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: pretty, dark orange with. Bone white head that leaves a good deal of lacing and a sizable collar
S: ripe, juicy oranges, some darkness
T: same as the nose, juicy sweetness, with just a touch of pith. refreshing. Like biting into an orange slice during halftime at a soccer game.
F: again, juiciness dominates. Light, but with some body from the sweetness. Some dank and pithy bitterness comes on the finish.
O: excellent. As close to an orange beer as you can get without actual oranges added. (499 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, completely hazed color, with a decent, bubbly head.

Smells utmost juicy, of lime infused orange lemonade and an intriguing amount of grass. The aromas are very focused on the beers juiciness, which makes it perfect for a warmer day, revealing peach pulp among a pleasant dankness.

Has a soft mouthfeel till the end, in which a lively, very bubbly carbonation creates an outstanding refreshment, coating up a distinct hoppiness.

Tastes of a soft fruitiness, entangled in dough whitebread malts, inviting the palate to a fantastic, soft mouthfeel. Its initial softness turns into a pleasant dank flavor, revealing wet grass, amped up by unripe orange peel and tangerine pulp. The malts then develop a natural sweetness, resulting from ripe orange, balanced by crisp lemon peel. Finishes with an outstandingly pleasant, exotic, fruitiness, sparkly carbonation and fitting, well pronounced maltiness which doesn't turn too sweet at no point.

Stunning, extreme rich, exuberant taste profile, leaving no desire unfullfilled as for what to expect from an ipa. Features a generous fruitiness, which offers up a great depth of hoppy flavors, perfectly illustrated by profound malts, which supports the gentle bitterness outstandingly well. (1,255 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy murky orange peach color, with a thin off-white head. There is a bit of carbonation and some lacing. The odor is powerful, IPA, peach, orange, grapefruit, apricot, tropical fruits, passion fruit, clove, a little bit of pine. The taste is crisp, citrus, fruity, orange, grapefruit, apricots, juicy, floral, slightly grassy, slight spice, slight bitterness throughout. (384 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 64 oz counter pressure filled growler into a Treehouse tulip glass. The beer was kegged this morning so an IPA doesn't get much fresher than this.

A - Unfiltered IPA porn. This beer pours a gorgeous hazy peach/orange body. Super hazy and holding it up to the light just illuminates that perfect color. Three fingers of an off-white head with sticky lacing and long lasting retention. Thick edging sticks around the whole time. I can't imagine a beer looking any better than this.

S - I had a few pours of this earlier and saved half of it to properly review later. When I reopened the growler I got a release of carbonation and with it a blast of rich and sweet tropical notes. In the glass I get layers of bitter grapefruit, sweet yet under ripe peaches, mango, and a faint touch of biscuits.

T - A rather unique hop profile that really makes itself stand out from other IPA's. Bitter grapefruit lead into super sweet concentrated peach juice. Its almost tropical, but the level of sweetness really points toward a peach or apricot for me. Finishes with a touch of clean crackers and a quick hit of bitterness. It starts off being very concentrated, juicy, and sweet but it quickly transitions into a very clean and refreshing finish.

M - Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. The level of bitterness is just perfect here, quick and intense but fades away pleasantly. Crazy drinkable.

O - For a beer that is being brewed out of a shed in a guys front yard in Central Massachusetts...this is just fucking phenomenal stuff. Totally impressed and left wishing I had purchased many, many more growlers of this. The next Hill Farmstead? Probably not. But I am very lucky to have this place so close to me. (1,729 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful, hazy light copper, slightly orange. Pours out of the 750ml bottle with about an inch worth of head that reduces to a thin covering and leaves a thin layer of lacing on the glass. Poured into a Tree House tulip glass. The glass is very much worth the purchase by the way.

S - Can't imagine better. I love the fresh hop smell. I honestly compare it to Heady Topper.

T - A direct path fromthe smell. Wonderful fresh hops that remain fresh and do not change throught the experience. Fresh, day-old hops. Grapefruit is the first of the citrusy elements that comes to mind, but I can't pick out the individual flavors.

M - Velvet. A true pleasure to drink.

O - I ranked it a 4.5 but it could go higher. It's more than worth the initial investment of (well crafted) Tree House bottles and the cost of the fill - along with the drive from Boston. I have a 2 Litre in the fridge for a Memorial Day party and I'm tempted to dive into it right away. (959 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep hazy orange pour with a big foamy white head. Tropical fruits on the nose. Mango, pineapple, and guava. Not getting any pine or rind on the nose. Very bright and juicy. Taste is right there. Not slick and bitter like a west coast IPA but not malty either. Perfect balance that has enough malt to carry the sweet tropical fruit flavors. I don't really get citrus or pine from this. It is much different than most other IPAs, which makes it so delicious. Very easy drinking and tasty. (487 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer will make you smile.

Think of how happy a summertime Orange Creamsicle made you feel as a child, then imagine that same joy being infused into an adult ice cream in the form of a beer.

Julius tastes like fresh orange slices dropped into a juicy IPA. 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 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. (826 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler filled 8/1/2014, poured into a Lawson's snifter 8/10/2014.

A- Hazy deep orange body, one finger white head with the right amount of retention and rings of lacing. Great lookin' beer.

S- Juicy citrus, grapefruit and sweet bready pale malt. I don't know how this smells so good, but it does. Again this is really dang juicy. I understand where the name comes from now.

F- Somehow, this beer tastes better than it smells. Citrus, oranges, grapefruits, mango, passion fruit, bread and caramel with more oranges and a slightly grassy citrus finish. Really juicy but balanced. Fantastic stuff.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a nice peppy carbonation. Phenomenal and very drinkable. Juicy, citrus zesty finish that is bitter but just the right amount of bitter grassiness to keep it interesting without interfering with drinkability.

O- Fantastic IPA. This one is worth its weight in gold... and more. Probably the most enjoyable single IPA I've had the chance to drink. I will have to obtain more of these on a regular basis! (1,049 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a tulip. This was filled at the brewery 3 hours ago.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber and leaves a nice two-finger, pretty dense off-white head that hangs around for a while. Lacing covers the glass and remains as I swish the beer in the glass.

Smell: Delicious tropical citrus upfront, peaches, mango, grapefruit. The aroma really jumps out at me in a wonderful way.

Taste: Again peach, mango, grapefruit and citrus. This is like a delicious hopfruit juice. Finishes with a nice malt backbone.

Mouth-feel: Very smooth, light to medium body with a low to medium carbonation. Very similar to a juice or a cask beer.

Overall: A wonderful fruit-flavor-forward hoppy beer. Extreme drinkability and extremely refreshing. Very impressive IPA. (777 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a can of this on a trade as an extra. Very simple cool can. Basically a silver tin can with a simple orange logo. Poured into a glass. Very cloudy pale straw body. Smells so good. Lots of citrus in the aroma. Just amazing aroma. Big fruity taste. Tons of citrus and orange come though. Fairly bitter as well. Absolutely excellent beer. (339 characters)

Photo of JonathanC
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Essentially one of the most drinkable IPA's i've ever had. It's smooth, fruity like biting into an orange peel.

I get notes of passion fruit, orange skin, mango, maybe even some pinapple.

Very bright citrus notes with just the right amount of hopiness and carb. It would be perfect to lay by the pool and sip on this on a hot sunny day. I french pressed some blackberry and blueberry into it and it just brought out more of the fruit. (436 characters)

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! (449 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed from 16 oz can (canned 5/6). This was everything I was hoping for. Beautiful cloudy appearance. Citrusy/piney smell. Perfectly balanced sweet and bitter taste. (171 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2L growler poured into a Tree House tulip.

Creamsicle orange with pronounced haze and a finger of off-white foam. Enough residual lacing to give me flashbacks of previous girlfriends. Can't wait to dig in. The nose gives hints of guava, mango, and peaches. A hint of over ripened tangerines and fresh baked bread as it warms. The taste is an abundance of tropical juices, with some peppered grapefruit on the finish. The alcohol is barely detectable, and the mouthfeel is a tad creamy. At 6.8% abv, they packed a ton of flavorful hops in this beer, and it shows. If you find yourself in Monson, MA, do yourself a favor and pay a visit to Tree House Brewing. These guys have created a world-class IPA that lives up to the hype. I think I'll have another. Larrrrrrrrrge. (769 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.7/5  rDev +0.9%

Growler courtesy of Cam....oh man, what a great surprise. Thank you buddy!

Rich orange, big fluff, pillows of lace....wow!

Big waves of citrus...orange, tangerine, nectarine...so damn fruity.

Huge notes of citrus here as well, baby aspirin, some caramel and bready malts for firm yet welcomed support, and a light grassy bitterness that keeps things honest.

Sweet and lightly syrupy but modestly carbonated allows this to feel juicy as well.

So much to like here and just a ridiculous amount of fresh hops and citrus twang with enough malt support and gentle bitters to keep everyone playing nicely. Damn Cam...thank you! (627 characters)

Photo of Erockruns
4.7/5  rDev +0.9%

Just an amazing representation of the single IPA. Tree House pretty much knocks it out of the park with everything they brew and it's obvious why Julius is the flagship. I've been fortunate and have had many offerings from them and they produce the finest beer in MA, hands down. That's considering the stiff competition from others like Trillium, Pretty Things, etc...

In my mind, Julius is best described as a blast of citrus followed by a dank, earthy rustic backing that glides to the finish. Could pretty much replace your morning OJ with this one! (560 characters)

Photo of mrz200
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to hoppymcgee for the hook up on this can! Thanks!!!

A - Poured a very dark orange; cloudy and opaque. A thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Orange, grapefruit, mango and a hint of caramel sweetness.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with juicy peach, mango, tangerine and passion fruit notes. A hint of caramel/honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

M - Medium body, chewy and oily. Light carbonation. The perfect IPA mouth feel.

O - This lived up to the hype for me. Hopefully I will be able to revisit this one at some point. (563 characters)

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