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Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class
424 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
424
Ratings:
2,834
Avg:
4.64
pDev:
6.47%
 
 
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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 Jacobob10
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, packaged on 10/27/15. "Live wild" on the bottom of the can.

Pale amber and cloudy, almost murky, with a big, creamy, persistent white head. Good lacing on the glass too. The aroma is heavy on the hops, but you knew that already. Citrus, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and peach come to mind. Faint grainy malts in the background, but make no mistake, this is all about showcasing the hops. Long lasting, juicy hop flavor that makes for a bitter finish. That being said, it's smooth on the palate. Medium-full bodied and chewy, with a bit of warmth as it goes down.

This beer is bright and fruity, to say the least. Probably better suited for the summertime, as opposed to a cool winter night. I prefer hoppy beers to be a little cleaner than the new breed of cloudy IPAs that are being produced, however a massively fruity IPA such as this is a rare treat to indulge in. Thank you, Ian, for not one, but two cans of this excellent brew!

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Photo of DannyS
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Johtro
4.31/5  rDev -7.1%
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 jdhowe
4.31/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyable and drinkable, but honestly I was a touch underwhelmed following the hype this has. I definitely preferred Sap, but I wouldn't turn Julius down!

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful hazy orange color. Good mango, citrus aroma. Poor malt body and a harsh lingering bitterness. Good IPA, probably even wonderful, but not earthshatteringly awesome.

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Photo of uvachief
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. Pours a yellow orange opaque color with a full finger of fluffy white head that lingered for a while with nice lacing. Beautiful looking American pale ale. Smells of oranges, mangos and other citrus fruits I cannot identify. Want to say pink grapefruit. Little hop smell too. Taste is super citrus forward with a rush of mango and oranges. Little hop bitterness on the back in but overpowered by the citrus. Really juicy. Definitely more hoppy as it warms up and you drink it. Really good but I'm not giving it a 100. Thicker than most imperial pale ales. Almost like a thin stout. Really drinkable. You could down a case on a hot summer day. Ready glad I got to try this. Excellent juice bomb.

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Photo of michaelpearson
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a growler, that sat for 1 day.

Pours a bright hazy goldenrod. With a striking white head.

Smells juicy and fruity. Almost more peach and mango than citrus.

Hits the pallet with a burst of juice. Sweet and fruity, once again more mango and peach notes then citrus. The mid pallet is pleasantly grassy, and it leaves just a hint of pine bite at the end. The juiciness lingers in the mouth with a hint of hop character.

Given the number of times I have used juicy in this review Julius is not just a cleaver name. Either that, or the name provides an incredible priming effect.

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Photo of Treebs
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
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 StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

you know, its a pretty cool surprise when your friend scores one of these, doesnt know what it is, and then after finding out, wants to open it right up and share it. thanks to claystation for making this friday a special one. a pint can poured into a pair of mason jars (in the parking lot at a golf course). its milky and more than hazy, downright thick with sediment, looks under attenuated and weirdly greenish orange under a two inch bubble cushion of pure white. it would be unattractive by ipa standards if i wasnt so used to the vermont style ipas. the nose is fantastic, really fruity punchy, with mango and orange for sure, smells like fresh juice, really awesome hop profile to it. is it mosaic in here or what? the taste matches the nose, i was happy to see the vibrant nature of the hops carry over. its super fresh tasting, and aggressive as they go, packing some bitterness to back it up. the grain doesnt seem to contribute anything too unique on the flavor, maybe a pinch of wheat in here, it has some real full body, but isnt heavy in any way thanks to its radiant carbonation. i taste it for a long time after its gone too, bitter hops and orange zest on my palate all day. now, this is pretty special ipa, some really top level suds, but is it the tenth best beer in the world as its listed here on BA? im not so sure. i liked their alter ego even better than this one, and wonder how much high marks come from hype. dont get me wrong, its amazing, but is it way better than so many other forgotten india pales not on this list? not in my humble opinion. thanks again to claystation for making this rarity (in colorado) a reality!

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Photo of vicinandp
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Going to start this off by saying I was slightly underwhelmed with all the hype behind Julius and Green, by no means were these bad beers they just have been overhyped and like most things the hype is usually greater than the final product. First off the nose of this was an absolute citrus bomb, tons of orange, grapefruit, orange pith, just citrus fruit. I dont know who had to sell their soul to the devil because I dont understand how treehouse makes their beers have a mouth feel this good. Taste similarly follows the nose but not as juice bomb as I have experienced with some of treehouse or trilliums other beers. Good malt bill but not as much hop bite as I would like. Outstanding beer but I do believe its overhyped.

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Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- My second 750ml of this throughout the last week. Poured into two snifters with a slightly hazed apricot amber body. The head is white and foamy, frothy textured rising to about one finger. Decent retention and lacing is a mix of webs, sheets and spots.

S- A lot of melon and juicy cantaloupe bursts out of the growler as soon as it is opened. After some inspection a bushel of juicy tropical and stone fruits rises out of the glass. Mango, tangerine, peach and some citrus as well.

T- Becomes a bit more citrus forward here with a notable zesty bitterness coming to mind. Orange is quite big with a bit of lemon zest in there as well. The fruits from the nose carry over with mango, melon, cantaloupe, peach, apricot and general tropical fruits coating the palate.

MF- Medium bodied with a slightly creamy and frothy consistency. Carbonation still at a high level after a week in the growler. Finishes moderately bitter.

Very juicy fruity in the nose as well as the flavor but in the latter a nice bitter citrus zest hop feel opens up. Certainly a great "flagship" or staple of a brewery. I have had this a few times now and it seems to just get better and better.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.36/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler from Reagan1984. Served in a taster pint and shared with friends.

A - White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and leaves behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Hazed orange body.

S - Reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust actually, but with a tad more sugary malt sweetness. Massive citrus, light dankness and onion in the periphery.

T - The taste is quite similar, with loads of citrus, light tropical melon and mango, and some balancing brown sugar malts. Very low bitterness, as one would expect from a Citra-heavy brew.

M - Soft, growler-style carbonation. Medium body, no alcohol presence, and a dry, crisp finish.

D - A great brew that is supremely drinkable. A tiny bit sweeter than I prefer, but on the whole pretty excellent stuff. Would happily drink this again any time. The growler emptied in record time and I may have to ask Greg for a full 64oz next time he heads to Tree House.

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Photo of Slack
4.36/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold in color with a fair amount of heads that settled to about an 1/8". Lacing is moderate to heavy as the beer was consumed.

Smell is piney resin, citrus - orange, grapefruit, and lemon, and some malty sweetness.

Taste is citrus and hoppy. Pineapple, mango, and orange come out as it warms. Malt sweetness is also present.

Mouthful is medium with medium carbonation, smooth. Finish is dry and lingering.

Overall I am surprised at how nice of an IPA this is. The flavors are bright and not overwhelming. The balance is there along with the drink ability. Very pleasurable. Seek out.

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Photo of Docrock
4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can into a teku glass. Can dated 10-6-15 so exactly 2 weeks old.

A: pours a funky orange color, like murky Tang almost. Decent 1/2" of head and nice sticky lacing.
S: one of the most interesting smelling IPA's I've ever smelled. Lots of fruit, specifically citrus and mango and it is bursting out of the glass. As soon as I popped the can the aroma was evident.
T: not as impressive as the smell. The fruitiness is present but quickly fades and leaves just a slight dry bitterness.
M: mouthfeel was just above average. Carbonation was appropriate but nothing out of the ordinary.
O: glad I got to try it, have another can to do a side by side with Alter Ego. Nowhere near the best IPA out there, not even in the top ten for my tastes. Would drink again if given to me but not gonna try and trade as its value is way over inflated..

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Photo of danh53
4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
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 FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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 ELS
4.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't get me wrong, this is a very good, juicy IPA that is very drinkable, it's just not that interesting/complex with the flavor. It's pretty much has all citrus and mango tasting notes with a nice bitter hit of hops that isn't overpowering. Is it the best IPA out there? No. I prefer an IPA that can give you some piney, dank and even sour flavors. Is it the best one dimensional juice bomb of an IPA? Quite possibly.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.39/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml THB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First THB glass pours with a 1/2" beige head, over the totally cloudy orangey amber brew. Head is promptly down to an uneven skim, with slow-falling coating lace. Aroma is pungent oranges and tangerines. Wow.

Taste starts fruity sweet, tangerines in the middle, and then a orange zest bitter in the close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Nice one.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing-top growler, obtained fresh from the brewery about an hour ago.

A: Murky and hazy on the pour, like swamp water. Orange with tinges of ruby red. An inch and a half of white head settles shortly. Spotty lacing. This looks like something that came out of a juicer. Not the most appealing beer to behold.

S: Dank and tropical on the nose. Lots of mango puree, pineapple, peach, apricot, mandarin orange, grapefruit. Hemp and dank hop oils. Herbal and a touch oniony. Faint whiffs of a grainy malt base.

T: Fresh and bold hop flavors. Burst of mandarin orange, blood orange, and mango. Pineapple, apricot, peach, white grapefruit et al. Hemp seed. Pine resin. Firm and even level of bitterness throughout. Background taste of tropical esters and a hint of peppery alcohol. Malt base is barely perceptible, just faint whispers of caramel, bread, and grain. One last explosion of fresh citrus fruits and leafy bitter herbs toward the end rides it out into a lingering finish.

M: Medium body. The texture is creamy and slightly chewy, creating a little more substance, heft, and fullness in the mouth. Slight prickling carbonation.

O: So it looks like something that came out of a juicer. It won't win any awards based on its appearance. It also tastes like something that came out of a juicer, but in this case that's a good thing. This is extremely vibrant and fresh-tasting straight from the source. Comparisons have been made between Treehouse beers and the brews that Hill Farmstead creates. I would say that's fair. Both breweries make beers that have that hand-crafted rough around the edges feel, but with a freshness and 'pop' that really satisfies. If you find yourself in the area, it is absolutely worth the trek to this remote brewery.

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Photo of Boto
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A friend picked up a growler from the brewery: this is the first of their beers that I have had. It lived up to the hype: this is an excellent IPA. It pours an orangish color with a nice head on it. Nice nose. It’s fairly hoppy, with orange and tropical notes. The taste is also quite good. Lots of tropical and orange hoppy flavors. A faint sweetness from the malt body. Very smooth. A very nice beer. Edit: Have had the canned version now too. It is equally good!

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a one week old can poured into snifter. I thought this was a good IPA, but definitely overhyped. I don't think it holds a flame to some other IPA options out there, especially in the NE region. While it's got a great smell and taste, it had a tad too much malt presence and was not as citrus or juicy as anticipated. Still a great beer, but not a 100 score for me. I had this next to MBC Dinner and it blew Julius away.

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Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: Bright tropical fruits, heavy mango and orange, grapefruit and passion fruit complementing, some dankness as well.

L: Very cloudy, burnt orange, creamy white head with solid retention and lacing.

T: Ripe, heavy mango up front with a semi-sweet caramal malt complementing. Medium, fruity bitterness leading into some slight dankness. Definitely mango fruit forward throughout. Finishes slightly resiny and dry.

M: Medium low carbonation, very smooth and clean. Medium bodied.

Great IPA, not sure if its worth the 1.5 hr wait, but nice fruitiness and dangerously drinkable. Probably has a bit more bitterness when carbed properly instead of directly out of a growler.

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Photo of lic217
4.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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 CTJman
4.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My rating is based on batch variation. Sometimes the beer is a legit 4.5 and sometimes a 3.5.

When it's on its like straight citrus to your tastebuds

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.