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Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 1,585
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 6.41%
Wants: 1,343
Gots: 278 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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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Reviews: 193 | Hads: 1,585
Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -3.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.2%
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. 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, with a medium body and ever so slightly drying alcohol on the finish. (626 characters)

Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, hazy bright orange appearance that is almost artificial color. A tropical citrus nose is predominant, with a hint of bitterness in the aroma. Bitterness and citrus bursts out of the glass but blend well together to create a well balanced product. Mouth feel is not exactly as astoundingly soft and cloudy as some of Treehouse's other offerings, but this is definitely an improvement over many other IPA's I've had. Overall I would drink this again but probably not soon due to the limited availability and lack of distribution, however hopefully they will begin making this beer more en mass. (607 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev -3%
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 -2.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -2.6%
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 Nicole15
4.57/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy orange. A thick white head dissipates into nice lacing all the way down. Aroma is tropical fruit, think mango and pineapple. The taste is more fruit and orange peal. Great all around beer. (213 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.57/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The can I had was apparently from a June batch and I was still seriously impressed with this beer. Citrus notes still strong, hazy pour with plenty of carbonation leaving silky lacing. My wife even loved it which for her is a rare thing since she hardly touches beer at all. I would love to try some of this fresh! (317 characters)

Photo of popery
4.57/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -1.9%
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 jcflorian
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
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)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%

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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 MakeMineADoubleJack
4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In a world of IPAs that taste awfully similar, here is Julius. It may not be the absolute perfect tasting IPA I've ever had, but it really is a bit of a curveball from the average IPA flavor profile. Like it's name might possibly suggest, this baby is all oranges: orange rind, orange pulp, orange juice, Tang, orange gummy bears. The potency of the oranges becomes even more apparent as the beer warms to room temperature. I'd even suggest drinking Julius at a chill level closer to room temperature because the flavors really expand. From Tree House, I personally prefer Green, but Julius is a lovely little beast. (616 characters)

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my current favorite "readily available" options. Juicy and drinkable... this beer looks, smells, and tastes very much like you would expect: orange/tropical fruit juice beer, at least as much as you could get orange juice and tropical fruit out of an IPA/APA. I couldn't convince my non-BA brother that this wasn't brewed with juice/fruit/zest... (355 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 M_chav
4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 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 aleigator
4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -1.1%
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)

Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.