Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 1,400
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 6%
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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 Stevedore
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
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 wedge
4.55/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Resuin
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
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 vonnegut21
4.65/5  rDev -0.4%
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 donkeyrunner
4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank you Kunckle Neil

Kinda orange colored? It was getting dark out. Smells like being teabagged by a hop monster. Or motor boating a hop goddess. I prefer that latter but the former seems to convey more "up in it" which is what I'm going for. Dank, dank, dank orange citrus aroma with an accompanying verdant leafy greenness. Tastes like it smells, I'm guessing that Julius is short for Orange Julius. Thick, heavy body laden with hop oil.

We did a comparison with Heady Topper and Julius emerged the victor if that says anything. (534 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtdolla911 for this one. Enjoyed this the night before EBF Session 2.

Poured from a 750ml swingtop growler.

Looks quite nice with an orange-gold body, quite hazy and some drooping lace. Melon, mango and orange are predominant in the aroma. Flavor is very creamy, green hops, bitter but not too much, lush mango and tropical fruit, fleshy orange. Not an in your face IPA but has marked fruit flavors which make it delicious. (435 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, filled 3/16/13
Tree House snifter

A: Unfiltered cloudy orange color. Full finger of slightly off white head. Sticking round and leaving some nice lacing.

S: Fruit bomb on the nose! Big apricot, mango, papaya, and some pineapple. Some sweet malts are in there behind all the hops. Some pine like spice.

T: Nice bitter hops up front. Assault on the tip of the tongue of piney flavors that moves into the mid-palate and hangs out. Those are nice reisinous juicy flavors that you had the nose of as well. Finish is dry and there is some lingering pine notes. Almost puckers the mouth.

M: Medium bodied. Good mouth coating of hops. (637 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
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 bum732
4.42/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.7/5  rDev +0.6%

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 ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,761 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.21/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had this 4 or 5 times now and finally getting around to reviewing. Thanks to Cam for sharing this 750ml growler.

The pour into a snifter is hazy darkish orange with a finger or so of white head, retention and lace are great. This one is huge on citrus and tropical fruit hops, big time melon, mango and oranges stick out the most, with a little bit of weedy/leafy hop. Quite bitter with just a little bit of sugar cookie malt backing. Smooth, well-carbonated mouthfeel, the heft and bitterness of this is surprising for 6.5%. Could pass for a DIPA.

I prefer Green to this personally but still a pretty great IPA. (620 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.55/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Damian
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounces growler purchased at the Tree House Brewing Company, Brimfield, MA
Bottled on 02-23-13
Served in a pint glass

Super cloudy in appearance. This IPA beats even the hoppy Hill Farmstead beers in term of turbidity. The orangey, peachy, straw colored liquid was topped by a one-plus finger tall crop of soapy, eggshell tinged foam. The head fell rather quickly to a clingy ring of froth. Large drippy blocks of lacing cascaded down the top third of the glass.

The nose was perhaps the best ever I have experienced in an IPA. Incredibly fragrant and bright with intense fruity notes. Tons of peach, nectarine and apricot. Lots of tropical fruits as well. Mango and papaya were apparent. Good amount of orange peel. Quite sweet overall. The sweetness however seemed to come from the plethora of fruity C-hop notes rather than from a stiff malty backbone. Dank, resiny hops appeared as well.

The flavor profile was also remarkably impressive. Super strong peach, apricot and nectarine notes led things off. Lots of tangerine and candied orange peel as well. Semi-sweet pale malts were noticeable on the front end, but they were merely there for balance. Intense tropical fruit notes. Mango and pineapple were most apparent. The finish was dry, pithy and semi-bitter and contained strong white grapefruit notes.

The beer was medium bodied. Soft, creamy and pillowy with a fine, mellow carbonation. The first growler I had (which was consumed on the same day it was bottled) had a zippier effervescence to it, but I actually preferred the subtler mouthfeel on the three-day-old growler.

Julius is one of the best IPA I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Many people have compared Tree House Brewing to Hill Farmstead and for good reason. Both are located in bucolic setting and both produce some outstanding IPAs (along with other beers). Needless to say, I am extremely glad to have these guys located in state. (1,950 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.52/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Mikeypnh
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler, about 4 days old. Pours a kind of hazy copper/orange. Small head. Smells nice. Citrus, tropical fruits. A little bitterness in the smell. The taste is very juicy, slight bitterness on the end. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit rind. A little sweet. Very nice display of hops. Nice prickly mouth feel. What a great beer. (337 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler filled this past Saturday

A- beautiful deep hazy burnt orange tones with a fluffy white head

S- Incredible aromatic combinations; initial sweet tangrine/passionfruit citrus burst with some bitter grapefruit rounding it out

T- Just waves of soft passionfruit, mango, tangerine, pummelo, grapefruit, fantastic

M- Full, lush mouthfeel but still dry enough to be insanely drinkable, very dangerous

O- Extremely quaffable, so glad I got a 2L! (450 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Duhast500
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pint can into a Rhode Island Brewfest IPA glass.

The color is a very hazy orange with some nice light orange to yellow highlight around the edges. There is three fingers of foamy white head and some nice thick lacing left on the glass.

The aroma is very fruity with some juicy orange flavor and some nice tangerine. There some great lemon, peach, apple, banana, and even some green grape. There also is a light grassy note that is toward the back but slightly present throughout the nose.

The taste is fruity and slightly tangy with a candy-like flavor. There is more juicy fruit flavor here that takes your senses for a ride. There are hints or tangerine, navel orange, and some banana Now & Later thrown into the mix. There is a sugary sweetness that is like an orange flavored Pixie stick at both ends of the palette as soon as this beer hits the tongue.

The feel of this beer is big and bright with a nice drinkable feel. There is a really nice smoothness here that makes this goes by easy and even when the alcohol tries to make a presence the flavor distracts from things getting too heavy. A really great and tasty IPA, (1,146 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.34/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of ScaryEd
4.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy, copper-orange color with a 2 finger white head that dissipates very quickly.

The smell is an absolute hop monster. There is so much going on in the nose it's almost impossible for me to pinpoint every subtle aroma. There's definitely an alcohol sweetness present, however there are notes of tangerine, freshly-mowed grass, orange juice, some onion, and a bit of bready malt to top it all off. I love the smell of this beer.

The taste is surprisingly well balanced, with some pungent, onion-y like flavors followed by tons of tropical fruit and pine. On the back end the cracker-like malt really brings it all together. This is absolutely a citrus forward beer, but there is so much more going on that calling it that doesn't entirely do it justice. It's more malt forward than a lot of the top IPA's we all know and love, but in this case it's executed to near perfection.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with medium carbonation. None of the flavors linger for too long but I'm always looking for my next sip.

Overall, perhaps not as mindblowing as I was expecting given the hype. But this is still an absolutely fantastic beer that really shows that great IPA's can also have some complexity to them as well. (1,237 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.47/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No canning date visible but acquired from the brewery yesterday, where the canning machinery was visible and was still loaded with more Julius cans to fill.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Hazy amber with an inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Moderate citrus and tropical fruits.

t: Follows the nose with a significant hop bite over a medium plus bready malt base. Bitterness temporarily builds somewhat on the mainly dry finish. Some dankness develops later. Covers its ABV beautifully but leaves one imagining the same recipe could easily work with a DIPA strength ABV.

m: Medium plus, excellent body and good carbonation tingle.

o: A top flight quality IPA, substantial yet refreshing. (773 characters)

Photo of meehandennis
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is certainly the most balanced IPA I have had. I do not get the orange juice flavor everyone else seems to get. Citrusy, yes, but not like I am drinking tropicana. It is insanely crushable, the hops do not over power. I like hoppy beers, but this is so smooth.

Only regret... I only have one to drink! Worth all the hype, go trade for some! (352 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev -2.8%
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)

Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.