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King Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 361
Avg: 4.75
pDev: 5.26%
Wants: 397
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jlindros on 12-09-2012

The holiday season has a way of stirring up nostalgia. In late 2012, we brewed King Julius on our original Brew Magic brewing system - a whole ten gallons of it! Despite the size of the batch, the memory of it is enormous in our hearts. The thought of it brings us back to our cozy Brimfield barn, with the wood stove cranking, the record player spinning, Santa Dean mulling about, and Lauren and Kim filling growlers out of a modified chest freezer in a small nook under a wooden staircase. As we continue to move forward in our journey it felt like the perfect time to pay homage to our beginnings. King Julius is our endeavor to marry our past with what we aspire to be in the future. King Julius is an American Double IPA brewed to be an exceptionally flavorful, juicy, and hop saturated beer while never tiring the palate. It’s vivid citrus aromas give way to flavors of orange creamsicle, mango smoothie, and a bounty of fresh tropical fruit. We find it to be supremely soft in the midst of an onslaught of flavor. . . A beer we are quite proud of.
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Photo of cbutova
4.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pre-Doppelganger, a heavyweight bout of some Tree House big boys.

A- Pale body with an orange tinge and a massive cloud of residual hop particles clouding the glass heavily. Milky even. A fairly thick white creamy cap ascends to over a finger in my tulip with good retention. Lacing stays around with whispy webs.

S- Hops are beyond intense and pungent with orange juice and tropical fruit juice competing for dominance while they both lead into dank herbs, floral and stone fruit notes. Hops o plenty with a spiffy clean yeast ferment and pale cracked grain hints.

T- The fresh squeezed orange juice is strong with this one as it reminds me of the glorious aftertaste of OJ, the citrus is compounded with a semi bitter ruby red grapefruit flesh and juicy feel. Tropical fruit nectar is also very strong here with mango, peach and some passionfruit playing with intense dank weed. Beyond the barrage of fruits is floral, herbal, slight pine, pale cereal grain and the slightest sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied with a semi chewy creaminess and certain frothy texture. Carbonation rains down on the palate at a high level promoting supreme hop pungency. Moderately clean bitter ending.

What more can I say? Tree House is the boss of the hops. This isn't my personal favorite of the TH IPAs but it once again shows they know what they are doing and can get a certain flavor profile with intense hop bills.

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Photo of ajcuster89
4.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at least 10 times, both out of the can and out of the growler, no more than a week old. No other beer I've had has made me burp up more hop flavor than KJ. Everything you love about Dr. J, but turned up to 11. Juicy beyond juicy, great out of the can or in a glass. A true treat. Trade whatever you can to get some of this fresh!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a kind of ugly turbid brownish copper color with a nice, fluffy off-white head. Definitely not a looker, but neither are a lot of great beers. We move on.

S: Much better. Like a Costco frozen tropical fruit medley smoothie. Orange pulp, light pineapple and guava, maybe even a little bit of strawberry and some powdery malt in the background.

T: To be totally honest, this doesn't live up to the hype for me. Way more malt forward than I was expecting and the heaviness of the malt takes away from everything under it. Some honey and orange in here, along with maybe a little bit of pineapple. The smoothness is pretty remarkable in this and there's not much in the way of bitterness, just a kiss of pine resin and lingering orange pulp on the finish. A very tasty beer, but I wouldn't say it's head and shoulders above the rest of Tree House's other IPAs.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

King Julius was the top hoppy beer for me at EBF. Everything I love about Julius, but taken up another notch. So juicy and so balanced for a double IPA. Tremendous.

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Photo of jjdc
4.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Anyone who has had Julius will know what they are in for with this one. Great pulpy, juicy flavor that is like a fresh squeezed glass of OJ. Pretty similar to the original, which I preferred a tad more (along with Curiosity 22). Both seemed to have a little better nose and brighter tropical flavors. Still, this is really great.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a pint can into tulip glasses, purchased 1/29/16:

Appearance: golden-orange and quite hazy, though no sediment is visible. Huge, lingering white head that leaves tons of sticky lace rings as the brew is drunk.

Aroma: ridiculously pungent hop aroma, tons of tropical fruit, citrus, etc. No malt whatsoever evident. Smells incredibly refreshing and crisp. Individual fruit flavors that I can pick out amongst the hops are peach, orange, and maybe some mango.

Taste: following the smell, it's an incredibly fresh and potent punch of hops. Saturates the palate with tropical smoothie type flavors, with peach, orange, and pineapple present. Not much in the way of bitterness; perhaps a little dankness on the finish. OVerall, though, it's pretty much a straight-up juice bomb.

Feel: thick, with a medium body, and medium carbonation. Leaves a lingering stickiness on the palate that begs for another sip.

Overall: I only got a couple cans of this brew, but they were worth the long drive and wait. I do not know how Tree House gets so much flavor out of hops, but I will happily savor the results.

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Photo of Damian
4.49/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Monson, MA
01 28 16
Served in a snifter

Totally opaque, dull orangey-amber appearance. One of the cloudiest beers I have ever seen. The liquid was topped by a creamy, frothy, finger tall, eggshell colored crown that quickly dropped to a barely there film. A bubbly collar encircled the liquid. After every sip, a thin wall of lacing coated the glass, but it quickly broke apart into small droplets.

The aroma was super hoppy and very citrusy. Orange notes dominated. Uber juicy and sweet. Tangerine came through as well. Tropical fruits were also quite noticeable. Loads of mango. Good amount of peach. Really fruity and bright.

The flavor profile featured more of the same. It was super hoppy and very citrus forward. Loads of juicy orange and tangerine notes. Slightly sweet. Orange sherbet came to mind. Intense peach and apricot notes. Some overripe mango as well. The beer finished with notes of candied orange peel and just a hint of rind-like pith. At 8.2% ABV, this drank amazingly well.

The mouthfeel was uber frothy and smooth. Medium bodied for the style. Fluffy and supple on the palate. Pillowy soft. The beer contained a fine, zippy effervescence.

King Julius is an incredibly juicy and flavorful double IPA, but perhaps it was a bit more one dimensional than I had hoped. While the beer displayed some amazing bright and intense citrus notes, it could have been more complex.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything it's cracked up to be. Treehouse can do no wrong. Unicorns, show ponies , where's the beef! Amazing awesome fantastic, so good. Just trying to get to 150 characters.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my first time trying any treehouse brew. I acquired a few of these in a trade, and I am blown away. The color is something ive never seen before, a hazy orange juice look. The aroma about knocked me out, and after tasting it... I'd be happy if this was the only brew I could drink for the rest of my life. Wow. This is the only time Ive given a perfect 5, and as hard as it is for me to do, this certainly deserves it.

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Photo of mayxday
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened a week after canning. After opening the can the room was immediately filled with big hop and fruit aromas. In the glass this smells like a giant glass of orange juice with every delicious juicy fruit mixed in. Just an amazing smell. This beer tastes like it smells, a wonderful juicy bomb of citrus and hoppiness. Minimal bitterness and a well balanced profile make the 8% alcohol in this beer dangerously hard to find. This is truly one of the best IPAs I have ever had. In my mind tied with King Sue and DDH Fort Point Pale Ale. Well worth what it takes to get this beer.

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Photo of Butznutz
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bought from brewery 1/30/16 and drank next day

poured into a tulip glass. the amazing experience began with the visual...creamy slight head, beautiful orange hue with a creaminess to the body. then the aroma..brought me back to a fresh fruit buffet in hawaii, mango, papaya, pineapple ..maybe lime?? beautiful tropical bouquet yet it cant hide the danky hops within. from the minute it hits the mouth, its creaminess is welcoming, the fruits make their mark and you get maybe the best finish ever with the hops taking over in a complimentary fashion with zero bitterness. it all blends into the damn finest beer Ive ever had. Well worth the 45 minute wait, i just wish the limit was more than two 16oz cans. i should note that the KJ was sandwiched in between a Maine Dinner and a Heady. While the Dinner is amazing in its own right, the King was just a tad more special. So good that the Heady Topper i drank afterwards tasted dare i say...ordinary in comparison.

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Photo of fireazzi
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best IPA / Double IPA I have ever had. It is somehow juicier than Julius and no boozy taste. It smells great and is absolutely delicious. I did a blind taste test with Julius, In Perptuity, and Alter Ego and this easily was the best out of the four beers. Hope to come across this one more often, hopefully Treehouse makes this one a regular.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've been looking forward to this one forever. 750ml growler into a Grrrz teku. Shared with schen9303.

The beer looks identical to Julius. Same pulpy color, same fluffy white head, same great lace. Smells the same too. Big, juicy, bright citrus and tropical fruit notes make it seem like I'm about to bite into a tropical fruit smoothie with lots of citrus. At first taste, I can't really tell the difference between this and Julius. However, I open a can of the latter for a side-by-side and this one is sweeter and juicier. The hop profile is less forward but its stuffed with tropical and citrus fruit. I don't know if a beer could be juicier. If you like that type of IPA, there is no better tasting beer in the world.

The feel is just spot on. Soft, drinkable yet full bodied and the ABV is hidden so well, this is just as easy drinking as the single IPA form.

I hope Treehouse starts turn out more of this as its too good to just be a once-in-a-while brew. The best IIPA I've had to date, this will make you start saying "Heady who"? and "Hill Farmstead what"?

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Photo of bobv
4.55/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. growler filled yesterday.
Look: Pours a beautiful 3/4 inch head.
Smell: So nice and tropical.
Taste: Julius's twin, only a tad boozier.
Feel: this is where it lacks a bit...
Overall: So glad I got to try this, and gladder still that I have another 750. ;)

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Photo of Hootie159
4.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From growler. Burnt orange, orange juice. Multi finger froth head. Quick dissipation but a layer keeps as it goes down. Elite lacing. To steal my friend's description of the smell, it smells like the brewery. Well vice versa. Hint of malt with saturated hops with a fruit juiciness. A good bitterness element. Juice flavor shines. Anything and everything in that orange and grapefruit family. Like Charles Barkley gave them his Orange Bowl "oranges". Feels like carbonated juice. Like a shake/float but without anything that would be gross in an ipa. King indeed.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy burnt orange color with a thick creamy, pillowy head on that lingers nicely throughout. Thick, sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is orange, mango, bright tropical. Flavors reflect the same, very nice bitter flavor to balance with the sweetness of the tropical, mango, orange flavors. Drinks extremely smooth, like a tropical smoothie. Long live the King!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a Treehouse tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery yesterday.

Pours an orange-juice like super cloudy body with a big, frothy off-white head that sticks around for a while, eventually reducing to a layer of foam, leaving dotty lacing. Really nice head.

Aromas have that typical Treehouse over-ripe fruit, super citrusy, tropical character, fresh hops straight out of the bag, grapefruit, tangerine.

On the tongue it's a tad sweet upfront with lots of citrus / clementine, orange creamsicle, grapefruit, pineapple, and very little if any bitterness. A straight tropical fruit bomb.

Mouthfeel is creamy but there is zero indication of alcohol which is crazy considering this is 8.2%. A little low on the carbonation, I prefer a little more.

Just as great as I had expected. Honestly a little smoother than Julius.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.88/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Typical treehouse look, bright orange hazy beer, burnt orange in the center. Frothy white head and a bit of lacing.
S: Also pretty standard, tropical fruit forward, with citrus. What sets this one apart for me at least is a mintiness hidden in there. Also get a sweet honey smell as well
T: Weird to me. Has the typical tropical fruit, mango thing going on. But at the end is this bite, not so much bitter as it is spicy and minty. IDK if its just me but I find it really intriguing.
F: Smooth as a beer possibly could be. Frothy, silky and full mouthfeel. My kind of beer.
O: I really don't like giving out 5's. I feel like there is always room for improvement, but quite frankly this beer did it for me. Not my first Treehouse beer but there's just something about this one.

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Photo of aleigator
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an entirely clouded pineapple juice colored beer, with a one finger broad, bubbly head.

Smells of ripe oranges, peach pulp, mango and white lemon zest among a sherbet sweetness, resulting entirely from the hops. A kiwi supported dankness compliments the lemon, adding a citraic freshness to the nose. As simple as it is, there are no malts being recognizable on the nose. The fruits develop a fantastic depth by themselves, creating a luscious fruit richness, tied together by crisp lemon.

While the beer drinks very refreshing, due to its juicy hop profile, no carbonation bubbles touch the tongue at all, as a pillowy softness provides a world class softness from the kickoff till the end. It coates the tongue, while the beers body easily provides enough depth to maintain the taste interesting.

Builds up a nice aqueous softness, instantly referring to the wonderfully silk mouthfeel, on which juicy orange, mango and papaya become noteable. Once crisp lime massages the palate, the fruitiness turns riper and more pungent, while getting balanced by gentle toffee malts. Those malts then get swallowed by slightly dank, slightly resinous qualities, adding to the lime's richness. Finishes slightly dry, still outstandingly fruity, with prickly kiwi now adding to the sweeter exotic fruits, creating a wonderful fruit bouquet among its initial, creamy softness.

Not only does it drink beautifully, it also tastes that way. Do yourself the favor of letting this sit and warm up for at least 30 minutes and this unfolds a never imagined plethora of aromas, getting mirrored in its taste. Truly complex, while masterfully executed, this is a dream of an iipa come true. The fruit sorbet quality you get in Tree House's Green is recognizable in this as well, although in an alternated way, depicting a mix of ripe mango, mixed into a smoothie with papaya, orange and lemon pulp. Incredibly rich on the tongue, and than there is that phenomenal mouthfeel as well...

This is perfect.

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Photo of BJones12
4.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Although it is only produced a couple times a year. I was fortunate enough to get some to bring home. Absolutely delicious. Citrus flavor with a DIPA kick.

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Photo of danh53
4.54/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to this with very high expectations. Looks fantastic in the glass like all Tree House IPAs. Aroma might be the best I've ever experienced from an IPA. Oranges, grapefruits, pineapples, papayas, and mangoes explode from the glass. The aroma is pungent. This fruit explosion doesn't follow through on the taste for me. There is a sweetness from the malt and the larger mouth feel makes it a little sticky, sappy, and resinous. This is nice, but it took away from the fruit somewhat. Fantastic beer. My criticism is only based on the expectation of 5.0. Definitely trade for this.

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Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

KJ 16 oz can poured into a TH snifter. A hazy-orange color when poured into the glass. Had a good amount of carbonation with decent amount of head. The smell was amazing! Aromas of citrus, orange, tropical fruit, and small amount of funk. The taste, well... yeah... this one was delicious! One of the fruitiest offerings from TH outside of Juice Machine and a few others. The beer is extremely smooth, creamy and juicy with a nice hop finish to it. This if by far one of my favorite DIPAs to date! Definitely try to get your hands on a can (or more) if possible! Cheers!

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Photo of Apatschinn
4.52/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy. Almost opaque like orange juice. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Tons of citrus. It completely overpowered my Szechuan. Very sweet smelling.

Taste - Not very well balanced. Too sweet for my palate. Absolute fruit bomb in a good way, and maybe a sweet fruit bomb is the point. However, I was looking for something a little different. Could not tell this was 8.3%.

Feel - Oddly thin. Great for the palate, but mismatched with the beer itself.

Overall - Hmm... I am both excited but confused by this beer. Smell, taste and feel all add up to a beer that is just a bit out of balance. I can't tell if it's by design or if it's a happy accident. That said, it's an outstanding use of the citra hop.

My only complaint is that this beer gave me a pretty good stomach ache after I drank it. I was still happy for it though!

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Photo of jow_42
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into a Treehouse Teku glass - Thanks Leo!

A - pours like juice. Hazy, orange juice in a glass. Solid finger of bright white head. Completely opaque.

N - insanely aromatic. Maybe the most pungent beer I've ever smelled. Its a fruit explosion. Oranges, mangoes, peaches, pineapple. If you were blindfolded you'd never guess this was beer. Julius cranked up to 1000.

T - insane, dumb, and stupid were the first words that came to mind. Its orange, mango, pineapple juice. Its not beer. Its every tropical fruit you can imagine thrown in a blender.

O - might be TH's best beer they make. One of the best DIPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of Docrock
4.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared side by side with a Julius.

A: bright orange, cloudy/murky. Decent amount of white to light yellow head with a fair amount of sticky lacing. Head disapated quickly, much quicker than Julius. If you like Tang hen you will like the appearance of this.
S: by far the strong suit of this beer, multiple citrusy elements, mango, pineapple, grapefruit.
T: a let down, th citrus elements quickly vanish and leave a slight piney residue which is not evident on the nose. It actually new up tasting more like Julius in waiting. Not sure what happened but Julius tastes better.
M: actually a bit thin for the style.
O: would not try too hard to trade for this unless your a ticker. Glad a friend offered to share and I didn't give up the farm. While a very good beer, there are plenty more DIPA's far more accessible and just as good and many much better.

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King Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
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