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King Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 60
Avg: 4.63
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 107
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jlindros on 12-09-2012

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 60
Photo of rodmanfor3
4.12/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This might have been the most disappointing beer I have had to date from Tree House, since in my mind I was imagining a DIPA that would equate to an even better version of Julius.

What I got was a boozier variant of Julius with markedly less orange flavor throughout, one that felt more like an experimental beer than one worthy of the title of king.

Was it worth the 1-hour wait in line for a 750ml growler of this beer? Yes, because everyone at the brewery (not just the staff but all the beer drinkers waiting in line) was super cool and, ultimately, I got to share a rare beer with friends, all whom appreciated that fact. Would I do it again? No, since there are many other better DIPA's out there on the market.

In a way, I am glad that this beer did not blow me away. It means that there is one less whale of a beer for me to chase and one more person in line at Tree House who gets to take home a growler fill.

In conclusion, Julius is clearly the better beer.

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

Tried once...then a 2nd...now a third. With out a doubt this is a great dbl ipa. I would take jr over this in a heart beat. However, this brew creeps on you more.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler poured into Pilsner glass.

Orange in color

Great aroma of fruits: apricot, tangerine, citrus and pine.

Taste follows the aroma

Great beer

Julius is still my preferred over the King.

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Photo of jlindros
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into my Hill farmstead stem tulip with a nice creamy but lighter head that hits about 1/2 finger, with some decent sticky lacing... as you mentioned Nate, the lacing on the glass right off the tap was much nicer, but that doesn't stop the awesomness of the beer itself from shining through. Speaking of shining, the beer is not shiny at all, a murky hazy tangerine slightly coppery colored beer.

Nose is amazing! The transcending aroma wafted out as soon as I popped the swing top, and when I poured it I almost dropped the bottle as I was too busy dreaming of the tropical fruits dancing into my brain. This sucker is beaming with tropical fruit and citrus, loaded with passion fruit, mango, a big waft of exploding grapefruit juice packets, tangerine, light orange rind, resins and lots of fresh hop goodness. Under that a light malty aroma tries it's best to balance the hops, to little avail. As I'm burying my nose in it for minutes at a time (literally), and breathing deep, a light booze touch wafts out like an alcohol infused grapefruit.

Taste comes in... I can feel the weight of the beer and oily hop layer before my taste buds come back down to earth from the tropical fruit explosion. Holy shi*t mango! Memories come flying back of chewing on the pit from a mango trying to get that last bit of great mangoness off of it. There is also again some passion fruit, light resins, tangerine, a bit of citrus, and more fresh grapefruit explosions. I can barely put it down long enough to type a sentence. A nice malty base in there, very little malt flavor, but a nice balancing mild sweetness and fluffy feel, it has some weight to it, but no detectable booze. bitterness comes out nicely but not over explosive, or even really strong, its more of an after thought, like the light grapefruit rind bitterness when you're chewing on a fresh grapefruit. Finish is even more grapefruit as the mango fades a bit, a bit of papaya comes out as well, more tangerine and clementine, fairly dry, light lingering bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied but fluffy and soft, little oily, and quite nice fluffy carbonation.

Overall gmmrrguguumm.... that's the sound my brain is making trying to put words into how awesome this beer is. Easily top 5 DIPAs I've EVER HAD! So much fresh tropical fruit, literally like mango and grapefruit juice, booze is nowwhere to be seen except the nice weight of the body, light hop oil feel, juicy, delicious, drinkable, well balanced, just so friggen good!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Hazy golden orange. Bone white head settles a bit, but retains at a quarter inch cap. Lacing is clumpy and sticky. And coats the whole glass.

S: Vivid, fresh, and awesome. Tropical fruits emanate from the glass. Mango, apricot, cantaloupe, star fruit. Earthy and leafy dimension too. Whiff of alcohol. Malt base smells sturdy and sweet, with aromas of dough and confectioner's sugar.

T: Taste follows the nose, and exotic tropical fruits really pop. Mango, cantaloupe, apricot, passion fruit, blood orange, star frui, pineapple. Somewhat leafy and green underneath. Bitterness is gentle. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Dough and confectioner's sugar malt flavors. Dries a little into the finish, which is long and tropical.

M: Full and thick in the mouth with a soft chewy texture. Tingling carbonation. Astringency is mild.

O: This is stupid good. It's got such a memorable and vibrant tropical hop profile. It's the type of DIPA brewers dream about crafting. This deserves to be mentioned in any discussion concerning top DIPAs on planet earth. Seriously.

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Photo of pja786
4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up on 4/25, tasted on 4/3

L- golden, opaque

S- brings me to a citrus grove or blended citrus

T- big and bold citrus that's nicely countered with the appropriate maltiness

F- little carbonation, pleasant, and silky

O- excellent and very happy to have such a nicely "authored" craft beer. This beer certainly goes above and beyond where the Julius goes. A fan of Julius will very likely be even more impressed with this. These guys know what they're doing and would be awesome of if they put King J in cans!

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Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.74/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

long wait for the elusive King. Same look and feel as Julius, smell is slightly hoppier with a citra sting, and the taste is marvelous. Tangerines, mixed with a pineapple follow up. The alcohol hits the back fo the throat just as the pineapple washes it away. Delicious

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Photo of rudzud
4.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beaten by JLindros. Been a loooong time for that. Seeing his review I am even more excited to try this beer.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy golden orange juice hue. Really looks like a murky glass of orange juice atop which sat a nice creamy two finger head. It looks outstanding, however, the head fades rather quickly into a thin soapy blanket with ALOT less side lacing that I was expecting from the get go. Still great, but disappointing based off of that initial creamy head impression.

S - Now, I am not going to be as whimsical as JLindros in my review of the nose. I will say he is spot on with that aroma. It bursts out tropical fruits, just oozing out with mango and grapefruit. Some inviting tangerine along with juicy hops. All of this drowns out the malts quite pleasantly.

T - Yeaaah. This is pretty fucking good. Tons of hop oils here, but that takes a back burner to the flavour explosion going on in my mouth. Enormous mango here. Like those delicious Chinese mango gummy candies. Some light resin and faint pith, tangerine and grapefruit rind. There is some light bitterness (grapefruit) but the finish, the finish is a long lingering mango. Supernatural here.

M - I dont fathom how JLindros did not give this a 5. Sometimes his logic is most illogical. Medium bodied, light but faintly crisp carbonation. 8.3%? Yah, you fooled me. I've had cartons of orange juice (from concentrate) that tasted like they had more alcohol in it than this mouthfeel does. Absurd. EDIT: As this beer warms, some of the booze comes out just a tad. Wish I could go 4.75 but unfortunately cannot.

O - Overall this was an incredible beer. Really wish I did not have to work the days when they're brewery is open so I could go there in person and shake Nate's hand for this and Julius. Enjoy this breweries offerings while you can. Soon enough they WILL explode on the scene.

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Photo of JGLittle
4.86/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From notes, drank it yesterday. 750ml bottle about 8 days olds.

Pours bright orange with a pungent tropical nose. All the great flavors of Julius turned up a small notch. No hint of alcohol which is impressive. Dry smooth finish that didn't linger.

Apricot, Peach, citrus, mango, etc.

Incredible beer.

Hope they making again!

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Photo of Masters
4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? This beer is phenomenal, a boosted version of Julius. You can smell from the glass a distance away. Cloudy Golden orange color. Smells like fresh citrusy hops bursting out with a matching taste. Perfect smooth mouth feel allows for easy drinkability. All Hail King Julius

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King Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.