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King Julius - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 347
Avg: 4.75
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 386
Gots: 81 | 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 rodmanfor3
4.12/5  rDev -13.3%
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 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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Hazy deep orange. Darker at the bottom of the pour, like peach juice where the pulp settles to the bottom. Smell is tropical fruits. Mango, orange. Some sweetness. Tastes tropical as well, with more emphasis on the orange flavor. Light sugary sweetness up front. Dries out and becomes a touch bitter in the finish. Medium body. Exactly as described. A bigger version of Julius. Drank a Julius before drinking this for science. It would be impossible to ramp up the hop flavor by the same order of magnitude that the sugars are amplified. By that metric, I think I would take Julius over this.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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 RAlmeida77
4.41/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Orange sunburst is the best way I can describe this. Held it up to the light and it lit up the opaque orange liquid. Cannot see through this beer.
A - Similar to Julius but kicked up to another level. Smells real nice...orange rind is what it reminds me of.
T - Again, similar taste to Julius but kicked up a notch. Lots of orange, orange rind, orange peel with a grapefruit bitterness to finish each sip.
M - This DIPA coats your mouth. Definitely lingers and clings to your palate for a few seconds....med carb. Easy to drink.
O - This is an outstanding beer. Very fortunate to have gotten my hands on a couple and very spoiled to live in MA where all of the best IPAs are coming out of right now.....between TH and Trillium, I won't search out any other IPAs!

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Photo of NWSREM
4.47/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dull orange in color, smell is ripe citrus, and taste follows, very juicy and orange orange with nice moderate hop finish. Juicier than Julius, not as creamy but still incredible.

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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 lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow cloudy with a 1 inch head. Smells like an IPA with lots of orange juice and magi juice in it. Smooth juicy up front taste followed by nice bitter finish. Has a nice smooth mouthfeel.

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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 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 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 WunderLlama
4.56/5  rDev -4%
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 -Rick
4.58/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: super hazy/turbid. Looks like a glass of OJ. Nice orange glow with a solid white head
S: tons of tropic fruit. Sweet, oranges, pineapple
T: very grapefruit forward. A bit tart/bitter in the finish. Tons of fruit flavor, oranges, pineapple, mango
F: nice carbonation, smooth and sweet on the palate
O: this is like a juiced up version of Julius. If you like HUGE tropic bomb IPA's, this is for you.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloud orange color, like regular julius. The nose is a citrus and mildly sweet hop. The taste follows with a lot of orange and smooth sweet bitterness. Feel is very full and enjoyable. A very good beer.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.61/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Julius on steroids. A little light on the head, but awesome aroma and very Julius-like taste. Alcohol is incredibly well-hidden. This was delicious. I regret that I only have 4 ( now 3). Awesome beer!

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Photo of jlindros
4.67/5  rDev -1.7%
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 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 ryan1788a5
4.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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 anteatr23
4.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I have to echo the sentiments of the masses on this beer. This is so blatantly Julius. Drank them back-to-back and they are almost entirely similar. The one-off differences are probably the smoothness of this beer and it's slightly sweeter. Presumably due to the higher ABV and dry hopping? Regardless King Julius is a top-notch IPA through and through. My only (small) critique is that there really isn't much in this beer that's different from Julius. Maybe that's a good thing, but it makes it a little less special since Julius is so readily available at the brewery these days. Still... a must-try for any and all Tree House fans and IPA fans.

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's definitely Julius. All the juicy flavors and creamy mouthfeel are there. A little bit of bitterness creeps in at the end of each sip. I wish I had a fresh Julius to compare it to but they are honest very similar brews which is not a bad thing at all!

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Photo of pja786
4.73/5  rDev -0.4%
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 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 Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.74/5  rDev -0.2%
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 jcflorian
4.74/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Julius. Prob my fav IPA at the moment, living within 30 minutes of the brewery I had opportunity to get my hands on the super rare King Julius.

Appearance- color of a glass of orange juice. Think Tropicana in a pint glass
Smell-orange, citrus.
Mouthfeel - smooth as silk
Taste- I would say it is 15 percent improvement on Julius. Think amped up Julius
Overall- if U like Julius, this is an improvement on what is a great beer

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.74/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Can. Poured super hazy orange. I had this side-by-side to regular Julius. I was impressed by how the similarities still stood tall between the two beers. Very citrusy and fruity and rindy. There were also some big contrasts. King Julius was clearly more pungent and concentrated; losing some of Julius' nuances. Still, by the nose, I should enjoy this beer similarly (Julius is one of my favorites). The flavor was huge on tropical fruit and citrus medley. Some dank character. Tangerine, melon, clementine, citrus pith. A powerful mollywhop of flavor. The body was creamy. Pretty sturdy bitterness but not an IBU baron. I really enjoyed this one; I mean Tree House does no wrong. However, I think if this beer had a moniker not directly related to their flagship, this one would not be held in quite the same regard. Pretty amazing but I'll take regular Julius any day.

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King Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.