Juice Machine (2014 EBF) | Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Juice Machine was originally devised and brewed to support our very first trip to Extreme Beer Festival in 2014. We’ve revived and tweaked the original recipe on a 60 BBL scale and brought new life and experience into the idea of an obscenely hop saturated yet juicy and delicate Double IPA. It is essentially a marriage of the King Julius malt bill with a hopping intensity schedule similar to that of Very Green. The use of Magnum, Columbus, Amarillo, Citra, and Galaxy creates a deeply complex drink with unapologetic flavors of tangerine, mango, lime, papaya, and grapefruit with waves of dankness. Hop burp nirvana, indeed.

Added by Jason on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 117
Photo of mickyge
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice cloudy pale orange color, great citrus smell. It has a bitter dry taste but very smooth mouth feel. It would be very easy to drink a few and I was tempted to gulp it down It was a really nice beer IIPA taste but drinks like a session I think

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Photo of QueefLatina
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried at EBF 2014, got literally the last cup of it from the keg, with some foam.

A: golden, hazy, beautiful color

S: Citrus, strong piney goodness, no perceivable alcohol smell, dank hops, floral notes.

T: Wow, this was a stunner. Few DIPAs stay this hop forward while still remaining balanced, straight juicy hops and perfect flavors coming through. pineapple, mango, definitely taste some orange flavors.

F: For 9.8% abv, this had a great mouthfeel, I waited for the carbonation to die down because I got foam, and let it settle, but it was still very carbed, my fault, not theirs.

O: I'd imagine a full glass of this would be a game-changer. I dare you to bring this back Tree House! An exceptional beer that will probably never be brewed again.

Seek this one out without caution.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Knapp85 for this howler.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange color with a pinky thick creamy white head of foam that subsides to a soapy looking thick lacing ring. As the beer warms the haziness goes away.

S - Loads of intense tropical fruit that buries any malt aroma presence. Intense grapefruit rind, pine, orange, and mango.

T - Spicy/peppery juicy red grapefruit, mangos, some grass and floral bitterness, and finishes with a lingering bitter tropical fruit and pine resin. The 9.8% ABV is incredibly well hidden and although detectable...just barely.

M - Gentle, smooth carbonation, and coats the mouth with a dry, peppery resin while the tongue salivates.

O - This is an incredible D-IPA, a definite must seek out for lovers of big IPA's.

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Photo of Hendry
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy unfiltered orange color, 1 finger of bone white head, spotty lacing in the Lawson's tulip.

Aroma is definitely juicy and hop forward, grapefruit orange and mango, piney and herbal as well with a dose of alcohol in the mix.

Flavors are also juicy, yet there is a solid presence of alcohol that becomes more pronounced as it warms. The alcohol presence takes away from the tropical fruit vibe picked up in the aroma. This is a fine tasting IIPA, but at 9.8% the booze can't help but make itself known.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly oily, with a definite warming in the cheeks and throat.

While an enjoyable IIPA, the aggressive alcohol content keeps it out of the flavor zone. If Juice Machine clocked in closer to 8% abv, it would showcase the quality of the hops more in the way Lawson's Double Sunshine does. They source some tasty hops here and have a knack for brewing great beer at Tree House, but in this case the heat is more of a factor than it needs to be for my tastes.

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Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Kegatron for sharing this 750ml growler with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a hazy copper color with a yellowish tanned cap that is soapy leaving spots of lace.

The nose really is fitting of the name; juicy at first then getting herbal and grassy with a noticeable alcohol inclusion. As it warms, it gets dank and slightly sulfuric/cheesy with a mild yeasty funk. Overall, the aromatics are quite enjoyable.

The taste is pleasantly bitter with a touch of solvent alcohol inclusion. Some bitter pine and pith that gets grassy and herbal. This is somewhat catty to dank towards the finish and lightly dusty or cheesy like the aroma let on.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a very nice offering that is worth seeking out. Thank you Heath for sharing this exceptional brew with me. Would love to visit this place and check their suds out straight from the taps.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled yesterday shared with rudzud.

Pours a nice creamy almost 1 finger fluffy head, little soapy lacing, fairly hazy but not cloudy, nectarines peach orange color.

Nose is nice, fresh tropical fruit hops, nice mango, little pineapple, some grapefruit pith and juice, nice citrusy tangerine and mild Clementine, mild resinous musty note, bit of lemon rind, and mild sweet candy malt.

Taste stats with the sweet malts, little candy and reddish malt. Then right into a bitter grapefruit, lots of grapefruit, juice and pith. Next is the citrus and tangerine, nice tangerine juice with hint peach like stone fruit. Mild musty resin and dankness, little passion fruit like, with hint of mango and pineapple, as well as rind and pithy flavours, skin like musty. Very little alcohol except a mild alcohol flavor and touch of warmth. Finish is fairly bitter but overall nice balance, bit drier but sticky, hops turn to a big spicy earthy chewy slight briny like big bitterness that lingers forever.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, mild warming booze that's hidden well, decent carb.

Overall nice but missing that extra awesomeness as most of their ipas, the flavor had a meh finish that turned bitter spicy briny almost astringent. It had the potential but that finish turned it down a notch.

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Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this growler picked up at the brewery.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy orange hue with a one finger white head that leaves a thin light blanket with next to no lacing.

S - Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, light tropical notes, faint malts. Nice light mango, not too bitter.

T - Taste is very nice, just like the nose. Great tangerine and grapefruit peel, very nice tropical notes, good mango, fairly bitter finish. The alcohol is hidden wonderfully for something that is nearly 10% ABV.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol is hidden nicely. It is evident though that this is a sipper. Creeps up big time.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer, well done, however, I prefer Julius and the king version of it over this beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-EBF sample pour. Pours a cloudy orangey/amber color.

S-An interesting, assuredly hoppy aroma. Hops are both tropical fruity and earthy. I see that they used a mixture of US, New Zealand and Australian hops. It's really cool because you can get telltale signs of the three hops regions in the nose at different points.

T-Grassier than the nose. Also has a very zesty hoppiness to it as well. Spicy, floral hops mixed with grapefruits. Definitely has a unique flavor here. Well balanced by some caramel maltiness and breadiness.

M-Very drinkable with softer carbonation. Dry and bitter. Could definitely use another 20 ounces and a bigger glass!

O/D-I was really excited to try this beer. I ended up really enjoying this. It was definitely unique and is unabashed in its hoppiness.

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Juice Machine (2014 EBF) from Tree House Brewing Company
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