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Juice Machine | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rudzud on 12-30-2015

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#18
Reviews:
110
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616
pDev:
6.81%
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.47/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Tree House Juice Machine (Review #100, though I wish I'd done something more special in retrospect.)

A: This beer pours in such an absurd way that it makes one wonder, "Have turbid NE IPAs gone too far?" It brings new definition to the phrase "completely opaque," letting literally no light through (which makes it impossible to take a good picture of the beer). This is beyond hazy, beyond turbid, beyond murky. This is muddy. The head is nice, however, towering at over three fingers and taking forever to sink to a manageable level, leaving behind a Scrubbing Bubbles commercial in its wake. The turbidity is honestly just too much, even for the style. 4.25/5

A: Wow. This is ridiculously fruity. It is pungent with all varieties of tropical fruit, from the NE IPA typical mango, orange, papaya, pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit, to surprising strawberry, cherry, and lime. Nothing else gets through in the nose other than intense juiciness and pungent pith. Absurd. 4.75/5

T: What a shame. This beer suffers worse than any other Tree House beer from the mealy, yeasty, unfinished flavor. It is accompanied by the equally unappealing "like chewing on a hop,"-flavor, which may sound appealing, but if you have ever done it, you know that it is not at all an advisable move. It is also very vegetal. There IS juicy fruit there, and a lot of it is dominated by the more interesting cherry, strawberry, papaya, mango, and passion fruit, but it is swept aside by these odd flavors that have no business in a beer brewed by a "top tier," professional brewery; these are flavors that you can and do find in beers from homebrewers just getting on their feet. There is sweet, sugar cookie malt, and unlike many other NE IPAs, it does not quite blend with the hops; they are almost separate entities. Bitterness is pithy and a little less than moderate, drying the palate out, but leaving behind a Brussels sprout -like bitterness that seems drastically out of place. Juiciness is there in the aftertaste, trying and failing to compete with all the greenery and awkwardness. 2.75/5

M: Viscosity and medium and creamy, and it initially feels quite nice on the palate. Carbonation is low and pleasantly soft. Unfortunately, this also turns, with stickiness and a weird hop-burn that numbs the tastebuds, like eating peppercorn. It is not to a truly repulsive degree, but it is distracting and makes the beer a chore. 3.75/5

O: This beer was extraordinarily disappointing given the aroma, the name, the brewery, and the completely out-of-control hype. This is easily the weakest Tree House beer I have had (though overall they really do not seem to be either a consistent or particularly incredible brewery when compared to some of their NE peers), and it comes off as completely unfinished. How this is rated so highly and trades so ridiculously, I will never know. Julius, Very Green, Green, and even the relatively weak Alter Ego, Doppelganger, and In Perpetuity are all superior beers, not to mention almost everything from their neighbors at Trillium and their other NE kindred spirits. Ultimately, it is an okay beer, but "okay" is not good enough for this brewery, this price, this following, or this climate in the world of beer. Do not believe the hype. I do not want to come off like I have an axe to grind with Tree House because I actually hold them in fairly high regard (Single, Double, and Triple Shot, not to mention Good Morning are all incredible beers); I further really wanted to love this beer: I just could not do it: it just is not that good. Pair with the aptly titled and similarly disappointing "In the Unlikely Event" by The Fall of Troy. 3.25/5

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More User Reviews:
Photo of agreenman19
4.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L - Pours an absolutely gorgeous blood orange head. Think Green, but with a more aggressive darkness to it. A light, fluffy head tops it all off. Silky and soft. I want to rub my face in it. You can see where it sinks in some places while the rest of the bubbly structure holds strong. It's trying its very best to retain itself!

S - Aromas of deep, dark ripe orange and tangerine. Has a slightly bready character to it, showing juice isn't all it can do! Heaps of tropical fruit, pineapple, melon, mango!

T - Monstrous blast of bright peach and mango up front. Tons of juice. Fresh-cut pineapple. Flavor balance is otherworldly. Full of rich fruit flavor that assails the taste buds from every angle. Lemon lime and papaya. Galaxy hops give it that crackery undertone. So well-done. Firm, but gentle bitterness pervades and leaves a lingering spicy touch on the tongue and lips when all is said and done. 8.2% ABV, you say? Hah. King Julius had more burn than this.

F - The moment my upper lip hit this beer, I knew it was something special. Hop juice. It has a light, yet incredibly dense feel. Like all the little beer particles are shoving past each other, trying to get to the front of the "DRINK ME" line. Liquid Jesus. Expands as it creeps throughout the mouth, saturating every last corner. This beer fills me up in more ways than you can imagine.

O - Positively stunning beer from Tree House. Haven't had this since EBF 2014 and thought I would never see it again. Different incarnation, still an awesome beer.

It's as if Julius and Green had a baby, then that baby grew up to be a fine young man who is not only more sexually experienced than his parents, but also taller.

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Photo of Nichols33
4.03/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Week old can poured into a tulip glass.

I'm a big Tree House fanboy, love everything they do and brave the crowds on a regular basis, but this one just doesn't live up to the hype.

Color is amazing, orange juice. Mouth feel is very nice and the feel sneaks up on you as it goes down easy for a DIPA. But....I prefer Haze or Green to be honest. This beer does not approach JJJulius or Very Green which is what I was expecting after all the hype.

Solid, but I've had 50 IPA/DIPAs better than this

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.82/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Canned today (12/30/15); poured into a Tree House tumbler. The look on this is insane. I know that turbid sh*t isn't for everyone, but for me, the Hunter, it's akin to Simona Halep playing tennis pre-surgery. Good God! Can I get a witness? Amen. Fantastic head retention and lace beyond reproach. Masterful. The nose gives exponential doses of tropical mayhem that isn't overwhelming, or cluttered. The scent demands your attention, and it delivers in spades. The taste follows with all that juicy goodness in layers. Each sip gives a different interpretation of citrus, pineapple, young mango, fresh pear, rainbow, Starburst, lemon, grapefruit. It finishes dry, and it envelops the taste buds with a faint grainy cracker taste. It's not seamless, but I won't let that ruin the experience. There's a tug and pull on the end that suggests it could be tweaked to mere perfection moving forward. I have no doubt that the masters at Tree House will continue to perfect this offering. F*ck! Tree House figured something out with hops, and I'm glad they did. This beer is on another level -- above the penthouse. I truly hope they offer it year-round because I think I may like it more than Julius. I just had a beergasm. Murder She Wrote.

Murrrrrrrrrder She Wrote. Larrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrge.

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Photo of mythaeus
3.93/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tree House has officially become boring with this beer. I've been a big fan of TrH for a while, but don't get the hype on this one. It's basically Julius (a decent, but definitely overrated, too, IPA) with more alcohol. Citrus, yes, lots of it, but basically yeasted carbonated light mandarin juice. Uneventful, forgettable for a TrH beer. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.1/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thickly opaque solid orange, verging on Orange Julius but not quite. It almost looks and behaves like a Tired Hands Milkshake, but again just not quite as thick or unusually tan, but more vibrant. Juice Machine is topped with a thick, off-white head that leaves behind of layer of lace every few levels.

OMG. This is my unsophisticated response at first sniff. It's just so fruitjuicy and smoothie-like, but I must clarify...only at first. I get pineapple, strawberry-banana, kiwi, lime, and vanilla cream. Then, not too long after, something spicy and perfumey takes hold and doesn't let go, with a touch of grass and oats. White pepper and nectarine pop in as well.

Spicy yeast, not Belgian but very present, comes forward in strong waves on the tongue. Flavor is not as fruity as the aroma suggests it might be, although it is reminiscent of triple sec. Something bitter runs along the backbone throughout--green stem, root of romaine, and lemon rind, brightened slightly by lemon zest.

Feel is tingly, nearing stingingly spicy, not as thick as it looks, with a medium body. It doesn't feature a dry finish but I think here that's a good thing, as it might put this over the top into tongue shredding territory.

This showcases such a complex and unique combination of spice flavors that I can't quite put my finger on it. I guess in the end, that simply makes this a true Hop Cocktail. I'm surprised I've never used or seen that phrase before, but it accurately applies here.

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Photo of Jebburrows
4.54/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick creamy DIPA, reminds me of Trillium IPAs. Looks like OJ in the glass, super fruit, grapefruit and other citrus.

Waited a while in line at the brewery for 6 of these prizes, and would do it again.

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Photo of Topperclaus13
4.38/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd love to discuss this with a tree house lover. No denying it's a good beer. Does it taste like about at least 10 ipas they have put out under different names? Well ya it does. Not sure if it's the yeast or they think you all dumb, but most of their beers taste the same. Very good? Yes, but give me the ones with less lines and bigger limits that taste the same.

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Photo of tigg924
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours super cloudy golden brown..the color really has bands of gold and brown with 1/4 inch head. Smell is pineapple and mango. Taste is apricot, lemon, peach, burnt pineapple, and mango. Low carbonation but super light..feels soft, especially compared to other Tree House beers. The lightness and perfect body is what makes this one stand out. Super juicy. Amazing. Feeling bad that I keep on giving these Tree House IPAs 5s, but I feel they are really in a class by themselves. Hands down better than 99.99% of all other beers I have had. Well worth seeking out. Happy I drove and got a six.

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Photo of avas
4.88/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Canned 9/15/16. Consumed 9/20/16.

A: Pours out a dark burnt orange. It looks turbid from the moment it leaves the can, and it sits in the glass without any opacity. It looks very similar to Green; thick, almost milkshake-esque. About a finger and half of the fluffiest white head sticks around for a while, leaving strands of lacing on the glass and alcohol legs for days.

S: Juicy, sticky, sweet peach, mango, pineapple. That signature Tree House ‘juicy fruit’ bubblegum note (maybe yeast?) is there in spades, almost to the degree that I get it in Green. There’s an underlying earthiness to the aroma that I can't quite pin down... It's a bit piney and a bit herbal, but definitely doesn't overwhelm the sweet, fruit-forward notes.

T: Pretty big fruit bomb up front, but not to the degree of some other Tree House DIPAs. Starts off very reminiscent of Julius; zesty orange, fleshy mango, and juicy peach. Middle of the mouth, it transitions to a vegetal, piney herbaceousness. It lingers on this note for a while before the tropical fruitiness kicks back in and finishes with notes of pink grapefruit juice and melon.

M: Like most Tree House DIPAs, this one is as creamy as they come. Rich, luscious, smoothie-like weight on the tongue. Sweet bready malt is definitely there, but more than in King Julius or Very Hazy, the scale is weighted heavier on the side of bitter than sweet. Bitterness is medium to medium plus overall, and there’s definitely some dryness on the finish to complement the fresh-squeezed fruit juice up front.

O: Total misnomer (or fake-out from Tree House!) IMO! This is definitely not the juiciest Tree House beer I’ve had, maybe not even in the top 5. But it very well might be one of the most complex. Whereas many of their beers (*cough* King Julius *cough*) offer extreme takes on a single style, Juice Machine seems to straddle the chasm between these styles. They describe it as a blend of King Julius’s malt bill with Very Green’s hop schedule, and I can definitely understand that. It has that sweet malt character that somehow seems to bring a sticky sweetness to the hops in addition to flavor/aroma profile that includes both tropical fruits and a herbal, piney dankness. Of all their DIPAs that I’ve had the chance to try, I’d probably rank this last on the ‘juice bomb’ spectrum, but that’s definitely not a bad thing! It's a superbly complex explosion of dank/juicy/bitter flavors with a creamy mouthfeel on par with the best of the best.

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Photo of Beer-Ninja-Guy
4.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just fantastic. To quote a buddy, "It's Like a cage match between Green and Julius.
Put them in a death match -let them kick the snot out of each other then mop up the remains off the mat and can it"
It's my new favorite T House.

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Photo of jhartley
4.83/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thought I had reviewed this beer or at least ticked it last year!
Had this from a growler shared with me from another killer BA.
Fabulous DIPA, remember we crushed that 32 oz. growler QUICKLY!

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Photo of Beer_Nye
4.93/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light orange color with a medium thick white head (almost picturesque. Smell is unbelieveable, honestly how can an ipa smell like a fruit explosion. Mostly pineapple but lower hints of orange, citrus, and finish of mango. Taste makes me question if there are even hops in this beer, a banquet of fruit that makes me want to let it linger on my tongue for as long as I can keep myself from drinking it. Feel is extremely smooth which really helps with the part mentioned before. Easily the best beer that has past my lips to date. Gonna be really hard to top this one.(Can was a month old so review may be off. Also drank side by side with a fresh cycle crank and a tree house green canned last week)

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Photo of BrimfieldBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When Tree House drops new offerings the lines are ridiculous. I kept seeing updates on how long the lines were. I showed up later in the day and the place was dead...parked at the door, walked in and was out in less than a minute! I love being a local! Typical TH Fruit hammer as soon as you open the can. Pours a solid orange color with with a soft 2 finger head. Strong Pineapple and mango upfront, each sip just slams tropical notes. Very Julius like composure with a higher level hop kick. Really digging the drinkability of this one. As it breathes in the glass the taste just keeps improving, hard to put down. I hope we see Juice Machine again in the future.

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Photo of BigWig
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep orange color with little carbonation. Smells mostly citrus but I taste mango the most with lots of other fruits. This beer leaves the best taste in your mouth. Smooth and pretty much no burn.

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Photo of Mojua
4.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, but not in my TH top 5. Actually think the name and label skewed a lot of peoples' opinions of it. It's certainly not their juiciest beer, or their most well executed. Still great compared to almost anything else...

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Photo of AJ721
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look-amazing golden dark deep hazy orange with a beautiful slight orange tinted head that doesn't hang around too long.

Smell- OMG wtf !! Is this beer ? As soon I cracked the can I was hit in the face with massive amounts of tropical fruits : Pineapple, Orange, Mango, Tangerines, Grapefruit....is this serious right now ?

Taste- Well it lives up to the name...as soon as it hits your palate your hit with big tropical fruit goodness, no real big pop of bitterness to speak of with just a slight bit on the back end. Just enough malt to stand up to a beautiful blend of tropical hops without interfering. Wow this epic.

Feel- the smoothest beer that has ever rolled off the tongue, Perfect carbonation, creamy milkshake feeling. I'm just about at a lost for words.

Overall- TH always seems to out do themselves, always striving to make great beer and in a situation like this you know they'll try to top a beer like King Julius and Juice Machine which I'm not sure how...but I'm sure the folks at TH wouldn't stop until they do. Which is why I won't hesitate to get in the car and drive 165 miles for a couple of cans and growler fills of greatness. Cheers to TH and everyone who had the privilege to enjoy this.

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Photo of mfrank421
4.96/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Purchased at the brewery 4/1/17. Poured into a tulip that night. Beautiful in the glass, turbid orange delightfulness. Smells of ripe pulpy orange and tangerine up front and then deep with tropical peachy fruits, a hint of dankness. It. Tastes. So. Freakin. Good. Its just balanced and sweet and bitter and fruity and perfect. This is a special beer.

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Photo of Medievalpiper
4.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First thing you taste is legit Juicy Fruit. The label is very apt for this brew. Very slight bitter hop taste with the finish. For 8.2% , it is not boozy at all.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 9-15

L: Pours a beautiful deep orange color. One finger of foamy, dense head with good retention.

N: Nose is tropical fruits, sweet candy, grapefruit, mango.

T: Wow, layered profile. Getting a blast of grapefruit, mangos, papaya, with a hop bitterness that comes in towards the end.

F: nice silky smooth mouthfeel.

O: This IPA is just fantastic, what more can I say. Not many IPAs out there that hit it out of the park. This is one of them. Fantastic.

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Photo of Grtjake44
4.69/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was my first Treehouse monster and did it deliver. As soon as I cracked the can the fruity citrus aroma filled my nose. The taste was incredible a true juice bomb

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TimBeaulieu
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SkiBum22
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DaaaaBeers
4.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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