Emperor Julius
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #67
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
98
Ranked #903
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 5.19%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
42
From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  4
SCORE
98
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Notes: Emperor Julius stands tall alongside Very HHHazyyy at the very top of the Tree House family tree. We don't take brewing a beer like this lightly. It has to make sense, and the flavors have to be soft, rounded, elegant, and easy to drink all the way through the glass. To that end, we consider Emperor Julius to be a triumph. It pours an opaque orange in the glass and gives off notes of orange juice, orange Starburst, and overripe mango. It's the summation of almost 15 years of refinement of our unique style of hoppy beer!
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Tree House in Sandwich for about twenty one dollars. My one hundred and sixty first brew from these guys. I can't help myself, & end up buying all the latest & greatest from TH. This was very good, but not mind-blowing. A bit too bitter, & too much hop burn.

Jul 18, 2021
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mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/24/21: "Be good to each other". Opaque and hazy light orange in the glass. Thin off-white head with light lacing. Smell is dank OJ in the best way possible. I can pick up the melon as well. Taste is more citrus and stone fruit to me. Feel is pillowy and smooth. Glad this was available when I was passing through. Highly recommended. Wish I could have bought more.

Jul 16, 2021
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osheamatth from New York

4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll caveat that this is a very good hazy NEIPA but I will have some bones to pick about it - all subjective of course. Looks great in the sniffer glass I'm using - turbid pale orange with fine head and lacing. Plenty of dank fruit aromas - pineapple, grilled grapefruit, caramelized orange and twangy hops. We're my nitpicking comes in is the flavor profile. If Emperor Julius is intended to be a further expansion of the Julius theme - with each successive one outdoing the previous, this is where it fails. What's missing is the translation of those fruit aroma to fruit flavor profile. The beer is far too dry to let those flavor notes come out. I'm missing the ever so candied sweetness that is ever present in the Julius family of NEIPAs. That said, it is still a fine tasting output from Treehouse. There IS fruit there - orchard ones, citrus one and tropical ones. I get them all and they taste good. They're just not peak potential. Finishes with a slight bitterness with I expected after my experience with the particular dry notes.

Jul 07, 2021
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Opaque thick medium golden pour. Big foamy white head... great lacing.

S: Rich and hoppy. Big tropical fruit... peach, tangerine, mango, and rind.

T.F: Semi-sweet... loads of summer stone fruit. Peach and orange plus mango and citrus. Papaya and melon plus a little spice. Creamy mouthfeel and medium bodied. Well carbonated... tropical citrus medley to finish.

O: An outstanding beer... smells fantastic with big time flavor and super drinkable. Is it clearly better than some of the other branches of the 'Julius' tree? Does it matter? Great beer and really glad I got to try one.

Jul 06, 2021
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Kendo from New York

4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 6/24/21, consumed on 7/1/21.

A: Poured into a TreeHouse tulip, the body is very hazy - made me think, "this can is from the bottom of the barrel." Thick, juicy in appearance, with the color being dark, almost burnt golden.

S: Pleasant nose of sweeter tropical fruits - mango, melon - along with some pineapple, grass and dank pine.

T: Juicy tropical hop salad: Mango, papaya, ripe melon, pineapple are all there. Skews slightly more toward the sweeter side, but it's nicely balanced between bitter and sweet. I think the alcohol, which is noticeable but not terribly "hot" at first, helps with the overall balance as well. The more I drink, however, the more I'm getting a hop or alcohol "burn" somewhat.

M: Measured against other Tree House beers, the feel isn't great - a wee bit thin, surprisingly, and the hop/alcohol burn detracts. But it's still really nice when compared to your "normal" beers.

O: This beer probably could never meet the absurdly high expectations one would have for it. And so it's hard to make sure that I'm being objective. I had King Julius last night, and frankly, liked it significantly better. This is still a really great beer, but the extra boost in alcohol takes away from it. I'd prefer the King to the Emperor.

Jul 02, 2021
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can, dated 06/24/21. ‘Be good to each other.’ Served in a spiegelau-style IPA glass.

Pours a dark, dull, semi-opaque orange with two-plus fingers of soft suds. Retention is unremarkable but leaves thick rings of sticky lacing.

Softly sweet, fruity aroma of mango and papaya. Juicy and candy-like.

Taste is thick and juicy, sticky red fruit. Mango, papaya and pineapple sweetness contrasting with oily orange peel bitterness. A bit of a boozy, muddled hop burn at the finish.

Feel is creamy-doughy, juicy, medium-plus bodied with gentle but ample carbonation. A little boozy warmth in the gullet.

Overall, I’m a little jaded here and it’s just hard to be shocked and awed over and over again, week after week. All objectivity is abandoned and I can only note that the hop burn was particularly noticeable here. An excellent NEDIPA but ‘elegant’ might be hyperbolic.

Jun 30, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a murky amber orange color with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Excellent and stubborn retention. Leaves a crown of lacing along the top of the glass.

Strong aromas of orange creamsicle, candied peach rings, pineapple, and a lot of mango. Definitely a big boi Julius.

The flavor is full of orange bubblegum, peach rings, honeydew melon, and mango for days. Finishes a bit rindy and acidic.

The feel is medium-full bodied with surprisingly good carbonation. Creamy, yet acidic. Like biting into an orange. Alcohol is subtly present.

Overall, the hype is real but this one just doesn't stand out. It's funny to say that because it's an amazing beer, but it's not too dissimilar from KJJ or even King Julius. It honestly feels entirely unnecessary, like there can never truly be a "ceiling" for these beers. Pretty soon we'll have Emperor Jjjulius and Emperor Green and blah blah. Anyway, this is an excellent DIPA. But don't go out of your way to get it.

Jun 30, 2021
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours muddy. Head is shockingly dense with luxurious, sticky lace. Nose is a heavy dose of pineapple, citrus, and mango. I get that typical cane sugar and juicy sweetness too. Pretty aromatic too. Beer opens with huge aromas of citrus, peach, pear, and pineapple. A lot of mango and cane sugar in the middle. More tropical and citrus fruit at the finish with so much sweetness it almost hurts my teeth. Flavorful for sure but its more of the same for Tree House. Body is light and fluffy with moderate carbonation. Soft and fluffy on the palate and goes down easy with a lingering, slightly dry aftertaste. Insanely drinkable.

Again, this beer is flavor packed for sure and reminds me of the first time I had Julius many years ago. A fantastic beer but the flavor profile is pretty par for the course for Tree House.

Jun 30, 2021
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Damasen from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful. Taste is melon hichew leaning honeydew with mango hichew in the background with their real fruit counterparts and finishes with pithy citrus. Ultra soft mf and good carb. An immense beer possibly nothing will be better.

Jun 28, 2021
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours ultra hazy, orange gold in color with one quarter inch head. Taste is mango smoothie, dried mango, and honeydew melon. Medium heavy body, slightly bitter, medium low carbonation. Well worth the hype. I really like the melon tones that run underneath this one. It reminds me of Very Hhhazyyy. A beer to sip and savor. I don't know how Tree House can top their recent run.

Jun 27, 2021
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L - and here I thought we had reached the tippy top with KJJJ. You're telling me there's MORE for the Green and Haze lines too? Right? Great label; wrassles up that out-of-place KJJJ art style with the classic TH logo. Pours a menacingly dark orange haze with a voluptuous head that truly epitomizes the overused term "pillowy". Swirls like a shake, thick and heavy.

S - penetrating white peach and mango juice. Ripe fruit snacks with a sugary juice vibe. Mix between brighter, fruitier flavors like strawberry and banana, but also features a heaping helping of the dank. Smells so far like a combo between KJJJ and Doubleganger. Scores less than KJJJ because it's slightly muted.

T - okay, yeah. That's good. Mango creamsicle and melon smoothies. Very much a choose-your-own-adventure depending on how you sip this beer. Take a little one and you've got a flash of orangey juiciness that fizzles into dank onioniness. Take a larger one and you'll experience waves of tropical flavors that range from bubblegum pina coladas to Welch's fruit snacks to strawberry whipped cream. Exotic, but familiar flavors. Lots of intensity on the finish, oozing with sticky fruit sugars and nagging bitter dryness.

F - shockingly not as creamy as KJJJ. A touch high on carbonation, leading to a foamy feel at times. Complaints aside, it's thick, creamy, and clearly packed with hops. Satisfying and complements the flavors well.

O - one of the ways I gauge these amped up TH beers is how much it makes me basically pucker from hoppy juice intensity. Hits you wave after wave as you slowly swallow bits and pieces of your one-gulp sip. So much flavor and potency that it demands a smaller sip. There's definitely more of that effect here than what I experienced in KJJJ, which leans more toward unrelenting juiciness whereas Emperor Julius comes in with a sharper hop bite that assails on all fronts of the dank defense line. I am grateful for this beer, because it reminds my tired and jaded palate of the wonder back in Brimfield when I first met Julius.

Jun 27, 2021
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 42 ratings