Tree House Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #7
Ranked #19
4.68 | pDev: 6.62%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Bursting with 1.6 oz per gallon of American hops, Julius is loaded with notes of passionfruit, mango, and citrus. At 6.8% alcohol, it is refreshing and freakishly drinkable.
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Photo of BeerBaronBear
4.67/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The first time I tried beers from Tree House, I sampled Julius, Haze, Sap, and Green. Julius was by a slim margin my favorite, followed by Haze, then Green, and finally Sap. All of them were great, of course. But Julius had the most appealing look of all of those (a beautiful hazy orange color, though not much head), and had a great fruity nose and taste, while still including a solid amount of hoppy flavor. The mouthfeel was nice - a touch creamy, a touch syrupy, but not too much of either. Really a delicious and easy-drinking beer, but one with enough nuance and lingering tingly aftertaste that you could spend a long time sipping one too.

Before I wrote this review, I had actually recently tried and reviewed King Julius. KJ is the King for a reason - it's a touch richer in color and orange-y smell/flavor, but maybe with a little less resinous hop character. Personally, I liked KJ a smidgen more than the original, but Julius holds its own!

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Photo of strohme2
4.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can picked up at Tree House and gifted to me by the always generous Franfab. Canned 1/28/20 and poured into a stemless tulip.

Pours a milky, hazy, dull orange. Bountiful orange tinted head of 1.5 fingers. Leaves sticky lacing as it slowly recedes. Might be the best looking lacing in an IPA I’ve seen.

Aroma of fresh squeezed OJ, peach that hasn’t fully ripened, pineapple.

Tastes follows nose. Citrus, mango, orange pith bitterness, pineapple, pine resins.

Prickly but satisfying carbonation. Leaves lingering bitterness as it dries across my mouth.

This beer lives up to the hype! So much flavor for this beer, and supremely drinkable.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The standard by which all other NEIPAs should be judged. It just does everything right in a category-defining way. Perfect combination of fruity hops and resinous pine.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My first Julius, taken to go from the brewery. Expectations sky high given the reputation and the two wonderful pints, Very Green and Gggreeennn, I had on the premises.

From the can it pours a hazy orange color with a moderate frothy head. It dissipates after a couple of minutes and yields a sticky ring of lacing.

The nose emits a burst of juicy tropical and citrusy hops aromas, tantalizing and pungent. There are notes of orange, tangerine, lime, pineapple, mango, passion fruit and a hint of peach. A touch of bread and dry cracker comprise the subtle malt aromas. Towards the end, the herbal hops become increasingly dank and spicy, as they impart leafy green, grassy and piney aromas.

Juicy for sure but with a nice dry palate that makes for easy drinking. Delicious flavors of candied oranges, mango, pineapple, grapefruit pith, peach and passion fruit. Great interplay between the soft tropical and zesty citrus flavors. Medium to full bodied with a mouthfeel that opens soft and with a creamy malt backbone. However, as the hops begin to dominate the malts, the mouthfeel becomes increasingly spicy and prickly. Notes of pine and grass add a resiny and dank flavor, while the finish, long and dry, becomes increasingly resiny and bitter. There is a modest presence of clean alcohol spice. The carbonation is moderate and just right.

Wonderful beer! My only regret is that I purchased only 4 cans. Definitely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Donald_Loveland
4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned: 11/21/2019
Pour: 1/13/2020

A: Deep golden orange, classic murky haze as expected. About a finger and a half of off-white rocky head from a normal pour. Light lacing.

S: Deep citrus that has a hint of sweet orange sherbet (may just be the name influencing my nose). Light pineapple and melon.

T: Initially hit with an orange rind bitterness mixed with light tropical citrus. A bit more bitter than I was expecting from the nose, but this is complemented well with the tropical sweetness midway through. Near the end you are left with some very pleasant grassy notes that are much more mellow than the initial flavor. You can tell the complexity of Julius after just one drink, begging you to take just one more sip.

M: Its always very obvious tree house knows how to create the perfect mouthfeel that delicately coats your pallet and this is no exception. Nicely distributes over your mouth, even causing a slight sour reaction near the back from the orange rind flavoring.

O: Julius is a very good beer that needs to be tasted at least once in every beer lover's life. Compared to some of their other beers, Julius was a bit more bitter but that is not a bad thing considering its masterful balance.

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Photo of beerbully
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Hazy orange juice......1/2 inch head not much retention.....lacing is moderate

S- melon, papaya, orange.....over ripe fruit

T- candied fruit....orange, mango, melon.....some slight breadiness...... grapefruit aftertaste

F-slick and oily....medium body.....low carb....

O- solid but not outstanding

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Photo of bishop170
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I honestly am feeling super nostalgic for beer advocate and finally after years and years was able to get my hands on this brew thanks to my sister. Its so so good for a single ipa at 6.8%. Orange is definitely dominant throughout with a creamy mouthfeel leading to a juicy fruit type finish that isn't too sweet. Love it and can't wait to get another.

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Photo of bret27
3.98/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to yllib for fresh can.
Appears as orange Julius with white foamy head.
Smells of oranges and tropical fruit. (If heady topper is all grapefruit this is all orange)
Taste is an orange and slightly piney bittery balance.
Little thinner body than it would appear.
Nice and refreshing. Unthreatening and unmemorable for me however. For some reason I expected more complexity. Maybe better if it wasn’t freezing weather.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.39/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by my friend Joe B. Poured into a large stemmed tulip. Canned on Nov 6, 2019.

Maybe not the freshest can, regardless the reality did not live up to the hype. A great new England IPA. One that does not go overboard with the smoothness, but also not the juice bomb I was expecting. 4.5

A - Pours a murky slightly dark orange. Like orange juice with a two-finger white rocky head. 4.25

S - Aromas of citrus, orange, pineapple, slightly sweet. 4.5

T - Herbal and citrus rind with lighter grapefruit and peppery flavors in the background. 4.25

MF - Medium light bodied with smooth start and middle ending with a dry almost biting finish. 4.5

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a tall boy can into Guinness pint glass. It's not filtered so that hurts the look rating a bit for me but some of that was made up for by the fantastic white head and lacing. ABV only 6.8%, would like to flip that to 8.6%, hint, hint.
The smell is as expected, citrus and amazing. A very fine example of the style.

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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
4.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange yellow. Hazy with two fingers of white head. Big bubbles. Medium to strong lacing. Very aesthetically pleasing looking brew.

Nose is strong hop presence just exploding out of the glass. Orange, citrus, some tropical notes, peach, grassy scents. Definitely a summer type of brew.

Taste is hoppiness up front, transitioning to the orange and the grassy pine quality. Starts out strong but quickly switches to a milder, smoother flavor. Very nice. Mild malt backbone. Not much of it but present. The hops are definitely the star of the show.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Rich, almost creamy texture. Similar to drinking OJ. Very fine bubbles. Full body. Wow. Just...wow.

This is phenomenonal. It's no surprise how Tree House has carved a spot in the beer world with this brew. While not as different or intriguing as Green or Haze, Julius plays it safe, but nails every single aspect it needs to. This is the embodiment of a New England IPA. Something a lot of breweries strive for. A treat to enjoy any time of the year, but absolutely meant for the summer.

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Photo of thebeers
4.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy to cloudy orange with two fingers of antique white head. Great retention slowly gives way to sudsy rings of lacing.

Orange and peach in the nose.

Similar citrus and peach up front in the taste, coupled with a firm malt backbone and moderately strong bitterness in the finish, especially for the substyle — a mix of citrus pith and more traditional pine. Makes for a very drinkable IPA.

Full mouthfeel, lightly creamy, with strong carbonation.

This a flagship for a reason, and great example of how a NEIPA should be brewed. Great, balanced bitterness make it one I’d gladly session (despite the ABV).

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Photo of Specialmick
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look...One of the best looking beers you will come across

Smell... Hop perfection smells as good as it looks
Taste...I will let you in on a secret...this is not the first one I ever had but a cold one of these on a hot day you may have an epiphany. Just a standard that is very high. O yeah Pithy grapefruit , mango orange hints with a smooth finish like you do not get in 99 percent of the beers you drink
Feel . probably the best quality as that it seems to curl up on your tongue with a surprise of deliciousness
Overall... this is some of the best stuff you are going to come across. Get some if you are patient

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Photo of Kinger22
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is as cloudy as your darkest beer with a frothy head that leaves some lacing behind. The smell is subtle but delicious with floral and citrus notes, and the flavor is similar but more powerful. This beer is top tier and sits very easy.

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Photo of NRajtarski
4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can to a pint glass.
The canned on date was 8/29/19.
The beer poured a bright yellow/orange with two fingers of white head.
The beer was hazy as I was unable to see through the beer in my glass, which is a good thing.
The smell of the beer was grass, pine, and mango.
The taste was more mango and pine with an excellent hop bite.
The mouthfeel was creamy and not too heavy.
Overall this is an excellent example of a hazy IPA. This is one of the best I have had to date and will be the standard I judge all other hazy IPA's by.

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Photo of GaryPelikan128
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. I wont lie, I was kinda underwhelmed at first because if the hype, but if I strip it down and put on blinders, not listen to haw amazing this beer is, that is when I rate it at one very good beer.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange-heavy, juicy-as-hell beer with deep haze and almost no head. Nothing but sweet orange and dank grass on the nose. Not complex or layered, but gloriously juicy. Taste follows with sweet citrus juice, dank greens, pine resin, and a tropical stone fruit finish. Nice herbal notes as well. A little thin but silky smooth.

Not the most nuanced beer, and I wouldn't say I was blown away by it -- very tough for these whale beers to meet expectations. But it did not disappoint in terms of the tastiness and drinkability, and so damn flavorful for a 6% (ish) beer. Unbelievable the fruit juice notes that they can extract from different hops without using any adjuncts>

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Photo of Bierbaum
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color on this beer is one of the brighter that I have had. Very juicy slightly hazy, enjoyed in plastic at the brewery. Notes of orange, tangerine, and very smooth finish.

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Photo of JA_26
4.67/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal NEIPA. Easy to see why this tops the rankings for the style. Outstanding in every aspect. This was my second time trying Julius, and it's even better than the first time, probably because Ive had so many lesser NEIPAs in the interim.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed juicy pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Orange juice and citrus. Fruity.

T.F: Follows the nose. A great mix of citrus, with grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Lighter pineapple and mango. Passionfruit and some floral character. Some sweetness up front with a bit more bitterness than expected... really nice at the finish. Creamy/sticky carbonation... medium bodied.

O: An outstanding NEIPA. One of the best out there.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Can to snifter.

LOOK: Hazy yellow orange. Sturdy white head.

AROMA: orange, grapefruit, lemon, touch of perfume.
TASTE: grapefruit, nectarines, orange.
FEEL: super smooth. Light carbonation.


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Photo of thebeerguy31
4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dated 1/25/19, drank on 3/1/19.
Look (4.75): really nice hazy golden yellow orange. one finger head.
Smell (4.5): sweet fruity pineapple, orange, and citrus
Taste (4.75): very crushable signature citrus, strong juiciness with balanced hops.
Feel (4.75): nice, smooth like butter, creamy medium body.
Overall 4.75

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.21/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned 08-01-19

L-The beer pours a light orangish yellow. The head is a solid three fingers high and frothy. The head recedes to a large island surrounded by a thin ring. Lacing is some of the best I've seen in a beer. It completely coats the glass.
S- The nose starts out with strong mango. Citrus in the form of orange and light grapefruit make up the balance. intensity of the nose is moderate.
T-On the palate I get a more even mix of orange and mango. The finish is lightly bitter, with a wet finish.
F- Mouthfeel overall is medium. Carbonation is light. The overall drinkability here is excellent and I could drink multiples without issue.
O-A very good NEIPA. Highly drinkable and I can see why it's rated highly. It's perhaps suffering in this review due to following Curiosity 73. I can't help but feel it's slightly overrated. That said I thoroughly recommend trying it for yourself.

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Photo of mohaghandi
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe the only beer in my travels that lives up to EVERYTHING that was promised.
The pour is practically glowing neon orange.
Mouthfeel is soft and pillowy.
Scent and smell are hand in hand... pulpy citrus juices.

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Photo of detpizzaboi
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lived up to the hype for me. Orange juice bomb, nice subtle sweetness, so smooth, beautifully balanced hop bitterness, immensely crushable. Not the best TH haze but could session this all day.

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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 4809 ratings