Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bursting with 1.6 oz per gallon of American hops, Julius is loaded with notes of passionfruit, mango, and citrus. At 6.5% alcohol, it is refreshing and freakishly drinkable.

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Photo of Karl_12welveEyes
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Haazey orange
Smell: mango and orange and citrus
Taste: Intense tropical fruit flavors, mango, orange, papaya
Feel: Smooth, finishes with a nice hop flavor that exemplifies the fruit flavors

Quite an amazing IPA. Friend from Boston always brings us back some when they visit, and it doesn't last too long.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look : Hazy, a little bit dark orange color and white foamy head.
Aroma : Big citrus, a little bit of pine. Very juicy.
Mouthfeel : soft, medium carbonation and medium bodied.
Flavor : Pleasant bitterness, juicy hop flavor, dry.
Overall : smells a little bit like old school ipas but very different, prefer green to this but a great brew

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Photo of GabrielEVH
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect IPA. Can't say much more than what has already been said. Orange haze look, perfectly soft and dangerously drinkable mouth feel, juicy orange orangy/mango nose (it is HUGE!) and flavor with light piney bitterness at the end. I'll rock this beer out til' my stock's out. Tru.

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Photo of Lorianneb
4.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a great beer. 5 day old can from brewery. Pours a murky deep orange. Smells like heaven. All citrus, orange, mango and passion fruit. Nice 2 finger head with tight bubbles that stay a bit with nice lacing. Tastes better than it smells. Perfect carbonation. All tropical fruit with a nice malt bill. It's all hops without being killer bitter.
Just did a New England beer vac hitting Treehouse, Alchemist and Trillium. This is my fav by far

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Photo of FinestofNewEngland
4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can Date 8.12
Drank / Review 8.13

Beer pours a cloudy golden orange - similar to the color of the Julius Can - its thick, dense, light cannot pass through - Looks like a cup of thick dank hop juice. This beer smells like heaven. Strong fruit notes throughout a smell of citrus and mango. Its extremely drinkable, almost too drinkable. Tastes good, refreshing, clean, has a hop bite, but its subtle, the fruit notes definitely stand out, but not in a bad way.

This beer is all the craze right now and I can see why - Treehouse is doing an amazing job brewing this. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be making another trip to Monson, MA to obtain more variations of Treehouse beers.

The beer is amazing, but not life changing. Not the best beer I ever had, but its right up there. Try this beer if you can and enjoy as fresh as possible.

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Photo of Boccu
4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice head hangs on sides of snifter as it fades. Aroma is great mango, orange, grapefruit and light lime. Taste is Fantastic real fruit bomb. Mango, orange, grapefruit, lime, and passionfruit. With a piney/grassy finish. Thank you chickman. I'll take on the wait in line next time. This beer is excellent.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 8/3/16 and humorously has "Orange You Glad?" on the bottom with the date. Poured into 18 oz. Belgian ale glass.

L: 2F+ head with very strong retention, lacing, cap, and ring. Beer is a very hazy orange-bronze.

S: Fantastic. Mango, orange, grapefruit, lime, and passionfruit. Some hints of dank, earthy, piney, grassy finish to come.

T: Strongly follows what is indicated by the nose, good dry finish after the dank pineyness.

F: Medium-bodied, light to medium carbonation. Drinkable because it tastes great, but too complex and heavy to pound (so just enjoy the great experience, that's my advice). Construction and balance are top-notch.

O: Well, it certainly lives up to the reputation. I've rated a couple of beers higher, but we're just talking tiny degrees. Certainly worth standing in long lines for.

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Photo of professorchow
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a can dated 7/19 in a Treehouse Tulip. Pours a glorious, deep, hazy orange, with a substantial, long lingering head. Nose is citrus, melon, with hints of sweet malt. Taste is citrus, melon, combining a massive hop blast with fruity esters. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. It's a really fine ipa, but despite reputation not my very favorite Treehouse beer, nor, strong as it is, my very favorite ipa. But I've only got one can and my experience with Tree House so far is that ever tasting of one of their beers gives me a fuller appreciation. I'd certainly grab a chance to have this again!

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Photo of Seh4fredom
4.24/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Snapped open pint can. Poured into a glass tulip. Date on can was 7/13/16. About two weeks old. Poured a citrus orange haze with about a finger of white head and decent lacing. The aromas of citrus abound making this a tropical cocktail until your first sip, then you realize it's beer! Living up in Pliny country and getting this beer via trading really makes me appreciate the craft at both coastlines. This beer tasted smooth and citrusy and refreshing on a hot California Saturday! Loved every drop!!!

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Photo of rewible
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened a growler of this with a couple buddies to start. Loved it. Switched to some other beers like focal banger, second fiddle, mastermind, sip of sunshine too name a few. Ended on the Julius and was even better than the first glass. Absolutely perfect beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours super hazy orange in color with a finger of fluffy white head. Aroma is suprsingly restrained but features tropical fruits and a light crackery malt. Lots of great flavors here, tons of tropical and citrus fruits. I get peach, tangerine, mango, and some melon. Great mouthfeel, pillowy without being too full, very easy to drink. Definitely my favorite of Tree House's staple beers. It has only a hint of the melonly flavor that perceive in their all their NE IPAs that I've had to date; in their other offerings that flavor overwhelms, here it is subtle and helps contribute to the orange creamsicle vibe.

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Photo of RickyRecord-oh
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Julius really is the standard bearer for Tropical New England IPA's. Super hoppy and bursting with exotic fruit flavor, this one is very difficult to beat. Tree House makes consistently great beers and this is their flagship offering.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is orange citrus, pineapple, general tropical fruit aroma, and a hint of graham cracker. Taste pretty much mirrors the smell, and in line with the ultra juicy "New England" IPA style. I know I'm in the minority on this one, but while I enjoyed this beer I thought it was a little over-rated. I thought some of the Aslin beers were of similar quality.

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Photo of Michaelmartin85
4.95/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L-Poured from 9 day old can into pint. Pours hazy orange with limited transparency

S-DANK DANK DANK. If they made cologne that smelled like this beer I'd be that guy spray myself 25x a morning. Smells similar to how I think heaven will.

T-Juice, hop, floral on repeat. Did I mention juice/hop/floral? The taste lives up to the ravaging smell. Great tag team combo akin to The Legion of Doom.

F-Dare I say dangerously drinkable? It's been like 900 degrees the last 2 weeks and this could be the go to beverage post lawn mow/trim. Sits light and goes down like melted hoppy floral butter sprinkled with smiles and kittens.

O-If you can't tell, this is my favorite beer ever (thru 7.23.16)(subject to future change). But you probably won't like it so if you come across any just send to me and I'll dispose accordingly to save you from disappointment/regret. ;) <--winky face

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Photo of avas
4.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Canned 7/13/16, drank 7/16/16. (UPDATED review: canned 8/2/16, consumed 8/12/16.)

A: Pours a glorious, almost entirely opaque dark orange (very similar hue to the darker shade of orange on the can, actually!). Soft puffy heady of tiny bubbles sticks around nicely. Thick lacing up the glass.

S: Bready yeast dominates, with heavy tropical notes of ripe peach, mango, and tangerine. Aromas really come out as it warms a bit.

T: Typical Tree House candied, bubble-gum-esque yeast up front. Then, the 'melange of citrus'... Orange and tangerine without the pucker-worthy astringency. Just straight up juice. Bit of piney herbaceousness shows up on the finish to perfectly round out the flavor profile. Julius is pretty much in a league of its own here.

M: Slightly thinner than Green and Alter Ego. Dangerously drinkable--not the slightest hint of alcohol. Very light bitterness on the end, but the medium dryness makes you crave another sip almost immediately.

O: My fourth Tree House beer after Alter Ego, Green, and Bright, in terms of ranking, Julius is second only to Green, in my opinion. It epitomizes the diverse flavor profile that Tree House has mastered--a perfect blend of tropical fruit, candied yeast, and floral, drying bitterness. If I'm going to get nit-picky, the mouthfeel isn't quite as full as Green, and the fruitiness isn't quite as in-your-face-from-the-first-sip. But it's for sure one of the tastiest and most beautiful IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of mschrei
4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Super cloudy, healthy lacing. Dank bitter hop nose. Expecting a big hop punch on the taste, but it's well balanced. Hoppy, citrusy and malty without being overly bitter, really easy to drink. Awesome beer.

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Photo of juliuscaesar2701
4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Julius will never get old. Had a week old can yesterday. Beautiful hazy orange pour. Smells juicy with some hop aroma. The taste is a good balance of hoppy bitterness and citrus melon. The mouthfeel is just stunning on this beer. So smooth. Even when at room temperature after sipping on it for a while, this beer still is still amazing.

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Photo of Awest74
4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened from can and cosumed on the day it was canned.

Look; dark mango
Smell; fruity, hop presence is high, aromatic.
Taste; citric and smooth, not a juicy mango like other THs but very agreeable. Finish is perfect.
Feel; you can feel the cloudyness, similar to a hef.
Overall: great beer, Im blessed to live close to TH. Nothing like NE ipas right now.

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Photo of CHickman
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Growler from the brewery, pours cloudy orange gold color with a foamy off white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, guava, papaya, tropical fruit, caramel, brown sugar, clementine, peach, floral hops, white pepper, mango, coriander, toasted grains, biscuit, green apple, sweet malt and graham cracker. Some piney hops come through and add to the delicious citrus hoppy sweetness, bringing out more complexities as it warms. Really fresh smelling and quite inviting, as the hops burst out of the glass.

Taste has more biscuit, toasted grains, breads malts and graham cracker than the nose, with a strong citrus hop zest that showcases grapefruit, lemon, clementine, pineapple and dank piney hops. The second wave of flavor is packed with tropical fruit like papaya, guava and starfruit, easing into sharp floral hop spices with pepper, light coriander and brown sugar mixing in right before the citrus bitterness washes it all down. Nice level of bitterness to mask the ABV and still let the malt backbone maintain balance. The hops all taste super fresh and juicy, really well done in every way. Incredibly easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost buttery smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium body that leans towards chewy, letting the near perfect bitterness help it flow down and leave a hoppy aftertaste that's full of citrus fruit, malty sweetness and nice light floral spices. The line to get this growler was ridiculously long, but the beer is outstanding.

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Photo of TheRossness
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OK. A bit overhyped. I can taste orange but it is subtle. This drinks better than the Green but not as well as the Alter Ego. Its not as thick as I'd like for an IPA. Ok brew.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.67/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Two fingers of creamy white foam, that slowly settle into about a quarter inch of pillowy goodness. Beautiful opaque orange, almost glows in the sunlight.

Smells of peach, sweet orange, guava, mango. True fruit bomb.

This is a hop showcase...all the flavors of the nose are present...not much of a malt backbone, but that's okay. It's the beer equivalent of biting into a ripe nectarine.

Nice level of carbonation, a little on the dry side, very drinkable.

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Photo of joberlander
4.36/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of mango and papaya in the aroma and taste. Amazing soft mouthfeel with a very dry finish. I love the mango but it's very one dimensional in that I don't get any other citrus or fruits besides the papaya. Truly a world class beer but this finally decides it for me that trillium is ahead of treehouse.

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Photo of Spamalot
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer was sampled from a can and growler, both less than a week old. Review is from notes.

The growler Taste was off and I suspect it may have baked in a warehouse for too long during shipping, so the review will be for the canned Julius.

L: Unfiltered almost opaque orange color, what NE IPA are known for.

S: smell was subdued, not as strong as Very Hazy, only area lacking perfection.

T: Like a thick tropical juice, with a pleasant start, super smooth middle, and easy finish.

F: This was where the beer really blew me away, tingly sensation, the subtle bitterness blended with the tropical flavor felt just right.

O: The best NE style IPA I've had to date. I've found myself comparing all other NE IPAs against the perfect flavor curve that starts off evenly, peaks very high, then lets you down easy that Julius should be known for.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.82/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was there when they released the Jjjuliusss for the first time in cans. It was also my first time to TH as well. to be able drink the regular Julius and the Jjjuliusss I suspect might have been a rare "double". All in all I liked the J a little better than the Jjj. Not enough to write home about because when both were that good it's like splitting hairs. Wonderful taste, mouth feel and look when I poured into a Tree House glass. Loved the place and will, hopefully get back there.

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Photo of dms
3.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look, this beer is legendary after only a few years. There's no doubt that it's truly unique. I don't think any other beer tastes quite like it. I had my first one back in August of 2015, and while it was very good at the time, I think I let the hype around it build it up to be something that frankly, no beer can be.

In the (almost) year since my first Julius I fought long and hard to make a trip to Treehouse for more. In the interim friends brought me Haze, Doppleganger, and Alter Ego, all of which I liked very much. The taste of Julius faded from my memory but the idea of Julius just grew bigger and bigger in my mind.

Last weekend I finally had the chance to grab a growler of Julius from Treehouse. The trip was a mixed experience. Lines were long, parking attendants were grumpy, servers were overwhelmed, but it was a beautiful day so standing in line a bit didn't matter. At last, there it was. Approaching the first pour from my growler with all the anticipation of a sixteen-year-old boy with his girlfriend at his house and his parents out for the first time, I was . . . underwhelmed. Sure it's good. But it doesn't quite taste like beer should taste to me. When people describe this beer as tasting like orange juice they are not exaggerating. We always read that this or that beer smells like mango or peach, grass or brine . . . whatever. And sure we can imagine some of that in those brews. But really, Julius does taste and feel a lot like orange juice. I can imagine Nate Lanier, original brewer of Julius, rubbing his hands together and laughing like a mad scientist as he realizes that he has concocted the perfect potion. It's beer, but wait, it tastes like juice.

For this alone you have to try it. Nothing else comes close to the actual flavor and texture of Julius. It is one of a kind. I do find it very, very sweet though. Perhaps my palate has changed in the months since I first tasted it but there are several IPAs and double IPAs that I like more.

For it's uniqueness I would give it a 10/10. And kind of like the way that everyone should really try the uni with the quail egg on top the first time they eat sushi, just because . . . I think everyone who likes beer should try Julius. But for overall taste and drinkability, it's not something I would reach for regularly or even go out of my way for again.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
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