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Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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 UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy, herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a slightly better hop presence in the flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

you know, its a pretty cool surprise when your friend scores one of these, doesnt know what it is, and then after finding out, wants to open it right up and share it. thanks to claystation for making this friday a special one. a pint can poured into a pair of mason jars (in the parking lot at a golf course). its milky and more than hazy, downright thick with sediment, looks under attenuated and weirdly greenish orange under a two inch bubble cushion of pure white. it would be unattractive by ipa standards if i wasnt so used to the vermont style ipas. the nose is fantastic, really fruity punchy, with mango and orange for sure, smells like fresh juice, really awesome hop profile to it. is it mosaic in here or what? the taste matches the nose, i was happy to see the vibrant nature of the hops carry over. its super fresh tasting, and aggressive as they go, packing some bitterness to back it up. the grain doesnt seem to contribute anything too unique on the flavor, maybe a pinch of wheat in here, it has some real full body, but isnt heavy in any way thanks to its radiant carbonation. i taste it for a long time after its gone too, bitter hops and orange zest on my palate all day. now, this is pretty special ipa, some really top level suds, but is it the tenth best beer in the world as its listed here on BA? im not so sure. i liked their alter ego even better than this one, and wonder how much high marks come from hype. dont get me wrong, its amazing, but is it way better than so many other forgotten india pales not on this list? not in my humble opinion. thanks again to claystation for making this rarity (in colorado) a reality!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Riding in with much acclaim, the bright and juicy American standard-strength IPA is fabled to boast the perfect medley of orange, mango and passionfruit character from hops alone more so than any thus far. Regardless of any place on a totem pole, excellence is expected.

And the excellence in Julius is realized starting with a creamy peach and golden blend of colors and airy textures. The beer's muddy appearance only works to make it more appetizing. Slow separation of ale to froth suggests a viscous character that carries over to a creamy, tangy, sweet and fruity taste just after a grassy, citrusy, herbal and piney scent starts the show.

Less grassy and herbal in taste, the flavors that blossom on the middle palate are abundant with all-things-orange. Tangerine, in all its tangy, fructose-sweet, vibrant glory springs to life with a zesty support of red grapefruit, lemon and lime. Tantalizing tropical fruits join the taste with pineapple and kiwi nuances. Smooth in the beer's fleeting taste, a sense of bitter sherbet with citrus rinds apply their final and lasting impressions.

Creamy and dry, the taste starts fullish and semi-dry, but trailing bitter, resinous and dry, the soft sappiness of freshly shaven pine links up with fragrant citrus peel for an evaporative texture and a nearly teeth-churning creamy tartness that aligns with sherbet desserts- if only those came in a high bitter version with near seven-percent alcohol to boot.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The amber liquid arrives with an impressive head that leaves gobs of sticky lacing behind

Smell: Very citrusy, with ruby red grapefruit tones

Taste: A hint of caramel, up front, and then there is an enormous wallop of ruby red grapefruit; floral and citrus flavor in abundance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit creamy

Overall: This IPA is the real deal - too bad the brewery doesn't bottle it

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.17/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by drewone - Thanks.

A: Pours a hazy light-orange with an initial quarter-inch thick white head which fades to the rim leaving splotchy lace. (Possibly being biased here with the score due to a growler pour - but that is how it is).

N: Really nice tangerine, orange, and grapefruit present inside the zest. Tropical fruits also in the mix (passion). Floral and fruity. Really nice.

T: Balanced malts and hops. An enjoyable soapy-like quality with the up-front citrus.

M: Moderate body and barely medium carbonation (growler, yes). Not overly bitter or dry finish.

O: Nice with the best being the aroma. Interesting how a lot of east coasters seem to score this high. Not a west coaster style, but still a treat.

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Photo of jlindros
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah! Just filled at the brewery about 2 hours ago... it's fantastic, can't wait to down this growler!

Gently pouring from the growler that's filled all the way to the tippety top, forms a film of liquid gold streaming between the sides of the glass and the main spout of liquid, when it finishes pouring a big frothy 1.5 finger head is left in the aftermath (excuse my pun), that sticks around for a while and leaves lots of soapy lacing like head exploded in the glass. The beer itself is semi hazy, with a nice golden light streaming through the reddish orange peach honey colored beer.

Nose is phenomenal! the bursting bright bodacious tropical fruits fill my nostrils and dance in the receptors, tangerine, light citrusy clementine, a bit of grapefruit and a little passion fruit all waft out in a big tropical fruit blend. A light wave of resin and floral hops come out next with just a bit of a malty base to prop it up. The more I nose, the more the huge wafts of pure grapefruit come out, it's like breaking the little juice packets on a fresh grapefruit. After a while I could practically confuse this for grapefruit juice.

My taste buds await their fate as they prepare for the awesomeness coming out of the glass. First wave of the beer actually brings a light sweet malty base that paves the way for the hops following quickly after. It doesn't take long for fresh grapefruit to rush in. Citrus and tropical fruit just entwine their juiciness with each cell of my tongue and saturate the deliciousness part of my tongue. Between waves of fresh squeezed grapefruit comes light tangerine, passion fruit, papaya, mango, tropical fruit you name it! Hint of a fresh hop resin and pure Citra awesomeness, maybe a little Simcoe, Summit, or Galaxy... it has those delicious profiles. Light bitter rind flavor coming from the mountain of grapefuit, some bitterness but not very bitter initially. I could drink gallons of this without feeling it. Finish is drier but juicy, again tons of grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed just lingering for a long time, like it doesn't want to part with my tongue and my taste buds sure don't want to part with it! A light bitter rind flavor lingering with more tropical fruit flavors, and a little mango and hint resin.

Mouth is med bodied, soft and fluffy at the same time with nice carb, and just a hint of hop oil resin.

Overall, heeelll yeah! Near perfect aroma, super delicious, very drinkable, etc. It's like a lesser boozy, lesser bitter, and lesser resinous version of most of the big Citra Hill farmstead beers, especially SS4 coming to mind, except I only have to drive a few minutes rather than few hours to get it! I can't wait until they expand and I can get a lot more of this growler of pure delicious zen!

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Photo of mothman
4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange color. Beige head. Lace.

Very juicy and hoppy. Mango papaya and grapefruit.

Light bitterness. Light to medium bodied.

So much flavor for such an easy drinking. Very well done.

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

Poured 11/28/15 from a 64oz growler that was filled at the brewery on 11/27/15, into a large mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep cloudy gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong citrus flavor along with notes of caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering floral hops bitterness comes in. The hops bitterness is comparatively weak at first but it strengthens as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is heart and brings an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is quite clean for the style.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from the brewery, a few days old.

So here it is, the next in the lineage of famous/infamous semi-hard-to-get IPAs, instantly joining the ranks of Pliny and Heady, loved by the truest snobs when it's rare, and shunned by the same once everyone has had it. ;)

Attractive pour, cloudy orange-yellow, with a nicely-retaining white head. Hop-laden aroma, as would be expected, pithy, tropical, dash of ammonia. Citrus and tropical fruit in the taste, piney bitterness, and some fruit-candy sweetness as well, complementing the slightly sugary malt profile. Crisp mouthfeel, medium body, lasting hop bite. Overhyped to hell, but still very nice IPA overall. I'll take a Heady or Sunshine over this any day.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks a lot to my brother for sharing this 2 Liter growler with me! I enjoyed this from a taster and willybecker.

The color is bright orange with thick haze and thick frothy white head with copious lace that sticks. The smell is very orange-like with citrus having a bright and fragrant aroma with mild herbal quality in a raw hop-type smell. The feel is very good with mostly hop resins with moderate carbonation and medium body with semi-low bitterness for the style with mild sweetness into the finish which is mostly dry.

The flavor is good with a intense amount of hop flavor with citrus flavors and slight tropical almost tangerine-like quality but not very acidic or bitter just juicy and lightly sweet in the middle without any definitive malt flavor just a balance to the mildly bitter herbal hop flavor which verges on grassy or vegetal as it finishes on the dry side. This is a highly drinkable Ipa -the hops really shine with low bitterness that makes it almost to easy to drink a large amount of.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

Pours an orangey (completely hazed over) hued, can was acquired fresh from the brewery and was in the beer fridge for 10 days. This hazed look is not to be compared with "milkshake" beers IMO though fresh from the brewery or cans that are decanted all of the way will make it look even more hazed. A lot of the haze is chillhaze though who wants to drinking this beer warm? Head retention is great. Fresh juicy orange zest & tropical fruit nose, the aroma is nothing short of epic. Smooth and very crisp, lush semi-creamy medium body. Hop bitterness is a piney, hop flavor is juicy an all with suggestions of guava, ripe honeydew, dragonfruit, & cumquats.

Way too much fun quaffing this back ... everyone should hunt this beer down.

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Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%

Big thanks to Deuane for cracking this growler open at Campground Brewdown.

A - Pours hazy peach orange with a beautiful one and a half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a thin white film, leaving sticky webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of freshly zested tropical fruit, a whole field worth of fresh cut grass, sticky pine resin and some mild caramel sweetness. The hops are so strong but not totally over the top.

T - Starts off much more balanced than the nose. The piney, grassy, tropical fruit hop punch is there in spades but the slightly sweet caramel malt is there to hold it in check for the most part. The finish is nearly identical but the bitterness does eventually win out, leaving the palate quite dry.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel with plenty of dryness backing it up. The hops meld amazingly well with the base grain.

O - One of the better IPA's I have had in recent memory. The hops are intense and yet they don't destroy the palate. Now that I have friends in the area I am really looking forward to visiting them in the near future to try all these beers on-tap.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very cloudy and rich looking. The color is whitish, dirty gold. Moderate head-- good streaking lace on the glass.

Very strong grapefruit rind aroma. A touch of fruitiness and evergreen. Powerful.

It looks thicker than the mouthfeel suggests. Good carbonation with an above average richness. Strong, biting citrus bitters in the swallow. Very little malt start--this is hop forward beer in every way. Loooong aftertaste. It doesn't fit into the extreme category, but the alcohol is warming and subtly present. It would be a "go back to" easily but may not crack my top ten.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.17/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To be completely upfront on my review:

This was acquired in a trade that was 'completed' around Jan 20, 2015 -- sent USPS. The package 'disappeared' from the tracking info within two weeks. They told the shipper it was gone, undeliverable, discarded.

Well, it showed up on my doorstep on May 19, 2015, box smashed to hell. BUT!! This one, the one I was looking forward to most in the beermail, made it! I didn't expect much, hell...a growler, 4 months old, undoubtedly sitting somewhere not refrigerated for the longest time...but then, I popped the cap after a night's chill in my fridge.

*slight gush* Oh my....there's still carb in this bad boy! Enough for a finger and a half or so of head upon pour. And it smells of fresh melons still!

The flavor was great on it as well, although probably not as sharp as Treehouse intended due to its origins, journey, and age. But it was still delicious! I would love to try this one fresh, now that I've had it in its pitiful, but beautiful, state as it was.

100% impressed even with the one that I got, a beer that I'll be thrilled to try again, especially in a can.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 06/11/15 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one, finally got to try it. 16 oz. can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orangish-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of tropical fruits, citrus hops, fruity malts, oranges, mangos, zest, pine hops, taste is lightly bitter. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, some light bitterness.

Overall a very, very good beer, but I actually prefer their Hazy and Double Shot. The nose is outstanding, while the taste is a little less tropical and lightly bitter. Would buy it all the time if I could.

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

A huge thank you to Matthew for hooking me up with a can of this. Hazy, light orange body with a white head. The aroma...oh my. I actually giggled like a little schoolgirl. And the flavor delivers everything the aroma promised. Juicy, dank, resinous, citric hop character. Beyond delicious, this beer exceeded my lofty expectations. One of the best beverages I have ever had. The best IPA I have ever had. Just wow.

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

Hazy orange color, looks like orange juice. Smells like juicy, tropical fruit with a dank hint. Taste follows with some sweet juicy fruits like orange and papaya. Body feels very smooth but not heavy. Very balanced IPA, doesn't seem bitter at all for me, just a lot of hops in the taste and aroma but with a moderate amount of bitterness, just to balance the beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Kegatron for the share on this pounder can. Heard lots of good things and was excited to try this freshy last month. It appears a chalky orange color with white head that fades leaving stringy lace.

It smells of orange juice and slight herb garden feel to counter the fruity hop qualities. This tastes pithy and pulpy with zesty rinds reminescent of orange juice with herbal aspect and a cooling menthol sort of thing in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. Pretty nice stuff but I dont understand the craze and justification to line up for hours just to pay a hefty price for a couple cans. Regardles im super appreciative to get to try this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body. Big white head with nice lacing and a chunky collar.

Smell - Orange hops. Metallic sort of aroma. Some toasty malt.

Taste - Tastes much better. Tropical fruits. Orange. Lightly toasty cracker malt. A bit of sweetness backs it up.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda creamy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is good, but I don't get the crazy high ratings it has. I could definitely drink lots of this and would be happy drinking it all the time, but not sure it's top 50 caliber.

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

750ml growler from Reagan1984. Served in a taster pint and shared with friends.

A - White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and leaves behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Hazed orange body.

S - Reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust actually, but with a tad more sugary malt sweetness. Massive citrus, light dankness and onion in the periphery.

T - The taste is quite similar, with loads of citrus, light tropical melon and mango, and some balancing brown sugar malts. Very low bitterness, as one would expect from a Citra-heavy brew.

M - Soft, growler-style carbonation. Medium body, no alcohol presence, and a dry, crisp finish.

D - A great brew that is supremely drinkable. A tiny bit sweeter than I prefer, but on the whole pretty excellent stuff. Would happily drink this again any time. The growler emptied in record time and I may have to ask Greg for a full 64oz next time he heads to Tree House.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Special thanks to Maverick74 for the high quality trade.

A - Deep, opaque peach juice body with a full two fingers of creamy white head. Nice lace and ok retention.

S - Sweet orange concentrate, ruby red grapefruit, peach nectar, mango. About as pure citrus as I've ever smelt in an IPA.

T - Really interesting; extraordinarily drinkable. Nectarines, white grapefruit juice, honey, peach nectar, and softly bitter grape leaves. Basicity malt finish. The net sweet profile is absolutely loaded with fruit, with just enough pithy and leaf-like bitters to balance it out.

M - Smooth and full for the style.

O - A delicious and highly accessible IPA that benchmarks what the best of the fruit-forward side of the style can be.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler I picked up at the brewery yesterday, the beer is a bright, hazed, opaque, orange-copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, sparse white head that coats the glass as you drink. Aromas of grapefruit tart and sweet, pineapple, pine and resin hops characteristics, subtle bready backbone, lemon zest and orange peel. Flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit on the forward tongue, with a mango/pineapple sweet follow, a subtle sweetbread backbone, and then a slow build of pine pitch, resiny hops profiles, and a touch of roasted characteristics. The roast helps to cut the building bitter and robust characteristics, keeping the beer very drinkable. Robust, smooth brew with a tart, drying finish. The aftertaste is a heavy blend of tropical fruits, with a grassy, piney undertone. Very robust brew, yet extremely drinkable. Great flavors, and worth the trip to the brewery!

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

Huge thanks to hoppymcgee for the hook up on this can! Thanks!!!

A - Poured a very dark orange; cloudy and opaque. A thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Orange, grapefruit, mango and a hint of caramel sweetness.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with juicy peach, mango, tangerine and passion fruit notes. A hint of caramel/honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

M - Medium body, chewy and oily. Light carbonation. The perfect IPA mouth feel.

O - This lived up to the hype for me. Hopefully I will be able to revisit this one at some point.

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Photo of tempest
4.27/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn, that passionfruit aroma. Massive juicy fruit with a milder, balanced bitterness. Very hazy, like a hefe. There's a floral character running through with almost a lavender edge. Unlike anything I've ever drank.

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

Many thanks to Derek for the chance to try this beer.

Julius pours a somewhat hazy/cloudy light orange color with good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, I get considerable orange citrus, with a hint of underlying gingersnap and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well balanced, not particularly hoppy IPA. There is a considerable amount of tropical fruit as well, but the sweetness is nicely buoyed and balanced by the hops in this easy to enjoy and appreciate IPA. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is terrific.

A very nice IPA, but as with Masala Mama some years ago, I'm a bit puzzled by the lofty review scores I see on BA. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, but a score of 100? Really? That makes no sense to me. Whatever, this is still a very fine, well crafted IPA from Tree House.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
4.64 out of 5 based on 3,094 ratings.
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