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.

Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

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Photo of Remdawg23
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic! As soon as you open the can, you get that citrusy/mango aroma and the taste is just as good. Very smooth for an IPA. Mine of the best beers I've had

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Photo of NWSREM
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can -poured into glass. Appearance is hazy orange with fluffy white head, and decent lacing. Smell is amazing, orange, apricot and mango. Taste is very juicy and tropical orange and mango, with nice hoppy finish. I don't get much bitter grapefruit taste so it seems sweeter than most IPA's. Feels very creamy and juicy. Overall, a great IPA that rivals the best I've had, but with a unique take on the style.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.15/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky dark orange. It doesn't get by on its looks, but it does have nice fluffy off white head. Faint aroma of melon. Definitely get a lot of melon, honey, and honey dew in the taste. A little bit of papaya and bitterness on the finish. Flavor is a bit underwhelming and lacks some of the juicy intensity that I enjoy, but it has a very nice soft mouthfeel. Overall, I like Julius, but it's far from the best IPA I've had and it's definitely not the best beer I've had from Tree House.

UPDATE: I am getting more citrus and a touch of bitterness. However, there's still some jello like sweetness from the combination of malt and mouthfeel that's kind of off putting.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.92/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alright. The IPA at the top of the heap for the moment. So stoked to be able to try this. After several cans, I think I'm ready to sketch some thoughts.

Rather than go through the parts, I'll start with the sum: Julius is fruity as hell. But, to my palate, there's just not enough depth of hop flavor, nor balancing bitterness. It suffers under the weight of its richly decadent body, fruity esters combining with sweet malt to make this more like sweetened hop cake than bracing, refreshing IPA. I say all this with some reserve. Julius is not a bad beer in the least. And my guess is that this is exactly the sort of beer the brewers set out to create, so mission accomplished there. For me, though, it just doesn't work as well as so many other beloved IPAs.

Now, as to the parts themselves, Julius is a deep, dark orange in the glass, darn near opaque. Under artificial lighting, it's not especially attractive. It has a nice foamy head to start, though retention isn't great (unlike its intrastate rivals, Trillium, whose brews tend to have head for days). The nose is the strong suit, at least at the start, offering a nice blast of peachy fruitiness, with perhaps some citric notes thrown in too. Unfortunately, once all those dry hop volatiles evaporate, J. gets a bit oversaturatedly fruity and, rather surprisingly, malt forward. Palate is heavy, dense even, and drinkability is not especially high. There's some backing bitterness in there, but it's restrained, letting the fruity esters and hops dominate. In the end, Julius is befitting of its name, reminding me of some tropical-flavored iteration of an Orange Julius, thick, fruity, rich.

So cool to try this brew, which in some ways typifies the NEIPA. For me, I'd gladly sacrifice some of that oversaturated fruitiness for more drinkability and more depth/acuity of flavor. But, for those in the mood for some fruity hop excess, this'll do the trick.

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Photo of Dope
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Canned 11/4/15. A week old.

A: Pours a cloudy orange. Big tall...orange head? It's kinda tan-orange I swear. Great head retention. Fairly limited lacing.

S: Tropical fruit/citrus bomb. Oranges, pineapples, papaya, mango, everything. Very bold, very inviting. Smells like a nice juice blend, you'd never expect this to be beer.

T: More of the same. Big orange juice presence with lots of pineapple and mango to back it up. Huge hop flavors but almost no bitterness up front. Decent caramel sweetness in the middle. Light wave of drying bitterness in the finish gives balance to the initial sweet, fruity flavors. Lingering oranges (peel and all), light grapefruit and great mango flavor.

M: Medium bodied, soft and smooth. Extremely drinkable.

O: Geez. Amazing fruitiness, on par with drinking actual fresh fruit juice. Great citrus and tropical flavors. Surprisingly low bitterness, just enough to balance it out on the back end. Combining this with the soft, smooth mouthfeel puts the drinkability at about a 37 out of 10. Stunningly good beer. Easily the best IPA I've ever had. Heady is the only thing that I've had that is close but that's a different style altogether. Just incredible and a must-try for anyone who even pretends to like IPAs.

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Photo of tonytone
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a can of this for the first time last night. It was a really good beer but not mind blowing by any means. I still prefer Heady, SOS, Pliny and Hopslam to this. That said, I'd definitely drink it again if I came across it but I won't go out of my way to trade for it again. Looking forward to trying the other TH beers though.

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Photo of BrewRaider
4.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An overall great beer. The hazy, opaque look is fantastic, and the aroma is pungently pleasing. Flavor is very tropical fruit -- different than Heady which has more of a grapefruit character (nd which I prefer). Still really delicious. 7% ABV drinks like 4% -- outrageously smooth. The Tree House boys definitely know how to brew.

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

A - Pours a bright hazy orange with limited foam
S - as soon as you crack this open you can smell the orange, citrus, peach, mango, one of the best smelling IPAs ive ever smelt
T - wow, just a giant fruit bomb that takes over your mouth. one of those beers that gives you a chuckle. juice bomb, citrus, orange, mango.
F - perfect mouthfeel. so smooth, low to moderate carbonation, so drinkable, the fruit coates the mouth as you drink, so good
O - one of the best beers out there. just so delicious. depressing that TH is so far away.

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

This is the perfect IPA in my view. It takes a couple of cans to truly appreciate this brew because I initially thought it didn't live up to the hype after the first can/sip. And this is partly due to its complexity. I love the fruit in this but what separates this beer from the rest is the herbal character. You almost feel healthy drinking this. Go drink this before Tree House expands further and, God forbid, something changes about this beer (knock on wood).

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Photo of emount91
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a beautiful orange murky color. decent head retention. smell is very very juicy and tropical. pretty much how the can describes it: oranges, peaches, mangos, plus im getting a hint of bubblegum. taste matches the smell perfectly. big blast of citrus and tropical juice, but rounds off very nicely into bubblegum and peaches. feel is spot on perfect, perfect carbonation, and dry despite the amount of juiciness. knock out brew from Tree House, glad I got a hold of this.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.39/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer, but slightly overrated IMO. It's definitely top notch, but I think overhyped. Epiphany, to me, is a better version of Julius. Both a great though.

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Photo of reyna311
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stupid amounts of citrus make for a complex and well rounded offering. Hazy with a perfectly balanced mouthfeel. Even next to Haze, this is one ridiculous punch-you-in-the-face-over-the-top-flavor beer. Can't compare this to any other IPA I've had.

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

One of the most memorable beers I've ever tasted; the flavor profile of oranges and grapefruit is incredibly distinctive. Also a drop-dead gorgeous beer to behold in the glass (bright orange!). Fantastic offering by Treehouse, and completely worthy of the hype.

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

Poured from a week old can into a teku:

Appearance: thick, turbid orange color, with a pillowy white head. Pretty much looks exactly like orange juice, with a nice fluffy white head on top.

Aroma: the second you open the can, tropical aroma pours out. Loads of refined citrus aroma, with oranges, grapefruit, and tons of mango. Not much malt evident at all, it's all hops here!

Taste: Silky smooth and pungent tropical flavor. Layer upon layer upon layer of smoothie fruits, with mango first, followed by the more citrusy grapefruit and orange, and finishing with a little bit of rind/pith on the finish. Delicious and refreshing.

Feel: soft to medium body, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Not overly crisp, and not just juice either. Elevates the beer, no doubt.

Overall: it's one of the best IPAs on the planet. Seek it out and bury yourself in its layers of hops.

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Photo of Pip_Count_167
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer, at less than 7% ABV, is reminiscient of some of my favorite double IPAs, namely Dinner and Sunshine. Hoppy, citrusy and smooth; I ended up finishing the can (via pint glass) much faster than I expected as it is really smooth and drinkable. I think I like this more than the other TH beers I've tried, though I've loved them all. They really cater to my palate, I need to visit that place... a growler filled with Julius... a short drive to Maple Hill disc golf, that'd be a perfect Saturday.

This sits with Substance as a favorite (single) IPA. Excellent brew!

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Photo of beermike1974
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is absolutely hands down one of the top beers i have ever had....explodes with a hoppy aroma when opened. Looks pillowy orange on pour, tastes unlike any beer i have ever had. Can taste citrus, peach and other fruit like flavors. Feels smooth, pillowy and velvety. Overall absolutely delicious!!!

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Photo of DrZoidburg
4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! A friend brought it to me at work witch was a wonderful surprise. It was canned just around a week before opening. I got great grapefruit notes off the nose which I really enjoyed. All in all a great beer which I was super happy about, cheers !

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Photo of dahlen22
4.97/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have enjoyed many of the hyped up IPA and DIPA. This beer is the bomb! Massive amounts of tropical fruit in the nose and taste (from Citra hops I suspect). Peach, Mango, and grapefruit juicy dankness are the flavors that bust through. Smooth, creamy feel to accompany this, but does finish a bit less hoppy than what I would like. I drank first out of the can, but if you pour, deep orange hazy color. IMO, one of the best IPA's that I have ever had. The only thing I would say would make it better would be a little more ABV (its at 6.8, but a nice 8 like Sip of Sunshine would rule), Regardless, top notch for the style and I could drink this for the rest of my life. Cheers!!

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Photo of Ski3PO
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I mean, you can knock it for having the haze it does, but if you're looking to appearance for what to expect, it's exactly what it should be!
JUICE. Orange. It's exactly what you'd expect. My favorite IPA to date.
There are not many beers where you drink it, your eyes get big, and you double-take. Haven't had that with any of the other big NE or West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of Docrock
4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can into a teku glass. Can dated 10-6-15 so exactly 2 weeks old.

A: pours a funky orange color, like murky Tang almost. Decent 1/2" of head and nice sticky lacing.
S: one of the most interesting smelling IPA's I've ever smelled. Lots of fruit, specifically citrus and mango and it is bursting out of the glass. As soon as I popped the can the aroma was evident.
T: not as impressive as the smell. The fruitiness is present but quickly fades and leaves just a slight dry bitterness.
M: mouthfeel was just above average. Carbonation was appropriate but nothing out of the ordinary.
O: glad I got to try it, have another can to do a side by side with Alter Ego. Nowhere near the best IPA out there, not even in the top ten for my tastes. Would drink again if given to me but not gonna try and trade as its value is way over inflated..

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Pours turbid milky orange, finger head fades to a thin layer, lots of lace. Super juicy aroma, oranges and ripe tropical fruit, wow. Taste is just as juicy and fruity. The juicyness fades faster than I'd like to a dry piney earthy finish. I'll soft mouthfeel. Up front this brew was through the roof, finishing a little flat but overall outstanding.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3rd try, once from a growler and twice from a can. This batch 10/6. Pours an opaque peachy, vitamin water color with 1/2 finger of tan head and nice lacing. Smell bursts with tropical fruit, peach, mango and passion fruit. Taste is more carbonated fresh squeezed orange/pineapple juice and less tropical/mango. Not world class for sure but certainly very good.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a tallboy can into a Belgian tulip.

Pours cloudy with an orange and peach-colored body. Looks a bit murky. Fizzy white head that turns into a beehive-like wax. 3.5

Bursting with tropical aroma. Tons of pineapple and mango and dank, resinous aroma. That fruit aroma is insane. 4.5

A step below the aroma. The tropical fruit recedes a bit. Still get a nice blend of pineapple and mango and passionfruit but it lacks the pop the nose suggested. There's some earthy and resinous flavor there that reminds me of a fresh hop beer. Floral and bubblegum on the finish. 4.25

Drinks light and lovely. Very smooth and easy to drink. Light bitterness and a resinous, sticky feel. 4.25

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 10/6, consumed 10/17. As fresh as a Californian is going to get this bad boy...

Sunset hazy yellowish orange, nice frothy head and very excellent lacing in my Rodenbach Grand Cru Tulip.

Wow.. Tons or orange and tangerine. Peachy mango. The story here is primarily the orange julius flavor as if there were a wee bit of cream in there. Pretty amazing really how well this fits the name of the beer. Taste is all the same. just a wee bit of pine in the finish, keeping it creamy, yet dry on the back end.

Mouthfeel. Well, as a lover of the finer west coast IPAs, I now finally get what these east coasters are talking about with these new school softer IPAs. Translation: All the hop flavor without the crazy high IBU hop bitterness that follows. Nice and delicate soft pillowy mouthfeel. Unlike any I can remember having.

This is my first experience with this brewery. I also have an equally fresh Lights On I will dive into later this week which I can't wait to get into. The Hype is real Guys....the hype is real.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottom of can says 10 06 15.

A- Pours a murky orangeish amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of bubbly surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Somewhat bright juicy aroma brings to mind orange juice, pineapple juice and peach with a slightly dank quality overlying.

T- More tropical fruit juiciness with a solid resinous hop bitterness that work so very well together. I keep coming back for more and more sips, it's so drinkable. Slightly sweet. Really good hop burps.

M- Dry and a bit sharp from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- The thing that sells this as a superior IPA is the flavor-intensity-to-drinkability ratio. Yes, I've had IPAs that are more dank and in-your-face delicious, but the way this beer accomplishes that juicy, refreshing, vibrant hop character while also being so smooth and somewhat sessionable...this is where it's at.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
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