Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

BA SCORE
100
world-class
517 Reviews
JuliusJulius
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
517
Ratings:
3,349
Avg:
4.64
pDev:
6.47%
 
 
Wants:
2,238
Gots:
1,109
For Trade:
11
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 517 | Ratings: 3,349
Photo of SHDoyle
4.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Description: A hazy, cloudy appearance with a color that is sort of like apple cider but maybe a little lighter. White lacing but not much head. Aroma is full of tropical and citrus flavors (grapefruit, orange, peach) along with floral notes and some pine. Smell is deep and complex with several different layers. The taste is more bitter up front than the smell would indicate and that bitterness carries through to the finish. As it warms more of the fruity, floral notes make an appearance. Candidly, I wish the taste had been more consistent with the aroma. Mouthfeel is rich, velvety and much thicker than a normal IPA.

Suggested food pairing: Ahi tuna

If you like this beer then you should also try: Stone Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely have it again) This beer didn't really disappoint - it's a good beer - but I don't know that it lives up to the hype. The aroma was really great and maybe raised my expectations for the taste which I thought was a little bit lacking. All in all, not the best IPA I've ever had but certainly worth trying if you have the chance.

 1,128 characters

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

worth the wait.....the juice bomb you heard about, more orange or tangerine of the offerings from Tree House, look was spectacular and smell was robust and fruitful, taste - come on what did you hear? well it is true. feel is great a mouthful even though you tend to sip this.....great great great, Tree House is DA bomb

 322 characters

Photo of dshiplet
4.92/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From a 16oz. can that has traveled the world better than I. 10-15-16 on the bottom. Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass. We're not wasting time with a tulip glass on this one!

Looks: Pours a turbid turbidity that is more turbid that I've ever seen before. An orange color somewhere between that of orange juice and our president-elect. The head stands up a full inch and never backs down.

Smells: Fruit fruit and more fruit. Citrus is apparent. So are other more tropical fruits. But there is so much I can' separate them all out. Fruity Pebbles could learn a thing or two from this beer.

Tastes: More of that fruit. Sweetness up front. Hops on the back. Neither one asserts itself over the other. They seem to be getting along OK. *shhhh* Just let them be. They'll be OK.

Feels: A thick and tangy blanket for my tongue. So heavy I keep making chewing motions with my jaw. Scientists would say I'm trying to macerate it. Scientists are dumb and use too many big words. Just drink it.

Overall: This is a pretty amazing beer. It is overwhelming on all characteristics. Yet somehow it all seems to balance out. This might be the beer that was spoken of in days of old before mankind lost his way and began writing things down!

 1,252 characters

Photo of Jam23
4.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Hazy, orangish, nice head
smell: grapefruit, citrus
Taste: delicious citrus/grapefruit and a nice dank, not overwhelming. juicy, great IPA
Feel: refreshing
overall: a damn good beer

 187 characters

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

Poured from can into tulip. Served chilled. Less than a week old.
Beautiful head formation. Long finger lacing.
Almost spot on pulp free orange juice in colour and mouthfeel.
Opening the can was like exploding a hop bomb. Aromas came straight to my nose. Fresh orange citrus hop explosion. Flavour was extremely balance between malts and hops. It was hard to drink it slow. Really an incredible well crafted brew. Possibly a desert island beer contender!

 458 characters

Photo of Amguerra305
4.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is the first beer that showed me the wonders of the NE IPA. Pours kinda thick and sits a hazy yellow orange in the glass. Almost looks like orange juice with a touch of blood orange juice with a ring of head that lingers around the edges and at splotches floating on top. Smell is something unique. Smells of tropical fruit: passion fruit predominates but you also gets notes of guava and mango. The nose on this beer is what really makes it world class; how can you get so much fruit smell with not fruit!? The taste is just generally juicy with a pleasantly bitter finish. Sweet and fruity on the front end with no clear flavor coming through other than tropical punch. Really balanced and not too bitter on the back like some other beers. The body on this beer has heavy gravity that feels thick yet it is not sticky and goes down light and smooth. This is one leg of the Treehouse Triumvirate that really has no clear leader. They are all amazing in their own right and very unique.

 1,003 characters

Photo of azurel
4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip
Pours hazy with a thick white head.

Aroma is dank, citrus heavy on grapefruit, orange, mango.

Taste follows aroma with a front of hop dankness that is cut by the citrus of grapefruit, orange, mango.
Well balanced citrus bitterness with an underlying sweetness. The finish is clean.

Mouth feel is full, slick, velvety...you know your drinking something.

Phenomenal! Right in my wheel house

 412 characters

Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First had 8/30/15 at home. Had a friend throw me a can to try out. Its been a love affair ever since. I look forward to visiting the brewery on my way to EBF this February.

 175 characters

Photo of SayBoom
4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Julius by Tree House vs Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street Trillium. The same freshness.
L:J better DDHSS
S:J better DDHSS
T:DDHSS better J
F:DDHSS better J
O:DDHSS better J
Disappointed(

 187 characters

Photo of jooler
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

looks is like a darker orange juice.
smell is dank. tons of citrus but also some earthy grassy notes.
initial taste is extremely juicy. taste is like starbursts and citrus peels. i wonder how much caprisun or tampico they put into this. this an amazing
feel is lightly carbonated.
overall, i am glad to have tried this. really good beer. though, i still love DDH mosaic dream a lot better.

 389 characters

Photo of THSdrummer
4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks are sublime, as is the reputation for this beer. It pours a completely opaque orange, with a finger of white, tight-laced head. Lacing formation is fantastic, forming spiderweb after spiderweb around the edge of the snifter after each sip. While I hate to use the clique in describing this beer, I really cannot find better words - this beer looks like orange juice. Aroma notes are dripping with citrus and orange. A faint back bone of biscuit malts and pine resin hops support the otherwise Vitamin C-like aroma. Flavor notes are gorgeous, at least a second or so after a sip. Initial flavor notes include a sticky, bitter resin hop, before smoothing out into, you guessed it, citrus and orange hops. The after taste is a lingering, bitter pine resin that sticks around like sap on fingers. The beer really shines mid flavor profile, but otherwise is a bit bitter. Mouth feel is somewhere between strange and great. While the beer itself has a medium to medium-thick texture and consistency, an overwhelming amount of particulates invade and blast the tongue almost like drinking a fine sand - or flour. Otherwise, the mouth feel makes it fun to drink. Overall, it's a well performing beer with plenty going for it. While the initial and lingering flavor notes keep this beer from being an easy first timers IPA, it still is easy to drink. I can only imagine it would be slightly better if it were a few days fresher (it is a week old).

Served in a 12oz snifter.

 1,472 characters

Photo of MikeyMcD86
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All Hail Julius!

Look: Super Hazy, no light gets through at all. Deep Orange in color.

Smell. Orange, Orange, and more Orange! Like an Orange Creamsicle. Simply the best expression of citrusy hops I've ever had.

Taste: Everything on the nose transfers to the mouth. Super orange flavor with just a little bit of tropical fruit(passion fruit/pineapple) poking through. Just a little bitterness on the finish.

Feel: Mouth-feel is super creamy but the bitterness keeps the beer from weighing on the palate the way some sweeter beers do.

Overall(Style points): Before having this beer I preferred tropical fruit notes to citrus in my IPA but Julius has won me over. 100 points!

 679 characters

Photo of LAp
4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a teku glass. Pours a thick, yellow-orange. Opaque like juice. The nose is dominated by mango, papaya, and pineapple. The fruit on the nose is far more tropical and robust than most IPAs, and is accompanied by faint hop background. The palate reveals an exceptional IPA (dank, resinous, and distinctly west-coast) hiding underneath a smoothie-like wall of fruit (with the same flavor notes indicated in the nose). The mouthfeel is thick. Strangely thick for an IPA. This is an incredible way to push the style, and the beer is truly well-crafted. It would be hard for any beer to live up to the hype this one has gotten, and whether or not it does is certainly up for debate. Nonetheless, hype aside, it's a beer that has no trouble standing on its own merits.

 798 characters

Photo of Kdouble
4.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Picked up the can packed on 10/25/16 at their brewery in Monson. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: A very thick orange color which was rather hazy. One finger of foamy white head and lacing on entire glass.

S: Strong burst of tropical fruit as soon as the can opened. Orange, grapefruit, and tangerine were the strongest but some pineapple in there too. Just enough hop to remind you it was there

T: Juice, juice and more juice. Exactly like the smell and superbly blended with the hops. Taste was the same from first drink until the last.

F: A medium juice with a crisp tart taste.

O: One of the best IPAs I have had. I believe the hype after finally trying one. Ridiculous amount of fruit taste with hops I loved. Getting ready for another one.

 754 characters

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

Thanks @ecoboostinst for the chance to have this.

L: same color as the can. Very hazy with nice white head that stays and laces.

S: great citrus grapefruit smell. Very aromatic.

T: amazing ipa. This beer lives to the hype. The flavor booms right away with citrus.

F: crisp but creamy. Great feeling beer.

O: excellent beer. Might be the best ipa I have had. Very lucky to try this since the only way to get this in CA is trade. I would recommend this beer to everyone.

 474 characters

Photo of Kadonny
4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can gotten via trade from DrunkyBuddha, so extremely pumped to try this beer!

L: A super cloudy murky medium orange color with a beautiful white one finger head. Nice lacing that does recede.

S: Wow, I was expecting tropical and got huge citrus on the nose. Nice! Massive grapefruit, tangerine, orange, peach and some pineapple. I get som slight grassy notes too. Smells awesome!

T: The citrus follows the nose. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine and lemon zest. Slight (ever so) pineapple and stone fruit mix with a bit of grass. Malt is bread and cracker like and the finish stays citrus with some drying bitterness. Finish is divine as it is not too bitter but not even near sweet. Crazy good. Memorable.

M: Medium, slightly prickly, smooth but dry. Nice carbonation with very slight alcohol as it warms. So good.

O: Another reviewer said this one cannot quite hold up to the top NE beers from Trillium, etc. I have not had any Trillium beers yet (I do have one in ice to try very soon) but I can't imagine a beer that this one can't hold up next to. What a truly awesome beer very much deserving it's hype. Awesome! PS. Attn traders, I will need more of this stunning beer.

 1,221 characters

Photo of aquabears
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Orange-gold and hazy with an off-white, foamy head. Smells like oranges with some biscuit and tropical fruits. At the beginning, it tastes like oranges with a little bit of sourdough tang, tropical and fruity on the back end and a yeasty, bready, orangey aftertaste. Usually I get bitterness early and then acclimate - here the bitterness starts coming out the more you drink it. Medium body, carbonation hits you up front then turns more slick and creamy.

 456 characters

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tree House Julius

A: This incredibly-hyped modern classic lives up to its name in appearance: this looks like full-pulp orange juice or even a fruit smoothie. The pure white head is unfortunately short-lived, but lacing is nice and in light sheets. The color is beautiful, but the head and retention and lacing. 4/5

A: Peach, grapefruit, and orange aromas dominate in a big way. Some green hoppiness lies underneath, but this is all about the dominant citrusy fruit that lies in every facet. Doughy malt is mostly hidden, along with a little yeastiness. It is a little one-note in just how overt the juiciness is, but it is also extremely impressive in its intensity. 4.5/5

T: Unsurprisingly, the taste largely follows the aroma with ridiculous orange juice and ripe peach, sweet but not too sweet. Grapefruit hits mid-palate with the new entry of guava and some surprising grassy bitterness. There is a little sweet pineapple and a touch of alcohol sweetness on the very end where the doughy malts and English yeast make their very slight presence known. This does not suffer like many Tree House beers from an "unfinished," heavily doughy, grainy, and floury taste. This is a knockout beer that would improve with just a tad more complexity. 4.5/5

M: Moderate mouthfeel, a little on the lighter side, but not to its detriment, just a little bit off of the admittedly nascent style. Carbonation is typically soft, bitterness is light and dryness is equally light, leaving a little stickiness on the lips. It is not all that refreshing (not many NE IPAs are), but it is a treat to drink. 4.25/5

O: This one is worth the hype. Despite the sameness that Tree House (and other NE IPAs) can get muddled into, Julius stands out with some of the best. It is not the best of the style (that title belongs to Hill Farmstead or Trillium), but this is a wonderful beer, and at that echelon, it is really splitting hairs. Pair with A Lot Like Birds "Conversation Piece," which, while great, is not among the absolute top tier of post-hardcore. 4.5/5

 2,043 characters

Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Exactly what a New England IPA should look like. Personally I don't care for the hazy look but can't fault the style. Nice billowy tangerine head.

S: Probably the single greatest aspect of this beer. I cannot step smelling it. I've probably sniffed it 3x as much as I've sipped it. So much tropical fruit. I'm pretty sure a lot of that character is coming from the yeast esters but it works so well in concert with the hops.

T: My can is well over a month old but it still holds up. Light and unassuming with a fruit punch. It would be the perfect everyday beer if it were that available.

F: Billowy and oh so soft on the palette. Plenty of carbonation but it feels almost marshmallowy instead of champagney.

O: I get it. I'd love to get a super fresh one. Pretty fantastic beer.

 786 characters

Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Canned on 9/14/16.

A: Pours a very hazy, dull orange color with a one-inch, foamy, white head with good retention. Thick, white, billowy lacing throughout.

S: Strong notes of tropical fruits and citrus consisting of pineapple, mango, melons, tangerine, grapefruit, and orange. Very slight piney hop and sweet malt notes.

T: Huge juice bomb! Taste matches aromas almost exactly. Tropical fruit and citrus notes of pineapple, mango, peach, melons, grapefruit, and tangerine. Fruitiness is perfectly balanced with piney hop bitterness.

F: Light-medium bodied, smooth, juice-like, and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Overall, this is hands down the best IPA I've had to date. Treehouse just has an unbelievable ability to produce these unparalleled, unique IPA/IIPA's. Ridiculously fruity and juicy, but perfectly balanced with hop bitterness. Easy drinking. Lives up to every bit of the hype and holds the title of #1 for a reason. Would love to try this fresher and will definitely be chasing this in the future.

 1,055 characters

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance
Cloudy dense orange, looks like a glass of orange juice. Dense thick white head great lacing.

Smell
Mango, grapefruit, orange, and any other tropical fruit you can imagine. It is like a tropical fruit explosion

Taste
Unlike any other IPA i have had, like a mildly hopped juice. Orange and mango stand out with just a touch of hops

Feel
Light to medium very well carbonated not very dry

Overall
This is an amazing IPA i would guess the best i have ever rated. It is very juicy amazing aromas and taste.

 516 characters

Photo of PVMT
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a can dated 9/14/16 JOHNNY FIVE ALIVE! Pour is murky orange juice. Aroma is slight citrus. Flavor is insane: The flavor is melony citrus; cantelope and honeydew, with a slight booze burn and almost no bitterness, Mouthfeel is perfect. Finish is sweet and clean. Amazing. Beyond impressed.

 297 characters

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

So far my favorite from TreeHouse and quite possibly anywhere. Looks like orange juice and the taste is just right. Tons of fruit, smooth as can be. Not bitter at all. Probably my favorite IPA ever.

 198 characters

Photo of Mikee440
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled TH Green yesterday. Today can of Julius dated 9-30-16. Similarly grapefruity in taste and color but with punchier notes (pineapple?). Very nice citrus smell. Found it to be more rounded than the Green. Smooth and very drinkable. Just the right amount of hoppiness with a slight touch of maltiness. An very well rounded and flavorful libation.

 354 characters

Photo of GrizzlyRogers
4.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

looks gold/orange and unfiltered as expected, thin head that remains fairly long. smells fruity with a tiny hint of malt, feels extremely refreshing and smooth. taste the fruitiness and malt towards the end of the sip. Wasnt sure if I would buy the hype, but theres simply nothing like a beer from Treehouse.

 308 characters

Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
4.64 out of 5 based on 3,349 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe