Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 Wolvesinthetaproom
4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brilliance in a bottle is an understatement for this highly reviewed IPA. Began the evening with a 750ml bottle from the previous weekend's batch. The color pours into my Hill Farmstead tulip glass a perfect pale golden tone. The smell of orange, grapefruit, and citrus fills the air immediately when opened. Freshly squeezed orange grapefruit juice with the mild bitterness of hop to give it that classic taste. A beautifully crafted IPA and easily one I will go out of my way to try again. Cannot recommend the aesthetic quality of this enough.


Revised Review of the recent can releases: While the aromas and juicy flavor is still intact, it does not have the same freshness feeling as I get straight from the growler or draft.

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

LOOK: Color: a marvelous gold yellow orange. Almost opaque but not cloudy.

SMELL: Aroma is great -- like citrusy blossoms.

TASTE: Big citrus flavor. Hoppy as hell but balanced, not overly bitter. Bright and sunshiney up front. Very pleasant. The easy comparison is Sip of Sunshine. Quite possibly better than. Really similar flavor profiles though.

FEEL: As for mouthfeel: not quite (like) "stout full", but pretty full for an IPA.

Thanks Steve!

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

Not a bad thing to say about this beer. Delicious citrus smell and flavor and amazing mouth feel. One of the most refreshing and drinkable beers that I have ever had

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml growler and the first beer of an incredible bottle share. Amazing tropical notes and truly tastes like OJ mixed with an IPA. Incredible!

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

One of the best beers on the planet. I have been lucky enough to travel the US for many years for me job and have tried most of the other brews on this top list and i always go back to thinking of how amazing this beer is.This is the BEST IPA ive ever had. I am so excited for them to begin canning in the next coming months and get my hands on some more.

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Photo of MikeHBerk79
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Invited to drink a glass with a friend who just picked up some beer at the brewery. Incredible. Fresh, citrus, amazing after taste. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, awesome to have this one so close to home, drank a 750 within 24 hours of pour. To me this sits right next to Lunch by Maine Beer for best IPA. The only thing about it that turned me off at all was it sat heavy in the nose, awesome mango/citrus in your face but nail polish remover also came to mind. (and this is not a complaint for sure, it wasn't overwhelming) As for taste it's cleannn from beginning to end; Hop hits hard and then the fruitiness at the end makes you want more and more. Dank and delicious! Top 5 IPA IIPA

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In a world of IPAs that taste awfully similar, here is Julius. It may not be the absolute perfect tasting IPA I've ever had, but it really is a bit of a curveball from the average IPA flavor profile. Like it's name might possibly suggest, this baby is all oranges: orange rind, orange pulp, orange juice, Tang, orange gummy bears. The potency of the oranges becomes even more apparent as the beer warms to room temperature. I'd even suggest drinking Julius at a chill level closer to room temperature because the flavors really expand. From Tree House, I personally prefer Green, but Julius is a lovely little beast.

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Photo of Petegrieco
4.87/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't write many reviews but this beer deserves one
Hands down the best IPA available, maybe even the best beer in general.
High citrus notes, juicy taste, extremely drinkable. Have had several batches and it only gets better.

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

Look : Cloudy, on the Darker side of Golden.
Smell : Citrus, potent can smell from a distance.
Taste : Juicy, Oranges with pretty much no bitterness
Feel : smooth and light, can drink several no problem
Overall : Julius how I love you, Hype well worth it

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

Waited 2 hours in line for this beer today. Add two hours to drive home. Kiss the wife and roll back the top on a very fresh growler. Poured into a tree house snifter.

Hazy opaque orange yellow. One finger settles to a white layer of tiny dense bubbles. Trace of lacings.

Amazing aroma. Mango, tropical hops

First sip, tropical hops on the middle and them the front of the tongue. A gentle,msmooth lingering hoppy bitterness aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Second sip the the tropical hops are all on the tip. Slight pine note on the third sip.

Silky smooth, tiny sudsing. Well made, smooth and delicious.

Excellent beer. I will be climbing back into the tree house.

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Photo of Zaximus
4/5  rDev -13.8%

750 into a HotD tulip. Filled 11/28/14.

Definitely juicy. A little dank(?) but not in a bad way, just unique. Nice balance of hop and malt. This is good but not as mind blowing as I hoped. Happy I had the chance to try it but not sure I'd seek it out again. Perhaps a little fresher and it would be amazing.

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Photo of JSweens
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Holy juicy tropical juicy nectar, like EXTREMELY JUICY. Could use a little more balance behind all the hop juice in your face. Cant wait to see how the canned product turns out.

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

Golden hazy orange with a thick white lingering head, nice lacing on the glass. Bursting with tropical, orange hop smell with a hint of dankness. Bitter orange flavor with tropical hop flavors shining through as well. Great mouthfeel, carbonation is a bit lower out of the can than out of the growler I had previously. One of the best out there right now.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

First time I had this was straight orange juice. This is more of a hazy bronze. Still good lacing and still 2+ finger frothy head. Such a strong smell. Dank orange juice and other citrus. Hint of pine. Absolutely fresh taste. Both sweet and bitter orange. Really get a background juicy sweet mango. Other citrus and tropicals I can't place. Super juicy but carbonation is a tad low. Leaves a sticky sweetness like I ate a Starburst or something. Phenomenal beer.

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Photo of Prop28WasBetter
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Julius looks beautiful in the glass. Smells like tropical fruit. When I first tried Julius I thought it was almost too fruity, now after 20+ times of enjoying it, i love the fruity taste. Finishes just bitter enough to make you come back for more. Although it's not my favorite tree house beer, it deserves its reputation as world class.

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Photo of skinny_mcginley
5/5  rDev +7.8%

An absolutely amazing IPA. This is full of cirtus and so juicy. So glad I finally got a chance to try this beer. Probably the best IPA I have ever had!

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

A: Pours a super hazy dark golden color with a one finger off white head. Chunks of lace on the glass after each sip.

S: Honeydew, which I don't think I've ever found in an IPA before, loads of crushed citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit and just a touch of ripe peach. Smells awesome.

T: Again, honeydew and cantaloupe right off the bat. Very different. Pineapple, a little bit of peach, honey malt and just a hint of grapefruit pith bitterness before a juicy finish of pink grapefruit and light pine. Delicious.

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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 KOrtyl
5/5  rDev +7.8%

The best IPA being brewed today. Yes, better the RRBC and HT. Full of flavor, aromatic, complex to the taste. Every time I taste something else within this perfect libation. Mission Accomplished.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%

Open passionpineapplegrapefruit,
Bubbles make an alcoholic soda,
Drink one, drink two,
Drink a whole bottle,
And tell your mom how much you love her.

A: Orangey haze with thick foamy head (3/3)
S: Sweet passionfruit and pineapple nose (11/12)
T: Passionfruit dominates with grapefruit. Still trying to figure out what that after-taste is but I get it in a lot of IPAs it is similar to finishing some salsa and it is mildly unpleasant . Can't taste after second sip. Otherwise perfect. (18/20)
M: Medium bodied and bubbly, super wet but a little dry on finish. (5/5)
O: A delightful IPA defying the piney hop bombs with a very rich complexity. I like fruit, and I like beer. This guy has both in spades. (9/10)

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Photo of jjdc
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Just wow. Gorgeous orange sunset in the glass. Wafts of grapefruit, sticky resin and a hint of pine. Flavor follows the nose profile: Notes of grapefruit, tangerine, nice stickiness and the undernote of pine again. This is a single IPA that has the huge flavor and juiciness of a double. Reminds me a bit of HF's hoppy offerings. Balanced, sophisticated and great. Look forward to trying more Treehouse.

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Photo of Erockruns
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

Just an amazing representation of the single IPA. Tree House pretty much knocks it out of the park with everything they brew and it's obvious why Julius is the flagship. I've been fortunate and have had many offerings from them and they produce the finest beer in MA, hands down. That's considering the stiff competition from others like Trillium, Pretty Things, etc...

In my mind, Julius is best described as a blast of citrus followed by a dank, earthy rustic backing that glides to the finish. Could pretty much replace your morning OJ with this one!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had this 4 or 5 times now and finally getting around to reviewing. Thanks to Cam for sharing this 750ml growler.

The pour into a snifter is hazy darkish orange with a finger or so of white head, retention and lace are great. This one is huge on citrus and tropical fruit hops, big time melon, mango and oranges stick out the most, with a little bit of weedy/leafy hop. Quite bitter with just a little bit of sugar cookie malt backing. Smooth, well-carbonated mouthfeel, the heft and bitterness of this is surprising for 6.5%. Could pass for a DIPA.

I prefer Green to this personally but still a pretty great IPA.

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Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- My second 750ml of this throughout the last week. Poured into two snifters with a slightly hazed apricot amber body. The head is white and foamy, frothy textured rising to about one finger. Decent retention and lacing is a mix of webs, sheets and spots.

S- A lot of melon and juicy cantaloupe bursts out of the growler as soon as it is opened. After some inspection a bushel of juicy tropical and stone fruits rises out of the glass. Mango, tangerine, peach and some citrus as well.

T- Becomes a bit more citrus forward here with a notable zesty bitterness coming to mind. Orange is quite big with a bit of lemon zest in there as well. The fruits from the nose carry over with mango, melon, cantaloupe, peach, apricot and general tropical fruits coating the palate.

MF- Medium bodied with a slightly creamy and frothy consistency. Carbonation still at a high level after a week in the growler. Finishes moderately bitter.

Very juicy fruity in the nose as well as the flavor but in the latter a nice bitter citrus zest hop feel opens up. Certainly a great "flagship" or staple of a brewery. I have had this a few times now and it seems to just get better and better.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
4.64 out of 5 based on 3,035 ratings.
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