Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

548 Reviews

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 6.8% alcohol, it is refreshing and freakishly drinkable.

Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

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Photo of larryi86
4.67/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can, dated 11/29/16, poured into a teku

A- A super hazy brunt orange with a two finger white head.

S- Mangos, oranges, tropical fruits, hints of piney and floral notes

T- Mandarin oranges, mangos/tropical fruits, passion fruit, piney/floral finish.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- A great IPA and much more of a stand out than Sap. Nose is amazing, but the taste falls short of the quality of the nose, still great though. Very easy to drink, alcohol really is not noticeable. If you can get some it will be worth your time.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: growler 12/10/16
Palate Contaminants: none

The appearance is a very opaque, thick medium orange. Moderate amount of fine head.

The smell is slightly bitter orange juice. It also has lactose, watermelon, pine nut. It's that kind of savory sweet that's so pleasant.

The first taste I get is watermelon bubblegum. A little warmth brings up honeydew melons. Bits of grapefruit and banana are buried in the background, but add a welcome bit of color. There are also strong elements of herbs, like tarragon. Some fresh vegetation is certainly there. It's not super complex, but what's there is very good and very well executed.

The feel is moderate thickness with very fine carbonation. The melons and tarragon hang around. I'd hardly guess that it contained any alcohol unless the growler tag said so.

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Photo of Rugg315
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New to this game. Went to tree house yesterday could not believe the atmosphere! Julius is my first tree house. Everything about the beer look, smell, feel are great. Is it bad to say that a 100% rated beer didn't live up to my expectations? Have had beers in CT. that I thought the taste of the beer was better (dose,coriolis). Maybe my palate is not sophisticated enough I get that with wine. Curious about different batches if there is a taste differential. Great beer just maybe too much hype?

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Photo of DoctorMyEye
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden color, soft lacing

S: straight tropical citrus. Heavy orange, clementine, pineapple.

T: like a fresh juicy bite into the best tasting fruit you've had. Clean flavor profile with minimal bitterness. Lots of bright flavor without crowding the palate. Not much malt to speak of. Finishes much like the fruit, mild rind flavor without the heavy bitterness.

M: just right. heavy enough to carry the hops without a malt profile yet light enough to remain refreshing and highly drinkable

O: Excellent IPA, fresh, tropical citrus flavors with smooth, effervescent body. There is a reason this beer is the flagship of one of the best breweries in the world and is the figurehead for a revolutionary style of hazy IPAs.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; a dull medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; very nice lacing;

S: mango, orange, mint, pineapple, a little soapy; normally when I think a beer smells or tastes soapy, it's not a compliment, but in this case, it's a clean, inviting, character;

T: mango and orange from start to finish; any malt flavor is way in the background; finish is mildly bitter with orange and orange rind;

M: medium to full bodied - somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not sure I've ever tasted an IPA that was this fruit forward (that didn't contain that fruit);

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Photo of oldn00b
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect across the board. I don't rate here much anymore but have been having a lot of NE style IPAs lately (lawson, trill, veil, tired hands etc.) and this is one where I'd give a perfect score on the BA scale. Flat out worth the hype and acclaim.

11/16 can, complete haze. Looks like orange juice. Gorgeous head, retention, lacing.

Nose is hop juice, flavor and feel follow. Huge and perfect in every way.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
4.64 out of 5 based on 3,486 ratings.
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