Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

515 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 6.5% alcohol, it is refreshing and freakishly drinkable.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned date of 07/19/16

Appearance - Pours thickly hazed and dull orange as a result, with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, peeling back to reveal a mostly barren layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Aroma is tropical, with notes of orange, pineapple, mango, guava and a hint of grapefruit. A bit of leaf. Faint, crackery malt somewhere in there.

Taste - Follows the nose a bit. Juicy notes of orange with lesser pineapple and mango upfront. A bit of stonefruit pit nuttiness hits mid-taste. Some lightly toasted malt. Pithy orange and lesser grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel that lends itself to an easy, quaffable drink.

Overall - Pretty damn tasty, but I prefer Substance and Yojo to this, both of which have a sharper bite on the finish. Still, one I won't pass up if I ever get another chance to get it.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent TH offering -typical juice bomb, hazy and delicious. Taste is fruity with a slight hop bite on the finish. Feel creamy despite being rather dry. Evident why this is the flagship IPA.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tree House is exceptional and Julius is terrific as expected.
I was skeptical about Tree House prior to trying them seeing as they had something like 6 beers in the top 16 on BA.
Man, was I wrong to be skeptical. Julius can hold its own with any beer, period.

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

Poured from a 16 oz can into a stemed pint glass.

Pours a beautiful Hazy golden orange, with no light penetration. Egg white colored, half finger head with spotty lacing. Very juice like looking beer! Orange Julius to be exact lol.

Smells like the juiciest fruit your nose has ever smelled. Angels tears to be exact. Monster aromas of grapefruit, orange, pineapple with a wicked hop kick!! My goodness.

Taste like mega juicy orange juice, with pineapple and grapefruit present. Very sweet and balance with a hidden hop kick that gets you in the face, then runs away. Definetly one of the best beers I have had. It is way too juicy for its own good!

Fairly light bodied with decent carbonation. Slighty dry while being juicy, finish. Pretty awesome right there.

Easily one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Wish I had an unlimited supply!

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

750 ml growler filled 9-2-2016.

My IPA quest has reached its culmination with this beer. I cannot imagine a more delicious IPA (although I'm hoping the growler of Green and can of Alter Ego sitting in my fridge might give Julius a run for its money). I drank a can of King Julius the night before enjoying this growler, and for me Julius was superior in two ways: head retention/lacing, and virtually on alcohol discernible in the taste or aroma. Not a traditional IPA by any means but this beer is perfection nevertheless.

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

This beer lives up to all of the hype. I never cared for IPAs until I tried this stuff. A true game changer!

Look : Orange and hazy. Basically opaque.
Aroma : Lots of Citrus and some floral notes.
Flavor : You would swear they put a little orange juice in this thing. The taste is so fresh and juicy you could have this with your morning pancakes.
Overall : Lives up to the hype. In fact it might even surpass it!

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

This beer is one of those beers that blows your face off of your face the first time and every subsequent time you drink it.
Smooth fruit Juice with beautiful back end bitterness. All time beer right here

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

There is a reason we love Tree House. Maybe it is the place. Maybe it is the branding. Maybe it is because it is hard to get. But probably it is because the beer is incredible. This is a tropical dream. aroma flavor and mouthfeel compliment each other in these mango pineapple notes. It looks like pithy fresh squeezed orange juice smoothie.

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

I'm on a ratings tear here.

Julius rules, but that's not a long enough review.

Instead of describing tropical and juice with ten different fruits I'll go the narrative route.

Julius is hands down the definition of the "NE IPA." Juicy. Tropical juice. Cloudy. Unbelievable mouthfeel. Smell you can clock from across the room.

It sets the standard for what the ultimate IPA is today.

If you look at the ratings of the other beers that dominated this list a few years ago, you can see (or read about) shifting taste preferences over time.

You can taste the difference against Dinner or Pliny the Elder or even Focal (I'm grateful for having had the chance).

All of those beers are spectacular.

But Julius, and the Treehouse catalogue, shaves the bitter off and enhances the mouthfeel, making for a (weird word coming) luxurious experience.

My goodness I love it. Second only to Alter Ego.

At least for now.

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

Tree House Brewing Company
Thick and murky. Similar to a really chunky homemade apple cider, but more opaque. The lacing is a vibrant chunky mural that might turn to concrete if you let it sit.
The second the first gaseous particles released the can it was in my nose from 3 ft. away full of pine, citrus, and tart.
Wildly subtle and pleasant up front for the incredible complexity. Quickly follows with orange, bitter citrus, sweet citrus, sweet hop, and tangy peach. Similar to a fruit bucket with only your favorite citrusy things.
About as chalky and opaque as it looks in texture it is on your tongue, although chalky in the best possible sense.
Overall: 5/5
No doubt about it. While I'm not sure how I'm supposed to forget about this beer I'm at least incredibly thankful to have tried it. It's the best IPA that I've ever had.

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

I really liked this one. I have had it a couple of times now. Hoppy with a unique flavor that is fantastic. One of the most unique IPAs that I have had. I can see why this has such a huge following!!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 07/13/16.

Pours hazy orange with a half-inch white head that remains as a ring on top and leaves thick strands of lace. Literally looks like orange juice with foam. The smell is of bitter citrus fruit with just a hint of tropical fruit. The taste follows with grapefruit and orange peel. Medium texture with a prickly effervescence. World class.

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Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 4 days ago. Thanks to my beer drinkering buddy Dave for bringing me back a few cans from TH.
Look: Hazy light orange in color. About one finger head. Nice lacing.
Smell: Best smelling IPA I've ever smelled. Right there with Heady and Psuedo Sue. Total citrus aroma.
Taste: Perfect. Orange juice bomb. A little bitterness (wish there was more like Green) but an amazing taste nonetheless.
Feel: perfect mouthfeel. Super smooth. Not too thin and not creamy.
Overall: an incredible IPA that lives up to the hype. I just amended my rating. I had another can of this but don't know how old it was. It was good but not great. This 4 day old can is perfection.

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Photo of Karl_12welveEyes
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Haazey orange
Smell: mango and orange and citrus
Taste: Intense tropical fruit flavors, mango, orange, papaya
Feel: Smooth, finishes with a nice hop flavor that exemplifies the fruit flavors

Quite an amazing IPA. Friend from Boston always brings us back some when they visit, and it doesn't last too long.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look : Hazy, a little bit dark orange color and white foamy head.
Aroma : Big citrus, a little bit of pine. Very juicy.
Mouthfeel : soft, medium carbonation and medium bodied.
Flavor : Pleasant bitterness, juicy hop flavor, dry.
Overall : smells a little bit like old school ipas but very different, prefer green to this but a great brew

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Photo of GabrielEVH
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect IPA. Can't say much more than what has already been said. Orange haze look, perfectly soft and dangerously drinkable mouth feel, juicy orange orangy/mango nose (it is HUGE!) and flavor with light piney bitterness at the end. I'll rock this beer out til' my stock's out. Tru.

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Photo of Lorianneb
4.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a great beer. 5 day old can from brewery. Pours a murky deep orange. Smells like heaven. All citrus, orange, mango and passion fruit. Nice 2 finger head with tight bubbles that stay a bit with nice lacing. Tastes better than it smells. Perfect carbonation. All tropical fruit with a nice malt bill. It's all hops without being killer bitter.
Just did a New England beer vac hitting Treehouse, Alchemist and Trillium. This is my fav by far

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

Can Date 8.12
Drank / Review 8.13

Beer pours a cloudy golden orange - similar to the color of the Julius Can - its thick, dense, light cannot pass through - Looks like a cup of thick dank hop juice. This beer smells like heaven. Strong fruit notes throughout a smell of citrus and mango. Its extremely drinkable, almost too drinkable. Tastes good, refreshing, clean, has a hop bite, but its subtle, the fruit notes definitely stand out, but not in a bad way.

This beer is all the craze right now and I can see why - Treehouse is doing an amazing job brewing this. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be making another trip to Monson, MA to obtain more variations of Treehouse beers.

The beer is amazing, but not life changing. Not the best beer I ever had, but its right up there. Try this beer if you can and enjoy as fresh as possible.

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

Nice head hangs on sides of snifter as it fades. Aroma is great mango, orange, grapefruit and light lime. Taste is Fantastic real fruit bomb. Mango, orange, grapefruit, lime, and passionfruit. With a piney/grassy finish. Thank you chickman. I'll take on the wait in line next time. This beer is excellent.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 8/3/16 and humorously has "Orange You Glad?" on the bottom with the date. Poured into 18 oz. Belgian ale glass.

L: 2F+ head with very strong retention, lacing, cap, and ring. Beer is a very hazy orange-bronze.

S: Fantastic. Mango, orange, grapefruit, lime, and passionfruit. Some hints of dank, earthy, piney, grassy finish to come.

T: Strongly follows what is indicated by the nose, good dry finish after the dank pineyness.

F: Medium-bodied, light to medium carbonation. Drinkable because it tastes great, but too complex and heavy to pound (so just enjoy the great experience, that's my advice). Construction and balance are top-notch.

O: Well, it certainly lives up to the reputation. I've rated a couple of beers higher, but we're just talking tiny degrees. Certainly worth standing in long lines for.

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Photo of professorchow
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a can dated 7/19 in a Treehouse Tulip. Pours a glorious, deep, hazy orange, with a substantial, long lingering head. Nose is citrus, melon, with hints of sweet malt. Taste is citrus, melon, combining a massive hop blast with fruity esters. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. It's a really fine ipa, but despite reputation not my very favorite Treehouse beer, nor, strong as it is, my very favorite ipa. But I've only got one can and my experience with Tree House so far is that ever tasting of one of their beers gives me a fuller appreciation. I'd certainly grab a chance to have this again!

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Photo of Seh4fredom
4.24/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Snapped open pint can. Poured into a glass tulip. Date on can was 7/13/16. About two weeks old. Poured a citrus orange haze with about a finger of white head and decent lacing. The aromas of citrus abound making this a tropical cocktail until your first sip, then you realize it's beer! Living up in Pliny country and getting this beer via trading really makes me appreciate the craft at both coastlines. This beer tasted smooth and citrusy and refreshing on a hot California Saturday! Loved every drop!!!

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

Opened a growler of this with a couple buddies to start. Loved it. Switched to some other beers like focal banger, second fiddle, mastermind, sip of sunshine too name a few. Ended on the Julius and was even better than the first glass. Absolutely perfect beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours super hazy orange in color with a finger of fluffy white head. Aroma is suprsingly restrained but features tropical fruits and a light crackery malt. Lots of great flavors here, tons of tropical and citrus fruits. I get peach, tangerine, mango, and some melon. Great mouthfeel, pillowy without being too full, very easy to drink. Definitely my favorite of Tree House's staple beers. It has only a hint of the melonly flavor that perceive in their all their NE IPAs that I've had to date; in their other offerings that flavor overwhelms, here it is subtle and helps contribute to the orange creamsicle vibe.

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

Julius really is the standard bearer for Tropical New England IPA's. Super hoppy and bursting with exotic fruit flavor, this one is very difficult to beat. Tree House makes consistently great beers and this is their flagship offering.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
4.64 out of 5 based on 3,346 ratings.
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