Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

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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 6.8% alcohol, it is refreshing and freakishly drinkable.

Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
532
Ratings:
3,417
Avg:
4.64
pDev:
6.47%
 
 
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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

Julius
Tree House Brewing Company
Appearance:
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.
Smell:
The second the first gaseous particles released the can it was in my nose from 3 ft. away full of pine, citrus, and tart.
Taste:
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.
Mouthfeel:
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 Koral
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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Photo of OmahaKF
3.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is orange citrus, pineapple, general tropical fruit aroma, and a hint of graham cracker. Taste pretty much mirrors the smell, and in line with the ultra juicy "New England" IPA style. I know I'm in the minority on this one, but while I enjoyed this beer I thought it was a little over-rated. I thought some of the Aslin beers were of similar quality.

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Photo of Michaelmartin85
4.95/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L-Poured from 9 day old can into pint. Pours hazy orange with limited transparency

S-DANK DANK DANK. If they made cologne that smelled like this beer I'd be that guy spray myself 25x a morning. Smells similar to how I think heaven will.

T-Juice, hop, floral on repeat. Did I mention juice/hop/floral? The taste lives up to the ravaging smell. Great tag team combo akin to The Legion of Doom.

F-Dare I say dangerously drinkable? It's been like 900 degrees the last 2 weeks and this could be the go to beverage post lawn mow/trim. Sits light and goes down like melted hoppy floral butter sprinkled with smiles and kittens.

O-If you can't tell, this is my favorite beer ever (thru 7.23.16)(subject to future change). But you probably won't like it so if you come across any just send to me and I'll dispose accordingly to save you from disappointment/regret. ;) <--winky face

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Photo of avas
4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 7/13/16, drank 7/16/16. (UPDATED review: canned 8/2/16, consumed 8/12/16.)

A: Pours a glorious, almost entirely opaque dark orange (very similar hue to the darker shade of orange on the can, actually!). Soft puffy heady of tiny bubbles sticks around nicely. Thick lacing up the glass.

S: Bready yeast dominates, with heavy tropical notes of ripe peach, mango, and tangerine. Aromas really come out as it warms a bit.

T: Typical Tree House candied, bubble-gum-esque yeast up front. Then, the 'melange of citrus'... Orange and tangerine without the pucker-worthy astringency. Just straight up juice. Bit of piney herbaceousness shows up on the finish to perfectly round out the flavor profile. Julius is pretty much in a league of its own here.

M: Slightly thinner than Green and Alter Ego. Dangerously drinkable--not the slightest hint of alcohol. Medium minus bitterness on the finish with a touch of dryness makes you crave another sip almost immediately. Totally juice-like in terms of its drinkability.

O: My fourth Tree House beer after Alter Ego, Green, and Bright, in terms of ranking, Julius is second only to Green, in my opinion. It epitomizes the diverse flavor profile that Tree House has mastered--a perfect blend of tropical fruit, candied yeast, and floral, drying bitterness. If I'm going to get nit-picky, the mouthfeel isn't quite as full as Green, and the fruitiness isn't quite as in-your-face-from-the-first-sip. But it's for sure one of the tastiest and most beautiful IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of mschrei
4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Super cloudy, healthy lacing. Dank bitter hop nose. Expecting a big hop punch on the taste, but it's well balanced. Hoppy, citrusy and malty without being overly bitter, really easy to drink. Awesome beer.

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Photo of juliuscaesar2701
4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Julius will never get old. Had a week old can yesterday. Beautiful hazy orange pour. Smells juicy with some hop aroma. The taste is a good balance of hoppy bitterness and citrus melon. The mouthfeel is just stunning on this beer. So smooth. Even when at room temperature after sipping on it for a while, this beer still is still amazing.

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Photo of Awest74
4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened from can and cosumed on the day it was canned.

Look; dark mango
Smell; fruity, hop presence is high, aromatic.
Taste; citric and smooth, not a juicy mango like other THs but very agreeable. Finish is perfect.
Feel; you can feel the cloudyness, similar to a hef.
Overall: great beer, Im blessed to live close to TH. Nothing like NE ipas right now.

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Photo of CHickman
4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from the brewery, pours cloudy orange gold color with a foamy off white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, guava, papaya, tropical fruit, caramel, brown sugar, clementine, peach, floral hops, white pepper, mango, coriander, toasted grains, biscuit, green apple, sweet malt and graham cracker. Some piney hops come through and add to the delicious citrus hoppy sweetness, bringing out more complexities as it warms. Really fresh smelling and quite inviting, as the hops burst out of the glass.

Taste has more biscuit, toasted grains, breads malts and graham cracker than the nose, with a strong citrus hop zest that showcases grapefruit, lemon, clementine, pineapple and dank piney hops. The second wave of flavor is packed with tropical fruit like papaya, guava and starfruit, easing into sharp floral hop spices with pepper, light coriander and brown sugar mixing in right before the citrus bitterness washes it all down. Nice level of bitterness to mask the ABV and still let the malt backbone maintain balance. The hops all taste super fresh and juicy, really well done in every way. Incredibly easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost buttery smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium body that leans towards chewy, letting the near perfect bitterness help it flow down and leave a hoppy aftertaste that's full of citrus fruit, malty sweetness and nice light floral spices. The line to get this growler was ridiculously long, but the beer is outstanding and worth the wait. This lived up to the hype for me.

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Photo of TheRossness
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OK. A bit overhyped. I can taste orange but it is subtle. This drinks better than the Green but not as well as the Alter Ego. Its not as thick as I'd like for an IPA. Ok brew.

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Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
4.64 out of 5 based on 3,417 ratings.
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