King Julius
Tree House Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #2
Ranked #8
4.76 | pDev: 6.72%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: The holiday season has a way of stirring up nostalgia. In late 2012, we brewed King Julius on our original Brew Magic brewing system - a whole ten gallons of it! Despite the size of the batch, the memory of it is enormous in our hearts. The thought of it brings us back to our cozy Brimfield barn, with the wood stove cranking, the record player spinning, Santa Dean mulling about, and Lauren and Kim filling growlers out of a modified chest freezer in a small nook under a wooden staircase. As we continue to move forward in our journey it felt like the perfect time to pay homage to our beginnings. King Julius is our endeavor to marry our past with what we aspire to be in the future. King Julius is an American Double IPA brewed to be an exceptionally flavorful, juicy, and hop saturated beer while never tiring the palate. It’s vivid citrus aromas give way to flavors of orange creamsicle, mango smoothie, and a bounty of fresh tropical fruit. We find it to be supremely soft in the midst of an onslaught of flavor. . . A beer we are quite proud of.
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3.65/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess I just don’t get the Julius family as a whole.. have tried base Julius, Jjjuliusss and King JJJulius... never overly impressed. For being such a highly sought flagship I’ve just never gotten anything from this family of beers rhat has wowed me.

Look- murky, brownish orange— gross
Smell: next to nothing .. a little bit of soapiness at times, which ain’t the most appetizing aroma.
Taste: soap and astringency ... nothing tropical or juicy in the least, which mirrors my experience with the base version as well
Feel: again, harsh and astringent
Overall- super disappointed , this adds nothing to the base version .

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folkstar from Rhode Island, Saturday at 11:52 PM
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4.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exactly the flavor and aroma that I wanted. Couple this with the Treehouse mouthfeel and color that we all love and this beer is perfect. Straight orange juice.

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wulfie85 from California, Tuesday at 04:20 PM
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4.77/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful, vibrant orange--Treehouse trademark hue.

Tropical and juicy, almost no trace of hops on the nose.

Orange, orange, orange. Some great, juicy hop flavors. Citrusy, but sweet citrus.

Is perfect a fair descriptor? Not too thick, definitely not too thin. Mouthy, but almost-crushable.

Second favorite Treehouse, top 10 beer, top 5 ipa imo.

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WanderingUlysses from Pennsylvania, Apr 28, 2020
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4.64/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer but it really lacked the necessary carbonation to deliver the proper copiuous amounts of aroma and flavor; I have been noticing this trend amongst TH beers towards "flatter" beers and hope it will be tweaked

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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts, Apr 09, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3/4/20, consumed on 4/1/20. Been a helluva quarantined day, looking forward to this one. . . .

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is hazy golden-orange with a fluffy 1-finger of white head, which leaves nice splotches of lacing on the glass.

S: Nice nose - though not a terribly strong one - of fresh fruity hop juice. Modest notes of tropical fruit - melon, mango and lime.

T: Fruity, juicy hops: tangerine and oranges, a hint of pineapple, ripe melon, limes and papaya. It all comes together in a juicy melange, but there's also some herbal or leafy - slightly bitter - hop undertones here as well, and spicy burps (presumably from the 8.2% ABV). Some heat felt in the belly, but it's not noted on the palate.

M: Nice juicy/creamy feel. Not as "soft" as other TH offerings, but still really, really nice.

O: Excellent, of course.

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Kendo from New York, Apr 01, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dull, milky orange in color with nearly two fingers of white head. Aroma is a little muted but generically tropical and a little sweet. Taste is again vaguely tropical with some fruity, almost berry notes, and a sweetness in the finish. Good mouthfeel, medium body and moderate carbonation. I’ve been lucky enough to have a few batches of this beer, I’ve always enjoyed it but it’s never quite lived up to the hype for me.

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mnj21655 from Massachusetts, Mar 21, 2020
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4.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tip top! The only thing I could see someone complaining about with this beer is that it's a bit one-note, in that it's so dominated by orange flavor. But damn is it a good blast of orange. Beeyootiful hazy orange color with a pretty head, enticing but not superior smell. For me personally this was more striking in flavor than Juice Machine, but I do tend to prefer a juicy IPA to a dank sappy one. So glad I went through the line twice to get a few extras of this bad boy...

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4.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally! it’s been a long time chasing, hooked up with a buddy on ddt

can poured into an Hf glass

looks amazing, perfect in the glass, tho these guys pretty much invented this style geez

huge floral hop bouquet, great nose, really nice combination

taste follows the nose, great hop flavor, super easy drinking and tasty. melon, citrus, juicy (yea they invented that too) all comes together well

feel is spot on, treehouse has done a great job really dialing in the mouthfeel for sure

overall, fantastic! but man why isn’t this easier to get. it really should be. some folks i’ve talked to say this taste like julius of old, hopefully it started getting pumped out enough to see some more of this

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KevSal from California, Feb 22, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Consumed 2/16/20

A: Tangerine honey in color with some golden highlights - very hazy - pours with a small white head, retains a tiny collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Extraordinarily fruity, but not in a fruit cup/fruit salad kind of way, more like a greatly exaggerated Julius - loads of fresh tangerine and orange juice, with some ruby red grapefruit, lime, floral and lightly spicy citrus - orange creamsicle - huge amount of hop cone aroma, leafy, green, herbaceous hops, hop resin, some dank notes - tons of stone fruit and tropical fruit, including peach, mango, melon, passion fruit, and pineapple - no real aroma from the malt base, but I think it exists

T: Maybe even juicier than the aroma - massive amounts of citrus, but in a decidedly soft way, with tangerine and orange juice and flesh - gentle notes of ruby red grapefruit, pink grapefruit, lime zest - floral citrus, just a hint of oily citrus - loads of straight-up hops, hop cones, very green and leafy but still under control (no "hop burn" to speak of) - peach, some apricot, mango, passion fruit, pineapple - light bitterness - some neutral, pale malts, lightly crackery - lingering hops in the finish

M: On the heavy side of medium, very smooth, carbonation on the low side

O: Royalty indeed

I've had King Julius once before, but this marks the first time I was able to acquire a can. In a word, it's fantastic. Much like JJJuliusss, it takes something already spectacular and puts a twist on it. For the style, King Julius is pretty much the best I have encountered.

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angrybabboon from Massachusetts, Feb 16, 2020
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4.84/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful gold color with a off white 2 finger head. Aroma is rich orange and tangerine. Flavor is perfectly smooth tangerine with deep flavor notes. Very soft, creamy mouthfeel with almost no alcohol burn.

This is really a perfect beer for the style. It is a super smooth, clean flavor.

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digboy from New Hampshire, Feb 03, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

And now onto King Julius. Let’s see how it compares to Julius.

Pours a turbid yellow orange color; do all Treehouse IPAs look like this? A moderate moussy white head retains well and yields thick rings of sticky lacing.

The nose opens very citrusy, with hops bursting with aromas of freshly squeezed orange juice, grapefruit pulp, tangerine and lime. However, beyond the citrusy tones, there is a full juicy spectrum of tropical and stone fruit aromas. There are notes of mango, passion fruit, peach and apricot. A hint of doughy malt throughout supports the fruity aromatics, while floral, grassy, piney and lightly dank aromas make their presence felt about halfway through.

Juicy like Julius, the difference being a fuller body and softer and creamier mouthfeel. Fruit smoothie like tropical flavors-mango, passion fruit, banana, and a touch of pineapple-are set against a blanket of sweet doughy malt and nearly milkshake like creamy oats. More fruity flavors follow, including the citrusy zest of orange, grapefruit and tangerines, along with notes of peach, apricot and nectarines. Yet, this drinking experience becomes like a tale of two beers as the fruity sweetness slowly gives way to resiny, dank, piney and grassy spices. The finish dries out nicely, along with a developing resiny and stinging bitterness that aids drinkability. Moderately soft carbonation throughout. Furthermore, the alcohol is amazingly well hidden.

Outstanding and world class for sure! If you put a gun to my head I would have to pick Julius for its slightly easier drinkability and crispness. However, the margin is ultra thin.

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Gajo74 from New York, Feb 01, 2020
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4.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a teku glass. pours a dense, foggy orange with fluffy white head. smells of big citrusy fruits and a tinge of alcohol burn. taste is similar with the citrus playing a huge roll. you get a nice note of alcohol on the finish. nothing distracting or offensive but just to let you know this isn’t regular Julius. mouthfeel is spectacular although i think Julius’s is better. overall, another amped up version that i think pales in comparison to its regular in-rotation counterpart. i feel like Julius is a little more balanced. you get everything you get here minus a little bit of abv and alcohol burn.

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5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The king is in the house! Poured into a 16 oz Treehouse snulip. Pours like a glass of pineapple orange juice with finger plus sticky white head that leaves thin streaks of lace all over the sides of the glass. 5

Smell is tangerine, vanilla, pineapple, papaya, and apricot just fill the entire room as you pour it. Wow 5

Taste follows as juicy as anything to ever go down this throat. Tangerine, pineapple, papaya upfront with vanilla and apricot in the bold balanced finish. Yikes! 5

Mouthfeel is big, soft, sticky not dry, and at 8.2% goes down like a glass of OJ on the beach. 5

Overall this is absolutely one of if not the greatest NEDIPAs I have ever had. These guys are maybe the best in the industry, in my opinion. 5

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, Jan 25, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My endless thanks to Matt K. and most sincere gratitude imaginable for providing me with this personal whale, and one of my longest standing beer wants. Ever. This is a special day for me. You're a saint, Matt.

Pint can - dated 01/17/20 - poured into a classic tulip at 46°F.

King Julius pours a deep, completely opaque egg yolk yellow hue, topped with two fingers of fine, creamy, off-white head that don't stick around terribly long, but leave some spotty lacing behind. Very little visible effervescence. Stunning colour.

On the nose: I had to take a few minutes with this before even attempting to write. The nose on this is beautiful, and it reminds me of the very first Tree House beer I ever had - Julius. The can cracks, and the aroma wafts up and makes its way to the senses, delivering a bright candied orange note with alphonso mango sap and unrefined coconut sugar. In the glass, it's all sweet, sticky alphonso mango sap, ripe African pineapple, Japanese lychee-guava hard candies, and this absolutely intoxicating note of orange creamsicle. Orange creamsicle to a T. If one digs deep, a subtle earthy note of nothing but hops can be found.

Palate: King Julius greets the palate with a big blast of what has to be Citra hops. Ultra ripe mango, mango, mango, some mango, a bit of mango, huge mango, some notes of mango, mango, and a ton of orange. Beneath the mango, mango, and orange, there is a very defined pineapple flavour, lending a juicy, tangy acidity. The mango notes exoress themselves in every possible way. Notes of ripe mango, notes of pithy unripe mango, notes of overripe mango, notes of sticky mango sap, notes of dried mango - a lot of dried mango - but the entire time, it never seems like anything other than hop terpenes. It's not, "This is such a realistic mango flavour, it's like juice!". No. This is all purely natural, oily, fruity hop expressions, and it does a beautiful job of suggesting mango, citrus, and pineapple. If anything is frighteningly realistic, it's the pineapple. The juicy naval orange flavour slowly progresses into pithy white grapefruit and orange rind. The sweet mango notes seem to get more and more ripe, and the tangy pineapple slowly subsides, until we're in the finish, which brings pithy, almost bitter grapefruit, resinous pine, ripe papaya, overripe apricot, and then eventually fades leaving nothing but wonderfully resinous hop oil. No fruit flavours. Just sticky hop cone, and a hint of cedar. Resin lingers for days.

Mouthfeel/Body: King Julius is big, soft, creamy, and oily. The malt base lends a ton of softness, but it never feels sludgy, heavy, or rich. Some fluffy softness, but retains superior drinkability for its ABV. The hop oils lend a wonderful smoothness up front, and when paired with the fluffy malt, and ultra-fine, gentle effervescence, the three elements work in perfect harmony to create this wonderful creamy body. Not creamy like a smoothie, but rather creamy like a freshly whipped orange Julius. Softness that emulates creaminess. No wonder how the beer got the name. This is a hoppy alcoholic orange julius.

Overall: This is just about the pinnacle for hoppy beer. Almost certainly the pinnacle of New England hoppy beer. It's difficult today to achieve something of true magnificence in an IPA. The style is self-limiting. Many New England IPAs are just white noise at this point. This has been a long time whale of mine. I never imagined the day I would have it in my glass, in my home. Is it everything I hoped it would be? It's very close. I had great expectations, but I am not at all disappointed. Is it the best IPA I've ever had? Perhaps not. Top 10, easily - maybe even top 5. Is it worth every ounce of its praise and worship? That's entirely subjective. Beauty is in the...mouth...of the beer-holder? Is it actually a world-class New England IPA that deserves to be at the top of the top of the list?

Yeah. I'd say so.

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4.55/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz can dated 1/17/20.

Pours milky gold with an inch of whipped white. Plenty of tattered lacework with nice retention. Peaches with oranges and light pine in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Extremely juicy on the palate and bursting with unripe peach and tangerine. Finishes dry with long-lingering orange pith, zero malt, and mild throat burn.

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brewandbbq from New Hampshire, Jan 24, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: opaque, super hazy. Literally put right next to a light bulb and nothing showed thru the glass.
S: subdued melon, pineapple and pepper. A bit underwhelming to be honest.
T: light papaya, mango, very little hop coating on tongue
F: best part of this beer. Very soft
O: underwhelming for the reputation. CertInly not a game changer and not even close to the beat in Tree Houses’ offerings. Would much rather turn to juice machine, very green, doubleganger or super sap. All are superior offerings IMHO.

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Dbax1 from New Hampshire, Dec 26, 2019
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4.77/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 11/21/19 “say my name”
The big bad KJ. Finally. This one absolutely lives up to the hype. Incredible beer, even after growing tired of massively hopped NEIPAs. Explosion of fresh tropical fruit but with a super smooth body and feel. Epic.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Dec 23, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, murky orange with a finger-and-a-half of antique white head. Good retention and thick lacing.

Nice balance of orange, mango, pine and white pepper in the nose.

Not too sweet tasting. Nice balance of the orange flavors — a little creamsicle or Orange Julius-like — with a great light piney and herbal bitterness.

Thick, creamy feel with a slow-building peppery bite from the carbonation.

There are so many delicious imperial NEIPAs this day. This may not lap the best of them, but it definitely sits easily in the front of the pack. The orange flavor pops, there’s a nice creamy vanilla aspect to it, and it’s perfectly balanced.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Dec 11, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque pale orange with a creamy dense white lacing ring.

S - Huge citrus nose with a spicy, peppery note and dank tropical fruit.

T - Very dank and resiny orange citrus with sweet red grapefruit and a little bit of cream. Nice peppery fruit rind presence, finishes on the sweeter side.

M - Nice full body.

O - Fantastic.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Dec 07, 2019
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5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pushes the upper limit of possible fruitiness, it tastes like fruit juice. I'm getting tired of the the haze wave, but I love this beer. I can't help it. It has just enough bitter to not be a glass of orange juice in sweetness, but it has all the OJ goodness. It's sweet like Sriracha is sweet. An unbeatable treat.

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A_scott_a from Massachusetts, Dec 03, 2019
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5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked-up a single can at Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $5.05, canned on date of 11/24. My seventieth brew reviewed from these guys. I have been hunting this whale for some time, & its blubber is just as sweet as I imagined it. Thick, juicy deliciousness, meant to be sipped & savored. I now train my harpoon on KJjj....

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brewme from Massachusetts, Nov 30, 2019
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4.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a: hazy orange and burnt yellow color with some dark copper notes. 2 finger rocky, white head that looks like it could balance a coin

s: orange, orange pith, pineapple, mango, dark strawberry, crackers. very juicy and tropical. more juicy pineapple, some earthy notes as well. creamsicle, vanilla ice cream, and more orange juice. a touch of tangerine as well. citrus and crackers to close

t: sweet orange juice, clementines, sweet strawberry and melon upfront. earthy sweet grapefruit (not bitter), tangerine, and super ripe mango. sweet melon, creamsicle and orange sorbet behind that. a little bit of a sweet floral note as. the citrus in this is juicy, earthy, yet extremely smooth. so smooth. harmonization is excellent

m: medium, super fluffy mouthfeel that is almost chewy. carbonation is lower side of medium

o: a fantastic NEIPA. i can understand why this get's the reviews it does. easily a benchmark for the style - which is approachable and harmonized, with hop sweetness and juice

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Nov 24, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #800

Another incredible NE-style IPA from the always-amazing Tree House. If this one was disappointing at all, it’s only because it didn’t seem so extraordinary as to be one of the top 3 NE IPAs ever as rated on BA - but this was still an amazing brew nonetheless. Maybe I waited a little too long with this one - canned date 7/29/19, but I had wanted to wait to make this review #800. Looks wonderful, pours a nice, hazy orange-pale yellow color with some nice fluffy white head and glorious thick wide rings of lingering lacing that stayed throughout. Smells of very ripe fruit with food hoppiness - pineapple, guava, tangerine, mango, melon, grapefruit and passionfruit. Some nice aromas of malt, creamy vanilla, bread and then some more faint floral and dank notes in the background. Taste follows the nose, extremely well balanced and with good depth and complexity. Again a little dankness towards the finish especially as the beer warmed. Very well hidden higher ABV. Smooth, luscious, slightly sticky, fairly soft mouthfeel that coated the palate and was very juicy and easy to enjoy. Good amount of carbonation. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, just wish it could have had a little more power behind the bitter hops in order to tip the scales versus the solid malt backbone.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Sep 06, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly orange and cloudy with a creamy slightly amber head. Totally opaque. Juicy fruit salad aroma. Flavor is straight orange with faint tropical notes. No bitterness whatsoever. Very clean, smooth, and easygoing. Would never know this is 8.3. Really delicious beer, though I prefer a little more depth and boldness. It’s a top-end beer to enjoy with your wife!

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RockHop from Massachusetts, Sep 01, 2019
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4.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Turbid gold/yellow with thick head and thick foamy lacing.
N: Loads of juice/tropical, fresh citrus, reminds me a fresh cut fruit.
T: Follows the nose, big tropical hit with clean citrus, some malt and biscuit notes.
M: Creamy, smooth, soft, and low bite.
O: One of the best NEIPA I have had so far, this is the benchmark for others to hit. FANTASTIC STUFF

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King Julius from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1225 ratings