King Julius | Tree House Brewing Company

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King JuliusKing Julius

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jlindros on 12-09-2012

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 9/2. If I didn't know it was 3 months old, I wouldn't have been able to tell. As long as this beer is refridgerated, this beer holds up well.

This one pours a very hazy and bright orange, with a fluffy one inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like orange creamsicle, mango, light grassiness- it's essentially hop juice.

Even though it's a bit old, this is still an incredible IPA. It's fluffy hop juice, essentially. I could say it tastes like orange or tangerine or mango or grapefruit or whatever, but you wouldn't really get the point, as it's just a well integrated full force citrus shotgun blast to the face. There's a little bit of grassy bitterness on the finish, with basically no malt character.

This is medium bodied, just so full and fluffy and drinkable, with a good level of carbonation.

I've always liked Tree House, but they've never wowed me as much as their neighbors to the East- Trillium. However, this is one of the best IPAs that I've ever had.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I received this by mail from a generous friend. Even after all abuse it took in transit, still that lucious mouth filling juice bomb. There is an explosion of flavor that brings forward grapefruit and mango and settles into a long lovely finish. Extraordinary!

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had 2/8/16 at Nate's house out of a growler from the brewery. It truly is King! Its exceptional mouthfeel and tropical, (I hate saying) juicy flavor make this one for the ages.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly a work of art. This beer is a turbid/opaque orange. Sublime lacing. So tropical in the nose, lots of sweet/chocolate covered oranges on the palate with the creamsicle soft mouthfeel. There is a hop bite after the smooth sweetness up front. I think I prefer Julius to King Julius in terms of drinkability, but they are masterclass brews. Very Hazy is an echelon all on its own though.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can dated 9-2-16

L: Pours a deep, murky orange color with one finger of white head with good lacing.

S: Getting oranges, pineapple, apples, mangos, peach, and grapefruit.

T: Explosion of tropical fruits up front with just enough hop bitterness in the backbone. You know it's has the familiar Tree House character.

F: Wonderful full bodied IPA.

O: Wow, I mean what more can one say. It's world class in every category. Easily one of the best DIPA's I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of csaxon128
4.25/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Was really excited to try this. Not at all what I thought it would be. This is the definition of balance. Lots of citrusy sweet fruits and nice malt backbone to round it out.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had twice from a growler and once from a can on three separate occasions.

Ladies and gentlemen... this is THE quintessential so-called "NE IPA." Beautiful opaque orange glow. Smells like hop juice in the best sense of the term. Lots of tropical and citrus fruits. Taste is just unreal. Super "juicy," as one would expect. No perceivable bitterness. Dangerously drinkable. This is as good as it gets.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.98/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a snifter. Canned 9/2/2016.

A: Pours a very hazy, light orange color. Orange juice-like appearance. One-inch, foamy, white head with minimal retention. Thin, white lacing throughout.

S: Strong aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and piney hops. Pineapple, mango, melons, and peach accompanied by grapefruit, orange, and tangerine.

T: Straight juice bomb! Tropical fruit notes of pineapple and melons followed by citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. Fruitiness is well balanced with piney bitter hop character.

F: Medium bodied, juice-like, very smooth, and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Overall, this is hands down the best DIPA I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Lives up to every bit of the hype. So juicy and fruity, but perfectly balanced with hoppy bitterness. Might move to MA just so I can drink this more often. Wow! Would love to try this one fresh from the brewery after brewing to compare. Amazing to say the least.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.15/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Dark/burnt golden color with an almost brown hue to it. Pours a fizzy two finger head.

Aroma- Citrus, orange, tangerine, and a bready malt sweetness.

Taste- Big orange/ tangerine upfront and throughout. Drinks like a pale ale with very little bitterness whatsoever. Finishes with a bread malt that adds body and cleans up the finish pretty well.

Feel- Full bodied and medium carbonation. Thick, creamy, juicy, soft, etc.

Overall- Once again Treehouse produces a really unique ipa. This is basically a 8% pale ale and drinks like a juice smoothy. Compared to Julius its much sweeter, less bitter, and focus more on orange/tangerine flavors exclusively rather than incorporating peach and mango flavor. That being said I'd definitely prefer Julius. Still, another great beer from TH, and there isn't another beer that comes close to matching this beer's profile.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super hazy. It looks like orange juice.

Flavor is obviously juicy. Orange and mango with a lot of floral and sticky flavors. Some bitterness and some lingering resin.

I still think jjjuliusss was the best of the 4, but this is great as well!

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Photo of bennyman12
4.18/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've only had a few of these NE style ipas and was waiting until I had a really highly rated one to weigh in.

Gotta say, I don't get the fawning over the haze. It's nasty looking, and I can feel the particulates in my throat when I swallow. And I've brewed a couple batches where I've added hops when the krausen started to drop to get them to isomerize (?), but mine have still cleared up way more than this. Does TH just use a huge amount of flaked barley or something? What's the point besides branding?

The aroma and flavor are pretty killer, for sure. Juice is the word. I get oranges and mangoes. This tastes more mosaic than citra for me. Anyway, just sent my other two cans away for sara appreciation, which I expect to appreciate more. Cheers!

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Photo of eifster82
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Less than 10 days old can into a teku glass.

Out of all the beers I've had (around a thousand), from all the styles… this is a top 2-3 beer. The only beers overall I would rate so highly would be Vanilla Bean Dark Lord and Prop '14. But as for a non-stout beer, this is the cream of the crop.

Just a stunningly beautiful, deep orange hazy appearance. The tropical fruity aromas just burst out of a can as soon as you open it. Orange, mango, papaya, maybe a little pineapple… they are all there. The taste is like a puree of of those fruits, which is just so damn easy to drink. Super smooth, creamy mouthfeel. There is malt there but it complements the initial, front taste so perfectly that you just get this great beer feel throughout. I don't know what else to say except, if there is one beer I had to choose to drink for eternity, this would be it. Just perfect.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the can into a tulip. Hazy orange juice bomb with an elite mouthfeel with really sets it apart from other top notch DIPAs. On par with JJJ/KJJJ.

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Photo of BEEPOP
4.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here is the thing. I think this is a great beer. That being said ...

I think it's way overhyped. Sorry.

Looks like any TH DIPA and the best part of this beer is the smell. My god the smell. Easily the best smelling beer ever. Oranges and tropical fruit for days. Super pungent and just invites everyone around the beer. Just incredible.

Now the taste and feel. It's a breadier Julius. It's the only way to describe it for myself. Not much different from regular Julius to wear I would pay up for it.

Overall this is easily in my top 10 but I would rather have Very Hazy and Very Green over it. Great, great beer but it isn't the best DIPA TH produces. That goes to Very Hazy ...

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Photo of Darth_Smacktard
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best beers I have ever had bar none.

Look : Thick orange and hazy. Basically opaque.
Aroma : Lots of citrus, hops and some floral notes.
Flavor : Juicy hop bomb. Velvety smooth mouth-feel.
Overall : If you ever get the chance to try it do it!

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Photo of schinebd
4.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour is a murky tan orange with a bubbly head that retains and laces nicely. Aromas orange zest, mango and peach jump out of the glass. The flavor is jam packed with mango, orange, light citrus and very mild bitterness on the back end, with a light grainy backbone. The mouth feel is thick, lush and smooth, with mild carbonation. The only knock on this beer is that it is not noticeably better than its little brother, Julius. Of course, one of the best things about this beer is that it tastes very similar to its delicious little brother, Julius.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

fresh can drank on 9/9/2016

nice hazy orange look to it. this beer has an amazing, but almost somewhat subtle, soft, and refreshing. it burst with citrus, but in quite a unique way. really refreshing and probably the easiest drinking 8%+ beer i have ever had. This was not super complex, but the bright bold and juicy orange and mango really were amazing. I will seek this out again as it was fantastic. Definitely one of the best IPAs I have had.

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Photo of TylerHockett
4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strange to have this before regular Julius, but still so happy that I got a can. This truly is, quite simply, the best hoppy beer I have ever had. Didn't think anything could pass the other king (Sue that is), but this is truly phenomenal.

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Photo of BeerBoyBert
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the best beer I've ever had. Huge citrus aromas as soon as I cracked the can, and the taste followed the nose. Mouthfeel was tremendous with this beer. Basically a fruit smoothie. Worth trading for if you can find it.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.77/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Imbibed can shipped to Nebraska from Snifter.

So I'm on this mission to tick BA's Top 250. Enjoyed King Julius as it sat at #3 on the list.
Tasted King Julius next to a dozen other incredible, hazy beers such as Juice Machine and Headroom. The King wasn't #1 but was close.

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Photo of Chinzon
4.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First written review here.

Bought Sept 2nd. Drank Sept 3rd.

Everything you'd expect from Treehouse. The smell, the look, the mouthfeel. And of course the taste.

Treehouse style is something. Something really impressive to behold. And taken together, few other breweries can match them (Trillium is my second place).

I found the King was slightly more brutish and less balanced than Julius proper.

That's with a side by side tasting (one that Alter Ego wins for me by the way for palate gauging purposes).

Still a remarkable beer and one I'd line up for any day. Really this is a debate of the last few points.

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to drink this side by side with fresh Dinner.

Julius to me is the best beer of all time, not based on a category, but by invention. They created a new style. Sure, you have to categorize it as an IPA, but is it really? Everyone calls them a one trick pony, and of course haters are gonna hate, but they're pioneers. King Julius is perfecting something already perfect. Say I'm a Tree House fan boy, and I'll say damn right.

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Photo of avas
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 9/2/16. Consumed 9/4/16.

A: Pours a dark gold/orange, but sits in the glass an extremely thick, very burnt orange. It's so murky and turbid that it almost appears brown. It appears to possess the hue of Julius and the consistency of Green, making for a damn near perfect NE-style appearance in my book.

S: An absolute explosion of tropical and citrus fruits. The nose literally billows out of the glass, releasing potent aromas of overripe peach and mango. There's also tons of sweet, almost candied orange and ultraripe, dripping pineapple (almost like artificial, overly sweetened pineapple juice). While there isn't a hint of malt note to speak of, there's a substantial yeast presence, that sweet, bubblegummy "Juicy Fruit" note that is so pleasantly prevalent in Green. Here, it perfectly complements the fruit-forwardness; if you close your eyes, you could easily be fooled into thinking you're smelling a tropical fruit smoothie.

T: Waves of tropical and citrus fruits abound. BIG mango and peach up front. Sweet sweet peach, like drippy/sticky overripe brown parts of yellow peaches. Closely followed by zingy, candied orange notes, which quickly rolls into a wave of melon/papaya. It's an absolute onslaught of fruits that, by the end of the taste, leaves the mouth coated with a sticky--yet in no way syrup-y--film of fruity flavors. Behind all this is that wonderful Tree House yeast profile, a bready bubblegum note that underlies each wave of fruit and provides a 'creamsicle' backbone throughout.

M: About as thick and chewy as any beer I've had. KJ literally has the consistency fruit smoothie. It's as if you added a bunch of fruit to a blender and diluted it (just a bit). It has weight on the tongue, but for an over 8% beer, this drinks well below what it should. It's so creamy and perfectly carbonated, yet there is a medium bitterness that emerges on the finish. It's so overshadowed by the sweet tropical flavors, but it's definitely there, providing a lingering green/herbaceous quality to the aftertaste that reminds you all these fruit flavors are the product of hops.

O: Not even sure what to say. I don't think my review did it justice, but I'm not sure any review could, to be honest. Packing a pungent aroma, a massive tropical flavor profile, and the mouthfeel of a fruit smoothie, this is pretty much DIPA perfection, in my opinion. KJ shows what's possible when you extract every bit of flavor and aroma from top-quality hops and layer that on top of a subtle sweet malt and pleasantly expressive yeast. I honestly can't think of a single way in which this could be improved, so I have no reason not to claim that it's perfect. Do what you can to try it.

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Photo of joezak5
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned on 02Sep 2016 and enjoyed the same day. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.
L: Dark but bright orange... completely opaque. Glows a glorious orange with light shined behind it. Gorgeous pure white head leaving sticky lacing.
S: A tropical bouquet… not phony juicy juice but like a fresh, ripe peach and mango and pineapple. I’ve had peaches in Georgia that didn’t smell this good. It’s concentrated Julius as if you were snorting it and rubbing your face with it.
T: Their twitter page does not lie… big and soft flavors… fruity and bright and dancing hops… everything is perfectly balanced. Hold it in your mouth and you can feel the extra hops all over. The big difference from Julius here is a deep and dark juicy beating to all flavors. Just an extra juiciness to everything.
F: Like a fluffy, hoppy pillow with bright, prickly hops dancing on your tongue. You barely want to swallow...
O: If Tree House was a cult, I would worship at their stump... The moment this was announced with the line going wild was a moment to savor. I'll try not to drink this one six straight nights to make the magic last a little longer...

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Photo of CayseyW
4.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, this beer is as close to perfect as I can image. Besides its signature unpolished Tree House look, this beer is as good as it gets. Huge aromas that are beautifully smooth--orange and mango are rounded out by citrus peel. The taste is every bit as good as the smell. It's juicy as $#*% and extremely well balanced, which is mind boggling. The citrusy bitter finish is what really does it. The feel is unparalleled. It's soft and full yet well carbed and not at all boozy. Overall this beer truly lives up to its hype.

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