Tree House “Juice Machine” Double IPA

Name: Juice Machine
Brewer: Tree House Brewing Co.
Style: Specialty IPA: New England IPA
ABV: 8.2%
Review Year: 2021

Juice Machine is an “American Double IPA” brewed by the Tree House Brewing Co. from Massachusetts. This beer was brewed originally to support the brewery’s first trip to the Extreme Beer Festival in 2014 and is considered a marriage of the King Julius malt bill and a hopping schedule more intense than Very Green. Magnum, Columbus, Amarillo, Citra, and Galaxy were the selected hops for this beer.


This beer is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA: New England IPA (21B) in the context of the provisional guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) for the said beer style. The most current version of the guidelines can be found on the BJCP website.


Hazy deep gold; tall mousse-like head with excellent retention. The nose unleashed a wave of ripe fruits: think of moderately high cantaloupe, mango, orange pith with accents of lychee and coconut. Revisiting, lychee notes were more prominent, which surfaced alongside a low alcohol impression. Medium-bodied; moderately carbonated with a pillowy, nectar-like mouthfeel but with a subtle chalky afterfeel. The flavor profile mirrored the aroma with fairly high orange citrus, orange peel, overripe papaya and mango. A moderately low piney-resiny accent supplemented the perceived fruit flavors while a doughy-bready malt character of the same intensity supported. Perceived bitterness was medium, while residual sweetness was a notch below. Aftertaste lingered with resin, orange pith, and lanzones flavors.


Benchmarked as a New England IPA, Juice Machine by Tree House Brewing Co. is a juicy and hazy beer that features ripe citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Despite weighing in at 8.2% ABV, this beer was absent of any cloying sweetness with alcohol only being subtle on the nose. Juice Machine, which was reviewed three weeks since its canning date, looks darker relative to the other beers of the style. However, since there were no indications of oxidation (e.g., stale, papery, cardboard characteristics), this shade was likely from the chosen malts. In our opinion, the aroma and flavor intensity could still be increased by a notch, but this can already be considered a very good interpretation of the style.

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