Every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving I head out of town for a weekend with my college buddies, we've been doing these trips since we were in school (which is quite a few years ago now). The trips themselves have changed a bit over the years, but we've made it work almost every year, with 2020 being an obvious exception. This year we really wanted to do something, and we found a way to make it work, an Air B&B in western Mass, everyone taking a COVID test the night before, and plenty of awesome food and beer. On the way out a group of us stopped at the new Tree House location in Deerfield for supplies. I can't say much about the brewery itself, they were only doing online order fulfillment at the time, but it was an easy and efficient in-and-out on a Friday afternoon. I grabbed a couple cases with a whole variety of Tree House goodies. While I love me some hazy IPAs, the issue I run into on a guys weekend is the ABVs that tend to hover around 7% or more. My alcohol tolerance is a shadow of it's peak in my early 20's (which is a good thing, much more healthy now), so I need lower ABV beers if I am going to have more than a couple. I was excited to try a new-to-me offering during this visit, Juli-ish, a lower ABV American pale ale version of Tree House's flagship Julius NEIPA. Tree House Juli-ish is brewed with a similar citrus-heavy hop blend as the original, and is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Tree House Juli-ish pours murky deep orange with a solid white head. The aroma features a solid burst of hops, loads of citrus fruit. Even in it's lighter version this still packs the hop punch you expect from the Julius series, notes of orange, lemon and mango along with minimal/soft bitterness. A light malt body adds balance along with hints of cereal and bread crust. Juli-ish is light and easy drinking, and at 5.2% ABV you can drink a few. The finish is crisp with some residual hop flavor. This is an excellent crossover from an IPA to an APA, all the flavor is there but it is noticeably lighter and easy drinking without feeling watered down. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.