Old Fashioned Lemonade IPA
Evil Twin Brewing

Old Fashioned Lemonade IPAOld Fashioned Lemonade IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #2,388
Ranked #14,975
3.92 | pDev: 10.46%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
Old Fashioned Lemonade IPAOld Fashioned Lemonade IPA
Notes: Collaboration with Omnipollo

A refreshing drink often associated with childhood nostalgia to others a pop-cultural symbol of emancipation. Whatever the association we teamed up with good old Swedes, Henok and Karl of the fashionable Omnipollo to squeeze out a tasty, tempting and deceivingly well balanced IPA with sweet and sour notes of old-fashioned memories. Perhaps you can taste the dishonesty, it's all over your breath -it's Lemonade.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My seCANd beer of New Catch-Up Beer Sunday (Week 696) is a recent score from a trusted bottle shop so I am curious if it is back in production. No matter. This one is part of my Go Green! theme, picking up from Brewdog's earlier Hazy Jane. It is all a part of The CANQuest (tm), which will give you your USDA ReCANmended Daily Allowance of madness. Sit back, strap in/on & get ready for the ride!

From the CAN: "A refreshing drink often associated with childhood nostalgia to others a pop-cultural symbol of emancipation. Whatever the association we teamed up with good old Swedes, Henok and Karl of the fashionable Omnipollo to squeeze out a tasty, tempting and deceivingly well balanced IPA with sweet and sour notes of old-fashioned memories. Perhaps you can taste the dishonesty, it's all over your breath -it's Lemonade."

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. It started out fairly clear, but as I CANtinued, it beCAN to take on a light haziness & so I stopped what I was doing. This gave me a ChANce to CANduct a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, soapy, tawny head with modest retention. Color was a slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled EXTREMELY lemony! OMFG. I LOVE what these guys are doing, especially in CANs, but for an AIPA, it was NOT to style. (Shrugs.) Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but thin for the style. The taste was REALLY tart, VERY lemony & great on a hot, hazy, humid Summer's day, but again, not really to style. Any hops & their inherent bitterness were lost in the noise of the intense citrusy lemon flavor. I liked it, I enjoyed it, but it is going to suffer when I rate to style, as I ultimately must. Finish was dry, tart, refreshing, but not in keeping with the style. YMMV.

Jun 24, 2018
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hiphops from New Jersey

2.24/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

smells like lemonade no hops
tastes sweet a bit tart but too malty sweet and cloying
it tastes exactly like a tart artificial lemonade malt beverage
feels soft
it sucks it shouldn't even say ipa on the label just call it evil twin's hard lemonade
anybody want 3 of these?

Apr 01, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Should be able to crush this on a hot summer day, batch 003, no date

Pours a light frothy fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, a little spotty lacing, super murky lemon-yellow-orange color

Nose a lot of lemonade, but more like Country Time lemonade not freshly squeeze lemons, a little fruity citrus hoppy aroma, leafy, a hint of sweet malt, maybe a little fresh lemon

Taste comes on quite tart, fresh lemonade mixed with country time fake lemonade, sweet sugar, like straight up sugar, a touch of malt if any, dried malt extract and raw sugar flavors, mild bitterness lemon rind, tart lemon juice, flemmy acidic finish, a little bitterness, no hop.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent fizzy carb.

Overall meh, yeah there are lemons, but no base beer really, not even close to an IPA, very little malt only sugar, lemon peel and juice but no hops or bitterness really, a flemmy acidic finish not something an IPA should have. Enjoyable and drinkable sure, IPA not even close, calling this a beer at all (other than a shandee) not really.

Jun 23, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very hazy pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate pale golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet, slightly tart lemon citrus with a light aroma of floral hops and biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of biscuit malts. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of slightly sweet, slightly tart lemon citrus. Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of floral + citrus/lemon zest hops which impart a hint of bitterness but leaving a lingering tart lemon flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and enjoyable - perfect for a hot summer day when you can't decide if you want a beer or a lemonade.

Apr 27, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours... well like orange juice, with a bit of soft foam.

Smell is very citric, lemon and orange sorbet.

Taste is very, very refreshing, with a huge lime sorbet kind of taste, layered with orange and lemon. Some very faint bitterness, but a rind bitter, not hops.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, a bit like melted ice cream.

Overall, I think the IPA is a bit of a misnomer. This drinks more like a Berliner Weisse with a hint of bitterness, than an IPA with lemon. Very good and refreshing for what it is, but IPA? No.

Jul 11, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack of this at Julio's for $14.99. Batch #003 per the bottom of the can.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a super dark murky yellow with a thin half finger white head that faded to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of, well, lemonade. Big lemon notes, both the citrusy juice/peel as well as sour lemon candies. Just a little bit of malt sweetness. Some light hops as well, citrus and grassy. Smells more like a hopped lemonade than a lemony IPA. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Tart, lightly bitter lemon juice along with a little sugary sweetness. Tart, sour lemon candies with enough hops coming through to make this still taste like an IPA.

M - Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, very faint crispness. With how sugary this feels it could certainly use some more 'zip'.

O - Overall, this wasn't a bad beer for what it is. Gimmicky, sure, but at least a solid job delivering what it promised. Pretty much a hoppy radler with much more amped up lemon qualities.

Serving Type: Can

Apr 28, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i have criticized omnipollo for being far too liberal in calling beer "ipa" in the past, and i will stand by and even double down on that sentiment here. this is a far cry from anything a reasonably educated consumer would consider to be an india pale ale, the hops and the bitterness just arent there, and its far too flavored to really fit that mold. its misleading, and its a little frustrating, but, at the same time, i dont want this beer to be any more hoppy than it already is, and in fact, more flavor is the last thing this beer needs. for me though, its refreshing, but its too strong for that, and it really straight up tastes like country time lemonade powder was just dumped into a pale ale. it has a real artificial lemon aspect, and even the color and shade look like an overmixed glass of that stuff we grew up on. the dusty powder that swirls around when you open the lid is exactly what i smell and taste in this beer. usually i like evil twin for pushing the limits but not hitting the gimmick level. the al pastor beer comes to mind, along with countless others, but this is past that point, and feels cheap and forced to me. a step back for them with their flavored stuff in my opinion. tangy and tart at the same time, lemony but not real, and not at all hoppy for something dubbed "ipa". good and interesting, but i am glad i went with one can instead of the (very expensive) four pack. as much as i didnt like this very much, i am definitely still going to try the pink lemonade version...

Aug 13, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Now this actually DOES look like OJ. And hazy lemonade. The head is tightly knit with furry bubbles surrounding it.

Aromas of lemonade, grapefruit, sour patch kids, and orange juice.

The flavor is lemonheads candy, sour gummi worm, lime juice, orange juice, and grapefruit pith. It flirts with the shandy side of things but never crosses over. Some light lemongrass fades out.

Feel is great. It's got the density and pulp of orange juice but still remains light, and actually retains some resins. Nice resiny finish.

Overall, this is a super great quencher worth checking out. If it comes my way again I'll be happy.

Jul 14, 2017
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Pours a two and a quarter headed bubbly head. The beer itself is llight and hazy with heavy carbonation. Looks a little like lemonade (hint hint)
S-Very spicy upfront. Piney, grassy and of course, citrusy hops are present. Very fruity, and yeasty. I also get a strong sense of lemon zest.
T-Very juicy! Citrusy lemon pop, with a crisp iced down finish in every sip. It is also just bitter enough to give a satisfying bite.
F-Crisp with a slight amount of thickness.
O-Very great beer! Evil twin has made an extremely tasty and refreshing IPA. The slight bitterness combined with the pronounced hop flavor and spicy notes keep the lemonade honest enough to keep itself a true IPA. Perfect beer for the summe. With that being said, it's surprisingly heavy.

Jan 13, 2018
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bark from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The colour is orange-yellow, the liquid is cloudy. The finger thick white head disappears without leaving any lacing.

The smell is bitter-sweet. Lemon juice, lemon peels. Some exotic spices and fresh bitter herbs, too.

The taste is smooth and sweet like a soda. Lemon juice, lemon peels and sweet spices (juniper berries, juniper twigs, cloves). Some citric hops, very low bitterness. Low to medium body. The aftertaste reminds very much of lemon soda with a dash of gin. The finish is smooth with dry notes of lemon peels and a hint of juniper berries/gin.

The carbonation is mild, the many small bubbles are smooth and long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth and a little sticky.

A well done imitation of an lemonade with a dash of gin. No alcohol flavours. Not very “hoppy” in the classic IPA way, nor very bitter. An exciting experiment. Will I buy it again? Probably not.

Jul 18, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great fruit beers should showcase the base style well and allow the fruit to complement the style without dominating it. But there's that temptation to become easily seduced by the high rate of succulence, tartness and brightness that happen with this collaborative effort between Evil Twin and Omnipolo beer makers.

Old Fashioned Lemonade IPA has a strong aromatic presence of sugary lemon and a firm floral hop presence that rounds the citrus additions with more natural grapefruit, herb and pine. Pale yellow, the beer even takes the appearance of fresh squeezed lemonade. And once the sweet elixir hits the tongue, its irresistibility comes fully into play.

The taste of lemonade explodes on the middle palate as the sugars that seem of the sweet summertime refresher variety, along with honey, confectioner's sugar and candied lemon drop taste. Those other citrus fruit prop up the lemon additions well and await the tandem that bitterness and sourness apply on the late palate. Balanced sourness is met with herbal verbena, fresh grassiness and muddled pine needles as the IPA underneath finally takes command.

More medium bodied than is usual for the style, the lingering lemonade sweetness keeps the beer firm but its lemon character keeps the beer as drinkable, refreshing and enjoyable as any other IPA anyway. A late charge toward dryness shows up as the flavors favor hop bitterness with a long and resinous aftertaste that's laced with those undeniable lemonade impressions.

Apr 04, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 12, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, a nice $3.50 lemonade. That actually seems like a deal - this is very good - worth it.

It pours to a lemonade looking yellow, all cloudy like fresh squeezed (I wonder if it isn't just a bit of flour). It smells sour and fruity.

The taste is a fruit dominated bitter, right in the wheelhouse for a world class quality novelty brew. I would take another batch of these later in the summer - it is too early. Recommended if you live anywhere south of here (where it is warm - it's getting too cool for this again here).

Apr 28, 2017
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jaxon53 from Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jul 23, 2017
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. can
Batch 11
Served in a tulip
Thanks to my friends Cassandra and Dave for this thoughtful birthday gift.

Hazy, straw yellow appearance. The body was topped by an inch-tall, bubbly white crown that quickly dissolved. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose reminded me of a cross between watered down lemonade and a watered down IPA. Lemon Pledge also came to mind. There was a fair amount of sweetness too. Bit of earthy hops in the background (just enough to remind me that this was indeed a beer). As the liquid warmed, the lemon notes intensified.

Lemon came through even stronger in the flavor. Lots of sugary sweetness up front. This definitely tasted like lemonade! Some rind-like tartness appeared as the beer moved along the palate. More sweetness on the back end. Notes of lemon peel and a subtle earthy hop bitterness rounded things out on the finish. Pithy, bitter, lemon rind notes and a cloying, simple syrup-like sweetness lingered after the swallow. Melted Italian lemon ice came to mind.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied for the style. A fairly aggressive, larger bubbled effervescence gave the liquid a frothy, somewhat prickly quality on the palate. At 7% ABV, the alcohol was very well buried. This, unfortunately, might have been the most impressive aspect of the beer.

I tend to enjoy kitschy, adjunct-infused beers, but this one was even too much for me. A lemon-infused IPA might have been enjoyable, but this "lemonade IPA" tasted like cloyingly sweet lemonade with a smattering of hops tossed in. I could probably stomach this beer in small quantities on a brutally hot day, but otherwise I would definitely pass on it. Also, for the price ($18 for four twelve ounce cans), I would recommend spending half the amount on a six-pack of shandies or even Mike's Hard Lemonade.

Sep 07, 2017
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 01, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color, resembling lemonade. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that left a thin but large patch of bubbles on covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus are present in the smell.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather lemony, but only has a light amount of associated sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of crispness.
O: This beer definitely tastes like a hybrid between an IPA and a lemonade and is quite drinkable. It would make for a nice choice in the summer months when you are craving a hard lemonade.

Serving type: can

Mar 26, 2017
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kniles38 from New York

2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Aug 20, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from MoC.

A mildly hazy lemony yellow with a thin, off-white head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is like an alcoholic lemonade. Tons of sweet lemon with some orange, a little pine and a little grapefruit, but really, this is really lemony. The palate is outrageously lemony and even a bit sweet with sugar and honey present. Opening with a ton of lemon sourness with a moderate sweetness and a little bit of a orange zest bitterness, this is completely unlike any other IPA i've had. Add to that the relatively low carbonation and the rather slick palate (oats?), this enhances the lemonade notes. This tastes and smells nothing like an IPA, but damn, this is delicious. A gimmick, but an enjoyable one. Recommended for when you want an IPA that's an IPA in name only.

May 08, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Colonial Spirits. Hazy lemony color with a thin short lived bubbly white head. More hop than lemon on the nose with faint bread underneath. Tart lemony flavor with moderate puckering. Good in small quantities but not something I could drink often.

Mar 29, 2017
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kkmiller76 from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 04, 2017
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cwd from Kentucky

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 30, 2018
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 17, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy straw-golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of pale malt and lemonade with a hint of non-descript hops. Flavor starts with neutral malt and lemonade, with an authentic balance between sweet and tart then a more acidic, tart lemon flavor develops with waves of light sweetness. Finishes with lemony light malt and light hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Tastes like a hybrid of a mildly hopped pale ale and lemonade. The lemonade flavor is well done and delivers the perfect balance I would like in that beverage. The malt is mild, but does make this taste like a malt beverage rather than a spiked lemonade. Not sure it quite meets the IPA designation. That said, it is flavorful and thirst quenching. This is a well made lemony summer beer. Nice hazy look. I'm giving this the benefit of the doubt since it is such a great hot weather drink, but I would not rate this as high as a strict IPA; the hops are muted.

May 29, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an old can from the House of 1,000 beers.
A - Very lively beer hazy golden yellow with an inch plus of fizzy frothy foam.
S - Not getting much lemon just some citrus hops and a touch of sweet malts.
T - Wow now I get the lemon it is pretty balanced with the IPA leaving a citrus hop flavor and some sweet malts in the finish. Wouldn't really call it a "lemonade" but it is an IPA with bright lemon flavor.
M - Pretty crisp and clean with mild tartness and a smooth finish.

Overall this beer is very good again don't go in expecting a very sugary lemonade but do expect a very lemon forward IPA.

May 01, 2018
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