Half & Half Lemonade Iced Tea IPA
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,674
ABV:
7%
Score:
85
Ranked #34,174
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.89%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
43
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes: Collaboration with Omnipollo

India Pale Ale with lemon and tea added
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Photo of colts9016
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, I have skipped over this beer a dozen time. The label on the beer is just plain creepy. That person (dunno if it is a man or woman) has the weirdest looking face ever. I am not sure why I decided to this beer, maybe the novelty. I enjoy tea, but in beer, the jury has not reached a verdict. I do not care for the label. A generous pour into a pint glass gave a two finger head. The head has stellar retention and left lacing. The beer is a warm amber yellow color with a touch of orange hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. The beer looks beautiful.

The aromas in the beer are lemonade, tea, citrus, herbal, toasted malt, and sugar.

The flavors in the beer are lemons, oranges, black tea, herbal, toasted malt, biscuit, cane sugar, and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is fizzy and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-plus carbonation, and a medium finish.

This beer as a novelty is hitting on all cylinders; however, this beer is just too weird for me. I cannot get over the half and half flavor with the IPA. The lemonade and tea flavors overpower the IPA flavors. I never thought such a feat was possible, but I learned today it was. The beer for me was Meh.

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- A hazy pour from the can into a small chalice with a murky body and a one finger frothy white head. Fairly good head retention and spotty lace around the glass.

S- Well, Arnold Palmer indeed. The lemonade and the iced tea are very prominent off the top and it very much resembles the classic half and half. Very suggestive of a medium-strong lactic lemony tartness. Passionfruit, citrus and a hint of tropical hops with that.

T- Shifts a bit but the herbal aspects of the tea stay strong suggesting black tea and the lemonade is like a bitter lemon oil flavor which results in a flavor just like an Arnold Palmer. The other hops are less noticeable but grapefruit, floral, bitter herbal, orange and pineapple hints come to mind. Mostly about the tea and lemonade. Just a hint of tartness not as the aroma suggested.

MF- Fluffy and puffy texture to the light-medium body. The bubbles come in at a moderate level and it ends with a somewhat awkward bitter, too much like lemon peel, feeling.

The aroma is straight up Arnie half and half lemonade and black tea. The flavor follows that up nicely with just a bit too much bitterness but all in all it is a fun and tasty IPA.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an unclear yellow and very little foam.

Smell is very lemony, smells just like Fox candy with some lemon curd and lime.

Taste is sweet and tart lemonade with some lemon curd and a faint bitterness. Refreshing!

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, this is a tough beer to review. It really isn't an IPA, nor is it a sour. A radler? Yeah, kinda. Tasty and refreshing for what it is.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a funky experiment of a beer. A more critical review than my own accused this of being a radler, which I think is a) a similarily inaccurately description of a fruity 7% beer as calling it an IPA, and b) downplayed the merits of the radler's very enjoyable characteristics.

With that said, this is a more interesting beer than it's a great one. The heavy and juicy citrus-laden sweetness of many contemporary IPA's is definitely present, as is (more concernedly) the over-carbonation of most modern sodas. The combination is like Bark said not ideal as it is both too sweet (or if nothing else, not balanced enough) and yet not particularly drinkable due to its high carbonation.

3.24 - but a fun 3.24 at that!

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Photo of bark
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

The colour is gold-orange; the liquid is hazy. The two fingers head is white and compact. It sinks down leaving no lacing.

The strong smell is loaded with sweet lemons/lemonade, lemon acid and bitter orange jam. Some bitter herbs, too.

The taste is artificially sweet with lemons, lime and tangerines. Quickly passing bitterness. Hints of lime coordinal and perfume. Light to medium body. The aftertaste got more natural lemon flavours and tea. it is also less sweet. Some alcohol heat and lemon throat drop in the sticky finish.

The carbonation is strong, the large bubbles fresh and long-lived. The liquid is sticky like a soda.

A beer mixed with lemonade? That isn’t an IPA, it is a radler.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this very interesting brew from Vintage Estate in Ohio.
A - Ow dear sediment chunks in the glass makes for a older brew for sure but carbonation is pretty good a 1/4 inch of froth that sticks around. Looks hazy like pineapple juice.
S - Well I am getting the IPA part with hoppy bright bitter and some lemon peel/juice from the lemonade but it doesn't really smell like tea.
T - Sweet lemonade and IPA bright citrus hops with a mild bitterness in the finish is what I taste. If it was brewed with tea it's very mild coming off sort of herbal in the finish.
M - Quite smooth and easy to drink

Overall a good experimental which to me its not terrible. As I sip though I do get some mild peppermint flavor its not off putting but it is strange.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this series has been a major disappointment. it makes such good sense on paper, all of them, but the execution has been off pretty much across the board. the normal lemonade and the pink lemonade were both decent, but the coffee one was appalling, and this one wasnt much better. hazy and bright in the glass, very little color influence from the tea, heady from the can and bubbly all the way through. the nose is sharply acidic and cheap lemonade made from powder, not real lemons. there is a strange sweetness too, and a sort of concentrated black tea bitterness but not a fresh brewed iced tea character at all, its forced and weird. the flavor is tart and plastic to me, more lemon than needed and its not even real. the tea is really bitter with the hops at the end, and its not a great match of flavors. i could see a nice tea ipa with some real lemon working pretty well, but in this recipe it just doesnt work. far from being refreshing this was a chore to get through for me, and drips with artificiality. i wont be fooled by a beer in this series again, although i cant even imagine what they will come up with for it next, all the good ideas seem used up now. like the rest of the series, this is a real missed opportunity. evil twin is losing me a bit...

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Photo of IMFletcher
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a bright, unfiltered IPA on pour. Nose reminds me of a handful of mint dental floss. Flavor is overpowering lemon that drowns the tea. Finish doesn't linger.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different. A little bit on the sweet side with a hint of lemon. I didn’t really get the tea flavor but the beer seemed to be pretty light in body. Nice color very little head.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2018-02-14
12oz can served in a snifter. Not quite poured completed, I stopped when it started looking cloudy. Batch ETH-H1-AG 5790, whatever that means.

Pours slightly hazy, light yellow color, with a medium sized head and a medium amount of carbonation. Smell is lemonade and iced tea.

Taste is bitter, unsweetened lemonade and iced tea with hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry. Overall, it's not terrible. I'll drink it. But I'll never have it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a mellow yellow color with shades of honey, and a head of 1 finger that dissipates to about 1 fingernail in 2 minutes.

Aroma is strong mint, followed by faint lemon and herb.

The mint/peppermint comes through in the flavor as well, though not as strong as the nose. Surrounding the mint is orange, and then lemon, some black tea-like action, and some earthy dankness, finishing on sour gummy worm.

Feel is creamy, but with a bite and medium resin, with a slightly oily finish.

Overall, this one is weird - but I kinda like it. They really went with the "mint leaves in the tea" angle, leading me to believe a good amount of Glacier and/or Pearle hops were incorporated into the brew. Or hell, they just threw mint leaves in there. After all, this is Omnipollo and Evil Twin we are talking about here - two breweries not afraid to experiment, and the former being hungry for it. My general scores are simply for originality. Buy it if you want something completely different, because this will do it.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours opaquely hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, orange peel, black tea, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, light pepper/pine, honey, wheat, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, lemon, tea, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, orange peel, black tea, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, light pepper/pine, honey, wheat, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness; and lemon tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange peel, black tea, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, light pepper/pine, honey, wheat, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, lemon, tea, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance; and zero pucker/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a very nice fruited IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, lemon, tea, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/acidic/drying finish. Drinks like an NEIPA with added lemon acidity. Great balance of bright/juicy hop complexity, lemon, and tea flavors; with a nice pale/wheat malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden pour with a small white head that fades quickly. Strong lemonade aroma with a hint of dry tea. Taste is more on the tea side with tart lemon coming in at the finish of the taste. Can also taste a hint of pine.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a fairly hazy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate pale yellow colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that quickly 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. Just shy of moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of semi-sweet lemonade, light aromas of iced tea, and light aromas of biscuit + caramel malts. Very light aromas of grassy + herbal/minty hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of biscuit + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of semi-sweet lemonade, citrus/lemon rind, and unsweetened iced tea. Finally there is a light flavor of grassy + herbal/minty hops which imparts a hint of bitterness in the finish which fades away quickly leaving an Arnold Palmer flavor lingering.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: After a couple of weeks of below freezing weather, today reached up into the mid-50s and this was the perfect beer to enjoy - refreshing and super easy to drink. Definitely reminds me of an Arnold Palmer (Iced Tea and Lemonade) with a hint of an IPA to it. Alcohol is well hidden, this is almost a perfect year work beer.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lemonade with a grassy characteristic. Dry finish that takes awhile to bring out a minty after flavor. Similar effect to biting the lemon seed or the rind.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with just a narrow collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pink lemonade are present in the nose along with notes of ice tea.
T: The taste follows the smell, but is more balanced between flavors of lemonade and ice tea. Hardly any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is present.
O: The taste of this beer has a very good balance between the iced tea and lemonade, but it doesn't taste much like an IPA.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can.

A: Candied Lemon zest, light tea, light caramel malt sweetness, with piney, lightly resiny hops.

A: Bright yellow, opaque, with a thin, uniform white head.

T: Moderate lemon flavor, light tea, coupled with caramel malts, lightly sweet, with light piney hops, lightly crisp, with a light lingering lemon-like tartness and light acidity.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer does a solid job of representing half lemonade, half tea while still being an IPA. Very approachable to drink, though lots of lemons.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pushing the limits of what can be in the beer world, Evil Twin pushes pretty damn hard, taking their popular Old Fashioned Lemonade IPA and adding a taste of southern sweet tea to the already crowded flavor spectrum of IPA.

But Half & Half Lemonade Iced Tea IPA attempts to bring all the summertime delights into one glass with a hazy bronze, golden and amber stained appearance. A loose and flowing ecru froth skirts the rim and rolls onto the nose with the advertised tea, lemon and herbal scents that all these beverages share in common.

On one collection of the tasebuds, the lemon and simple sweetness reigns supreme, bun on another the tar, herbal and grassy taste of tea rises to the top. All the while, the grapefruit, orange peel and mild tropical medley of fruity hop impressions try to pull these tastes together. Bitter with grassy, stemmy and leafy qualities, the finish is peppery and moderate in intensity, giving both the IPA and tea flavors a bitterness that seems inappropriate for each.

Medium bodied, the layers of flavors seem to wash out the dryness and crispness of IPA, giving the beer a muddled amber ale character with the earthy estery taste of light marmalade and tobacco as the finish looms. A medium long aftertaste of tea leaf, mint, lemon and pine has the senses thinking hot toddy but without the booze.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. can

Pours cloudy hazy gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like minty tea, fresh lemons, citrusy fruits, some candied passionfruit, mild caramelized bready crackery malt, with floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like fresh juicy lemons, minty tea, citrusy fruits, some tropical candied passionfruit, mild caramelized bready crackery malt, with floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice half and half lemonade ice tea IPA.

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Half & Half Lemonade Iced Tea IPA from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 43 ratings