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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 428
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 31
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
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Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: billshmeinke on 09-09-2011

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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold with three fingers of white head that lasts. As the liquid level drops the lacing left on the sides of the glass are very dense.
The smell is pine and grapefruit zest.
Taste is hop oil resinous mild grapefruit and bready malts. The hops lean toward dank as it warms but never too much.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for a double IPA and it has lots of carbonation. Finish is medium dry and bitter.
Overall a fine DIPA for the fairly low abv. of 8.0%. Good job folks!
From a 12 ounce can that I paid $1.67 for. And there is a canned on date of 12/11/2015. That is only about six weeks old. Yes I will have this again!

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Photo of Kelz87
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip. Date on bottle has rubbed off and is unreadable.

L- pours a clear dark yellow/ orange with 2 fingers of thick white head. Leaving some good lacing and a white cap floating on top the beer.

A- strong tropical notes, citrus, grapefruit and pine

T- follows nose and a stronger grapefruit taste and not overpowering bitterness.

M- average mouthfeel maybe a little more bodies than most, strong carbonation.

O- a very solid beer, the ABV is lower than I'd expect for a double. I'd definitely buy again if the price was right.

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Photo of thewritersway
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer sounded good going into the glass, but the head and body were a little thin. Taste is pleasantly hoppy and I bet this would do better in the can than the bomber I had. Crystal clear golden color and a nice nose, but there's a structure that isn't quite all there for a dipa.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear amber slightly orange
S: juicy. Tropical. Mango ripe peach. Orange peel. Guava.
T: tropical piña colada. More guava and very alight mango. Lots of fruits. Bitter on the finish of some pine.
M: crisp. Clean. Subtle bitterness. Juicy.
O: much better than I expected. Not as bitter as resiny as a lot of west coast style DIPA, but that's not a bad things in this particular case. Very drinkable and leaves you wanting another sip with it's juiciness.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 22oz bottle of this yesterday at the Brattleboro Co-op ($5.99). Enjoying today out in The 'Zebo.

Drinking it from a Sammy pint glass.... It's a light to medium golden color, with plenty of aggressive carbo. Head is snow-white, fluffy and creamy, sitting at 1/4" for the duration and leaving nice lacing. Aroma has a hint of bready malt, but it's mostly piney citrus. Body is medium ; feel decent.... middle of the road all the way.

Taste has some subtle sweetness, with emphasis on subtle. It really is mostly about the hops here. Has a splash of lemon peel and a dash of pineapple. Then throw in a good helping of pithy, rindy grapefruit bitterness. There's a smidge of florality in the finish,which is rather dry. An enjoyable brew, all in all. Prosit!

3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear golden honey colored with three inches of bright white foam that rose up high and lingered long. Had to wait for it to subside. Aroma of citrus hoppiness, some light floral notes. Big and intense grapefruit rind flavors upfront, very bitter, but somewhat one-dimensional. Moderate mouthfeel, even carbonation.

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Photo of rblib
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a Stein. Nice translucent dark golden appearance with moderately thin lacing that pretty much dissolves the head about halfway down. Taste is pineapple grapefruit that sort of takes a back seat to the forward hop bitterness that takes a front seat along for this ride. Has a nice kick as well. I like it.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours hazy orange amber under a 1” persistent sudsy white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass. The haze is from the hops.
S: Moderate aromas with citrus, grapefruit and some earthiness.
T: The beer starts with caramel rich malt then citrus rind bitterness – especially grapefruit – takes over and passes into the finish lingering through the aftertaste. As much hop flavor as bitterness with both coming in at slightly above moderate levels. The bitterness is assertive but not harsh and well balanced by the malt with lemon, grapefruit and melon notes.
F: Very creamy and smooth with a medium to medium full body and a slightly below medium body.
O: A big flavored, well balanced beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a golden tan color. I get a grassy resiny aroma, with a taste of grassy straw with a crisp orange kiss of bitterness. Dry finish.

It's all right by me.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Draft revisited, Handles, Pleasanton CA) Fruity smell, nice thick head, starts sweet finishes bitter, smell gets a bit "danky" with time, representative for the style. Much better this time around.

Evil Twin (favorable)

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- cloudy golden color, nice size head, nice lacing
Smell- citrus, floral hops
Taste- citrus, floral hops, well balanced
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I would and will definitely have more of it. Very good double IPA!

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Photo of prock180
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Never noticed this before so thought I'd give it a shot. No bottle date but I assume it's fresh. Smells dank and citrusy, reminds me of enjoy by. Taste follows with huge fresh hop flavors, dank hits hard and pretty bitter. But followed by citrus, lemon, grapefruit and pine everything I want in a IIPA. Malt not really noticeable. Nice medium body. Overall great beer from Heretic. For the price (I think it was 5.99) I would take this over enjoy by, sorry stone but this tastes very similar Imo and about 3$ cheaper.

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Photo of BigBuddy89
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice golden orange color with eggshell white head. Good lacing. Great flavors come through to make this beer very drinkable. Smooth on the palate while delivering a great hop profile. First beer I've had from Heretic and greatly pleased.

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Photo of Omnium
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass
A - Nice clear gold with a thick two finger foamy white head, beautiful thick lacing.
S - Sweet candied kinda malts, orange, pineapple, hop resins, lemon, grapefruit.
T - This has the west coast punch of hops with the sweetness of an east coast, but it somehow falls between really well. Lots of sweet fruit oily hop goodness.
M - Definitely chewy, and it clings and lingers on your palate forever, lots of bitterness and teeth coating thickness to it.
O - Wonderul aroma and flavor, the malt is a tad intense, and the feel needs some smoothing out, but for my first Heretic beer, I was pleased.

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Photo of bbqwalt
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Double IPA on tap. I have never tried a bottle. Enjoyed having a driver so I could enjoy my visits to Heretic. Small place but I hope to see it grow. You need a driver or a cab. Nothing near by. Have some CHP for desert after the IPAs.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a thin head on a darker straw colored body.
The aroma is pine and grapefruit.
The taste is big pine, lemon and grapefruit bitter with great balance.
The texture is fairly soft with moderate carbonation

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Photo of Celtics17
4/5  rDev +4.4%

I got this bottle knowing it was bottled 7 months ago. The malt has taken over. I will review this beer again with a fresher date. Overall it could be worse. I get a slight orange juice feel, and taste.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a stemless wine glass.

a- transparent orange, almost has a pinkish hue to it, very soft. Thin head gone quick, oily. Spotty lace if at all.

s- sweet piny hop...soft alcoholic citrus.

t/m/o- fairly light bodied, but on the boozy side. Watery pine cone hop flavors. Not sure of the age on the bottle. Ok beer, but in a world of amazing IPAs and IIPAs why drink an ok one?

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Photo of gourmet_beer
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy, Citrus, Pine, Cloudy, Dry, Bright. If you are looking for a strong IPA then you should give this a try. I wish it had more nose but the taste makes up for it. It has a light and small white head that doesn't last for long. The first thing you get is the pine, almost a sap flavor which transfers to a bitter citrus taste My burbs kind of taste fruity, like plum or peach which is nice.

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Photo of heymikew
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


I'm always trying new brews. It seems like every brewer makes an IPA (or DIPA or IPA3 or some other hoppy thing) these days and I've had a lot of "good" ones.
This one is a standout, one of the best DIPAs I've had in a while. Hoppy, dank & heady.

Pours out as a cloudy amber orange. Has nice upfront fruity/earthy-dank aromas with a hint of the malts.
The massive hop additions are noticeable in the density of the mouthfeel. Smooth, and almost creamy.

Intense hop forward flavor. Resinous pine, with a bit of fruit . The alcohol is not evident.

A bit too easy drinking for its abv... best not to have too many on hand....

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Photo of ESkirv
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at City Beer Store in SF about a month ago. Beer is pretty in a glass...a nice honey color with a sudsy white head. The smell isn't particularly strong but it has a nice piney profile. The taste is pleasing...smooth & citrusy, & the hops do stand out. Good overall flavor but like the smell not real distinct. Good mouthfeel, and at an for an 8% beer it drinks easy for the full 22 ounces. Would get again if it were readily available in Indy...unfortunately it's not.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: 50% transparency that pours with a golden, honey color
S: A pine cone with some fresh grass and lemon
T: Starts with the green taste but has a sour yeast flavor that stays on the palate after initial drink.
M: Medium-heavy
O: strong presence in front and appearance but couldn't get over the sour flavor this leaves behind after initial drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Nice white head. Thin collar and a single surface wisp.

Smell - Pine and grapefruit. An herbal component too. Toasty malt.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Less of the herbal character. A little grassy, though. Sweet caramel. Toasty malts. Finishes musty and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Musty and bitter. Kinda sweet, but not too bad.

Overall - Less good as it warms. Too toasty.

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Photo of jj139
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Brewery

A - Very nice light copperish orange with an egg shell one finger head. Head disappears quickly and the lacing is long lasting. Pretty good carbonation

S - Plenty going on here with grapefruit, citrus, floral notes, pine, and sweet malt. There are also some "dank" elements going on in there which is very cool indeed. Reminds one of..of..of... I forgot what I was going to say ;-)

T - Big Hoppy flavors right up front, which are slightly tempered by the citrus and malt. Finish is bitter hops. Even though this is stockpiled with hops, it still feels balanced.

M - Full flavor with a slight, slight interesting oiliness to it. Pretty decent carbonation but that works perfectly on the finish to help round out the huge hops.

O - A real winner here, this brew will be a regular of mine. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of Matt_Schlamann
4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer deserves to be in the top 250 (In my opinion).
Appearance is nuclear orange, gorgeous orangy yellow.
Smell is very very faint, not much aroma on this one but a slight hoppy, slight dankness from it.
Taste is a citrus/hop bomb. So well-balanced and just a treat to drink. Can't say anything bad about this taste.
Mouthfeel is just like you started. Normal. It's like it came, it made you weak at the knees, then cleaned up after itself. Can't'get over the lack of aroma, burst of taste and flavor, and lack of significant mouth feel change. Bravo.
Overall: Definately "Dangerously Drinkable". This is instantly one of my favorites. "Would be willing to do a blind taste test with Pliny"

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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
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