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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 22
Gots: 49 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: billshmeinke on 09-09-2011

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Reviews by ManuelHerrera:
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3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a liquor store in San Luis Obispo on the way to a vacation in Monterey after sadly leaving my Alaskan smoked porter back home. I figured I'd give something I've never heard of a try.

So here we are with this random imperial IPA that is incredibly hopped (which is odd for a traditionally unhopped style). It pours a golden amber with frothy head and lacing that lingers for a bit. The smells blossoms beautifully with intense grapefruit and pine elements. Floral notes are nice as well, but this is where the beer peaks.

Once the brew hits the lips the hops come on display full throttle. This beer leaves little off the table, which ultimately makes for a beer without complexity. Heretic is basically a massive load of hops bitterness that does not open up and unleash that grapefruit-citrus flavor that it promises in the aroma. The beer is bitter around the mouth, and the lack of carbonation only enhances the bitterness.

Overall it's a one note beer, which isn't necessarily bad if you are a mad hophead. But for those looking for something different, you may do better to look elsewhere.

More User Reviews:
Photo of abeerdude
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of andyfrancis
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lacy, persistent off-white head on a clear pale-golden body. lots of bubbles.

Smells of piney hops, with just a hint of caramel.

A slow wave of pine across the tongue. Alcohol is well hidden and it finishes fairly clean. Some lingering citrus notes on the roof of my mouth.

For an imperial IPA, it's on the crisper, lighter side. Would pair nicely with a mild blue cheese.

Overall, pretty good. Imperial IPAs often feel like you shoved a handful of hops in your mouth, but this one is quite that aggressive. Probably won't make it a point to buy the bottle again, but I'd try it on tap if I saw it somewhere.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schwartzoid - Bottled on 5/28/12. Poured into a NB globe.

Good looking beer, pours a nice deep amber color with a good fingers worth of fluffy white head. Some lacing, but not much left along the glass.

Nose is heavy on the citrus notes. Good amount of pine can be noticed as well.

Lots of bitterness as one would expect in the taste. Grapefruit and pine above all, with a hint of malt background that adds a bit of sweetness.

Medium in body and carbonation. Dry and bitter finish.

Pretty decent DIPA, I've had better ones but this is enjoyable for sure.

Photo of jj139
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a big, soft,white, foamy head that has good retention. The nose is big and floral with some grapefruit and mango undertones. The flavor is lightly malty up front with a big citrusy, floral hop character that dominates. There is a clean hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This has a good flavor but it's a hop bomb. There is very little malt character to battle the intense hops. The citrus and floral notes up front are solid, but extremely bitter and it takes away a bit from the drinkability. Ultimately, I would have this again, but I would have to split the bomber again.

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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.