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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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87
very good

378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 24
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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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Ratings: 378 | Reviews: 95
Reviews by TheGordianKnot:
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to inflatablechair for the Heretic hookup! Having been wanting to try Jamil's beers since his professional announcement...

A- Deep copper orange. About 2 and a half fingers of large volley head. Off white head in color with some layered lacing on the glass.

S- Wow, dank tropical fruity awesomeness. Mango, apple, oranges, with some grassy hops and caramel malt. Faintly pungent and hop forward.

T/M- Very bitter and great. Has a nice earthy, piney almost fried chicken flavor- Simcoe in this?. Hops are on the aggressive side with light fruits and some floral components. Very resinous and musty and dirty. Pretty big palate killer, fuck I'm glad we saved this for last! Medium body, but this is pungent and potent.

O- Wow, the reviews are incredibly polarizing on this! I understand how some people get the garlic and onion as one person whom I shared this with mentioned those flavors, but I didn't think it was near as bad or offputting as others. Yeah, I may enjoy fruity/tropical DIPAs more, but this was a fun to drink, hop assault...

More User Reviews:
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.

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 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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303

Pours a clear orange-copper. Layer of thin, fine white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent cling. A decent looking beer. Head size and retention could use a little work.

Nose is very aromatic. Citrus, pine, papaya, and tree sap with a heavy dose of cane sugar. Nice sweetness with a balanced hop bitterness.

Opens tree sap hoppiness, citrus, cane sugar, and grainy brown sugar bitterness. Strong hop bite towards the middle with a bitter astringency. Ends dry bark and sap. Finish is bitter with a sticky, hoppy aftertaste. Malt backbone is present but the hop presence is sticky and overpowering here. I can see what the brewer is trying to do here, but its not for me.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Bubbly and prickly in the mouth and dry and sticky going down. Finish is dry with a bone dry aftertaste. Decent.

A west coast ipa with a twist. This one's packed with a robust fruit puree flavor that's completely overpowered by the hop profile. Very bitter with a dry, robust, raw hop aftertaste. Again, this is a decent beer but its not my cup of tea.

Photo of jbowers56
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite pale for the style and somewhat cloudy. A white head that laces well.

Very impressive aroma. Hugely dank - big notes of pine, lime and tropical fruits suggested by the combination of hops and malt.

Followed up very well in the taste. All those elements work in harmony with a subtle malt base underpinning it all. Very firm, but smooth bitterness which works very well in the context of the flavours and cleans the sweetness up very well.

Viscous enough to feel substantial, but still relatively light bodied. High bitterness helps to give this feeling, I think, but i'd hazard a guess that this is reasonably well attenuated.

I really, really enjoy this IPA. It's not a 'wow' factor beer, but it's exceptionally well made and is a benchmark of all major characters that should be embodied by this style.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

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
Enjoyable.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at Boulevard Wine and Spirits on El Cajon Blvd. Don't recall seeing the brand in San Diego prior to this sighting. Poured into a large globe glass from a standard bomber, showing a clear deep golden with half an inch of foam. Offers good retention and solid lacing and lacking much evidence of caramel malts. And that is a good thing for this cat.

Aroma is resinous of hop oil. More on the piney side of the equation with some citrus and spice in the background with a hint of green onion. Warms to offer more spice and less of an onion character. Still arguably a bit one sided as for depth.

Flavor follows as expected. A light malt presence with some orange oil but no real caramel notes, and a good dose of spice on the hop front. Feel is a bit meager at times but expected given the intentional lack of 'balance' in this brew.

Overall a good DIPA. Alcohol is fairly well masked and bitterness isn't overly abrasive, coupled with a light malt body making for a fairly drinkable hop bomb. Still, it lacks that certain something though I'm not quite sure what that something is...

Photo of zep9865
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into new belgium snifter. Pours an amber color with a quarter inch of foam head that leaves a boatload of lacing.

Beer smells of straight cat piss and litter box. This is not neccessarily a bad thing. Hint of grapefruit, lots of biscuit and a caramel background.

Biscuit hits the mouth immediately with some intense hops. Not a lot of citrus and the caramel is minute due to the overpowering hops

Beer is very bitter, not a lot of change on the palate from start to finish. The hops take over and you don't get much else.

Beer has so much biscuit, and that is the part i like the best. I could have used a lot more citrus and a little more caramel.

Photo of bbqwalt
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to cocoapuph for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a pint glass with a dark amber hue and about two fingers of fluffy off white head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Heavy bitter hops, pine resin, peppery spices, onion, slight citrus, and toffee.

Taste – Reminds me of Gumbna. Spicy hops up front mixed with that distinct onion flavor. Very little citrus. Lots of bitter hops and pine, slight caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, good carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – Not my favorite hop variety which automatically makes this beer a bit lower on the score card than it would be. A solid attempt at a DIPA but not one I’d get again.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Massively hoppy aroma, smells like a freshly opened bag of hops. Some pine and resinous notes too, alongside sweet clean malt.
Very hoppy flavours too, but there's a fair bit of clean malt to balance things. Very resinous, with spicy hops too. Pretty tasty stuff.
Spot on moderately high carbonation.

Photo of jlapennas
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Dank as advertised. Lots of CTZ-type character, herbal, weed, dank, resinous. Background malty sweetness without much character beyond that. Very intense aroma as this bottle is less than 2 weeks old. Clean fermentation character allows the hops to shine.

Appearance: Medium-dark golden color. Very clear. Thick head, small dense bubbles. Looks great.

Flavor: Follows aroma very closely. Not too much fruity stuff going on from hops - totally committed to dankness. Some garlicy/onion stuff going on but not over the top. Hop flavor throughout. Malt provides more balance than I expected but the hops are still very "in your face". Bitter and resinous without being harsh. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Richer than expected. Medium + body. Creamy.

Overall: Great beer. Dedicated to a single purpose. Depending on your hop preferences, this is either a great beer or well made but not to your tastes. I'm impressed.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.42/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Edit: Before this is deleted, I ask that you don't... this is a garlicky mess... wrong hops... weird hops for sure.. but soooo freaking odd.. Again, I ask that this review does not get deleted.... Garlic.... damn.

22 picked up tonight at Bier Thirty in East Boise.... $8.50 ... damn, Jamil is proud of his beers right out of the gate :-) Poured into my Cigar City snifter... nice white head... good lacing and retention.. the brew is very clear light orange.

The nose is really weird for me... garlic chives come to mind immediately... garlic and onion.. nothing else to speak of... so very odd.

The garlic and onion notes come swinging again on the palate and are punctuated by some citrus zest... pale malts mid palate pull the hops up and out... but the finish is just long and lingering garlic... fucking weird... not digging this one at all.

The body and carbonation are near perfect....

Jesus... I am sooo curious to know the hop additions on this one. Anybody have Jamil's BA handle? The garlic/onion is overbearing to say the least.

This review is going to be terrible, but I PROMISE I will revisit it when a new batch comes out... this is a borderline drainpour for me.

4/2/2/4/2.5 PLEASE do not delete this review... My palate is not fucked up, this is just a garlicky mess.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for the bottle!

Pours deep orange with reddish hues. 1 finger white head fading away quickly leaving solid lacing down the glass.

Aroma is very dank. Sweet piney/citrus hops along with some caramel malts.

Starts off with a dank sticky grapefruit hop presence. Pretty pleasant, but shortly thereafter some sweet caramel malt comes in and it finishes with a piney dry bitterness and a metallic phenol taste. Wet band aid finish.

Very sticky with medium carbonation levels. Probably the best part of the beer.

Middle of the road DIPA. I love the mouthfeel and the upfront flavors are great. Some astringency and an agressive finish hurt it in my opnion. Would probably try again, but wouldn't seek it out above others.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold body with a large white head that has lasting power.

Incredibly skunky nose, pretty much smells like a joint at first. It opens up with a nice peach-like fruitiness, slight tropical notes and a bit of onion. Malt is faint, contributing a subtle sweetness to support the hops.

The palate offers more of the same. Very herbal, weedy, oniony with some fruitiness that balances things out. Peach, pineapple, plenty of sticky resiny bitterness. Quite dry, moreso than the nose implies, and fairly light bodied. The finish leaves a strong lingering marijuana flavor; it's pretty hilarious how similar it tastes to a joint.

This is surprisingly good stuff, hugely hoppy but also fairly unique in a saturated style.

Photo of heartofgold
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer that you need to try if you are a PtE fan.

This beer pours with an amber color betraying its true composition. the nose though reminds you of the territory you are in...pine and grapfruit dominate At the first sip, the malt is the first thing to hit...then it is the mouthfeel...then a looong lingering and smooth hop finish that I suspect may involve some extracts (would love to know)...

I was very surprised when I had this for the first time. It is a top beer for me now. Jamil, great job.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed @ Cervecería Freiburg on jun´12 –the whole band was there: Manolo,Robert & Juanjo. Honey yellow color, foggy appearance. White, rocky & copious, froth. Lasting crown, spots on sides. Crystal malt & intense hop aromas. Increasing sharp bitterness at first sip then crystal malts balance the flavor & provides smooth & voluptuous palate. Medium to full body, moderate to low carbonation. Oily & creamy texture, cheese-like. Fruity touch in the middle. Long resiny finish. Flavorful.

Photo of claspada
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber in color with a finger of soapy white head, that leaves some .

Aromas begin quite "dank" to say the least. The hop profile is very grassy and vegetal, this has got to have Simcoe hops in it. There is a fair bit of accompanying sweet malt, mostly bready, but the hops own this show with lemon, orange rind and light grapefruit joining the earthy hops.

The tastes follow the nose but reverse like most DIPAs, sweet bready malts open but are immediately overtaken by the floral, grassy and piney hop flavors. A mild bitterness of pine and citrus peel are also present throughout. It sits somewhere between a West Coast and East Coast flavor profile; the malts definitely take a seat to the hops, but the hops used aren't tremendously citrusy and grapefruity but share the floor with the earthy, floral and vegetal hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and slightly bitter from the assault of hops yet not a palate wrecker compared to many West Coast examples.

Overall, I enjoyed my second go with Jamil and the Heretic brewery. Not my favorite example of the style by any means because I tend to avoid super "dank" tasting DIPAs, but I am surprised that I actually like it quite a bit. Flavor profile-wise I compare this to a Founders Devil Dancer Lite. Heretic is a great up-and-coming brewery and I will continue to support Jamil until he disappoints.

Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a medium sized off-white colored head. This is darker than the expected "IPA Orange."

Smell is strong and malty with a strong savory onion aroma; there is a lot of Summit hop in this one. Little bit of pine and grapefruit but the Summit hop REALLY dominates the scent. Fortunately I love onions and garlic, you might not.

Starts out savory in flavor with the Summit hops really kicking ass. Semi dry and woody it is hard to get past the onion flavor. Little bit of butter and pine, but the Summit continues to dominate.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this isn't the greatest. Way too much summit hop was used; this is close to a liquid toasted onion roll. The summit is over done, I love onions and this is just too much.

Photo of aasher
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was courtesy of BrewerB in a box I received on Friday, thanks Brian! I was told I need to try this brewery so I'm in.

This beer pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger soapy off white head. This beer has a really interesting nose. Right off the bat you can tell it's very fresh. The aromas are floral, piny, somewhat sweet and fruity yet has an odd vidalia onion aspect. The onion is kind of a turnoff. The flavors feature a nice balance between malt and hops. It drinks in a very dry manner and is somewhat sticky on your palate. The onions just throw me off. It kind of reminds me of a lesser Devil Dancer. It starts off really nicely but the onions just throw me off. I'm glad I could try it though.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at Ales Unlimited in San Francisco, CA, bottled on 3/11/13, poured into a hotel style glass and drank over ~30 minutes.

A: 4.5 - amber-brown coloration, could read blurrily through, white full-finger head subdues into subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs for a 8% beer

S: 4.5 - pretty dank notes all around, lots of pine and cat piss from Simcoe, I'm sure; big time DIPA

T: 4 - the taste is pretty appropriate for the aroma; on the front of the tongue, there is a slap of bitterness that has an impressive lingering quality; in the middle of the tongue, the hop-forward qualities predominate - lots of pine, drank bittnerness, which continues to linger through the entire aftertaste

M: 4.25 - big, chewy qualities c/w a DIPA; nice alcohol notes

O: 4.25 - as much as I love Jamil, this beer is only a moderate imperial IPA that doesn't live up to some of the best imperial IPAs; I was unfortunately expecting more; Avery's Maharaja and Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum have similar notes but this falls short in comparison to those beers

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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.