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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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87
very good

314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: billshmeinke on 09-09-2011)
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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.

heartofgold, Oct 05, 2011
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4.95/5  rDev +26.9%
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"

Matt_Schlamann, Feb 21, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber my wife brought back to Ohio from a recent trip home to Sacramento for me to try. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter from my beer fridge after about a week of stabilization.

A - beautiful light orange with 1.5cm white to off-white head that dissipates relatively quickly with light lacing; just what i would expect from an IIPA.

S - wonderfully sweet hop aromas. floral, pine/grassy, mildly spicy and minty, just an edge of citrus that almost gets lost, but comes through more in the end. There is a bit of alcohol touched by mild malt.

T - pine and alcohol up front, followed by floral citrus and overwhelmingly hoppy, just like the aroma. I wonder if there is a small blast of rye in here because there is a small sharp peppery note throughout this beer.

M - Full, lightly oily, but not overly sugary or oily. The carbonation is maybe a touch high, but perfect to help clean this beer up on the palate and balance the residual sugars with the bitterness and preventing it from feeling too coating.

O - This is an outstanding IIPA. What I am most amazed about is that this beer is so impressive in a market that is already overrun with massive IPAs. Thank you for this beer, I will be getting more next time I am home in CA.

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4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Whole Foods in Fremont, enjoyed chilled in a 1/2 pint, bomber shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is hazed golden with amber hues and thick off white head with fine bead. The smell is great, lots of tropical fruit with a citrus aroma reminding me of grapefruit and tangelo with slight dank herbal aspect with almost no alcohol inthe nose - pretty full on high alpha american hop smell. The feel is great -it is moderately carbonated and by the resinous texture you can sense they packed a lot of hops and dry hopped it well with moderate bitterness and mostly dry finish.

The flavor is great -way exceeded my expecations I sampled this side by side with 3 other Imperial IPA's sipping each and this was just a better tasting beer- lots of citrus and tangy tropical fruit juiciness but very mild astringency and low acidity with almost no alcohol in the taste, just pure hoppy freshness. This is a very well made beer, one of the most drinkable of the style I have had recently with subtle bitterness making it great for multiple tastes -I wish I had purchased more.

Slatetank, Feb 20, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber pour a with a fluffy one inch head, leaving some nice lace.

S - Smells similar to Tricerahops. Big earthy hops with lots of mango, pine, grapefruit, pineapple and caramel malts.

T - Sticky, piney citrus hops with a solid malt backbone. Very tasty.

M - Medium carbonation with an oily mouthfeel and a dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - This bottle was recommended by my local Bevmo! beer guy - Thanks Kyle!

Hatzilla, Mar 26, 2012
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4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

jj139, Feb 24, 2014
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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.

jbowers56, May 18, 2012
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beerao, Dec 25, 2013
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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.

jlapennas, Mar 02, 2012
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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.