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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 413
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 25.13%
Wants: 28
Gots: 65 | 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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Photo of heartofgold
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

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Photo of Matt_Schlamann
4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
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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Photo of brewski09
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
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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Photo of BigBuddy89
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
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 Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of jj139
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
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 Hatzilla
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

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Photo of jbowers56
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of bbqwalt
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 jlapennas
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
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 heymikew
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
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 JesseLara
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hit the Hofbräu tonight knowing Heretic brewing was on tap for pint night. I've had the Evil Twin before and enjoyed it so I was hoping I was in for more of the same, and I was not disappointed.

Solid 1 inch head on the pour.

Aroma was solid citrus, heavy orange, some grapefruit. Nice.


Solid double IPA, hoptastic! Stuck in the back if my throat with heavy heavy pine notes.

If you like hops, you'll like Evil Cousin. Solid contender for one of my favorite hoppy beers.

Looking forward to the Torment!

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Photo of prock180
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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 thewritersway
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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 AdamBear
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark gold with a thick stable cream colored head

S-fairly hoppy with a soapy herbal resin. Somewhat stale. Strong scent. 

T-comes in with a strong taste of hops and high quality herbal grains. It's has a bitterness that slowly develops but becomes
Strong and lingers for awhile, a long while. It's actually a very awesome taste. I imagine this would even be decent aged, as the flavor I feel relies more on the grains than the hops. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-this is a very well rounded IPA. This will please any hophead. The flavor is subtly complex, yet the bitterness isn't so subtle. 

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a almost clear copper orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a very slow pace leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus hops and grapefruit with some pine and some sweet caramel and biscuit malt.

T - Starts off with some strong citrus and candied grapefruit hops with some strong bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle some resiny pine hop comes through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malt. The finish is a mix of candied grapefruit hops and pine hops with some sweet malts and bitterness lingering.

M - Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bitter and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big DIPA with tons of hops. Nice hop profile, with strong bitterness throughout.

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Photo of Kelz87
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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 MNishCT77
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of Nugganooch
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/23/11
On tap at Stone Bistro
*Served into a goblet

A: Evil Cousin pours a clear caramel color with a thin layer of khaki foam at the brim. Nice stained glass window treatment.

S: Smells of tangy fruity hops. Citrus. A touch of sugary pale malts.

T: Tastes pretty darn danky with citrus and grapefruit oils up front. Resiny sticky pine. Tangy exotic fruits and a some grapevine even. Swear there is use of some Nelson hops in here. A caramel nutty sweet malt base. Slight alcohol chest warmth. This is pretty tasty stuff. Herbalicious.

M: Light creamy texture for a DIPA and a nice resiny mouthcoat with a bit of a dry crisp finish.

D: A very nicely balanced and well hopped DIPA.

Pretty darn good and I was drinking this next to some Pliny. Would def order again...in fact I did.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pale amber orange in color and topped with a pretty decent off white head. Head retention is alright and lacing is notably good.

S: orange peel and tangerine pulp suggest themselfs on the nose. Just an afterthought of rock candy finishes up the bouquet.

T: this is a pretty darn nice beer I'm pleasantly surprised. Green pine needle and orange pith show up with good bitterness. Dried candied citrus adds notes add in, as well as a faint suggestion of grain driven almost oatmeal sweetness. This is really quite bitter overall. Well done.

M: prickly and carbonic.

O: fruit on the nose and bitter on the palate, this fits the bill for a great DIPA. Sweet Malty flavors do not outweigh the suggestive force of hopping. My neg on this is it's lack of focus. Flavors are muddled and while it's in the right spectrum it misses the truly expressive nature which hops can provide. Then again im not sure how old this is. Either way a job well done!

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Photo of dansmcd
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge rocky head, sticky and chunky globules adorn the glass and dont fade. Body is a murky apricot.

S - Grapefruit and pine hops, not overly strong on the nose.

T - Bitter citrus peel, mandarin, orange, apricot and lime. All hops.

M - Slick and oily, resinous, full and punchy. Good stuff.

O - Probably at the tamer end of DIPAs but that's alright with me. Very enjoyable, hoppy beer.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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 jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.