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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 30 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: billshmeinke on 09-09-2011)
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

Daniel101, May 17, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Philousa
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange copper, clear, with a half finger head. Thins out as you drink to create a one-bubble thin layer over the beer. Decent lacing. Piney, earthy hops hit the nose strong. Citric, and acidic aromas follow. Bitter flavor, start to finish. Orange zest and coppery malt taste fades to piney hops which rise to palate dominance smoothly. Earthy bitterness lingers with pine in the background. Acidic and thick for an IPA. Not the best mouthfeel for the style.

To be honest, I was a bit disappointed. The hop and flavor profile was too narrow. Piney and earthy just aren't very interesting to me. Let's try to do something more here next time, Heretic.

Philousa, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange body. Modest head, poor retention, some tendrils of lace.

S: Spicy with mild tropical citrus -- I specify 'mild' because I expected a billowing, pungent aroma. The bottle is only 2 months old.

T: Spicy onions with some citrus and pronounced, but not overwhelming, bitterness. It's not my favorite flavor profile in the DIPA category, but it's not awful.

M: It's a little boozy, and the spicy onion makes it more noticeable. Could use improvement.

O: Sad to say it, but at this point, there's enough local competition in the DIPA segment that an $8 bomber of just-all-right beer isn't going to cut it for me. I drank half, threw the rest out, and switched to something else. I'm pretty unlikely to pick this up again.

Arbitrator, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -23.1%

dertyd, Jan 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

ygtbsm94, Mar 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

mcc1654, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

djaeon, Apr 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

PaulStoneAnchor, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at the Church Key, Evil Cousin is hazy, glowing orange with a small white head leaving light white lace.

Smell is sweet malt and citrus hops.

Taste is pretty generic, woodys, resinous hops, firm bitterness, decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is oily, dry, chewy, medium heavy bodied.

Drinkability is fine, I just found this to be boring.

ccrida, Aug 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

terence, May 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

mxchap, Jun 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger of white head, minimal lacing to go with it.

S: The hop profile is very grassy and a bit vegetal. Not what I was expecting. There is a fair bit of sweet malt, mostly in the form of bread. Hints of citrus, mostly orange rind.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor is also very grassy, and still a bit vegetal. Some sweet malt (bread and light caramel). A mild bitterness of pine and citrus peel.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Talk about disappointing. Hopefully this was just an old keg. I'll look to try this one again.

womencantsail, Sep 26, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a goblet at Stone World Bistro.

A – Rich caramel color getting close to a light copper color but not that dark and dank. Small off white head forms and leaves a decent lacing.

S – Pretty decent hop profile, but wasn’t well developed. Some citrus hops and some sweet malt.

T – Interesting, and a little similar to the smell. Some citrus hops, a little grapefruit, and a slight pine as well. The malt sweetness added a little where the hops left you wanting more.

M – A little thicker than other DIPAs, but still respectable. Carbonation was decent also.

O – Wasn’t expecting much since I knew little about the brewery, but now knowing its more of an east coast DIPA I can see where it is more malt forward.

MrTopher, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Zorro, Dec 14, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

aasher, Dec 12, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

jmarsh123, Feb 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

crowsoup, Oct 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

LoFiDave, Mar 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

rkcrozier, Nov 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

jeff1973, Apr 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

humulusphile, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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?

cosmicevan, Friday at 02:31 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Wisconsinhop, Jun 19, 2014
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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.