Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 25
Gots: 58 | 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 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 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.

Photo of Scott_Hatcher
2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Disappointed after having their other brews.

Photo of strokeymcgee
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am bad at rating.

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.

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of MrTopher
3.16/5  rDev -19%
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.

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 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 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 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?

Photo of brewandbbq
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22oz non-dated bottle from Bev Mo.

Pours hazy, dark copper with a thin, whitish head that dissipated to a few whisps on the surface. A few dots of lacing if you look for it.

Aromatics lead off with stale malt, wet cardboard, and faded, piney hops. Plenty of old caramel and dusty paper.

Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. Tacky, chewy, and slickish.

Malt-forward on the palate for the style, with more cardboard and stale pine bark. Medium bitterness and alcohol barely noticeable.

Finishes with lingering cardboard, wet paper, and faded hops.

This is the reason I rarely purchase a $8.00 bottle of IPA/IIPA without a bottle date. Shame on me. This beer is old, beat, and syrupy.

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 tbeckett
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy dark golden colour. mild carbonation, one finger of white head. Good rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Sweet fruit, boozy pineapple. Honey. Nice.

T - Boozy pineapple, orange, fairly boozy. Candy sweetness up front.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a dry bitterness.

O/D - Not too bad but nothing worth raving about. A bit boozy, not complex and following too closely to all the other mediocre examples of the style.

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear golden honey colored with three inches of bright white foam that rose up high and lingered long. Had to wait for it to subside. Aroma of citrus hoppiness, some light floral notes. Big and intense grapefruit rind flavors upfront, very bitter, but somewhat one-dimensional. Moderate mouthfeel, even carbonation.

Photo of gourmet_beer
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy, Citrus, Pine, Cloudy, Dry, Bright. If you are looking for a strong IPA then you should give this a try. I wish it had more nose but the taste makes up for it. It has a light and small white head that doesn't last for long. The first thing you get is the pine, almost a sap flavor which transfers to a bitter citrus taste My burbs kind of taste fruity, like plum or peach which is nice.

Photo of Beerandboards
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, no bottled date

A - darker orange. Smaller amount of white head.

S - dank pine, some rich citrus, orange, some alcohol.

T - thick bitterness kind of takes everything over. There is a piney hop note, sappy almost. Bitter orange. Aftertaste is dominated by bitter citrus.

M - under carbonated. Oily.

O - gotta say, not great. Certainly not bad, but I the world of plentiful top notch IPAs, this one is not quite up to a snuff.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber purchased from Van Ness BevMo in San Francisco.

Pours a clear standard golden hue, with a fine enough and solid enough head of white, that leaves some patchy lacing. Body is firm and weighty while remaining fluid. Carbonation is fine, but standard. Yeah, it looks the part, but it also looks just like any other.

Nose follows a similar trajectory: it's big, hoppy, west coast, blah. Yep, but we've seen it all before. There's a sharpness to it that is slightly grassy, and adds a touch of interest, but otherwise, it's a stylistically good but straight down the line IPA.

Taste is similar. Clear, clean and direct. Hoppy without being overpowering. The classic characters: orange peel, grapefruit with a touch of grass and clean malt. But it's been done before. And it's not all that special an example of the classic.

I mean: yes, it's ok. Woo, IPA and whatnot. It's solidly made, not unpleasant, no noticeable flaws. But, I mean, why? It's almost completely unimaginative, and just toes the line of every other IPA made on the West Coast. Try something new.

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Brad, thanks. Not a great IPA unfortunately. Beer is copper / amber with a off white thin head moderate retention, some lacing, low carbonation, some haze.

Aroma is bready, biscuit and piny wiht hints of citrus, smells OK.

Beer is pretty malty, think on front palate, dry finish overall. Decent beer, moderate bitterness saves it from complete mediocrity, overall the beer is nice but I wouldn't have it again.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 13, 2012 (purchased at Mission Trails Market for $7.99 on Nov. 13, 2012). Caramel amber with three fingers of thick frothy white head.
Decent wet foamy retention on the top and the sides.

Smelled a nice dose of citrus hops. Got grapefruit, tangerine, lime, skunky pine and caramel (light). The skunk lingered on.

Tasted very hoppy right from the get-go. Got tangerine and grapefruit bitter hops up front with a strong bite of orange peels and alcohol lingering after. I kept waiting for the aftertaste to be good, but it never really came. Definitely missing something.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Skunky, bitter finish.

Was a bit disappointed overall, especially for the $7.99 price tag. It was missing something, came up just a tad short.

Photo of SmashPants
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: big 650mL dark brown bottle, funky and funky, 'dark' label. A good package.

Appearance: poured into a tulip - pours a dark copper colour with visible fine carbonation. A thick one-finger head hangs about for quite a time. It slowly drops to a half-finger with good lacing.

Aroma: some usual hop aromas - big pine and citrus. A touch of biscuit malt backing. Enticing, but nothing as special as I would expect from Heretic.

Taste: plenty of citrus hops here as expected. Those malts come through too with some spices to boot. Again not exemplary but very drinkable.

Aftertaste: the hop bitterness comes through a bit stronger. Still esay drinking, which is a bit tough considering the dollar value.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with a clean crisp feel. Slightly dry on the finish.

Overall: a pleasant and easy-drinking American IPA, but one that is nowhere near as exceptional as its price tag. At AU$20 a bottle (2014), I would expect this one to rise above the rest. Though it is nice, it unfortunately doesn't do that.

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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a SAVOR wine glass. I didn't write down who brought this one, unfortunately. Review to be corrected at a later date.

Pours a nice amber color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice tropical and citrus fruits along with a bit of pine. The flavor adds loads of hop bitterness and some bready malt and a touch of sweetness. Fruit flavor there as well. Medium body with a dry finish and nice bitterness throughout. Pretty good.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer appears transparent and orange colored with 1/4" white head.The aroma offers some pine, citrus, light booze. Healthy malt presence with some pine and citrus notes. Slightly sweet with an aggressive bite in the finish. Medium to light body with heavy bitterness. Overall, this was ok. Nothing to write home about.

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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.