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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

08-10-2012 02:48:34 | More by ebefiction
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-07-2012 03:21:51 | More by dtx00
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FosterJM

California

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1433rd Review on BA
Bottle to Spiegelau small tulip
22oz

No bottle date (At least I didnt see one)

App- When this poured out, it was that creamy orangey, off wheat color with a good density behind it. 1st pour wasnt much, but the 2nd pour was a nice, 1-1/2 finger off white head with a great cling and sticky lace. Good looking beer, albeit a bit dark.

Smell- Its a hoppy beer. Full, rich and creamy hops with a thicker nose of a pine tree and some damp citrus peels and zest. I get the full intention of the booze and even trace amounts of sweetness (simple syrup, honey aromas)

Taste- Its a bit thicker and boozier than I would anticipate. The flavors are nice but a bit upfront and dominate and a little unbalanced. The pine takes over and the booze comes next with a good amount of force. Creamy hops and the citrus from the nose are the last flavors that come together.

Mouth- A very rich and full medium body with a matched medium creamy carbonation level. Lots of fullness all around with residual pine and hoppy goodness. A bit boozy but the feel works better than the taste.

Drink- Its not my wheelhouse. Its a good beer, but not one I would seek out again. I think the $ can come down a little as well. A more pricey bomber for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 15:35:03 | More by FosterJM
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 02:46:56 | More by tbeckett
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ccrida

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 01:25:41 | More by ccrida
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-29-2012 14:53:40 | More by Eriktheipaman
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-17-2012 02:38:28 | More by ejimhof
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JimmyTango

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-16-2012 22:34:53 | More by JimmyTango
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 00:38:57 | More by BennyL1
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Drinkerofales

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold, with amber hints, topped by a huge light ecru head that retains well and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

Smell is pungent and "dank"(as the bottle says), but smells malty, and boozy.

Taste is very hoppy however. Starts earthy, moves to citrus and floral with a mellow bitter finish.

The body leans towards medium, with some viscosity. Still remains pretty drinkable, and though the booze is present in the texture, it's not detracting.

Enjoyable, and complex hop flavors. The wife and I like this one pretty good.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 22:52:46 | More by Drinkerofales
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whatthehull

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip (bottled end of feb. so, take this review with a grain of salt. Need something a lot more fresh or on tap)

A - very nice translucent copper, one and a half finger auper creamy of white head and some sticky lacing

S - Sugar. Tons of hops (fruity, pine, flowers and earthy), very citrusy, Very sweet malts, funky yeast and very tropical

T - nice hop up front, very fruity, pine, nice citrus, tons of malt (sweet and earthy), pineapple, tropical flowers, pungent almost funky yeast, sugar, no booze at all and a bit of clay (soil)

M - full body, nice balance, decent complexity, medium acidity and nice like bittersweet finish

D/O - nice and refreshing, good flavor and an all around good ipa. Has what all of your ipa heads are looking for, has more malts than a super hop head would like. Could crack this. East open on the reg if I could afford it

Final thought - $7 a pop and a nice 8% abv. This ale is worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 23:53:37 | More by whatthehull
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 00:32:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
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pajeff

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-26-2012 21:10:54 | More by pajeff
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 02:10:46 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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abeerdude

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-22-2012 17:37:23 | More by abeerdude
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bvermilion

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-17-2012 16:19:41 | More by bvermilion
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JustinQ

California

5/5  rDev +28.2%

06-15-2012 03:42:05 | More by JustinQ
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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. 

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 01:42:23 | More by AdamBear
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Intrinsic

Germany

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, they`re not kidding when they say this is a `massively hoppy imperial IPA`. This is of the same calibre as Ruination. It looks very nice - a nice thick head, golden orange colour, lots of carbonation. The lacing is great too. Smell is ok - pine and citrus hops are the things that stick out. But it doesn`t even comapre to the taste - holy shit. Intensely hoppy. Pine and citrus. Almost no balance at all, but that isn`t the point for this one. Average mouthfeel, but just a little too oily.

I would definitely buy this again if it wasn`t so expensive. At 8.99 for 650mL bottle, this`ll be the last one I buy until it comes down in price (and when we`re finally allowed to import good beer into Quebec).

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 22:15:32 | More by Intrinsic
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mettkea

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-08-2012 06:22:40 | More by mettkea
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-06-2012 06:48:40 | More by InfernoBoss
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dgilks

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy moderate gold colour with a big, creamy, white head. Good head retention and lots of lacing. Nice.

Intense, grassy aroma. Lots of hop aroma here and almost harsh. A little dank. Hot alcohol and bits of malt. Really big but not all that well integrated.

Again, lots of sharp, grassy hops. Quite harsh. Massive bitterness. Alcohol and malt. Not all that well integrated.

Medium to medium full body with moderately-high carbonation. Astringent and a bit harsh.

This lacks some finesse. While I do what my IIPAs to whack my in the mouth, the lack of clarity here makes it difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 10:33:32 | More by dgilks
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tlazaroff

Virginia

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

Predominately grassy nose with some hints of citrus hanging around the back end of the aroma.

Golden and honey in color with a nice frothy whipped cream like head. Interesting lacing, it's a tad spotty, but overall not too bad. Slightly hazy, but more clear than you would expect. It's a pretty good looking beer.

The flavor bases are lightly toasted biscuits and grassiness. I really like the flavors, but I am having a hard time describing them besides "grass" It's not dank, it's just like a freshly mowed lawn.

Overall this is interesting. Great appearance and aroma, followed by better than average flavor. Its lightly to medium carbonated and has a moderate to full body. It drinks really smooth, but packs a bit of a punch.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 19:21:52 | More by tlazaroff
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ADZA

Australia

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

Pours a orange honey hazy hue which leaves a one finger head and lacing all over the place,the smell is abit subdued with aromas of grapefruit,piney hops,citrus and marzipan,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with tastes of fruit salad,pineapple juice,caramel candy,blood oranges,bubblegum and finished with a pine hop bitterness and overall its nice without being anything stand outish and i honestly prefer the Evil Twin cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 08:36:24 | More by ADZA
Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.