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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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very good

302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of SpdKilz


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

A big thanks to cocoapuph for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a pint glass with a dark amber hue and about two fingers of fluffy off white head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Heavy bitter hops, pine resin, peppery spices, onion, slight citrus, and toffee.

Taste – Reminds me of Gumbna. Spicy hops up front mixed with that distinct onion flavor. Very little citrus. Lots of bitter hops and pine, slight caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, good carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – Not my favorite hop variety which automatically makes this beer a bit lower on the score card than it would be. A solid attempt at a DIPA but not one I’d get again.

05-07-2012 01:07:04 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Sprigga

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-03-2012 23:09:06 | More by Sprigga
Photo of cspieth


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-30-2012 01:59:51 | More by cspieth
Photo of Gilmango


4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-25-2012 23:25:58 | More by Gilmango
Photo of DoubleJ


3.55/5  rDev -9%

How many hoppy beers can one state produce? A lot. Coming out of the 22 oucne format, on to the beer:

....um, what? Oh, the color has a muddy tint to this more dominant orange than brown color. The foam settles to a solid lace, and retention is more than fair. The nose does give off some hoppy aromas, though these aromas are in the form of a syrupy concentrate. Juicy resin and pine concentrate to smell.

It's a little spicy in the beginning. After the initial spiciness, the flavor starts to come around. Syrupy hop flavor all around, spicy alcohol, the malt side being very dry and crackery while yielding little sweetness. Thankfully, the spicy feeling dies down and it becomes a more drinkable ale. Its body is medium, with bitterness that sticks and slowly fades away. A trickle of the alcohol is found.

Overall, the Evil Cousin is a solid attempt for the DIPA style. It's got hops, though it lacks some complexity and/or melding to take it to the next level.

04-25-2012 03:59:29 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Pugs78


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

04-24-2012 00:58:04 | More by Pugs78
Photo of Wmbolling


4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

04-20-2012 01:44:25 | More by Wmbolling
Photo of inlimbo77


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

22oz bomber bottle. No bottle date, but this was purchased in early March by barfdiggs. Thanks for the extra! Poured this into my Deschutes tulip glass.

A: Pours a really pretty clear yellowish orange color. Quarter finger of off white head initially. Subsequent pours have more fluffy tight bubbled head. Fades quickly. Swirl leaves some lacing bits.

S: Fruity hops for sure. Mango, tangerine, overripe peach, etc. definitely pulling that cat pee astringency too. Maybe a little malt on the back end as well.

T: Tip of the tongue is assaulted with hop bitterness. Little needles of love. In the mid mouth you get all that fruitiness that you were smelling, mango and pineapple. There is some pine on the back end. The finish stays with you a while. Lots of dry bitter hop flavor. The malts are there, being a DIPA, but this is unbalanced to the hop side which is nice.

M: Medium bodied. Good mouth coating.

O: B to B+ for me. I actually thought this was a pretty solid little West Coast offering. Not the best, but very good.

04-19-2012 18:24:22 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of codsmith


4/5  rDev +2.6%

A: hazy medium gold with decent white head that laces the glass nicely.

S: not overly hoppy on the nose. You can really smell the sweetness of the malts coming through.

T: it has a heavy and nice hop taste. grain and hops mix nicely and leaves you with a slight bitterness.

M: medium to heavy mouthfeel.

O: nicely balanced.

04-17-2012 03:26:36 | More by codsmith
Photo of djaeon


3/5  rDev -23.1%

04-15-2012 00:57:13 | More by djaeon
Photo of millerbuffoon


4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-14-2012 00:38:30 | More by millerbuffoon
Photo of mhaugo


4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-09-2012 01:46:10 | More by mhaugo
Photo of DeezGunz14


4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-08-2012 21:28:24 | More by DeezGunz14
Photo of safiske


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

04-07-2012 01:21:29 | More by safiske
Photo of HalfFull


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Found this one at Boulevard Wine and Spirits on El Cajon Blvd. Don't recall seeing the brand in San Diego prior to this sighting. Poured into a large globe glass from a standard bomber, showing a clear deep golden with half an inch of foam. Offers good retention and solid lacing and lacking much evidence of caramel malts. And that is a good thing for this cat.

Aroma is resinous of hop oil. More on the piney side of the equation with some citrus and spice in the background with a hint of green onion. Warms to offer more spice and less of an onion character. Still arguably a bit one sided as for depth.

Flavor follows as expected. A light malt presence with some orange oil but no real caramel notes, and a good dose of spice on the hop front. Feel is a bit meager at times but expected given the intentional lack of 'balance' in this brew.

Overall a good DIPA. Alcohol is fairly well masked and bitterness isn't overly abrasive, coupled with a light malt body making for a fairly drinkable hop bomb. Still, it lacks that certain something though I'm not quite sure what that something is...

04-01-2012 03:27:05 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Hatzilla


4.55/5  rDev +16.7%

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!

03-26-2012 01:39:12 | More by Hatzilla
Photo of drewone


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-25-2012 17:36:58 | More by drewone
Photo of ngeunit1


4.33/5  rDev +11%

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.

03-25-2012 04:47:19 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of BeerNDoggerel


5/5  rDev +28.2%

03-25-2012 03:39:51 | More by BeerNDoggerel
Photo of emilylee


4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-23-2012 23:40:44 | More by emilylee
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

03-18-2012 19:22:19 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of ohtheguilt


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-15-2012 04:03:20 | More by ohtheguilt
Photo of Diomede


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-12-2012 06:05:47 | More by Diomede
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours gold with a big, soft,white, foamy head that has good retention. The nose is big and floral with some grapefruit and mango undertones. The flavor is lightly malty up front with a big citrusy, floral hop character that dominates. There is a clean hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This has a good flavor but it's a hop bomb. There is very little malt character to battle the intense hops. The citrus and floral notes up front are solid, but extremely bitter and it takes away a bit from the drinkability. Ultimately, I would have this again, but I would have to split the bomber again.

03-10-2012 20:41:50 | More by tdm168
Photo of brotherloco


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

22oz bomber. No date. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber with 2 fingers of off-white foam. Lingers for awhile. Some big swaths of lacing left in the glass.

Pretty intense caramel malt aroma. Slightly bready. Accompanied by a lot of tropical fruit and citrus from the hops. No real sign of alcohol.

Flavor isn't as sweet as I was expecting from the nose. Malt is bready and sits in the background. Hops have some more character too. Citrus is there but is joined by grassy, earthy, definitely dank notes. More hop flavor than bitter feel. Finish is mildly dry with continuing medium bitterness. The edges are nicely rounded here. No real alcohol flavor.

Both body and carbonation slip right below medium and keep things moving nicely. Drinking faster than I should.

This is my first Heretic beer and I'm definitely impressed!

03-10-2012 05:27:00 | More by brotherloco
Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.