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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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87
very good

307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 29 | 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 OBeerMeGreatOne
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours out with a ton of carbonation. The body is honey colored with a pretty intense off-white head. The lacing left behind is mediocre.

The smell starts with pine and some caramel. Yeast comes in next, which is a slight turn off.

The taste is nice and hoppy, without being offensive. Pine hits hard at both the start and finish. Slight caramel and light malts come in the middle, but this is a hop monster of a brew. The mouth could use less carbonation.

Overall, I could drink this on occasion and be satisfied, but it isn't balanced enough to hit the top of my list.

OBeerMeGreatOne, May 19, 2012
Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

olafphysics, May 19, 2012
Photo of jbowers56
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

jbowers56, May 18, 2012
Photo of ESPNman
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a bomber into a Delirium Tremens snifter (not ideal, but I love this glass for DIPAs for some reason).

A - Hazy, straw-colored pour. A little lighter than what I was expecting... not that standard deep-orange that I normally associate with a DIPA. Fluffy, pure-white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S - Hops, hops, and more delicious hops. More floral than citric or skunky. Some vanilla and mild malts round out the nose. I definitely like the smell of this brew.

T - Follows along with the nose, but without as much hop bite as I was expecting. Pretty balanced brew that is surprisingly less boozy than what I was expecting. Starts with hops, fades into sweet malts, and finishes with a clean bitter hop bite.

M - Thinner than I'd like. It sticks in your mouth for a brief moment before deteriorating into a kind of dry bitter finish. More along the lines of an amber ale to me in terms of mouthfeel / finish (not taste finish, which I quite enjoyed).

O - Good, not great. I'll probably pass this one over in favor of Firestone's Double Jack the next time I'm at this particular liquor store... but that's more due to the quality of Double Jack than it is an indictment of this beer. Solid, but not a go-to for me.

ESPNman, May 09, 2012
Photo of cletusdog
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

cletusdog, May 08, 2012
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.

SpdKilz, May 07, 2012
Photo of Sprigga
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Sprigga, May 03, 2012
Photo of cspieth
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

cspieth, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Gilmango
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Gilmango, Apr 25, 2012
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.

DoubleJ, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Pugs78
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Pugs78, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Wmbolling
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Wmbolling, Apr 20, 2012
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.

inlimbo77, Apr 19, 2012
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.

codsmith, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -23.1%

djaeon, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +9%

millerbuffoon, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
4.25/5  rDev +9%

mhaugo, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of DeezGunz14
4.25/5  rDev +9%

DeezGunz14, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of safiske
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

safiske, Apr 07, 2012
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...

HalfFull, Apr 01, 2012
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!

Hatzilla, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

drewone, Mar 25, 2012
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.

ngeunit1, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
5/5  rDev +28.2%

BeerNDoggerel, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of emilylee
4/5  rDev +2.6%

emilylee, Mar 23, 2012
Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.