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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 23
Gots: 53 | 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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Ratings: 371 | Reviews: 92
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 pajeff
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of abeerdude
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bvermilion
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JustinQ
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of AdamBear
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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. 

Photo of Intrinsic
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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).

Photo of mettkea
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ADZA
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.

Photo of terence
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of jbowers56
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ESPNman
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cletusdog
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sprigga
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cspieth
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Gilmango
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Pugs78
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.