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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

hoppymcgee, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of sholland119
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone, 11/7/11. Jamil's books and podcasts have done so much to improve my homebrews i was very pleased to get a chance to try one of his.

A-Pour is a pale golden honey with a thin white head that leaves good sticky lacing.

S-Earthy hops, a bit light with a good malt base.

T-Strong bitterness throughout tends to overwhelm a solid malt base. A bit unbalanced for me.

M-Medium bodied, lots of lingering bitterness.

O-Solid, unspectacular. Glad to get a chance to try it.


sholland119, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

jmarsh123, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to inflatablechair for the Heretic hookup! Having been wanting to try Jamil's beers since his professional announcement...

A- Deep copper orange. About 2 and a half fingers of large volley head. Off white head in color with some layered lacing on the glass.

S- Wow, dank tropical fruity awesomeness. Mango, apple, oranges, with some grassy hops and caramel malt. Faintly pungent and hop forward.

T/M- Very bitter and great. Has a nice earthy, piney almost fried chicken flavor- Simcoe in this?. Hops are on the aggressive side with light fruits and some floral components. Very resinous and musty and dirty. Pretty big palate killer, fuck I'm glad we saved this for last! Medium body, but this is pungent and potent.

O- Wow, the reviews are incredibly polarizing on this! I understand how some people get the garlic and onion as one person whom I shared this with mentioned those flavors, but I didn't think it was near as bad or offputting as others. Yeah, I may enjoy fruity/tropical DIPAs more, but this was a fun to drink, hop assault...

TheGordianKnot, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold body with a large white head that has lasting power.

Incredibly skunky nose, pretty much smells like a joint at first. It opens up with a nice peach-like fruitiness, slight tropical notes and a bit of onion. Malt is faint, contributing a subtle sweetness to support the hops.

The palate offers more of the same. Very herbal, weedy, oniony with some fruitiness that balances things out. Peach, pineapple, plenty of sticky resiny bitterness. Quite dry, moreso than the nose implies, and fairly light bodied. The finish leaves a strong lingering marijuana flavor; it's pretty hilarious how similar it tastes to a joint.

This is surprisingly good stuff, hugely hoppy but also fairly unique in a saturated style.

largadeer, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +2.6%

popery, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +2.6%

avaldivia, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Gtg642, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3/5  rDev -23.1%

PaulStoneAnchor, Jan 28, 2012
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.

Philousa, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of FickleBeast
4/5  rDev +2.6%

FickleBeast, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of MarshallMan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

MarshallMan, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

brahdeel, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of flannelman808
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pale amber orange in color and topped with a pretty decent off white head. Head retention is alright and lacing is notably good.

S: orange peel and tangerine pulp suggest themselfs on the nose. Just an afterthought of rock candy finishes up the bouquet.

T: this is a pretty darn nice beer I'm pleasantly surprised. Green pine needle and orange pith show up with good bitterness. Dried candied citrus adds notes add in, as well as a faint suggestion of grain driven almost oatmeal sweetness. This is really quite bitter overall. Well done.

M: prickly and carbonic.

O: fruit on the nose and bitter on the palate, this fits the bill for a great DIPA. Sweet Malty flavors do not outweigh the suggestive force of hopping. My neg on this is it's lack of focus. Flavors are muddled and while it's in the right spectrum it misses the truly expressive nature which hops can provide. Then again im not sure how old this is. Either way a job well done!

flannelman808, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber in color with a finger of soapy white head, that leaves some .

Aromas begin quite "dank" to say the least. The hop profile is very grassy and vegetal, this has got to have Simcoe hops in it. There is a fair bit of accompanying sweet malt, mostly bready, but the hops own this show with lemon, orange rind and light grapefruit joining the earthy hops.

The tastes follow the nose but reverse like most DIPAs, sweet bready malts open but are immediately overtaken by the floral, grassy and piney hop flavors. A mild bitterness of pine and citrus peel are also present throughout. It sits somewhere between a West Coast and East Coast flavor profile; the malts definitely take a seat to the hops, but the hops used aren't tremendously citrusy and grapefruity but share the floor with the earthy, floral and vegetal hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and slightly bitter from the assault of hops yet not a palate wrecker compared to many West Coast examples.

Overall, I enjoyed my second go with Jamil and the Heretic brewery. Not my favorite example of the style by any means because I tend to avoid super "dank" tasting DIPAs, but I am surprised that I actually like it quite a bit. Flavor profile-wise I compare this to a Founders Devil Dancer Lite. Heretic is a great up-and-coming brewery and I will continue to support Jamil until he disappoints.

claspada, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Jaacob
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jaacob, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

GRG1313, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +2.6%

rob133, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Zorro, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of mcc1654
3/5  rDev -23.1%

mcc1654, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of zep9865
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into new belgium snifter. Pours an amber color with a quarter inch of foam head that leaves a boatload of lacing.

Beer smells of straight cat piss and litter box. This is not neccessarily a bad thing. Hint of grapefruit, lots of biscuit and a caramel background.

Biscuit hits the mouth immediately with some intense hops. Not a lot of citrus and the caramel is minute due to the overpowering hops

Beer is very bitter, not a lot of change on the palate from start to finish. The hops take over and you don't get much else.

Beer has so much biscuit, and that is the part i like the best. I could have used a lot more citrus and a little more caramel.

zep9865, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

aasher, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of inflatablechair
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

inflatablechair, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of gonuts31
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in as an extra from a trade with alwaysanswerb, thanks!

A- Pours amber, orange with a foamy, bubbly 1 finger head. Looks delicious

S- Holy hops!!! Has that "dank" hop smell like it says on the bottle.

T- Like it smells, I wish all IPAs had a hint of that "dank"ness. Tastes like I dipped a hop in the beer and took a bite. Man that's great.

M- Smooth, not too thick. Goes down easy.

O- Wouldn't be able drink this all night, but when I pop a bottle that says this is for hop heads and it delivers I get excited. Hope to come across this one sometime again, real soon!

gonuts31, Dec 08, 2011
Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.