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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 80
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 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
Photo of brahdeel
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
Photo of mjr2377
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mjr2377, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +2.6%

tbeq00, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Edit: Before this is deleted, I ask that you don't... this is a garlicky mess... wrong hops... weird hops for sure.. but soooo freaking odd.. Again, I ask that this review does not get deleted.... Garlic.... damn.

22 picked up tonight at Bier Thirty in East Boise.... $8.50 ... damn, Jamil is proud of his beers right out of the gate :-) Poured into my Cigar City snifter... nice white head... good lacing and retention.. the brew is very clear light orange.

The nose is really weird for me... garlic chives come to mind immediately... garlic and onion.. nothing else to speak of... so very odd.

The garlic and onion notes come swinging again on the palate and are punctuated by some citrus zest... pale malts mid palate pull the hops up and out... but the finish is just long and lingering garlic... fucking weird... not digging this one at all.

The body and carbonation are near perfect....

Jesus... I am sooo curious to know the hop additions on this one. Anybody have Jamil's BA handle? The garlic/onion is overbearing to say the least.

This review is going to be terrible, but I PROMISE I will revisit it when a new batch comes out... this is a borderline drainpour for me.

4/2/2/4/2.5 PLEASE do not delete this review... My palate is not fucked up, this is just a garlicky mess.

JohnGalt1, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Mark
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Imperial IPA went down way too easy. The high abv really sneaks up on you. deep amber color, not as dark as Evil Twin. good lace is present. nice typical west coast IPA flavors of fruit and pine. A good solid DIPA and one that is frankly very drinkable. I would have to say that Evil Twin is a better brew though.

Mark, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rmaste6282
4.25/5  rDev +9%

rmaste6282, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky copper, big head, slow to leave, lots of cling.

S - Something skanky. I can't figure it out. Like bad fruit. Don't know if I like it or not.

T - Yep, skanky grapefruit. Not bad, but weird. Lots of malt too. Nice bittering at finish.

M - Medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - Very easy to drink, though the grapefruit might get old eventually.

srandycarter, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of alwaysanswerb
4/5  rDev +2.6%

alwaysanswerb, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of EinWeizenbitte
5/5  rDev +28.2%

EinWeizenbitte, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a liquor store in San Luis Obispo on the way to a vacation in Monterey after sadly leaving my Alaskan smoked porter back home. I figured I'd give something I've never heard of a try.

So here we are with this random imperial IPA that is incredibly hopped (which is odd for a traditionally unhopped style). It pours a golden amber with frothy head and lacing that lingers for a bit. The smells blossoms beautifully with intense grapefruit and pine elements. Floral notes are nice as well, but this is where the beer peaks.

Once the brew hits the lips the hops come on display full throttle. This beer leaves little off the table, which ultimately makes for a beer without complexity. Heretic is basically a massive load of hops bitterness that does not open up and unleash that grapefruit-citrus flavor that it promises in the aroma. The beer is bitter around the mouth, and the lack of carbonation only enhances the bitterness.

Overall it's a one note beer, which isn't necessarily bad if you are a mad hophead. But for those looking for something different, you may do better to look elsewhere.

ManuelHerrera, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Skunkdrool
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Skunkdrool, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

bonbini26, Nov 15, 2011
Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.