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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 23
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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 tdm168
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tdm168, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

brotherloco, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Brad, thanks. Not a great IPA unfortunately. Beer is copper / amber with a off white thin head moderate retention, some lacing, low carbonation, some haze.

Aroma is bready, biscuit and piny wiht hints of citrus, smells OK.

Beer is pretty malty, think on front palate, dry finish overall. Decent beer, moderate bitterness saves it from complete mediocrity, overall the beer is nice but I wouldn't have it again.

drabmuh, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of ineva
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ineva, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/03/12 notes. Bottle shared by ygtbsm94; thanks Brad.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, light fruity malts, and light earthy notes. Not overly hoppy, but decent.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hopsd, grapefruits, light pine hops, earhty notes. A little bit better then the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a little bit of bitterness in the mouthfeel.

o - Overall a decent DIPA. Not super hoppy but some nice citrus to it, and not a lot of bitterness. Wouldn't seek it out again but worth trying.

mdfb79, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a SAVOR wine glass. I didn't write down who brought this one, unfortunately. Review to be corrected at a later date.

Pours a nice amber color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice tropical and citrus fruits along with a bit of pine. The flavor adds loads of hop bitterness and some bready malt and a touch of sweetness. Fruit flavor there as well. Medium body with a dry finish and nice bitterness throughout. Pretty good.

Thorpe429, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.1%

ygtbsm94, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of jlapennas
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Dank as advertised. Lots of CTZ-type character, herbal, weed, dank, resinous. Background malty sweetness without much character beyond that. Very intense aroma as this bottle is less than 2 weeks old. Clean fermentation character allows the hops to shine.

Appearance: Medium-dark golden color. Very clear. Thick head, small dense bubbles. Looks great.

Flavor: Follows aroma very closely. Not too much fruity stuff going on from hops - totally committed to dankness. Some garlicy/onion stuff going on but not over the top. Hop flavor throughout. Malt provides more balance than I expected but the hops are still very "in your face". Bitter and resinous without being harsh. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Richer than expected. Medium + body. Creamy.

Overall: Great beer. Dedicated to a single purpose. Depending on your hop preferences, this is either a great beer or well made but not to your tastes. I'm impressed.

jlapennas, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit, herbal hops, and a slight vegetal onion aroma. Taste is very much the same even down to the onion. There is a medium level of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the onion quality throws me off a bit.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of kspongeworthy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

kspongeworthy, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
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.

HV

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
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
Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.