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Evil Cousin - Heretic Brewing Company

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86
very good

95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 409
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 28
Gots: 63 | 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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 409
Photo of AdamBear
4.34/5  rDev +13%
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.  (622 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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). (710 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of jbowers56
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of ESPNman
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of codsmith
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (328 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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... (1,099 characters)

Photo of Hatzilla
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (431 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (804 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer appears transparent and orange colored with 1/4" white head.The aroma offers some pine, citrus, light booze. Healthy malt presence with some pine and citrus notes. Slightly sweet with an aggressive bite in the finish. Medium to light body with heavy bitterness. Overall, this was ok. Nothing to write home about. (362 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -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. (672 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (832 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of jlapennas
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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 (489 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (744 characters)

Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.