Evil Cousin
Heretic Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,434
Ranked #11,236
3.92 | pDev: 10.71%
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Evil CousinEvil Cousin
Notes: Almost everybody has their favorite cousin. Ours is a resiny citrus and pine joy with an easy drinking malt character. We love hanging out with our cousin at the beach, camping, hiking and every holiday party. Why not welcome our cousin to your next family gathering?
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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 535
Photo of monkist
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recently I have been feeling a bit disappointed with not meeting my expectations with beers that I try - something I never experienced before throughout the years. But in the last week or two, I had beers that I somehow thought would be better than they actually were - and this one was no exception. Was it because these beers were from the same brewer? Could be. I had two beers from heretic in the last few days that simply didn't fulfill the promise they advertised. Yes, it is unfair to expect all to be a Sierra or a Stone or an Anderson Valley but still, one would like to expect a little bit more force in their beers. Yes, it was a double IPA but I didn't get nearly as much as from a Stone or any other brewery from the US, while they are pushing a strong imagery of the beer, being the "Evil Cousin." This kind of inconsistency I'm not really used to and maybe this is what hits me the most.
The beer was "okay" but nothing more. No Hades or any Stygian Descent was made by this beer, unlike with Stone.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big creamy head, nice lacing, slight hazy mostly clear honey color

Nose big hops, citrus, spicy pine, little floral, some sweet malt

Taste mild to fair bitterness, some sweet malt notes, big hops but more flavor than bitterness, fruity, little citrus, stone fruit, a bit grassy floral, spicy piney as well, little earthy forest floor, dry finish that gets pretty bitter.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb

Overall petty nice, not much bitterness until the end, alcohol hidden well without a ton of malts either

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Photo of shiu-chan
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tap into pint glass, amber clear, little foam.
Piney and strong floral nose.
Refreshing citrus and piney. Smooth.
Overall a simple, refreshing and decent Double IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I dunno what the deal is but it seems this brewery makes a bunch of hoppy beers that all taste the same.

Has a color of gold/yellow/orange to it, small bubbled 1/3" white head, average lace. Aroma was just sticky bittering hops for the most part.

Taste was more bittering hops, a minimal amount of caramel, malt is mostly in the dry west coast vein and the ibus feel like they are in the 100 range. Grapefruit, then a little bit of copper to the hop flavors. Astringent and a little bit hot with that 8%. Like the opposite of a Moonraker 8% beer. Expensive bomber format means I won't be making a return trip. Any claims at fruitiness were lost on me. I got bitterness more than flavor.

EDIT: Had several pours of it again recently, and I've changed the score, originally, 3.22: 3.75, 3, 3.25, 3.25, 3.25. . . definitely was better on tap than that bomber I had previously.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Kings Beverage in South Lake Tahoe today for $6.99. Bottled on 8-12-2016 - doh! Hoping that this was refrigerated the year in possession at Kings!

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head.

Nose is light grapefruit.

Taste is very well balanced between the pale malts and grapefruit hops,

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall not a bad brew. Would love to try this on-tap.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Semi-opaque golden copper pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Caramel malts and bread... citrusy hops.

T/F: Big malt presence... lots of caramel and dough give some sweetness. The hops are grapefruit and citrus. A little herbal as well. Medium in body... sticky. on the tongue.

O: A very malt forward DIPA. Bitterness is toned down, but my bottle is past its best date. Would need to try fresh for a better assessment. One I'd have again in either case.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light stringy lacing remained around the glass in a slightly messy sort of way. The smell had a bitter citrus rind weaving in between sweet pine and leading into a full bittersweet feel in and around my nose. The taste was fully bittersweet grabbing my taste buds for the full effect of the punch of bitterness in the taste. There’s a light bitter to semi-sweet citrus aftertaste. The finish was quick and left a light dryness. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation maintains a good level for a DIPA allowing the bitterness to give the appropriate pleasing kick for DIPA fans. Overall, really liked this West Coast styled DIPA.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A; slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: pineapple, with other tropical fruit;

T; pineapple with leather in the background; finish is moderately bitter with more leather; as it warms, the alcohol comes through a bit;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: enjoyable;

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Photo of BlkHawkFan01
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice floral nose, grapefruit, lots of pine, it comes to get ya. Tast

IPA, but not a double. Reminds me a bit of Revolutions Anti-Hero, but not as intense. Alcohol well hidden, goes down smooth and easy, but be careful, it means business at 8.0. Very dry finish. Good stuff!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/3/2017 at Jillian’s Sports Pub & Grill in Somerset, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellowish gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a subdued floral hops bitterness comes in and strengthens as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours cloudy gold with a white foamy medium head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - citrus to the fore - orange/grapefruit, light malty notes. Taste - Sweet, citrus notes - orange/grapefruit, light resin/malts, crisp bitter finish. Solid citrus hop fronted IPA.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can on February 12, 2017. Look is orange gold with a thin head and little lacing. Smell and taste is malt forward. Feel is medium in body.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite pale for a DIPA... Nice head.
Aromas and taste is apricots, peaches, grapefruit.
Drinks more like an IPA than DIPA, but that might be age.
Alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled date of 10/21/16

Appearance - Pours clear with a white, finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds. Solid amount of lacing, mostly consisting of broken webbing and spots between them.

Smell - Candied orange, lesser grapefruit, spice, and a bit of caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Primarily hoppy citrus notes of orange and grapefruit, with lesser pine. Spice bites mid-taste. Strong caramel backbone. Finishes with lingering spiciness, caramel sweetness and mild pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slick in texture, but tails off in the finish, leaving a slightly watery impression.

Overall - I'm a sucker for citrus/caramel combo IPA's, and this one is no exception. Very nice balance, with just enough bitterness and spice to let you know it means business.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into an oversized wine glass.

Mild hazy bright golden hue with thick frothy white head that is here to stay with pretty good retention before gradually subsiding to long-lasting scatter bubbles on the surface along with lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Hop dankness firstly hits through a nose, very piney and resiny as well as citrus and passion fruit. Hop also provides notes of floral and earthy while malt with a sweet breadiness to caramel. The overall aroma has a good mix between malt and hop which malt is in a support role.

The first kick of the flavor is big resiny, piney, and earthy hop. Malt then tries to cut in with touches of bread and caramel that is a bit sweet, however, hop doesn’t much allow by pushing forward its notes of spice and citrus. The end is wrapped up by modest hop bitterness which as well lingers as an aftertaste.

The body is medium to rather full with good crispness from its lively high carbonation that is consider as proper to carry all the things well inside the smooth palate, pleasantly dry finish.

Solid offering from Heretic, the beer is quite big and bold but alcohol is very well hidden making it easy to drink. This will not disappoint and worthy for sure.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a large mug. I don't see a date on the bottle right now. Bought it at Jane's in Sunnyvale, flew it home in my suitcase.

Pours a pretty clear yellow-golden with a big white head and lots of carbonation. Smell is muted, lemon skin, hay and yeast.

Taste is vaguely floral sweetness up front with a kind of piney bitter finish. Lemon comes out a little, too.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly airy and full. Overall, it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hops evident in the aroma at first pour, and then come on full strength at first taste. Hazy amber body with small silky head. Hoppy astringent aroma, taste of pine sol,caramel, slick mouth feel.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

L: Pours a hazy yellow color with a 1-finger head and a little lacing.

S: Not a heavy nose, with mostly citrus notes. Pleasant all around aroma, but it doesn't make you sit up and take notice.

T/F: Focus is on the citrus notes, with some pine in the finish. Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O: Advertised as a hoppy Double IPA, but not as heavy as some double IPAs I've had. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color with a permanent haze. Moderate head. Good streaks of lace.

Pale malt and aromatic hop pellet smell.

Strong pale malt start but then the alcohol warmth kicks in solidly. In the swallow, the hop bitterness mitigates the warmth but does not rid the mouthfeel of alcohol. It's harsh but within parameters of the style expectations.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016-05-31. 12 oz can. Bottled on 2016-01-21.

A: Hazy gold. Poured 2 fingers high of head, short retention.
S: Lemon and pine. Hints of passion fruit. A little bit grassy.
T: Intense citrus and pineapple. Honey. Medium piney. A kiss of sweetness. Medium bitterness. Tropical fruits aftertaste.
M: Medium light bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Hoppy, fruity, bitter-sweet, rounded, and firm flavor. This is a great summer DIPA.

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber, bottled 1-11-16.

Pours orange yellow body. Flavor is lemony citrus, hints of mango and pineapple, with a bit of pine thrown in.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good IPA with a clean bright hoppy nose, smooth hop presentation, great mouthfeel, and bright finish. Overall, its top notch simplicity. Drinks very well at room temp. Great retention of bubbles and clear golden color. It only needs to be more complex to earn a higher score. There's room for more nuances but I really like what is there. I compare this to the familiar Sumpin' Ale and I'd prefer this as it tastes more natural.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got one can from my buddy Dan's six-pack. Cheers man!

Pours a heady yellow-orange with a moderate amount of haze. Well-built, fairly-billowing head of bone-white foam that laces spectacularly as it slowly dissipates. Great retention and presence here. Sits very well in the glass; one of the best looking IPAs I've had recently.

Nose is piney, grassy and redolent of bright citrus fruits. It isn't very forward about which ones; I'm getting a bit of candied orange and fleshy grapefruit, though, for sure. Slight ethanol sniff alongside some light biscuity malt kicking around in there. Not too distinguishing or original but seems well-built and its heart is in the right place, I think.

Taste is a very nice melange of flavors ranging from subtle tropical fruit to citrus and heavy "West Coast" style pine, all atop a semi-sweet malt backbone. Bitterness is very forward though not to the point of washing out the other flavors. This seems very solid.

Feel is nicely-balanced with a medium palate that features a blanket of carbonation pushing some of the stronger flavors around the palate. The 8% ABV is only mildly-noticeable.

Overall, this is a pretty solid double IPA available in a decently-priced six-pack format. Seems like a good option if you don't want something too complex or mind-blowing. I enjoyed drinking it for sure.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks goes out to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grapefruit, some pine as well. Taste is pine, resin, grapefruit, considerable bitterness, alcohol is well hidden, as are the malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of brewme
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had seen this at the packy the last couple of months, but did not pull the trigger. ~ $13 / 6. Was very impressed, not too boozy, despite the high ABV (8%). Piney, hop taste.

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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 535 ratings