Evil Cousin | Heretic Brewing Company

Evil CousinEvil Cousin
BA SCORE
3.92/5
517 Ratings
Evil CousinEvil Cousin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
hereticbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by billshmeinke on 09-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,323
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
517
pDev:
10.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
99
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 517 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of Daniel101
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of Philousa
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

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Photo of Scott_Hatcher
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Disappointed after having their other brews.

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Photo of strokeymcgee
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am bad at rating.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange body. Modest head, poor retention, some tendrils of lace.

S: Spicy with mild tropical citrus -- I specify 'mild' because I expected a billowing, pungent aroma. The bottle is only 2 months old.

T: Spicy onions with some citrus and pronounced, but not overwhelming, bitterness. It's not my favorite flavor profile in the DIPA category, but it's not awful.

M: It's a little boozy, and the spicy onion makes it more noticeable. Could use improvement.

O: Sad to say it, but at this point, there's enough local competition in the DIPA segment that an $8 bomber of just-all-right beer isn't going to cut it for me. I drank half, threw the rest out, and switched to something else. I'm pretty unlikely to pick this up again.

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Photo of monadnoise
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of mcc1654
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at the Church Key, Evil Cousin is hazy, glowing orange with a small white head leaving light white lace.

Smell is sweet malt and citrus hops.

Taste is pretty generic, woodys, resinous hops, firm bitterness, decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is oily, dry, chewy, medium heavy bodied.

Drinkability is fine, I just found this to be boring.

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Photo of terence
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of mxchap
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of MrKasbeer
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger of white head, minimal lacing to go with it.

S: The hop profile is very grassy and a bit vegetal. Not what I was expecting. There is a fair bit of sweet malt, mostly in the form of bread. Hints of citrus, mostly orange rind.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor is also very grassy, and still a bit vegetal. Some sweet malt (bread and light caramel). A mild bitterness of pine and citrus peel.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Talk about disappointing. Hopefully this was just an old keg. I'll look to try this one again.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a goblet at Stone World Bistro.

A – Rich caramel color getting close to a light copper color but not that dark and dank. Small off white head forms and leaves a decent lacing.

S – Pretty decent hop profile, but wasn’t well developed. Some citrus hops and some sweet malt.

T – Interesting, and a little similar to the smell. Some citrus hops, a little grapefruit, and a slight pine as well. The malt sweetness added a little where the hops left you wanting more.

M – A little thicker than other DIPAs, but still respectable. Carbonation was decent also.

O – Wasn’t expecting much since I knew little about the brewery, but now knowing its more of an east coast DIPA I can see where it is more malt forward.

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Photo of aasher
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of crowsoup
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of LoFiDave
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of rkcrozier
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 517 ratings
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