Evil Cousin | Heretic Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by billshmeinke on 09-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,924
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
524
pDev:
10.46%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Heretic Brewing Co. "Evil Cousin"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED 02/03/16 1312"
$2.85 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Notes: Hazy golden body beneath an average-sized head of creamy bright white. OK head retention and lacing. Aroma of hops at pouring: pungent, piney, citrusy. Some sweetish malt. Somewhat floral as well. Oddly it doesn't really increase once raised to the nose. It's smooth, nothing really pops out at you. Flavor: Sweetish golden malt topped by gently raspy pine and smeared with citrus/tropical fruit (tangerine, guava, grapefruit). Medium bodied pushing towards becoming medium-full but never getting there. Fine bubbled median carbonation leaves it smooth. Some alcohol starts to show about halfway in (surprising at just 8% ABV). Bitter but not overly so or harsh as some double IPAs can be; probably in the 80-90 range although it's hard to tell with so much malt going on. Dry finish though, with a spritz of alcohol and piney, minty and herbal hops lingering.

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

Draft
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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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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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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4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The preponderance of beer in CANs is/has been spiraling out of CANtrol! I am leading The CANQuest (tm) & I CAN't keep up! I am ecstatic that they have begun CANning this one & Evil Twin & I was happy to pick up one of each recently at The Fridge.

From the CAN: "Drink with me Cousin, as Hades comes with the dawn. - Acacius"; "Always brewed and packaged only by Heretic Brewing Co. - Fairfield, CA"; "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?"; "Don't follow the crowd. Be a Heretic and drink responsibly."

More broken record action. One of my first Cousins is Colby Chandler of Ballast Point, my late Pops' late-brother's son. It was at a family gathering in early-Spring 2002 that I got to taste Sculpin in beta. Now, the question is: Am I his Evil Cousin, vice versa, or are we both Evil Cousins?

The Crack! was evil in its intensity, so I was gentle in my Glug so as to keep things on an Even Keel (sorry, different beer, different brewery. I wonder what made me think of that ...). It's a Cousin thing, yinz wouldn't understand. Once decanted, an in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, fizzy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting the Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon to come in from the living room, where they were watching playov hockey on tellly, for a taste. Nose smelled like I was chopping down a pine tree for my living room, or better yet, since it is spring, running the spent trees through a chopper for mulch. Whee! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for the style. The taste was initially cool and minty, like a Calm Before the Storm. Suddenly, the the grapefruit citrus & fusel alcohol began to assert themselves & my poor, bruised tongue cringed in abject terror. This was an Evil beer and I felt ready to Abandon Ship. Fortunately, it passed and I found myself back on an Even Keel. Finish was dry, but minty, and I actually felt fresher for having sucked it down than I did before I started. Summer cooler, here it comes!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Nice white head. Thin collar and a single surface wisp.

Smell - Pine and grapefruit. An herbal component too. Toasty malt.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Less of the herbal character. A little grassy, though. Sweet caramel. Toasty malts. Finishes musty and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Musty and bitter. Kinda sweet, but not too bad.

Overall - Less good as it warms. Too toasty.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Whole Foods in Fremont, enjoyed chilled in a 1/2 pint, bomber shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is hazed golden with amber hues and thick off white head with fine bead. The smell is great, lots of tropical fruit with a citrus aroma reminding me of grapefruit and tangelo with slight dank herbal aspect with almost no alcohol inthe nose - pretty full on high alpha american hop smell. The feel is great -it is moderately carbonated and by the resinous texture you can sense they packed a lot of hops and dry hopped it well with moderate bitterness and mostly dry finish.

The flavor is great -way exceeded my expecations I sampled this side by side with 3 other Imperial IPA's sipping each and this was just a better tasting beer- lots of citrus and tangy tropical fruit juiciness but very mild astringency and low acidity with almost no alcohol in the taste, just pure hoppy freshness. This is a very well made beer, one of the most drinkable of the style I have had recently with subtle bitterness making it great for multiple tastes -I wish I had purchased more.

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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 524 ratings