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Evil Cousin | Heretic Brewing Company

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Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -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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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
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 smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.81/5  rDev +24.9%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 aasher
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
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 tone77
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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 JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22 picked up tonight at Bier Thirty in East Boise.... $8.50 ... damn, Jamil is proud of his beers right out of the gate :-) Poured into my Cigar City snifter... nice white head... good lacing and retention.. the brew is very clear light orange.

The nose is really weird for me... garlic chives come to mind immediately... garlic and onion.. nothing else to speak of... so very odd.

The garlic and onion notes come swinging again on the palate and are punctuated by some citrus zest... pale malts mid palate pull the hops up and out... but the finish is just long and lingering garlic... fucking weird... not digging this one at all.

The body and carbonation are near perfect....

Jesus... I am sooo curious to know the hop additions on this one. Anybody have Jamil's BA handle? The garlic/onion is overbearing to say the least.


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Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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 HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Stone.

A: Dark orange with perfect clarity. The head is a collar of white foam half an inch in height. Retention is decent and there's just a little lacing.

S: Strong pine notes with pervasive grapefruit rind and flesh. Orange flesh is evident. Malt is lightly sweet with notes of bread and caramel. The beer gives the impression of balance. Alcohol is evident, and there's a little onion.

T: Dank pine resin with a lot of grapefruit. Upper moderate bitterness with a solid caramel and biscuit backbone. The bitterness is very dry. A little onion is present in the flavor. Finishes malty and alcoholic.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Heavier on the malt than I like and I'm not the biggest fan of onion, but still a solid beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber purchased from Van Ness BevMo in San Francisco.

Pours a clear standard golden hue, with a fine enough and solid enough head of white, that leaves some patchy lacing. Body is firm and weighty while remaining fluid. Carbonation is fine, but standard. Yeah, it looks the part, but it also looks just like any other.

Nose follows a similar trajectory: it's big, hoppy, west coast, blah. Yep, but we've seen it all before. There's a sharpness to it that is slightly grassy, and adds a touch of interest, but otherwise, it's a stylistically good but straight down the line IPA.

Taste is similar. Clear, clean and direct. Hoppy without being overpowering. The classic characters: orange peel, grapefruit with a touch of grass and clean malt. But it's been done before. And it's not all that special an example of the classic.

I mean: yes, it's ok. Woo, IPA and whatnot. It's solidly made, not unpleasant, no noticeable flaws. But, I mean, why? It's almost completely unimaginative, and just toes the line of every other IPA made on the West Coast. Try something new.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours hazy orange amber under a 1” persistent sudsy white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass. The haze is from the hops.
S: Moderate aromas with citrus, grapefruit and some earthiness.
T: The beer starts with caramel rich malt then citrus rind bitterness – especially grapefruit – takes over and passes into the finish lingering through the aftertaste. As much hop flavor as bitterness with both coming in at slightly above moderate levels. The bitterness is assertive but not harsh and well balanced by the malt with lemon, grapefruit and melon notes.
F: Very creamy and smooth with a medium to medium full body and a slightly below medium body.
O: A big flavored, well balanced beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can. Hardo can for the record. Pours clearer than many and paler than many. Aroma is obviously a sugar bomb. Fruity hops and an aromatic sugary scent. I generally don't take well to these candied IPAs. Yeah the flavor is violently sweet. Hoppy melon flavor. I'm finding that this interpretation of the IPA/DIPA is becoming more prevalent. Not my speed. Hot, sweet, and shallow.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy dark golden colour. mild carbonation, one finger of white head. Good rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Sweet fruit, boozy pineapple. Honey. Nice.

T - Boozy pineapple, orange, fairly boozy. Candy sweetness up front.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a dry bitterness.

O/D - Not too bad but nothing worth raving about. A bit boozy, not complex and following too closely to all the other mediocre examples of the style.

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Photo of claspada
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber in color with a finger of soapy white head, that leaves some .

Aromas begin quite "dank" to say the least. The hop profile is very grassy and vegetal, this has got to have Simcoe hops in it. There is a fair bit of accompanying sweet malt, mostly bready, but the hops own this show with lemon, orange rind and light grapefruit joining the earthy hops.

The tastes follow the nose but reverse like most DIPAs, sweet bready malts open but are immediately overtaken by the floral, grassy and piney hop flavors. A mild bitterness of pine and citrus peel are also present throughout. It sits somewhere between a West Coast and East Coast flavor profile; the malts definitely take a seat to the hops, but the hops used aren't tremendously citrusy and grapefruity but share the floor with the earthy, floral and vegetal hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and slightly bitter from the assault of hops yet not a palate wrecker compared to many West Coast examples.

Overall, I enjoyed my second go with Jamil and the Heretic brewery. Not my favorite example of the style by any means because I tend to avoid super "dank" tasting DIPAs, but I am surprised that I actually like it quite a bit. Flavor profile-wise I compare this to a Founders Devil Dancer Lite. Heretic is a great up-and-coming brewery and I will continue to support Jamil until he disappoints.

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