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 DJ-Hophead
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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 -0.3%
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 -6%
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 +3.1%
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 +1%
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 -6.5%
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 -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 mklmcgrew
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -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 +11.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +6%
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 +5.5%
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 -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 brewme
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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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 cbutova
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kevin for gifting me a can of this.

A- Can falls into a tulip with a crystal clear golden body and a thick creamy white crown. The head shoots up just over two fingers high with good retention. Lacing is extremely plentiful with sheets all around the glass after each sip.

S- Mostly hops off of the top with just a bit of medium crystal sweet malts in the background. The hops gravitate toward citrus with orange and grapefruit notes followed up by floral and piney tones. Just a tiny hint of tropical fruits.

T- Emulates what is found the aroma quite well but for me some more details open up with a dank herbal weed presence playing off the citrus fruits. Ruby red grapefruit becomes the dominant factor with bitter orange, tangerine, slight mango, floral and resinous pine beyond that. A pinch of sweetness and caramelized sugars but nothing to interrupt the hops noticeably.

MF- Creamy, somewhat chewy, medium body with high end puffy carbonation. Smoothed out by the texture mentioned and a clean bitterness lingers throughout.

The aroma did not have me that excited with a general citrus presence but things open up quite a bit with herbal dankness and more pronounced hop complexity coming out. Citrus meets dank and pine and this one drinks much less than its ABV.

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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 laketang
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

from a 22 oz. bottle
pours out straw with a white head
head is rather nicely creamy
I get notes of pine, some sweetness like pineapple
hops on first sips,has a clean bitterness like magnum hops
assertive medium mouthfeel, bitterness settles
nicely on the tongue, seems chewy

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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 Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold with three fingers of white head that lasts. As the liquid level drops the lacing left on the sides of the glass are very dense.
The smell is pine and grapefruit zest.
Taste is hop oil resinous mild grapefruit and bready malts. The hops lean toward dank as it warms but never too much.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for a double IPA and it has lots of carbonation. Finish is medium dry and bitter.
Overall a fine DIPA for the fairly low abv. of 8.0%. Good job folks!
From a 12 ounce can that I paid $1.67 for. And there is a canned on date of 12/11/2015. That is only about six weeks old. Yes I will have this again!

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Photo of Kelz87
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip. Date on bottle has rubbed off and is unreadable.

L- pours a clear dark yellow/ orange with 2 fingers of thick white head. Leaving some good lacing and a white cap floating on top the beer.

A- strong tropical notes, citrus, grapefruit and pine

T- follows nose and a stronger grapefruit taste and not overpowering bitterness.

M- average mouthfeel maybe a little more bodies than most, strong carbonation.

O- a very solid beer, the ABV is lower than I'd expect for a double. I'd definitely buy again if the price was right.

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Photo of thewritersway
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer sounded good going into the glass, but the head and body were a little thin. Taste is pleasantly hoppy and I bet this would do better in the can than the bomber I had. Crystal clear golden color and a nice nose, but there's a structure that isn't quite all there for a dipa.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear amber slightly orange
S: juicy. Tropical. Mango ripe peach. Orange peel. Guava.
T: tropical piña colada. More guava and very alight mango. Lots of fruits. Bitter on the finish of some pine.
M: crisp. Clean. Subtle bitterness. Juicy.
O: much better than I expected. Not as bitter as resiny as a lot of west coast style DIPA, but that's not a bad things in this particular case. Very drinkable and leaves you wanting another sip with it's juiciness.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 22oz bottle of this yesterday at the Brattleboro Co-op ($5.99). Enjoying today out in The 'Zebo.

Drinking it from a Sammy pint glass.... It's a light to medium golden color, with plenty of aggressive carbo. Head is snow-white, fluffy and creamy, sitting at 1/4" for the duration and leaving nice lacing. Aroma has a hint of bready malt, but it's mostly piney citrus. Body is medium ; feel decent.... middle of the road all the way.

Taste has some subtle sweetness, with emphasis on subtle. It really is mostly about the hops here. Has a splash of lemon peel and a dash of pineapple. Then throw in a good helping of pithy, rindy grapefruit bitterness. There's a smidge of florality in the finish,which is rather dry. An enjoyable brew, all in all. Prosit!

3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
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