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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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Added by billshmeinke on 09-09-2011

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Photo of apf
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Watersox
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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 gonzo000
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 MrTcell
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mdagnew
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 jpdillAL
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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 foundersasap
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of Peter1977
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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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Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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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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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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timothy_Scott_Goeft
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Has a strong aroma, solid malt back, and a dry Hops strong taste. Cant adk for much.more

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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 520 ratings
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