Evil Cousin | Heretic Brewing Company

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Evil CousinEvil Cousin

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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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Ratings: 526 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +2%

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 mcc1654
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of zep9865
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into new belgium snifter. Pours an amber color with a quarter inch of foam head that leaves a boatload of lacing.

Beer smells of straight cat piss and litter box. This is not neccessarily a bad thing. Hint of grapefruit, lots of biscuit and a caramel background.

Biscuit hits the mouth immediately with some intense hops. Not a lot of citrus and the caramel is minute due to the overpowering hops

Beer is very bitter, not a lot of change on the palate from start to finish. The hops take over and you don't get much else.

Beer has so much biscuit, and that is the part i like the best. I could have used a lot more citrus and a little more caramel.

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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 inflatablechair
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of gonuts31
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in as an extra from a trade with alwaysanswerb, thanks!

A- Pours amber, orange with a foamy, bubbly 1 finger head. Looks delicious

S- Holy hops!!! Has that "dank" hop smell like it says on the bottle.

T- Like it smells, I wish all IPAs had a hint of that "dank"ness. Tastes like I dipped a hop in the beer and took a bite. Man that's great.

M- Smooth, not too thick. Goes down easy.

O- Wouldn't be able drink this all night, but when I pop a bottle that says this is for hop heads and it delivers I get excited. Hope to come across this one sometime again, real soon!

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Mark
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Imperial IPA went down way too easy. The high abv really sneaks up on you. deep amber color, not as dark as Evil Twin. good lace is present. nice typical west coast IPA flavors of fruit and pine. A good solid DIPA and one that is frankly very drinkable. I would have to say that Evil Twin is a better brew though.

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Photo of rmaste6282
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

A - Murky copper, big head, slow to leave, lots of cling.

S - Something skanky. I can't figure it out. Like bad fruit. Don't know if I like it or not.

T - Yep, skanky grapefruit. Not bad, but weird. Lots of malt too. Nice bittering at finish.

M - Medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - Very easy to drink, though the grapefruit might get old eventually.

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Photo of alwaysanswerb
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of EinWeizenbitte
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a liquor store in San Luis Obispo on the way to a vacation in Monterey after sadly leaving my Alaskan smoked porter back home. I figured I'd give something I've never heard of a try.

So here we are with this random imperial IPA that is incredibly hopped (which is odd for a traditionally unhopped style). It pours a golden amber with frothy head and lacing that lingers for a bit. The smells blossoms beautifully with intense grapefruit and pine elements. Floral notes are nice as well, but this is where the beer peaks.

Once the brew hits the lips the hops come on display full throttle. This beer leaves little off the table, which ultimately makes for a beer without complexity. Heretic is basically a massive load of hops bitterness that does not open up and unleash that grapefruit-citrus flavor that it promises in the aroma. The beer is bitter around the mouth, and the lack of carbonation only enhances the bitterness.

Overall it's a one note beer, which isn't necessarily bad if you are a mad hophead. But for those looking for something different, you may do better to look elsewhere.

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Photo of Skunkdrool
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +2%

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 heartofgold
4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer that you need to try if you are a PtE fan.

This beer pours with an amber color betraying its true composition. the nose though reminds you of the territory you are in...pine and grapfruit dominate At the first sip, the malt is the first thing to hit...then it is the mouthfeel...then a looong lingering and smooth hop finish that I suspect may involve some extracts (would love to know)...

I was very surprised when I had this for the first time. It is a top beer for me now. Jamil, great job.

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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 Nugganooch
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/23/11
On tap at Stone Bistro
*Served into a goblet

A: Evil Cousin pours a clear caramel color with a thin layer of khaki foam at the brim. Nice stained glass window treatment.

S: Smells of tangy fruity hops. Citrus. A touch of sugary pale malts.

T: Tastes pretty darn danky with citrus and grapefruit oils up front. Resiny sticky pine. Tangy exotic fruits and a some grapevine even. Swear there is use of some Nelson hops in here. A caramel nutty sweet malt base. Slight alcohol chest warmth. This is pretty tasty stuff. Herbalicious.

M: Light creamy texture for a DIPA and a nice resiny mouthcoat with a bit of a dry crisp finish.

D: A very nicely balanced and well hopped DIPA.

Pretty darn good and I was drinking this next to some Pliny. Would def order again...in fact I did.

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Photo of roccotuna
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Creekside Brewing.

A - very clear amber/orange. Served with one finger head with very small bubbles.

S - Heavy grapefruit, other citrus. some pepper, dank. I'm not under the impression that this beer has been dry hopped more than Evil Twin, though.

T - Taste matches smell a la Evil Twin, but this beer is much more bitter. Again, exploding with grapefruit but the increased bitterness seems to have overwhelmed some of the hop flavor.

M - Awesome! Medium body, but carbonation is dialed in on this one that makes for a creamy head that really suits the brew.

Great beer, but I prefer Evil Twin.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Evil Cousin from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 526 ratings