Origin – United States of America
Style- Imperial Indian Pale Ale
There was My Cousin Rachel, My Cousin Vinny, Cousin Betty, Cousin Jules, Clark Griswold’s cousin Eddie from National Lampoon’s Vacation, and which car loving lad growing up could forget The Dukes of Hazzard cousins, Bo and Luke Duke. Most of us have cousins. Many good ones, some goofy ones and certainly the odd devilish one, but I’d suggest none have a cousin as evil as this whopping 8% double IPA from the lads at Heretic. They are well known for unconventional beer names, such as Dead Santa, Primo Diable, and Popenator, and their strong ales, the Evil Quadruplets is a lazy 14.5%. So the Evil Cousin with its 2.2 stand drinks per can is pretty much run of the mill really! But in the style of an Imperial IPA, this Heretic, to put it mildly, is a bold, in-your-face hop monster. Though don’t let that put you off. Its big flavour is also incredibly smooth and easy drinking, and I’m not the only one who thinks that. It’s one of the best-rated beers on ratebeer.com, receiving a remarkable 96% from 422 reviews! But forget what the others are saying, crack one and try it for yourself. She beer pours light amber, betraying its true composition, while the nose, however, reminds you of the territory you are in, with pine and grapefruit dominating. It’s light on the palate with a sweet malt providing the base upon which a sharply resinous hop profile, loaded with citrus and pine, leads to a bristly finish. While the hop flavour is intense, there’s a surprisingly soft bitterness in the aftertaste. What stands out most about the Evil Cousin is the deceptive profile. This tinny was far too easy to finish, leaving me wanting more. Perhaps this is where the evil nature comes from, as the 8% brew snuck up on me quickly as I contemplated another. After a few of these, I certainly wouldn’t recommend getting behind the wheel of the General Lee.