Friday, February 17, 2012

Heretic Brewing Company Evil Cousin Imperial IPA

Hello beer lovers, happy SF Beer Week and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Heretic Brewing Company Evil Cousin Imperial IPA.  I’ve had the opportunity to drink this on tap, but I thought I’d pick up a few bombers and crack one open (for review purposes, you see).
From the Heretic Brewing Company Website: “Evil Cousin is Heretic's take on a West coast imperial IPA. This beer is a bold, in-your-face hop monster. It has a light, easy drinking malt character that allows the hops to stand out. The hop character in this beer is intentionally on the dank side; big, sticky, and aggressive. This beer is for those of you who can't get enough hops. Join us on the dank side.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours an excellent amber caramel color with a great white head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrus (grapefruit and orange) and pine hops followed with a nice sweet caramel malt presence. Incredible aroma!
Taste: Upfront grapefruit followed by pine with a sweet caramel malt and biscuit backend. Extremely tasty and addictive! Very well done.
Overall: Well balanced, extremely drinkable and at 8% ABV a beer I could drink this for a little while. I look forward to seeing this at some of my local bottle shops.  I had to drive over to San Mateo to pick these bombers up, but WELL worth the drive. A VERY solid beer!


Mark Harvey

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