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500 BC Double IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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500 BC Double IPA500 BC Double IPA

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very good

53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 308
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 25.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BigJYoungblood on 11-18-2013

Here’s a new brew coming from Humboldt Brewing Company. This beer is called 500 BC Double IPA and it celebrates the California Coastal Redwood--the oldest living species in North America. This beer will be packaged in 22oz bottles by Firestone Walker and it will come in at 8.3% ABV.
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Photo of HamdenHector
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; very nice lacing;

S: pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and a hint of floral;

T: equal parts pineapple and pine with a bit of grapefruit rind in the background; pineapple is a little more prevalent at the end; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: very nice combination of flavors;

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Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Hazy amber with a huge fan head that fades quickly and leaves a blanket of lace everywhere.
A: Pine resin, citrus, hops.
T: Wonderful tangerine, grapefruit rind, resin and gorgeous hops.
M: Slightly sticky, lingering sweetness, perfect bitterness.
O: Great west ciast double! Real nice offering from Humboldt.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer with nice aromas. Good solid dipa I wouldn't turn down if offered. Deep ruby in color with good lacing throughout. Flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. Feel is decent but finishes just a tad harsh. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good looker of an IPA but not the best for flavor. Deep golden Amber with a frothy tan head with excellent lacing. Smell is also lovely with sweet grassy hops dominating. But the taste is all musty wet hay and sweet wort. Maybe this batch had passed its prime but I wasn't happy with the taste of the hops. Still it could be a good full bodied ipa when fresh.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 20, 2015.

Copper-amber almost mahogany pour under a long lasting cream colored head.

Aroma of resin, roasted malts, earth.

Medium body.

Not uber-hopped but there are plenty of hops in this DIPA. Just not the explosive kind. More sweet. Decent bitterness to end.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To celebrate the life and longevity of the famous California red wood trees, some hops have to die- a lot of them! The woodsy and resiny taste packs a wallop of flavor and brings the intensity and complexity to boot.

Deep and sappy with amber, the ale pours with a heady bouquet of grapefruit, orange, apricot and pine. Its bold caramel sweetness carries a modest toastiness and a firm nutty backbone.

As the taste develops, its barleywine-esque sweetness and fullish body relaxes and the hops begin to project. Tangy and bitter with citrus peel and pith, the growing bitterness grips the throat and ushers in its assertion of leaf, stem, freshly shaven bark and intense resinous taste.

Trending maltier than most imperial IPA, its bitter-sweet finish carries a boozy bite that's stronger to taste than even its 8.3% indicates. An estery aftertaste sheds light on the beer's apricot, nectarine and mild jam character... and with a jolt of gin spiciness for extra measure.

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Photo of JAFoley
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - medium amber crystal clear body with bubbly tan head. Very good retention and sudsy lacing.

S - big citrus grapefruit hop

T - dank earthy grapefruit and lemongrass hops. Very nice solid smokey and sweet malt backbone. Earthy aftertaste

M - medium body with moderate bubbly carb. Sticky and resinous

O - great ipa. Hits all my favorite aspects and has a taste that remains enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of Hernard
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Initial soapy nose--a faint whiff of lemon--yields to an initial vanilla palate before a flood of lively hops. Not particularly citrusy, but there is a note of grapefruit. Great head retention. Overall, very good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

why make this? its so average and not very good. these guys are capable of far better, and for finally putting out a new beer, i wanted a lot more out of this one. its nice in the glass, deep copper in color, thick tan head on it with great retention, but its all downhill from here. the nose is sweet like amber ale, malty and not much hops in the nose. in the taste all i really get is a strong metallic bitterness that lingers way too long. there is some sweetness in the middle, but the hops take it over, and not with much flavor but with extraordinary bitterness. its almost harsh to drink. the booze is well enough hidden, and the mouthfeel is nice, with a fuller body but upbeat carbonation. it just doesnt taste very good, and i really dont see the appeal. its not west coasty at all in terms of hop feel, and one glass is more than enough of this one from me. maybe it wasnt real fresh, i cant confirm a date, but i was really let down by this mess.

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Photo of tronester
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden to burnt orange with a thin, creamy offwhite head. Aromas of strong apricot and some mint. Taste is some big apricot, followed by a bit of vegetal flavor, some mint, and finishing with a hint of pine. Syrupy mouth feel. Overall a decent beer, but way too sweet and too weird a flavor profile for me.

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Photo of pat61
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bbig herbal vegetal nose – close to mint with some dark sugars on the nose. Pours brilliant copper amber under a 1” white foam cap that descends to a thick film that produces significant lace. Has a big palate with initial fruit, citrus, light berry, then a big drying hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness that somewhat resembles the tannin like bitterness in black tea. Above average carbonation with a medium full body. Has an excellent creamy texture and a very nice mix of bitter and berry.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, caramel, light toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, caramel, light toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange zest, pine, honey, caramel, light toast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 BC, a beer named for, like, when there were dinosaurs or something, I assume.

A: 3.75 - Copper colored beer with a small but lasting head.
S: 3.5 - Somewhat disappointing--faint citrusy, piny scent, with a little malt sweetness.
T: 3.25 - Only moderately bitter, with sweet malt coming through clearly. Likewise, hop flavor is not all that much, just adding some floral, citrusiness. Disappointing.
M: 3.75 - Decent mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.
O: 3.25 - Very bland DIPA.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium amber ale, lightly hazed; coupla fingers of beige head left some lace mess down the glass...

S: pine and caramel malt - herbal connotations, something grainy, something caramel sweet...

T: chewy caramel grains meld into piney resin, bittering and thick... barrage of bitter hops and amber malt across the palate...

M: thick-feeling and hearty, lots of bitterness to coat the palate; resinous...

O: a nice DIPA - on the dense side, but not approaching a barleywine or anything - just heavy and dense - felt like it could've been more than 8.3 - I dig DIPAs a lot recently, so I'm leaning toward the favorable here... fans of the style would be remiss to pass it up...

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnt orange with a one-finger foamy off-white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of caramel malts, piney hops, and some light citrus.

T - The taste is very malt driven. Sweet caramel malts hit the palate first followed by a mix of citrus (orange and grapefruit) and earthy hops. There is strong citrus and more caramel malts in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbnation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sticky finish.

O - This was an above average DIPA. Very malt forward with a nice citrus backbone. Very drinkable at 8.3% ABV.

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Photo of mr-jj
2.77/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter from a bomber. No date that I could find.

Color is deep amber with a one finger off-white head that faded quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is caramel, booze and iced tea. Smells more like an amber than an IPA. As it warms, the malt is even more dominant. Flavor is less sweet than the nose, but still dominated by the caramel. Finish has some bitterness mixed with the malt. Body is pretty heavy with minimal carbonation.

Overall, this is more reminiscent of an amber with some mild bitterness than a DIPA. I hope this was old, as it was not a good example of this style.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

A: poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep gold with a three finger dense off white head that retains well and leaves good lacing.
S: smells of caramel malts mixed with piney and citrusy hops
T: tastes of resinous and pithy pine with some citrus rind and caramel malt that struggles to provide balance. Swallow is pine oil, a slight toastyness and lingering piney bitterness.
M: medium on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing oily mouthfeel from the hops
O: This is really good. It's like a hopped up version of Torpedo. Very drinkable with good balance and great flavors.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. D47 D-1 1D1B appears to be the code. Haven't a clue what it means.

Pours pretty darn hazy with a medium sized white head, fades moderately quickly (at least halfway) and seems to be leaving thick, porous sheets of lacing along the side of my mug. Smell is very characteristic of what I'm starting to describe as "old hops". I can't really smell much else.

Taste is strong on lemon, more old hops in the flavor, straw/hay.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Overall...not a great introduction to a brewery I hadn't heard of before.

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Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Rich amber color with a big thick foamy two fingers of off white head, thick lacing.
S - Tons of tropical fruits, mango, papaya, apple, sweet candy like malts.
T - Lots of tropical flavor in here, pineapple, mango, papaya, and there's a ton of malt that follows it, first its a very sweet caramel malt then it finishes with this toasted kinda flavor.
M - Very sticky, chewy and thick.
O - This actually tastes best when cold. As it warmed up it got less impressive, because the malt started to overpower everything.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

This one is pretty good but not my cup of tea- pours a clear amber color with a good two fingers of off white head and good retention and lacing.

The nose is a little fruity and floral- definitely smells like a higher alcohol beer.

Tastes pretty good- big malt thing going on and a little bit of jasmine tea, a little peach and lemon.

Mouthfeel is fine- medium full bodied and minimal carbonation. This is a pretty well balanced beer and if you like a malty IPA this is for you but I like things pretty bitter so I won't get it again.

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Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House tulip pint.

a; Clear amber with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Caramel malt and resin.

t; Caramel malt balanced by considerable hop resin. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Bitterish finish.

m: Medium with great body and carbonation tingle.

o; Outstanding DIPA, somewhat reminiscent of Green Flash's Palate Wrecker in that the tasty caramel malt backbone is strong and beautifully balances the hi-powered hops (or vice-versa).

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Photo of stephens101
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The tan head fades slowly into this blood red brew. A pocked residue leeches to the sides of the glass. Looks magnificent.

To the nose we have pine, citrus and caramel goodness.

Taste not unlike biting into a caramel and hop pie, or what I can assume one tastes like, even though they don't exist outside of surreal dessert-land. Almost chewy going down with hella residual vanilla and alcohol notes. A little spicy way back and lightens up as it goes.

Creamy and delicious all the way. I'll have another slice please!

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a round of disc golf on a course with insane terrain changes, I was very happy to find this on draft at Cork & Cask in Cornelius, NC.

Pours darker than most IPA's, and smells and tastes much more roasty than expected. It's definitely an IPA, floral nose and taste, bitter and fruity and really well balanced by the malt. I just read this is a limited release, brewed once. That would be a shame, it's an excellent beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Floral, perfume, bready, toasted malt. Fairly sweet, with a lightly bitter finish. More floral than anything. Muted citrus. Nicely balanced. Though the sweetness is a bit overwhelming.

Malt dominant. Would be nice to try fresh, but I doubt it'd get much better.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful muddy orange in color with some faint brown notes and a good, off-white, malty-looking head.

Smell – The dry-hopping here is apparent with a rich, resiny nose of big citrus and sharp pine along with a balancing malty caramel sweetness.

Taste- This DIPA delivers at the taste. The hops are very complex, smooth yet sharp at the same time, and a perfect balance of pine and orange. The grain is high-quality with the requisite sweetness needed to offset the intense hop flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is lighter than one would expect with all the intense flavors. It’s a solid medium-bodied which is cool. Often these monster DIPAs are closer to full and very filling but this is a bit thinner and very smooth. A session DIPA? LOL not quite but incredibly smooth.

Drinkability – Are you kidding me? How could any hop-loving beer-drinker not rate this at least a 4. Personally I find this one of the most quaffable DIPAs I’ve ever had. This is my first taste of a Humboldt brew but I am very impressed.

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500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.