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Humboldt Brewing Company 500 BC - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Humboldt Brewing Company 500 BCHumboldt Brewing Company 500 BC

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BigJYoungblood on 11-18-2013)
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Photo of jeffjeff1


3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- mostly citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, well balanced, nice bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I would love to have more of it. Just the right amount of bitterness! Very good!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 22:08:55 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of Mike_Bowling

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish gold with thick amber head. Nice resinous sweet DIPA with well controlled alcohol flavors. Particularly good with roast beef sandwich. Greatest strength is aftertaste. A minute or more of sweet pine with touch of citrus. Definitely a solid DIPA that I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 18:20:54 | More by Mike_Bowling
Photo of Lawl3ss


3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 22 oz. bottle into 33 cl tulips.

Look- Nice pour, capped with three fingers of frothy off-white head that falls slowly. Deep amber body, crystal clear.

Smell- Apricot, spruce, wintergreen, bubblegum, honey, bing cherry. A little toasted character- overall pretty nice, a little on the sweet side.

Taste- A little plain after the aroma, vaguely reminiscent of a toned-down Nugget Nectar or maybe Pizza Port's Mongo. Lemon-lime, moderate sage-pine bittering, a little honeylike sweetness. Herbal finish, lingering mint and lemon rind.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, crisp carbonation. Pretty clean, a touch of astringent booziness. Somewhere in the nowhereland between watery and substantial, leaning towards watery. Carbonation is prickly and not really fitting. Not bad, but I wouldn't want more than 12 oz. or so.

Overall- Decent. Nothing stands out in particular in the flavor or aroma department, but it is pretty. I wouldn't really recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 07:28:34 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of corby112


2.79/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden amber color with apricot edges and a frothy, two finger white had that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind. A little darker than expected but otherwise looks pretty good.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with grassy pine and oily resins countered by a sweet caramel malt backbone. The hop profile is lacking in balance and could use a touch of sweetness to counter the earthier, piney notes. Strong caramel malt presence with hints of toast, toffee, roasted nut and subtle dark fruit character.

On the lighter end of medium body with some dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the prominent malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Sticky and resinous with some straw and soil-y grass flavor along with some pine needle and spruce tip but overall, the hop presence is one dimensional and pretty weak. The malt presence is much stronger than expected/preferred making this beer taste more like a tame American barleywine. Slightly toasted with some leathery malt, caramel sweetness, toffee and toasted bread. Subtle alcohol and dark fruit sweetness in the finish. The high ABV is decently masked but the lack of balance and strong malt flavors hurt the drinkability of this beer. Not bad but disappointing for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 07:52:15 | More by corby112
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, rust-copper coloring with a filmy, thin, white head. Aromas of rich, roasted caramel, tangy grapefruit and melon, subtle bitterness, and hints of spices. Flavors are tangy and tart tropical fruit forward, almost puckering, with a subtle and rich caramel backbone, citrus highlights towards the end of the palate, and a roasted character throughout. Only subtle bitter notes are noted, almost as accent pieces, throughout. Mid-bodied, but smooth and supportive of the bigger flavor profiles. The aftertaste is tangy and slightly bitter, with more of the pine and resin notes coming forward. Clean, light, smooth finish, with hints of dryness at the very end. Balanced and drinkable throughout for a beer this "size" and flavorful. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 23:42:16 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of kemoarps


3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amazingly clear and crisp. Little bit of off white head, dissipates pretty quickly. Leaves a decent little bit of lacing, though.

The aroma starts off fairly sweet. Caramel malts, some floral and pine hops, tropical fruit... nothing too out of the ordinary, but that's not always a bad thing. Smells like a well done DIPA. I almost get a hint of coconut, but that doesn't make sense, so it's probably something stuck in my beard.

The taste follows fairly close to the nose. Sweet in the way that tropical fruit-hops are, but with that same malt... though it sways a little closer to a honey feel than caramel. Tropical gives way to citrus, but never quite completely yields, just steps into the shadows a bit. Definitely hints of mango throughout. The finish takes us through those fruity sweet hops and leaves just a token of its presence in a grapefruit rind citrus that lingers on the tongue after the sugars have gone to bed. Smoothe and drinkable, lightly carbonated, which suits my fancy just fine. Medium body, and lightly sticky. 8.3% doesn't stick out to me one way or the other: it doesn't feel big and boozy with a lot of alcohol, but it doesn't feel as light and completely hidden as some brews. The alcohol suits the taste and vice versa.
I was worried that I'd missed out on this one when I went back and it wasn't in the same place it was last time I visited the liquor store (about a week and a half ago), but found a couple of bottles left on a different shelf. Glad I didn't miss it, as I am enjoying this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 04:05:22 | More by kemoarps
Photo of Mightykingmalard


3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep amber. White head that breaks pretty quick. Almost a little red.

S: smells almost like a lager in my opinion. Doesn't smell much like a double ipa.

T: what it lacks in smell it delivers in taste. It has a malty bitterness that feels really good. Not too piney and nice and crisp.

M: has a pretty quick finish but it is pretty good.

O: a good beer but I wish it was a little more aromatic.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:36:14 | More by Mightykingmalard
Photo of macrosmatic


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper with a slight chill haze. Forms a thin white head atop fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Toffee malts in near-balance with grapefruit rind and resinous hops.

T: Bright ruby red grapefruit dominates up front. Then some tropical fruit hops, sweet toffee and bready malts, and a touch of resin and floral hoppiness near the swallow. Moderate hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side, and moderate alcohol presence.

O: Nothing bad here; nor anything great. It's a very drinkable but ultimately forgettable DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 03:22:19 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of wethorseblanket


3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A: Pours a hazed dark orange with a quarter-inch thich white head which leaves sheet and spotty lace behind.

N: Caramel malts, citrus and piney hops with some floral notes.

T: Citrus (oranges, tangerines), peach/pear, piney, mild sweetness and faintly dank.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes with a sweet malt and pine resin.

O: More malt than hop presence, but still solid.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 04:00:03 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of russpowell


3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Pineapple & grapefruit & leafy hops

T: Follows the nose, pears, a touch of breadyness & orange rind up front. Grapefruit pith, a touch of tangerine & pear, plus a little boozeyness as this warms. Finishes with tons of tropical fruit & a bit of toffee sweetness & dryness

MF: Fairly chewy, soft carbonation, nicely balanced

Solid DIPA, not hoppy enough for hard core hopheads I'm sure, easy drinker more or less

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:16:37 | More by russpowell
Photo of Or80rowley


3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up @ my favorite beer store, reviews were good, so I gave it a shot

A. Nice looking beer, medium amber, looks fairly thick, two finger white head

S. Nice citrus first on the nose, interesting floral notes

T. Grapefruit , pine, bitter hop, aftertaste is a little bitter & copper, stays too long, my only complaint with this one. Still great taste

M. Smooth, medium/ light mouthfeel, refreshing

O. Great beer, few minor things keep this one from being world class

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 19:16:07 | More by Or80rowley
Photo of McStagger


3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Firestone Beer without the Firestone label!

A: Pours a transparent faint amber/copper. Finger and a half of medium bubbled head. Khaki in color. Excellent lacing. Retention is moderate. Carbonation is minimal.

S: Fairly balanced between the malt and the hops. Lot of caramel coming off the nose. This is accentuated with sweet tropical notes of pineapple and mango. Danker, more resinous notes underneath. Lightly earthy, with a bit of the cat piss aroma. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus coming through as well. Not an aromatic monster, but it does smell quite nice.

T: Sweet up front, but turns immediately bitter. Resinous hop flavor of grapefruit skin, citrus pith and earthiness. Finish takes a turn south, with a big rush of grain rearing in the back of the throat. Bitterness reasserts in the finish and the lingering flavors are citrus and floral, with some earth/grain.

M: Light bodied, with minimal carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, as is the large malt bill. However, the lack of carbonation leaves this one feeling slightly flat.

O: Good, if not underwhelming. Lacks the aggression of many DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:19:36 | More by McStagger
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a very nice ivory head leaving behind soapy lacing throughout. The armoa picked up pine, grapefruit, light toffee, and caramel. The flavors begin with that light toffee and caramel undertones which leads to pine, resin, grapefruit and finishes off with a hop bitterness. Medium sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation. This DIPA was simple and technically well-made but somewhat lacking the adventure that I typically find in my favorite DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 23:55:03 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of arizcards


4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in mid-December for $8.69. Bottled on 9-27-13.

Beer poured golden orange with a decent white head that is leaving a little lacing behind.

Nose is tropical pungent hops.

Taste is tropical and pine hops forward with some balance provided by caramel malts. Pine resin lingers in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly carbonated and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a delicious brew, i like the tropical hop play. Glad i had the opportunity to try this!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 22:02:19 | More by arizcards
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/30/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grapefruit juice, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and dank herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some intense hop qualities that are stronger in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:52:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copperish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some apricot + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized thin patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple and tropical/mango hops along with some lighter notes of sweet caramel malts and a touch of alcohol.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet caramel malts which is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - first tropical/pineapple and tropical/mango but followed by some lighter notes of herbal hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Upfront it is lightly crisp with a light amount of stickiness in the finish. Touches of dryness as well.

O: This beer has a really nice balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops - not overly sweet like many others in the style but with great flavors from the hops (without a lot of associated bitterness). Fairly easy to drink and quite enjoyable - pairs nicely with the homemade pizza with BBQ pork, kale, mushrooms, pineapple, and jalepeños.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 02:22:08 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Celtics17


4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color, with a solid white lacing.

Smells of bright, fruity hops and grapefruit/mango.

Tastes of sweet malts balance out by fruity hops. Malts lead off with caramel. Fairly sweet, but this is cut by some hops. Hops add citrus and pineapple and work well with the sweetness. Touches of grass and pine also add into the mix. Hops and malts balance out nicely.

I'm usually not a fan of strong malts with my IPA's. This was done well.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 08:39:49 | More by Celtics17
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out gold/orange with an inch of head, minimal lace.

The smell is grapefruit and blood orange heavy, hints of pine and caramel follow.

Citric hops start the taste off with a heavy palate punch. Caramel and pale malts follow with some pine and floral notes near the end. Goes down smooth as silk.

Great new release by Humboldt Brewing. Glad they haven't changed much since F/W bought them.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 23:58:29 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of macher0


4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a straight forward dipa. Its excellent. It does change as it opens, going from just hops to the separate hop profiles. Equal citrus and resin components with a slight pepper sizzle on the tounge. I will go after this again if given the chance. I directly compare it to dreadnought. Both delicious.

Consistent down the board but I think the taste shines.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 22:48:44 | More by macher0
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm going to guess this was an older bottle, but not sure. Thought about not reviewing it, but shipping, handling and storage go into beer quality, so we'll go with it.

Pours a light hazelnut, with nice rich white head. Not too shabby

Faded caramel and pine in the nose. Sweet biscuit underneath that. Hints of citrus and booze. Smells more like an APA, not an IPA, and definitely not an IIPA

Yeah, flavor follows. This is a light, very light, IIPA. While I like that it does not overpower with booze and resin, it lacks body and hops. The caramel is nice, but muffled by something. Light citrus and pine that probably blended well earlier.
Feels light, not much bite or dryness. It's not a bad beer by any means. Doesn't fit the style other than abv level.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 23:55:05 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of mactrail


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tremendous spicy hop and mango aroma. Color is a deep amber with a touch of orange in the Saxo tall tulip. Handsome and long-lasting head. Smooth and tickly mouthfeel.

Great fruity flavors, more of the mango with a deep malty sweetness that seems just right to balance the huge hops. Sweet orange marmalade with that bitter peel taste. One of the best DIPAs I've had this year, and a real surprise. Pleasingly bitter finish well within the realm of drinkability. Less acidic than a lot of these big IPAs.

This one should help Humboldt's image as a serious brewer. If Anchor had made something this good, for a change, people would go beserk. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 06:41:15 | More by mactrail
Photo of ocelot2500


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper color with a small, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of bright, fruity hops and some caramel sweetness.

Tastes of sweet malts balance out by fruity hops. Malts lead off with caramel, toasted bread, and some syrupy sweetness. Fairly sweet, but this is cut by some hops. Hops add citrus and pineapple and work well with the sweetness. Touches of grass and pine also add into the mix. Hops and malts balance out nicely, giving a very even presentation. Finishes a bit boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely balanced DIPA, but I just wish that booziness on the end was smoothed out.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 02:57:17 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of StoneTSR


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/27/13:

APPREARANCE: The bubbly white head on sitting on top of this beer is about a half-inch thick upon first pour. It settles relatively quickly into a very thick and fluffy cap with full lacing around the entire glass. As the beer is consumed the lacing remains very strong up top, covering about 70% of the back of the glass. Underneath it all sits a very transparent, nearly perfectly copper-penny red colored beer.

SMELL: So far, this is an appetizing Double IPA. Classic West Coast aromas; pine, citrus (with a good dose of that being orange) and a touch of grassiness. The only drawback here is that it could be a little more intense.

TASTE: A reviewer before me said “slightly hop biased”, which is a great way to put this beer. Although I would say it’s a little more than slightly, maybe a medium hop bias, yet still, the point is that despite the nice dose of hops, this is a well balanced beer. That orange from the nose is still in here, which I really enjoy. Some other fruit flavors enter the equation as well, along with a nice pine/grass combo. There is just enough malt to cover the huge hop profile and give it a slightly sweet backbone.

MOUTHFEEL: On the sticky side for a DIPA, but not overly so. There is a light tickle to the carbonation that seems to spark a bit of the hop characteristics and despite some of the sweet malts for balance, it finishes nice and dry. A pleasant hop flavor is all that’s left on the palate.

OVERALL: Humboldt/Nectar’s beers have always been a little overlooked in my opinion, at least out here in Colorado. I hope this new brew, which was very well done, can spark a little interest in what they are brewing. This is a very nice example of a classic West Coast DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 01:28:40 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of laglocal


4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber poured w/ standard vigor into pint glass.

A - Pours a clear amber with a 2-3 finger off white head. Retention decent, leaves whispering sticky lacing as it declines. Nice appearance, in my opinion similar to 90 minute, maybe a bit lighter.

S - One of the best smelling beers I have had of late I think. Fruity citrus hops dominate the nose with a bit of clove. Smells like a darn good DIPA, has a tropical, lively smell.

T - Balance. In the exact, slightly hop biased way I like it. Slightly sweet with hop bitterness following right after, the malt returns and dukes it out but the hops are what lingers. Malt is certainly no pushover here, but the fruity hops come through and the taste pretty much follows the nose. I can never seem to get a malt smell out of beers, especially not an IPA of any sort. I don't agree with previous reviews that this beer is "boozy", I think the hops and malt are so strong and balanced theres hardly any alc on the palate. It just warms in your stomach a bit at 8.3% ABV.

M - Carbonation is not incredibly strong, but a wet mouthfeel is honestly a bit preferred for a DIPA in my opinion, and I would not call it anywhere near flat.

O - Overall, a really solid DIPA, I think this will have a lot more reviews if it gets produced in high enough volume to reach a mass amount of hop heads like myself. If it wasn't $9 I would probably stock up on it, but I might still grab one with my regular Hop Stoopids!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:07:44 | More by laglocal
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pous into an oversized wine glass a clear full bronze with a foamy but tightly formed one finger white head that sticks like glue to the glass as it settles very slowly.Tropical fruits dominate the nose,like grilled pineapple and mangos with their sugars really coming out,some alcohol and caramel lends sweetness.Tropical boozy fruitiness dominates the palate,there is a mild grasiness that lends complexity to the hop profile.Not overly sweet for the style wich I like,it is sweet but not the main point of the beer.Wow a kick ass DIPA from Humboldt,a little surprising but in a real good way.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:17:02 | More by oberon
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