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500 BC Double IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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88
very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by CuriousMonk:
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

CuriousMonk, Jan 08, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

oberon, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

RoyalT, May 10, 2014
Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

sabitu, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Dbrulet
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Dbrulet, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of lionnusmb
5/5  rDev +27.9%

lionnusmb, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

aquazr1, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Lofreqwave
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Lofreqwave, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

ImFlyerThanYou, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of mikerap100
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

mikerap100, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Mantooth, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Zonian1, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Beer21, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of cmwilliq
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

cmwilliq, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of deuce9259
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

deuce9259, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Schlafly33, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of joeseppy
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Darker honeyed pour with a very generous crown and sporadic lacing.

Very fruity ie. mango, papaya, apricot, guava-basically all the richer tropical fruit. Definite imperial malt whafts. Some pine cone action and earthy hop ever so subtle. I'm personally impressed with the aroma.

First big gulping reveals a lot of malt. Earthy hop spread over the tongue ever so lightly getting lost in the syrupy sweetness of the malt. Pine tree lingering in the nose.

Carbonation holding up really good thru all the malt. Sugars sticky meaning it's not a thirst quencher. I guess DIPA quality.

For what ever reason Palate Wrecker comes to mind. I only mention so, that others can relate and make their own decision. I'm not a fan of Palate Wrecker but this reminds me of a lighter version, which by the way, I do indeed like. Nonetheless it's too malty for me and could possibly be borderline into Barleywine territory. Bottom line, would I buy again-quite frankly no.

joeseppy, May 09, 2014
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +2.3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

whatname, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev +2.3%

let8it8grow, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Hopdaemon39, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of ChrisCBeets
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

ChrisCBeets, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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

russpowell, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of BeerRunner
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

BeerRunner, Aug 23, 2014
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500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.