500 BC Double IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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500 BC Double IPA500 BC Double IPA

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very good

292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | 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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Reviews by arizcards:
Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  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.

Photo of pat61
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of joeseppy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of Webbydag1
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was hoping for stronger hops and more citrus notes.

Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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...

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger aged ivory colored head with great retention and tons of lacing. Bright aroma of tropical fruit and citrus hops upon opening the bottle followed by bready malt, tropical fruit and citrus hops in the glass. Flavor is rich sweet malt, citrus rind, grassy and citrus hops with a nice herbal and citrus hop finish. Medium bodied with a very pleasant creaminess. A pleasant citrusy IPA with a deep malt body. Maltier than other IPAs brewed by Firestone Walker, but tasty and well hopped. Perhaps this was the way they made them in 500 BC.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of macher0
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Celtics17
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of KFBR392
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark orange color. Pretty transparent with a half of finger of head on the pour. Active carbonation is low for the style. Sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Caramel and molasses on the front. Malt sweetness is pronounced and very potent. Hops are barely noticeable, smells like an imperial pale ale.

Taste: Bright, sharp malt sweetness right away. Accents of caramel, sugar, orange rinds, and molasses. The body continues to open up with tones of malt sweetness. Hop profile is again lacking.

Mouthfeel: Sweet smooth malt runs throughout. Carbonation is light which aids to the syrupy texture.

Overall: Man this was a malt bomb. Almost no hop profile. This bottle may have been a little old but with no bottle dates there is no way of knowing. Oh well nice to try something different.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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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500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.