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500 BC Double IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
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 corby112:
Photo of corby112
2.79/5  rDev -29%

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.

corby112, Feb 13, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%

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%

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 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

sabitu, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Dbrulet, Jan 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

lionnusmb, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

aquazr1, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Lofreqwave, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ImFlyerThanYou, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

mikerap100, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Zonian1, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Beer21, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

cmwilliq, Jan 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

deuce9259, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Schlafly33, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of joeseppy
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%

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
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Mar 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

whatname, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

let8it8grow, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ChrisCBeets, Dec 31, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%

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
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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

BeerRunner, Aug 23, 2014
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500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.