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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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Reviews: 52
Hads: 304
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 25.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 51 | 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 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 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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Photo of laglocal
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

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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 macher0
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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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 ocelot2500
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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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 oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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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 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 mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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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 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 Celtics17
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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 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 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 russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.