500 BC Double IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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2.79/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
02-13-2014 07:52:15 | More by corby112
3.23/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
02-15-2014 07:28:34 | More by Lawl3ss
3.31/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
04-26-2014 03:26:35 | More by KFBR392
3.31/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
12-17-2013 23:55:05 | More by Mebuzzard
500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.