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500 BC Double IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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2/5  rDev -48.8%

BARFLYB, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Not bad but not what I expected. Strong malt flavor makes this one more closely resemble an east coast ipa. I would not buy again

Bloodbuzz99, Oct 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

sharpski, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

malfunxion, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of mr-jj
2.76/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter from a bomber. No date that I could find.

Color is deep amber with a one finger off-white head that faded quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is caramel, booze and iced tea. Smells more like an amber than an IPA. As it warms, the malt is even more dominant. Flavor is less sweet than the nose, but still dominated by the caramel. Finish has some bitterness mixed with the malt. Body is pretty heavy with minimal carbonation.

Overall, this is more reminiscent of an amber with some mild bitterness than a DIPA. I hope this was old, as it was not a good example of this style.

mr-jj, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.79/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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
Photo of jbierling
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%

jbierling, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of snaotheus
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2014-11-01
22oz bottle poured into a large mug. D47 D-1 1D1B appears to be the code. Haven't a clue what it means.

Pours pretty darn hazy with a medium sized white head, fades moderately quickly (at least halfway) and seems to be leaving thick, porous sheets of lacing along the side of my mug. Smell is very characteristic of what I'm starting to describe as "old hops". I can't really smell much else.

Taste is strong on lemon, more old hops in the flavor, straw/hay.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Overall...not a great introduction to a brewery I hadn't heard of before.

snaotheus, Nov 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

bostonryan, Sep 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

510a, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Hellpop65, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Thedrizzle
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Thedrizzle, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Lawl3ss, Feb 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

whatname, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

KFBR392, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Mebuzzard, Dec 17, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -14.3%

chrismattlin, Sep 14, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -12%

rkcrozier, Sep 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

sabitu, Dec 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Schlafly33, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

XicanoBeerRun, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Faroveryonder, Jul 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

largadeer, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

1424IpA, Jan 31, 2014
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500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.