1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

500 BC Double IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
500 BC Double IPA500 BC Double IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

169 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 169
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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)
View: Beers (5) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/30/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grapefruit juice, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and dank herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some intense hop qualities that are stronger in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:52:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-22-2014 04:15:56 | More by djrn2
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-28-2013 19:30:13 | More by metter98
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-02-2014 00:23:40 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-09-2014 23:50:23 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-11-2014 15:18:47 | More by jaydoc
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:17:02 | More by oberon
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-15-2013 01:18:54 | More by GRG1313
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-06-2014 03:35:08 | More by Knapp85
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-19-2014 22:42:28 | More by zeff80
Photo of JAHMUR
JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-08-2014 18:49:57 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-30-2014 04:30:31 | More by largadeer
Photo of russpowell
russpowell

Oklahoma

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:16:37 | More by russpowell
Photo of mactrail
mactrail

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 06:41:15 | More by mactrail
Photo of corby112
corby112

Pennsylvania

2.79/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 07:52:15 | More by corby112
Photo of MarkyMOD
MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-20-2013 07:02:21 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 02:22:08 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DrunkinYogi
DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-19-2014 14:00:57 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-18-2014 07:27:01 | More by zestar
Photo of BARFLYB
BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -49.2%

06-29-2014 14:40:13 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 23:55:05 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of GarthDanielson
GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 23:42:16 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of LiquidAmber
LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 04:06:05 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of RoyalT
RoyalT

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 23:11:20 | More by RoyalT
Photo of atrocity
atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-09-2014 15:27:42 | More by atrocity
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.