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500 BC Double IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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very good

211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

Booner818, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mportnoy, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

dman0628, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ThePaleRider, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Mersh, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

twelveinches, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

czillmer, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Mike_Bowling
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish gold with thick amber head. Nice resinous sweet DIPA with well controlled alcohol flavors. Particularly good with roast beef sandwich. Greatest strength is aftertaste. A minute or more of sweet pine with touch of citrus. Definitely a solid DIPA that I would buy again.

Mike_Bowling, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

XicanoBeerRun, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

TubaDan, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

GarthDanielson, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of kemoarps
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

kemoarps, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

markhobbs1, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jbaker67, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep amber. White head that breaks pretty quick. Almost a little red.

S: smells almost like a lager in my opinion. Doesn't smell much like a double ipa.

T: what it lacks in smell it delivers in taste. It has a malty bitterness that feels really good. Not too piney and nice and crisp.

M: has a pretty quick finish but it is pretty good.

O: a good beer but I wish it was a little more aromatic.

Mightykingmalard, Feb 07, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper with a slight chill haze. Forms a thin white head atop fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Toffee malts in near-balance with grapefruit rind and resinous hops.

T: Bright ruby red grapefruit dominates up front. Then some tropical fruit hops, sweet toffee and bready malts, and a touch of resin and floral hoppiness near the swallow. Moderate hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side, and moderate alcohol presence.

O: Nothing bad here; nor anything great. It's a very drinkable but ultimately forgettable DIPA.

macrosmatic, Feb 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Canti4341, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

edhizdeid, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ImFlyerThanYou, Feb 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Thedrizzle, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

hopkrid, Feb 03, 2014
500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.