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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
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)
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

06-20-2014 23:56:18 | More by Rick778
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sjmad23

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-20-2014 05:25:41 | More by sjmad23
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Jakeminnick


4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-18-2014 05:14:00 | More by Jakeminnick
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-18-2014 02:58:08 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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barczar

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Floral, perfume, bready, toasted malt. Fairly sweet, with a lightly bitter finish. More floral than anything. Muted citrus. Nicely balanced. Though the sweetness is a bit overwhelming.

Malt dominant. Would be nice to try fresh, but I doubt it'd get much better.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 03:38:36 | More by barczar
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Gator_Nation

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-15-2014 00:53:27 | More by Gator_Nation
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josh32219

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-12-2014 03:55:49 | More by josh32219
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LloydBobBoozehound

California

5/5  rDev +26.9%

06-01-2014 04:13:11 | More by LloydBobBoozehound
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SplitsAtoms

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-31-2014 01:28:21 | More by SplitsAtoms
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fluidmotion

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-19-2014 22:15:03 | More by fluidmotion
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bvermilion

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

05-17-2014 06:17:19 | More by bvermilion
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Dudon

Maine

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-13-2014 13:56:57 | More by Dudon
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bigjoe786

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-11-2014 05:00:47 | More by bigjoe786
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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
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tjsmith910

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

05-09-2014 21:58:19 | More by tjsmith910
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-09-2014 15:27:42 | More by atrocity
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Darker honeyed pour with a very generous crown and sporadic lacing.

Very fruity ie. mango, papaya, apricot, guava-basically all the richer tropical fruit. Definite imperial malt whafts. Some pine cone action and earthy hop ever so subtle. I'm personally impressed with the aroma.

First big gulping reveals a lot of malt. Earthy hop spread over the tongue ever so lightly getting lost in the syrupy sweetness of the malt. Pine tree lingering in the nose.

Carbonation holding up really good thru all the malt. Sugars sticky meaning it's not a thirst quencher. I guess DIPA quality.

For what ever reason Palate Wrecker comes to mind. I only mention so, that others can relate and make their own decision. I'm not a fan of Palate Wrecker but this reminds me of a lighter version, which by the way, I do indeed like. Nonetheless it's too malty for me and could possibly be borderline into Barleywine territory. Bottom line, would I buy again-quite frankly no.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 01:07:44 | More by joeseppy
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Slipperyphoton

Arizona

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-03-2014 01:30:49 | More by Slipperyphoton
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510a

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.9%

04-30-2014 18:12:04 | More by 510a
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Domvan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-28-2014 16:28:22 | More by Domvan
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-28-2014 03:13:31 | More by Kurmaraja
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Lorihall1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-27-2014 21:33:38 | More by Lorihall1
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 03:26:35 | More by KFBR392
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lucasj82

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-20-2014 18:18:39 | More by lucasj82
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Trish

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-19-2014 02:35:05 | More by Trish
500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.