500 BC Double IPA | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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500 BC Double IPA500 BC Double IPA

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Fall

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.

Added by BigJYoungblood on 11-18-2013

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Reviews by StoneTSR:
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/27/13:

APPREARANCE: The bubbly white head on sitting on top of this beer is about a half-inch thick upon first pour. It settles relatively quickly into a very thick and fluffy cap with full lacing around the entire glass. As the beer is consumed the lacing remains very strong up top, covering about 70% of the back of the glass. Underneath it all sits a very transparent, nearly perfectly copper-penny red colored beer.

SMELL: So far, this is an appetizing Double IPA. Classic West Coast aromas; pine, citrus (with a good dose of that being orange) and a touch of grassiness. The only drawback here is that it could be a little more intense.

TASTE: A reviewer before me said “slightly hop biased”, which is a great way to put this beer. Although I would say it’s a little more than slightly, maybe a medium hop bias, yet still, the point is that despite the nice dose of hops, this is a well balanced beer. That orange from the nose is still in here, which I really enjoy. Some other fruit flavors enter the equation as well, along with a nice pine/grass combo. There is just enough malt to cover the huge hop profile and give it a slightly sweet backbone.

MOUTHFEEL: On the sticky side for a DIPA, but not overly so. There is a light tickle to the carbonation that seems to spark a bit of the hop characteristics and despite some of the sweet malts for balance, it finishes nice and dry. A pleasant hop flavor is all that’s left on the palate.

OVERALL: Humboldt/Nectar’s beers have always been a little overlooked in my opinion, at least out here in Colorado. I hope this new brew, which was very well done, can spark a little interest in what they are brewing. This is a very nice example of a classic West Coast DIPA.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dbrulet
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of pat61
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bbig herbal vegetal nose – close to mint with some dark sugars on the nose. Pours brilliant copper amber under a 1” white foam cap that descends to a thick film that produces significant lace. Has a big palate with initial fruit, citrus, light berry, then a big drying hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness that somewhat resembles the tannin like bitterness in black tea. Above average carbonation with a medium full body. Has an excellent creamy texture and a very nice mix of bitter and berry.

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Photo of juicebox
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a round of disc golf on a course with insane terrain changes, I was very happy to find this on draft at Cork & Cask in Cornelius, NC.

Pours darker than most IPA's, and smells and tastes much more roasty than expected. It's definitely an IPA, floral nose and taste, bitter and fruity and really well balanced by the malt. I just read this is a limited release, brewed once. That would be a shame, it's an excellent beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer with nice aromas. Good solid dipa I wouldn't turn down if offered. Deep ruby in color with good lacing throughout. Flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. Feel is decent but finishes just a tad harsh. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Mirthrandir
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Hazy amber with a huge fan head that fades quickly and leaves a blanket of lace everywhere.
A: Pine resin, citrus, hops.
T: Wonderful tangerine, grapefruit rind, resin and gorgeous hops.
M: Slightly sticky, lingering sweetness, perfect bitterness.
O: Great west ciast double! Real nice offering from Humboldt.

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Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of deuce9259
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of joeseppy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of nuebs
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 317 ratings