500 BC Double IPA | Humboldt Brewing Co.

500 BC Double IPA500 BC Double IPA
BA SCORE
76.3%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 317 ratings
500 BC Double IPA500 BC Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States
humboldtbrewingco.com

Style: American Double / 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,407
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
317
Liked:
242
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
10.51%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
55
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 317 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of BARFLYB
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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

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Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of mr-jj
2.77/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of jbierling
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%

Photo of snaotheus
2.89/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of 510a
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Thedrizzle
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Nunya
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HippieDave56
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of smi69
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KFBR392
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of allengarvin
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 BC, a beer named for, like, when there were dinosaurs or something, I assume.

A: 3.75 - Copper colored beer with a small but lasting head.
S: 3.5 - Somewhat disappointing--faint citrusy, piny scent, with a little malt sweetness.
T: 3.25 - Only moderately bitter, with sweet malt coming through clearly. Likewise, hop flavor is not all that much, just adding some floral, citrusiness. Disappointing.
M: 3.75 - Decent mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.
O: 3.25 - Very bland DIPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

why make this? its so average and not very good. these guys are capable of far better, and for finally putting out a new beer, i wanted a lot more out of this one. its nice in the glass, deep copper in color, thick tan head on it with great retention, but its all downhill from here. the nose is sweet like amber ale, malty and not much hops in the nose. in the taste all i really get is a strong metallic bitterness that lingers way too long. there is some sweetness in the middle, but the hops take it over, and not with much flavor but with extraordinary bitterness. its almost harsh to drink. the booze is well enough hidden, and the mouthfeel is nice, with a fuller body but upbeat carbonation. it just doesnt taste very good, and i really dont see the appeal. its not west coasty at all in terms of hop feel, and one glass is more than enough of this one from me. maybe it wasnt real fresh, i cant confirm a date, but i was really let down by this mess.

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Photo of kennethkomentai
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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500 BC Double IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76.3% out of 100 with 317 ratings
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