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 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

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper color with a small, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of bright, fruity hops and some caramel sweetness.

Tastes of sweet malts balance out by fruity hops. Malts lead off with caramel, toasted bread, and some syrupy sweetness. Fairly sweet, but this is cut by some hops. Hops add citrus and pineapple and work well with the sweetness. Touches of grass and pine also add into the mix. Hops and malts balance out nicely, giving a very even presentation. Finishes a bit boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely balanced DIPA, but I just wish that booziness on the end was smoothed out.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of laglocal
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber poured w/ standard vigor into pint glass.

A - Pours a clear amber with a 2-3 finger off white head. Retention decent, leaves whispering sticky lacing as it declines. Nice appearance, in my opinion similar to 90 minute, maybe a bit lighter.

S - One of the best smelling beers I have had of late I think. Fruity citrus hops dominate the nose with a bit of clove. Smells like a darn good DIPA, has a tropical, lively smell.

T - Balance. In the exact, slightly hop biased way I like it. Slightly sweet with hop bitterness following right after, the malt returns and dukes it out but the hops are what lingers. Malt is certainly no pushover here, but the fruity hops come through and the taste pretty much follows the nose. I can never seem to get a malt smell out of beers, especially not an IPA of any sort. I don't agree with previous reviews that this beer is "boozy", I think the hops and malt are so strong and balanced theres hardly any alc on the palate. It just warms in your stomach a bit at 8.3% ABV.

M - Carbonation is not incredibly strong, but a wet mouthfeel is honestly a bit preferred for a DIPA in my opinion, and I would not call it anywhere near flat.

O - Overall, a really solid DIPA, I think this will have a lot more reviews if it gets produced in high enough volume to reach a mass amount of hop heads like myself. If it wasn't $9 I would probably stock up on it, but I might still grab one with my regular Hop Stoopids!

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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 LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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