Beer Review: HUMBOLDT 500 BC DOUBLE IPA

Beer Review: HUMBOLDT 500 BC DOUBLE IPA
PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Humboldt Brewing Co.Imperial/Double IPAN/AN/A

Overview

Humboldt 500 BC Double IPA, an offering from Humboldt Brewing Co., embodies the essence of classic DIPA with intensified hop flavors reminiscent of its predecessor, Nectar IPA. Brewed by Matt Brynildson, the Brewmaster, this beer pays homage to the towering California coastal redwoods, mirroring their grandeur with its robust profile.


Taste and Aroma

The beer pours a vibrant red hue, crowned by a thick, off-white head. Upon the first whiff, tropical fruit and pine notes dominate, intermingled with hints of caramel. On tasting, the flavors unfold with apricot and tangerine leading the charge, followed by a toasty malt backbone that culminates in an earthy bitterness. The aroma suggests sweetness, yet the brew maintains a delicate balance that surprises the palate.


Mouthfeel and Overall Impression

Characterized by a full-bodied texture and moderate carbonation, Humboldt 500 BC Double IPA offers a substantial drinking experience. Despite its higher alcohol by volume (ABV), clocking in at 8.3%, the brew manages to conceal its potency behind layers of flavor. Overall, it stands as a commendable example of a well-crafted double IPA, drawing comparisons to the likes of Bear Republic’s offerings.


Final Thoughts

In the realm of double IPAs, Humboldt 500 BC Double IPA earns its place as a noteworthy contender. With its homage to the majestic redwoods and a flavor profile that marries hop intensity with malt complexity, this brew delivers a satisfying experience for aficionados of bold, yet balanced, beers. Whether sipped leisurely or savored alongside hearty fare, it promises a journey through layers of aroma and taste that culminate in a gratifying finish.