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Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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798 Ratings

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 46
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.95% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Apex: The highest point, the culmination or climax. In racing, the apex of the turn is approached differently as conditions dictate, but always with a forward looking mindset. This beer is the culmination of years of brewing and drinking hop forward IPAs. We reserve the right to move forward to the next Apex.

2009 California State Fair - SILVER
2009 The Bistro Double IPA Fest – BRONZE & PEOPLE’S CHOICE
2009 Night of the Living Ales Cask Festival – 3rd PLACE & PEOPLE’S CHOICE

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2005)
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Reviews by ZachKelly:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ZachKelly, Feb 09, 2014
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Photo of Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden - served chilled in a standard pint.

A - Brilliant sunny golden with amber highlights -lighter than most of its ilk, but still attractive with very good clarity and a hypnotizing swirling carbonation trail of miniscule bubbles leading up to a semi-rocky pale, white cap. The carbonation rises steadily in a more than moderate pace indicating high effervescence. There is a covering of lace on the inside of the glass which is a thin even film and the bead is tiny. The retention is good holding for a while.

S - The smell is a mix of esters - some mild pine and floral w/ herbal aromas dominating- the smell has a resinous scent w/ sweet bitter notes and there is a citrus quality like lemon rind w/ a malty scent in the background

M - The ale has sharp carbonation very effervescent combined w/ dry overall texture and bitter hop acidity w/ mild malt to cushion the intense mouth coating hop oils w/ citrusy bright bitter and acidic effect on the palate

T - The flavor is satisfying with great hop flavor which is more on the citrus/herbal end w/ very mellow orange and some rind both orange and lemon w/ sweet grassy notes. The mild sweet malt plays into the grassy aspect w/ a light vegetal tinge and mellow spice notes. The citrusy impact gives a light peppery tinge as the beer is swallowed w/ piney resinous bite which hangs on well after the IIPA has left the palate

D - I really enjoyed this - refreshingly high effevescent combined with intense hop packed flavor and clean fermentation w/out an overkill of bitterness - everything falls into place and works well in the mix w/ pine and mild spiciness making for a refreshing Imperial IPA which has no alchohol flavor and it is over 8% abv. I think you will be pleased if you enjoy a dry bitter west coast style Imperial IPA - so happy I tried this, outstanding!

Slatetank, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really liked this one. I had been trying to get a hold of it forever and really was stoked when I finally saw it cross my path in a recent BIF. Nice growler that I kept cold and decided to open up last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/21/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark amber color with a nice light head of white on top that reached a height of around two and a half inches before settling back down to earth and leaving tons of sticky lace all along the sides of the glass. Really nice aroma here, lots of fresh hops, orange and grapefruit and blending in perfectly here, really very well done. Bright with not a lot of malt balancing it out, this was a hopheads IPA for sure. Smooth, clean, crisp, and refreshing taste, I was thoroughly impressed with the way this one went down. Nice and dry in the finish left a long lingering flavor of pineapple on the tongue that just begged me to go back for another sip. Great medium feel and a smooth profile led to the most supreme session ability.

Overall an outstanding IPA that I am thrilled to be able to try. I would have no issue at all with being able to go back and get this one again any day. Really very well done and a tremendous asset to their lineup.

mikesgroove, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of npala86
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

npala86, May 13, 2014
Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SanFranJake, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Gold color, creamy white head with a lace that sticks. Dank, resinous, floral, pine, and grain in the nose with esters, apple must, and rind. A bit crisp upfront with a firm, malty body. Sweet, toasty and caramel. Deceivingly soft alcohol presence. Hops are quite aggressive. Grassy, pineapple, more grass, orange and rinds, hint of onion, raw, dank, ashy, dry finish with an earthy and woody linger. And man does it linger. I'll be smacking my palate for hours.

Summary: A kick-ass DIPA.

Todd, May 20, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a big big pillowy yellowish head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is tropical fruits, sugary malts and a some resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with lots of tropical fruit and some dank, resiny hops with a lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little thin.

Overall, a solid DIPA.

Beaver13, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

cincysig, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of mikechance
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at a Whole Foods Tasting night

A - Nice golden amber with creamy white head

S - Citrus, grapefruit and pine

T - Not over the top bitter. More citrus and god blend of hops and malts.

M - Medium to full body with right amount of carbination. Lightly oiled and creamy.

O - Excellent. It goes down very easy for a 7.5% beer. Another beer I wouldn't mind Bear Republic bottling.

mikechance, Nov 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Beerswag, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oohfaaa this is the good stuff....happy to enjoy this on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC this evening. Pours semi cloudy orangy amber, under a fluffy light tan head that leave plenty of ringed and splotchy lace. Nose is all about the citrus and resiny hops. On the tongue and in the mouth, the hop crunch here is outstanding and unmistakable, one sip and the brain says high quality DIPA.

Billolick, Oct 09, 2008
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

SuperbikeShaun, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

aquazr1, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Wespatrick
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchase a growler from Green's on Piney Grove.
Pours a really nice orange-yellow with a thin consistent blanket of head.
Nose is mainly citrus/tropical fruit flavors from the hops, some caramel from the substantial malt backbone and just a touch of alcohol.
This beer boasts 100+ ibu's and I will not argue. Flavor is much more complex than some other ipa's/dipas. This is not a one dimensional hop-bomb sort of beer. It is very well balanced and the flavors compliment each other nicely.
The thing that makes this beer stand out for me is the mouthfeel. It is not thin and watery. It has heft. It has substance. And it has a flavor profile that screams west coast with the sublety of east coast.
Apex;maybe. I've had beter, but not many. This beer sits on the line between ipa and dipa and I don't think I care which it is. I like it a lot and I am happy to have tried it.

Wespatrick, Mar 20, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

alienlifeforcecube, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Lofreqwave, Feb 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

virinow, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

PSU_Mike, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful glowing orange with a relatively stiff wide head. Leaves absolute sheets of lacing down the glass.

Pungent, biting, tropical citrus aromas. Orange, mango, grapefruit--splendid!

A bitter DIPA awash in citrus. Lovely.

Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, finishes dry yet with a pleasant grapefruit aftertaste.

A delicious, near-perfect DIPA I really wish would find it's way in to a bottle.

ehammond1, Jun 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DonGuido, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

buyyourfreedom, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Cynic-ale, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Soonami
3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served in a 12 oz wine glass/champagne flute hybrid stemmed glass for $6.

This is a pretty amber beer with good head and lacing. The aroma is grapefruity and orange dominated. The beer tastes funny at first, I couldn't pin point it until I tried to explain it to my girlfriend and she nailed it: rubber. It has this harsh rubbery taste at first that I'm thinking is a fermentation defect, but it could very well be from scorching the hops. With the resinous and grapefruit oil attack from the first drink it is well hidden, but I might be particularly sensitive to this. The beer finishes better with a nice dried orange peel bitterness that lingers for a while and has a bit of biscuit malt flavor at the end.

The weird taste like licking a rubber band did not work for me, otherwise it is the kind of beer I generally like.

Soonami, Aug 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

HoppySeb, Apr 10, 2014
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Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.