Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 68
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2005

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
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Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look I've always had a love affair with the Bear Republic brews, especially Racer 5 when this came out as a tap only offering I've always hoped it would hit the bottles. The patience has paid off...west coast IPA in my glass. Ohio is definitely competing with this IPAs just within the Midwest now we have beers like 3F Permanent Funeral, Great Lakes Chillwave, Fathead's Hop Juju...yet this still has a unique west coast style use of the hops.

Drinking it out of a Petaluma Lagunitas mason jar that's bad ass. This bigger IPA sits a glowing orange copper in the glass with a slightly off white head, forms thick and cloudy textured fine even layered lacing lines the sides of the glass.

Aromatics deep fruit upfront...citrus, pineapple, passion fruit combo starts to bite with a bit of grapefruit peel if I have to pick a citrus fruit, along with dank fruity hop notes. Barely able to write home about the pale malts that basically let the hops shine, let's call it biscuit malt breadiness.

Flavors demand your attention in your face bitterness let's up a bit to let the tropical fruit notes arise ripened mangoes, citric pith again (grapefruit) bitterness of the zesty rind, numbs your tongue for just a second with hop oil bitterness and yet ends in a gentle wave of bready malts...really nice complexity aggression and balance all in one sip like a crashing wave of hop bitterness that settles out enough to enjoy some calm water between sets of awesome 7 to 10 foot waves meant to be ridden.

Mouthfeel is where the beer shines the resinous hop oils let you truly experience all of the hop flavors perfect natural flowing healthy carbonation without tickling your nares, you may experience the best hop burps ever off of this brew. Medium bodied, oily slick texture, chunks of hops floating in suspension like chemical nature of high school chemistry described.

These brewers were paying attention at some point in their education and because of their location and distance to the hop growing regions of California and the PNW, I'm guessing they have a healthy respect for marijuana as well. I don't partake, but this is definitely a first cousin with all of the Humulus Lupulin flowing. Overall, my love affair has been rekindled...amazing beer...definitely an Apex for them as a brewery for sure.

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.

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but mostly left a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: The smell has moderately strong initial aromas of tropical fruits followed by notes of citrusy hops. Hints of pine also become noticeable once the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrus and tropical fruit hops, although the citrus seems to stand out stronger and there are hints of alcohol towards the finish. Only a light amount of bitterness is noticeable, but this becomes stronger as it warms. As in the smell, hints of piney hops start to appear once the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The hops in this IPA smelled and tasted very fresh and provided an interesting mix of flavors, although I preferred the predominant tropical fruit hops when the beer was cold. Nonetheless, this is a pleasant beer to sip and savor the changes in aromas and flavors as its temperature changes.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Todd
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
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.

Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Wespatrick
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy gold under a 2” of white foam cap that produces very clingy lace. S: Big grassy nose T: Starts malty with a light sweetness, a blend of peach and melon finishing with a soft grapefruit rind bitterness. Traces of earthiness. M: Creamy, medium full body and above average carbonation. The carbonation is not soft and harsh. O: A very drinkable DIPA with a nice balance of flavors featuring big West Coast hops.

Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Soonami
3.1/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and copper, not a lot of carbonation with this one. Lots of piney feel to the aroma.

More pine, grapefruit and apricot even in the taste. Standard heft for a bear republic beer, even a little biscuity. Malt & hops take turns on the palate. Mouthfeel throughout continues this exchange. A bit more alcohol that would think, but not excessive for what the abv is. Super tangy.

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a pint glass

A - Copper clear with a one finger head with moderate lacing and moderate head retention

S - Citrus and floral hops primarily with caramel malts

T - Follows the nose with hops up front and caramel in the backroungmel malt in the background with an nice EtOH flavor.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

O - Not much to say, just a solid IPA.

Photo of pwoods
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Comet served in a tulip.

Pours golden amber with great clarity. Decent white head with some retention and lacing. Very piney in the nose. Plenty of citrus and malt sweetness. Alcohol is detectable but not interfering. Taste is much the same with massive pine backed with a good dose of citrus. The sweetness is nice as it doesn't taste or feel thick or chewy. Body is medium to medium full with good carbonation. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness but not too much. Alcohol is there but not too much. Pretty easy to drink. Bitterness wasn't too much and the alcohol added a nice touch. I thought the ABV would have been a bit higher but definitely drank easy.

Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orangy gold colored, clear, with a friendly white sticky head. Spots of lace scattered everywhere once it fades to a fluffy 1/4" inch. Aroma is pure happiness. Soft, sweet candy-like citrus, (I suspect loaded with citra hops), candy lime, floral, tropical, spicy pine, pretty much the majority of hop aromas nicely compiled together in a fun hoppy way. Malts hold up the hop plethora but are certainly not the focus. Super smacky dry implosive mouthfeel. Resinous and sticky... Taste starts dry and ends up with a barrage of hops from what seems like the whole hop flavor spectrum. A delightfully balanced mix of tropical, pine, melon, candy citrus, flowers, within a big old bitter blanket. Pretty fantastic stuff...!

Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

Apex is a slightly hazy amber color with thick white head. It has good retention and leaves some sticky lace.

Aroma is super hoppy and fresh. Lots of great citrus, especially grapefruit, with some pine in the background.

Flavor is also very hop-forward, as expected, but like many Bear Republic IPAs and DIPAs, it has some balance too. Some honey-like sweetness up front leads to a big hop bitterness that lasts from middle to end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall another awesome hoppy ale from BR.

Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Super Deli Mart in Seattle, WA. July 29th, 2011.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick creamy head of foam.

S: Apex gives off an aroma of grapefruit and orange peel with a wallop of citrus hops.

T: The main flavor profile is that of bitter grapefruit melded with sweetness. Pine lingers in the background with a hint of caramel malt.

M: The beer has good medium level carbonation with a slightly oily/resiny mouth feel.

O: Nice Imperial IPA to go with lunch at Super Deli. I'd definitely seek this one out again.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into small glass

A: hazy burnt orange color not much head soapy ring around the glass

S: citrus rind touches of grapefruit and light lemon little bit of cracker malts maybe a touch of pine

T: not a very juicy beer more of hints at citrus with some of the piney earthiness

M: medium feel tastes and bitterness linger a little 

O: it's a solid beer along the hop stoopid and pliny the elder vain but not like the newer juicy fruit bombs that have been landing lately.  This seems like a beer that needs to evolve it's no longer cutting edge citrus.

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Plant Transit, post-extreme beer fest. Alcohol aroma, golden colour, lots of white lace, some white head. Medium mouthfeel. 100+ IBU, and really tasty,with juicy fruit there, but somewhat of a palate shredder. Good drinkability. Average for style.

Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Tony's Darts Away - reviewed from notes; served in a tulip.

ECE/ACE amber body with orange-peel highlights. Thin ivory head has superior retention and leaves behind a rain-forest-like pattern of lace.

Bready, sweet fragrance with a whisper of chamomile...citrus/pine notes are there but subdued.

Pineapple, apricots, and esters up-front - smooth and spicy overall with ahint of bubblegum and pine. Moderate bitterness, but more malt-forward and sweet than I anticipated.

Syrupy, medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation - and rather warming (I think the ABV is up to ~8% on this now).

The alcohol (more than the intensity of hops) makes this something of a sipper, though the flavor profile is still very good. Racer X seems to be a bit more hop-focused (while still being balanced with malt) and retains more of a "NorCal" style compared to Apex, which doesn't immediately strike me as being from a particular region...

Photo of haddon
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden amber with a nice frothy white head. nice lacing down the pint glass

nice aroma. well balanced with thick malts and citrusy hops... everything you expect form a DIPA

taste much as it smells... nice balance of rich malty sweetness with citrus hops following. nice bitter finish

medium feel with right amount of carbonation

find this DIPA to be very drinkable. I had a growler at the beach on vacation and it did not hang around too long!

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in Healdsburg, CA

Pours a dark golden color with a nice foamy head that hangs around. Smells of citrus and caramel. Taste reveals citrus and a sweet malt up front with a kick of bitterness from the hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and warm. This is a great beer from BR.

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brouwers

from notes

appearance: clear golden-copper body, creamy white froth with nice webbed lacing

smell: some nice floral hops, citrus zest, touch of sweet doughy malt

taste: straddling the line between west coast IPA and DIPA - this IPA was brewed for the outstanding (or unfortunately, only so i've been told at this point) bar in portland. strong floral notes, grapefruit, blossomed flowers, tangerine, doughy caramel malt.

mouthfeel: fairly light, oily

overall: solid IPA - nothing spectacular, but a nice offering from a brewery that tends to nail this style

Photo of RickS95
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's the look you'd want your IPA to have. A cloudy orange pour with some darker brown notes mixed in because of the haze. The head is a stunner with it's bright white color and meringue-like peaks. Starts off a finger and a half thick, retains well, and leaves a bit of lacing behind.

You can smell the citrus the second you pop the cap. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange rind fill the room. In the background, dank pine lurks. Amazing.

Hop forward, as you might guess. Like the smell, you get more citrus than pine, and I welcome that. The pineapple helps take this beer to the top. Whatever malts are used are completely an afterthought, because the west coast hops rule here.

As smooth as any IPA I've ever had, and that goes for Pliny . Yes, smooth. Bitter, but not a palate wrecker. Sweet and tangy up front from the citrus notes, then the bitterness starts to evolve. So easy to drink despite high ABV. Full bodied.

I may be being too harsh, this could be a 5. It really is world class and is easily as good a beer as anyone will ever have.

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Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.