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Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

764 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 42
Gots: 48 | 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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Filabee

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -46.9%

05-19-2014 19:50:17 | More by Filabee
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -41%

12-24-2011 19:23:01 | More by JohnK17
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -41%

04-16-2014 00:51:22 | More by Lawl3ss
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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -34%

Got this pour at Owen & Engine, what a fine pub establishment.
Pour presents that dark sunburst color with the color a bit darker in the center.
Aroma shows the type of hop character i expect from bear republic, cascade and simcoe hop profiles of strong pine and light citrus notes creating what i consider the typical and cliche go-to ipa profile. nothing unique or special to hold my attention throughout the aroma or flavors.
Mouthfeel is a bit dense and/or lacking carbination and that keeps this one from popping as much as i like from a ipa.

This one is a skip for me in the future. t typical and average to be interesting.

09-11-2011 02:44:34 | More by ChadQuest
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axeman9182

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -32.1%

On tap at the Rattle n Hum and served in a pint glass.

Apex pours a relatively clear orange, lightening towards tangerine in the right lighting. There's about a finger of white foam crowning the beer, and it shows pretty good staying power. Lacing is a bit spotty though. Still, all in all it looks pretty good for a bar pour. The nose has a little bit of caramel to it, and a little bit of citrus. Emphasis on "little bit" there, as the aroma overall is far too weak, and much more pale ale than double IPA. There's a little bit of malty caramel sweetness up front, and a solid bite of bitterness to clear that out of the way mid palate. As with the nose though, the hoppy follow through is just weak here. The grapefruit-y citrus notes aren't nearly as aggressive as they should be. The body is solidly light, definitely on the drier end of the spectrum. The carbonation is just a little bit lifeless though, which definitely doesn't do the beer any favors. Racer 5 and Racer X are just two of the great hoppy beers I've had from Bear Republic, so I was really surprised at how underwhelming I found Apex to be.

11-22-2011 03:29:48 | More by axeman9182
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HopChef44

Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -30.7%

I had this one on draft at Rattle N' Hum in NYC on a night featuring Bear Republic brews. This one was not a feature in my eyes when compared their staples I have come to love in Racer 5 and Racer X.

A: Best part of this beer good color, nice 2 finger head gives this one promise.

S: This is where the let down begins. From a DIPA I was expecting a crsip, hoppy nose and it just wasnt there. Slight hop notes, but I felt like I had to search for them.

T: Dissapointment continues. Heavy caramel, malt and sweetness take the forefront here. Again, I found myself searching for the hops I was craving.

M: Mouthfell was good, but lached some of the body and carbonation I was looking for. At this point a decent mouthfell was not saving this one.

O: I would like to say that this let down was a function of an old barrell, but on Bear Republic night I highly doubt this was the case. This will not turn me away from my favorites from them, but I will not have the Apex again. In my eyes (mouth) this was not a DIPA...

03-20-2013 13:52:15 | More by HopChef44
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jlb502

California

3/5  rDev -29.2%

11-20-2011 05:01:13 | More by jlb502
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.2%

On tap in a pint glass at the Smokehouse on 8/8/11

Pale, browned, golden amber. Very clear. One finger head tops the glass. Thin, but lasting retention. Excellent wall of lace.

Lots of zesty citrus hops in the nose - grapefruit, orange, lemon and some tangerine. Pine resin, too. Smells spicy. Malt backdrop of biscuit, bread and a spot of caramel. Booze is absent.

Apex tastes totally different that it smells. Hops are very earthy, almost dirty. Modest pine bitterness with understated, nondescript citrus zest. Malts are earthy, too - dusty biscuit and bread. Faint suggestions of dark fruit from the middle on. I swear, it almost has a powder cocoa finish. Starts to taste solvent-like as it warms.

The feel is thin; much too thin for the style. Carbonation is low, making for a confused, unfocused feel. Smooth enough, though. A hint of alcohol is appreciable. Long-lingering bitterness.

Overall impression - a decently constructed brew that just doesn't do it for me.

09-05-2011 18:23:16 | More by Ryan011235
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.2%

06-23-2012 03:37:19 | More by ms11781
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3/5  rDev -29.2%

After loving Bear Republic's Racer X I was happy to find this beer on tap. A hazy, copper colored body with a sturdy off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

This beer smells pretty good too. Lots of grapefruit and orange zest, a bit of lemon. Lots of resinous pine scents and obvious bitterness.

After how good this beer looks and smells, I was pretty shocked by the fact that I don't like how it tastes. All of the characteristics from the aroma are there once again; pine, many forms of citrus and loads of bitterness. Also present, however, is the biting and unpleasant "industrial cleaner" flavor that I seem to be running into more frequently in big IPAs and IIPAs lately. Add the fact that the malt backbone still manages to add a little more caramel flavor that I would like and this one is not a winner for me.

Very harsh and biting, which I would actually like with a better flavor profile.

This is not one I enjoyed. More Racer X please!

01-11-2011 19:38:09 | More by Hojaminbag
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.2%

11-20-2011 04:01:39 | More by jenray
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -28.5%

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.

08-27-2011 04:38:35 | More by Soonami
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champ103

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -22.6%

A: Pours a clear golden/copper/orange color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Some lace is left behind.
S: Citrus, piny, and grapefruit hops up front. A substantial bitterness throughout. Some caramel malt for balance, along with some bread and biscuit.
T: A little one dimensional. A strong grapefruit bitterness up front and dominate. A light grainy malt flavor lingers.
M/D: A medium body that is sticky and soapy. Hot alcohol and strong bitterness makes this a one and done.

Just the standard American DIPA. Lots of bitterness and not much else. If that is your thing it is worth a try.

05-20-2010 17:54:07 | More by champ103
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -21.5%

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear light amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lime, caramel, orange zest, lemon zest, menthol, and balsa. The taste holds notes of pine, lime, dark toffee, brown sugar, light booze, caramel, and light menthol. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a syrupy feel, and a sticky finish. Overall, I think this could have been a pretty damn fine DIPA, but it just comes off as boozy and hastily hopped (meaning it was overdone with little thought to how it was being overdone...if that makes sense...). Shame, really...

11-09-2011 04:45:43 | More by TMoney2591
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kojevergas

Texas

3.44/5  rDev -18.9%

"Apex Special IPA." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a squeaky clean Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery - which is amongst the best in California in my opinion. "8.95%" ABV. Reviewed live. Reviewed as an IPA for obvious reasons.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice even consistency and smooth soft complexion. Good creaminess and thickness. Nice even lacuing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is great for the high ABV - about 9-10 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of above average vibrance and excellent clarity. Appears well-carbonated. It's a clean appearance; there's no visible yeast sediment or anything.

Overall, it's a good looking beer and fits neatly inside style conventions, plus it boasts an impressive head. I'm excited to try it, but in fairness it's not a unique or special appearance for an IPA. There are many beers that look just like this does.

Sm: I dig the fruit - peaches, apricot, and tangerine. It could be fresher and juicier, but the fruitiness is nice overall. It's also got some nice floral hop character, some mild resins, and a kiss of pine. Though it boasts some impressive and diverse hop character, the hop bitterness is well balanced by malty undertones - caramalt, sweet pale malts, and clean barley.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. It's not the dry, arid, stale aroma of many bad IPAs.

It's a clean, pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Soft. Aromatic.

T: It's got a lovely hop profile - that much is immediately obvious. Soft fruity tones of pleasant peach, apricot, and tangerine. Floral hop character. There's some citrusy zest on the finish which unfortunately flirts with the stale orange juice character I always hate in IPAs; luckily this is pretty tame. Onion/garlic. Lime.

It's got a bit too much caramalt and pale malt sweetness in general, but luckily this sweetness covers up any hop bitterness. As a result, it's got a general cohesion and a decent balance, but it's not quite the fine-tuned carefully built brew I've come to expect from Bear Republic.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-flavours come through.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. I like that it doesn't have biting bitterness. It's not the most intricate or complex IPA I've had, but it's superior to most IPAs. I just wish the hop profile was a bit more interesting.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Sleek and soft. Approachable. Medium-bodied. Mildly filling. Lightly oily. Slightly overcarbonated.

Not boozy, hot, gushed, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall, this beer has a good presence on the palate and the texture complements the taste nicely, though it doesn't quite feel custom-tailored specifically to this flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well; I'd guess it was maybe 8%. While I did expect far more given Bear Republic's mastery of hoppy styles, this remains an enjoyable IPA which is worth trying once. Personally, I wouldn't get it again, but I'm glad I got to try it and I'll have no difficulty finishing the bottle.

I will say I can see how this may have been one of the best limited release IPAs out there when it was first released.

High B-

03-23-2014 06:25:52 | More by kojevergas
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PSU_Mike

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

03-28-2014 03:15:43 | More by PSU_Mike
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buyyourfreedom

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

06-04-2014 22:33:10 | More by buyyourfreedom
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jeff1973

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-01-2014 04:19:13 | More by jeff1973
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DustinSWB

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

03-20-2014 15:55:17 | More by DustinSWB
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-14-2013 22:38:18 | More by chippo33
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kmanjohnson

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

03-16-2014 04:26:07 | More by kmanjohnson
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Rlhinson2104

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

07-08-2014 14:49:57 | More by Rlhinson2104
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%

Always happy to try something from Bear Republic. They do good work.

Appearance- Rich copper color. A half inch of head, no particular lacing. Quite clear. Nice.

Smell- Plenty of caramel malt. There is some fruit, especially grapefruit. Not a great nose.

Taste- Sweet, burnt candy caramel malts. Balanced out nicely by some fruity hops. Finishes bitter. Could use a bigger hop punch.

Mouthfeel- A little thick and syrupy.

Drinkability- Not bad, but the thickness and sweetness is a little much.

This is not a bad bev, but I'll take Racer 5 any day of the week.

03-14-2010 00:58:56 | More by callmescraps
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%

Amber hue with a uniform creamy white head. Lacing that sticks like a paint splatter. Mango passion fruit, and pineapple in the nose. Some sweet caramel background.

The taste holds a sweet mango flavor up front with a complex bitter finish that is swept away by the alcohol. Not to say the alcohol is strong but its noticeable. Caramel malt sweetness rounds out the finish. This is like East coast DIPA meets West coast DIPA. Perfect for those in between DIPA lovers.

01-16-2011 22:39:18 | More by BearsOnAcid
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -15.1%

22. oz bomber filled from Bierkraft. Thanks Greg for the bottle.

This beer has a really nice appearance in my shaped pint. It's got a penny copper color and a perfect cap of off white foam on top.

The aroma is nice but falls somewhere in the middle of the pack for dipa's. It's got a thick, sweet grain presence of concentrated malt, along with some grassy, citrusy hops. This could really use more hops in the nose. The palate opens up big and sweet, with low carbonation, which contributes to a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is very bitter, but is still balanced too much towards malt sweetness. It's got caramel notes, malt concentrate, and a citric sweetness up front with a big, resiny bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is strong, but this beer needs more hops in the flavor and aroma department.

04-21-2010 00:11:45 | More by jeffthecheff
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Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.