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Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

777 Ratings
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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 44
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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Sammy, May 25, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

t0rin0, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some dank, earthy, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight onion flavor on the finish. There is a medium herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it’s quite dank.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey DC in March 2010.

A: Pours a somewhat-dark copper with some orange tints to it. Nice off-white head and a bit of lacing.

S: Very nice. Lots of floral and citrus hops with a tad bit of caramel sweetness in the background.

T: Lots of hop bitterness. Nothing too overpowering or extraordinary, but certainly not balanced. Citrus and floral hops shine through with a bit of an herbal zest in the background. Some caramel malt in the background.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation and only a hint of alcohol.

D: Very drinkable. My glass was gone way too fast. Another great (D)IPA coming from the folks in Healdsburg.

Thorpe429, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

nmann08, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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

metter98, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Texasfan549, Feb 15, 2014
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 kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kjkinsey, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

GRG1313, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Toronado SD

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden amber color with a thin white head on top.

S: The nose has plenty of fresh grapefruit and other citrus hops. There is a bit of pine and a touch of sweet malt.

T: The hops provide a real fruity character to the beer with lots of grapefruit and pineapple but do not think this is a sweet IPA. There is a ton of bitter, resinous, piney hop flavor as well.

M: The body is medium to full with a moderate carbonation.

D: This is actually one of the better DIPAs I've had. A fantastic amount of bitterness along with almost no alcohol presence.

womencantsail, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

kylehay2004, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.7%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -5.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

TMoney2591, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Rose and Crown. Honey colored with a frothy bone-colored head. The aroma has a big candied pine character, fresh and lightly sweet. Citrusy undertones come out with a few swirls; grapefruit, orange, pineapple. Resiny pine and citrus hit the palate first; the mid-palate brings the pine character back to the forefront. There's a touch of crackery malt, but this is dry from front to back and strongly bitter in the finish. Delicious stuff, a quality DIPA.

largadeer, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.7%

SocalKicks, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 8/28/07 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky orange-brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very hoppy with a good background of citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with your typical West Coast IPA flavors of hops citrus and caramel. The hops presence is very strong and ends up winning out. The malt character is hearty but not too sweet. The after-taste is hoppy with a touch of sweetness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, nice kick, excellent representation of style and perfect example of a West Coast hop bomb, this is a perfect beer to stick with and drink a lot of, I enjoyed it a great deal. I'm hopes Bear Republic starts bottling this one.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 29, 2007
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly fogged orange amber brown with a creme head. Damn that is one fine looking beer. Nose is piney citrus tones. Flavor is a bit bright. Vibrant citrus leaning on an orange-ish edge. Very balanced even though it's quite distinct. Feel is good on carbonation and the liquid is slick and smooth. Extremely easy to drink. Interesting to try this right after the Mach 10. Opposite ends of the hop spectrum. One earthy. One piney citrus. Both damn good. A sign of brewing prowess.

RblWthACoz, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fluffy white head on a slightly hazy copper body with nice lace. Fresh, green hop aroma with pine and dankness. Bready malt with pine and grapefruit hop character. Medium thick body, a slightly sweet finish and a pithy bitterness. Very nice, the hop character is fresh and strong and it is able to shine through despite the fairly strong malt character.

nickfl, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Kegatron, Feb 28, 2014
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 StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bear republic has the ipa thing down pretty well by now, and apex is sort of the culmination of the racer series, a citrusy and strong bright ipa with a wonderfully soft mouthfeel and a long fruity finish. i agree that this is more evolved than many, but i find it rather similar to the citra heavy racer 15 they recently put out. blonder in color, pale and a little washed out, but with a faint orange hue and a beautiful head that holds on forever in my globe. it smells like citrus hops and pale malt, rather basic on both counts, but its the execution and the hop schedule/dry hop program that make this what it is, and that is a bright and bold floral hoppy california india pale. delicate carbonation and just a pillowy feel throughout. fun beer, insanely easy drinking, familiar though, but darn good. you would never know its so strong either, a bomber goes down like a 12 ounce. cheap too at under 8 bucks.

StonedTrippin, Mar 22, 2014
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Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.