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Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

762 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 762
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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Quafftastic

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-27-2014 01:14:13 | More by Quafftastic
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-27-2014 00:15:40 | More by zonker17
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instinct2

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-27-2014 00:09:27 | More by instinct2
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goldenM13

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-26-2014 23:52:57 | More by goldenM13
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coldriver

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-26-2014 04:09:00 | More by coldriver
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-26-2014 01:11:36 | More by calcnerd
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stafford2

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-26-2014 00:38:11 | More by stafford2
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%

A-Pours a bright, clear orange. An aggressive pour brings about a thick, chunky, off white head. Splotchy lacing.

S-Obviously very hoppy. Apricots and candied oranges. Grapefruits and peaches. Caramel and bready malt.

T-Actually pretty balanced but still clearly very hoppy. I think apricot and candied orange and grapefruits are the best way to describe the flavor. A bit of green onions. Finishes with a bready and caramelly maltiness then a big wave of very bitter pine. It becomes sweeter over time.

M-Fuller bodied. High bitterness. Alcohol is evident. Softer carbonation.

O/D-Bear Republic is very good at brewing up hoppy treats. Apex is a beer that is far above average. I would pick a few more from bear Rpublic before I would choose this one but that's far from a jab at this beer. I would pick Bear Republic beers over most breweries flat out.

03-25-2014 23:44:59 | More by VelvetExtract
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-24-2014 23:35:04 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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vma

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

03-24-2014 22:39:30 | More by vma
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-24-2014 19:31:03 | More by jsurfs82
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-24-2014 14:21:04 | More by Burkbom23
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BrewJ_Okland

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-24-2014 03:52:49 | More by BrewJ_Okland
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rflips86

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-23-2014 21:34:14 | More by rflips86
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-23-2014 17:52:48 | More by jayhunter357
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12%

03-23-2014 15:14:42 | More by Oidmoe
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-23-2014 14:28:57 | More by shehateme
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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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Beaver13

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

03-23-2014 05:25:16 | More by Beaver13
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SavageHopHead

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-23-2014 05:03:24 | More by SavageHopHead
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a best by date of 6/5/14; into a tulip.
Appearance - gold, swirling storm of carbonation bubbles that build a towering foamy white head. Lacing is nice and sticky on the glass.
Smell - powerful citrus with a hint of some stone fruit.
Taste - strong, bitter hop kick, but proves to have enough of a malt foundation to keep it relatively balanced.
Feel - light to medium body with obvious carbonation; bitter and tangy hops.
Overall - another terrific IPA from BR; DIPA fans will enjoy this!

03-22-2014 23:44:22 | More by DenverHopHead
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12%

03-22-2014 23:31:20 | More by BigTrubble
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jxc5

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-22-2014 22:37:42 | More by jxc5
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

03-22-2014 21:47:40 | More by ucsbmullet
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cdwil

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-22-2014 21:03:59 | More by cdwil
Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.