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Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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 jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jsurfs82, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Burkbom23, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

BrewJ_Okland, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

rflips86, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

jayhunter357, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Oidmoe
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Oidmoe, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of shehateme
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

shehateme, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"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-

kojevergas, Mar 23, 2014
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.

Beaver13, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of SavageHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

SavageHopHead, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

DenverHopHead, Mar 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

BigTrubble, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jxc5, Mar 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

ucsbmullet, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

cdwil, Mar 22, 2014
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
Photo of ISmith87
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 4.25 - golden amber color that's crystal clear with a nice white head on top. Leaves nice lacing.
S 4.25 - very well balanced with grapefruit, pine, garlic/onion and floral smells. I love the garlicky oniony smell, reminds me of enjoy by or gubna.
T 4.25 - Definitely that garlic onion kind of hops smell, with distinct grapefruit and pine too. Its dank, but not overpowering.
M 4.25 - Perfect amount of bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel. Alcohol completely covered. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit.

O - 4.25 - This is a good double IPA, reminds me of enjoy by. Great stuff.

ISmith87, Mar 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Trish, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

MarkyMOD, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

J-Pro, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

ambruns1979, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SadMachine, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

snakeayes11, Mar 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Bieniek30, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

kmos27, Mar 22, 2014
Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.