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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

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

pours a hazy golden orange and puts up a tight 1 finger head that fully laces the glass on the way down - a sharp smell of grassy hops -very tasty in the hop profile - there's lots of hop flavor of citrus/pine resin but not over the top- a bit thick and sticky - pretty good stuff.

JoeBloe, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of NorCalYeti
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good color, apricot, light amber, fresh hop aroma, nice bitter hops, sweet hop finish, good weight on the palate, oily mouthfeel and finish

brewers- rich norgrove

ibu's- 100

abv- 7.5

bittering hops- cascade, columbus, chinook, centennial

flavoring hops- cascade, columbus, chinook, centennial

dry hops- cascade, columbus, centennial

sampled this at the bistro's 13th annual ipa festival august 7, 2010

NorCalYeti, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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...

augustgarage, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Churchill's.

A: Golden orange in the snifter and glistening in the light of the pub. 

S: Excellent aroma. Big orange and peach notes, which are fucking excellent, with backing grapefruit. Some caramel malt in there providing balance. Slightly floral.

T: Big hop flavor with minimal bitterness. Notes of orange, peach, apricot, and grapefruit are present. Caramel malt provides just enough sweetness. A little astringency and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A great beer, this must be a fresh keg as it's brimming with hops. I don't recall liking this all that much when I first had it, but this is awesome.

HopHead84, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

BearsOnAcid, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Hojaminbag, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Fountainhead in a tulip.

Appearance: Apex pours an amber copper color, really transparent. A pillowy white head rests on top and demonstrates good retention, leaving a web of sticky lace as the level of beer recedes.

Smell: Lightly roasted English barley, mostly grapefruit citrus hops, and some leafy hop aroma as well. A fairly light aroma.

Taste: Starts out with a very light pale malt presence -- it is clear that pale and Carapils malts were used -- before releasing it's 100+ IBU's on my palette. Some leafy hop flavor, but I get a ton of grapefruit and pine hops as well. The flavor is bitter and carries through the finish.

Mouthfeel: The feel is moderately dry, some resiny hop oil left on the tongue. Light to medium carbonation and a medium body.

Drinkability: After Hop Rod Rye, which is one of my favorite IPA's, I was expecting something amazing, and I got something good. Not disappointed, but maybe a little bit underwhelmed.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Given to me in a pint glass. Appears a burnt orange hue with about a finger of white frothy head.

Smell - Heavy hops, pine, bitter grapefruit, slight malty/caramel backbone.

Taste - Similar to the nose, though pretty insane on the hops. Despite there being an intense bitter hop flavor, there is also a somewhat off putting caramel and biscuty flavor. A bit too much for me.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, slick, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - One and done. Glad I was able to try this from BR but not something I'd get again.

SpdKilz, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of CaptainIPA
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap @ Bailey's Taproom in Portland on 11-30-10 and reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear orange amber with a thick beige head with good retention and lacing that sticks to the glass. Nose is uber-hopped with aromas of citrus and floral, grapefruit and pine.

Opens with toasted caramel before moving into a raw-hopped paradise: juicy pink grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Intense bitterness emerges -- a bitterness soon balanced with caramel malt, brown sugar and biscuit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. ABV is well concealed. Finishes super dry with a lingering bitterness and a zing of mint. Well balanced and intensely flavorful.

Cheers to Dylan, our client, for turning Jon, Jeff and I on to Bailey's!

CaptainIPA, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Duttonic
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 09/02/10. Had on-tap at the Dancing Bear Pub.

A- Light amber/burnt orange, no head, little lacing.

S- Hops, strong malt backbone, caramel.

T/M- Medium body, bitter, creamy, smooth.

D- Great. Similar to 90min, but not quite the same. Bitter and mouth puckering.

Duttonic, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of jmhart
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Had this, remarkably, from a cask at The Hopyard in Pleasanton,CA

A-pumped a light, clear amber-brown with a thick, rich delicious looking creamy almond colored head, 1.5 fingers thick. Left a rich sticky lace that clung to the glass all the way down from top to bottom as I drank it.

S-definite hops on the nose, but not as fragrant as I'd like. Bitterness, citrus, and caramel... but all muted. I thought it'd open up as it warmed, but no. There's also the might be the slightest bit of mustyness....but I'm not counting off for that, might just be the sour bar towells.

T-a really fantastic malt/hop balance. Some decent caramel malt sweetness but perfectly matched with some floral hop birltternes. There's a very mild but distinct rubbing alcohol finish. It's not distracting and not entirely unpleasant, but it would be better if it weren't there.

M- mouthfeel on this is incredible. Medium to full bodied, chewy and creamy, moist, and not a hint of alcoholic bite.

D- a pretty tasty beer, but it doesn't leave me craving another.

jmhart, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this after a quick trip up to H-Burg...They call it a strong ale on their board, and it's described as a DIPA and Imperial IPA on the INTERNETZZZ. Pours a brilliantly clear amber, just a tad darker than usual for this style. About a finger of saopy head dissipates into a thin whisper of head, with some lacing. Well carbonated. Very robust nose of pineapple upside down cake, and maybe some pine way in the back. Flavor is crisp and very full. Mouthfeel is thinner than the flavor, which is unusual. Slightly sweeter than normal, yet very well balanced. Lots of vanilla and malt right up front, and it carries some alcohol as this is 7.5% abv. Good beer. Finish is long and longer, bitter in a good way. Did I mention this is good beer? Worth going to grab a pint or two for sure.

SolomonGrundy, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

This was presented to me with a thick, fluffy finger-and-a-half of eggshell-white head that laid atop the beer like a soft blanket. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was pine-y, resinous, like sniffing glue, kiddies! Get a whiff or huff of this bad actor. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a great hops presence just rolling around on the tongue. I had just been reading an article on Fat Artie Lange and his heroin addiction, causing me to think about my own Hops Monkey. I LOOOVE when that little f**ker stops screeching and climbs down off of my back. This was one of those instances. Is there some way to mainline this beer? Finish was an afterthought as I was in Hops Heaven.

woodychandler, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright gold with very, very active carbonation and a thick creamy, white head that actually STAYS on top of the glass without dissipating. (what a concept)

S - Biscuity background malt with a generous amount of apricot, orange, grapefruit, and mild pine aroma. This beer smells like a typical West Coast style hop bomb - very, very nice.

T - Mimics the nose with the same going on as it dances on the tongue. Has some biscuity malt underneath for a nice backbone to hold up generous helpings of apricot, orange, grapefruit, and pine. The hop bitterness dances between sweet and bitter with a slight nod leaning towards the sweeter, juicier side of hoppy happiness. There's a small peppery nuance in the finish that really rounds things out for a nice finish. After the sip, the mouth is coated with generous amounts of apricot and orange with bitter, metallic grapefruit lingering in the back.

M - Very mild carbonation on the tongue that finishes creamy and satisfying. Is on the heavier side of medium body and a little bit chewy.

D - Personally, this is a perfectly done D-IPA and a hop lover's delight.

jzeilinger, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-07-10 at Capone's

A - Clear amber with a short, white head

S - Resinous pine, biscut, orange citrus

T - Similar to the smell with the addition of caramel, green sour apple and a good dose of well-balanced bitterness mellowed a bit by some honey aftertaste. Noticed the alcohol taste. I prefer the taste and balance of the Racer 5. This is leaning towards a Hecules Great Divide, but again, I prefer the flavor of the Great Divide. Don't get me wrong though, I quite enjoyed this brew.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

D - Worth having more than one.

Tucquan, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Thur123
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep rich medium brown/orange color. Very hazy and little head, about one finger on the pour. The smell is orange rind, grapefruit, apricot with a slight herbal bitterness. The malt is present but in pretty good balance.

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The flavor is balanced pretty well IMO. The hop flavor is the show here but the malt does a lot to support the flavor and really let the different hop flavors shine. Flavor is grapefruit, tart apples, lemon and orange too. The malt is roasty and big with a traditional flavor, no spiciness present. Overall pretty good, reminds me of 90 MIN but with a different kind of hop flavor over well balanced malt.

Growler from The Lodge in Hilton Head, SC

Thur123, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper color with big poof of soapy white head. Scent is initially sweet with notes of carmel,toffe and grahmn cracker, the hops are slightly subdued and lean towards fruity mango, peach and floral notes. Taste again leads with the carmel, toffe and grahmn cracker like sweetness and the hops come through as muddled, slightly watery peach, mango and oranage. Carbonation is very low for the style and the finnish is dry. A different tasting type of IPA with an nteresting sweetness, but muddled hop profile.

rfgetz, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of argock
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap in a Maudite tulip/snifter at The Lodge (Hilton Head, SC).

A: Hazy peach tea hue with short cap of off-white small-bubble head which sheets the top of the glass.

S: Complex malts accent a decidedly hoppy aroma profile. Malts are more than just pale and caramel as a toasted flavor pushes through. Hoppiness is earthy, floral, and citrus with some pine resin in there too.

T: A superb mix of orange blossom floral citrus hoppiness with enough earthy resiny component to up the complexity and big caramel and toasted malty presence, very much in the mold of GR Hercules or DFH 90 Minute. Too easy to take down -- the alcohol is not there and I think this type of DIPA (lower end of ABV scale) is right in the sweet spot for the combination of hops and malt without being overburdened with alcohol.

M: The maltiness really brings the feel to a peak with good chewiness that still brings an element of resiny stickiness. This is not an oily, slick feeling brew. The carbonation is higher than most DIPAs, which serves it well to bring a smoother overall package.

D: An exceptional DIPA that is in the upper few for me overall. The more modest ABV for the style is welcome and really serves this beer well regarding this category and taste. Hopefully Bear Republic will get more APEX out my way in VA like all of their other excellent brews. Definitely worth making a special trip for.

argock, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of haddon
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

haddon, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber in color with a 1 finger creamy beige head; decent lacing that slides down the glass.

Smells of floral hops, piney hops, citrus hops, lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, grass, flowers, caramel, pepper, honey and sweet malt; very impressive nose with a dominant hop aroma.

Tastes like it smells with floral hops, piney hops, citrus, lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, grass, flowers, caramel, pepper, honey, cinnamon, sweet malt, light grains, sugar and then a nice spice hop burn in a good way. Excellent IPA flavor that is potent and flavorful with a nice hop presence that trails off with wonderful hoppy spices. The alcohol is well hidden by the complex flavors, which makes this dangerously easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, bordering on oily, with a slight prickle and tingle on the tongue, medium body and little to no carbonation.

Very tasty and highly drinkable, even with the lip smacking hop spices; for me this is an ideal beer as I love IPA's and this was excellent. I highly recommend this beer and will seek it out again.

CHickman, Jun 01, 2010
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 28, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After my friend's movie premiere t the Newtown theater we shot over to Isaac's for a pint.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an auburn color with a thick white heading. Leaves some good lacing but does turn rather flat halfway through.

Smell is well very subtle in all aspects. Mostly dominated by some very flowery hops but not too overpowering.

Taste is a bit different then the nose obviuosly. A bit overlyhopped for the amount malt in this(almost not apparent).

Mouth is medium bodied with decent retention and carbonation.Leaves a bit of an oily slipperiness to it.

A decent IIPA but not worth going out of your way for.

TheFightfan1, May 25, 2010
Photo of branimal9
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barley's Greenville - 5/20/2010.

Clear burnt ochre in color. Soapy, bubbling head with fine lacing. Wet citrusy hops on the nose, along with a slightly sweet aroma. Wonderfully bitter, buttery fresh hops at first sip. Very soft body, velvety and tongue-coating. Exceptionally smooth. A finely-crafted DIPA; Bear Republic has yet to dissapoint me.

branimal9, May 24, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

champ103, May 20, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Fatheads. Had to grab a pint of this when I saw it on the big board.

Orange w/ amber touches and a nice fluffy head. Looks a bit darker than what I envision to be a perfect DIPA and the head retention/lace wasn't in the world class category, but a good looking beer nonetheless.

Smell is really good. Citrus (most notably pineapple, grapefruit, and orange), herbs, pine, and a touch of mint.

Taste is up there with some of the best DIPAs I've ever had! A kiss of caramel and biscuity malt (which is almost a touch peppery for some reason) keeps things well grounded. Nice layers of citrus and pine provide adequate bitterness. Great DIPA, almost perfect but I could use a touch more depth from the hops.

Nice light-medium body with great carbonation. I normally like my DIPA's a touch lighter in body, but I can't say this doesn't work perfectly with this beer. Outstanding mouth on this one.

Drinkability was good but there's a conflict in sweet and ruinous aftertastes that made it a bit rougher than I desired. But a great beer, probably one of the best from Bear Republic. Worth seeking out!

jampics2, May 15, 2010
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