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Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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746 Ratings

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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 38
Gots: 44 | 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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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a orange tons light amber with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild head and hearty collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of huge citrus, pine, herbs, and white grapes
Taste is of the aromas with more of a caramel and orange creamsickle flavor pulling through.
Mouthfel is medium bodied, chewy, syrupy, bitter yet balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 15:52:04 | More by weeare138
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Palest yellow gold with a paper white head of fine lace. Moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma is a hophead;s delight; sweet candied orange, grapefruit, mango, and crushed lemon peel. Soft malt sweetness lingers somewhere but this is about the hops.

Flavor is pure juicy West Coast hoip delight! A fruit-basket of citrus, mango, pinapple, and dank herbal goodness. Malt is clean and provides just enough bready sweetness to balance the hops.

Lighter mouthfeel than most DIPA's, but smooth, slick, and sticky. Deceptively hidden alcohol makes this dangerously drinkable. I could easily down a few pints of this. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 23:36:43 | More by AlexJ
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing you notice is the lack of lacing on the glass just like a Racer 5. Smell is high in grapefruit and citrus. I drank this slow to see if the beer would release a stronger smell as it warmed up and to my delight it did. I noticed a sweetness evolve as the temperature rose and made for a real easy drinking double IPA. The alcohol is basically non-existent. Very easy to consume a handful of these. This one is kind of the big brother of racer. I love when you can not only get your big hop craving taken care of and have your thirst quenched at the same time without the bitter overwhelming nature of high hopped brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 19:39:25 | More by SDHoffers
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New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After taking an extremely long time deciding what to get from Deep Ellum in Allston, MA, I'm glad I went with this one.

A five is not high enough to credit how beautiful this beer is. It pours a crisp, clean, amber caramel color with frothy, bright white head and lacing that lingered until long after I finished it.

The aroma is sweet, and crisp with a floral, citrusy hoppiness.

This is perhaps one of the most balanced double IPA's I've ever had. It is hoppy from start to finish, but never overwhelmingly so. It is complex in the combination of grapefruit and other mildly sweet fruits with a hint of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and very smooth. I could not detect any hint of the 8% ABV and downed it a little too fast, but the excellent drinkability allowed me to do so. I think this one is highly underrated!

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 16:22:01 | More by BeckyFreesTibet
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3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

04-21-2010 00:11:45 | More by jeffthecheff
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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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 14:23:41 | More by Slatetank
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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1 L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden earlier this afternoon.

A: The DIPA is lighter than I expected, a dirty golden straw color that is unafraid of its yellows. A thick head, over three fingers on first pour from the growler, is lacing prodigiously.

S: The nose is vegetal, leafy hops that turn citrusy near the finish. Pepper and orange rind, a bit of pineapple, some other stray fruits. No, that last one is not a complete sentence. As the DIPA warms, fresher fruits emerge, more citrus.

T: The first few sips are rather dull, a bit of hops, some grains. After that, the hops become more assertive, orange and pineapple and grapefruit, some rind and fresh pepper, even some berries. Near the end of each sip, a sweet blast (the source for my berries comment) bring the ale's bitterness to a screeching halt. The sweetness is filling, completely replacing the bitterness for a spell. Citrus bitterness does return though, a bitter finish to the ale.

M: The hoppy sweetness throws me for a loop, a full flavor that I don't taste in most IPAs or DIPAs. Not nearly as bitter as you'd expect, there is a nice orange peel blast near the end of each sip.

D: The ale doesn't feel like 8%, at least through 1/3 of the growler. The sweetness of the hops is surprising, something that I didn't expect from a Bear Republic DIPA.

Serving type: growler

04-17-2010 20:44:49 | More by akorsak


4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

14 oz draft pour into a tulip.

A: Honey colored body, murky, with an average size foamy white head. Good retention and excellent stick. Unbelievable lacing provides evidence of each sip. This is one beautiful beer.

S: Aromas of pine and grapefruit hop juices, grapefruit being first and dominant. There are well placed caramel malts in the background with additional malts of sweet bread. Not a groundbreaking nose, but still pretty impressive.

T: More hop flavors of orange and pineapple. The balance of sweetness to bitterness and hops to malt is absolutely perfect for a DIPA. Flavors of grains, brown sugar and big hop citrus fruitiness.

M: The Apex is perfectly carbonated. The body is medium to medium full for the style. Nice hefty bitterness is kept in check by a tame sweetness that carries all the way through to the finish. Very refreshing.

D: Begs another sip. All around fantastic. One of the sleepers in the world of great DIPAs and one of my favorites this year. With each Bear Republic sampling, I'm becoming a bigger and bigger fan. These guys don't miss.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 15:36:36 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden color, crisp and clean looking, with an appropriate collar of rocky white foam. Nice hoppy nose, with citrus (grapefruit, lemon) pine and grass. This one had a very nice malty taste, balanced nicely by the citrus-y grapefruit flavors. A very well made, drinkable above average double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 00:42:14 | More by emmasdad
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 17:59:47 | More by womencantsail
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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Dig Pub in Cedar Park, TX.

Served in standard pint glass a brassy golden hue with a bright clarity and sluggish carbonation. Great lacing left behind from the off-white head. Bubble gum aroma, with a sugary sweetness from caramel and biscuity malts. Cotton candy and citrus hops in the background.

Great flavor shows an initial sweetness from caramel malts that transitions to more of a lightly toasted nuttiness mid-sip. The hops burst across the palate toward the finish, and are rife with delicious pine and tree sap, as well as a healthy dose of fruity citrus, mango, and pineapple. Solid mouthfeel, near-perfectly carbonated and not too thick or syrupy. Very crisp for a IIPA, even though this is perhaps on the low end of the ABV spectrum. An excellent rendition of the style from Bear Republic. Between Apex and Racer X, they are quickly becoming my favorite brewers of the Imperial IPA style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 20:05:27 | More by wagenvolks
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Duvel Tulip(Growler from Greens on Piney Grove in Columbia, SC)

A - orange-amber color with a small white head, very light lacing

S - Citrusy hops are at the front with a hint of malty sweetness at the end

T- Citrusy hops are at the dominant flavor but this beer is actually pretty balanced. A little malty sweetness gives way to a bitter hop taste at the end that doesn't linger.

M - medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

D - This beer is easy to drink for any DIPA fan. It's more balanced then your standard DIPA but still provides a good hop kick. I like citrusy IPA's so this one is right up my alley. Would definitely pick this one up again if I had the chance.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2010 22:18:01 | More by jpmclaug
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3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20 oz.$4.50 imperial pint at Bailey's Taproom 3.19.2010.

Clear light copper body, some visible carbonation. One finger creamy white head, slow dissipation with significant lacing. The nose is surprising sweet, bubblegum-like, had to do a double-take, not what I expected from Bear Republic IPAs. Taste is tropical fruit, mango, guava, very sweet, I had a hard time picking up any bitterness. Sticky finish, not dry. Just too sweet for me, and I certainly didn't pick up the 100+ IBUs. Not sure if the keg had turned or what. On a positive note, the alcohol was well hidden. I'll try this in future, but my least favorite Bear Republic IPA to date.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 00:25:50 | More by jdense
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South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass from a growler purchased from Green's in Columbia, SC.

A: Hazy light amber color with a really nice off-white head that won't die down. Moderate to light lacing.

S: Citrus/floral fruit aromas from the hops. Nice mildly sweet fragrant smell.

T&M Beautifully smooth and balanced beer. Complex flavors start with mildly sweet pine hops that transform to citrus and end with a nice bitter hop taste. Medium to full bodied with well hidden aloohol.

Apex is definitely a quality product that has changed my mind about Bear Republic. Not my absolute best dipa, but top 5 or better. Very drinkable!

Serving type: growler

03-20-2010 19:39:09 | More by cdizinno
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchase a growler from Green's on Piney Grove.
Pours a really nice orange-yellow with a thin consistent blanket of head.
Nose is mainly citrus/tropical fruit flavors from the hops, some caramel from the substantial malt backbone and just a touch of alcohol.
This beer boasts 100+ ibu's and I will not argue. Flavor is much more complex than some other ipa's/dipas. This is not a one dimensional hop-bomb sort of beer. It is very well balanced and the flavors compliment each other nicely.
The thing that makes this beer stand out for me is the mouthfeel. It is not thin and watery. It has heft. It has substance. And it has a flavor profile that screams west coast with the sublety of east coast.
Apex;maybe. I've had beter, but not many. This beer sits on the line between ipa and dipa and I don't think I care which it is. I like it a lot and I am happy to have tried it.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2010 04:53:19 | More by Wespatrick
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South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy amber with a not-quite-white head, that sticks aroun leaves what seems as if it could very well be a permanant lacing. Hops immediately inavde the nose, and prepare me for what I'm about to experience. Hops are also immediately on the forefront of the palate, slight citrus notes are present, as are floral ones, but in reality this is all about the pine. This is the proverbial "drinking a tree" IPA that I personally enjoy quite a bit. Feels great in my mouth, perfect carbonation, incredibly drinkable, and hides it's ABV quite well. Overall, this is a wonderful product, and the fine folks at Bear Republic should be proud of themselves.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2010 00:58:07 | More by jamiesessions
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 11:01:09 | More by Thorpe429
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South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

CBX Growler (same day fill) poured into a chilled COAST imperial pint glass.

This pours pretty (I'm pronouncing it "purdy" in my head). Straw-colored, reminiscent of Racer 5 in that "this looks too light to be a hop bomb" kind of way. Great foamy white head, not too dense, and sticks around very nicely. Almost no haze, really amazing clarity.

Big pine tree notes in the nose, very piney. More pine than citrus. I dig that, but expect to be tasting some citrus soon.

Taste is...well it's damn near perfect. This is what I want in a 8%-ish hop vehicle. Balance, nice sharp clear hop notes. Bright flavors -- usual suspects, grapefruit, pine, little mandarin orange -- but just well done. Same goes for the mouthfeel. Thin cool silk, just the right amount of resin/chew. Just the right amount of tongue coatiness.

This is way to f-ing drinkable.

Bear Republic outdid themselves for me on this one, definitely my new fave of theirs. I've had their whole hop-centric offering, except for Racer X, and this one takes the cake.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2010 03:51:15 | More by FutureCowboy
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3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 00:58:56 | More by callmescraps
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden straw colored hue with a thin beige head. Definately some nice lacing on the glass.

Citrus and grassy hop notes make up the nose. A slight sweet maltiness also round out the aromas.

Nice grapefruit and pine flavor make up the bitterness in this one. A nice caramel sweetness give a nice balance. Dry finish is nice and crisp.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is great. Nicely balanced with great flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 00:57:20 | More by snpub540
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep copper amber in color, capped with a tan head, nice retention and lace

s: massive green pine hop nose with some supplemental tropical fruits riding on a rich caramel malt body, sugary orange, pungent and resinous, lots of fruit sugars

m: smooth carbonation and a full sugary body

t: dripping with pine resin layered underneath with tropical fruits, big fruity caramel body, juicy citrus, sticky sweet with a powerful bitterness to balance things out

d: no problem - a great dipa, which isn't much of a surprise in light of Bear Republic's other hoppy successes, hope to see it in stores

pint at Lost Dog Cafe, Arlington

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 07:50:46 | More by blackie
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at The Publick House 3/1

A: This beer pours a somewhat cloudy deep orange/rust coloring.. borders on amber. Half finger of white head that recedes relatively quickly and leaves sheets of lacing behind.

S: Nose is of caramel malts at first and then lends to a nice even citrus hop nose.

T: Taste starts rather subdued. All about pine, grassy and earthy hops in the forefront. Middle fills out with a nice sweet malt flavoring before hitting the citrus hops all the way through the finish.

M: lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, ratehr creamy body with a touch drier finish.

D: Fantastically well balanced, not a hop bomb, but it's in your face at the same time. Goes down easily, not filling, a really nice beer to sit with and drink for a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2010 01:58:54 | More by Jayli
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3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at South Park Tavern. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a light golden color. Very clear. Produced a fingers width of white head. Dissipated to a thin film on top. Some lacing as consumed.

S- Floral hops with some malt sweetness. Picking up an orange, grapefruit aroma.

T- Bitter hops upfront followed by a candy flavor. Sweet malts in between with some orange, grapefruit rinds. Finishes with some floral hops and a sweet, candy glaze flavor. Light bitterness.

M- Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

D- Wasn't really digging the flavor combination in this one, especially with the big malt profile.

Overall, not what I am really looking for in a DIPA. Had a noticeable malt presence that provided a sweetness I didn't care for. I'll pass on this one from now on.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 03:24:21 | More by rhinos00
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep copper, slight haze with glowing orange highlights. Nice off-white cap with sticky lace, already settled upon delivery but looking good.

S - Solid, not as big as I might have expected for a DIPA, but definitely hoppy with nice floral, citrus, earth, and pine notes with caramel malts making their presence known.

T - This one was served too cold... so it took a while for me to really understand the flavor profile, but the hops jumped right up in bold fashion none-the-less... and I was happy despite the temp. Nice and bitter, yet with a pleasing sweetness. Rose petals, juicy orange and grapefruit, along with hard fruit flavors (apricot maybe), candied orange-peel, some pineapple, and a nice dose of caramel malts to tip the scales a bit towards balanced (for an IPA). Nice earthy flavors develop along with some pine and spice.

M - Medium body for the style; smooth, nearly creamy, and a bit slick. Moderate carbonation.

D - This is a great offering from Bear Republic with excellent drinkability... in fact, maybe too good for the ABV. I will seek this one out again!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 23:43:12 | More by JTahoe


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange copper. Nice beige creamy head, with loads of pils below. Sticky cave painting laces.

Fresh and hoppy - grapefruit, orange, floral, pine. Small toasty sweet caramel backing.

Juicy tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, and pungent floral flavors dominate the palette. Resinous spicy pine rounds out the hop profile. A sweet toasty caramel backing. Nice big biting floral/resinous/piney bitterness and aftertaste. Small hint of booze.

Sticky, smooth, dry, and refreshing. good carbonation and a solid balanced medium body.

Bitter hoppy and tasty. Big and refreshing. Quite hoppy, but with enough balance to give it some balls.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2010 22:51:42 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.