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Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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768 Ratings

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 45
Gots: 49 | 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 Duttonic


4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

09-24-2010 22:32:21 | More by Duttonic
Photo of jmhart


3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

09-13-2010 22:37:56 | More by jmhart
Photo of SolomonGrundy


4.03/5  rDev -5%

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.

09-05-2010 19:31:36 | More by SolomonGrundy
Photo of woodychandler


4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

08-10-2010 01:28:30 | More by woodychandler
Photo of jzeilinger


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

07-27-2010 03:15:31 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of Tucquan


4/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

07-12-2010 10:49:23 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Thur123


4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

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

06-27-2010 04:05:33 | More by Thur123
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

06-13-2010 16:41:14 | More by rfgetz
Photo of argock


4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

06-12-2010 03:22:47 | More by argock
Photo of haddon


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

06-02-2010 00:23:50 | More by haddon
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

06-01-2010 03:18:10 | More by CHickman
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-28-2010 17:39:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.65/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

05-25-2010 00:35:13 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of branimal9

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

05-24-2010 21:12:36 | More by branimal9
Photo of champ103


3.28/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

05-20-2010 17:54:07 | More by champ103
Photo of jampics2


4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

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!

05-15-2010 13:13:53 | More by jampics2
Photo of ArrogantB


4.21/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at the Vine Street Pub. Nice orange color, looks good, Smells hoppy! Citrus, fruity, some pine in both the aroma and teh flavor. This was a good IPA and I could not tell if it was high in ABV or not based upon the taste. I wish it were easier to find fresh Bear republic IPA's in Colorado but c'est la vie.

Update 3/21/14 bottle dated best by 06/05/14 and apparently this has a four month best by. This is quite delicious, peaches, pineapple, oranges, delicious. Mmmm.

05-01-2010 15:34:39 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of largadeer


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

04-29-2010 15:39:14 | More by largadeer
Photo of beermanbrian


4.75/5  rDev +12%

Nice golden color with a white head that leaves splotchy lace all the way down. Smell just blows you away. Citrus all over the place with just a hint of pine. Taste gives you the grapefruit that I just love. Oily mouth. I had a glass of this at Brass Rail and had to go home and get my growler so that should answer the drinkability question. Web site says 100 IBU's but i don't see it in a good way. This is my favorite double IPA ever. Great balance, nice bitter finish without puckering your cheeks but there is never a doubt that the hops are there. There must be a ton of sweetness in there to balance things out but it dosn't become cloying which is my biggest complaint on doubles. Great job, wish you could get this in bottles.

04-29-2010 00:29:39 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of regspeir


4.45/5  rDev +5%

on tap @ Capones
Pours a cloudy orange/copper with small head which thins quickly. Lacing clings to the glass throughout. The nose is pine, caramel and citrus. Good carbonation is evident. While this IS a DIPA, I love the bright flavors of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. There is a nice mild bitterness in the finish. Drinkability? Hell, yeah. I would suggest you try this great, balanced example of a DIPA. I will again for sure.

04-28-2010 23:30:13 | More by regspeir
Photo of cpetrone84


3.9/5  rDev -8%

Had on tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg

A-pours a slightly hazy golden amber colored beer. The head is pure white and quite thick looking. The retention is decent

S-the nose is fairly light and brings citric hops of appricot and grapefruit.

T-the taste brings a resignous pine right up front, caramel malts, light roasted underneath. The back is all tropical fruit hops, apricot is strong, notes of grapefruit with a light bitterness in the back.

M-the feel is smooth and soft, the body is on the lighter end of medium with high carbonation.

D-very tasty ipa, smooth and soft on the palate with a good hop presence. Not overly bitter but enough to showcase the ipa.

04-26-2010 00:41:43 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of garuda


4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a long lasting head with intricate lacing all the way down the glass. Superb appearance.

S - Heavy on the citrus hop aromas, with grapefruit and orange identifiable. Backed up by a touch of light biscuity malts.

T - Follows the nose with big notes of citrus hops. Biscuit malts balance it out nicely.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation makes it nice and smooth across the palate, with residual hop oils coating the mouth. Crisp, astringent, bitter finish.

D - Alcohol is only barely noticeable in the last couple sips. The Apex was a pleasure to drink and I would definitely get another one, given the chance.

04-25-2010 18:26:18 | More by garuda
Photo of gibby


4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

On tap at TJ's in Paoli, one of my favorite local spots.
Arrived in a 9oz snifter glass with a deep amber color and puffy white head peeking out of the rim. Nice aroma of citrus, pine and hints of candy. I think it tastes better than it smells. Great citrus, pine and hoppiness in the flavor with a nice bitterness in the end. Really nice mouthfeel with ample carbonation and not really thick at all for a double ipa. High drinkability for sure. I think the abv is at 8% or higher and you cannot tell one bit. These go down very easily and it's a really nice beer. I much prefer this dipa over the racer X. Another winner from bear republic, they should bottle this. Highly recommended.

04-24-2010 13:40:34 | More by gibby
Photo of weeare138


4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

04-23-2010 15:52:04 | More by weeare138
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

04-21-2010 23:36:43 | More by AlexJ
Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.