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Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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846 Ratings

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 62
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2005

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at a Whole Foods Tasting night

A - Nice golden amber with creamy white head

S - Citrus, grapefruit and pine

T - Not over the top bitter. More citrus and god blend of hops and malts.

M - Medium to full body with right amount of carbination. Lightly oiled and creamy.

O - Excellent. It goes down very easy for a 7.5% beer. Another beer I wouldn't mind Bear Republic bottling.

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2.84/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rattle n Hum and served in a pint glass.

Apex pours a relatively clear orange, lightening towards tangerine in the right lighting. There's about a finger of white foam crowning the beer, and it shows pretty good staying power. Lacing is a bit spotty though. Still, all in all it looks pretty good for a bar pour. The nose has a little bit of caramel to it, and a little bit of citrus. Emphasis on "little bit" there, as the aroma overall is far too weak, and much more pale ale than double IPA. There's a little bit of malty caramel sweetness up front, and a solid bite of bitterness to clear that out of the way mid palate. As with the nose though, the hoppy follow through is just weak here. The grapefruit-y citrus notes aren't nearly as aggressive as they should be. The body is solidly light, definitely on the drier end of the spectrum. The carbonation is just a little bit lifeless though, which definitely doesn't do the beer any favors. Racer 5 and Racer X are just two of the great hoppy beers I've had from Bear Republic, so I was really surprised at how underwhelming I found Apex to be.

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Copper colored beer with a finger of head and little retention. Definite floral aroma emanating from this offering. There is a distinct grapefruit taste with a healthy dose of hop bitterness at the finish. This is a solid DIPA, but not quite remarkable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a cloudy amber with a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is fruity with some grapefruit and touches of citrus out front in the nose. There some nice sweet malt aroma that is hanging back but keeping up with the bitter hop aroma that is dominant.

The taste is hoppy with a more citrus flavor. There again is a grapefruit with a little tangy lemon in the flavor. There is some nice sweetness that comes out toward the bitter then moves back as the bitterness comes back to take over.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a tangy mouth feel. It’s a medium sized beer that feels like it wants to be bigger and can fool into thinking it is bigger then it is

Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.