Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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802 Ratings

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 49
Gots: 52 | 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 Avantyawn
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint pour at gingerman. Surprised to see this beer ONLY rated as a 4.19, what a solid IPA/DIPA!

A: Nice unfiltered hazy dark amber, huge frothy head and nice lacing.

S: Fruity but not too much so, a manly smelling fresh hoppy IPA. Smells perfect for the style. Citrus pine and a solid but not overpowering malt profile. Smells delish!

T: The best tasting Bear Republic I've had short of maybe Hop Rod Rye. Delicious, spot on west coast strong IPA. Bitter, but not distractingly so, substantial mouthfeel, smooth, utterly quaffable. This could be the perfect everyday strong IPA. I love this beer immediately. I think it is superior to their Racer 5 IPA, so much rounder a flavor.

M: Spot on, slightly rough but not too chewy , oily, strong IPA feel. Nice carbonation, everything feels perfect here.

O: Overall, this is one of the most shockingly underhyped amazing strong IPA's I've had. A wonderful perfect west-coast representation. Bravo!

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

I'm a little shocked this isn't on the top 50 for American Double / Imperial IPAs anymore, let's see if I can do anything about that, served in an Imperial Pint glass at a local beer bar.

Beer is amber with a soft white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Strong hoppy aroma, earthy, pine, some fruit, smells awesome.

Beer is medium in body and strong throughout, decent moderate bitterness nicely balanced with the hop flavors on the midpalate, the lead off is a medium body with a mild malt presence, overall a great great DIPA and I would totally have this again.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in Healdsburg, CA

Pours a dark golden color with a nice foamy head that hangs around. Smells of citrus and caramel. Taste reveals citrus and a sweet malt up front with a kick of bitterness from the hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and warm. This is a great beer from BR.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico's in Virginia. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of herbal, oily hops, citrus peel, and sweet caramel malts. Flavor of herbal, oily hops, sweet caramel malts, and lemon citrus. Medium-bodied, with an oily, smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Overall quite a nice DIPA!

Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear golden orange. Head looks awesome, started out two fingers then settled leaving more of a coating of head than lacing on the glass.

S: floral and grapefruit, then light malt sweetness.
T: same floral and grapefruit, but with a bit of pine as well. Malt background is just enough to balance the hop bitterness. Long lasting hop bitterness on the aftertaste.
M: smooth, decent carbonation.
O: why do such good beers have to be limited availability.

Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a decent frothy white head that reduced to a thin, wispy cap that left spotty, sticky lacings on the glass. Orange, grapefruit and pine hop aromas. Very fresh. Not much in the way of malt presence. Medium bodied with nice even carbonation and a very oily feel. Dominant bitter hop flavors, pine, citrus grapfruit and orange with pine flavors dominating from beginning to end. The hops totally dominate the malt in this one. Finishes with a long lingering bitterness. I prefer a bit more malt character, even in my DIPAs.

Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a hazy golden color with darker tones, head fades into cloudy film and webbed lacing littered everywhere.

Stiff nose with citrus hops, grapefruit paired with some orange sweetness and caramel malts.

Bitter up front, biting citrus pith and rind. Lots of grapefruit, a few sweeter fruit flavors, almost pineapple sweetness. Medium malt body, caramel and roasted notes. Finishes bitter and juicy with a hint of alcohol.

Medium body, milder carbonation, smooth yet dry and lingering, but a bit crisp. Really nice DIPA, relies on heavy bitterness but still allows other flavors to peek through while keeping the alcohol under control.

Photo of Phelps
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed poured into a snifter at Tops.

Translucent pale gold. The very tiny head is nonetheless sticky, decorating the glass in glorious curtains of lace.

Citrusy, grassy nose. Lemon and orange peel mix with dank, stick hops, alcohol, biscuits and honey.

Apex is one of those rare IPAs for which the flavor improves on the nose. Tons of sticky weed, orange and floral notes from the hops, with burly bitterness and just enough honey sweetness to balance it out. I don’t know how Bear Republic does it, but they always manage to put the tiniest amount of malt possible in their IPAs that still allows them to maintain equilibrium. The bitter hops linger on the tongue for a long while.

Smooth medium body with a flash of moderate massaging bubbles. There’s not too much alcohol, but the bitterness is downright manly.

A drinkable, sticky brew. It’s not the apex of what an IPA can be, but it’s up there.

Photo of kaseydad
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to try this as I’ve seen read about but never consumed….until now. Amber pour with a nice frothy white head. Apricot aroma with some whiffs of orange peel. Grapefruity kick in the front and a big malty backbone that works well. Rather thin and dull mouthfeel. Overall this drinks well on the IPA front but I was a little underwhelmed by the experience. Worthy of a try if you can find it.

Photo of jnn4v
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed within an hour of the growler fill, which took place within 24 hours of the keg being tapped. Should be a very fresh sample.

A: Lots of foamy off-white head - filled at least 1/3 of the glass on each of our pours. Orange / honey color with no sediment and a very slight haze.

S: Peach, apricot, copper, grapefruit, and papaya. Nothing overwhelming at all in intensity, but a nice blend of pleasant fruit and citrus scents.

T: Very sweet initial taste with a combination of dried apricots and fresh juicy peach, but is quickly followed by a funky papaya fruitiness and then fades to herbal, resiny bitterness with just a slight fruit aftertaste. Grapefruit and lemon zest are prevalent throughout the flavor as well.

M: A bit thinner than some DIPAs, but the 7.5% ABV is lower than many as well, so that's to be expected. Carbonation is abundant, as evidenced by the head - however the bubbles are relatively small in size, so it contributes nicely to the texture.

O: Seems like a DIPA with training wheels. This is a nice, sweet, yet balanced DIPA with a good amount of hop flavors and some hop bitterness but nothing over the top in any direction. More importantly, there aren't any real drawbacks to any of the flavors - it's not excellent but definitely not bad in any way either.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Royale. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice light copper with some golden edges. There is a nice ecru head with dense bubbles that recedes slowly down to a thin mat.

S - Biscuity malt outlined by some nice pine hop notes followed by some citrusy notes as well. Grapefruit and tangerines compliment the resiny hop character.

T & M - Starts off with a nice bready front that quickly gets overwhelmed by some intense citrus. Strong grapefruit juice and peal. Tangerines that are quite citrusy and intense. Very very citrusy. Quite a west coast hop bomb. Delicious DIPA. Very well done. The hop flavors are intense and just short of overwhelming and the slight malt sweetness and bread notes really compliment these without being overshadowed.

O - Delicious hop bomb. Really good with some awesome midwest fish tacos(catfish). Great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful glowing orange with a relatively stiff wide head. Leaves absolute sheets of lacing down the glass.

Pungent, biting, tropical citrus aromas. Orange, mango, grapefruit--splendid!

A bitter DIPA awash in citrus. Lovely.

Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, finishes dry yet with a pleasant grapefruit aftertaste.

A delicious, near-perfect DIPA I really wish would find it's way in to a bottle.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly tan head on top of a slightly cloudy darker copper body.

S: the nose is very tropical hop aroma with a slight malt aroma.

T: The taste is super grapefruit and general citrus with strong bitterness. Super hop forward with only a hint of malt.

M: medium thick body with decent carbonation.

D: This beer does not have the greatest drinkability due to its larger body.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchills. Served in a pint glass.

A- Apex arrives with a half inch head of off white foam atop it. The beer is an coppery amber color. Lots of sticky lacing.

S- The nose is dank hops. Citrus, pine and pale malt combine to give the aroma of a good west coast IPA.

T- Hoppy bitterness from the start. Grapefruit provides the primary citrus component with flavors of orange and tangerine taking a back seat. A wave of pine enters mid palate which is nicely balanced by a biscuity malt backbone. The finish is dry with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

M- Feel is thick and viscous which works well here. Carbonation is spot-on giving the beer a wonderfully creamy texture.

O- Apex is one of the better IPAs I've had recently. Excellent hoppy flavors expertly balanced with a nice malt profile. I'm really enjoying this one. Wish it was more readily available. I'll be having this one every time I happen to see it on tap. Recommended!

Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled the day before shared by the generous mjl21 at tasting.

A: Pours a glowing tangerine with a finger of white head that receded into a thin film that left spotty lacing.
S: Sweet and hoppy with dominant notes of citrus and sweet fruits.
T: Really sweet with notes of honey and citrus flavors. Tangerine dominates along with some bitter ruby grapefruit with some slight grassy/weed notes in the finish.
M: Really smooth mouthfeel with medium, quick carbonation. No alcohol, no harshness, slick body and wet.
O: Really solid and one of the best I’ve had from BR. Thanks again Mike for sharing!

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden orange color with good carbonation and a nioce white cap leaving a lot of bubbles and lacing

S: Grapefruit, pine and tropical fruits

T: Pine, caramel, hint of toasted grains and oven roasted breadiness, maybe even a slight hint of rye bread. Tropical fruits also mke a huge presence

M: Sticky, sweet, medium body, pretty oily and slick

O: Good

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes strongly of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and hint of floral hops. Overall, great appearance, strong body, but not well balanced.

Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the local Alehouse.

Pours a bright light orange color with a nice white head. Looks quite good.

Aromas are very citrus forward, mostly oranges and grapefruit, with some pine as well.

Taste is bitter up front, some pine needles, bitter oranges, and slightly sugary grapefruit. Malts are in the background, but not as pronounced as their other DIPA, Racer X, but they do provide a slight hard candy like flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good, full and well carbonated.

Overall, this is a nice take on the style. A bit more bitter than others, and in my opinion could use more sweetness to balance this one out. Still quite nice though, solid brew.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Creamy bubbly smaller head lacing, clear golden peach orange color.

Nose hop fruit, tropical fruit, light chewy hops and touch of citrus, touch of malt sweetness.

Taste some chewy hops, more bittering hops than taste, light fruit, touch of tropical, light pine and earthy hops, some malts, chewy semi sweet malts, very light creamy herbal hop taste, touch of peach and tangerine. Finishes still semi sweet, lingering bitterness and little sticky.

Mouth is abit heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, Nose is great, taste falls off a bit with the hop flavors, if the tropical fruit and citrus carried through on the taste out would have been great. Little sticky in the finish as well.

Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color body with a white creamy head. Nice creamy lacing left on the glass. Not bad looking at all.

Citrus and mostly piney hops on the nose. Also a hint of toasted malt.

Big time hops! Very bitter, slightly metallic but it works, it also has a sweetness that comes in at the very end. If you're a hop head this is for you... and me.

Very smooth, crisp feel. Although the medium body, it goes down easily, this can be dangerous since the alcohol is up there. I can't taste the booze but I can feel it.

Nice tasting beer for sure. Like I mentioned, this is what I would call a dangerous beer since the ABV. is up there. I would highly recommend this for anyone trying to get their hop fix.

Photo of edproctor
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass at haven gastropub:

a: an orange/amber hue with about an inch worth of white head spilling over the sides of the glass

s: lots of pine up front, i get lemon zest, and quite a bit of hops. the hops seem to be climbing up my nose and into my brain.

t: bitter up front. the pine and citrus are all there with a bit of floral charm. burnt sugar after taste. the alcohol in this one is present but balanced well i feel.

m: smoooth sailing here. doesnt invade your mouth and take over totally... was still able to taste and enjoy my sweetbreads with it.

o: overall a very solid beer. finished my first and ordered another promptly. normally i like to try something different when i here, but this was something worth repeating.

Photo of Kshock
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange to golden color. nice head retention with good lace sticking to the glass.

S- hoppy resins, mild citrus. lots of pine and dry notes.

T- Great hop profile, not over done in one way or another. Dry and bitter hops with a small amount of citrus. nice flavor

M-Nice on the palate, not too much left after. little residual bitternes, but overall a very clean beer.

enjoyed this a lot, wished it came around more.

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.

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

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...

Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.