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Apex - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 52
Gots: 57 | 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.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin white head. Head has solid retention, forms a cap of bubbles and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Hammered in the face with grapefruit. Its every where on this one. A bit of other tropical fruits too but mainly grapefruit. A touch of pine and sweet malts way in the background.

T- A great tasting tropical fruit bomb with grapefruit leading the way. A great amount of bitterness too, but nothing over the top.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- A really solid beer. I could easily drink this one over and over. Maybe they'll throw this one in a bottle someday.

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

13 oz. in a tulip glass at Sunset Grill & Tap, Boston on 8/10/11.

Golden with a slight amber tint and a bit of haziness. Very fine head with great retention and good amount of lace. Aroma is resinous, a bit on the understated side. Medium bodied, the mouthfeel leans toward the soft side despite having a reasonable amount of carbonation. Grassy with a grappa like resinous characteristic to the flavor. There's a touch of alcohol in the finish.

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

an extremely consistent brewery with some rather high volume excellent offerings, but have this one as fresh as possible. Orange with nice and lacy head. Nose of a floral mango lychee notes that is rather momentary. Not a bottling beer. Soon settles into a proper apple orange marmalade. Clear with a nice blend of fruit. A treat of a dipa and not a staple regular drink. Stands alone as a accented ipa but runs a bit bigger.

Photo of avaldivia
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room is Santa Rosa.

A: Very Nice light amber color. Good head with a bout an inch or so of thick foam. Great lacing all the way down.

S: Very cirtusy. Some nice sweet fruit notes. no real malt that I can smell. This is going to be awesome.

T: Just like in the nose, the hops are what really shine here. Very bold grapefruit flavor. Nice sweetness that is not cloying.

M: Excellent. Medium to thick bodied. Completely coast your palate. Very well carbonated.

O: Excellent DIPA. One I will order when i see it on tap.

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

On tap at Sunset Grill, yet another Bear Republic draft only IPA.

A- Clear red ale poured into a tulip. Creamy white head forms with nice texture and retention, about a finger in size. Creamy cloud and ring leave nice silky lace patches.

S- Hop forward, a unique hop feel. It almost has an apple, white grape mixed with pine characteristic to it. Nice caramel malt to balance it.

T- Hops a plenty with pine, citrus zest, floral, weed and apricot being big. I get the apple juice and white grape feel a lot here as well. Other hints of cereal grains, grapes and light malt.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with high carbonation. A nice warm, clean bitter finish.

Has a unique fruit feel with good utilization of hops. Bear Republic knows their hops and are quite underrated IMO.

Photo of pkeigs
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very balanced IPA, and one that i prefer to Racer 5. It has quite a bit more balance than some of the other IPA's I have been drinking.

Smells like tropical fruit and citrus. Might have a little piney/resinous hop coming through but is dominated by orange, and mango aromatics.

Beer is balanced on the tongue, get a lot of hop up front, but that swiftly fades to a nice balanced malt sweetness, with just a touch of spice and bitterness to leave me wanting more.

Leaves a nice lacing in the glass, just feels a bit to sticky for me. I am starting to enjoy the pales that have a little less of a malt backbone. A nice ale and I am excited to be able to get it more often.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be the best example of an A-2IPA. Some have more intense flavor, or harsher bite, but this one is just about spot on, imho

Nice light brown, golden, amber pour. Shaded white head is thick, dense, rich and lovely. Some rockiness. Sticky lacing

Sharp aroma of pine, grapefruit, persimmon break up the sweet caramel and gooey breadiness.

Well, the taste is what you would expect from this style. The malt lays a solid, yet quick backbone. Sturdy. Hops take over from there. This isn't like Pliny or Exponential, the citrus and tropical aren't as powerful in Apex. To me, that's good. Yes, I love those two beers. They can be too much sometimes. This one, though, is more than solid. I can drink plenty of this one and not get tired of it. The pine is subtle yet strong. Blends well with the grapefruit and citrus. Some 'herbiness' rounds them all together in the end. Nice bite. Crisp.

Very good beer

Photo of Yagman3000
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Vikingesque 16 ounce glass stein.

Appears an apricot golden orange with a small quarter inch foamy head that remains despite a relatively gentle pour.

Smells of fruity hops with a nice blow of grapefruit and a touch of pine coming through. Smells as if there will be sone thickness to the beer.

Taste is nice and a lot more balanced than the nose would suggest. Some malty biscuity breadiness up front with a nice hoppy exit.

Mouthfeel is fresh and slightly effervescent. The tongue goes a long way in this journey.

Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Super Deli Mart in Seattle, WA. July 29th, 2011.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick creamy head of foam.

S: Apex gives off an aroma of grapefruit and orange peel with a wallop of citrus hops.

T: The main flavor profile is that of bitter grapefruit melded with sweetness. Pine lingers in the background with a hint of caramel malt.

M: The beer has good medium level carbonation with a slightly oily/resiny mouth feel.

O: Nice Imperial IPA to go with lunch at Super Deli. I'd definitely seek this one out again.

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
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
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
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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
4.23/5  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
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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
4.23/5  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

Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.