Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #208
Ranked #1,400
4.24 | pDev: 7.78%
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: 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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muchos from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bottle with no date or code.
L. Dark-orange and hazy with a mammoth off-white head which reduces to a bubbly cap in minutes.
S. Oranges and pineapple, honey and bread, apricot, nectarine, a bit dank, not bitter.
T. It tastes like it's past it's prime, but it ain't bad. Caramel, honey, woody bitterness, some grapefruit, over-ripeness.
F. Full body, a bit less than average carbonation, somewhat resinous finish.
O. The hop forward flavors and bitterness are barely a shadow of what they probably once were. Still an ok beer. Cheers!

Jun 20, 2018
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Brolo75 from California

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden amber color, slightly hazy, white head that was full, nice retention, and lots of lacing with a nice streams of bubbles, nice looking beer.

A: Lots of fruity, tropical aromas, oranges, tangerines, citrus peel, nice balance of caramel, toffee, sweet malts, no alcohol on the nose.

T: First impression is balance, not overly hoppy or malty, subtle tropical notes like guava, pineapple, and peach skin along with light sweet citrus notes, bitterness is moderate with orange and tangerine peel-like flavors, finish is malty, caramel and toffee, lingering notes of citrus peel and slight pine, very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation leaving a prickly feeling on the palate, very dry finish, citrus peel-like finish.

O: A great balanced IIPA, just the right amount of hops, bitterness, and malts, drinkable that makes it easy to have two or three without leaving that raked palate feeling. I'll look to this each year.

Oct 14, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a) Pours a hazy amber with a dense head with lots of lace and retention.

s) Brassy tropical fruit tones with ample citrus and creamy caramel. But too faint.

t) super complex, drinks bigger than 8+%, malt creamy caramel base layered with multiple fruit.

f) Tangy full body with moderate carbonation, and a creamy, saucy mouth feel. ABV in evidence in a good way.

o) fruity complexity, apex of their fine IPA craft indeed.

Oct 11, 2017
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter

Looks great, amber-orange with some good retention and lacing. Smell is malt and dry leaves. Getting the dry leaves in the flavor, too. Chewy malt, drying booze, grass, flowers and leaves.

Not a huge fan of the hop flavor in this one, maybe I'm spoiled

Sep 04, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on cask at George Keely, NYC.
Pours a dark amber color with a moderate head. It recedes into a silky film that retains well throughout.
In the nose there is a malty sweetness characterized by toffee and caramel. This is balanced by light tropical fruit and herbal hops.
In the mouth the first thing that stands out is the low carbonation due to it being cask conditioned. It is on the high side of medium bodied with a mouthfeel that is both soft and chewing; it makes for easy drinking. Malt forward flavors, especially caramel and toffee, as well as a hint of brown sugar that adds to the sweetness. A balanced combination of citrus and tropical fruit adds some zest. There is also a touch of soft alcohol. However, despite the sweetness, there is a bold herbal, grassy and pine hops taste that develops in the middle palate and adds a nice stinging spice to the mouth.
This DIPA hit all the right notes. I enjoyed it a lot. A fine brew by the consistently solid Bear Republic Brewery.

Sep 02, 2017
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper semi-hazy color. Thick foamy egg shell head. Great glass lacing. Huge white grapefruit, lemon peel, orange peel and malt on th nose and the palate. Super smooth mouthfeel, almost chewy but never cloying. Straight forward, in your face bitter, flavorful hop bomb. I think I need a dentist as my enamel may be missing from my teeth. Great stuff and recommended.

Aug 06, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a medium amber with a large head. The aroma is incredibly vibrant, with grapefruit flesh and peel, guava, pineapple, hibiscus, lemon peel, orange peel, and a bit of booze. The flavor is equally bold and vibrant, with loads of grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel, and mild guava, mango, and pineapple. There is also excellent and bracing bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel is reasonably full with bubbly carbonation. Overall this is another outstanding beer from Bear Republic - this double IPA series has been a real eye-opener about how good classic west coast IPAs can be.

Aug 01, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grainy and bready malt backbone in the nose. The hop aroma is resinous, spicy and grassy. The first sip is bread crusts, grainy and some honey, and a very complex hop footprint of black pepper, earthy, grassy, orange and tangerine notes -- all of which work together nicely. The overall balance leans towards the bitterness, but the fairly substantial malt bill balances it out nicely. The beer finishes crisp and fairly dry, with a medium body and pretty high carbonation.

Jul 29, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing copper; huge chunky light khaki head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas are malt forward with some hints of citrus. Hints of toffee as well. The flavors seem to follow the nose for the most part. Hints of orange and lemon. More caramel and toffee. Hints of pine. Slightly sticky. Strong malt backbone with a solid hop bitterness as well. Nice balance. Mild warmth and spiciness in the finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's extremely fluffy and creamy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is an alright DIPA. It drinks more like a hoppy "Imperial Red Ale" or an "Imperial Red IPA". It's nothing too crazy or flashy, but it's enjoyable and well crafted.

Jul 28, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy copper- red color with a 4F head in a Spiegelau Glass. Good head retention.

Fruity, toffee, floral aroma.

Excellent MF. Smoother than the typical IPA. Creamy, not very carbonated.

Taste: toffee, earthy fruit with a silky, fruity finish.

Excellent IPA. I especially like the silkier uncommon MF which is not very carbonated. Toffee, earthy, and fruity make this a first rate beer.

Jul 26, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a frothy 2 inch beige head. Moderate lacing. The nose is a well balanced combination of piney hops and biscuity malt. I'm tasting grassy to lightly piney hops in the front of the palate. Crackery malt is in the mix, but then pine takes over at the back of the palate and sticks around well into the fade. The mouth is moderately chewy and lightly sticky.

May 21, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A mixture of copper and orange colors, lower carbonation than a lot of their hoppy beers, this one only amounts to about 1/4" head, off white. Drops substantial green forest in the nose from the hops.

Wow, now the hops are popping. You get some stone fruit, some pine, grapefruit and bitterness. Sticky caramel malt in the mouth feel. The alcohol punches in tandem with everything else. Lots of citrus here. Very good stuff, glad to see it hit bottles, although I've only had it on draft.

Oct 18, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with a two finger sturdy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet tropical fruits and piney hops.

T - The taste is grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, caramel malts and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a great DIPA with a nice mix of tropical fruits and piney hops. Defiently recommended.

Oct 15, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has tropical, citrus and hop hints
The taste follows the nose with a pleasant tropical, citrus and hop flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good IIPA

Sep 29, 2016
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K-Dog from Michigan

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

Great looking and amazing smelling ipa. Citrus and tropical aroma. Piney and grapefruit flavors. This is how an ipa should be done. Perfect balance of bitter and malty. So glad bear republic is back on michigan.

Sep 22, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/20/2016. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Sep 01, 2016
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Ego from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

damn frothy, three fingers of head on an easy pour, cloudy peach-orange hue, carbonation rockets launching from the bottom, the head stays around pretty well, good lacing, solid looking brew

piney with strong citrus notes, some tropical notes, a subdued mix of various hops

taste etc...
well balanced IPA, nothing is looking to dominate, a super nice balance of bitter, pine, citrus and malt sweetness, nice lingering bitterness but not overbearing, medium mouthfeel with definitely the right amount of carbonation (just prickly)

well made and tasty, not the best thing ever but totally solid. Bear Republic also has a price point that can not be beat for quality beers. While most craft brews have gone through the roof BR seems to keep their very good beers at a reasonable price.

Aug 29, 2016
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RyanK252 from California

3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bear Republic Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a creamy light tan head that settles to a dense layer that hangs around and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Surprisingly tame, fruity and floral, lightly toasty, bready, caramel and almost honey like sweetness, a little citrus zest, and a hint of pine.

T: Fruity, citrus, peach, grilled pineapple, orange, a little melon, grapefruit pith, resinous pine, floral, lightly toasted bready malt, and some caramel and honey sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O: A bit too fruity for my taste, but still a good brew.

Aug 25, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-an golden orange color with two fingers worth of cream colored head

S-lots of citrus, tropical fruits, and some pine

T-taste is similar to the smell with caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruit, and a piney finish

M-medium body, carbonation seems a bit light

Overall nice DIPA with lots of citrus and tropical fruits and a good amount of bitterness in the finish

Aug 23, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apex pours to a brief-lived, thin-medium, pebbly ancient-ivory colored head on a very hazy, very effervescent deepest-gold colored beer; lacing is good, consisting of sticky bands and caverns. The aroma is big: it leads with fermented pineapple juice, backed by sweet and spicy florals, more subdued perfumey notes and a bit of citrus, all topped by significant alcohol overtones. At the front of the palate, the flavor is modestly bitter pineapple and more subtle melon; mid-palate the bitterness recedes to light-for-the-style in the wake of a notable nutty/caramelish malt character and the emergence of a significant sweetish bready malt foundation. The pineapple gets juicier and the citrus from the nose joins in, as do faint echoes of the florals from the nose. The finish is a moderate hit of piney caramel, followed by the onset of a nice, medium-strong, slightly resinous pine bitterness that lingers for a good while. On the palate, this is definitely a malty IIPA, but the assertive rebound bitterness at the end balances things out quite well; the net result is a beer that is just slightly on the malty side of the balance. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the medium body, and is slightly astringent; the texture is slightly creamy and slightly peppery from the somewhat restrained carbonation. (growler, 58 days after kegging)

Aug 20, 2016
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. A true-to-the-style West coast IPA no doubt. Strong hop presence counterbalanced by a noticeable malt backbone. This one had English undertones to it. Slight caramel nuances to match. Interesting stuff. A solid rendition of the style.

Aug 12, 2016
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Zorro from California

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a tall off-white colored head.

Smells sweet and woody with a big cedar plank scent. Fainter scent of pine board.

Starts out woody with a big caramel flavor and an after taste of grilled pineapple. Tropical flavor mostly caramel and pineapple. After a while the flavor of spruce comes out. Strong but not really bitter. Faint melon flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall tasty and a good example of the style.

Jul 20, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Hazy orange brown pour with a finger of white foam. As always with bear republic the smell is hops forward with vibrant citrus fruits to go with west coast pine. Taste has some bready malt and herbal qualities, but the hops sit right on top well, finishing each sip with both bitter hops, and juicy citrus. Feel is fluffy and sneaky bright. Little more snarl in the taste for series, but still easy drinking

Apr 01, 2016
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SovereignGood from California

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. Purchased from Whole Foods, couldn't find a bottled-on date.

Look: Tangerine, hazy, orange color with a nice frothy finger head. The beer leaves a nice sudsy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong notes of grapefruit and orange. Lots of citrus and and a hint of pine. The perfect and ideal smell for a DIPA. You can smell this one a foot away once you crack the bottle and pour a glass. Very nice.

Taste: Like sweet and bitter hop nectar balanced by a nice slight hint of malt sugar. Very pleasant taste that reminds me of tropical candy with a strong peach flavor. The beer is a very nice representation of the style and theres a nice hint of alcohol in the back.

Feel: Honestly, I found this beer to have a lighter mouthfeel than most DIPA's that I've tried, but this does not detract from the beer. The brew leaves a nice lingering taste that allows you to crave more and more as you sip.

Overall: This is a tasty beer! I'd recommend picking it up if you can find it at your local beer store.

Jan 11, 2016
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unclekeith from Alaska

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into an IPA glass

L: Hazy honey colored with a billowing off white head - slow to dissipate leaving nice uniform lacing
S: Hops - citrus, tropical fruit,
T: The IBUs are there, but almost no sweetness, plenty of juicy hops
F: Nice as well, medium body/carbonation
O: A great DIPA with great balance - really enjoying lack of sweetness

Sep 08, 2015
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