Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #558
Ranked #2,584
4.22 | pDev: 8.06%
Feb 10, 2023
Feb 22, 2005
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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Rated: 3.5 by bruindre from Massachusetts

Feb 10, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Feb 01, 2022
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.37/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
August 16th, 2016 - Bear Republic's Apex predator is a trip to Glacier National Park in the glass. It panders to the bear theme, but also offers some good citrus pine notes, plus the decidedly NOT Park-like pineapple note. I also get tastes of raw tomato and watermelon. The flavor is milder and tickler than the aroma implies, with a stickiness, some dank touches, ginger and orange candies. It's a little too sweet for me, but not far from where I'd like it to be.
Jul 29, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by blackcloud from Alaska

Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Jan 29, 2021
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 23, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by brandoneast from Texas

Sep 16, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Apr 29, 2020
Rated: 4.52 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 27, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 4.62 by MacStinson from Michigan

Oct 18, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by petewheeler from Maryland

Sep 23, 2018
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Reviewed by muchos from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
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
Rated: 3.64 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jan 22, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by jakea from Wisconsin

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by cgwami from Canada (MB)

Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.91 by Jlawrence82 from Ohio

Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by dsshuck from Delaware

Nov 06, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Marvicsin from California

Nov 03, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by srubin1392 from New York

Oct 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Brolo75 from California

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Rated: 3.59 by Gaddabble from Ohio

Oct 11, 2017
Rated: 4.48 by kinmundy77 from Illinois

Oct 07, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Oct 03, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by wmcgar01 from Pennsylvania

Sep 23, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Sep 22, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by sisterofba from Maryland

Sep 22, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by Boca-X from Missouri

Sep 09, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Sep 08, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Kahlerbock from Kansas

Sep 06, 2017
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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
Rated: 3.93 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

Sep 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Rated: 4.12 by sjrider from California

Sep 02, 2017
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