Apex | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

ApexApex
BA SCORE
4.23/5
1,051 Ratings
ApexApex
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#947
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
1,051
pDev:
7.8%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
115
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 1,051 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of srubin1392
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brolo75
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Act25
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Gaddabble
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kinmundy77
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wmcgar01
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reebtaerG
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sisterofba
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boca-X
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jimmah120
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
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

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Photo of ntanner83
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of sjrider
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joshcmn
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nelson88
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,051 ratings
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