Apex | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

260 Reviews

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

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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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)

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Photo of dsa7783
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of SovereignGood
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a big head; excellent stickage and plenty of lacing action

Smell: Bright tropical fruit tones with some citrus and caramel

Taste: The caramel malt lays down a base but, unlike many DIPAs, this one is not cloying at all; within a blink of an eye, the tropical fruit tones arrive, bringing, papaya, mango and pineapple; strawberry and melon tones add complexity and the citrus comes, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am quite impressed by this DIPA; just a ton of fruity complexity with the alcohol and malts showing admirable restraint

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Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. woah.. gotta check them dates... best by April 24th 2015.

Deep tangerine orange, slightly opaque with some small rising carbonation of pinhead size coming through. Head has quite a yellow hue to it and creamy banana like quality. Three fingers easily tall, kind of foams and balloons up on creation with a lot of staying power and swiss cheese retention.

Strong aroma. Lots of sugar notes, but also some tropical mush and citrus. Some interesting sweet citrus tangerine quality, but also heavily sugary smelling and it seems to bring out more alcohol like heat on the nose. It's impressive hop forward with an interesting sweet bent.

Palate comes strong, but in many angles. Slightly juiced feel but also a good orange and melon like quality, even some hinting icing sugar like sweetness in the mid palate. Finishes thick but right, with little coating. Slightly peppery like hops give a nice tingle but also the sweetness brings out too much of a cream soda quality, but with at least a good malt backbone to go with it.

This reminds me of a beer version of Orange Crush soda, minus the extreme sweetness of that beverage though. Pretty interesting, and simply solid even at this age.

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Photo of amorpork
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like me some hops and this doesn't disappoint. It has a big hoppy aroma and fruity overtone. Low/medium carbonation and and a yellowy color didn't give me high hopes but it's a wallop of flavor. Lengthy citrusy/cedar finish. Going back for more.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into small glass

A: hazy burnt orange color not much head soapy ring around the glass

S: citrus rind touches of grapefruit and light lemon little bit of cracker malts maybe a touch of pine

T: not a very juicy beer more of hints at citrus with some of the piney earthiness

M: medium feel tastes and bitterness linger a little 

O: it's a solid beer along the hop stoopid and pliny the elder vain but not like the newer juicy fruit bombs that have been landing lately.  This seems like a beer that needs to evolve it's no longer cutting edge citrus.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy gold under a 2” of white foam cap that produces very clingy lace. S: Big grassy nose T: Starts malty with a light sweetness, a blend of peach and melon finishing with a soft grapefruit rind bitterness. Traces of earthiness. M: Creamy, medium full body and above average carbonation. The carbonation is not soft and harsh. O: A very drinkable DIPA with a nice balance of flavors featuring big West Coast hops.

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Photo of jooler
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great initial fruity smell. Smells like citrus and bananas. Initial taste is hoppy and citrusy. It is well balanced with malts. Only issue is that there is an unpleasant taste at the finish

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Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 edition 8.25%

Appearance - Pours an amber with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus and citra hops, tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), bready caramalts.

Taste - Starts off with a nice bitter punch from the hops followed by the bready caramalts, and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with a lingering bitterness.

Overall - A spot on and stellar IPA. Another score of a find in West Hollywood.

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Photo of Luis2129
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one quality hop forward IPA. It is not overwhelming or too hoppy, but balances a light body with the initial scent of hops. The smell is also a pleasant strong hop smell, but without making me think I'm smoking.

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Photo of Phishyninja
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bear Republic crushes it with Apex. A double IPA, it's well-balanced and delicious. A very, very good beer, and we're not hurting for IPAs around here ;)

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Photo of JackDempsy
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

How do you improve upon Racer 5 and Racer X? Put out Apex, that's how. Be careful if you don't like a hop forward beer. This is as forward as it gets.

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Photo of KGalindo
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour into tulip glass...poured a slightly cloudy golden-amber-orange color, very beautiful. One finger of bubbly white head that leaves spotty lacing. Aromas of juicy oranges and tangerines, pineapple and tropical notes, some pine, fantastic! The taste follows suit with juicy citrus, oranges and tangerines and grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine notes and some caramel malts as well. Medium and juicy mouthfeel. This beer is absolutely outstanding. Get it now while it's fresh!

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into shaker. Slightly hazed golden body with a thin sticky white head. Aroma is citrusy, dank hops and caramel malts. Taste has more pine than the nose but is still citrusy in its strong hop bitterness. A touch of sweetness is all that comes through. I’m getting a little band-aid phenol, too. Medium body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, and a dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of thestem
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A stunning IPA. With so many intricately hopped doubles out there -- many at quite high prices -- this stands out. From my point of view it is simply perfect. From the color to the initial nose to all stages of the sip and swallow it is exactly what I want in this type of beer. Knee Deep's Simtra, for example, in my opinion is a wonderful beer that does not go A to Z in the way this does. Apex has not a moment where I think it could be better or different. For DIPAs I'll still take Hop Stoopid over ANYTHING for value ($3.99 at TJs!!), but this is my new favorite beer (and first, lame, review!).

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Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,019 ratings.
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