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Apex | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

251 Reviews

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

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

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

best by 6/5/14-bomber

appearance is flawless...such nice amber color with a finger wide off-white head

smell is very good-typical west coast tropical forward ipa that also a funky flower note to it

taste is pretty dank...heavy on the mango and citrus with heavy hop afterburn

mothfeel is just about where i like it..vey full and chewy feel

overall i was very impressed by this brew...high quality west coast ipa and i imagine trying this more fresh would ease this into enjoy by category

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright, vibrant orange body with golden hues beneath the pure white head which is very patient to dissipate leaving a consistent, sticky ring of lacing.

Plenty of citrus hops greet the nose. Orange, mango, tangerine - think very sweet fruits with orangy flesh. There is some bready malt there as it warms but this is fairly subtle. Some piney wood notes also sneak in there.

The citrus hops really coat the palate, again offering generous orange, mango, maybe a touch peachy as well. The bready malt is a little more up front on the taste as well. And I think I'm getting just a hint of flower petals. The fresh citrus certainly runs the show.

Medium to fuller in body with a fair amount of carbonation and a clean hoppy finish.

A great brew with a unique quality to the citrus hops which in my opinion tend to fall on the sweeter side. I hope I can catch this one again down the road.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into tulip. best by 06/09/14.

A: a bright orange/golden hue. frothy white head. good retention. fantastic lacing.

S: really bright and citrus filled. very inviting. smells like the hop bomb while pouring out of the bottle. very American.

T: a lot of citrus. a lot. then it moves to a round orange flavor. a little bit of grainy soft flavor. a little bit of booze. really quite minimal though. bitterness lingers into the finish, but similar to the booze level, rather minimal.

M: ample carb on a medium/full bodied brew.

D: pretty tasty stuff. very drinkable. could do this one everyday with ease.

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

Bottle dated 1/29/2015:
Pours a cloudy orange-tinged yellow, hazy towards cloudy, Head is nice fluffy white, adding lacing. Nose is melon, some tropic notes, and some citrus notes. Standard or straightforward, yes, but nice.

Taste follows the "standard" as well, west coast style. Combination of tropical and citrus notes, tending towards grapefruit as the taste fades. Grapefruit rind dryness in the end. Feel is medium with light carbonation, body is maybe a tad towards fuller side of medium, at least based on how I am feeling today.

I had given this a straight 4.25 before. And I looked to find something to deviate from that, but I couldn't find anything. A rare across the board rating.

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Photo of scotorum
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/29/14. Another line reads "166 G 1429 2013" (sic? supposed to be 1229?) Probably approaching four months old at this point. Not good, only bought recently at the biggest and most popular store in my area, arguably the biggest in New England.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House snifter.

a: Nearly clear dark gold wiht a finger thick white head which receded to fairly even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Intense citrus. Also some floral notes.

t: Bitter orange peel. Different and nice. Bitterness builds on the sides of the tongue. Bitter finish. Some throat burn also builds from the high c.9% ABV, but is otherwise well concealed.

m: Medium to full, very good body.

o: Excellent DIPA, tastes like I am chewing an orange peel, but refreshing too. First DIPA I can recall tasting this orangy. Me likey.

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Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy dark amber orange.

The aroma is pungent pineapple, peaches, mango, sweet orange with some honey and bready sweetness and a resinous pine and onion and garlic in the back.

The flavor follows with less obvious fruits, but again, of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, and a bit of onion and garlic in there as well. A medium plus sweetness, but the beer dries off very well with this beautifully clean mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel for me is the highlight as the beer is very drinkable and cleans off nicely despite the bready malt and sweetness. Lots of hop juice that attacks at your teeth.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 4/9/14
Location: City Swiggers
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Amber in color with a large white head. Loads of carbonation and nice cascading.
Aromatics: Loads of fruit and hops. The fruit comes off as mango, pineapple, tangerine. The hops play as well resins then spice.
Flavor: The flavor starts with fruit-mango, pineapple. Then moves into the hops still floral then resinous and finally peppered. And boy does that pepper hit at the end.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is actually heavier then I expected. Really chewy and resinous.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of caramel malt and some bright citrus.

Tastes of the sweet malts with a fruity hop character. Malts lead off with caramel and syrupy sweet notes. Hops come through and add some fruit with citrus and some tropical notes as well. Hops continue leading to spicy and pine notes. Finishes with a slight lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice DIPA, and I am glad they decided to bottle it.

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Photo of BeerHo
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer first in a bomber and loved it! Then found it on tap at Canal Street, Reading, PA and really fell in love with it! Underrated IPA! Beautiful golden color. Heavy ripe citrus hops greet you instantly with lingering grapefruit, honey and lemon on the palate. Mildly piney with a good malt structure but by no means bready. Nice thick head with sticky lacing. The carbonation is on point! Great mouthfeel! The high ABV is well concealed within its balanced flavors! Great job Bear Republic on producing a world class IPA! I'm trying to find something wrong with this beer but can't! I'm on my 3rd glass which I typically don't do so that says it all! Cheers!!!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

Apex is a slightly hazy amber color with thick white head. It has good retention and leaves some sticky lace.

Aroma is super hoppy and fresh. Lots of great citrus, especially grapefruit, with some pine in the background.

Flavor is also very hop-forward, as expected, but like many Bear Republic IPAs and DIPAs, it has some balance too. Some honey-like sweetness up front leads to a big hop bitterness that lasts from middle to end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall another awesome hoppy ale from BR.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best buy May 2014. Opened April 2014.

A - Wow. This is what a DIPA should look like. Huge, glowing white head with great retention and nice lace. Beautiful, deep apricot golden wheat body.

S - Bright. A little green with nice west coast citrus and bitter herbs.

T - Sweet and malt forward for the style. Caramel, pumpernickel bread, and lightly toasted malt. Deep, earthy, plant-stem bitter backend. Touch of lemon, lime and orange zest around the edges.

M - Full frame, especially for the style. Thick body. Par carbonation.

O - The bitterness builds on your palate throughout the drink and balances the upfront sweetness. By the end of the pint the beer drinks beautifully. The big body makes it incredibly filling for an IPA.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look I've always had a love affair with the Bear Republic brews, especially Racer 5 when this came out as a tap only offering I've always hoped it would hit the bottles. The patience has paid off...west coast IPA in my glass. Ohio is definitely competing with this IPAs just within the Midwest now we have beers like 3F Permanent Funeral, Great Lakes Chillwave, Fathead's Hop Juju...yet this still has a unique west coast style use of the hops.

Drinking it out of a Petaluma Lagunitas mason jar that's bad ass. This bigger IPA sits a glowing orange copper in the glass with a slightly off white head, forms thick and cloudy textured fine even layered lacing lines the sides of the glass.

Aromatics deep fruit upfront...citrus, pineapple, passion fruit combo starts to bite with a bit of grapefruit peel if I have to pick a citrus fruit, along with dank fruity hop notes. Barely able to write home about the pale malts that basically let the hops shine, let's call it biscuit malt breadiness.

Flavors demand your attention in your face bitterness let's up a bit to let the tropical fruit notes arise ripened mangoes, citric pith again (grapefruit) bitterness of the zesty rind, numbs your tongue for just a second with hop oil bitterness and yet ends in a gentle wave of bready malts...really nice complexity aggression and balance all in one sip like a crashing wave of hop bitterness that settles out enough to enjoy some calm water between sets of awesome 7 to 10 foot waves meant to be ridden.

Mouthfeel is where the beer shines the resinous hop oils let you truly experience all of the hop flavors perfect natural flowing healthy carbonation without tickling your nares, you may experience the best hop burps ever off of this brew. Medium bodied, oily slick texture, chunks of hops floating in suspension like chemical nature of high school chemistry described.

These brewers were paying attention at some point in their education and because of their location and distance to the hop growing regions of California and the PNW, I'm guessing they have a healthy respect for marijuana as well. I don't partake, but this is definitely a first cousin with all of the Humulus Lupulin flowing. Overall, my love affair has been rekindled...amazing beer...definitely an Apex for them as a brewery for sure.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a nicely clear light gold color with a decent cap of white head. Sticky lace...not a whole lot for retention though.

Nose is sugared grapefruit. That is all. Fin. das Ende. Final. Akhir. Konec.

Taste is pretty much the same, with a sharp grain tang to go along with the hoppy flavors that flow from flavoring to bitterness with ease. There is so much greatness about the flow of this beer and the way everything is integrated that must be noted. The ABV is is so well masked. I love this beer, BR has some talented brewers for sure, its nice to see some mew(ish) stuff from them.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a small layer. It is a pale orange with bubbles coming up through the whole glass. Nice nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, pungent, tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, toasted, orange candy, pine, mango, pineapple, and resiny.

Taste: Awesome double. Hop characteristics are blended well together and there is mild tingly bitterness in the rear

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and mild tingly bitterness.

Overall: I like where this series is going. First Cafe Racer 15, now this. Bring it on Bear Republic.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bright, clear orange. An aggressive pour brings about a thick, chunky, off white head. Splotchy lacing.

S-Obviously very hoppy. Apricots and candied oranges. Grapefruits and peaches. Caramel and bready malt.

T-Actually pretty balanced but still clearly very hoppy. I think apricot and candied orange and grapefruits are the best way to describe the flavor. A bit of green onions. Finishes with a bready and caramelly maltiness then a big wave of very bitter pine. It becomes sweeter over time.

M-Fuller bodied. High bitterness. Alcohol is evident. Softer carbonation.

O/D-Bear Republic is very good at brewing up hoppy treats. Apex is a beer that is far above average. I would pick a few more from bear Rpublic before I would choose this one but that's far from a jab at this beer. I would pick Bear Republic beers over most breweries flat out.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Apex Special IPA." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a squeaky clean Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery - which is amongst the best in California in my opinion. "8.95%" ABV. Reviewed live. Reviewed as an IPA for obvious reasons.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice even consistency and smooth soft complexion. Good creaminess and thickness. Nice even lacuing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is great for the high ABV - about 9-10 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of above average vibrance and excellent clarity. Appears well-carbonated. It's a clean appearance; there's no visible yeast sediment or anything.

Overall, it's a good looking beer and fits neatly inside style conventions, plus it boasts an impressive head. I'm excited to try it, but in fairness it's not a unique or special appearance for an IPA. There are many beers that look just like this does.

Sm: I dig the fruit - peaches, apricot, and tangerine. It could be fresher and juicier, but the fruitiness is nice overall. It's also got some nice floral hop character, some mild resins, and a kiss of pine. Though it boasts some impressive and diverse hop character, the hop bitterness is well balanced by malty undertones - caramalt, sweet pale malts, and clean barley.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. It's not the dry, arid, stale aroma of many bad IPAs.

It's a clean, pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Soft. Aromatic.

T: It's got a lovely hop profile - that much is immediately obvious. Soft fruity tones of pleasant peach, apricot, and tangerine. Floral hop character. There's some citrusy zest on the finish which unfortunately flirts with the stale orange juice character I always hate in IPAs; luckily this is pretty tame. Onion/garlic. Lime.

It's got a bit too much caramalt and pale malt sweetness in general, but luckily this sweetness covers up any hop bitterness. As a result, it's got a general cohesion and a decent balance, but it's not quite the fine-tuned carefully built brew I've come to expect from Bear Republic.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-flavours come through.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. I like that it doesn't have biting bitterness. It's not the most intricate or complex IPA I've had, but it's superior to most IPAs. I just wish the hop profile was a bit more interesting.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Sleek and soft. Approachable. Medium-bodied. Mildly filling. Lightly oily. Slightly overcarbonated.

Not boozy, hot, gushed, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall, this beer has a good presence on the palate and the texture complements the taste nicely, though it doesn't quite feel custom-tailored specifically to this flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well; I'd guess it was maybe 8%. While I did expect far more given Bear Republic's mastery of hoppy styles, this remains an enjoyable IPA which is worth trying once. Personally, I wouldn't get it again, but I'm glad I got to try it and I'll have no difficulty finishing the bottle.

I will say I can see how this may have been one of the best limited release IPAs out there when it was first released.

High B-

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Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a big big pillowy yellowish head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is tropical fruits, sugary malts and a some resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with lots of tropical fruit and some dank, resiny hops with a lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little thin.

Overall, a solid DIPA.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a best by date of 6/5/14; into a tulip.
Appearance - gold, swirling storm of carbonation bubbles that build a towering foamy white head. Lacing is nice and sticky on the glass.
Smell - powerful citrus with a hint of some stone fruit.
Taste - strong, bitter hop kick, but proves to have enough of a malt foundation to keep it relatively balanced.
Feel - light to medium body with obvious carbonation; bitter and tangy hops.
Overall - another terrific IPA from BR; DIPA fans will enjoy this!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bear republic has the ipa thing down pretty well by now, and apex is sort of the culmination of the racer series, a citrusy and strong bright ipa with a wonderfully soft mouthfeel and a long fruity finish. i agree that this is more evolved than many, but i find it rather similar to the citra heavy racer 15 they recently put out. blonder in color, pale and a little washed out, but with a faint orange hue and a beautiful head that holds on forever in my globe. it smells like citrus hops and pale malt, rather basic on both counts, but its the execution and the hop schedule/dry hop program that make this what it is, and that is a bright and bold floral hoppy california india pale. delicate carbonation and just a pillowy feel throughout. fun beer, insanely easy drinking, familiar though, but darn good. you would never know its so strong either, a bomber goes down like a 12 ounce. cheap too at under 8 bucks.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 4.25 - golden amber color that's crystal clear with a nice white head on top. Leaves nice lacing.
S 4.25 - very well balanced with grapefruit, pine, garlic/onion and floral smells. I love the garlicky oniony smell, reminds me of enjoy by or gubna.
T 4.25 - Definitely that garlic onion kind of hops smell, with distinct grapefruit and pine too. Its dank, but not overpowering.
M 4.25 - Perfect amount of bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel. Alcohol completely covered. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit.

O - 4.25 - This is a good double IPA, reminds me of enjoy by. Great stuff.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with a big (three-finger) off-white head and lots of lively carbonation.

S: Huge citrus, tangerine, tropical fruit hops, with lesser dank, melon and grassy character. All over the background crisp cracker malt. Very nice aroma - the type you can smell while you're pouring.

T: Big tangerine and ruby red grapefruit citrus hops, with dank and resinous flavors underneath. All of which nearly completely overwhelm the cracker malt background. Melon and mild spice hoppy character increase a bit as the beer warms through the drink. Fruity sweetness stays along with the hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Light, crisp body for the style, lots of carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is very well-hidden for a DIPA.

O: Very, very good beer. I would consider it in the class with Pliny and Enjoy By for DIPAs coming out of California - perhaps not quite as good as either, but for someone who looks for citrusy flavors in their DIPAs, I don't think you could go wrong here. I don't know why this hadn't shown up on shelves around here until now, but I'll be glad to have it around.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fluffy white head on a slightly hazy copper body with nice lace. Fresh, green hop aroma with pine and dankness. Bready malt with pine and grapefruit hop character. Medium thick body, a slightly sweet finish and a pithy bitterness. Very nice, the hop character is fresh and strong and it is able to shine through despite the fairly strong malt character.

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Photo of Philousa
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a half finger of dense pale head that diminishes to cover the top of the beer in irregular sized bubbles. Aroma is great and balanced. Equal parts citrus, pit fruit, nectar, and pine. There's a sweet honey note in the malt along with the signature wheat bread aroma I usually get from a small amount of crystal malt. The bready aroma translates to the flavor well, backed up by some sweetness, followed by somewhat soapy bitterness. Pine and pitch come through more than the citrus and fruit that I got in the aroma. The body is there, but not overpowering and the finish is on the dry side. It's quite drinkable. This is a very good IPA, but not special enough to be called a "Special IPA". More like a go-to IPA that I'd drink often.

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Photo of babaracas
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy light orange, thick offwhite head that doesn't go away, thick lace coats the entire glass, eggnog style. Smell: big grapefruit from a few feet away... grapefruit, apricot, biscuit, melon note. Apex..?.. Inviting.. yes. Taste: lots of grapefruit and sweet orange, resiny note, moderately fruity and whole wheat biscuit backing... mildly tropical and fruit loopy finish. Drinks like it's 5%, medium bodied and nitro-ish gentle creaminess. This seems to be the Bear Republic way... not super modern (probably Citra in here, but that's the closest to "modern" this goes) or mindblowing, but tasty and extremely well made. Usually reserve the high scores for the former category, but this is deserving.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz, January 2014

A: Pours clear bright light orange color. Didn't get a ton of head. Thin loose bubbled bright white. Just a collar.

S: Lots of grapefruit. Juicy fruit. Nice pine. Tropical notes. Melon.

T: Big burst of pine and grapefruit bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Getting those tropical notes. There is a nice balance of malt, but still a hop bomb. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness. Good beer.

M: Medium bodied. Slick mouthfeel.

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Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.
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