Apex | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.23/5
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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:
#957
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
1,056
pDev:
7.8%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
118
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,056 |  Reviews: 270
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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Photo of chrismattlin
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brureview
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of DamienI
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbauer
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crbnfbr
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MKrauss
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vintilian
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dduquette
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TLA
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of CreekyJarls
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,056 ratings
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