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Apex | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.23/5
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1,053 Ratings
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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:
#955
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
1,053
pDev:
7.8%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
117
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,053 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of BdM
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WDJersey
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dwoolley1
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheWolf
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meh. A little boozy on the nose. Cloyingly sweet and slick

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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 +1.4%
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 VABA
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of K-Dog
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 epyon396
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sjones5045
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevin79
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochef81
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Prost76
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ilafan
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ego
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
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

nose...
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)

verdict?
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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Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,053 ratings
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