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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 tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orangy gold colored, clear, with a friendly white sticky head. Spots of lace scattered everywhere once it fades to a fluffy 1/4" inch. Aroma is pure happiness. Soft, sweet candy-like citrus, (I suspect loaded with citra hops), candy lime, floral, tropical, spicy pine, pretty much the majority of hop aromas nicely compiled together in a fun hoppy way. Malts hold up the hop plethora but are certainly not the focus. Super smacky dry implosive mouthfeel. Resinous and sticky... Taste starts dry and ends up with a barrage of hops from what seems like the whole hop flavor spectrum. A delightfully balanced mix of tropical, pine, melon, candy citrus, flowers, within a big old bitter blanket. Pretty fantastic stuff...!

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

Brilliant gold with a fat covering of milky suds. Nice floral/citrus hop aroma - smells like a boatload of Centennial at first. Lemon and lime zest, increasing green pine, peach, and a noticeable Citra-like fruity dankness. Juicy, oily hop flavors...candied citrus, big floral notes, stone fruit, pine needle, tangerine, and a bit of grain after the swallow. A little bit of everything from the hops, but leaning towards a green/floral nature. Creamy, yet dry in the mouth, and totally drinkable for nearly 9%. A really pleasant DIPA with not much malt to interfere with the hoppy goodness.

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

A: medium gold and just shy of clear, coupla fingers of ivory head, laces down glass

S: pine and earth and citrus hopppage; something herbal and grainy, too

T: chewy caramel-esque malts underscore a bitter pine and resin, citrus and pith flavor

M: slightly chewy, medium weight, slick, bittering, tight

O: another well-done ale from Bear Republic, certainly worth the buy and try - sure to be enjoyed by fans of the style and brewer - don't let my minimalist review fool ya - really dug this beer and went back for more - get some!

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz into a dogfish head ipa glass.

Bright golden color, with a solid off white head.
Aroma with hints of pine sap and citrus.
Crip on the tongue with nice hop flavor without being over powering. Hints of grapefruit and grass. Bright after taste that lingers pleasantly on the pallet.
Slightly syrupy mouthfeel with light crisp carbonation.
Overall a very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good head for a bar pout. Leaves a blanket of lace on the tulip glass. The color is gold to amber and has a touch of haze.

Attractive floral hop aroma. Some (dry) pale malt nose too.

Starts off balanced and slowly, if you hold the liquid in your mouth, becomes bitter from the abundant hop. The swallow is peak (apex) of this The aftertaste slowly allows the bitterness to dissapate. Thinnish body with a neutral level of carbonation.

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Photo of Dope
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/29/2014. Just hit the east coast.

A: Pours a clear amber with a fluffy, frothy light tan head. Head fades out slowly but with an oddly small amount of lacing. Just little smudges here and there. Decent retention at least.

S: Big tropical fruit with spicy pine backing it up. Sweet apricot and pineapple. A little citrus?

T: Similar to the aroma. Apricot is prominent with some oranges and pineapple. Big spicy pine notes combine and then quickly take over and dominate the brew for the most part. Mild bready, almost crackery malt. Wave of bitterness in the finish with tons of that resinous, spicy pine and light hints of sweet tropical fruits trying to come through. Lingering dry pine and light, light tropical fruits between sips.

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth. Oily, slightly dry aftertaste

O: Another tasty IPA from Bear Republic. I don't think any of their IPAs are bad, and this one is no different. Wish there were some more tropical fruits or less pine to balance this one out a bit. It's still good, I'm just nitpicking. Nice work once again Bear Republic.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium burnished coppery amber with a half finger creamy white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops, sweet malt, a hint of tropical fruit. Flavor follows aroma, dominated by pine and citrus hops supported by neutral but substantial malt with light grapefruit and lemon citrus and things of tropical fruit. Pleasant creamy medium body. A nicely made IIPA that is hop forward with good flavor variety in the hops, but with great supporting malt that is subtle in flavor, but showcases the hop and fruit flavors. Plenty of flavor and bitterness, but avoids being a hop bomb. Nicely done.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just poured from a bomber, date was a bit confusing but i think it was a bit old, fall 2013. Aroma was amazing, full of Pine and Juniper. Mouthfeel and taste also near perfect, fruity with orange and grapefruit, very smooth and bubbly. Overall, this is a great beer. I'd love to try it fresh.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy gold with about an inch of head. Leaves behind some pretty nice lacing.

So much tropical fruit to start the nose, bit of citrus and fresh mown lawn too.

So tasty! Grass and tropical fruit start it off with a super flavor punch. A bit of ganja flavor around the middle, as well as a little grapefruit and floral notes. Not sure what malts are used, but the hops overwhelm, in a great way. Moderate body, goes down smooth with just a touch of heat.

I'm putting this in the favorites catagory with Pliny, Simtra, Jai Alai, Dos Cones and a few other badass brews. A must try for any hophead!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright amber body, good clarity, topped by a level two fingers of white foam. Lacing coats the glass in a multitude of small spots.

Aroma of oranges and grapefruit. Inviting. Hints of pine.

Solid caramel foundation, good depth. Juicy citrus fruit. Bitterness snaps at swallow and tingles in the afterglow, entwined with the fruit.

Solid medium plus mouthfeel.

A damn fine IPA, what I expected from Bear Republic.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Typical American DIPA that is heavily hopped but has a little something extra so stands out just a smidgeon to me. A rather clear auburn tinted gold body with two finger head and leftover lace ring down glass on top of a dirty, earthy, "fresh" hop profile with some bitter citric spices and little malt to boot. This isn't one of those "grapefruit" type DIPAs but more sharp, bitter, carbonated and just plain hopped up. Having said that, this isn't a palate wrecker and actually goes down smooth, light bodied and there is a touch of bread and sweetness on the backend that really surprised. A topnotch west coast DIPA that pokes its nose ahead of pack in my opinion.

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Photo of JSuperman
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As someone who is not a hop-lover, I regularly try to find a hop-style beer that suits my palate. Pliny (the Elder) was my first encounter with this style that turned me into a believer that some hop beers suit me. The second keeper for me was Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale. Apex easily joins the company of these two. Lots of flavor, a balance of bitter and sweet and a lingering aftertaste make this one of my favorite beers! I'll be trying more from Bear Republic to see if others are as good as this one!

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Photo of JayQue
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great West Coast DIPA. Fully deserving of its Outstanding rating. Pours a mostly clear light copper color into a pint glass. Big white head with good retention. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Strong aroma of piney and citrus (grapefruit) hops. Very inviting. Leads you to flavor that don't disappoint either.

Flavor is more of the same with some caramel malt lurking in the background. This is a hops forward beer but there is some balance as well. Not just a one-dimensional hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Don't notice any alcohol presence.

Overall outstanding. I slurped the whole bottle down in less than an hour. Very tasty and drinkable.

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

The beer is golden colored with a mild haze. An inch of white head rests atop. The aroma brings a big bouquet of fresh hops, resinous, pine, citrus, alcohol. A big and bold IPA. Hop forward with a sturdy malt body in support. Lingering hop bitterness and pine. Fresh and delicious. Another solid offering from Bear Republic.

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Photo of itlnstallion11
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this Dipa and can't believe it doesn't have a better review.

A- copper and cloudy with a decent head and lacing.

S- citrus like crazy! Pineapple, and grapefruit (especially as it warms)

T- follows the nose with great west coast citrus. Moderately bitter but not as bitter as I would expect for a 9% Dipa

O- love this beer to me it's a really good beer for the west coast IPA lover (which I am) not quite the hop bomb one may hope or expect

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Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber earlier today from BevMo for $7.49. Best by 05/09/14.

Beer poured amber orange with an OK white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose was near perfect, a wonderfully fresh blast of pine and citrus.

Taste is hop forward with pine and citrus dominating, some hints of mango that overwhelm the large malt base.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium bodied, and fairly smooth.

Overall another wonderful brew concocted by the good folks up in Healdsburg. I am very happy that their big seasonal brews are shipped to Arizona!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A body of light copper amber with a haziness about itself. The head is white and tall fading slowly leaving a fair amount of lacing ultimately settling to a frothy ring.

The aroma which seams typical for Bear Republic is bold and fresh smelling. I note plenty of floral and herbal hops in the aroma. They have a fresh aroma that is quite pleasing. As the beer warms subtle hints of candied sweet oranges come through. Quite pleasent to the nostrils I must say. Malts lay hidden in the background are sweet and bready.

The taste was a bit of a let down but still very good. Tastes of floral hops are present as is sweet candied malts that leaves residual sugar around my lips. Resinous oily hops coat the tongue with a substantial bitterness and abrasiveness that is unwanted.
I thought it smelled fantastic but that aroma didn't translate into the taste well. And on the palate it's quite dry and bitter taking away from an already wanting taste.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Samuel Smith's Nonic Pint

Appearance: Deep amber color. Perfectly clear. 1 finger of white head. Sticky lacing coats the glass in a continuous sheet. Perfect!

Smell: Smells of overly ripe orange and tangerine. Equal parts pine thrown in. A bit of grapefruit as well. This smells very nice.

Taste: Taste follows the smell. Nice bitter pine and ripe citrus meld together, eventually falling off to a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very sticky, quite thick, and a smooth syrupy texture. Finish, however, is quite dry.

Overall: A damn nice DIPA. Get this one fresh and it's a real gem. This one is very similar to Enjoy By. Would buy again!

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

22oz bottle with a standard pint glass
Notes taken on 02/15/14

Thought I had reviewed this one before but that may have been Racer10… Anywhoo Apex is a delicious brew!

A: Golden amber body with some mild orange tones and a slight haziness to it. Thin layer of wispy paper white bubbles are activated off of the brim. Subpar hang time as it fades down to a swirl with only a few noted ribbons of lace left behind.

S: Big pine and danky herbal hops on the nose. Mild spiced citrus follows suit with some tangerine and grapefruit. Touch of subtle pale malt sugars under all dem hops. Really nice and resinous hop forward aromas.

T: Pine and florals with a tangerine twist and some resinous herbals. Has an upper moderate amount of peppery bitterness with some timid malt cracker and sugars to help in balance. Hops get a touch soapy but it does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this brew. Alcohol is deceptively well masked and the finish is dry and resinous with sappy hop oils. Very well done.

M: The feel is moderate however maintains a lighter physique through the carbonation. Has a nice dryness towards the finish and and long lasting resiny coat.

D: This one is a keeper. A superior DIPA in balance however burgeoning with the juicy hops one craves. Bear Republic at it again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

22oz bottle. Pours a vibrant dark orange with a small head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is citrus hops. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and some candied sugar. The taste mirrors the aroma. Bitter grapefruit, orange and tangerine along with some floral hop notes. Slight breadiness. Pretty noticeable alcohol presence. Bitter grapefruit and flowery hops at the finish. Medium bodied. Overall, well made Imperial IPA worth seeking out.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine and Liquors in NW D.C. on today's date (2/19/14), unknown bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass and drank while reviewing over an hour.

A - 2/3 - amber- brown coloration, crystal clear on pouring from the bottle with a frothy white one finger head that settles into a subtle glass lacing after several minutes; moderate alcohol legs; carbonation reagutates on the swirl

S: 8/12 - lots of classic PW hop aromas - grapefruit, tangerine, grassiness, dandelions - but overall more muted than other CA DIPAs; little detectable malt character on the nose

T: 14/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a moderate bitterness that pops the taste buds with flavors that accompany the aroma - again, citrus and floral notes predominate; there's a very subtle malt sweetness on the back of the tongue but finishes very dry, which invites subsequent sips; little detectable alcohol at ~9% ABV

M: 3/5 - moderate body, some hop oils coating the tongue but not a big mouth presence from either the hops or the alcohol

O: 7/10 - a decent DIPA from an above average brewery; based on the description on the bottle - "This beer is the culmination of years of brewing and drinking hop forward (presumably West Coast) IPAs" - it doesn't live up to the hype and leaves me clamoring for other West Coast IPAs that they are referring to like RR's Blind Pig, BP's Sculpin or anything Stone; for $9.99/22 oz. bottle, your money is better spent there

TOTAL - 34/50

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden and slightly hazy. Big white head. Lasts forever. Chunky collar.

Smell - Bright citrus. Orange hops. Caramel sweetness. Hint of must.

Taste - Orange hops. More grapefruit. Sweet pale malt. Some nuttier malts. Musty. A little bitter.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good stuff here. A little too sweet, though.

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Photo of cvm4
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange with a one finger eggshell head.

S - Grapefruit, orange peel and sweet malts. Simple, but is hitting on all cylinders.

T - Not a hop bomb. The standout is really the juicy citrus and sweet malt flavors. It does have a hoppy finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Has a wet and juicy aspect to it.

O - I'm definitely pleased with this one. Everything seems to be on point.

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Photo of DannyS
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Procured in a trade with the awesome Wuntrikpony. Poured from a bomber into my trusty glass beer mug. Kept the sediment separate and pured that into a smaller glass.

A - Pours a sparkling and clear bright orange with very little head and sticky strands of lacing. Looks delicious.

S - Hops jump out forward with just enough malt sweetness pushing through to give some balance. Piney, floral, grapefruity, and orangey. It's a beautifully bright and sweet hop aroma.

T - Bitterness is intermediate, but is easily shoved aside by the juicy, fruity character of the hops. With a best by date of 05/04/14, this is easily in this beer's flavor wheelhouse, and it shows. There's no Holy cow, this is tasty.

M - Just right for a DIPA; not weighty at all, mild carbonation...yep, just right. Alcohol is not noticeable, so be careful with this 9% ABV beast.

Overall - This is easily up there as one of the best DIPA's I've had. The IBU's are well countered by the floral and fruity hop flavors bursting out of this one. Finding PTE and Heady in my area is out of the question, but I've seen Bear Republic in my local stores, so if I can secure a constant supply, this could become my everyday IPA of choice.

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Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured a clear deep amber with a creamy white head. Head had moderate retention but clings to the sides and leaves big lacing.

S- big hops aromas dominate with a combination of pine and flowers. There's also a nice background sweetness from the malt

T- a nice malt backbone holds up some pleasant big hops flavors. No one hops profile dominates, which I like.

M- not as heavy as some other big flavor IPAs, but in no way is it thin

O-this is a great, full-flavored IPA with some good depth, but not so overwhelming as to be undrinkable.

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