Apex | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
1,022
Reviews:
261
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
7.86%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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Photo of GreenMind
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 BFCarr
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and floral. Good take on DIPA.

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Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jroof1
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gerasimos
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chronyay_west
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GatorCoop
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shoegueuze
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Johng19751
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joeperl47
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prospero
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cartr1dgeBased
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,022 ratings.
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