Apex | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

260 Reviews

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

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 Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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 +3.6%
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 -3.8%
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 +1.2%
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 +7.4%
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 -0.7%
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 -7.9%
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 +1.7%
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 -3.1%
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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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +1.2%
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 +1%
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 -0.5%
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%
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%
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 -0.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +9.5%
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 -0.2%
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%
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 +14.5%
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%
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 +0.2%
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 +6.4%
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 +2.4%
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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Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,012 ratings.
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