Apex | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

1,022 Ratings

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2005

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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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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

A: A light copper-tan in color, the beer pours clear and forms a small but sudsy head that never fully recedes. The glass is speckled with lacing in the head's trail.

S: Citrusy bouquet, fresh but somewhat subdued given the style. Really having to pull in the aromas. Grapefruit-y. The malt backbone is ample, and distinctly honey-like. Some hoppy, vinous aspects linger.

T: Much more pronounced than the nose, delivering a fresh, citrus-y punch on the palate. The hop-profile is pronounced and rind-y, but the malt-backbone is ample, with plenty of bready sweetness smoothing things out. Alcohol isn't masked, but it's not overly boozy. Finishes long, bittersweet, with a lingering orange flavor.

M: Medium bodied, amply carbonated.

Yet another gem of an IPA. Nice to have something this tasty outside of San Diego, although its arguable that Bear Republic landed on these flavors before the local brewers.

Anyway, throwing this back quickly.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Color is orange, oily surface. Aroma is mainly bright grapefruit, as well as apricots and mango. Not much pine. Body is medium, slightly oily texture. A touch of alcohol bitterness lingers in finish. Great acidity and bright fruit. Dangerously drinkable considering ABV. Probably my favorite DIPA at the moment. It has that bright citrus that I love.

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