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Apex | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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 HeadyTheElder
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NickBeery
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of itlnstallion11
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Madskill
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WebbMan15
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BigJYoungblood
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Apex from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,056 ratings
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