Apex

California
United States
Bear Republic Apex IPA beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Apex: The Highest point, the culmination or climax. In racing, the apex of a turn is approached differently as conditions dictate, but always with a forward looking mindset. This beer is a culmination of years of brewing and drinking hop forward IPAs. We reserve the right to move forward, to advance the style to the next Apex.

Profile

ABV: 
8.25
IBUs: 
100
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours a hazy deep gold with an orange tint and a big, mousse-like, ivory head of small bubbles. The head sticks around for a long time and leaves Belgian lace on the sides of the glass. There is a substantial grainy and bready malt backbone in the nose, but the star of the show is the hops. The hop aroma is resinous, spicy and grassy with hints of garlic. The first sip is bread crusts, grainy and some honey, with a bit of apricot, and a very complex hop footprint of black pepper, earthy, grassy, orange and tangerine notes -- all of which work together nicely. The overall balance leans towards the bitterness, but the fairly substantial malt bill balances it out nicely. The beer finishes crisp and fairly dry, with residual resiny and grassy notes. With only a medium body and pretty high carbonation, there's a slight, grainy astringency in the finish along with a moderately high --but pleasant -- alcohol burn, which is clean, aromatic, and lacking in fusel alcohol; this beer features a big hop aroma and flavor and just enough malt to balance the bittering. Overall, this is a very nicely balanced (but quite substantial) IPA that begs to be paired with a French dip with rare roast beef, sauteed onions and peppers.

Brewery Introduction

Located in the heart of Wine Country, on the corner of Healdsburg’s historic downtown square, Bear Republic Brewing Company offers award-winning food and world class, handcrafted ales.

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