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RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 268   ABV: 8.95%
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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 advance the style 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2008 [I had the good fortune to try this again at Blind Tiger - it left a much better impression this time - it was still a bit on the sweet side, but it was softer, less aggressive - next to their Mach 10, it was actually a bit tame - decent, but still not as good as most of the ratings indicate] Tap at Sunset Grill - cloudy orange with a lasting head - stereotypical, aggressive pine/grapefruit hop aroma, with a sticky malt undercurrent - abrassive hop bitterness, chewy body - sticky and overly sweet, tasting like grapefruit with a whole bowl of sugar poured on top of it - very apparent alcohol, burning the throat more and more as the beer warms - not terrible, just too in your face - a lot of people are going to like this beer for the very reasons that I do not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Pours with a Golden -Orange body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s hoppy as hell with nice pine and grapefruit notes and an underlying maltiness. Medium bodied, oily yet dry and a touch warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
On draft at O’Briens. Clear orangey amber color with a small whitish head and good lacing. Aroma of toasty malts, cturs hops and orange juice. Juicy sweet citrus flavors, caramel malts too, grapefruit notes and hints of spice with a nice puckering finish. Smooth, medium to full body, lightly carbonated. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
On tap@O’Brien’s: Hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is light and fruity. Flavor starts sweet and fruity with pineapple and mandarin orange with a tangy dry citrus rind finish. Light to medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2006
[draft @ Sunset Grill] Murky, brown amber color, with a short off-white head. Moderately sweet malt palate, with a a strong dose of fruity, citrus hops. Sweet toffee remains towards the finish. Overall, a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 16, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Tap, O’Brien’s. Pours a deep amber color. Strong malty aromas. Fairly creamy tasting. Slightly sweet and malty. Not too strong of a hop presence for a 2IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rochioli1965 (15) - USA - NOV 4, 2006
Intense hops and intense malts bordering on sweetness. Poured a hazy dark copper, with off white head that disipated after a min or so. For this style the carbonation and head where well done. Intense hop flavor supported by an iintense sweet malty palate, but not over cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 GABF 2006: Hazy golden color with an off-white head. Big hop foward aroma made up of citrus, pine and a little sweaty/earthiness. Piney and sweet caramel malt flavor. Hops dominate the beer but not real over the top to unbalance it.
Alpha King Competition 2006: Only thing I am adding to my other rating is the finish was semi dry and the malt was a little short.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Draft. Pours with a copper color and nice head with very nice lacing. Ha some nice flowery aromas. The flavor is sweeter than you typical IIPA, fruity and offset by a complex hoppy bitterness. I like this better than the Racer 5 even

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Draft... GABF ’06... Hazy yellow ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Floral and fruity; pineapple and grapefruit nose. The flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter with toffee and pink grapefruit. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Astringent, bitter finish.

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