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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.25%
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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Orange in color, with nice lacing and a frothy, resilient head. Aroma is grapefruit, lemony, but also backed with firm sweet orange and apricot. Palate is creamy – a distinctive trait of this DIPA – positively resiny with a smooth body. Flavor bursts with a balanced attack of apricot, sweet ruby grapefruit, and a touch of flowers. Middle is supported and complemented by a touch of sweet malts, though never showing strong caramel or toffee. Finish is bitter, slightly papery, solid. Quite tasty, but some awkward notes (especially in the finish) put Apex a notch below West Coast favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Let’s see if I can transcribe these notes!... Has a light-orange, partly-cloudy body. A moderate hop aroma and a great hop flavor with hefty grain (more than you usually experience in an I2PA, that is, while magically sticking to a thinner beer with less residual sugars and a lower FG). Easy, well-consumed! I love it! It’s light, but a great double IPA. Well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
On draft at Fries Cafe in Cincinnati. Pours a deep golden amber with a thick creamy off white head. Aroma is a bouquet of fresh citric fruit, very sweet overripe type of tropical fruitiness, grapefruit, nectarine, fresh hoppiness. Flavor is much of the same, slightly less satisfying than the aroma. Still a nice sweet fruit character, delicate bitterness balancing the sweetness, and just enough spice to add some character. Essentially no booziness. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Very satisfying and surprisingly easy drinking Imp IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2009
On tap as part of sampler tray at the brewery. Light toasted malt smell with some nice grapefruit as well. Very sweet flavor with both grapefruit and floral hop flavors. Finishes dry. Not bad, but I’d rather drink Racer 5 any day of the week.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Oh man, I thought the Racer 5 was their benchmark, but then I started sampling some of their other IPAs and Double IPAs. This brewing company knows how to work with hops. This one was syrupy sweet, and bitter. Very smooth and drinkable. We were confused by the menu discription - the apex is the top... what does that mean??? But when it arrived, it was all hops. So good. It struck me as sublty different than the Mach 10, a more timid version perhaps?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2014
On draught at Bailey’s Taproom. Clear vibrant golden color. Aroma is passionfruit, grapefruit, orange, and touches of caramel and pine. Taste is a hop bomb of pine resin, passionfruit, tart grapefruit, pineapple, and some sweet malt notes. The hop profile is intense but not bitter. Very well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1479) - Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
On tap at tribes; pour is murky copper with a fine bubbled off white head in this tulip. Sticky lacing is present; the nose is apricot, piney hops, caramel malts really. The flavor profile has similar notes of apricot, grapefruit, piney hops, caramel; its sticky, fairly sweet, average carbonation. A nice attempt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2014
Solid beer, on tap at Armsby Abbey.. As with most BR IPAs I feel they’re a bit thick in palate, but solidly west coast hops makes me quite happy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
A- pours a rich, just slightly hazy amber with a thin, faintly dirty white head. Minimal lacing. S- aroma is heavy with tropical fruit, passion fruit punch, malts and pine resin. Grapefruit is pungent, as well as guava, kiwi and lemon zest. M- medium resin and sticky body with a tart and bitter medium palate. Good carbonation. T- passion fruit forward. Tropical notes follow and are present throughout. Rich resin is next with some caramel malts. Malts and grapefruit last. Hints of coriander and jasmine. Ending is bitter but relatively clean with lingering grapefruit and zinc. 3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tasted at GABF 2008. Golden pour with white head. Nose of sticky hops, grapefruit, citrus and grass. Flavor is rich with an okay malt bill.

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