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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.25%
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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Hazy pale amber ber with a thin creamy white head. Aroma is lightly hoppy with a nice bright orange marmalade character. Lightly pithy bitterness on the back, but in general its quite nice. Soft palate with a light sticky resinousness toward the back. As it warms, it becomes more obviously fruity. Bitterness softens, with a lightly spicy herbal character to the hops. It’s a very lovely IIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Draft served in a tulip at International Tap House-Soulard. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of herbal, oily hops, citrus peel, and sweet caramel malts. Flavor of herbal, oily hops and not much else- some tea, sweet caramel malts, and lemon citrus maybe. Medium-bodied, with an oily, smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Wow, this is bitter and hoppy and good. Seems to have more kick than 7.5% too.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8988) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Tart musty fruits such as pineapple, mandarin oranges and lemons are present in the nose. Nicely balanced sweet citrus flavors with a mild tartness. Some green apple notes and a light unpleasent tinny character. Overall very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Starkly floral, this quality West Coast Double IPA also shares lean honeyed cereals before making room for a grassy and citrusy hop finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty honey blond.
-The resinous hop bitterness is relatively soft (softer than the usual Double IPA’s anyway).
-Malts develop biscuity angles in the second half.
-Alcohol is deceptively well hidden. This drinks like a 7% IPA (why is it so strong (9%) then?)
-Citrusy fruitiness recalls passionfruit and candied ginger at times.

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
Bouteille 66cl @ RBBSG III, courtesy of Benzai. Orangée, col léger blanc cassé. Arôme est houblonné sur un fruité agréable, pointe de melon et mangue sur des effluves tropicales bien placées. Palais est houblonné tirant sur le pamplemousse et autres agrumes, léger tropical avec un léger palais de pin. Pour 9%, ça reste superbement bien réalisé. Malt reste en retrait et apporte juste assez de corps pour balancer les houblons.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8709) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
On tap at Bistro DIPA Fest. This amber ale poured with a decent off-white head and a malty aroma. There is a mellow caramel malt base enhanced by significant hop bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (8319) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2010
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a clear copper with a medium creamy white head that lasts awhile leaving good sticky lacing. The aroma is a floral hop with grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with a smooth hop with grapefruit and caramel. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink. A very good IIPA from Bear Republic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8270) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Cask. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Big grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with light summer fruits. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bomber from ABV Public House. Pours a bright, mostly clear orange color with a large white head. A lovely pine and fruity hop nose. A fresh fruity flavor, oranges, lemon zest, a fluffy thick palate, balanced with good bitterness. Just an awesome IIPA. The drinkability is through the roof. Awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7960) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2007
On tap at Cato’s in Oakland, CA. It pours a clear copper with thin white head. The aroma starts out like candied orange wedges. Upon further study grapefruit hops and caramelized malts seem to mix together to create a sweet orange candy aroma. The taste is thick and chewy grapefruit, pineapple and pine hop bitterness. There are brief moments where sweeter grapefruit hop flavor murmurs to the surface. Midway a roasty semi sweet maltiness struggles in vein to be heard over the onslaught of hops. A delicious malty – hoppy IIPA.


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