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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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhopsbeertalk (137) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2014
I either absolutely love or feel very ’ehh’ about Bear’s IPAs. To me this tastes like a bigger version of Racer 5... good but not great. Very mild floral aroma leads into confusion as the hop flavors are almost overly citrus with tons of lemon and orange marmalade mixed with just a little spicey pine. Also, for the ABV I would like to see this be more bitter. If you prefer Cafe Racer 15 this may be a skip. If however you love Racer 5 this might be a gem.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4681) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
5/VII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-740) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, creamy yellow head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, lots of exotic fruits, mango, passion fruits, bit piny. MF: ok carbon, full body, creamy texture. Taste: sweet ripe exotic fruits, bit piny, bit resinous, nice bitter hops, citrus and grapefruit. Aftertaste: bitter, citrus, quite some grapefruit, resinous touch, sweet, some honey.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BLADT (625) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Opaque rich orange with frothy best. Orange and lemon nose. Cream candies. Caramel malts. Inviting. Round flavors. Good interplay between bitter and sweet. Sticky citrus. Soft on the palate. Nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1777) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle at RBSG 2014. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s bottles! APPEARANCE:clear blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: hoppy, fruity, heavy bitterness. TASTE: hoppy, fruity, sweet, decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (1564) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2014
Pours a bright deep yellow with haze and a white head. The smell is citrus, lemon. The taste is honey, citrus, lemon, caramel. Medium body with elegant. carbonation

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6678) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3763) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG III. Thanks to Benzai! Golden. Fruitier kind of DIPA, resin, resin, exotic, pineapple with white grape. Still quite bitter. Nice, nothing special but quite satisfactory.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (1287) - BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle @ RBBSG, 2014. Thanks Benzai! Cloudy yellow colour, medium carbonation. Fruity nose, grapefruit. Hoppy bitter finish. Very juicy and light sweet. Very good!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (642) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
This golden beer has a citrussy grapefruit aroma. It has a a hop bite but it is melliw and finishes clean.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (8214) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2014
Sampled @ RBBSG III. Clear orange golden color, medium sized white head. Aroma is malts, hops, lightly resin, quite fruity. Tastes the same and I love it: malts, lots of hops, lightly resin, fruity, bitter. Medium body and carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1366) - 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.


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