brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Aroma came on as strictly pine, seems to be the trend lately, to have a very concentrated sharp hop aroma, flavor is again sharp spicey hopping with a distinct but very meek sweet caramel backing. Definitely for hopheads only, drinkable enough for a couple at a sitting ACHops (1582) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2014
On tap @ Bambino’s. Pours lightly hazy orangish amber with medium lacy white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and floral citrusy hops. Taste is smooth heavy caramel malt with piney bitter finish. Nice grassy grapefruit notes as well in the hops. Big beer, every bit of the 8.95% is evident. Clearly lots of malt and hops here. Not sure what the difference is between this and the Apex double... this is delicious nonetheless. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Growler from Big Z. Aroma of unbelievably fresh and popping piney, perfumy, and citrus-oil hops, bready malt. Flavor again of bready malt with all sorts of crazy hop notes, fruitier in the mouth, almost like some sort of perfumy, fruity candy that i can’t put my finger on. Still unbelievably oily, sappy even, and. Big bitter finish. Gulpable, medium-body for a DIPA. When Bear Republic gets their hops right, they get them dead on. How is this a 45.6 in style? elihapa (1553) - 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. can8ianben (1545) - 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?
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! 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. 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. 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. Hair6a11 (1481) - 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.