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Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-15-2014

When you brew as much as we do, sometimes we get tired of telling the yeast what to do. For Apex Predator Farmhouse Ale, we pitch the yeast cold, turn off the temperature control, and let the yeast do it's thing. To our delight, it spat out the sweet scent of juicy fruit wafting from a frothy, white mane. Brewed only with grain and sugar unencumbered by the heat of the kiln, we create a hazy, golden body. Apex Predator gets its teeth from a generous Crystal dry-hopping that completes the dry finish with a fruity bite. Pounce on the opportunity to let it part your lips and you may find yourself at the top of the food chain.

35 IBU
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Ratings: 569 | Reviews: 67
Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold with a nice billowy head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast, sulfur note
Taste-Pale malt, spicy yeast, faint hop and a curious sulfur note.

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to my brother for procuring this bottle for me, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is hazy golden with 2 fingers proud of white cream with snowy look and very fine bead with lace that clings and retention is very good with carbonation visible. The smell is slightly mineral with leafy hop adding spice and citrus scent with a mild tropical pineapple-like smell and yeast ester with light phenolic and herbal woody odor. The feel is thin yet has a moderate spice texture with moderate carbonation and light sweetness with yeast smoothness and light bitterness in the mostly dry finish.

The taste has a nice amount of yeast with slight malt flavor with an herbal hop compliment and slight citrus flavor with grapefruit and grassy bitter element with light fruity tropical quality mid-palate with pepper in the finish and slight alcohol influence. Overall I consider this a very good farmhouse with a nice amount of hop flavor with subtle citrus/herbal with mild tropical elements that are very good with mild saison type dry drinkable beer -I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of TheSSG
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a frothy white head. Bright, citrus aroma. Starts fruity and slightly bitter, with a decent maltiness.

I wasn't a huge fan of this one. It's a bit too bitter for the style, and it doesn't live up to the aroma.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy straw color. The head is pretty at two fingers high and an eggshell shade, plus retention isn't half-bad, either. A little bit of lacing sticks to the glass. All in all, it isn't exactly a looker, thanks to how hazy it is. (2.75)

Smell: This has a lot of funk, as well as...lacto? The aforementioned lacto seems to give it a mild sourness, also. As it opens up, the saison yeast hits like a truck with a ton of black pepper, grass, lavender, and distant white grape. This is a very spicy beer, and I like it! (3.75)

Taste: It opens up with some bready malt - I don't really get the lacto I picked up on the nose. Spices start to infiltrate past the middle, along with some cherry and white grape flavors. A gentle hint of tartness combined with a mild hop bite finishes it off. This is a legit saison: nothing here screams 'standard wheat ale with a bit of farmhouse yeast'. Nope, this is rustic as hell, and I'm digging it. (4)

Mouthfeel: Dry, dry, dry, dry. This is pretty much what I want from a saison: parching dryness. Okay, it has a little bit of sweetness lurking around, but so does Dupont. This has enough carbonation to feel lively and refreshing without bloating the palate. (4.25)

Overall: I'd say this is one of the best American-brewed (standard) saisons I've sampled - one that can easily be mentioned in the same breath as Dupont. These guys got the finish and the spiciness right. Ergo, I'll be looking for this one in the future. (4)

3.89/5: Among other American saisons, this beer's name is oddly fitting

Photo of Czarkazm
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love the look and color of this beer! It's a vibrant straw yellow color, hazy with loads of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass, topped by a nice white head. Smell is mild yet refreshing. A slight lemony tartness, clean peppery yeast, green apple and yellow pear fruitiness. The flavor stands out more than the aroma. Pleasantly light pilsner malt backbone with citrus and peppery spice, faint tartness, nice carbonation.

Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale yellow body; hazy; 1+ finger thick, white head. Fruity aroma; ripe pear and peach. Lemony flavor; peppery; acidic; yeasty and bitter tasting. Medium body; wet and juicy with decidedly dry finish.

This saison drinks easily and leaves a satisfying mild fruitiness and soft hop bitterness flavor on the tastebuds. Pleasant and delicious...

Photo of rEBELlION
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been about a year since I had this last. Nice Belgian yeast profile- some earthy esters. Taste follows. I somehow remember this being a little juicier, maybe more in line with a Belgian strong pale but overall it's a little nice farmhouse ale.

Photo of tjk135
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, slightly hoppy farmhouse ale. Yeasty, fruity and refreshing, really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy light straw, light layer of head, effervescent.

Aroma: Grassy, slightly tropical with a hint of bubblegum.

Flavor: Peppery, lemon peel, and a hint of grass.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, high carbonation.

Overall: A+ text book saison.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw yellow body with a white cap. Aromas of grass, yeast, citrus. Cracked pepper and grain with floral notes. Light acetic character, finishing dry. Active carbonation with a touch of lemon tartness. Pretty good.

Photo of Qbdoo
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful looking, interesting tasting beer. Light, crisp, tart. As I move through the four-pack and compare it to other farmhouse ales, the beer grows on me. It's a little lighter than I'd like and could pack a bit more punch, but it strikes me as a great thirst quencher and a beer I'll be revisiting when then weather heats up.

Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flavor profile is lemon, pepper, hay, and tropical fruits. Nicely done for the style, although I have others that I prefer. This is my favorite beer from Off Color so far.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

February 1, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

A – Light to medium gold, hazy with low filtering, and a wheaty protein appearance. Head is white, about 1-2 inches, foamy/bubbly with high retention. Looks like it will be refreshing.

S – Light bready malt with a touch of acidity. Hops have a tropical fruit component, mango and guava, with some peach following behind. Some slightly funky, earthy notes.

T – Lemony-citrus with an acidic bite, tropical fruit present but more subdued here. A touch of funky yeast flavor present, adds complexity, very pleasant. Malt is light, doughy/bready.

M – Medium to full body with high carbonation, the wheat component providing fullness. Moderate dryness, especially on the finish. Palate-cleansing and refreshing. Enough bitterness to balance.

O – I love that this is such an easy drinking saison but has a lot going on to distinguish itself. The wheat character and funky touches from the yeast are very exciting.

Photo of pants678
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bright, cloudy, gold/yellow with puffy white head.

Tangy, earthy, citric. Exactly what I want from a saison.

Could use a tad more emphasis on tart and the finish leaves something to be desired but otherwise delightful. Little spicy and citric, kinda hoppy, fairly musty and bread/biscuity. Gimme more.

Light, bright outdoorsy beer.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with minimal head and lace. Aroma is juicy with sour and funky notes, a touch of acidic sharpness (citrus), along with yeast and something like tropical fruit. Smooth body thanks to yeast, light to medium strength, balances/mixes that citric acidity/tartness (or sour - these terms have become interchangeable at this point to some) with tropical fruit like sweetness (thinking pineapple) and finish crisp and dry.

Photo of mactrail
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wish I could describe this aroma. It's a French farmhouse kitchen with pickles fermenting under the table, and downstairs the chickens are clucking. And there's a horse somewhere.

Crisp and refreshing with the suggestion of tartness. Light body, fragrant, and wheaty. A suggestion of malt and honey. A mineral tang. Pale yellow with a greenish cast in the wine glass. Creamy mouthfeel.

This is a sensational Farmhouse style of beer that is delicate yet funky, and so sudsy and aromatic. This bottle says the ABV is 6.5% and 25 IBU and that it's brewed with Crystal and Sterling hops. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, Oregon.

Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Murky straw/pale gold with a white, frothy head. Light retention but excellent strings of Belgian lace around the glass.

Fruity esters dominate the aroma. Lemons, orange peel, and bananas. Phenolics that lean more towards spice than clove, with a gentle, herbal and floral hoppiness. Straw/hay flavors. Lightly funky and acidic, but these flavors are far from overwhelming.

Spicy white pepper is the first thing that hits the back of my mouth. Grainy wheat and citrus flavors follow. Hay and wet blanket funkiness combine with a dry, sharp, crisp acidity and gentle herbal hoppy bitterness.

Light-medium bodied and well carbonated. Soft, almost oat-like creaminess combines with the sharp acidity to give it a refreshing, but fairly balanced mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warmth.

This is an excellent saison. Slightly funky but not overbearing with a well-balanced flavor, finish, and mouthfeel.

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first off color experience: 12oz bottle poured into a stang. The brew appears a clouded golden yellow color with a firm white cap that persists throughout the entire duration supported by rising bubbles.

The aroma is fruity and zesty almost like lemon rinds and grapefruit pith. Some cereal grain sweetness underneath. There is a funky lacto thing going on that almost feels like this was sour mashed for a brief period of time.

The taste brings forth some spicy yeast elements, mild clove and hints of fruity tinges like pear and apple skins. The grain flavor is slightly footy like pils and like the nose, has some characteristics suggesting sour mash process was utilized. The aftertaste is lightly husky and tannic with touch of yogurt and earthy to herbal hops.

This is light bodied, modestly carbonated and overall unique. They got some interesting things going on with this and while some of it worked, im not sold on whether id want to pay to drink this again. Though im glad i got a chance to try it.

Photo of Evahflow
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Murky, Golden straw colored, decent 1 finger of soapy head

S-Whoa! This is a fruit bomb. Smells like bubblegum, citrus zest leaning more towards fresh oranges, pears, pepper notes, maybe some cloves as well. This is where the beer truely shines

T-True saison taste, hay, pepper, cloves, maybe some honey? You definately get the fruits from the smell as well as some honey. Really really well done.

M- Very bright, light carbination, almost creamyness, no alcohol at all, In fact you would think you were drinking a 4.5-5% saison not one thats almost 7%

O- I was surprised by how good this was. It's not easy to make a saison of this quality and they really knocked it out of the park with this one. My only problem is I didn't grab more than 1 of these and they don't distribute to Pittsburgh.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. The finish is fairly dry, but still has some light lingering flavor notes after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue. No bottling date that I could locate. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a hazy, pale, straw yellow with two fingers of white head. A very thin layer persists and leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells farmhouse funky with wet hay, lemon and a little bit of spice.

There is a little more complexity to the flavor than the nose let on. A surprising initial sweetness hits right along with the farmhouse funk. Wet hay, old grass, dry yeasty character, lemon peel, earth, honey, biscuit and a bit of spice. I like the fact that this has a noticeable sweetness and doesn't lean towards the sour funk of so mamy others in the style.

Dry, crisp, medium body with lively carbonation. Lemon, hay, honey and more dry yeast in the finish.

The style may not be my thing but Apex Predator is an easy drinking brew. I would say that it is worth a try for fans of the style.

Photo of humuloner22
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Received this one on a trade. This is one of the cleanest beers I have ever had.

Appearance: Decent head retention. Hazy golden yellow body. Light fluffy head.

Nose: some farmhouse barnyard aromas. Not too fragrant, nice grassy notes.

Taste: Clean crisp beer. Nice floral notes and is one of if not the cleanest finishing beers I have ever had. Really enjoyable brew. I could drink this one every day.

Overall: This is a pleasant beer. I would seek this one out again. Thanks for the opportunity to to try this one!

Photo of Theprofessor92
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been to quite a few breweries from eight cities. I have yet to find something as delicious and consistently worth my time. I know it's only n opinion, but this beer is my number one. By a landslide.

Photo of MickeyTheHead
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time I picked this beer up. I think I like it more this time than the last. Would love to know what yeast they use.

Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy light golden colour with a really great lacing and retention of a pleasant white head.

S- pungent lemon must, evergreen, wildflower honey, clean malt profile, slightly sweet+bready. Florals pop, with a really assertive saison yeast, earthy spice, pepper, lemongrass, really nice and complex balance.

T- florals, lavender, honey, then more of a drying slightly biscuity malt profile. Hay and a complex fruity yeast profile, with some pepper and slightly drying bitterness. Lemony and a bit of a ground cherry note, refreshing throughout with a pleasant yeast character, subtle hops and a clean backdrop, nice.

M- clean and bright, moderate carbonation, very refreshing with a creaminess in the body and then a lingering earthy finish. With some light spice notes. Body is moderate but with a lightness to it.

A very nice saison, I think the aroma was more impressive than the taste, but it's a tough call as this was a well balanced and complex saison, shows some. Traditional crispness and yeast flair with a nice incorporation of the hops. Good stuff.

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.