Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 19
Gots: 86 | 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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Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy pale golden color with a faint orangey tint. A finger of rocky white head lingers briefly falling to leave an even skim coat on the surface of the beer and a thick, foamy collar around the glass.

S - Very citrusy featuring lemons and oranges up front. A bit sweet and also showing some floral aromas, traces of hay, a bit yeasty.

T - Spicy, hoppy bitterness up front backed by light citrus, a bit of a cool herbal character, grassy/hay, yeasty, a bit spicy...surprisingly good.

M - Light body, spicy hop character, lots of farmhouse fermentation goodness, spritzy medium carbonation.

O - Nice, easy drinking farmhouse ale. Not mind-blowing, but solid all around. I would buy this regularly in warmer months and be plenty happy with it. A pleasant surprise.

More User Reviews:
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle. Pours cloudy and pale yellow. The head is large and strong. It retains with stubbornness. Light scars of lacing. The aroma is very exciting. It smells funky and has a pronounced lemon character. Sourdough and grains and light Belgian yeast phenols. The flavor is interesting. The Belgian yeast character is noticeable but not overpowering, thankfully. The funk found in the nose is set to a similar intensity. Just a slight hint of sourness. Lemons and homemade cider. Hay and soft spice. All parts are balanced. Body is fairly light. Carbonation nearing soft. I enjoy this brewery's look, their style preferences and their product quality. Another nice Off Color beer.

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 oberon
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Hennepin stemmed glass a slight hazed lemon yellow with just a tinge of orange,a great looking one finger bone white head that settled slowly into a frothy mass.Alot of lemon and orange oils in the nose wich gives off some tartness,mild funk in the background.Dry with a little toasted grain upfront on the palate with a little tartness from lemon-like notes,not much funk or phenols to be found wich I like.Very drinkable and dry with refreshing tartness,awesome summer beer here,my first Off Color beer is a hit.

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 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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Nose: fruit, a little light sour funk, spice, saison nose.
Pours hazy gold, 2” very finely bubbled foam cap, descends to a thick ½” moussey foam cap that persists.
Starts creamy, fruit, funk, saison, hop finish, very fine carbonation, very light for the amount of flavor packed into the glass, lemony, very airy and moussey, herbal, spice – sage?
The texture is outrageously good. Medium to medium light body, effervescent, very nicely done.

Photo of riotontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

really good funky smell.
nice frothy head and cloudy golden body.
refreshing farmhouse flavor.
bonus for the hand drawn label.
overall, good representation of the style.
will drink again.

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 Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale yellow. Medium white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Honey. Wheat. Kinda yeasty. Pilsner malt aroma.

Taste - Very grainy. Lots of wheat. Sweet pilsner malt. Honey kicks in in the back end. Mineral flavor verging on salty in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light. Crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Simple, but well made saison.

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a an effervescent & slightly hazed hay color with 2 fingers of frothy pearl colored head. Stellar
head retention & lacing (4.75)

S: Grassyness, sourness, hay & lemons (4.0)

T: Grapefruit, grassiness, wet hay, & lemons up front. Tartness & grassiness as this warms, some
dryness, more grapefruit (pink). Finishes with grapefruit, slight tartness & sourness, a little pear &
white grapes (4.25

MF: Medium bodied, fluffy carbonation (4.0)

Drinks so easy, well done. So glad these guys are now selling in Arkansas (4.0)

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Hazy and glowing gold. Great frothy head and retention.

Lemony smell with sine clove and funk. Grassy hops.

A nice combo of funk, peppery spice and citrus flavors of lemon and orange. Lightly phenolic with some overripe banana.

Good carbonation, medium body. Clean mouthfeel.

A very good saison that's true to style. Refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of ConradSomm
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Rated it 4.25 on tap, didn't like it as much in a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale pastel yellow gold, topped with a rocky head of soufflé foam that leaves lots of lacing behind as it slowly deflates. There's a slight haze, and slow rising trails of carbonation.

Aroma is all fruity hops, apparently dry hopped with Crystal. In the distinctive vein of Nelson, but it's own thing. Some light yeast spiciness comes through, mild clove.

Taste is more straightforward, quenching and light foremost, with an undercurrent of complexity that keeps the mind interested. Light notes of spicy yeast esters and dried fruit, alongside minor notes of dried floral bits. Crystal hops provide the x-factor that keeps you guessing. Simple but pleasantly nuanced.

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 LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a hazy light straw amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of thick lacing. Aroma of orange citrus, bready malt, saison yeast and light clove, smells nice. Flavor is dry, earthy saison yeast, light citrus, developing light ephemeral mixed stone fruit in the middle before finishing semi dry with a return of peppery, lightly funky yeast and lemon citrus. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A light saison that is milder and less balanced than other similar saisons, but with an interesting flavor progression. Hits all the saison style notes, but in a understated way. Refreshing.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of peppery spices are present in the nose along with notes of lemons.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and tastes like lemon-pepper spice mix to some degree.
M: It feels a bit more than light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The saison has a nice balance between the lemons and peppers in the taste and is easy to drink.

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 pknyc
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date.

A: Rather aggressive pour with a two finger white head which recedes quickly. Pale golden and very hazy. The head settles to a film which leaves nice lacing.

S: Citrus. Tangerine. Banana. White grapes. Some must. It really reminds me of those mixed fruit Tropicana juice drinks. I cannot think of a fruitier saison. It is lacking any typical saison notes though, such as phenols and funkiness. There is a lot going on and it is enjoyable, but it isn't a saison.

T: Again, massive tropical fruit. Cantaloupe, sweet tropical mix. Very refreshing, but sweet. Does not contain any saison notes

MF: Prickly and coating, but light. Pretty nice.

O: Nothing about this beer says saison except the label, and I rated it as one. I feel that a more accurate description would be "tropical" pale ale or Belgian pale ale.

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 hail_seitan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams glass

A - A pale straw body with a foamy, frothy three finger head.

S - Coriander, white pepper, lemon zest, pear, and a touch of yeasty funk.

T - More funky than the smell, with ripe bananas, pear, grass, and spice. The malt is dry and wheaty.

M - A very creamy mouthfeel with a delightfully medium-low carbonation.

O - A saison worth checking out. Goes great with mushroom pizza!

Photo of illpass78
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip,

Appearance: Pours a hazy bright gold. Carbonation is heavy. Nice 1.5-finger white head that hangs around a bit. Slightly more than minimal lacing.

Aroma: Smells of spices, lemon, some citrus, zest, and some dry hops.

Taste: Really nice dry flavor with some spices and lemon mixed in. Very appealing saison. Little more alcoholic kick than some of its peers.

Mouthfeel: Just right for a saison. Well balanced.

Overall: I don't know much about this brewery or Midwestern craft beer in general, but this beer is a real hit. I like the funky bottle design, too. Will recommend to saison fans.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some straw yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall slightly fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a small slightly thick patch, surrounded by a mottled patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sour pale malts and wheat with a moderate to strong presence of lemon citrus and spicy/peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts and wheat with a slight hint of sour funkiness and just a touch of grass/hay. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of lemon citrus and spicy/peppery yeast. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with just slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing and extremely easy to drink with well hidden alcohol - I was surprised to see that this beer was 6.5% ABV. A very nice beer for the summer.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Orangish yellow hazy bodied beer with a large white head. Lots of thick lacing on the glass. The beer head has a lot of staying power as well.

Smell: bready malts and yeasty. Banana fruity yeast. Spicy white pepper and clove. Hint of lemon grass.

Taste: Yeast driven saison. Low bitterness. Belgian yeast full of bananas and clove. Slightly peppery and floral. Hint of lemony hops. Bready malts. Good balance of flavors except for the overpowering banana fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. really nice creamy mouthfeel on this saison. Just like all the Off Color beers that I have had they have a really good mouthfeel.

Overall: Nothing thats mind blowing here, just very solid. Mouthfeel is definately the highlight for me of this beer. Great beer, but I wish that the banana was dialed down a bit.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

But can it be considered an apex predator if I'm consuming it...? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild tart lemon, light musty wheat, and a touch of clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with a much milder lemon character and the general sense of Brett. The body is a light medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty solid farmhouse, but the slight mustiness keeps this from standing tall in my eyes.

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
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